Mother-in-Law – Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by the wonderful Rochelle, the undisputed master of what I call Sound Bite Fiction.
She sets the weekly challenge, and the standard.
This week’s photo, to my great surprise, is courtesy of my old friend Al Forbes.
I have a question.
Wotcha doin’ ‘ere, man?
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on the picture, below.

al_forbes

Copyright Al Forbes

Mother-in-Law

I love my wife.
And I quite like her mother.
Except when I am driving.
She is a nervous passenger.
When she is nervous, she talks.
Actually, to be honest, she nags.
Watch that truck!
Watch that bridge!
Watch your speed!
All this leaning forward from the back seat, peering, nearly blind, at the world ahead.
We are stuck in a motorway traffic jam, haven’t moved in twenty minutes.
She asks, for the seventeenth time.
How long is this going to take?
I could kill her.
That might upset my wife.
I get out of the car and start walking.

About ceayr

A Scot who has discovered Paradise in a small town he calls Medville on the Côte d'Azur, C.E. Ayr has spent a large part of his life in the West of Scotland and a large part elsewhere. His first job was selling programmes at his local football club and he has since tried 73 other career paths, the longest being in IT, with varying degrees of success. He is somewhat nomadic, fairly irresponsible and, according to his darling daughter, a bit random.
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65 Responses to Mother-in-Law – Friday Fictioneers

  1. rogershipp says:

    “I could kill her.
    That might upset my wife”

    My favorite lines!

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  2. so nice to not upset your wife 🙂

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  3. Hilarious, C.E. That might be the best solution after all. Well done. 😀 — Suzanne

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  4. Margaret says:

    What a wise man. Much better response than murder. I like this story – I feel for the poor driver.

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  5. Bloggeuse says:

    I quite like where this story ends, to be honest – a lot of potential. Imagine if we could just get up and walk away – from our mother-in-law, from our car, from our lives. Just up and walking – who knows where we’d end up… 😀

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  6. Good of you to walk away. I’m not sure the other drivers would appreciate it though.

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  7. A bit of whimsy on a very irritating subject – back seat drivers.
    You resolved the situation in a very patient way. I wonder, there
    must have been a few under-your-breath words said. hehe 😂
    Nicely written … have a nice weekend.
    Isadora 😎

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  8. I think we all have someone like that in life. It’s why my hubby always drives. Although, there are times he’d like me to be less jumpy! WATCH OUT! 🙂

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  9. Jan Brown says:

    Very amusing! A very patient man. Is this autobiographical at all???

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  10. Indira says:

    Love for his wife spared her otherwise what would have happened…. Beautifully written. Nice and wise ending.

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  11. liz young says:

    Heaven preserve me from becoming a mother in law like that!

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  12. elmowrites says:

    This is inspired. I love the ending; I have a nasty feeling I’d have stayed in the car and exploded if my mother in law was like this!

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  13. rgayer55 says:

    May I recommend a blindfold and gag? All you have to do is put them on when you get behind the wheel. That should give Mother something to scream about. Of course, you won’t be able to hear her with your ear plugs firmly in place.

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  14. Oh killing her would definitely upset your wife.

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  15. plaridel says:

    did she stay in the car or follow your lead? i wonder.

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  16. Good for you mate – I’ll walk with you! Fancy a beer?

    Visit Keith’s Ramblings!

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  17. ansumani says:

    ha ha. Usually you kill such offending characters … what happenned this week?

    Good one.

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    • ceayr says:

      My wife, sensitive little imaginary creature that she is, takes a disappointingly dim view of her mother being bumped off for the sake of a punch line.
      Happy you enjoyed the reverse twist.

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  18. d3athlily says:

    Haha I know a number of backseat drivers. Worst lot ever. Also I sort of imagine her getting out of the car and yelling at you as you walk on the road. Heheh

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    • ceayr says:

      You have a surprisingly mean streak for a pretty young lady, Ms Lily.
      Or may I call you D3?
      And you are right, of course, some people simply do not realise when their life is hanging by a thread.

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  19. mandibelle16 says:

    Poor guy, I think he really should have took her for a ride, then he wouldn’t have to drive her ever again. Nice take on the prompt!

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  20. mickwynn2013 says:

    Been there, know how you feel!

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  21. Dale says:

    I am shocked that you did not kill her off… I would have been sorely tempted!
    You would not have wanted to drive with my father either… he was a very bad passenger. I actually did do the same thing as your protagonist; only, thankfully, I got out where my car was parked!

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  22. michael says:

    Nicely done. Hope that you did not have to walk far.

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  23. Probably the wisest choice!

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    • ceayr says:

      It was really the escalation that put me off.
      After her it would be dad-in-law, moaning-faced old git, then the wife, probably her sister, and she has 3 brothers, the place would be swimming in corpses by tea time.

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  24. Oh, I knew someone just like your mother-in-law, it took everything in me not to snap…Well captured!

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  25. Carolyn Page says:

    Walking was a great choice. If this wasn’t such an everyday experience for many, it would be funny. And yet, I ‘am’ smiling…. 🙂

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  26. Sandra says:

    Kill the mother-in-law, I say. And peace be with you. My mother-in-law was a sweetheart, though we never managed to remove the fingernail dents in the back of my seat.

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    • ceayr says:

      You know me, Sandra, normally I’d do it without a second thought, and the wife too if she grumped about it.
      But then I’d have to find a home for her wretched cats, explain to the old biddies down at the knitting circle, water her weeds…
      Sometimes it’s just not easy being me.
      But I am laughing at the image of the dents!

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  27. I think sometimes it’s better to leave… I wonder how his wife will handle her mother (usually mother-daughter relationships can be a little bit strained) but it was a wise choice not to kill her mother in law.

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  28. Dear CE,

    Now that’s a considerate husband. I’m sure his wife would appreciate his not killing her mother. Although in a hundred words you’ve created such an annoying character, you made me want to show her the sidewalk. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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