A wedge of home-made butter

Pre-dawn sleet melts diamonds onto the girls hat as she finds her position on the bus. Half-term has wiped the roads clean, the lights through the one way system are green and we’re two minutes early. The driver stops outside the newsagent. I watch him through the window as he flirts with the lady behind the till. He buys cigarettes and rests his hand on hers. Light shines through the open door like a wedge of homemade butter and spreads itself onto papers tied up with string. The window of the shop is a screen that reflects the lights in the bus. Words are borrowed from a silent movie. Two minutes. As the credits roll the driver locks himself behind a sheet of Perspex, with holes so he can breathe and a slot for tickets. He closes his eyes and releases the brake, she is the only person he will touch that day.

– Benjamin F Jones

About Graphite Bunny

I am a writer working in South Wales (UK). I love pizza, photography and moist clay. When it rains I catch drops in my open mouth. I create poetry, flash, absurdist snapshots and humorous fiction.
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1 Response to A wedge of home-made butter

  1. I really love this piece of writing. It’s so evocative. I’m glad the driver got to touch the lady and that she didn’t object.

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