pages Riding the Rails

by Mark Crimmins

Published in Issue No. 207 ~ August, 2014
Photo by Brendan Lynch (Toronto, Canada)

Photo by Brendan Lynch (Toronto, Canada)

After returning Fearless to Suspect Video, he walks an extra kilometer in the minus thirty air to use Spadina Station’s Lowther Road entrance and celebrate his fiftieth birthday by sliding down the slickest combination of subway handrails in the city: seventeen stairs, onestep twostep, nine stairs, onestep twostep, rotate 180, breakfall off tiled wall with a thunk, onestep twostep, thirteen stairs, onestep right turn twostep, eleven stairs and—bam!—the frictionless green cargo pants act like superchargers, propelling him—with gravity assist—onto the eastbound platform at the same speed as the decelerating train, the driver’s face turning and smiling.

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Mark Crimmins's short stories have been published in Confrontation, Cha, Trainless Magazine, Apalachee Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Kyoto Journal, Del Sol Review, Eclectica, Penmen Review, Split Rock Review, Prick of the Spindle, Columbia, Tampa Review, Cortland Review, Queen's Quarterly, Ellipsis, Del Sol Review, Microliterature, ad Pif Magazine. His flash fictions have been published in Eunoia Review, Happy, White Rabbit, Spelk, Dogzplot, Apocrypha & Abstractions, Atticus Review, Gravel, Restless Magazine, and Flash: the International Short Short Story Magazine. He teaches English at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen.