-flash fiction-

Here’s something new. I never write fiction. But a good friend of mine has a habit of throwing out sentences that feel like the beginning of a short story. So I wrote her one. She supplied the first sentence and the last phrase. Presto.

To Change a Tire

Mark Driskill taught me how to change a tire. He taught me how to find the jacking point and to raise up the car after the lug nuts are loosened but before they’re removed. He taught me the proper way to handle a pipe iron. He showed me what to do when a lug nut gets stubborn or if the tire won’t come off due to rust. He taught me how to get the spare out of its hiding place in the trunk and how to secure it in position, wimpy life-saving impostor that it is. It all looked as easy as breathing when he got down there in the gravel and worked his tire-changing magic on that sunshine afternoon.

He didn’t prepare me for the cold darkness of a Kentucky roadside. Or damp earth that seeps through the soles of flimsy shoes. Β Or the loneliness of standing in the curve of an empty road, accompanied only by the barking of a worried dog in the distance and houses with close-shut eyes. He didn’t prepare me for the loneliness of waiting for a savior.

He taught me how to change a tire, but he never said I had to be stubborn and do it myself. He said God put men on the planet for a reason and sometimes even the most liberated damsels need rescuing.


About ruthie.voth

Wife of one, mother of four, friend of many. Lover of details, color, good conversations, finding balance, and being honest. Passionate lover of a well-crafted sentence - even more so if it's witty. Weird blend of cynical optimist. I'm the worst kind of woman. I'm high maintenance, but I think I'm low maintenance. Somehow, people still love me. Must be grace.
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9 Responses to -flash fiction-

  1. mplum3 says:

    Reblogged this on awaken the {{ m e s s }} and commented:
    Ruthie wrote a (mostly true) version of our events on Friday. I was planning on writing a post myself, but it was dramatic and negative so I’m going to borrow her work and call it a day πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  2. mplum3 says:

    I really like how you retold this story πŸ™‚


  3. this makes me smile. i should post my completely fictional story that meg started about tom sheffel.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. This was really nice! And had a good point. ^^ You should post a link of this on Facebook so I can repost it! =D


  5. To Live With All My Might says:

    Reading this immediately convinced me to follow your blog. You’re a very good writer.


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