Ah, it’s so nice to do a Friday Fictioneers after so long! In case you don’t know, writers participating in Friday Fictioneers respond to a prompt with 100 words or less. Thank you to Rochelle for providing the following photo prompt.

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© Sandra Crook

Driving Lesson

“Dead slow, dead slow…”

C, B, A, C B, A, I chanted to myself. My foot edged towards the middle pedal. My eyes were fixed on the roundabout ahead.

“Dead slow, dead slow…!”

I nudged the pedal. This should be enou—

“Go, go, GO!”

My foot shuffled about. The car jerked like a rearing bull and I spun the steering wheel. We lurched towards the road ahead.

What next?

I barely breathed a sigh when a distant cloud of movement caught my eye.

“Dead—”

Slow, I know, I thought. This driving lesson was about to get a lot more lively.

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Words: 100

Thank you for reading! This story is based on personal experience – I learnt to drive in India one summer, and animals on the road are not uncommon. I hope you enjoyed reading (and that you caught my livestock pun, haha).

You can find more responses to this prompt here.

Until next time!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Look Up

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This week’s photo challenge is ‘Look up‘. Most people take their photos from the top of the Eiffel Tower or in front of it, but this a view from underneath. Let me know what you think!

If you’re still reading (and have noticed my *ahem* prolonged absence) I just want to apologise for the unintended hiatus. Blogging has always been a precarious activity for me, and one I’m best at when I have just the right number of other tasks to complete. It is my refuge when I have to read four books a week, but becomes bit too much when exams come around. On the other hand, when I find myself with nearly nothing to do, I lose the drive to be productive. I let ideas sit in my head instead of churning them out and posting them.

I’m using the weekly photo challenge as a step back into the blogging world. This website has seen more activity in the past few years than ever before, and I don’t want to ruin that. So hopefully, this post is the first of more to come this month. Rest assured that some Friday Fictioneers and Resolution Recaps are on their way, along with the usual ramblings and rants (and lots of alliteration, it seems).

Stay tuned, and until next time!

For I Will Consider My Bus Driver

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In an old creative writing class, we wrote poems modelled on a section of the poem ‘Jubilate Agno’ by Christopher Smart, known as ‘For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry’. I chose, during this time, to consider my bus driver.

Since I wrote this poem, my home has changed and the bus drivers have changed, but most of this still applies…

My Bus Driver

For I will consider my bus driver
For he sees me running almost every morning to catch the bus
For who changes everyday but always drives too slow
For he is sometimes grumpy and sometimes happy
For he scrutinises my bus pass one day and ignores it the next
For he drives me to school from home, and back again
For he asks people to move to the back of the bus when it gets too crowded
(For it always gets too crowded)
For he honks suddenly and scares the living daylights out of car drivers
For he doesn’t stop long enough and old ladies yell at him
For he is almost always late and almost always makes me late
For he is why I usually just walk.

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Note: currently revising for exams. Be back soon!

Thanks for reading, and until next time!

Photo by Josh Wilburne, licensed under Creative Commons Zero

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