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?

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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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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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Aside

It’s time for Friday Fictioneers, a group of writers from around the world who are challenged to write a 100-word story based on photo prompt.

Many thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting each week and to Roger Bultot for this week’s photo.

All are welcome to participate. Join in!

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PHOTO PROMPT – © Roger Bultot

 Genre: General Fiction (101 words)

Karma

Jimmy crawled out of his cardboard house to watch the fumes rising from the roof in a pinched funnel.

The earlier words of a man echoed in his head:

You feed on the misery of others.
You’re the evil in the world.
You will die an early death.

The sky belched black smoke, emptying the scum of its owner at the residence and business of “Lloyd’s Central Towing.”

Firefighters spilled out of trucks, “It’s gonna blow.”

Lloyd had impounded Jimmy’s car, ending his job, trapping his life.

“At last,” said Jimmy. His mouth curled in a smile.

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Karma – Friday Fictioneers

Back from the Great Beyond

Alas, my fellow bloggers, I have returned from the Great Beyond. I have my computer back!!! Took long enough, don’t ya think? I can now sit at my computer in the comfort of my home at any hour I please in whatever outfit I choose, and blog to my heart’s delight. I no longer need to muffle a laugh and pretend I”m coughing. The library folks were not amused. You laugh in the library at your own risk.

I would like to take this moment to thank you, friends, for stopping by my blog when I managed a few posts. Thank you for not abandoning me. I apologize if I was delinquent in responding to any comments. Blogging on a Smartphone is ridiculous! Possible, but not very much fun.

Thank you for the support as well. Please allow me to share some of your comments, because they are so poignant. I hope you don’t mind:

Life without a computer is like a flower without bees… Enough to make you numb… This made little sense. (No, Le Clown, this makes perfect sense!)

…alone in the wilderness of reality. (Ralph, I couldn’t have said it better.)

I went to the library to use their computers and found that equally scary. (Yes, Shalagh. I felt exactly the same way.)

All computers suck, but we can’t live without them…like cars, phones, tvs, deodorant, etc….(No doubt, Christopher. It was the pits!!)

I was an outcast, without deodorant, or honey….You know if you go on a trip without deodorant you can’t live without it. You break down and spend the three bucks and you buy it. Only I couldn’t…it was horrible, horrible, horrible….

So, now I am back from the Great Beyond, or is it….that I have returned to the Great Beyond. Hmm….

We know that I dislike Dell. This is putting it mildly, I’ll admit. So, I’m stuck with Dell, I hope, knock on wood, at least for a few more years. For those of you with Dell computers, my sympathies. I hope yours is treating you better. Of course, with a new hard drive, it’s like having a brand new computer. It’s like having a car with a brand new engine. Right?

Speaking of cars, I have always given them names. My little green car was Esmeralda; my white car, her name is Pearl. With proper maintenance, they have always performed reasonably well.

It got me thinking, maybe what I need to do is give my computer a name. You know, play nice to my computer. Talk gently to it, give it a few pats, stroke it once in a while.  No more yelling at it, no more cursing. Compliment it instead, “You’re so fast today. So zippy!” Maybe if it had a name it would be more sympathetic and take the time to know me.

After a family discussion, we decided, indeed, it couldn’t hurt. This is what we came up with:

1.  Daphne:  This was my suggestion because when I think of Daphne, I think of someone who is kind, sensible, hard-working, good natured, and fun. I once knew a Daphne, and while she was a little gossipy, she was fun.
2.  Adele:  My older son’s contribution. Adele is his favorite recording artist. Kind of cute, huh? Did you know that Adele is slated to sing the new Bond theme song? Yeah, I read it on the Internet.
3.  Stripe:  My six-year-old’s idea. Hey, why not? It reminds me of an animal, but our computer does have three vertical lines down the center of the monitor. Actually, this may be the most appropriate one.

And finally,
4.  Dalek:  Remember they are an extraterrestrial race from the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. This was Mr. Bumble’s idea. Now why we would want to name our computer after evil and hateful robots who want to take over the end of time is beyond me. Is this really a good idea? Will the computer start taking over, messing with our data and spit at us, destroy our lives? Will our computer have a complex, and by having a name with a negative connotation, in fact, become EVIL?

A 2010 redesign of the Daleks (in this case the Dalek Supreme). He looks fierce….

We need your help to sort this out. I think a poll is in order. Please take a minute to provide your best answer. It would mean the world to me. Thank you, thank you. My head is bowed.

photo credits: kern.justin via photopin cc; Wikipedia