She hadn’t paid much attention to who she was sitting in the seat with nor the people around her. When she did finally look up, she found a sophisticated lady perched on the seat across from her. The lady was complimenting a fine tailored navy blue suit, with a hat, and handbag to match. The lady was brown. Her skin like the leather straps on Darryllyn’s suitcases. Her hair was tied up in a bun under her hat, which was ornamented with an array of long ostrich feathers. Her eyes wore flawless makeup shades and her nails had color to match. Darryllyn realized she was staring when the conductor asked for her ticket. She caught herself and handed the ticket to him. He commented that she was awfully young to be traveling alone and wanted to know if she was going to visit relatives in Florida. Before Darryllyn could speak up the sophisticated lady spoke in mellow jazz like tones. The lady handed the conductor her ticket and said, ”The child is traveling with me and yes we’re visiting relatives in Florida.”
Darryllyn sat there with her mouth hung open until the conductor tipped his hat and made his way to the next passengers. The sophisticated lady then spoke to Darryllyn, ”Where are you from and why are you traveling alone? That conductor had a look in his eye that said he wanted more from you than just your ticket. When traveling always make nice with the person sitting by you or in the station before boarding so no one knows you’re traveling alone. It will be for your best benefit. By the way I’m Cecilia L. Vaughn and I’m traveling to Florida to make a new life for myself after I found that bastard of a husband of mine cheating on me with a girl no more older than you. How old are you anyway and what’s your name? Well are you going to say anything child?”
Darryllyn sat up straight to try to impress Ms. Cecilia L. Vaughn and spoke in her most astute prestigious voice.
“My name is Darryllyn Sarah Logan, I am traveling to Florida to make a life for myself because my daddy has no idea what to do with a girl child as myself. I am the only girl with five brothers and my mama died giving birth to me. So now that I am of age, my daddy figures I can now make a way for myself in the world.”
“Of age?” Cecilia squawked, “But you’re barely a baby, what sixteen or so?”
Darryllyn nodded and replied, “Yes ma’am.”