The Train (Book Excerpt)

*note: I like this small section of a scene, because it seems insignificant, but it’s just the beginning of a blossoming relationship between the two characters. I think it explains a lot about them and how they’ll react with one another, which is why I decided to post it here.

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She sighed, and sat up. She looked across the seats at Max, still with his nose in his book. That book wasn’t that long; he must have finished it and started over by now. She contemplated what she was about to do for a few moments, and ultimately decided it was better than getting no sleep at all for two nights in a row. She stood up, and sat in the seat next to him.

“Hey, do you mind?” she asked. She leaned over and rested her head on his shoulder.

He chuckled a little, “Not at all.” He closed his book, not bothering to mark the page, placed it back in his bag and draped his jacket around Lauren’s shoulders, which she appreciated, but didn’t say anything. Then he leaned down and rested his head on top of hers. She was slightly surprised, but it was only awkward for a few moments. Lauren wasn’t really sure at first what to do, but she decided she valued sleep too much to care. Plus, Max was warm and his shoulder was surprisingly comfortable. It wasn’t long until the subtle movements of the train lulled her to sleep.

-LR

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