Karen, the freckled girl on the Central Line tube train in my fantasy story Blue Infinity, Red Heart is based on a real girl, covered in freckles, who sat opposite us on the train between Stratford and Loughton, where she got off. She attracted the attention of an unruly yob who harassed her by sitting down beside her, making lewd comments. Disgusted, I suggested that he calm down and leave her alone. They both got off at Loughton. I wrote Blue Infinity because I wanted to bring attention to her plight - I think she only travelled late at night to spare her blushes. Hence the name: Karen Blush. The story has a happy ending, deliberately so, in her memory. I hope she finds peace, and happiness.
Blue Infinity, Red Heart from Is It Today? LIVE featuring sensational Linnea Sage as Karen:
‘You were staring at my freckles, weren’t you? Like other men do. Beautiful, aren’t they?'
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