Terry walked steadily onto the dimly lit platform, the crisp, evening wind made his black Volcom jumper ripple in the air. His head sulked down as he walked along the platform with his hands stuffed in his pockets. His dark duffel bag bounced on the side of his skinny body. He sat down on one of the benches and took off his hoodie. He brushed his medium, deep brown hair with his hands. His bright kiwi green eyes shone in the dark of the dusk and on them was a pair of black rectangular glasses. Only a few others accompanied him on the long concrete platform. Terry was not in a good mood. He had failed yet another test and he knew his parents didn’t take failing kindly. Tension was starting to build in his mind, he was supposed to be home more than an hour ago and it was already five thirty pm. He could imagine the look on his dad’s face when he will walk in through the front door, “What took you so long?” He would sneer “Don’t you care about your family?”. Terry winced at the thought of how much his parents would yell and scream at him when he would get home tonight. “Honk, Honk” the sound of the now arriving train shattered Terry’s thoughts, he got up out of his seat and walked towards the edge of the platform. The train slowly came to a stop and the doors slid open. Terry walked into the carriage and up the stairs to the next floor and sat down next to a graffiti covered window. “This train will be stopping at all stations to Piccaniny” the animated voice said. Terry groaned, it was going to take forever to get home.
Terry looked out of the big window into the stormy darkness as the train rattled along the tracks with the occasional screeching of brakes on the rusty tracks. He was now more than two hours late than the time his farther had told him to be home. He sighed as a thought popped into his head. Maybe he could run away from home and start a new life somewhere else. His parents wouldn’t care they would be too busy getting drunk, buying expensive things and looking after his spoilt older sister Lily. He could get move to Australia and live with one of the nice and kind families there. Terry was certain about this idea, when he gets to the train station he would get a taxi to the airport. He would pay with his life savings that he earned from years of working at the old car wash. Terry was very pleased with his idea. “The next stop is King Road, stop here for trains to City, Charleville and Dafton”, this was his stop but instead of going home he would be catching a train into the city to get to the airport. Terry went down the stairs to the door and waited for the train to stop. The brakes screeched as the train rolled into the platform. The doors sprung open and the freezing wind whipped into Terrys face. He walked out onto the platform with other passengers but instead of heading towards the exit he started off down the platform towards the bridge to the other platforms. As he began walking across the bridge he looked at his watch, it read 8:15. Now he was definitely late.
He stood on the busy platform as the Amtrak train rolled in its horn honking and its bright lights shining onto the tracks ahead. It slowed down and came to a stop and its doors sprung open. Butterflies filled Terry’s stomach as he hopped into the brightly lit carriage. He walked up to the second floor and sits down. His mind started to object the plan as the door hiss close. Terry suddenly realised he had made a terrible mistake. Tears start to swell in his eyes as the train pulls out of the station. Then again another thought pops into his head. He’ll just get off at the next station and catch a train back. He felt satisfied with this idea. He waited a few minutes for the next station as the train rattled along the tracks. “Now arriving at Vinaden” the animated voice said over the loudspeaker. Terry got up and went towards the doors and waited. The train rounded a sharp bend as the brakes screeched. The train stated to slow and the lit up platform came into view. Terry breathed a sigh of relief but suddenly BANG!
Terry was knocked over onto the cold floor. He got back up onto his feet and looked through the window. Something was very wrong! The station was now out of view and the train was picking up speed at an extreme rate. Bright yellow sparks were now flying past the window and the train was shaking violently. All around Terry passengers faces lit up with surprise and fear, the carriage was very silent and the only sound was the rattling of the train and the engine. “The breaks have failed” someone yells in fear. Terry was frozen with fright, what was going to happen, will the train stop or will they crash? The thoughts made Terry even more frightened. He had to do something to help everyone. He had read heaps of books about people that landed crippled planes and stopped runaway trains so how hard could it actually be? Terry walked down the aisle and through the other carriages towards the front of the train. As he reached the carriage behind the engine, he saw some other people at the end door shoving jagged and rusty pieces of metal into one side as if the door was jammed. Terry walked towards the men
“what are you doing” he asked them.
“Go back kid were trying to open this door but its jammed shut” a man in a dark business suit replied.
Suddenly “SCREEEECH!” one of the men managed to open a side of the door with a rusty crowbar.
“It’s no use” another man replied “no one’s going to be able to fit through that”
“I would be able to” terry pipes up. The men turn to him and stare for a moment.
“Hey, I think he would be able to fit” the man in the suit said.
“No way” a women standing up said
“You’re not letting a child go through there, he could get himself killed”.
“Do you have a better idea” someone else exclaimed. The carriage erupts with protests and screaming, amidst it Terry sneaked towards the door where the men were standing. One of them was still holding the slot open using all his strength. “I can’t hold it much longer” he strained.
“Let me go through” Terry stated
“are you sure kid” the man in the suit asked. Terry silently nods and climbs through the slot and into the cold stormy night.
