short story #12: Grandma Agnes’ tryst with driving

50 years later, the sight of the abandoned car in the middle of a deserted farmhouse brought back memories.
Agnes and Dave had driven to the open field.
Agnes had taken Dave up, on his word.
Something that he hadn’t expected her to do.
But he had obliged, delighted at the idea of spending more time with her.
So here there they were, class #1 of how to drive a car with manual transmission.
Dave had explained the basics to Agnes as she nodded along.
“So, Dave, once again, I take my feet off the accelerator, press the clutch, and engage it. Correct?”.
“Yes, Agnes. But remember, you should have reached sufficient speed. Otherwise, the engine…”
“Yes, I know. Just watch me drive. I’m going to make you proud”.
Five minutes into her solo drive, Agnes made Dave feel multitudes of emotion.
But pride wasn’t one of them.
The car had numerous scratches. By a miracle, the windshield was saved from shattering.
“I’m sorry about your car, Dave. I think I’ll stay away from driving for now.”
As the couple retold the story, their grandchildren finally got to know why Grandpa Dave never let Grandma Agnes touch his precious cars!

(200 words)

This post was written in response to the Sunday Photo Fiction hosted by Donna. Thank you Donna for hosting this challenge. The challenge is to use the picture prompt as inspiration to write a story in 200 words or less.

Do you think that Grandpa Dave should have given Grandma Agnes another chance?

I have been struggling to find my way around the block editor. Classic editor seems easier to handle. The block editor tends to frustrate me at times!But I have edited this tiny tale in the block editor. Sure, it took me a lot of time. But it’s not all that bad. I recently learned about the concept of reusable blocks and it’s really good. Click here to know about reusable blocks! I think I am going to go through all the posts on the Gutenberg editor. Clearly, there’s so much that I don’t know.

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15 thoughts on “short story #12: Grandma Agnes’ tryst with driving

  1. Loved the story.
    I think Grandfather Dave should have given one more chance to grandma Agnes. But he should be more cautious this time.😂
    I didn’t understand this thing you have written about block editor. I haven’t used it ever. Will check it soon. I really need to learn more about wordpress. Thanks for mentioning it and sharing the link.

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    1. He should have, shouldn’t he? Poor Grandma Agnes!
      There are two types of editors in WordPress – the classic one which many of us have been using for years, and a newly introduced block editor, also known as Gutenberg editor. The new editor is not really a favourite and many want WordPress to stick with the classic editor. If you’re writing posts, then I think you might be using the block editor. I have a lot to learn about the new editor too. Don’t mention it, Richa. There are a lot of helpful articles to help you out. 😃

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