This week at the Carrot Ranch, Charli Mills challenged writers to In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that features a red convertible. Who is driving or riding? Where is the car going? Maybe it isn’t even a car. Have fun and go where the prompt leads!
Royal’s Red Convertible
When I was a child, my uncle, who was probably in his early thirties and single at the time, had a red convertible. His name was Royal (Royal Albert, no less) and I thought he looked like Elvis Presley. He had a great sense of humour, and when he laughed, he did so with his whole body. Whenever he came to visit, we kids would beg him for a ride. He always complied. We felt like royalty as he whizzed us around the block, the wind in our hair, smiling as wide as the Pacific. It was Royal fun!
Charli did say to go where the prompt leads, and how could I write a post about a red convertible without paying respects to my uncle and the only times I got to ride in a red convertible, or any convertible for that matter. Sadly, we lost Royal twenty years ago to melanoma, a terrible disease that takes too many lives here in Queensland.
From memoir to fiction.
The Little Red Convertible V1
Teddy plumped into the driver’s seat. Ollie squished beside.
“Where’re we going, Teddy?”
“Somewhere far away, where the flowers bloom and the birds sing and the sky’s the prettiest blue.”
“How long will it take to get there?”
“Close your eyes and we’ll be there before you know it,” said Teddy.
The little red convertible zoomed past dancing horses and gilded carriages.
“Do you see it?” asked Teddy.
“It’s beautiful!” whispered Ollie, not wanting to break the magic.
When the little red convertible stopped, Ollie asked, “Can we go again?”
“Anytime,” said Teddy. “Just close your eyes and imagine.”
When I was writing that one, I was thinking of a little red car on a carousel. However, I couldn’t find an image to match. I quite liked the image of the two children and the pedal car, so I thought I’d have another go. For this one, I was thinking of playing imaginatively in the backyard or playground. I don’t think either are really what I could call finished, though each is 99 words, as is Royal’s Red Convertible, but I’ve run out of time. Let me know which you prefer.
The Little Red Convertible V2
“Where to today?” asked Amy.
“Over the mountains, across the river, and through the far-away forest,” said Lucy.
“Be home in time for dinner,” said Mother.
The little red convertible chugged to the peak of the highest mountain where the children danced in clouds. It rolled through misty valleys and onto the plain where the children played hide-and-seek in patchwork fields. It trundled across the wooden bridge over the river that led to the forest where they fluttered with fairies and pranced with unicorns.
Rumbling bellies told them to head for home.
“Just in time,” said Mother.
Thank you for reading. I appreciate your feedback. Please share your thoughts.