Well Trained – 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 Jennifer Pendergast.

© Jennifer Pendergast

As I have just arrived in Scotland to escape my idyllic life on the Med, time is short so this is a rerun, and there is no reading.
Bonnes vacances!


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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42 Responses to Well Trained – Friday Fictioneers

  1. I like the positivity of your traveler, an overwhelming vote for riding that freight train.

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  2. Sandra says:

    Well worth a second airing. Enjoy your time in Scotland – a bit cooler perhaps than what you’re used to?


  3. wmqcolby says:

    Remonds me of the 1930’s in America when hobos used to travel all around on freight cars. This must have been what they thought — or one of them anyway. Great work, CE!


  4. James McEwan says:

    Being anonymous on a freight train allows you to escape the quarantine rules as well.


  5. A good piece. I like the title pun.


  6. Ah, though good jumping skills and some evasive maneuvers are probably handy, as well … 😉 Nicely traveled, this one!


  7. draliman says:

    Sounds lovely – apart from having to do it this way because of his “lifestyle”…


  8. doodletllc says:

    A true train story…traveling in a loop back to the beginning…wonderful!


  9. Thanks to you, I now have Elizabeth Cotton’s croaky voice singing in my head!


  10. Bill says:

    I enjoyed that story, new or not. Oh the tugging joy of such total freedom. Well done.


  11. Gabriella says:

    I enjoyed the carefree tone of your piece. Bonnes vacances en Écosse !


  12. msjadeli says:

    There is a menacing underbelly to the story as I wonder what his lifestyle is. I also wonder if the title is a verb of a sinister sort. (Only say this because I know what you like to write about.)


  13. I do love trains, though I’ve never jumped a freight. Nice piece.


  14. granonine says:

    I’m imagining all sorts of things: A political assassin? A successful cat-burglar, jewel thief? Or just your run-of-the-mill psychopathic killer?


  15. Dear CE

    Always nice to revisit once in a while. I’m vacationing as well. Enjoy the haggis.




  16. Iain Kelly says:

    Interesting lifestyle he has chosen, I wonder if through necessity or just plain pleasure. Enjoy your visit, sorry about the rain.


  17. Now there’s a thought I have never thought before. I’m thinking if the freight train is carrying mangoes, that would be a special bonus 😀


  18. neilmacdon says:

    Welcome home. If you do encounter a security check, you can always fall back on the immortal words of Oscar Wilde “I have nothing to declare but my genius”

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