Barking: 99 Word Flash Fiction

Tailgaters are rude, selfish and arrogant.  Today, I got my own back.  Driving on a dual carriageway (two lane freeway), I pulled out into the fast lane to overtake a slow van and an even slower car just ahead.

And there he was, fast approaching in my rear view mirror in his shiny black Beemer, king of the road.  I kept to the 70 mph speed limit and kept watch until he was practically glued to my back bumper.

Okay, okay, stay right there mate, I’m overtaking, as you can see – or can you? – and I’ll pull over when I’m good and ready, but not until I overtake that other slow car just up ahead. See that?

And do you know what he did?  He attempted – I say, attempted – to cut me up by swerving way too fast and dangerously into the slow lane to overtake from the inside, expecting me to slow down, to make way for the king.  As if.

Needless to say I kept to my speed, and he had no choice but to pull back in behind me, just in time for the road to merge into one lane for several miles.  Oh joy!  I will admit to no more.

Timely then for Charli’s flash fiction prompt for this week.  Here it is:

‘This week’s challenge is two-fold:

  1. August 5, 2015 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write the common premise: “I ran over a deer (or other animal) and have decided to nurse it back to health.”
  2. But before you write, daydream. Do something out of your normal routine for 10 minutes. Go outside, sit and stare into space. Rest in a meditative yoga pose. Lock yourself in the bathroom. Mow the lawn, or do the dishes. Let your mind wander to the story and daydream before you write it.’

Charli has described my writing process here in one perfect one word: ‘Daydream‘.  Usually my ideas come to me when out walking, but today this flash came to me whilst out on the road.  My tailgater better watch out.

Deer At Longleat (c) Sherri Matthews

Deer At Longleat
(c) Sherri Matthews

Barking

“Mrs Barker?” enquired the policeman as Ethel’s bulk blocked the doorway.

“Yeah…?”

“There’s been an accident. The driver thinks he might have hit a deer, but before he could check– he’s a vet – he thought he saw ‘something’ run into the woods. An abandoned car nearby is registered to your husband. Is he home?”

“Something…what do you mean?”

The policeman coughed, then stuttered.  “A man, but like a wolf, saw teeth…he said…”

“Gawd! It’s High Wycombe, not the bleedin’ Wild West.”

Later, Ethel heard howling. “Pipe down Fred,” she hissed from the bedroom window, “you’ll wake the neighbours.”

About Sherri Matthews

Sherri has been writing full time since 2011. Currently working on her memoir, 'Stranger in a White Dress', she has been published in a variety of national magazines, websites and three anthologies. Sherri raised her three, now adult children, in California for twenty years and today, lives in England’s West Country with her hubby, Aspie youngest, two cats, a grumpy bunny and a family of Chinese Button Quails. She keeps out of mischief blogging, gardening, walking by the sea and snapping endless photographs. Her garden robin muse vists regularly.
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118 Responses to Barking: 99 Word Flash Fiction

  1. Hahaha! “I will admit to no more.” I must hear the rest of that story sometime. And the flash…bloody brilliant. 😀

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    • Sherri says:

      Haha!!! Well Sarah, I confess, I was so enraged that I gave him the finger. Actually, when I told hubby and daughter what happened I used the expression ‘flipped him the bird’ and Daughter thought was funny, a very ’90’s’ expression apparantely. I must be getting outdated. Isn’t that used much anymore in the States? I don’t think it’s used here thinking of it. I forget what’s British and what’s American…need to be careful with that when writing!!! So there’s my confession for the day 😉 So glad you enjoyed the flash, it sort of took over…thanks Sarah 😀

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  2. Ali Isaac says:

    Brilliant, Sherri! Haha, loved it, particularly the tailgaiters comeuppance! Just deserts, I think… Bet you had a huge grin on your face!

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  3. TanGental says:

    very twilight! Lovely flash, Sherri.

