“Carousel Number Three” / A Memorable Fancy #315

            An alarm bell rings. Robert Morgan jumps from its suddenness; the sound clatters against his quiet thoughts. Carousel number three starts up with lurches, rattles, and a scrape of belts. Luggage from Flight 760 begins to pour and bump onto the moving belt as passengers subtly jostle for position near the baggage-disgorging mouth.

            He waits. The belt stops. His own luggage has not yet appeared. After a few minutes the belt starts up again. More bags appear, pushing and shoving those that arrived before, dropping on them like clumsy birds of prey. Bags are wrestled off the belt by adjacent arms, grimacing people.

            One by one, passengers reunite with their luggage, jerking them off the moving belt, sometimes colliding with other passengers, you shouldn’t have been standing so close to me. Me? I was here first, asshole. – And so on, none of it aloud.

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