THE SLEEPER"I'm sorry, Miss Ross," the conductor explained, "I know you have a reservation for a private berth, but due to over booking all we have left is a compartment for two. Your berth mate is a very attractive young woman , so we hope you can see your way clear to accept these alternate accommodations at no cost to you of course!" The train was about to leave the station and Melanie Ross was just finding out that her reservation on the Overland Chief from Chicago to Seattle was not being honored because of some stupid bureaucratic bungling! She had hoped to spend her travel time alone in her room reading and sleeping, but now that would be quite impossible, so with an obvious look of disgust on her face, Melanie grudgingly accepted the conductor's offer and stowed her luggage in her berth and headed off to the observation car for a drink. After several high balls, Melanie began to relax and tried to put the incident with the conductor behind her. It wouldn't do any good to mope about it, and she was saving a bundle of cash on the deal, so why not make the best of a bad situation!!! The drinks had not only calmed her down, but they also had made her quite drowsy, so after rising to her feet on slightly unsteady legs, Melanie made her way back to her berth for an afternoon nap. Sliding open the compartment door, Melanie was surprised to find her traveling partner in their room unpacking her suitcase. The conductor had been right, she was a very attractive young woman, whom Melanie guessed to be about twenty four or five years old. After stepping into the room, she extended her hand and said, "I'm Melanie Ross, I guess we'll be sharing a compartment together!" The younger woman accepted Melanie's hand and replied, "My name is Nancy Perkins, but everyone calls me Nan, I took the upper berth if that's okay with you, I had the upper bunk back home as a little girl, and I'm used to sleeping up in the air!" "No problem," replied Melanie, "since I have about twenty years on you, I just as soon not have to climb all the way up there!!!"
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