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  4. rgemom says:

    Don’t you love when karma gets tailgaters right then and there? Love the fiction too….;-)

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  5. My best one was when an incompetent overtook me on a nearly blind corner [a spot where no-one with any brains would have tried to do so] and seconds later a mufti police car flashed its lights and drew out to follow. I slowed and let him past happily and gave a wee toot as I sailed by the pulling over incompetent 😉 . Werewolves in High Wycombe eh? 😀

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    • Sherri says:

      Oh Pauline, this is a wonderful story, perfect justice 😀 How many times I’ve thought where are the cops when we need them? So nice to think that things like this do happen. I can just imagine your smile as you tooted and sailed past. Fabulous 😀 And yes, well, you just never know who might turn up these days, who, what or ‘where’… haha 😀

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  6. I like your story so much better than my brother’s, Sherri. We were driving two cars of kids to play miniature golf in the next town when my brother hit a deer. It lay in the roan kicking and jerking, and kids were horrified, watching through my windshield and his back window. To stop the deer’s pain, my brother hit it with a tire bar and put it out of its misery, but it was a much longer process to comfort and calm down the kids.

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    • Sherri says:

      Oh that’s so sad Marylin, what an awful trauma 😦 I saw two dead baby foxes by the side of the road during my travels yesterday and I can’t even bear to see that. That’s why I went with a more humourous story. I’m glad you enjoyed it… 🙂

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  7. So, you’ve got the crazy drivers too. Every afternoon, during my commute home from work, I pray I’ll make it home safe. Tailgaters and drivers who aggressively change lanes, make my blood boil. Nice flash fiction, Sherri! Be safe! xoxo

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    • Sherri says:

      Oh yes Jill, and they are getting worse! That constant lane-changing like that enrages me too. They cause road rage! The worse I ever experienced was driving on the freeways in Los Angeles. Yowzer, now that is one crazy place to drive. You keep safe and keep praying too, your commute sounds similar 😦 And thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed the flash! A bit of fun… 🙂 xoxo

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  8. Do NOT mess with Miss Sherri on the road!! Say no more, 😀 Love the Flash Fiction. Good Heavens above! I hope Fred’s quite harmless; all bluster and no bite. 😯

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    • Sherri says:

      Haha 😀 Say no more indeed!!!! Fred is quite harmless Sylvia, he doesn’t quite know what to do with himself when the moon is full. Ethel keeps him in line and covers for him thankfully. Definitely his bark is worse than his bite, LOL 😀 So glad you enjoyed this bit of fun, it was good to write it to calm down from my earlier road rage, ha! xx

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  9. I liked how you handled the tailgater. They are so dangerous. My sister used to do that to people. Push them over by riding their bumper. The last person she did that to was and unmarked police car. :)))))) I hate riding with her. Me, I let them pass me and then watch as the cops pull them over. I can get quite smug about it if left to my own devices. 🙂 I loved the flash fiction. Not at all what I expected which please me to no end.

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    • Sherri says:

      My ex used to do it too Marlene, and still does probably. Scared the heebie jeebies out of me and the kids. Oh no! Yikes, I bet that was a shocker for your sister 😮 You say the ‘last person’…can I assume that she hasn’t done it again? Perhaps that cured her? I never see a cop pulling anyone over, and the drivers are getting ruder by the day here. Haha…well, a little bit of smugness never hurt anyone, if done with good reason 😀 And I’m thrilled you enjoyed the flash, thanks so much Marlene, always so happy to know it gave an unexpected twist 🙂

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  10. Love that the Beemer got his comeuppance.
    Fred is a wolfman?? The possibilities are endless.
    Melinda

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  11. Heyjude says:

    I loathe tailgaters and do exactly what you did, I stick to 70 mph deliberately and watch them fume! The other folk on the road that drive me mad with a passion are the middle lane drivers! When there is absolutely nothing on the inside lane there they stick driving along in the middle like they own the road! I was grinning with you as that single carriage appeared 🙂

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    • Sherri says:

      Haha…yes, it was a sweet moment when the road merged and he was stuck behind me. I just wish it had been for longer. I just couldn’t believe it when he tried to cut me up like that. I agree about the middle lane and then those slow drivers doing 20 mph in a 50 mph zone, with a huge line of traffic behind them and no way to pass. I don’t take chances when I drive and keep well back, but I see others getting impatient and overtaking on dangerous corners. Got to keep your wits about you out there…it’s enough to make anyone howl 😀 😉 🙂

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  12. Charli Mills says:

    Great writing, both the tailgater story and the flash! Annoys me when they think crowding my back bumper will influence my speed. Instead, it initiates my stubbornness! 😉 Your flash draws us into a mysterious scene with a howling (with laughter) ending!

