Submitted for Sunday Photo Fiction


The Assignment: The idea of Photo Fiction is write a story of around 100-200 words (which is also called Flash Fiction) based on a photo as a prompt. In this particular photo fiction, the story must be based on the photo below.

Credit: Al Forbes

Credit: Al Forbes

Watch Out for the Potholes

“Shane I am sure you’ve heard your father and I talking about how the winter wreaks havoc on the roads. I only mention it again because you are a new driver. Watch out for the potholes.”

“Sure mom.” Shane hadn’t looked up when his mom was speaking. With his eyes glued to the television, he was achieving his highest score yet on Grand Theft Auto.

Frowning in frustration at her son, Virginia went to the kitchen when she heard the telephone ringing.


“Hey Mrs. P.  Is Shane at home?”

“Tanya? Sure just a minute.”

Virginia handed her son the receiver as he came into the kitchen and left to give him privacy.  After a short while, Shane found her in the family room.

“Tanya is at the mall. Can I borrow the car to meet her.”

“Yes but remember what I said about the potholes.”

“9-1-1 What’s your emergency?”

“I’m not hurt but I do need help. I was warned to watch for potholes, but I didn’t expect a sinkhole larger than the car.”

“The police are on their way.”

Next Shane called home.



20 responses

  1. Steve Lakey says:

    Well, at least he did listen! Made me smile. 🙂


  2. Donna says:

    Darn how do you miss a sinkhole?


  3. GP Cox says:

    I know the feeling! Very few pot holes here by me, but a beauty of a sink hole 3 blocks away!


  4. He hit one huge pothole (sinkhole)! Seems to be a lot of those lately.


  5. luckyjc007 says:

    Even though the car fell in a sinkhole, something tells me he will be a lot more cautious from now on as he scans for potholes!


  6. Birgit says:

    Yikes! How does one stay away from a sinkhole! Well done story


  7. Whoops! I hope they got him out…
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  8. Whoops. That didn’t go as expected. At least it wasn’t his fault 🙂


  9. mandibelle16 says:

    Great ending! I was actually in a van with my brother and Mom when a sink hole opened up beneath our car. We quickly got out. The car was towed away, but the sink hole was bigger then the van when the road caved in. Good writing!


  10. rogershipp says:

    My guess was that he was driving the Pennsylvania Turnpike???

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