For the first time in quite some time, we have a tie-break situation in the seventy-five word challenge. Congratulations to both Teresa and Bob for getting this far. Now they enter... the Thunderdome! Or perhaps not. The Chronderdome? The stories: THE DEAD CAN WEEP by Teresa Edgerton In the ruins of New York, the dead walked, ghosts haunting ghosts. The wind wailed along the streets of broken buildings. The ghosts spoke in whispers. Two met amidst the twisted girders. “I loved you forty years,” he said, “but never dared to speak.” “And I loved you.” A heart that doesn’t beat can still be broken. “A lifetime wasted!” The dead speak; they cannot touch. She smiled behind her tears. “Now we have eternity.” ********************* THE RAILROAD MAN by Bob S. Sr "Me and paw was kicked back, catfishin' down by the river". "Most devoted family man I ever seen, he and his missus fed 'leven kids, he never missed a day at the switchyard." Paw was talkin, about the dark figure with the lunch pail, crossin' the trestle. "Kin I ask him if he has kids my age?" I begged. "Wouldn't pay", paw said, "that man was kilt by a train more'n fifty years ago". ********************* The usual rules apply: Any member of the Chrons can cast a vote Each member may cast one vote only You may not vote for yourself The winner of the poll will choose the theme for March The poll will close at 11:59pm GMT on the 1st of March 2012 Please note -- this is an open poll. Everyone will be able to see which story you voted for. This thread is to be used for voting only. Please keep comments on the stories for the Discussion thread. Any comments posted here will be removed.