Friday Fictioneers: Moving Freight

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 © Jennifer Pendergast

Photo prompt © Jennifer Pendergast

Genre: Fiction
Word Count: 100
Title: Moving Freight

Sam climbed out of the caboose and began the half-mile walk to the stalled diesel locomotive engine. He glanced up at the darkening overcast sky.

Halfway there, he saw Johnny making a pile of rotted fenceposts and salvaged lumber scrounged from a flatcar.

“The forecast for tonight is in the mid-teens.”

“The fog will keep it in the mid-20s,” Johnny said.

“That stuff will never burn, it is too wet and rotted.”

“Sonny, let me  show you how a Railroader starts a campfire.”

Johnny activated 4 emergency highway flares and threw them onto the pile.

“Problem solved.”


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  8 comments for “Friday Fictioneers: Moving Freight

  1. April 13, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Good job, Allan. 😉


  2. April 13, 2015 at 7:48 AM

    Now that is a great fire-starter! You did a great job describing the scene.


    • April 13, 2015 at 7:54 AM

      Thanks, Mike. I could hear that “old lonesome whistle blowing.” Ω


  3. April 13, 2015 at 7:19 AM

    Great Allan. It’s so difficult for me to write a 100-word anything. You’ve done an excellent job of setting a scene and drawing the reader in.


    • April 13, 2015 at 7:52 AM

      Thanks for checking in, Brigitte. When I first started writing these 100 word stories I would write the ending first and then pare down the prose to get there. Sometimes I ended up rewriting the end because the story went in a different direction.

      Like the old Alka-seltzer commercial said, “Try it. You’ll like it.” Ω


      • April 13, 2015 at 7:56 AM

        Am I showing up in your reader? My blog is acting weird…


        • April 13, 2015 at 7:58 AM

          Your “Monday Musings” post shows up from 19 hours ago in my Reader. Ω


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