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    • Sherri says:

      I know! Why do they do that? It’s the attitude behind it that makes me so enraged. There is just no need for it. I would have pulled over after passing the second car, but he couldn’t wait even a few seconds and could have caused an accident. At one point, we were almost neck and neck! Haha…thanks so much Charli, glad this had you howling in a good way 😀

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  13. Mabel Kwong says:

    Lovely flash fiction, Sherri. Humurous and I like how the policeman had no clue. He must have thought he was seeing things in the end 😀 You never really know what is out there.

    That sounded like one mean tailgater, very pushy but glad to hear you stuck to your guns and then one road appeared and no one could do anything else 🙂 Some people are just so impatient. It reminds me of the other day when I was crossing the road. A car stopped to let me pass, so I did and in the middle of the road realised a bicycle was speeding down the cyclists lane in front of me. The guy on the bike shouted at me, “Run, run, run” across the road. I didn’t, I slowed down because he was coming at quite a speed though he seemed to be applying the breaks on his bike. He made a hissing noise when I didn’t run it – who knows, I could have fallen on the road. Oh well. Better safe than sorry 🙂

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    • Sherri says:

      Haha…it was a bit tongue-in-cheek Mabel, and I’m glad to bring some humour into this flash. Ethel was definitely the one in control 😀
      Oh what a horrible thing to happen, that is so rude. Cyclists can be just as rude as drivers. It’s just that aggressive attitude I don’t like, as you say, you could have fallen and then that would have been just awful. I was always told by my mother to never run crossing the road for that very reason. So you did the right thing Mabel 🙂 Let that cyclist hiss and maybe next time, like my tailgater, will be a bit more thoughtful. Or maybe not… 😮 But we can live in hope, right? Lovely to hear from you as always, and I will be by soon to catch up with your latest. Have a lovely day 🙂

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      • Mabel Kwong says:

        You certainly made Ethel the domineering character. Don’t think I’d want to cross her path or infuriate her 😀

        This was the first time I met a rude cyclist. I hope he is nicer to others next time. In general that area where I walk everyday, cyclists tend to go slow. Maybe he was in a hurry, I don’t know. Always lovely to pop by your Summer House, so warm and welcoming in the summer 🙂 ❤

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        • Sherri says:

          Haha…Ethel is one tough cookie, no doubt about it!
          Yes, always the one spoiling things for others. Hopefully you won’t enter his path again, nor me that tailgater, ha!
          And always a pleasure to spend a summer’s day with you in the Summer House Mabel 🙂 😎 😀

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  15. swamiyesudas says:

    Very Good, my Dear Sherri! Both Your handling the tailgater, and Your little Story. Let me repeat that, Very Good, and achieved in so few words too! Quite enjoyed that. Kudos. Give us more. Love and Regards. 🙂

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    • Sherri says:

      Well, I thank you so very much dear Swami! Always such a pleasure to read your thoughts and I am delighted to know you enjoyed both reads so much 😀 You’ve made my day, and I will do my best, certainly! Love and regards to you too 🙂

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  16. That tailgating story was brilliant Sherri. Those Boy Racers in their Beemers need to be taught a lesson. Loved it! 😉

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  17. mumblypeg says:

    Brilliant!!! Glad you gave the beemer his lesson. My mind has gone wild thinking about the wolfman. Hilarious. You have such a wonderful way of getting your stories across so succinctly. very well done Sherri

    Love m xxx

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    • Sherri says:

      Haha..yes, I got him didn’t I? 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed the flash…poor Fred, I don’t think he quite realises what happens to him every full moon. Thankfully, he has Ethel to look after him, even with all her bluster, lol 😀 Thanks so much MP… much love to you ❤ 🙂 xxx

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  18. Mahesh Nair says:

    Hi Sherri: beautiful writing on tailgating, has the potential to be a flash piece; you kept up the momentum, the pressure, and we dislike the tailgater. Though you so efficiently crushed his evil designs, he’d continue to be a tailgater — not if we have more Sherris on the road. Salute!

