Detour – Friday Fictioneers

It’s time for Friday Fictioneers. Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting this challenge each and every week. She keeps us all on track. The challenge is to write a 100-word story based on a photo prompt.

Thanks to The Reclining Gentleman for contributing the lovely photo.

If you’d like to join in on this challenge, all our welcome. And now, for my offering.

PHOTO PROMPT © The Reclining Gentleman

Genre: Speculative Fiction (100 words) 


“It looks like the same detour.”

By the fourth go-around, they were positive.

“We’re looping.”

Almost out of gas, Tom and Daniel considered their options. They could follow another car. Walk, although they’d never make their flight. Hitchhike?

“Ridiculous! All we need is a left turn.”

Daniel pointed at the GPS. “There.”

“Dude, that’s off the bridge.”

Tom sped faster trying to get off the bridge. “GPS is unreliable.”

“We have no choice,” Daniel said, with a helping hand on the wheel.


What appeared a suicide mission has turned up the vehicle, but there’s been no trace of any passengers.


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57 thoughts on “Detour – Friday Fictioneers

    1. Very mysterious, indeed! No, unplanned, unplanned, Solo. I just thought the idea of an unending detour could be quite maddening. You know the kind I’m talking about? And just what if….there was a bridge.

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  1. My friend lives on a farm just south of here and if you follow the GPS directions you end up in the river (where there was once a bridge) and the river is full of crocodiles. I thought of this when I read your story and wondered if Tom and Daniel ended up as dinner! Great story, Amy 😀

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    1. Oh Dianne, that’s hilarious! I had no idea I’d be writing a true story here. Every now and then you got to stop the GPS before things way south and you’re totally lost! And/or catch yourself before you land in a river of crocodiles. Oh no! Thanks, Dianne.:D


  2. Last time I trusted my Sat Nav, it told me to turn right (north) onto the dual carriageway. I live in the UK! What it meant was turn left (south) and loop around the next roundabout, taking the second on the left, and then travel north.
    There are quite a few incidents reported in the Press about people who’ve had all sorts of mishaps due to taking their Sat Nav’s seriously. They’ve even tried to plead in court, when it has led them to commit a traffic offence or cause an accident, that it was the Sat Nav’s fault. That’s rather like blaming a computer for writing and sending a rude email.
    Your story says it all! Well done.


    1. First of all, I love that you call it a Sat Nav! I love that. That’s pretty funny that people try to plead in court with it. Blame it on the Sat Nav. We use the Sat Nav a lot. I usually use Suri on my phone. Usually, she’s pretty good, but we use her a lot when we go out of town for my son’s water polo games. We’d be lost without it! Sometimes, it (she) does get confused. 🙂 And, I find myself getting mad at her. Ha ha. It’s a good thing we still have old fashioned maps! Thanks so much for your lovely comments, Sarah.

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    1. Oh no, Dawn, to get stuck on the beltway! I’ve never had that experience! I could have very well called my piece “The Beltway.” I only thought of a detour since it was in another country. The Beltway idea would have worked well here. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Irene, thanks for your thoughtful comments on my story. I was trying to show a worsening state of affairs, but don’t know if I succeeded with the short space. I wanted things to seem pretty dire to drive off the edge! Their flight was unplanned and yes, who knows what lays ahead for them. Thanks so much!

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    1. Me too, Margaret. I think it’s funny if you take an alternative route from the GPS. I think I detect it being a little irritated. 🙂 I’m sure it’s in my mind or is it? I think their lives have been turned upside down. Thanks for your lovely comments.


  3. Good story, Amy. Creepy. O_o Sounds like an evil spirit in the GPS. Either that, or they both fell asleep and made the turn in their sleep. Quite a mystery with no bodies. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne


    1. Thanks, Suzanne. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I suppose I didn’t need the bodies to disappear…then this could very well have been a comedy, so long as no dies! I usually laugh at my GPS. It’s not very smart sometimes. 🙂


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