Friday Fictioneers: A Peaceful Drive in the Country

Welcome to Friday Fictioneers where each week close to 100 people participate in a flash fiction challenge based on a photo prompt.

This week’s photo: Copyright: Marie Gail Stafford

silo-has-come

And now my 100 word story:


I saw the missed calls and felt the tightness in my chest. I decided to take a drive to clear my head.

“Relationships shouldn’t be this hard” I thought. I spied the interstate and took the southbound ramp. When I hit fifth gear I instructed my blue-tooth to make the call.

“Where have you been?” demanded my worried lover.

“Sorry I missed your call. I was in the shower”

“I called you twice” he reminded me.

I saw my exit and took it. The lovely sound of static emitted from my dash.

“You’re breaking up” I said with a smile and pushed end call.

88 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: A Peaceful Drive in the Country

  1. I’m a bit sorry for the lover, to be dumped via cell phone. But maybe I’m just old-fashioned. 😉 Great piece.

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  2. Your last two pieces have been your best. Writing definitely moving up a notch. Think for a while you got stuck in very ‘samey’ sorts of stories. However, moving into something different has seen you get unstuck. See you next week.

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    • I got the idea from my son who used to do that to me all the time when he was a teenager. He would crackle in the phone and say “You’re breaking up!”. He thought it was funny. I thought it was a little funny but more irritating. lol

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  3. A bit of an adventure ahead, I suspect. Maybe it’s just a temporary shift. She’ll have time to reflect and go back and figure out the issues. Or not.

    (P.S. there’s some issues you may want to address – lovely sounded (sound?) of static emitted and push (pushed?) end call.)

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  4. Oh shit. He’s calling back.
    What to do now? Keep ignoring and claim I had dropped the phone in the shower?
    (avoidance only goes so far, as does car rides to clear the mind)

    Good piece. Randy

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  5. Nice to get static when you need it rather than having to crumple a crisp packet next to the phone. Not that I’ve done that 😉
    I hope he’s willing to give her the time she needs.

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  6. Ah, to hit the road sometimes and feel the wind in one’s hair! Sorry, Mister, no dinner tonight 😉 You certainly portrayed her sense of exhilaration when she saw her exit and took it.

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  7. Unfortunately, relationships are ‘this difficult’ at times. And besides, I didn’t like the way he asked her where she’d been – as though she had to account for her time away from him.
    Ellespeth

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  8. I too liked your play on words – “exit” and “breaking up”. Hope she clears her mind and works out what she wants to do next. Great story Dawn.

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