Engineered for Precision – Friday Fictioneers

It’s time for Friday Fictioneers, a group of writers who accept the challenge of writing a 100-word story based on a photo. It’s a lot of fun and all are welcome to participate. 

I’m really late this week! I apologize for my lateness. Happy 4th of July to all who are celebrating the holiday. 

Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting the Friday Fictioneers and to Jean Hays for providing this week’s wild photo. If you would like to join in, here are instructions. 

My story follows. 

PHOTO PROMPT – © Jean L. Hays

Genre: Humor (100 words)

Engineered for Precision

“Here’s the Mercedes.” The salesman ushered her towards the minty green car. “It’s luxurious, engineered for precision. You really can’t go wrong.”

It was a smooth ride, but she noticed a rip in the seat and that a few buttons jammed. She hesitated before signing.

Before long, the electronic windows stuck in a permanent status of open, rolled down to precisely the place they were when the buttons stopped working. Through rain, sleet, and sizzling heat, passengers arrived at their destination with hair resembling a tumbleweed and their voices cracking from yelling over the wind.

Still, it was a Mercedes.


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42 thoughts on “Engineered for Precision – Friday Fictioneers

  1. When appearance means more than comfort and safety (which, imo, is the mission statement of Abercrombie).


    1. Ha ha! I’ve never worn Abercrombie, but I’ll take your word for it. And you mention safety. That’s true. It’s not just about appearances. Safety first!


    1. Oh, I doubt that any side is unfortunate, Mark. I think when it comes to brands, especially with cars, people just have their mind set and they know what they want! There’s nothing wrong with that.


  2. I am quite amused. I love the attitude, despite it’s flaws the car is still in the “status symbol” class of automobiles–and it is mechanically dependable. Great story, Amy.


    1. Aww. Thanks, Russell. I aim to amuse. So long as no one rides with her, I think she can fool them all and still have “status.” I don’t think she could be an Uber driver in L.A., however. 🙂


  3. Ahhh yes… all about the brand! Funny… my s*&!box of a car had a window problem very similar… wasn’t a Mercedes though! Fun!


  4. I once drove a lemon that made it to the list of top 10 lemons of the last two decades. Yep I too drove a car in the top 10 list. Nothing but the best for some people.


    1. Not everyone can make such claims, Subroto! That’s got to count for something. At the very least, maybe a great blog post, but truly perseverance that will last a life time.


  5. I kept wondering when the car was going to end up in the ground, but it looks like it was already partly dead. Maybe some sand got caught in the power window gears… Oh, well; even a defective Mercedes is still a Mercedes… Enjoy the weather (in the car).


  6. Funny story, Amy. 😀 It seems people were willing to ride in it no matter what condition they were in when they climbed out. As you say, “…it was a Mercedes.” Well done. 😀 — Suzanne


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