I’ll probably expand this into a full short story later, because it feels like there might be legs on it, but this feels right for right now. I’ll leave it to the reader to decide whether this is sci fi, fantasy, or something in between.
Don’t step on the tracks.
Pay the fare; obey the signals; mind the gap between the train and the platform. These are the rules of the railway, children, and you should follow them if you want to live.
I assume you do.
Pay the fare, obey the signals, mind the gap between the train and the platform, and above all these rules, if you only remember one, remember this: don’t step on the tracks.
Or the Conductor will get you.