Road Fever – Friday Fictioneers

It’s time for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by our fairy blog mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. This week’s photo was provided by Al Forbes. Thanks, Al.

All are welcome to join in. The challenge is to write a 100-word story based on the photo. Give it a try.

I learned from a news story that driverless cars are not so far away. They say 10 years or less. Are you ready?

PHOTO PROMPT – © Al Forbes

(100 words)

Road Fever

The Otto-Moto Driverless Car was Kevin’s solution for his sanity. He could sleep, eat, read, text, whatever the hell he wanted. Simply stress-free. No more anger. Not to mention, no more annoying searches for lost keys.

His driver Otto was more than willing to please. Driven by voice command, Otto was keenly aware, if not downright clairvoyant. When Kevin was near, the doors unlocked.

“Drive to work,” Kevin said. Otto ignored him. “Hey, wrong turn. Where are you going?”

“None of your business,” replied Otto. He proceeded to ram another driverless car off the road. “Punk. Learn how to drive.”


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84 thoughts on “Road Fever – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Dear Amy,

    That last line had me laughing out loud. (After writing a particularly heavy chapter, I needed that. 😉 ) Robot road rage. Classic. Naturally it’s Otto and not Olive. Clever, girlfriend, very clever.



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    1. Good to hear, Rochelle. It’s the little laughs that always get me through the heaviness. Glad I could help out. Is Olive the Disney car? Well, you can guess Otto was not a product of Disney. Thank you.


      1. Oh, I see. I really didn’t think about the female name of cars and ships. Did you know that Olive happens to be the name of a robot car made by Disney? What a coincidence! I love the name Olive! But now I definitely don’t want this car to have that name since it’s your granddaughter’s name. I agree that it makes more sense for the car to be masculine in this scenario. Thanks for your thoughts!


  2. Hahaha. I love it. Driving brings out the worst in us, whether we are machines or flesh doesn’t matter. What a fun twist. A bit disappointing, I’ve really been looking forward to driverless cars. 😉


    1. Thanks, Gah. I’m pretty pro-technology, but I know it comes at a price. Hopefully, nothing like this! It was the weirdest discussion on the radio. They talked about whether drivers of driverless cars (and how strange it this?) will need to get licenses. Hmm.

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  3. I am not ready for them and I have a foreboding feeling that some may be like Otto. But then again, maybe nothing can go wrong…go wrong…go wrong.

    Provocative little piece of writing there, Amy–very nice! Happy weekend!

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    1. I feel strange about them, too. I can see how younger generations, especially if they grow up with them, will probably think they’re no big deal! I will need some time to adjust.
      Thanks, Brigitte! You too. Have a great weekend!


  4. Otto has taken over! Kind of like Siri with an attitude! Fun read, Amy! Hopefully when the day of driverless cars comes, we will see fewer accidents, but I think I would miss driving as well. Hope you have a good weekend! 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, Kelly. That’s a good point. I think I would miss driving, too. What I wonder about is whether there would be cars with and without drivers alongside each other. That seems even more strange! We’ll see what happens. I can’t believe it’s that close, but I’m sure it will take a while to happen. I hope you have a great weekend, too. 🙂

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      1. It would be like your own private train. I’m having a hard time imaging this scene for a freeway. I can see it with city driving no problem. Going at high speeds with an invisible driver would be weird. Other than that, you could get stuff done. Maybe get some writing in! xox

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    1. Oh, this doesn’t make you worry! I guess so long as no one gets killed. Honestly, driving along at a slow speed in a driverless car is not too worrisome. It’s the high speeds that I worry about. But I’m sure everything will be fine, right? 🙂 Thanks, Ali.

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  5. I love the name Otto for an auto, although ships and cars are generally given female names as terms of affection. Artificial intelligence is a big thing these days, so it only seems natural for these machines to develop a less-than-lovely side. A very entertaining piece, Amy. I got a good laugh out of this one.

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    1. I guess it’s kind of a play on Auto as a word. I totally forgot that ships and car are given female names. I guess it can be Otta instead! That’s kind of funny. Come to think of it, Russell, I’ve always given my cars female names. Pearl, Esmeralda and now Sapphire. See a common theme? I worry about the machine take over in a kind of fun, distant way. Some take it pretty seriously though. I’m glad I could make you laugh! Thank you.

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  6. Otto seems to be the four wheeled version of Hal, Amy. I don’t think I’m ready for driverless cars, although I will say that I love the keyless entry feature on my new Jeep Cherokee. As long as my keys are in my purse I can open and lock the car without ever having to take them out. And I haven’t lost my keys once since getting the new car! 🙂

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    1. Right, Sandra. Haha. The cars would suddenly develop hormones, so intent in the quest to be human. I guess Otta could work, but I prefer Otto too. It definitely has the sound of a car with attitude, never mind that’s it not exactly a good one. 🙂

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  7. Otto reminds me of my laptop. It does what it wants at times. A pretty scary thing that unnerves me all the time.
    Spell check is the worst. It thinks for me. 😬 I like driving. I wouldn’t buy a driverless car.
    But you’ve written a fun and frightening story …
    Isadora 😎


    1. That’s funny, my laptop does strange things, too. It’s the ghost. I would probably miss driving, too. It would be weird to not have control of it. Thanks, Isadora. I love your name. 🙂


  8. That was hilarious and scary at the same time, Amy. Looks like Otto was a muscle machine. He was really looking for trouble. A reset is definitely called for. He might resent it though and be worse than ever. Hal the computer comes to mind. Well done. 😀 — Suzanne


  9. That made me laugh, Amy. Hopefully it will never be possible to modify driverless cars with personalities. Road rage is much worse when it’s the car who’s angry. It seems that driverless cars are inevitable, although it would be pretty scary at first, especially going 70mph down the highway. Of course, it’d give me more time to read. 🙂


    1. It’s frightening to think about, the driving at 70mph driverless, the mad car that’s lost control! I don’t know how I’m going to adjust to this one. But then think about all the reading we’d get in. That might be worth it! 🙂

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