    Hope all is well at your end. Take care.

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    • Sherri says:

      Well hello my dear friend, and how I have missed you here! I hope this means you have been enjoying a wonderful summer? I am yet to catch up, so will of course be looking out for your posts. Thank you so much for your wonderful critique of the tailgater story! Wow…I just sort of wrote that out quickly before the flash to vent, ha 😀 At least I crushed his ‘evil design’ (love that!) for a moment or two!
      It has been up and down as always, life’s rich pattern as you know, but doing alright thank you. I hope for you too Mahesh. Great to see you again 🙂

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  19. Norah says:

    Oh, Sherri, that is hilarious! I guess one needs to show the wolf some compassion too – especially when it’s your husband! Love it!
    And your road rage story – I am surprised at you. I usually let them go and get away from me. If they want to kill themselves, let them, but don’t take me out in the process!
    Fun post! 🙂

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    • Sherri says:

      Haha…well, poor Fred isn’t quite sure what happens when he gets those wolf-like urges, but Ethel keeps him in line LOL 😀 So glad you enjoyed it, I had fun with it!
      Ahh yes, the road rage. Well, the thing is Norah, I was surprised at myself! I always stay back and let those idiots keep well away, but in this instance I would have had to slow down in the fast lane and pull in behind the car in the slow lane just to let him pass which would have been dangerous, and he didn’t have the sense or manners to see this. So he decided to try to cut me up instead! At least I forced him to slow down when he was behind me once the road merged into a single lane. Interestingly, he didn’t tailgate quite as badly by then! 🙂

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      • Norah says:

        It sounds like you may have taught him some road manners. I hope so. I think many people don’t realise they have a lethal weapon in their hands when they are behind the wheel. Everyday we are on the road we are dicing with death, and only seconds away from catastrophe. It’s a wonder any of us ever survive. Now that’s a depressing thought, but I am very conscious of the dangers when I am on the road and try to be vigilant. I really can’t stand tailgating. It is an extremely dangerous practice. I’m pleased you got home safely. 🙂

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        • Sherri says:

          Thank you Norah, and yes, me too 🙂 It really is very dangerous and you are so right about our cars being lethal weapons. If everyone realised that then maybe there would be far less accidents on the roads. I see people taking crazy risks most days. I’ll continue to be vigilant like you and not rise to the bait, I promise 🙂 Let’s hope that my tailgater learnt something, but I fear probably not…

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  20. Denise says:

    I like this fun story and I was also very amused at the way as a prolific photographer you also had a picture of a deer at hand!

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    • Sherri says:

      Haha! You never know what might turn up at the Summerhouse Denise! Not having any photos of a werewolf, I thought that this one of the deer might be the next best thing, lol 😀 Glad you enjoyed the story, thank you! 🙂

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  21. Wonderful flash fiction, Sherri! I love your sense of humor! 🙂

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  22. Haha, oh that Fred. A good twist!

    I, too, hate tailgaters, especially since my car was rear-ended in April. I especially hate tailgaters on high speed roadways. I can imagine the triumph you must have felt as yours managed to box himself in like that. Must have been a lot of steamy profanity in that car!

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    • Sherri says:

      Yes, being rear-ended is horrible as we both know only too well. That is what was going through my mind the whole time, what if I had to stop or slow down suddenly? This is precisely how accidents happen. Idiot!!! Haha…yes, I can well imagine. Mind you, it wasn’t exactly quiet in my car either 😉 😮
      So glad you enjoyed the twist, thanks Marlene! Yes, Fred is quite a character, good job he has Ethel to keep an eye on him! 🙂

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  23. Well I loved this story! Reminiscent of the Stephen King stories I so enjoy! Somehow I don’t think the deer made it, but perhaps?
    Sherri you and I are too much alike on the road me thinks! Watch out you road devils!! 😉 🙂
    Thank you for starting my day out on a spooky and happy note. Yes in my world they go together!!! xoxoxoxo ❤

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    • Sherri says:

