Friday Fictioneers: Discovery

Over at the Addicted to Purple blog, Rochelle has challenged us to write a story of ±100 words based on the photograph below.

Photo Prompt image © Jean L. Hayes

Photo Prompt image © Jean L. Hayes

Genre: Narrative Fiction
Word Count: 100

It was lunchtime in the big city and workers were pouring out of their glass and steel hives for a well-deserved respite from a half day of labor.

I was in the left turn lane, blinker on, slowly advancing in the line of traffic, and trying to get oriented. When did this become a one-way street? Why did they pick today to dig up the roadway? Do we really need all of these distracting signs and banners?

Write this down: Things will change when I’m in charge!

“Grandpa, are we lost?”

“No, Sweetie, we are exploring alternative destinations.”



  33 comments for “Friday Fictioneers: Discovery

  1. January 13, 2015 at 2:29 AM

    Poor grandpa. Love your story.


  2. January 8, 2015 at 7:25 AM

    I’m going to join all those people plagiarising that line. Love it.
    Sounds like an interesting life. I had wanted to be an electrician as a kid but fate said otherwise.


    • January 8, 2015 at 7:43 AM

      Listen to Fate, Patrick. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I checked out your blog and got a kick out of Thumbgate.


  3. January 8, 2015 at 3:51 AM

    There speaks an optimist….


  4. January 8, 2015 at 3:19 AM

    Dear Allan,

    The voice of wisdom. I wish I had his presence of mind in the face of a query from a youngster. Do you suppose it will buy him much time?

    Great story.




    • January 8, 2015 at 5:35 AM

      Hi Doug,

      If the challenge was for 125 words I do believe that we would find out that it purchased no time at all.

      Thanks for stopping by,


  5. January 8, 2015 at 3:19 AM

    Dear Allan,

    The last line made this worth ride. Nicely done.




    • January 8, 2015 at 5:33 AM

      Thanks, Rochelle—for your comments and your selection of topics. I look forward each week to see what challenge you put forth.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. January 7, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    I hope he gets to be in charge real soon, and then everybody else can put up with the changes he makes. Great character – and a familiar scenario.


    • January 8, 2015 at 5:31 AM

      Thanks for your comment, Margaret. I might have to reprise this guy from time to time.


  7. January 7, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    exploring alternative destinations…I may use that 😉


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