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Friday Fictioneers – To Any Lengths

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, the weekly flash fiction challenge hosted by Rochelle. The photo this week was contributed by The Reclining Gentleman. My genre for this week is “craziness!” :-).

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Copyright The Reclining Gentleman

Copyright The Reclining Gentleman

 

Jedd increased speed as his pursuer swerved around another vehicle. Terrified, he threw caution to the winds, flooring the accelerator.

Who could want him so badly?

So preoccupied was he that he missed the brake lights ahead. At the last second, screaming, he swerved into the crash barrier. Legs crushed, terrified, helpless, he saw a shadowy figure approach. It rapped on the side window, which promptly shattered. He saw the face of… his dear old mum!

“Sorry about that, dearie. You forgot your packed lunch!” she said brightly, handing him his sandwiches before roaring off again. Jedd began to cry.

 

  1. September 23, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Well, it’s too bad his legs are crushed. But he’s got lunch, so that’s good!

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    • September 24, 2015 at 7:01 am

      He has something to munch while he’s waiting for the paramedics 🙂

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  2. September 23, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    I got a feeling his old mum might be calling him home.. ominous..

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    • September 24, 2015 at 7:02 am

      That’s certainly one possibility. She’s either nuts or they’re both dead.

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  3. September 23, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Do Mum and Ezra have a thing going? Strange days indeed. Most peculiar, Mama. But a good read.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • September 24, 2015 at 7:02 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      Maybe she’s Ezra’s little helper!
      Ali

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  4. September 23, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    Mom was hell bent getting that lunch to him. LOL! Poor guy has crushed legs!

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    • September 24, 2015 at 7:03 am

      I’m sure he’ll be fine eventually! And he’ll never want for decent food in hospital.

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  5. September 24, 2015 at 12:04 am

    People often report seeing deceased loved ones as they exit this world……….?

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    • September 24, 2015 at 7:07 am

      A few people have interpreted this darker route! It could well be his dead mum calling him home…

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  6. September 24, 2015 at 2:53 am

    oh Jeeze, I am uncomfortable when I see myself in your stories. I was exactly like that Mom in that I’ld make sure my boys had their stuff.

    great read young man 😁

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    • September 24, 2015 at 7:08 am

      My mum always made sure we had everything too. It’s the sign of a good mum, though Jedd’s has taken things to extremes 🙂

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  7. September 24, 2015 at 3:11 am

    Well! Motherly love can sometimes smother.

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    • September 24, 2015 at 7:09 am

      We need to learn to appreciate it while we still have it. Though Jedd would disagree in this instance, I think 🙂

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  8. September 24, 2015 at 4:45 am

    Comical twist at the end. Where would the world be without Mums like that? I ask you.

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  9. September 24, 2015 at 5:59 am

    i had that eerie feeling that he died.

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    • September 24, 2015 at 7:11 am

      That’s one possible interpretation. Mum has come to guide him to the next world…

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  10. Lyn
    September 24, 2015 at 6:12 am

    Aaah, you’re living up to your reputation of the crazy ending. Well done!

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  11. September 24, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Wow, Ali, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. I just hope his mom called for help somewhere. Although, it sounds like she might need help. Crazy is right. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • September 24, 2015 at 7:11 am

      Neither did Jedd. He went with cry! She’s certainly needs help too.

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  12. September 24, 2015 at 7:59 am

    That’s one seriously messed up mother.
    Good piece.

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  13. September 24, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Having a chuckle here.

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  14. September 24, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Crushed legs and lunch – what more could a son ask for. Different take on the prompt.

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  15. September 24, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Oh my, that is one crazy family! You made me laugh with this tragic story, what is wrong with me? Maybe I am related to your characters? 😛

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  16. September 24, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Maniac driving runs in the family! LOL.

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  17. September 24, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Somehow I read it as a kid playing car racing until mum comes and brings lunch…In any case, fun story!

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    • September 24, 2015 at 2:32 pm

      That’s another interpretation I hadn’t thought of. Nice!

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  18. September 24, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    The mum from hell! Now I wonder how much I resemble her! LOL Good one!

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    • September 25, 2015 at 10:23 am

      It was all from a place of love, though she maybe went a bit too far 🙂

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  19. September 24, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    At least he won’t have to eat hospital food. That’s something.

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    • September 25, 2015 at 10:23 am

      I’m sure she’ll turn up every day with something tasty to eat.

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  20. NotAPunkRocker
    September 24, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Geez, that’s taking helicopter parenting to the extreme…

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    • September 25, 2015 at 10:24 am

      At least he never goes hungry!

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  21. September 24, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Eeesh… not my kind of mother! This was silly funny

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  22. September 24, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Oh dear. Now that’s a mother with a problem. Very funny.

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    • September 25, 2015 at 10:24 am

      Regardless of the state of his legs, I think she needs help more than him.

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  23. September 25, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Looks like life still goes on…MOL 😀 Pawkisses for a Wonderful Weekend 🙂 ❤

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    • September 25, 2015 at 10:25 am

      Yeah, he’ll be fine after a bit of a hospital stay 🙂

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  24. September 25, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Funny. 😀

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    • September 26, 2015 at 4:52 am

      A little bit of craziness 🙂

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  25. September 25, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    I think she forgot to read “The Mom’s Handbook” When your son is in an auto accident that you caused, be sure to stay and comfort him, else he won’t be around to take care of you in your crazy old age.

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  26. Francesca Smith
    September 25, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    That is one hell of a mum he has got there. I enjoyed the dark humour.

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    • September 26, 2015 at 4:56 am

      She’s a force of nature 🙂

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  27. September 25, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    Fun read, Ali! That mum sure is dedicated and a bit crazy, I might add. 🙂 Great story.

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    • September 26, 2015 at 4:59 am

      It must have been interesting growing up with her as his mum 🙂

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  28. September 26, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    How typical of a mum to think of his stomach. I’ll say one thing, she must be one heck of a driver. Pity about Jedd’s legs, though. Hopefully the damage is no more than a few weeks in hospital can sort out – followed by a few more weeks/months on crutches. He’ll be right as rain in no time at all 🙂

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    • September 26, 2015 at 3:58 pm

      At least he won’t starve while he’s convalescing! And he won’t have to worry about hospital food, either 🙂

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  29. September 26, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    And Mummy didn’t even stick around to kiss his booboos better… 😦

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    • September 26, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      No! Despicable behaviour 🙂

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  30. September 27, 2015 at 4:30 am

    Man, you have a twisted imagination! That was both disquieting, horrifying, and funny — a little like a truncated Coen Brothers movie.
    Especially galling for your protagonist must have been the fact that she pursued him, hunted him down, handed him his lunch, and pushed off without so much as a “Are you all right, luv?”! What a strange mother!
    Loved it, of course!

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    • September 27, 2015 at 7:08 am

      She is a strange one! I’m wondering if she’s gone walk-about from some secure facility somewhere. I don’t know if Jedd is crying in relief, shock, thankfulness for his lunch, fear for his mum or pain.
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  31. September 27, 2015 at 10:10 am

    craziness indeed…loved it..a mum is a mum….

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    • September 27, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      And she’ll never let her little boy go hungry :-). I’m glad you liked it!

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  32. September 27, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Mom, the stalker, will get you every time.

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  33. September 27, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    And my son thinks I’M annoying! Pfft!

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  34. September 28, 2015 at 5:25 am

    Nothing like a good home made lunch while waiting for the paramedics.

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    • September 28, 2015 at 8:44 am

      He’s got to keep his strength up!

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