William Dyke

William Dyke is a writer and editor who also blogs at www.willdyke.org

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An unexpected passenger – flash fiction by William Dyke

 

Mr. Wang woke at dawn to eat congee and fruit. He filled his tea mug and said goodbye to his wife before walking to the elevator. They lived on the 13th floor of an apartment that the government had given them after being displaced from their inner city hutong.

The apartment was on the outskirts of Beijing. It wasn’t especially nice, but it was his own. People like Mr. Wang didn’t normally own apartments. In the story of Mr. Wang’s life, he considered it a win on the whole.

Mr. Wang worked as a taxi driver, even though he didn’t have to. Years of steady work and a healthy pension ensured there would be food on the table plus some leftover. But ever since his son had moved out, he found himself lonely. He loved his wife but one person wasn’t enough to keep conversation going.

Mr. Wang’s favorite part of his job was chatting with passengers. He liked to talk with them as he drove around the city’s windy corridors and on the ring roads. He liked to speed by Tiananmen Square and tell them about how the city had changed so much in recent years.

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