Freezing wind smacked against Terrys face as he looked at the engine in front of him. To get to it he would have to jump over the couples and land in the engines doorway. He looked down at the tracks whizzing past, one wrong move and he would be shoved under the speeding train. He took a deep breath and launched himself into the air with all his might. He felt as if he was in slow motion as he flew through the air. He landed on the doorway with a CRASH! He quickly grabbed hold of the open door and went inside. He closed the door behind him and looked around. He was standing at one end of a dark hallway, there was a light at one end of it coming from the cab of the train. Terry slowly walked towards the cab not knowing what to expect. He crept into the room and gasped. The small cab of the train was empty, there was no driver and sparks were fizzing out of the destroyed control panel. Terry walked towards it, someone had tried to destroy the brakes. Terry yanked the brake handle to see if it would do anything. “SCREEECH” Terry was knocked back again by the failing brakes. “It’s no use” he murmured starting to lose hope. Then he remembered what he had learned about trains in his mechanic’s class at school, all trains have back up brakes situated on each carriage. It was going be dangerous but he had to help these people.
Terry climbed a ladder on the side of the engine and onto the slippery roof. He started to run along the top of the train stopping at each carriage to put the brakes on. It was slowly working; he could feel the train slowing down. Once it was all done he ran back to the cab. As he walked through the door he collapsed with fear and exhaustion of what he had just done. He slowly got back onto his feet and walked towards the front of the train and again he gasped. A light in the distance was showing that the train was about the come into the busy main station. The train was slowing down but not quick enough, Terry yanked the brake to try to slow it down but it only made things worse. Something made Terry freeze still with shock and surprise. Sitting on the same track and waiting at the platform was another train. Terry could see a boy looking out the window of the train at Terry. Terry tried to get someone’s attention but the boy could not see him, so he did the only thing he could to get the boys attention. He pulled the horn as hard as he could. “HONK HONK” the people on the other train and platform froze staring at the speeding train coming closer. Suddenly the passenger started running towards the exits, Terry could see the boy on the train yelling at people to get off the waiting train. Terry got down under the controls and held on as hard as he could and braced for the impact. “SMASH” the train was flung into the air and onto the platform. Spark and fire flew everywhere as the engine and other carriages skidded along the platform. The only thing terry could hear were sounds off destruction. The engine suddenly screeched to a halt and after a moment everything was quiet.
Terry climbed out of the broken window of the now burning engine. Soot and bruises dotted his once clean face. The whole platform was in ruins, the trains were ripped and shredded, everything was on fire and luggage and pieces of clothing littered the floor. Terry limped towards the nearest exit. As he got into the busy terminal it was chaos, people were running and screaming, they were small fires burning and emergency sirens screech in the distance. Terry walked towards the exit but suddenly collapsed onto the cold tiled floor of the terminal. A bright light filed his vision then he blacked out. He went in and out of consciousness, he saw a man in a white uniform pick him up and put him in a vehicle, he was being pushed in a bed down a white lit hallway with people in masks holding a weird mask over his mouth. He was in a room with bright lights and people holding weird objects, he then fell asleep again.
“Terry, Terry wake up please, please terry” Terrys eyes flung open, he was in a small hospital room with a window overlooking the city. His mother, father and sister were there, his mum who was in tears embraced him into a tight hug.
“Are you okay terry” his father asked
“Yes Dad” Terry murmured
“Oh my son” his Dad pulled him into a tight hug as well. Terry looked over his parent’s shoulders, his older sister Lily was standing there with a blank expression on her face. Terry smiled at her and she smiled back. She suddenly pushes her father out the way and hugged terry. ‘What were you doing at the wrong train son?” his father said. Terry suddenly was filled with Guilt.
“I tried to run away” terry blurted out. His father’s face was filled with concern. “Why” he asked. Terry shrugged.
“just so you know Terry” his father started “no matter what you ever think or do or what you think about us and what you think we think about you; just know we always love you no matter what” Terry realised his family never hated or not cared for him, it was just his horrible and fake thinking. He felt very guilty and stupid. What was with him, he was going to run away from his kind and caring family and try and start a new life. His parents would only get angry at him because they were worried about him. Terry nearly fainted with grief “I am so sorry, I should have never have tried to run away, I was just stupid”
“Honey you’re not stupid” his Mum said in a serious tone “don’t you ever think that, you’re our amazing and kind hearted son”.
“I love you Mum” terry replied
“And Just so you know Terry” Lily said “the news reporters and the mayor want to talked to you about how you to saved the train”.
“I didn’t save anyone” he replied
“But didn’t you hear, the news said that surprisingly no one was killed, there was only a few injuries” said Lily. Terry suddenly realised something he didn’t notice before. Who had broken the controls and brakes of the train and what happened to the driver. Did someone want the train to crash, was it a terrorist attack? What would have happened if he never got on the train? He was suddenly hit by dizziness from his confused and full mind. At least no one was killed in the whole ordeal, but how that would have to be impossible the crash was massive. Terry looked at the worried faces of his loving family and all his worries and thoughts were blown away. He suddenly felt proud of himself that he had done what he never imagined he could do; he had saved heaps of lives. He grabbed his family and pulled them all into a massive hug and decided to forget what had all happened and enjoy the time with his family, but only for now… The End