Story Title: ‘A Covering of Leaves’ by Danny Rhodes
Collection/Anthology?: Various Authors Anthology 1 (The Fiction Desk)
Briefly: Still in a state of shock following a rail disaster that befell the station that he works at, Webster is finding it hard to think about anything else but the tragedy and its victims. He begins to focus on the abandoned cars in the station car park, speculating on the people who may have owned these cars. It’s not long before his attention turns to a red Nissan which has been sitting abandoned in a bottom corner of the station car park, which is slowly becoming shrouded in leaves.
Afterthoughts: This a powerful story which explores tragedy and loss, and from a unique perspective. I remember reading that the author was inspired to write this story after reading about how the authorities kept coming across abandoned cars in New York in the wake of 9/11. From that seed Rhodes has built a story that feels so ‘in memoriam’, not only to the lost souls of a fictional train crash, but to the victims of any disaster that has happened in the real world. The story and the feelings it arouses is quietly magnificent.
This story was read as part of a review of the Various Authors Anthology, Volume 1. If you want to find out more about this anthology then I invite you to pop along to my forethoughts post for this title. I also encourage you to make a trip over to the publisher page for this title.