Mythical Drabbles: ‘Off Track’ by Laurence Sullivan

Please enjoy today’s Korean myth-inspired drabble by Insignia Drabbles series contributor, Laurence Sullivan!

Off Track

Laurence Sullivan

Sae-byuk was lost in thought when the train stopped. She had never known the Seoul subway to do so unannounced…

As she sat waiting for word from the driver, she caught sight of a man watching her from beneath a wide-brimmed hat.

He approached her measuredly, before offering his hand.

On impulse she took it, and her ears were assaulted with the sound of screams.

Sae-byuk had been gifted a final glimpse of the mortal plane: her body amidst a chaotic train crash.

The man was a Jeoseung Saja, sent to lead her soul away to whatever world came next…

Runner-up in the Wicked Young Writer Awards: Gregory Maguire Award, Laurence Sullivan’s creative writing has appeared in such places as: Londonist, The List, NHK World-Japan, Literary Orphans and Popshot Quarterly. He became inspired to start writing during his studies at the universities of Kent, Utrecht and Birmingham – after being saturated in all forms of literature from across the globe and enjoying every moment of it. He is currently pursuing a PhD at Northumbria University in the Medical Humanities, exploring literary portrayals of women’s domestic medicine during the eighteenth century. More of his work can be found online at and on Twitter @LozzySullivan

Work Published with INSIGNIA STORIES:

Southeast Asian Fantasy Drabbles (Insignia Drabbles Vol.2)

Mythical Creatures of Asia (Insignia Drabbles Vol.3.)

Mythical Beings of Asia (Insignia Drabbles Vol.4.)

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