Time to Part

Copyright - Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Copyright – Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

It was strange that their final day should end in this motel carpark. Memories gushed over Jimmy in torrents. Here was where he’d fallen for her, where they’d begun the road trip that sealed their future. How he’d relaxed, lost his inhibitions on that trip.

Over there was where he’d called her ugly names, frustrated by her bouts of stubbornness. He grimaced at that memory.

But this was goodbye. E-bay had brought them together here, and now E-bay was parting them. Jim checked the delivery address, gave the dash a gentle rub and stepped out into the rain.


This is my contribution to this week’s Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Each week, Rochelle selects a picture prompt, with the challenge to compose a complete story in 100 words.

20 thoughts on “Time to Part

  1. Dear Margaret,

    I had a Nissan that I named Consuelo. I actually cried when we had to trade her in. She needed too many repairs. So I understand Jimmy’s mixed feelings. Subtle and well written.




    • We do get attached to our cars. I think sometimes they become an extension of our homes – we spend a lot of time driving around, perhaps with various family members, and memories are built from the interactions, good or bad, that occur in those confined spaces. Thanks, Sandra, for reading and commenting.

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  2. My son was in tears when we had to sell our mini-van – the one we brought him home from the hospital and he had rode in for all his life upto that point. Well done story that shows that invisible emotional link between man and car!


    • You seem to be in a minority, Bjorn, going by the tone of other comments for this story. I’m glad you were able to imagine how it feels and one day maybe you’ll come across the vehicle that does it for you. It’s got to be out there somewhere.


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