Driven To Distraction #microcosms #flashfiction

This week’s Microcosms challenge is to incorporate a phrase into your story (small changes permitted)
Key phrase: The rain seems to be writing cryptic messages on my window panes.

‘See. The rain is writing cryptic messages on the windscreen. It’s them axles of devils. Korean.’
Mum, they’re raindrops. How can they be writing? And since when did you know any Korean?’
‘When your father came home in ‘53, he spoke Korean.’
‘What’s it say then?’
‘Death. And sex. Prevented sex.’
‘Do you mean perverted?’
‘He said it was possessed. Always worried it was trying to kill him.’
‘Dad shouldn’t have been driving after his knee operation.’
‘You know it spoke to him. About Colin’s shop.’
‘He said. It was weird, mind, dad knowing it would flood like that.’
‘It told him he was dying.’
‘Mum, the doctors told him…’
‘Fore that, the car said. Death. Always death.’
‘Did you hear any of these conversations?’
‘No. I ain’t the owner. It ain’t speaking to me.’
‘Right. So now that I’m the new registered keeper, it’ll talk to me, will it?’
‘If you let it. You need to be more open minded. You’re like his father. Stubborn goat.’
‘Gramps was a rationalist, mum. He didn’t believe in bunkum.’
‘If finding your future in a whiskey glass is being rational then your grandfather was one of them. Look, there’s numbers there. 6,45, 27… what’s that?’
‘I’m driving mum. I can’t… geez. Don’t do that. You can’t grab the handbrake and…’
‘What’s the next number?’
‘I… erm 27, 14, 9 and 22.’
‘Lottery. It’s lottery numbers. You’ll have to play. It’s telling you…’
‘It’s just raindrops.’
‘You’ll play, though, won’t you?’
‘If it makes you happy.’
‘It will if it makes you rich. It might save you some of the nightmares your dad had.’
‘From this bloody car. You’ll be able to sell it and buy new and not have to put up with its scare stories.’

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published two anthologies of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand and Life in a Flash. More will appear soon, including a memoir of my mother's last years. I will try and continue to blog regularly at about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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29 Responses to Driven To Distraction #microcosms #flashfiction

  1. Allie P. says:

    Ha! I am convinced my first car was secretly monitoring my bank account as it always broke down and required major repairs whenever I started actually building up savings to buy a new one so I would not be surprised at all if the car in your story was actually sending messages in Korean to the occupants inside.

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  2. janmalique says:

    Rather spooky and a little surreal. Wasn’t there a Stephen King story about a homicidal car? Take public transport I say.

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  3. noelleg44 says:

    thought-provoking, Geoff. I felt I was sitting in on an other-worldly conversation!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. willowdot21 says:

    great angle to come at the prompt from! 🙂

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  5. davidprosser says:

    I think I may have mentioned before how strange I think your mind is Geoff.

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  6. It seems to me to be a well intentioned car if it tells the truth and offers up lottery numbers as well – kind of ‘Christine’ on chill-pills 🙂

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  7. Val says:

    The car done it! (Or will… maybe…)

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  8. Christy B says:

    You gave it a Korean spin 😉 As for lotto numbers.. I suppose I should play it if I ever plan to win..!

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  9. Norah says:

    Oh dear, a possessed car – not so bad if it comes up with the winning numbers though! I’ll take one of those.:)

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