Chapter 13 of The Empty City

By Andrew Looney

The Four got onto the subway again, this time headed for the Android Sisters' downtown apartment. The train rumbled and bumped and screeched through the dark tunnels.

Bert said, "Those doughnuts weren't enough. I'm still hungry." He stood up.

Peter said, "You going back to the dining car?"

Bert nodded.

Peter said, "Then get me a Coke." He handed Bert some money.

Bert went back toward the dining car. As he passed through the dual doors between the cars, he could smell the dank, musty air of the underground as it roared past him at 70 miles an hour. He had a long way to go, since the dining car was traditionally the last car of the subway.

Once there, he ordered a ham and cheese sandwich and two Cokes. He ate the sandwich and drank most of one of the drinks on the way back to the others. He gave the second Coke to Peter.

Copyright © 1991 by Andrew Looney.

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