Here is Tuffin occupying the best seat in the station waiting room, near the gas fire on Sunday so no trains are expected so no one is here. He puffs on his pipe and makes smoke like a train.
A blind man and a dog come in. The blind man sits opposite and the dog sits with Tuffin and leans his head on Tuffin’s lap but Tuffin likes dogs and this one is a fine one. Tuffin is not sure if the blind man knows he is here so he stays very quiet so as not to startle him. The blind man farts so Tuffin puffs on his pipe a bit more. The dog drools on Tuffin’s lap.
Tuffin dare not move despite the fart and the drool. As it is Sunday no one else is likely to want to wait.
- The blind man takes out a book. He doesn’t look at the book at all but he turns the pages one at a time and reads out loud.
Tuffin wishes he had bought a book too.
- The blind man takes out a plastic bag and eats the sandwiches and biscuits.
Tuffin wishes he had a biscuit.
- The blind man removes his shoes and stretches across several seats.
Tuffin wishes he could remove his shoes and put on his slippers like he would later.
The dog scratches.
The blind man scratches and makes a pillow with his bag and falls asleep and snores.
So does the dog.
…Now Tuffin goes to the door and leaves the waiting room.
…But he waits at the platform puffing on his pipe and making smoke like a train.
A train stops and the blind man gets on without the dog, with the book and with the bag but it’s Sunday.
Tuffin goes back to the waiting room and the dog is occupying the best seat by the gas fire and he is awake.