Sarah Ann Hall

Reporting on writing in progress or, more probably, not; practising flash fiction.

#FridayFictioneers – 22/8/14 – A Life on the Road

with 34 comments

Every Wednesday Rochelle Wisoff-Fields publishes a photo prompt to inspire writers to write 100-words of flash fiction or poetry.

At any point during the following week, the Friday Fictioneers post their 100-word tales. Read the other stories by clicking below.


Before I forget, because I meant to do this last week, but didn’t manage to post at all, please read Patrick Prinsloo’s WordPress Noir story, loosely based on what we Friday Fictioneers get up to each week. It’s very clever and very funny.



I struggled this week – the character arrived early, but his life was hard to condense into 100-words. This piece also raises something Jen of elmowrites wrote about earlier in the month – how much can we assume our audience knows? In 100-words I haven’t got the room to explain (hyperlinks follow) but I hope enough of you know enough for this to work.


Copyright-Roger Bultot

Copyright-Roger Bultot


A Life on the Road

(Genre: General Fiction; 100-words)

Bob’s love of wheels started early. He spent his twenties squealing around the Isle of Man. After the accident that took a leg, he navigated at Le Mans. When he lost an eye, he bounced across the moon at Dakar.

Whenever not racing, he grinned from the side of a track or tinkered under a bonnet.

‘Please do something else,’ his wife begged, as he reached 30% metal implant.

Bob shrugged, unsure how to leave the roads. It wasn’t speed but the views he needed.

He rests in the cab of an 18-wheeler now. After all, they can drive themselves.


Friday Fictioneers




Isle of Man – TT

Le Man 24-hours

Dakar Rally

Driverless lorries



Written by Sarah Ann

August 24, 2014 at 11:42 am

34 Responses

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  1. Dear Sarah Ann,

    I guess you can’t quell a man’s passion. I’d say the truck was a fitting final resting place for Bob. Thank you for the links. Well done.




    August 24, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    • Thanks Rochelle. I’m sure Bob would say it was a passion, I think his wife might consider it more of a mad addiction.

      Sarah Ann

      August 25, 2014 at 8:03 pm

  2. Wow, that was a fascinating article on the BBC link. I can see the advantages from a business case POV, but there are also serious risks should a failure occur. What if someone hacks into the system? Talk about a traffic jam, or public safety issue.
    A very thought provoking piece, Sarah Ann.


    August 24, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    • Thanks, Russell. As if this wasn’t unsettling enough, you bring up the prospect of hacking.
      Apparently other drivers won’t be able to cope with not seeing anyone at the wheel of a cab so people might be employed just to sit there, which is what I’d had in mind for Bob.

      Sarah Ann

      August 25, 2014 at 8:05 pm

  3. Wow, that guy sure likes life on wheels!


    August 24, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    • He does. I think it’s the engines and the grime that attracts him. Thanks for the read.

      Sarah Ann

      August 25, 2014 at 8:06 pm

  4. Poor Bob. I guess he is happy now, forever. Off to read Patrick’s offering.


    August 24, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    • Thanks Gabriella. I think Bob was always happy – he’s one of those people you can’t keep down.

      Sarah Ann

      August 25, 2014 at 8:07 pm

  5. I’d say the struggle was worth it, Sarah. This was a fun read, very fresh. Fitting ending indeed. Great!


    August 24, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    • Thank Kent. I probably struggle most weeks, but this one went through more drafts than most. I’m pleased you found it fresh.

      Sarah Ann

      August 25, 2014 at 8:08 pm

  6. At least he’ll survive and his wife will rest easy. Someone, a fifty year old, killed on the Isle of Man this week – TT races. Really tough on the partners.
    (30% metal implant!!!!! Lovely.)
    Thanks for the kind words and link.


    August 24, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    • You’re welcome for the link – hope you get some more reads. The consolation for those left behind is that their loved one was doing something they loved when they died – not much of a consolation really.
      Bob will be safe now – spreading the illusion that he’s a safe pair of hands.

