Ninety nine words …

for Friday Fictioneers




He always said he wanted to make a mark; be remembered for something by generations to come.

He made a mark alright, a skid mark along the road as he slid into the back of the car in front.

For generations to come, he’ll be remembered by the family of those whose lives he wrecked.

Today, bunches of flowers mark the spot. The spot where a driver was more interested in the text he was typing than what was happening around him.

Yes, he made a mark, and yes, he’ll be remembered for something by generations to come.


liz-young-6Thanks to Rochelle for hosting and to Liz Young for the photo.

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Thanks to Rochelle for hostings and to Liz Young for the picture.


2b69259ac37e78e449fc02276b5b751bWhen I saw the picture I immediately thought of one of my favourite UK sitcom characters, Edie from Last of the Summer Wine!

“Mother, look what you’ve done”

“It’s your father’s fault, Glenda, he keeps swapping the pedals around”. 

63 thoughts on “Ninety nine words …

  1. Michael Jun 2, 2021 / 13:05

    A timely warning, and a sad tale, well told

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  2. Mason Bushell Jun 2, 2021 / 13:25

    A well-written story of caution and warning over driving whilst using a phone.

    P.S I love Last of the Summer Wine too. That car scene is a classic!!

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jun 2, 2021 / 16:31

      Despite now being illegal it still carries on.

      Confession time – I watch a recorded episode of Summer Wine every evening, and I recently spent a few days in Holmfirth where it was filmed!

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      • Mason Bushell Jun 2, 2021 / 16:33

        No kidding! I reckon they should start impounding technology like they do cars!

        And why not. DOn;t let anybody tell you watching something is silly. If you enjoy it, you enjoy it, my friend! How cool to actually go to the filming location too.

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      • Shweta Suresh Jun 2, 2021 / 18:48

        Most certainly. That was not the mark he had in mind! Great take, Keith. If only there weren’t any reckless drivers.

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  3. msjadeli Jun 2, 2021 / 15:47

    Thoughtful, full of reproach, and rightfully so! Texting and driving don’t mix.

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  4. Tessa Jun 2, 2021 / 16:05

    How sad and a warning to all of those texters out there that think they know what they are doing.

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  5. granonine Jun 2, 2021 / 16:08

    I have a friend who keeps her phone on her knee as she drives. One of these days. . . .

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  6. hilarymb Jun 2, 2021 / 17:13

    Gosh I read the story before I saw the picture prompt – I haven’t seen that Last of the Summer Wine clip … I was down south when that was on … but I’ve seen a few clips recently – needs must … the tv is on! I think I’ll take the laughing one … all the best – Hilary

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  7. Dale Jun 2, 2021 / 18:18

    A story for our times, Keith. What a way to be known.. To have to live with that for the rest of his life.

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  8. Nobbinmaug Jun 2, 2021 / 20:29

    Technology makes our lives better in so many ways and worse in so many others. Everybody thinks it can’t happen to them until…

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  9. plaridel Jun 2, 2021 / 22:08

    it used to be, don’t drink and drive. now don’t text and drive. still, a good rule to follow.

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  10. Christine Goodnough Jun 3, 2021 / 02:25

    A sober tale today — and a great reminder to all. It’s so easy to slip into, “I’ll quickly reply…take me only a few seconds,”

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings Jun 4, 2021 / 08:28

      It ran for 31 years and there were almost 300 episodes but some of my favourites are the ones where when Edie (Thora Hird) blamed her bad driving on her husband fiddling with the controls of her car!


  11. pennygadd51 Jun 4, 2021 / 10:24

    Well told, Keith. Concise and powerful. Very effective use of repetition of the word “mark” with its different connotations.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. James McEwan Jun 4, 2021 / 13:05

    Yes, the mobile telephone is the worst all driving distractions, Yet people keep doing the same thing!

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  13. draliman Jun 4, 2021 / 13:19

    Definitely not the mark he wanted to leave. A tragic and cautionary tale.

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  14. Tannille Jun 5, 2021 / 05:12

    There are better ways to leave a mark. Phones should be in the back seat. Nothing is that important while driving.


  15. Dora Jun 5, 2021 / 18:28

    A tragic story unfortunately repeated on a daily basis.Well-told.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. notestowomen Jun 6, 2021 / 18:06

    Alas, another casualty of distracted driving. A well told and tragic take on the prompt, Keith.

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  17. michaelwynnauthor Jun 7, 2021 / 18:19

    A sad tale and one close to home for me. I have a friend who will never be the same because someone wanted to chnage their music while driving. Good take Keith

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