Car Repair – Friday Fictioneers

AnElephantCant be a mechanic
With technical stuff – and grammar – he gets totally losted
He is seldom inspired
More often just tyred
In fact today you might say he’s exhausted

Once again it is Friday Fictioneer time.
The Henry Ford of writers, our own Rochelle, manages a production line of  wondrous wordsmiths to weld together some smooth-running stories.
And AnElephant fails to create a Model-T tale.
The idea is to write a very short story, circa 100 words, based on this picture prompt (below).
That’s it.

Copyright – Claire Fuller

Copyright – Claire Fuller

Car Repair

The Service Manager is all smiles.
I am not.
How much, I ask in disbelief.
I paid almost that just two months ago, how can this be?
Still smiling he explains about computer diagnostics, software upgrades, major safety considerations.
I tell him I just want my car to go faster when I press the accelerator, surely not a lot to ask.
He prattles about fuel injection coefficients but I stop him.
How can I cut my losses on this wretched machine, I ask.
He laughs.
Your best chance is the insurance if this place collapses on top of it tonight!
He does not know who I am.
The next morning he is not smiling.
Unbelievable, he says, as we survey the wreckage.
I am all smiles.
Isn’t it?

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21 Responses to Car Repair – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Elephant – I love this – how clever the car’s owner is! Too bad for the service station. Oh well, guess that is what happens when they continually rob their customers with too expensive repairs. Good job! Nan 🙂


  2. wmqcolby says:

    Like Bugs Bunny said to Elmer Fudd who, while trying to sell his car, ended up crashing it into a junk truck, “Unlax, Doc. It sold itself.” 😀


  3. Margaret says:

    Very funny. The mechanic’s prattling off of jargon and the customer’s impatience with it are cleverly shown. I love the ending.


  4. That’s awesome. Apparently the moral of the story is never joke about the destruction of your own property when screwing a customer over. The garage owner might learn it, if he’s lucky.


  5. Maree Gallop says:

    Loved it! Such a turn of events well written.


  6. Lyn says:

    He should have gone to my mechanic. There would be no need for the roof to collapse, no need for frustration. But then, if that were to happen, you wouldn’t have a brilliant story 😀


  7. Archon's Den says:

    An Elephant can’t….miss, with a tale like that. Well done. 😀


  8. Fantastic story. My favourite this week so far. I love how completely realistic the first half is, and then you just drop in that line: ‘he does not know who I am’ – perfect.


  9. I think that somehow the insurance company can have an inkling who this guy is.. might not have been the first time.


  10. misskzebra says:

    Sounds like justice has been served…


  11. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear AEC,

    Brilliant work and something all of wish we could (or would) do. i love your protagonist’s verve and initiative. A wonderful tale for the prompt.




  12. storydivamg says:

    Whoops! Methinks the mechanic shouldn’t have said that. Great twist of “fate” in the end. I’d love to see all crooked mechanics and used-car salesmen meet such frustrated customers.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail


  13. An auto-matic winner, Elephant!



  14. This is beyond brilliant, what a voice!


  15. Adam Ickes says:

    With skills like that how did he end up with a piece of junk in the first place?


  16. This was great! Thanks for a laugh to start my day!


  17. Fantastic, but who are they? I feel that I need to know?


  18. Sandra says:

    Good one! That line “He does not know who I am”. Stunning in its simplicity.


  19. Dear Elephant,

    This is wonderful from intro to end. As you know, my car woes have been manifold this year. I’m on a first name basis with my mechanics and body shop owner.





  20. Al says:

    HAHAHAHA Absolutely brilliant


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