Back Roads – Friday Fictioneers

AnElephantCant drive a big van
And he is hopeless at parking a truck
He just points his nose
In the direction he goes
And leaves the rest up to good luck

Once again it is Friday Fictioneer time.
With lovely Rochelle directing the traffic, a heavenly highway of tall tale tellers drives us to distraction.
And AnElephant tries to keep off the kerb.
The idea is to write a very short story, circa 100 words, based on this picture prompt (below).
That’s it.

Copyright-Roger Bultot

Copyright-Roger Bultot

Back Roads

I love the back roads.
Much more relaxing than the busy highways.
My deliveries aren’t urgent, so I prefer to meander.
I enjoy the countryside, the trees, the wild flowers, the little creatures.
I have a crossbow.
So sometimes I get a rabbit, a squirrel, even a small deer, for the pot.
This is a bit illegal in some places, so I use home-made bolts.
And that’s a good thing.
Because not everything I shoot is for eating.
Out there in the sticks I often see a farm cat or a working dog.
Or a kid on a bike.

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23 Responses to Back Roads – Friday Fictioneers

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  2. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Elephant, Very different story from you and I like it, but it’s a scary piece! I hope the creepy guy is shooting at pictures of a kid on the back of a van and not a real kid – but somehow, I feel he is shooting at anything that moves. Very creepy, very good! Nan


  3. babso2you says:

    Love the ending!


  4. wmqcolby says:

    I think those little boy-shaped stickers on the side of the car say it all, too.


  5. ofeliagrand says:

    I was not expecting the end—loved it!


  6. Oh my, this is scary! Well done.


  7. emmylgant says:

    You do the road to perdition better than anyone! And faster!


  8. Ooof! Great last line. Five stars.


  9. storydivamg says:

    Sort of like Tootle, the little wayward engine of Golden Book fame, only as a rather less friendly truck. I wonder, does your truck wave buttercups under its chin to see if it likes butter?

    Marie Gail


  10. Indira says:

    Your intro rhymes are very enjoyable.


  11. Indira says:

    Nicely done from the POV of the truck.


  12. Oh no! I wasn’t expecting that last line. Nicely done!


  13. Holy Smokes – I love twist endings. When the twist turns just right… the story seems like it contains so many more words! I actually jaw dropped on that last line. Haha.


  14. Ave Valencia says:

    This is so dark. I love it.


  15. You definitely have a flair for going from peaceful to dark very quickly. I had a premonition that the deliveryman had a darker side. This sounds like a great premise for a horror movie.


  16. high five and raspberries says:

    Merde! I am going to hell for laughing. An elephant is amazing!


  17. Elephant, Let’s hope he hasn’t turned cannibal. That was a shocker at the end. Well written. —Susan


  18. oops…
    nothing worse than swerving to avoid the kid on the bike, other than the alternative. Shudder.


  19. MrBinks says:

    I probably shouldn’t have, but that last line made me laugh.
    You sicko.


  20. Dear Elephant,

    You went from bucolic to beastly in one seamless sweep. Well played.




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