Flash Fiction Friday

Steel Wheels

With one look, he was transported to the past. The heat, the dust of the road and the feeling of being lost rushed back to him. Nights spent in roadside dives, the muffled sounds of his mother’s tears, as they made their way to a new life on the west coast. Hope for work, no guarantees, but a new life nonetheless. He looks across the 60 years since that migration, the truck no longer a time machine, but a rusty reminder of where he’d been.


Today’s post is part of Flash Friday Fictioneers. The photo prompt is courtesy of Madison Woods. Her story can be found here, along with links to all the other Flash Friday Fictioneers.


24 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Friday

  1. I like this. It has a lot of character. It struck me as a little sad at first, but then I realized–the guy is reminiscent, so he must have ‘made it.’ However, I doubt it was easy. Good preface to a powerful story-to-be.

  2. Wow…I found this to be powerful. You say so much in so few words. It reminds me of the Great Depression and the people portrayed in the that famous film, The Grapes of Wrath…moving onward and westward … hoping for work and a better life. Nice work. Here’s mine:

  3. This is a very powerful story. Funny how something like an old, rusty truck can pull out such deeply emotional memories, but the oddest things can sometimes trigger the best (and the worst) memories.

  4. Thanks for the feedback. I see the Grapes of Wrath theme, but I was really drawing this from my father’s experience of leaving Ohio with his mom and step dad and heading to Californis in the mid 40s. He saw a car that was like the one they drove across the country in and it really unleashed some memories for him. I guess when you think about it,it pretty much was a grapes of wrath parallel. The old truck seemed to be telling me some stories of where it had been.I enjoyed the prompt.

  5. I also loved the time machine reference, but felt like it *did* transport him in time back to the past for a little while, even if he didn’t realize it.

  6. I connected with your writing, partly because it is very good and partly because I saw your dad in it. Nicely done. I also agree that it make a good opening bit to a larger story but it stands alone very, very well.

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