Death Takes the Train

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DEATH TAKES THE TRAIN by D. M. Larson
Copyright (c) 2012 by Freedrama.net
A train car is empty. Groups of people shuffle in and settle in to seats to the right. People are talking about their trips and their destinations and how tired or hungry they are. Then after a pause, the Grim Reaper walks on to the train and sits alone at the left side of the train car.
MEL
Is that who I think it is?
MITCH
I think so.
MEL
What's he doing on this train?
TINA
How do you know it's a he?
MEL
Death is always a guy.
TINA
Always?
MEL
I think so.
TINA
But he's wearing a dress.
MITCH
Or is more of a moo-moo.
MEL
Robe... it's a robe. Guys can wear robes.
TINA
After a shower.
MITCH
Or if they are some kind of judge.
TINA
Death is a like a judge.
MEL
True... I see what you mean.
TINA
A justice of the peace?
MITCH
A justice of rest in peace.
TINA
Nice one.
MITCH
Thanks.
TINA
You're welcome.
MITCH
So what's he doing here?
TINA
He's got a client I guess.
MEL
One of us?
TINA
No, he's probably on his way somewhere.
MITCH
Why is death taking the train?
MEL
His winged horse o' death didn't have the guts to go there... get it... because it's a skeleton horse... no guts...
TINA
Please don't explain the joke. It's not funny if you have to explain it.
MEL
Geez... I'll just let Mitch make all the jokes then.
TINA
Thank you.
MITCH
You're welcome.
TINA
Death taking the train doesn't make any sense. Doesn't that take too long? Wouldn't death be in more of a hurry?
MITCH
Maybe not... modern medicine is keeping people alive longer. Maybe he's not in a hurry anymore.
MEL
Maybe he's on a tight budget like the rest of us. The bad economy is even affecting life and death.
TINA
I like Mitch's theory better.
MEL
Of course you do.
TINA
Mitch has a point. People aren't dying as quick as they used to or as often. Modern…...

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