“What’s the Dead Train Challenge”?
After the final out was recorded, lightning danced between distant clouds. Jared and Maura weaved through the departing crowd to leave Appalachian Power Park.
Maura sought to continue their ninth inning conversation.
“Well, I need to learn a little more,” Jared replied, “but the challenge is to sleep on an abandoned railroad line between Charleston and Clarksburg. Trains don’t use this particular line anymore, but there’s supposedly a ghost train that runs the tracks each night.”
“That sounds incredibly uncomfortable.”
“Definitely,” Jared continued, “but you wanted to do something different and out of the ordinary with your sister.”
Thunder rumbled through the night sky. The couple hustled along Lewis Street and crossed Morris Street, desperately seeking the refuge of their truck before the skies opened.
“Wouldn’t the train just pass through you?” Maura asked. “Isn’t that what ghosts do?”
Jared smiled and guided his girlfriend between a few parked vehicles. He unlocked the passenger door of their truck and helped Maura inside. The first raindrops stuck his shoulders before he was able to get behind the wheel.
“That’s a good question,” he finally answered. Well aware that Maura wasn’t much for the outdoors, he was unsure if she would have any interest. However, he suspected the challenge had captured her curiosity.
“I could see Kelly enjoying that,” Maura offered.
“This is the sort of thing you record and put on YouTube,” Jared added. “I know Kelly loves social media.”
The two shared a quick and knowing glance.
“How about we stop and pick up some new sleeping bags on the way home?”
To be continued.