Well Trained – Friday Fictioneers

AnElephantCant drive a big choo-choo
He is not even allowed to get near a fast train
He wants to be Casey Jones
But he hears all the moans
So he has to once more dauner home in the rain

Once again it is Friday Fictioneer time.
Railway Superintendent Rochelle collects the tickets from talented travellers telling tall tales.
And AnElephant is still stationary.
The idea is to write a very short story, circa 100 words, based on this picture prompt (below).
That’s it.

© Jennifer Pendergast

© Jennifer Pendergast

Well Trained

It is the only way to travel.
Jumping a freight train is more difficult nowadays.
But few things are impossible for a resourceful guy like me.
And the benefits make it worthwhile.
It is cost effective.
It is fast and reliable.
It is better than driving.
You can enjoy the scenery, beautiful in this part of the world.
You don’t get pestered by annoying fellow-passengers.
You don’t have the hassle of security checks.
You have a high level of anonymity.
These last two are crucial to someone with my lifestyle.
Like I say, it is the only way to travel.

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48 Responses to Well Trained – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Adore the title…I always see an elephant in an easy chair, legs crossed, editing his poems 🙂


  2. marvelous as always. Story was great, but I truly love the preceding rhyme.


  3. Margaret says:

    He’s an intriguing character – lifestyle eh? That’s an interesting word choice for what I suspect he does. Well told.


  4. I wasn’t finished with my comment and it published on me! When I was much younger we called the men jumping trains, Hobos. I remember mother making a meal called, “Hobo Stew.” I guess that probably dates me. 😦


  5. I could picture you jumping on the train for traveling. That method of travel has always intrigued me


  6. afairymind says:

    That sounds like an interesting lifestyle – though I have to wonder what he’s up to that requires no security checks and anonymity… Great story.


  7. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear AEC,

    You have captured a lifestyle that I am sure is becoming more rare with every passing day. Little islands of anonymity amidst the hustle and bustle of our connected world. Think of the stories untold that live out there. Thanks for telling this one.




  8. Dave says:

    Not sure elephants have a choice about traveling in freight cars. Pretty much mandated, isn’t it?


  9. Dear Elephant,

    I think this piece could almost be set to music,. Well done.




  10. Mike says:

    I would love to travel that way — once. Just to say I did it. But I could find it on my bucket list, ha.


  11. Nan Falkner says:

    I love your story and you are right about being alone – sometimes you need to. Good job! Nan


  12. Francesca Smith says:

    An interesting way of travelling this is indeed, and I can understand the appeal.
    Very well written.


  13. It does solve a lot of issues, like money and people asking questions, though it’s a bit of a trade-off. My friends and I actually considered taking a trip like this at one point in college but decided not to because of how illegal it is. Still, it does sound like fun. Have you ever tried it?


  14. ansumani says:

    Nice narrative from a well trained writer!


  15. A lovely well thought piece, which has left me wishing I could travel in the same way. 🙂


  16. Good story but I especially like the title.


  17. elmowrites says:

    Ooh, full of intrigue and mystery; I wonder who this guy is and why he needs to be so secretive. I like the idea of jumping on freight trains though; I wrote a story about a guy who did just that once, and he was definitely up to no good.


  18. Indira says:

    I’ll go with Sandra.


  19. To be honest, sometimes I imagine traveling that way…free from all the constricts of society. Well told story, as usual.


  20. Sandra says:

    Yep, that’s a menacing kind of character. Up to no good I’m sure. Nice one.


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