I met Zan at the Mighty Haus launch party, and I wish I’d had more time to get to know her while she was in town. She writes over at A Cup of Tea and a Wheat Penny and lives in New York. An excerpt from her site:
“They’re all readers down here in the tunnels, just like up on the buses. Only here they turn the pages faster.
An older couple embarks; the woman finds a seat. I stand to offer the man my seat, and he politely waves me back down.
‘You sit. You’d better finish your coffee, before you spill it.’
‘Sir, I’m not allowed to drink coffee on the train. You’re not even supposed to know I have it.’
A girl pulls a notebook hurriedly from her handbag, as if the thought might fly from her mind before she has a chance to capture it in its perfectly formed newborn state. She clicks open her pen and writes:
With two underscores.“