Platform shoes

Author – Shoeless guy

Each morning the school kids had to use the train to go to the high school in the next town to the north, also the college students used the station to get to lessons in the town to the south, there was always rivalry between them but they where always separated by the rail track on opposite platforms. The college students used a side entrance to the station down a narrow walkway. This particular April morning they where confronted on the walkway by a red liquid which covered several metres of the path. To avoid this they would have to use the main entrance which would of meant a ten minute detour. Rather than do this the boys decided to just walk through the liquid to get to the platform. Upon entering the station they where stopped by two young guys wearing ‘high viz’ jackets telling them that the red liquid they had just walked through was a chemical spillage and there shoes needed to be specially cleaned. So that they did not miss their train they where told to remove their shoes, they would be cleaned on the same train by specialist cleaners and then given back to them on the platform at the destination station. Each boy took off their shoes and handed them over to the guys in the ‘high viz’ jackets, they where each handed a receipt for their shoes, to which the boys placed in their pockets and continued walking to the platform edge in their socked feet. The pupils on the opposite platform where laughing and jeering at them as per usual but more so as they where shoeless. The ‘high viz’ guys collected all the shoes in a large flatbed trolley and wheeled it along the platform. The train arrived and the students boarded it in their socks. As the train pulled away they could see the ‘high viz’ guys still on the platform, removing their high visibility jackets to reveal the school uniform of the opposing school. Also still on the platform was the trolley full of their shoes. The shoeless students pulled the receipts out of their pockets and on the back of each receipt was written ‘APRIL FOOL’S.

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