Archie mounted his bicycle as the whistle from the steam train blew.

‘Go!’ shouted Malcolm, giving Archie a push.

The bet was simple.

Archie had made it one night in the pub. He could leave the station at the same time as the train and arrive at the next stop first. Most of the money was placed against him.

Pub regulars turned out to watch the big event. Archie thrust his feet on the pedals.

He failed to see the pothole. He crashed into it, sending him spinning through the air. The bystanders cheered.

Malcolm picked him up. ‘Better luck next time, Archie.’

© Jellico’s Stationhouse

Written as part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

This month I am taking part in the A to Z Challenge 2017 – a post each day based on the letters of the alphabet and a theme. You can visit my A TO Z CHALLENGE 2017 page here to read the story.

As this challenge will take up a lot of my blogging time I may not get round to commenting on everyone’s posts, but I hope to find time to read all your stories as usual, and still be able to participate in Friday Fictioneers each week.

58 responses to “THE FLYING SCOTSMAN”

  1. Flying Scotsman, indeed. That was a funny one! giggles. I can just see him, kilt and all, flying through the air. (blushes at the kilt). Loved it!

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  2. As a steam loco afficionado (having just spent the weekend at a Bulleid gala) my money was always on the loco. Archie’s game though, I’ll give him that. Great take.

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  3. did you see the video recently on facebook i think, of someone getting off the tube and racing the tube to the next stop? As I started to read this piece it was the first thing that came to my mind… well before the pot hole!

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    • No worries – so many blogs to read, I am just catching up on yours too. Hope you can pick up my story where you left off, and look forward to more next week 🙂


  4. Ouch, that poor guy. It’s a hoot as long as he isn’t hurt too much. What a fun story. I bet he’ll show them next time.

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