Wheels of Love Prologue

I once entered Wheels of Love in the Writer’s Union of Canada Postcard Competition (it had to tell a story in less than 250 words). It ended up as a top twelve finalist that year (out of more than 700 entries).

I am planning now for it to be the prologue of a longer story.


Wheels of Love

Sue thought about getting off.

“This is crazy,” she said out loud to no one in particular. Looking out the window as the train pulled out of the Vienna station, Sue was drawn to the synchronicity of it all. Their love began on a train and ended on one. Now here she was 30 years later again feeling the wheels of a locomotive churning under her as they moved south towards Graz.

Thirty years was a long, long time and she wondered for the 100th time if she was doing the right thing. She caught her reflection in the window and winced a little. Her round open face was still vibrant but her thoughtful and penetrating blue eyes were framed by lines. Strange they called them laugh lines, Sue thought, because frowning and pain brought the same results and she would know that better than anyone. She reached into her bag and pulled out a piece of paper that had been folded and unfolded many times. Sue re-read the words of the printed e-mail she had received two months earlier and still couldn’t believe they were really from him.

“Yes, this is your Hans,” he had written. “Your friend Daniel came and gave to me your address. He asked do I still think on you. My English is not so good for me to explain well to you but yes, much often.”

Sue smiled and looked out the window at her past rushing towards her.

Are you interested to find out what happened to this couple of lovers?

Here are all the chapters – so far – of Wheels of Love.


  1. Seema
    Sep 21, 2015

    Such a wonderful piece, Susan! You’ve managed to capture so much in so few words. It definitely stands on its own, but it leaves me with so many questions…so, yes, I do want to know what happened to this couple of lovers!

    • Susan McNicoll
      Sep 21, 2015

      Thank you Seema. I hope to be able to answer the questions as I move forward.

  2. Cheryl Cooke Harrington
    Sep 21, 2015

    Wonderful, Susan! I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

    • Susan McNicoll
      Sep 21, 2015

      Thanks Cheryl for your comment. I hope as the story unfolds you will follow along.

  3. Denise
    Sep 25, 2015

    Love this piece Susan! I felt as if I was on the train with Sue as I read it. And yes, I want to know what happens next!!

    • Susan McNicoll
      Sep 29, 2015

      Thank you Denise. I was happy you felt you were on the train with Sue and hope you will be happy as the story goes along.

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