      Haha 😀 Now why am I not surprised at this Diane? Oh I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I have no idea how a run in with a tailgater led to a story about a werewolf, but that’s why I love writing these flash fiction pieces so much…you never know what you’re gonna get, ha! Yes, them others better watch out, LOL 😀 Thank you so much for your great comment, glad it wasn’t too spooky for first thing in the morning for you! And I do want to let you know that the deer was alright after all 🙂 ❤ xoxoxoxox

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  24. That daydream certainly took this story in a different direction Sherri! That and your almost ‘road rage’ incident obviously made a tasty recipe for fiction 🙂

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  25. Grrrr, tailgaters. Am so glad his bullying rebounded on him, in that he ended up making a total idiot of himself. Ah, sweet justice, Sherri. And as for grrrrrrrrrs and howls of a wolfish kind, too, and there was me thinking High Wycombe was such an ordinary place. I love the way you had Ethel covering her husband’s tracks. She’s obviously used to the-once lunar-monthly outburst of a lupine kind. Well told 🙂 xxxx

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    • Sherri says:

      Absolutely, and I had great pleasure in making sure that happened, ha! Sweet Justice indeed!
      Haha…Sarah, I knew you would get it in one. I would have liked to have expanded this flash to say 300 words but I’m thrilled you got that in just these 99 words. Yes, she is very used to covering Wolfman Freddy’s tracks, so werewolves in High Wycombe are nuffin’ to her. Although, of course, the poor policeman was rather taken aback by her rudeness. And there was another woman in the abandonded car…but I didn’t have enough words to elaborate! So glad you enjoyed this bit of fun, thanks so much Sarah 🙂 xxxx

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      • I once nearly got struck by lightning in High Wycombe when caught in a sudden thunderstorm on top of a hill while pushing along my daughter in her buggy. Not good. Some of the roads are really steep in High Wycombe. Sherri, I can just imagine a werewolf at the top of one of these hills, howling at the moon 😉 xxxx

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      • Sherri says:

        Oh Sarah, how frightening and of all places, High Wycombe!!! You know, I’ve never actually been there! Yikes…sounds like I picked a good place for some mischievous werewolf antics, but not a good place for you, at least not that day! 😉 😮 xxxx

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  26. I did a double-take after reading your beemer adventure – wanted to make sure it hadn’t REALLY been written by my husband! Then I realized he would NEVER have used the term “dual carriageway”!

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    • Sherri says:

      Haha 😀 I have to remember what is British and what is American, but the trouble is I forget! Lovely to hear from you Shel, I hope all is well with you 🙂

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  27. restlessjo says:

    Y’know, I’m rather glad I’m a walker, Sherri 🙂 There are some rather unsavoury types on the roads these days. Though goodness knows what’s lurking in the bushes 😦

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  28. Tom Merriman says:

    I’m sure drivers are becoming more impatient, Sherri. When I drive nowadays, I hurry for no-one… if they want to undertake, overtake or tailgate it’s up to them, if not they’ll have to wait behind. I do the speed limit, so should they.
    Loved your flash, just my cup of tea.

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    • Sherri says:

      Me too Tom. And I totally agree. That was what got me, I was doing the speed limit and no way was I going to let him bully me like that. It was so great when the lane merged into one! Thank you so much, I’m thrilled you enjoyed it. Yes, I do believe you might have even met Fred once or twice…back at the mansion 😉

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  29. jenniferkmarsh says:

    Ugh, I hate arrogant, impatient drivers. Words cannot express my irritation towards them. GOOD FOR YOU FOR ANNOYING HIM BACK. aha. Should I be saying that? Oh well. I mean honestly, we all have places to be, we all have lives, it will not kill you to slow down every once in a while and just embrace the JOURNEY. That sums up modern society though, right? Ever rushing, ever ignoring the world around, ever stuck in their own, selfish little bubble. Ugh.

    Anyway, moving on from rantinngs ;), your photo of the Longleat deer did make me chuckle, Sherri, because it reminded me of something! I have such a hilarious story (well, to my family, anyway) about the Longleat deer. Ahhhhh, forever engrained in my memory.

