This week’s prompt: … but it has nuts in…
Charlie leaned beneath the rusted hood again. What genius unloaded this useless wreck on my son?
“Where’d you get this old rattletrap, LeRoy?”
“It was free, Pop.”
“Not worth anything, that’s sure.”
“I want to fix and drive it.”
Charlie jerked his head out too fast and banged his head. “Ow!” Dead cigar clamped hard between his yellowed teeth, he shook his head. “You don’t know what you’re talking about, do you?”
“Won’t cost nothing neither. I found this box of…”
“But it has nuts in here, bolts and screws.”
“What you need is an engine, boy. Got one in there, do you?”
April 27, 2014 at 3:17 pm
Good descriptions. And, ouch to that head bang. I know how that feels. It’s so good to be reading you again. ❤
April 28, 2014 at 8:11 pm
Thank you, Paulette. Daddy wanted to bang his head and providence granted his wish. 🙂
April 27, 2014 at 3:42 pm
Hahaha I love the head bang too, very clever characterisation Tess 🙂
April 28, 2014 at 8:09 pm
Thank you, Gilly. Ha ha. I didn’t see that one coming until it did and then I knew Daddy wanted to bang his head in frustration and got his wish. 😀
April 27, 2014 at 4:52 pm
Barely home from China, and she’s already back in the swing of things with the 100-Word Challenge. 🙂 Nice entry!
April 28, 2014 at 8:07 pm
Thank YOU, Carrie. Need to take my mind off feeling lousy. Must keep the brain busy when I can manage a challenge. 😀
April 27, 2014 at 5:19 pm
My head hurt as Charlie banged his. You definitely brought your writing talents back home with you Tess.
April 28, 2014 at 8:04 pm
Sue, I’m so glad to be back. It feels good to take up the challenge(s) again. I wasn’t sure I could pull this one off. 🙂
April 28, 2014 at 10:27 pm
Look at you just right back at it. You go girl!
April 28, 2014 at 10:32 pm
April 27, 2014 at 6:07 pm
Hahaha! Poor boy didn’t know to look for an engine. Good job Tess!!!
April 28, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Thank you, Colleen. Too excited about a free rust bucket and a box of nuts and bolts. Can’t help liking the kid’s enthusiasm. 😀
April 27, 2014 at 7:01 pm
Back in the saddle Tess! Good to see you
April 28, 2014 at 7:56 pm
Good to see YOU, Val. Hugs. 😉
April 27, 2014 at 7:31 pm
and she is back 🙂 oh dear an engine would help 😦 x
April 28, 2014 at 7:55 pm
Who would drop a car without an engine no matter how rusty a bucket it is. Hmm. I never thought to look if it had tires. 🙂 🙂
April 29, 2014 at 3:38 am
Tyres hmm they would also help 🙂
April 30, 2014 at 7:30 am
Maybe a newer model to start with? 😀 With all it’s parts? Oh right. Then it won’t be free.
April 30, 2014 at 7:41 am
shakes head ..no it wouldn’t, good morning lovely lady.
April 30, 2014 at 3:07 pm
Top of the afternoon to you now, Jen. 😛
April 28, 2014 at 12:24 am
Lots of story in a scant 100 words. Very strong.
April 28, 2014 at 7:54 pm
You’ve made my day, Len. Thank you. As long as I’m making progress, I’m happy. 😉
April 28, 2014 at 3:58 am
Point him to the nearest scrapyard,, for spares of course. 😉
April 28, 2014 at 7:52 pm
Scrapyards are wonderful resources for parts but is the old rust bucket even worth the effort? Ha ha.
April 28, 2014 at 6:07 am
I’ll say again, so nice to have you back Tess. Loved the short story 🙂
April 28, 2014 at 7:47 pm
Thank you. Glad you liked it, HH. Quirky, maybe, but that’s me all over. 😀
April 28, 2014 at 10:14 am
Great! I pictured my father as the dad in this one. He smoked cigars and had that kind of attitude.
April 28, 2014 at 7:44 pm
This makes me smile. Awesome to hear, Glynis. 🙂
April 28, 2014 at 12:59 pm
good job tess! 🙂
April 28, 2014 at 7:28 pm
Thanks so much, Geraldine. 😉 Means a lot to me.
April 28, 2014 at 1:29 pm
And Pop should cut Charlie some slack. At least the kid could get a few bucks for scrap.
April 28, 2014 at 7:27 pm
Yep. There is always a silver lining. 😀
April 28, 2014 at 1:43 pm
HaHa! and ouch! Wow Tess, you are back to your amazing writing and have I ever missed your fab stories! You know, you inspired me because while you were away the weekly writing challenge that I do sometimes was to write a story in 50 words, no less, no more. I’d love to know what you think although it it’s dark, but you know me…
April 28, 2014 at 7:27 pm
See what you can do in 50 words. Stirring.
April 29, 2014 at 11:11 am
Thank you Tess…
April 30, 2014 at 7:48 am
April 28, 2014 at 1:50 pm
I love Julia’s challenge. She’s quite a character. If you planned your next trip to England, I think she’d be a kick to visit.
And your story–wonderful surprise ending.
April 28, 2014 at 7:16 pm
If I were going to England, I sure would think to look her up. 😉
Thanks, Jacqui. You always make me feel I d.o.n.e. good. 😀
April 28, 2014 at 6:56 pm
Your story sounds like a conversation had at my house just last week. Nuts and bolts will get you far 🙂
April 28, 2014 at 9:31 pm
Really. Wow! I may have a chance of hitting my mark sometime this century: my aim to deal with reality
April 29, 2014 at 12:39 pm
I love that!!
April 30, 2014 at 7:48 am
Glad you like it. 😛
April 30, 2014 at 4:23 pm
Think I must have had a coma moment, I missed this post. Your brilliance hasn’t stayed in China that’s for sure. So few words and so many descriptions of that moment is amazing. Through yellow teeth, rusted car, the dialogue. It gave a whole history of their appearance and way of life. Sheesh your good! 🙂
May 1, 2014 at 11:54 am
You give me way too much credit, Rose but I do thank you from the bottom of my heard. 😉
April 30, 2014 at 6:38 pm
NIce to see you haven’t lost your style Tess! Welcome back. 🙂
May 1, 2014 at 11:57 am
Time away has blasted away some of the fatigue. Now all I need to blast away is this durn cold and bad sinus.
May 1, 2014 at 5:45 am
A missing engine, just a tiny detail 🙂
May 1, 2014 at 12:03 pm
Tiny and not important. 😉
May 3, 2014 at 8:56 pm
Oh, no. I see above you have a cold and bad sinus. Take good care of yourself. Tom’s sinus infection (the 1st one) turned into bronchitis.
Your flash is exquisite, as always.
July 12, 2014 at 4:56 pm
Lol! I certainly didn’t see that one coming.
Sorry for the belated comment(s). Have been off WP for some time. It’s a real treat to have so many of your posts to catch up with now!
July 13, 2014 at 10:45 am
Belated or not, nice to see you K. Hope life’s treating you well.
I’m tickled you enjoyed this one and want to catch up. You’ve made my day. Thank YOU. ❤