Friday Fictioneers — Roadside Snack


GENRE: Black Comedy

I roll down the window of my 4 x 4. “What can I do for you, officer?”

The cop holds out his hand.  “Your driving licence, sir.”

“Dr Victor …Crankenstein?” He narrows his eyes and compares me with my mug shot.

A second cop examines the trailer. She calls out, “No number plate and cargo inadequately secured.”

“What’y call that contraption?” asks the first cop.

“A cyborg car.”

“Looks like a heap of junk to me.”

A minute later I drive off down the road, not a cop in sight and my cyborg car with a smirk on its grille.


Friday Fictioneers: 100 word stories
Photo prompt: copyright © Al Forbes

Author: Sarah Potter Writes

Sarah is a British eccentric who writes offbeat fiction, haiku and tanka poetry. When stuck for words, she sketches or paints instead. She's into nature conservation, sustainability, gardening, dogs, natural health, and reading. Her sociability is something that happens in short bursts with long breathing spaces in between.

37 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers — Roadside Snack”

  1. Be careful what you say around cyborgs of any type! “It’s alive!” might have only a slightly different meaning than it did in those old movies.

    When I saw the picture my first thought was the Munster’s car.

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    1. I love the old movies starring Boris Karloff, and I used to watch The Munsters, although they must have been repeats as I didn’t watch them in the 1960s. My story was also a tribute to Stephen King’s “Christine”. It’s funny all the influences behind our imaginings!

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  2. “Crankenstein.” Hilarious. You were able to make the Christine connection and the Shelley one as well. Universal really made terrific horror movies then, they’re great and The Munsters was a Universal TV series, so …

    Nice job, Sarah!

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    1. Thanks, Ken. Those horror movies were tremendous. I was quite addicted to them. In some ways they were more creepy than some of the modern horror movies, which seem to have all but the kitchen sink thrown in when it comes to special effects and gore.


      1. It’s the make-ups and the bases for the story lines for me. And because movies had restrictions on them, they were able to tell a better story than having to pander to the audience. I have several DVDs of Dracula and Frankenstein. Universal Studios … all the way! YEA!!! 🙂

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      2. I often think the dialogue was more interesting, too. (Ah, Bela Lugosi as Dracula!). Did they show the British Hammer House of Horror series on US television in the 1980s? I just loved that, too.


  3. Love it! Shades of Christine is what I thought (reading your reply above)…but I love your own unique twists… as in ‘Dr Victor…Crankenstein?’ Haha…brilliant 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend dearest Sarah xxxx

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  4. Dear Sarah,

    I think a stroll though your mind would be a delightfully lively experience. I remember the Munsters (although I preferred The Addams Family) and Christine. I love the smirking grill. 😀



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    1. Dear Rochelle,
      My mind is just as lively and even more surreal when I’m sleeping. A couple of nights ago, I dreamed that I brought home an android dog as a playmate for my dog. You see, she’s rather scared of other dogs after getting bitten badly as a puppy, so in my dream, an android dog that was programmed only to do gentle play-biting, seemed just the ticket. Come to think of it, that’s one of my less weird dreams. For instance, Quillin in my novel Desiccation, first appeared to me in a dream. Need I say more?
      All best wishes,

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      1. Dear Sarah,

        It does make sense. I loved Quillin. I was so pleased he wasn’t like ‘my’ Quinnon. 😉 I’d love to have an android dog. No fleas, no food to buy and, best of all, no dander or poop. It must be cuddly though.
        I’ve had a recurring dream for the past few years…don’t know when it started. Not a recurring dream exactly. More of a recurring attic of a house. It’s usually shabby and dark, although the last dream I had about it, the house was being turned into some kind of curio shop and the attic was undergoing a remodel. What do you suppose that means?



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      2. Dear Rochelle,
        The android dog was cuddly, with a short-haired and sleek silvery-grey coat.
        As for analysing your dream… it’s funny about recurring dreams. I’ve had a few of them on the go over several years.
        Many moons ago, I made a habit of recording my dreams and it proved very interesting. Often, over a two-week period, I realised that all the different dream scenarios were trying to tell me one thing. You ought to try it sometime. It might even produce an explanation for the recent transformation of the house and the attic in your dream.
        All best wishes,


    1. Thanks, Iain 🙂 I guess that traffic cops are so used to hearing imaginative excuses for various offences, that it wouldn’t necessarily cross their minds (until it was too late) that truth could be stranger than fiction!

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    1. The image belonged to someone called Al Forbes and was the photo prompt for Friday Fictioneers. I did credit him with it at the foot of the post, but perhaps you missed that. I agree, it is a very funny image that definitely called for a black comedy response!

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  5. Well done! That makes me think of the Stephen King short story called Mile 81 with the car that…ate people. LOL.
    Anyways, what an incredible twist and masterful storytelling. Well done, you!

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    1. Thanks 🙂 As I’ve just said in reply to another comment by Alicia Jamtas that I’ve never read Mile 81, which just goes to prove that great and less great writing minds think alike (the greater one being Stephen King, of course). Am glad to know that I get similar ideas to those belonging to such a master of storytelling.


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