      Sarah Ann

      August 25, 2014 at 8:14 pm

  7. i can definitely feel your character’s passion…i like the supportive spouse here. bet there were many heart stopping moments for her to go through. the links were very helpful. thanks.


    August 25, 2014 at 1:13 am

    • I don’t think he’d have got very far without the supportive spouse. She’s done a lot of driving him around since he lost that leg.

      Sarah Ann

      August 25, 2014 at 8:15 pm

  8. when a man has found his calling, what else does he need. as a wise man once said, “blessed is the man who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness.”


    August 25, 2014 at 3:14 am

    • That’s a great quote – thank you. The only thing Bob needed other that wheels was the love of a patient wife, and he had that too.

      Sarah Ann

      August 25, 2014 at 8:20 pm

  9. I found this piece pleasantly nostalgic and sweet. And yes, i think it’s clear enough even though i don’t know all the references. Good stuff! And thanks for the linkback


    August 25, 2014 at 10:06 am

    • Thanks Jen. My worry about the knowing or not referred to the types of vehicle/ race – bike, rally car, 4WD – that Bob upsized to after each accident. Am happy to know it worked without knowing all of them. And you’re very welcome for the link back, after all your post got me thinking again.

      Sarah Ann

      August 25, 2014 at 8:25 pm

  10. Great story. I couldn’t help thinking that Bob had an unconscious urge to become a vehicle as his body parts were gradually being replaced with metal. 🙂


    August 25, 2014 at 11:56 am

    • I wondered how to include a reference to the Bionic Man at one point. Maybe that was what Bob was after – definitely unconsciously though!

      Sarah Ann

      August 25, 2014 at 8:17 pm

  11. The phrase “30% metal implant” really caught my attention. Well written story!


    August 25, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    • Thanks for letting me know. I wrote that a number of ways (talked about pinning bones etc.) before settling on that version, so I’m glad it worked and caught your attention. 🙂

      Sarah Ann

      August 25, 2014 at 8:28 pm

  12. struggled this week? never mind that. this great story’s well worth the wait. 🙂


    August 25, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    • No, you’re right, I struggle every week. 🙂 Blushing now hearing you tell me it’s a great story – thank you. 🙂

      Sarah Ann

      August 25, 2014 at 8:28 pm

  13. This is great, Sarah. I like all your references to the big races, and alas, to driverless cars, which made an appearance in my story. 🙂 I like this a lot. It’s a complete story with clever characterization. I struggle every week, too. I didn’t like my story this week, but I’m always happy I complete the challenge. Great job!

    Amy Reese

    August 26, 2014 at 1:32 am

    • I liked your story this week, although Pavlova seems much too nice a name for your run away truck 🙂 Yeah, struggling seems to be par for the course. Good to know the characterisation works as I was concentrating on telling the story – the characters formed themselves.

      Sarah Ann

      August 26, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      • That’s the most successful story, I think, when the characters do the work for you. Great job!

        Amy Reese

        August 27, 2014 at 5:34 am

  14. Sarah Ann, Good story. Hopefully Bob will be satisfied sitting in that large truck and not driving. It’ll be less worry for his wife for sure. He was close to becoming a bionic man. Well written. 🙂 —Susan


    August 26, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    • Bob will be happy sitting up in a cab watching the world go by. I’m sure he’ll be commenting on all the other drivers, but as you say, he should be safe. Thanks for reading.

      Sarah Ann

      August 26, 2014 at 4:51 pm

  15. Amazing how a person’s addiction, or passion, can take everything else… but the passion is hard to kill. Nicely done.


    August 27, 2014 at 1:33 am

  16. I envy those who know from such an early age what they are ‘driven’ to do (no pun intended, really!) I suspect he probably had an obsession with cars long before he could legally drive one 🙂


    August 27, 2014 at 4:06 am

    • I think you might be right. I suspect he was probably driving from his dad’s lap as soon as he could sit up.

      Sarah Ann

      August 27, 2014 at 7:11 pm

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