Fifteen Yards and Panicking – Mondays Finish the Story

This is my second week of taking part in flash fiction writing challenges and I’m finding them quite addictive. (Who am I kidding? They’re totally addictive!) This challenge is Mondays Finish the Story, hosted by Barbara Beacham. It asks that we write a story of 100 -150 words from the photo and first line prompt -both kindly provided by the host.

Here is this week’s photo . . .


. . . and this is my offering, including the given opening sentence:

They finally made their escape.

The four by four slewed to the right as it rounded a tight bend, scouring the muddy bank with a screech of tyres before spluttering to a halt. Jack struggled to restart the engine then hit the throttle. The vehicle lurched forward, just as the beast rounded the bend.

At his side, Tom squinted at their pursuer. ‘Fifteen freakin’ yards and it’ll have us for a Scooby Snack!’

Jack shot him a venomous look. ‘The throttle’s already at its bleedin’ limit! What d’you expect me to do . . . crash the car, good and proper?’

The beast was on their offside now, all evil-eyed and roaring. Jack squeezed the throttle,  just as the T-rex hurled itself across the chassis, five yards from the finishing line.

Tom pressed another coin into the slot. ‘Two wins each and your “No Result”,’ he said, smirking. ‘And the last go is mine.’

Word Count: 149


30 thoughts on “Fifteen Yards and Panicking – Mondays Finish the Story

  1. Exciting story! And, you got me as I was not expecting the ending! Well done! Thank you for coming back again to write for Mondays! I hope that you return next week! Be well! ^..^

    1. Hahaha. Funnily enough, that’s the way the story was heading until I had a sudden flash of inspiration – or, more likely, lunacy – as I was writing! Thank you for your nice comment, Ali.

    1. Thank you, Susan. Oddly enough, I did start out to write some kind of Jurassic Park chase. I was halfway through when I decided to change it. I’m glad I did, too! It’s very nice to meet you, by the way.

    1. Thank you, Suzanne. I’m glad you thought the game worked well. Computer games are definitely not my thing, so I just hoped it would read OK! At least it provided my ‘twist’.

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