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    • Sherri says:

      That’s what I hate the most Jenny Jen Jen, the sheer selfishness and arrogance of it all. Not to mention the stupidity by putting others in danger, never mind themselves. What an idiot to drive like that. I’m glad that you’re glad that I didn’t let him get away with it!
      And you will now have to tell me your Longleat deer story! I couldn’t find a photo of a werewolf, so this one was the next best thing, haha 😀

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      • jenniferkmarsh says:

        Haha, well. I was a kid, about 6 or 7, and my parents took us to Longleat for the day. A nice family outing, since it wasn’t very far from us. You know one of my brothers is autistic, right? Well, he was sat in the middle of the backseat, my other brother to his left and me to his right. We got to the deer enclosure, and I wound down the window so as to feed them from my little food pot. There we were, in the midst of the enclosure, and my dad had to stop the car because there were some deer in the road. We waited, all was fine. But then one of the larger deer came over to the car and stuck its whole head through my window (with its antlers, I may add!). I had a deer’s head right in my face, and my autistic brother wailed, screamed, howled the place down. He did this wailing quite often. It was quite something… Anyway, my dad was like, “WIND THE WINDOW UP! WIND IT UP!!” So, my young child self tried with all my might to wind the lever with one hand and push the deer out with the other, all with the food pot still in my hand with the deer trying to nibble at it, to cease my brother’s howls.

        That is the story 😛

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        • Sherri says:

          Oh that is a very funny story Jenny Jen Jen, thank you for sharing it with me! I can only smile and laugh and nod knowing just how the scene unfolded. One of the deer tried to put it’s head in our window like that after the pot of food. But to have one with antlers and your little brother wailing and you trying with all your might to push that deer back…oh dear! Still, it’s good to have these stories to look back on isn’t it, knowing that they become part of family lore and make us laugh in the telling 🙂 😉 ❤

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  30. Rachel M says:

    I think everyone universally hates tailgators. Probably even the tailgators themselves hate tailgators. It’s always satisfying to hear when one is thwarted 🙂 My strategy was always to drive even more slowly.

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    • Sherri says:

      Yes, why should we be bullied into moving over or driving even faster? I wonder if they will ever learn, but sadly, I fear not. Hence putting so many at risk on the roads. You are better off going car-free Rachel, you really are 😉

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  31. jennypellett says:

    Ooh Sherri, I’d have done exactly the same with that Beemer idiot – I bet he was wearing white socks. Trouble is, there are some real nutters out there and we need to be aware of road rage – things could get out of hand, so do be careful!
    Your flash, as always, is great fun. Apologies for turning up late to this one – have been in France with limited internet connection.

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    • Sherri says:

      Haha…no doubt 😉 Ahh…thanks for your concern Jenny, but don’t worry, this was a very unusual incident, but yes, road rage is dangerous indeed. And I’m so glad you enjoyed the flash, thank you, and absolutely no need to apologise, especially when I am so late most of the time, it’s lovely to see you no matter the time or day. How lovely that you’ve been to France, we’ll be following you in a few weeks! Looking forward to seeing your beautiful pics and reading all about it 🙂

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  32. Your flash fiction this time had me in stitches! 😂

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  33. Amy says:

    Lovely flash fiction, Sherri! Your photo reminded me the parking lot of one of our parks here. 🙂

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  34. LOL. Funny flash – enjoyed my laugh for the day. Glad you got your own back with the tailgater and I don’t blame you for giving him the finger. Mind you, I don’t know about the UK, here you have to be just a smidgin careful that the rage in the other doesn’t boil over to do you harm. Have a great weekend. 🙂

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  35. Ste J says:

    Nicely played with the tailgater, some people have real attitude problems, seems to come with the type of car that they drive, I wonder if you slowed down for a few miles in order to further annoy? I love the story, making it out like a werewolf would be ridiculous ‘around here’ whilst treating it as normal, brilliant. The weirdness of Suburbia extends beyond the midsomer villages it seems hehe.

