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I couldn’t tell him. I had to make something up. I suppose I didn’t have to. I suppose I had the ability and opportunity to tell. To tell all. To give it all away. But what would be the point? Who would really benefit?

He would not. And he needed an escape. On a plane, a spaceship, or even a train. This guy needs an out-of-this-world town.

Regardless, I couldn’t simply inform him of where he was headed. I couldn’t explain why this train travels in the fashion that it does if I tried.

“Next stop … Willoughby!”


Perspective: Train conductor

Episode: “A Stop at Willoughby”

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