Midnight Train

Midnight Train



Sabian waited for the midnight train. Every night at 12, with the last train long gone, he remember hearing the lonely whistle and the glowing light which illuminated the far side of the town, as if to light up his dim and lonely life. As he stood at the railroad crossing that night, he thought about how his life had been, and the thought of it made him ill.

First of the series of illnesses came when he was sixteen. Like all others, he foolishly fell in love and was quickly hurt, for he gave himself too much since be believed that loving someone is to give rather than longing for. He still cared for her, though, for it was now impossible to get rid of her from his mind though the images of her were beginning to fade away, like a train which gradually fade into the night.

In the mean time, Sabian met another girl: and this time, he was convinced that she would not break her, that she will be his for-ever. Unfortunately, she too disillusioned him, for she thought that he was either too obsessive, or that he was a mere fool.

"The disease of loneliness and illness of the heart can certainly kill" was his motto by now, and he tried and tried again to appeal to her to be with him, but Sabian became sicker: He knew he was losing ground, and that he is battling a losing war. But as a young fanatic loyal to both her and his own causes, kept him to go on, though seriously bogged down.

By a year, Sabian was completely sick. He felt he had to get away: He needed a cure to his sickness. The other night, he first noticed that there was a train running long after the scheduled time. At first, he thought it was a maintenance vehicle, but then he quickly abandoned that idea, for the train went by a lot faster than these slow moving repair cars. 

Sabian now waited for that train. He looked at his watch, and saw that it was midnight. He was about to go home when he saw a brilliant light, illuminating him, as the train rapidly approached the crossing, and quickly passed it.

The autopsy report shows that there was apparently no outside damage, that the causes of death were "unknown." He was lying next to the tracks when the driver of the first train discovered his body and stopped the train. There was no funeral, and the news of his death quickly faded away from people, just like the train Sabian took to leave this World.