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    • Sherri says:

      Well, I did slow down a bit I have to admit, ha! I wish I could have had a clearer look at his face though, but he I could barely see it in my rear view mirror which was odd…
      Haha….love that you loved the story, thanks so much Ste! Surburbia makes for some wonderful ‘behind closed doors’ stories doesn’t it? 😉

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  36. *chuckle, chuckle, chuckle* 🙂

    I like this piece of flash. It instantly bought a smile to face and made me chuckle after reading it. Anything that does that is worth it’s weight in gold, Sherri. Okay, I know it doesn’t weigh anything, but this gets a gold star from me. Please bring back Ethel.

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    • Sherri says:

      Well I love that you enjoyed the flash so much Hugh, I’m thrilled that it made you chuckle so much and a gold star too? Woo hoo!!! It’s the thought not the weight that counts 🙂 Oh you’ve made my day, thank you so much 😀 And yes, I rather like the idea of Ethel too and would like to extend this story, so let’s see what happens!

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  37. Seyi sandra says:

    Glad you stood your ground, though you’re driving! 🙂 Nice story Sherri! Now, how’s your book going? Hope you’re pressing on dear friend! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
    Much love,. 🙂

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    • Sherri says:

      Haha, yes, a case of digging one’s heels in, albeit on the peddles rather than on the ground, ha 😀 Oh I’m thrilled you enjoyed the flash too, thanks so much Seyi! And the book? Thank you so much for your encouragement and for asking dear friend. It’s going…but I’m having a bit of a pyschological battle going on at the moment with myself as in I know I’m almost there but have the hardest part to write. I wish I could take myself off to a cottage by the sea for a couple of weeks on my own and just get it done…but back to reality. Never fear, I am pressing in…I will do this and soon will shout it from the rooftops (I hope!) 😉 A lovely weekend, thank you and hope for you too! Much love to you Seyi and a blessed week ahead and I’ll catch up with very shortly 🙂 🙂 🙂

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      • Seyi sandra says:

        Several times Sherri, I’d wished the same. A cottage by the sea with a disposable genie whom I could summon at will to cook and clean while I punch away on my computer.
        I’m glad you’re pressing on, I’ll gladly join you to shout from the rooftops when it’s all done!
        I had a great weekend, hope yours was exceptional too. Appreciate your visit dear friend!

        Take care my friend!
        Much love, always! 🙂 🙂

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        • Sherri says:

          That sounds absolutey wonderful! Thanks so much dear Seyi, always such a pleasure to chat with you and I so look forward to that day! Getting ever closer…digging in deep, you can be sure of that, and I’m feeling it physically and mentally, but I am compelled…and here we are Friday once more…have a wonderful weekend dear friend I look forward to catching up with you very soon! Much blessings and love and you take care too 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  38. Prior says:

    Hey mon amie! Enjoyed this post – your opener and then the 99 words!! It actually felt like a good read aloud with your word choices…. “Ethel’s bulk blocked the doorway.”
    I’m still not back blogging but had to drop on by and so glad I did – xxoo TTYS

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    • Sherri says:

      Hello mon amie! What a lovely suprise, how wonderful to read you here again! A thrill for you to drop by the summerhouse, wonderful. I keep the kettle simmering and the coolies at the ready just in case… 🙂 And I hope you received my email in reply to your last one as I had trouble sending it at first, saying ‘undelivered’ but according to my ‘sent’ list it did go eventually. Just in acknowledgement of yours, so just a few words. TTYS yes indeed 🙂 xoxo

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  39. I did NOT see that coming. Great, little story, Sherri!

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  40. P.S. You showed that tailgater. Serves him right. 😀

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  41. Marie Keates says:

    I always think people like your tailgater will meet their match one day. There are enough angry folk out there just waiting for an opportunity for some road rage.

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  42. Oh Sherri I really enjoyed that one, it made me laugh.
    I hate tailgaters too my father use to slow right down to annoy them. But these days Im too afraid of the road rage thing. I hope your week improved.

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    • Sherri says:

      I’m so glad it made you laugh Kath! My next one is more serious, but I have a hankering to write more about Fred and Ethel 🙂 Road rage is so dangerous and usually I stay right back from those kind of drivers. I like to think this tailgater learned a lesson, but probably not. Thanks so much Kath, things did and I hope you are having a good week!

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