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Shorty #1: The Cab Ride

February 11, 2010

A “Shorty” is a piece of genre fiction limited to 100 words or less.

The prompt:
This genre is ‘Writer’s Choice’. The story may be serious or light hearted or as silly as you like just so long as it is 100 words or less and written for the following prompt:

You hail a cab and find yourself sharing a ride with one of the following:
An Elvis impersonator
Your first love
A child with special powers
A famous actor or actress
Your high school principal

Please feel free to share your shorty in response to the prompt in the comments if you’d like.


(100 words)

The cabdriver introduced himself as Sam and took off east on Franklin. Because of the weather I shared the ride, but I was fine with that. The other passenger faced the window, his coat collar pulled up, his hat pulled low over dark hair. Sam played soft jazz as he drove. My stop arrived and Sam pulled over, turned off the music. I paid and stepped out. “Keep the change, Sam” I said. Closing the door I heard the other rider speak for the first time, “You played it for him, you can play it for me. Play it, Sam.”

© 2010 by Michael Fishman

One Comment leave one →
  1. varioni permalink
    February 13, 2010 12:00 am

    When some woman starting to get in my cab I pocketed the small box and bolted for the other door. This uptown bitch couldn’t spoil tonight.

    “That’s my cab!”

    “Share to 46th. I’ll pay your fare,” she responded as we simultaneously closed doors.

    It was her. We hadn’t seen each other in years.


    I noticed the ring on her finger, diamond necklace, expensive clothes….


    “How are you?!” She reached over to hug me as we pulled away from the curb.

    “Driver, stop.”

    At the intersection I got out.

    I changed my mind. I’ve still got the box.


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