“What did you see?” the police officer asked, scribbling into his notepad.
“I used to joke about suicide. I would say, ‘If there’s no convincing you out of it, go ahead and kill yourself. Just don’t take the rest of us with you.’ I recognize how insensitive I was being, now.” I turned my head away as the paramedics wheeled the body on the stretcher passed me.
“So you didn’t see anyone push her?”
“I wish someone had. A girl that young. What would drive her to jump in front of a speeding train like that?”
“Your guess is as good as mine ma’am.”
“I can only hope she found peace.”
“Some witnesses say they saw her sleeping on the bench. When she jumped, her eyes were still closed.”
“A death as violent as being run over by a train. I pray she was still asleep. I pray she was having dreams of paradise and didn’t feel a thing.”
word count: 159
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