Abandoned Case

The suitcase lay abandoned on the line … would the owner have less clothes at the other end? Had staff been incompetent when loading the baggage? Or had someone tossed it off to be retrieved later?

In 1939 nobody considered bombs or sabotage. Odd things happened in times of war and extreme poverty.

People noticed the case but speculation was preferred as nobody approached it. Reluctance to get involved held them back. Everyone thought the other should investigate the contents yet nobody touched it!

What was in that suitcase and who had lost it … mystery and intrigue prevailed!


Carrot Ranch Challenge: July 26, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about what happens next to a stranded suitcase. Go where the prompt leads you, but consider the different perspectives you can take to tell the tale.


  1. I imagine it to be one of my grandparents suitcases… the contents weren’t much, and easily replaceable. A few shirts and maybe a pair of trousers. 🙂

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  2. Don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but it also is about perspective. I often look at the surroundings or the “beyond”, not the obvious thing in the centre of “attention”.

    I just wrote something yesterday about the light at the end of the tunnel and something I heard once where someone said that ” if you’re going through hell, keep going”, don’t stop, don’t give up, the light at the end of the tunnel will eventually appear.

    The first thing I thought when I saw the suitcase was not what’s inside it, but what happened to the owner of the case. I wanted to look into the tunnel, not the suitcase. Was there a person who was tired of life, walked into the tunnel in hopes a train will take his misery away and out of this life? In a despairing moment like this the person doesn’t need the suitcase anymore and just left it on the tracks either as a visible cry for help or as a remembrance to leave behind that this person once existed.

    Sorry, bleak interpretation. But those thought came to mind when I saw the picture. My perspective, not very uplifting.

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  3. Excellent! OOH! You have me wondering to the max about what was in that suitcase!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I love old luggage. I have a trunk that is over a 150 years old that belonged to a great uncle who traveled the world. And I have a Samsonite suitcase that is at least 75 years old. When I was a little girl a senior adult lady gave it to me to keep my Barbie doll and clothes in. 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂
    PS…If that suitcase was lost by a university/college student it would be filled with dirty laundry…being taken home to wash at Mom’s house! 😉

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