“There is a Man on the Escalator”

There is a man on the escalator going the wrong way. He has been walking, step after step, for over five hours now. People squeeze by him as they descend to the first floor, while he remains at the very bottom, trying to come up while the stairs cycle downwards. Sweat pools on his neck and the bottom of his back. I watch him, straining, his face growing pale. I wonder if anyone will grab his shoulders, look him in the eye, and point to the other escalator, not ten feet away, that will take him to the second floor. I stand up and survey the store, and by the look on everyone’s faces, I think they’re wondering if someone will, too.

Related Posts
Filter by
Post Page
The Story Behind the Story Featured Fiction New Fiction Finalist for Editors' Prize Write Now: An Ongoing Workshop for Writers Why I Write
Sort by

The Story Behind the Story: “There is a Man on the Escalator”

This one came about in a really large book store with a pair of escalators leading to the second floor–one up
2019-04-05 08:23:08
saige243

18

“The Crush”

Here the Girl has come to find solace. In the aisle, crouching, the Girl savors the Boy’s smile, the incision of its
2019-04-26 10:01:33
rebeccabernard

8

“Karmic Repatterning”

We weren’t saying much on the drive.  She had just gotten through telling me that I had “boundary” issues, that the p
2017-03-09 12:48:03
doug

8

“Blanched”

As an infant, Penelope spent a few nights in Saxon County hospital.  Her mother, Janice, feared mold like the
2015-07-03 06:45:04
deananantz

1

The Story Behind the Story: “(there’s no telling what . . . )”

The wish to study
2016-11-10 04:49:52
musclehead

1

“Hide and Seek”

I knew I lost the baby when my jeans zipped up again. “Shit,” I pressed the palms of my hands to my stomach wh
2011-09-01 12:26:19
cortese

1

“Mysticism for beginners”

So on the way to dinner (for shits and giggles, she said) my date and I went into the head shop, Julia with her blue
2011-10-03 01:35:25
griner

1

Write Now: “Extending and Advancing”

2015-06-27 06:48:25
baldwin

1

Why I Write: Yasmina Madden

I wish I could say that from a very young age, five or six, I knew that I wanted to be a writer, and that I write
2016-01-02 10:36:00
ymadden

1

“Story Dissection”

Here’s all that is needed to dissect the story: Thematic Elements 1) The man loves his wife, as in t
2019-07-10 09:35:19
dryan

1

About Saige Cross

Saige Cross is a writer living in Oklahoma City. His fiction has appeared in GFT Press, Trampset, The Paragon Press, and Bridge, among others.