Don’t Drink and Drive

July 1, 2015 at 7:29 pm 41 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 3 July 2015

Note: I can’t believe this is my 72nd submission to Friday Fictioneers. I’m taking a break from blogging. I have all these stuff to do and then I go for the much needed vacation. I hope to be back in September.

Jean L. Hays
Photo Credit: Jean L. Hays

I used to be the king of the road, but now I’m only a shell of my former self.

I remember the good old days with Andy driving the girls around. I took them wherever they wanted. Distance was no object.

One night Andy had too much to drink. While driving home, he hit a utility pole and died on impact. I didn’t fare well either with my front end all smashed up.

Whenever kids stop by, I want to tell them, “Don’t drink and drive.” But I know they won’t listen. They have the aura of invincibility in them.


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41 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Yolanda Renee  |  July 1, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    So very, very true. Enjoy your break, I’m just getting started, but I hope I can achieve a number that high! Congratulations!

    • 2. plaridel  |  July 1, 2015 at 11:16 pm


      it’s amazing how time flies. you’ll be one of the top contributors before you even realize it. πŸ™‚

  • 3. micklively  |  July 1, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    I wonder how the roads would look if modern work-place health and safety rules were applied there. Deserted?

    • 4. plaridel  |  July 2, 2015 at 12:25 pm


      that’s a good question to ask. πŸ™‚

  • 5. Sandra  |  July 2, 2015 at 12:09 am

    Nice one. Missing you already. πŸ™‚ Have a good summer.

    • 6. plaridel  |  July 2, 2015 at 12:25 pm


      thank you. i’ll miss you guys too. πŸ™‚

  • 7. Lata Sunil  |  July 2, 2015 at 4:08 am

    Enjoy your vacation!

    • 8. plaridel  |  July 2, 2015 at 12:26 pm


      i appreciate the well wishes.

  • 9. gahlearner  |  July 2, 2015 at 5:15 am

    Such a true and important message! And I find the idea to let the car tell its story very good and interesting.
    Enjoy your vacation, we’ll miss you here. πŸ™‚

    • 10. plaridel  |  July 2, 2015 at 12:26 pm


      if it can save one life, it would be awesome. i’ll you guys too. πŸ™‚

  • 11. aliciajamtaas  |  July 2, 2015 at 10:09 am

    I like how you wrote this from the cars P.O.V. Great take.

    • 12. plaridel  |  July 2, 2015 at 12:28 pm


      thanks. that was the first thing that came to mind when i saw the picture prompt.

  • 13. Vinay Leo R.  |  July 2, 2015 at 10:57 am

    I like the point of view and the message. πŸ™‚ Happy vacation to you.

    Here’s me Friday Fictioneers fiction

    • 14. plaridel  |  July 2, 2015 at 12:28 pm


      thank you. i’m glad you liked it. πŸ™‚

  • 15. Sightsnbytes  |  July 2, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    enjoy your break…everyone needs one or two

    • 16. plaridel  |  July 3, 2015 at 7:47 pm


      thank you. i’m looking forward to it. πŸ™‚

  • 17. draliman  |  July 2, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    So true. I used to feel invincible too.
    Hope you enjoy your break!

    • 18. plaridel  |  July 3, 2015 at 7:48 pm


      thank you. just hoping the break will not break me. πŸ™‚

  • 19. Perry Block (@PerryBlock)  |  July 2, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Drives home that lesson looking at the picture prompt! Enjoy your summer.

    • 20. plaridel  |  July 3, 2015 at 7:48 pm


      thank you. i’ll make sure i don’t drink and drive. πŸ™‚

  • 21. patrickprinsloo  |  July 3, 2015 at 1:05 am

    It’s a shame they don’t learn. Ah, to be young again. (Need my front end bashed out.)

    • 22. plaridel  |  July 3, 2015 at 7:48 pm


      sometimes they do. but by then it’s too late.

  • 23. rochellewisoff  |  July 3, 2015 at 2:25 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    That aura of invincibility didn’t work well for Andy, did it? Well written. Have a wonderful summer.



    • 24. plaridel  |  July 3, 2015 at 7:49 pm


      i make sure i enjoy every moment of it. thank you.

  • 25. asarpota  |  July 3, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Great post. I had two thoughts also, one was quite similar to yours, coincidentally on the theme… Great write..

    • 26. plaridel  |  July 3, 2015 at 7:49 pm


      i guess the early bird catches the worm. just kidding. πŸ™‚

  • 27. rgayer55  |  July 4, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    I remember felling twelve feet tall and bullet proof. I fear that texting and driving will soon surpass drunk drivers in the number of fatality accidents. Or even worse, you could end up badly damaged for the rest of your life. Great tale, plaridel.

    We’ll miss you and look forward to your return.

    • 28. plaridel  |  July 4, 2015 at 7:23 pm


      self-driving cars are the future. hopefully, that’ll help. i’ll be back before you guys realize i was gone. πŸ™‚

  • 29. skippyheart  |  July 5, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Enjoy and take care, Mr. P! πŸ™‚

    • 30. plaridel  |  July 6, 2015 at 11:26 am


      thank you. i’ll be back soon enough.

  • 31. Dale  |  July 5, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    You leave is with a bang!
    Enjoy your time off!

    • 32. plaridel  |  July 6, 2015 at 11:27 am


      i need this break very badly. πŸ™‚

      • 33. Dale  |  July 6, 2015 at 11:45 am

        I hear ya. We have to listen to our bodies!

  • 34. BjΓΆrn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  July 6, 2015 at 2:13 am

    I think if cars were invented today they would be considered to dangerous, as would alcohol I guess.

    • 35. plaridel  |  July 6, 2015 at 11:27 am


      i think any invention will be dangerous to anybody who doesn’t know how to use it properly. πŸ™‚

  • 36. ansumani  |  July 6, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Nice reminder on safety. Enjoy your vacation.

    • 37. plaridel  |  July 6, 2015 at 11:28 am


      thank you. i’ll make sure to enjoy every bit of it. πŸ™‚

  • 38. Dawn Quyle Landau  |  July 6, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Young people tend to think their invincible! We’ll miss you, but time off is critical sometimes. I’ve been tempted to just take an official break too… Enjoy your summer!

    • 39. plaridel  |  July 6, 2015 at 11:28 am


      thank you. time to recharge my batteries. πŸ™‚

  • 41. Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist  |  July 6, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Sadly yours is a tale too true. Have a wonderful break and will look forward to seeing you back in September.


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