Taxi Tales I: Lost Fares. Short story, 4600 words (approx 13 pages) Dale is a cabbie with a good heart. Just a cabbie, and it's funny what people think a cabbie should be: a free ride; a friendly ear; a shoulder to cry on. Dale has seen it all, he thinks. Then Kate, a regular fare, makes him an offer he knows will lose him her custom--whether or not he accepts. She's a looker and has a walk that turns a man on, but he accepts because she needs him. Later will be soon enough to contemplate the consequences.