Fast Cars – 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, the standard, and the prompt photo.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on the picture below, which this week is supplied by J Hardy Carroll.

© J Hardy Carroll

Click here to hear the author read his words:

Fast Cars

I sit on my balcony, dreaming in the sunshine.
I think back to those younger, wilder times.
Lots of friends, some long gone, some still around.
Still there if I need them.
Sometimes we reminisce.
Fast cars and fast women.
Well, fast cars, anyway.
Now life moves more slowly.
In fact, it has all but stopped.
We are in lock-down.
A great plague sweeps the world, and we are forbidden to leave our homes.
So I sit outside.
The sun is pleasant on my face.
I am warm.
Maybe too warm.
Am I feverish?
In panic, I start to cough.

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66 Responses to Fast Cars – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Mike says:

    Fast cars I well remember them, mine was an MG. It was fun. I enjoyed your story. Sadly the commenting side of my mind is in lock down.


  2. There is always that cough … that itch that will not leave.


  3. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    I, too, had fast cars, and searched for those mythical fast women. Your reading of the poem was excellent, enhancing the piece. We have lived long enough to experience a worldwide pandemic. Here’s hoping most of us survive; todays prognostication is that the coronavirus will infect up to 80% of us.


  4. Loved the reading. I liked the way you give us two contrasting halves, then an extra worry about now/the future. It’s a journey. Here in Cheshire we hope to arrive at a destination as soon as possible.


  5. Our minds went to the same thing this week. Stay well!


  6. mjlstories says:

    Try going through the menopause during this with constantly fluctuating temperature. Probably too much information?


  7. Great take on it and oh so real at the moment. Stay safe x


  8. granonine says:

    The sun is a good defense against COVID, so I hear. I’m glad this piece was fiction, CE 🙂


  9. Russell says:

    Things have slowed to an absolute crawl. Hope things get better soon. Be safe out there!


  10. I can relate to the anxiety your MC feels at the hint of an imagined fever in the midst of this pandemic.


  11. I have allergies. Now, every time I sneeze in public, I feel the need to tell everyone around me, “No, just the pollen.”


  12. MythRider says:

    It was nice knowing you.
    Your spirit will live on in your short stories.
    Or you could order a pizza and soda. That cures just about anything.


  13. plaridel says:

    is it time to worry? i guess so. time to head to the emergency room.


  14. Liz Young says:

    You’ll be okay, CEA – you have us!

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Quick, go and get a 1000 toilet rolls!

    Liked by 1 person

  16. draliman says:

    Oh boy. Every time I cough at the moment I start to worry…


  17. Great muse, I especially liked the last line because if someone coughs, or mention coughing I tend to come out in sympathy, like yawning when someone else yawns.


  18. Nobbinmaug says:

    When I first read about this, WebMD said it was a cold. “No big deal. This happens every year, Bird Flu, H1N1, SARS, MERS…” Then, there was no toilet paper. “Stupid people are panicking.” Then, San Fransisco shut down. “What?” Then, our lord and savior, shut down. “WTF?” Now, paranoia seems like the only rational response.


  19. Allergies … 😉


  20. Iain Kelly says:

    Stay safe, these are trying times.


  21. pennygadd51 says:

    You capture the descent from tranquil reflection on past pleasures to nail-biting anxiety all too well. Take care of yourself CE!


  22. Colline says:

    The thoughts of many during this time.

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Tannille says:

    Great reflective monologue. Chuckled a bit. Life can change so fast.


  24. Anita says:

    Current mood of the world well-captured.
    The last line… I pray that all is fine.
    We don’t want any more ‘cases’. May all be well. Stay home, stay safe.


  25. Mike says:

    Panic not, have a whiskey or brandy, and enjoy the sunshine.


  26. Dear CE,

    All too real. You’ve captured the rising paranoia and the isolation. I’m grateful we have social media.



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  27. neilmacdon says:

    Every little tic and symptom will be a moment of panic. Well captured


  28. Let’s hope this remains fiction.


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