The Passengers

A Bit of Fiction & Illustration

It was an ordinary day, just like every other day. Like clockwork, Melody was always up at the same time, caught the same bus, rode that bus to the same unfulfilling job, and then came home to the same old boyfriend. The unemployed boyfriend, that is. She was sick of it, sick of him. Sick of her life.

Johnny, her deadbeat beau, could never seem to impress his bosses like he could dazzle the women – which might explain why he could never hold down a job. He had a terrible reputation. So, on top of everything else, Melody was sick of hearing that she should leave him. She knew that already. She just didn’t know how.

This day started out a little differently though. Unlike most ordinary days, Melody missed the Number 7 bus because Johnny had hit the snooze button on her alarm. She was furious and disorganized, and she had to hightail it to Worthington Street to catch the Number 5. It would still get her to work, but in a roundabout sort of way. It was the first time in six years that she would be late for her job.

What Melody didn’t know, however, was that this particular bus ride would be anything but ordinary. Not the bus ride itself, exactly… but the passengers. People who were so full of energy and life, that they would change her world forever.


Word of the Day Challenge: Reputation

I’m so excited about this story, and I hope that the intro had the ability to hook you – the reader – in. Beginnings are tough!

Anyway, this is going to be fun because I can dedicate larger sections to particular characters, and spend a little more time describing their personalities – which is the best part of the story.

I decided to use color on my illustration because I wasn’t ready to write yesterday, so I took time looking at inspiring art online and working on the bus. I’d like to get to a point where each part, or section, is at least 500 words, but we’ll just have to wait and see. If that’s the case, I may need to go back to simpler line art.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed everything so far!

Thank you so much for reading.

Until next time,



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