"Willa" is a 24-page short story originally published in the December 2006 issue of Playboy magazine, and later included as the first entry in King's own 2008 collection Just After Sunset.


The story concerns a group of passengers, including David Sanderson, milling about in a train station following a derailment. Unable to find his fiance, he sets out to a nearby town despite the insistence of the other passengers that he stay and wait for the shuttle train. David encounters a wild wolf on the three-mile hike into town, but ultimately tracks his fiance down at a local bar, where she helps him to understand something fundamental about them both that they have already known for a long time.

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