#fridayfictioneers via rochelle – 03/01

First, my apologies for barely reading anyone’s fine work last week.  I had some serious (on a legal matter) writing to do that ate up a ton of time.   Second, this was one of the toughest yet to come up with something, but I like what I ended up with.  I hope you do too.

Every Wednesday Rumbleseat Wisoff-Fields posts a picture prompt challenging writers to create a 100-word story, poem, or whatever works for you.  After posting your work on your blog,  go back to her site and add your link on her Friday Fictioneers post.  Place.  Page.

I’m going to try to keep up with this, as should you.  Give it a shot.  I prefer to stick to 100 words, but she doesn’t mind either way.  Not everyone has the time to sit and write, revise, edit, revise, edit, etc. until getting it down to 100 and telling everything you want to tell.



The Car

David ditches work early, swirls the last gulp of lemonade, eyes the old car Mom built.  Smiles, remembers “driving” to California until Mom called “Dinnertime!”  Mexico for tacos,  Atlanta for baseball, until Mom called “Bedtime!”  Lunchbox packed, Disney-bound, until Mom said – differently – “Dad’s home.”

Dad’s home.  Smiles dried, hands twitched, eyes unsure.  Dad’s home.  Voices stuttered, bruises ached.  Mom, David, quietly awaited barks and permission.  Run to the fridge when Dad swirled the last gulp of Budweiser.  Dad’s home.

Schoolbus pulls away.  David Jr. runs up the driveway, smiling, singing, “Dad’s home!”

“C’mon, Son.  Let’s go for a drive.”


100 words

I started with a story about missing kids and an FBI investigation, searching the car for clues, but it didn’t pan out.  Then I switched to the car being a time-travel device for two kids, but I couldn’t figure out to end it.  Although I abandoned that one, I kept its essence.  Then it became a “time travel” device for a sad kid with difficult parents, but it became too sad to write it.  So I kept that but twisted it to be more upbeat instead of depressing.  I think that was a good idea.


106 thoughts on “#fridayfictioneers via rochelle – 03/01

  1. Having read the history of this piece, I definitely think you picked the best version to go with. This reads like a stream of conciousness and works well in that way. I like the echoes in down the generations, and the positive changes David has made in his version of family

    • thanks. i remember certain things my parents did that i said, “i’m going to do that when i’m a parent,” but something, “NO way i’m doing that when i’m a parent.” i was lucky to have that ability to pick and choose. some people have it chosen for them.

  2. Like Mom’s utilization of the old car as an escape vehicle for her children and her son’s ability to forget the bad times and remember the magic which he happily shares with his son. Good story, Rich.

  3. Rich, how I read it is David Jr. arrives as a youngster and at first excited about Dad, gets into a car, which dad drives drunk and totals. Mom has to build a new one, allowing David to escape into his rich fantasy life again. Maybe I’m off on the timing a bit. I guess I want to see the car as salvation through the difficult times too.

    I really appreciated how you assigned the female character as the car builder. Bravo.

    • the car was the salvation during difficult times when david was little and his father was abusive to him and his mother. david still has the car for david jr., but david – now grown up – treats this kid well, and they have fun in the car together instead of it having to be an escape.

  4. Love David’s descriptions of driving to all his adventures. Great contrast between the first and second paragraphs – you really captured the different moods – but thanks for the happy ending.

  5. I like your words for this one, Rich. I looked at the photo and went hmmmm. Actually I’m still going …hmmmm. Perhaps something will come to mind soon. I did enjoy your take however.

  6. Good one, Rich. I like the reference to “Dad’s home,” and “Let’s go for a drive.” Is Dad ditching responsibilities, relationship to wife? Anyway, that car has had its share of traveling.

  7. I liked this a lot, Rich. Two totally different Dads and how they treat their family. Happy thoughts for David till Dad comes home. The second paragraph is so sad and so real. David Jr. is a lucky boy.

    I really enjoyed you sharing your thought process on writing your story.

  8. Nice, Rich!! I liked the way Mom played with David and used the car for so many good times, which would have doubly important to try to stand in the face of Dad being home. I also like the way the ending could either be the imagining of David or the new life of he and his son. Excellent.


  9. Beautifully crafted, as usual. I like that you ended it on a positive note; so many times the cycle of alcoholism and violence gets repeated generation after generation.

  10. Hi Rich
    You packed a lot in to your little story. Nice to see that David didn’t follow in his father’s footsteps. I really enjoyed the imaginary drives around the world too. Great stuff 🙂

  11. Dear Shift,
    Entertaining and thought provoking. I love it that David is able to rise above his past and create a happy present for his son. Well played, Sir.

  12. I had thought of time travel too while thinking of my story.
    of course what you ended up writing is a lot better than the ideas that led to it.

  13. I liked it. It was different, mom and kid may not have been able to escape except through the ‘car’, but it made for some positive memories that over shadowed the bad beer guzzling dad. Good for them! I liked how you put the first “dad’s home” as something bad and the second as a joyful thing.

  14. I like what you did with this, making it about the grown-up remembering his childhood and then taking his kid for a ride, being determined to be a better father than his old man was.

    And thank you for sharing your process as well. It’s helpful to know that you had several ideas for a story from the one image.

  15. Every David should be so lucky to have a mom who can transport him creatively through the harsh realities of alcoholism and abuse, delivering him safely into an adulthood full of love. Nicely crafted story.

  16. Don’t edit! This is great. I had to read it twice to get it, but that’s because there’s not space for a back story. I really like that the car is always the car, but it represents different things to the two generations. Reminds me just a bit of The Yellow Rolls Royce. Remember that film? Sorry, movie! Both my parents were ‘Davids’. I learnt not to be home as much as possible! I chose not to be that way and when I grow up, I won’t be! 🙂

  17. Love the time-machine car, brought back many memories of our old sofa at home which during childhood was in turn a bus, car, ambulance … great times. Glad that David Jnr made it and became a “good” dad
    (Not sure where this comment has been wandering, I thought I posted it last week)

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