HOW TO TOW A CARAVAN

The first alarm began at five, just as dusk was beginning. Soon every car on the street joined in the deafening noise.

Front doors and windows opened as residents looked out. Car owners appeared with key fobs to silence the alarms.

Soon they were standing in groups and pairs gesticulating and pointing. Every car had lost a wing mirror, some had been dented.

At the end of the street, Agnes guided Archie as he reversed the caravan into their driveway.

Archie parked it with precision, applied the handbrake and smiled. Home in one piece after another successful summer holiday.


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Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

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,

86 responses to “HOW TO TOW A CARAVAN”

  1. I love this! Just what one needs halfway through the week: light and fun reading. Well, not fun for those people who lost their wing mirror, but hey, Archie’s happy! 😁

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    1. Thanks Annie, glad it gave you a midweek smile 🙂

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  2. Dear Iain,

    Now there’s creative marketing at its finest. Good one!

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks Rochelle 🙂

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  3. Archie’s aim is either spot on or needs some work, depending on his intent. I still pan to finish the Sand A to Z series. I just have to carve out the time.

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    1. Oh, I don’t think he meant it! Thanks for the interest.

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  4. What a hoot! Seems that Agnes and Archie don’t have a clue about the havoc they’ve caused.

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    1. Completely oblivious, and therefore perfectly happy 🙂

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      1. I was just going to say the same thing — seems like Archie has no idea, and no cares in the world, what a blissful state of ignorance!

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      2. It might be the way to go in the current world!

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  5. LOL but not really! Our street is so narrow that we have to park with one side of the car up on the sidewalk and ALWAYS turn our side mirrors in. Cute story.

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    1. Thanks Janet, your street sounds like the ideal place for them to keep their caravan! 🙂

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  6. Haha, I imagined it happening right before my eyes while reading this! 😁

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    1. Thank you, glad it gave you a smile!

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  7. Hahaha…I love how oblivious they seem to be.

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    1. Completely. Thanks for reading.

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  8. An invisible truck passing on the left!

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  9. A whole bunch of neighbors are about to have words with Archie.

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    1. And he won’t have a clue what they’re complaining about.

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  10. I thought unruly kids and then I laughed!

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    1. Unruly pensioners. Glad it gave you a laugh.

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  11. That is SO funny! I can just imagine the scene. Nice one Iain.
    My FF is called Whoopsie!

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    1. Thanks Keith, glad I raised a laugh.

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  12. Thanks for the laugh today, Iain!
    I can just see them blissfully smiling away, not a care in the world, not a clue to the havoc they wreaked…

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    1. Thanks Dale, glad it gave you a laugh 🙂

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  13. LOLOL~ Love it! This would be me! 🙂

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    1. The first to admit that! Thank you 🙂

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      1. Ha Ha! I’m not shy! I would hire a chauffeur in an instant if I could afford to. 🙂

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      2. Here is a link for you that describes a little bit of what I mean. Things jump out at me! You will get as much entertainment from the comments as you will the post! https://joyroses13.wordpress.com/2016/08/31/dont-terrorize-the-mirror/

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  14. Ignorance is bliss huh? A well told story.

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    1. Certainly is for them. Thank you.

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  15. Fun and funny story! Was Archie’s last name Magoo by any chance?

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    1. Perhaps a distant relative 🙂

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  16. Oops! Love this. I had a neighbor who parked a boat in his drive with very similar results. 🙂

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    1. Hee hee, I bet he was popular with the neighbors 🙂

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      1. He didn’t do too much damage except to lots of trees and azaleas, but it was always about a 20 minute extravaganza at least. 🙂

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  17. Ha! Sounds like my mother in law’s driving – happilly she’s not driving anymore! Loved this Iain, made me smile, and shows you have a deft touch with the humour 🙂

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    1. Ah, thank you Lynn, very kind.

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  18. Ha.. I wonder if his insurance covers it all… otherwise the neighborhood relationship might be dented as well.

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    1. I hope so, I don’t think he’ll get away with denying everything 🙂

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  19. Nice story Iain. I was going to say, “So that’s what happened to Mr Magoo!”, but Karen beat me to it.

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  20. this made me smile 🙂

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    1. I’m happy it made you smile 🙂

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      1. you can just see it happening as well

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    I hope he has deep pockets. Or knows a friendly garage owner, plus a caravan repair agent.

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  22. Ha, ha. It seems Archie has a lot to answer for. I hope he has good insurance. Hilarious, Iain. Good writing. 😀 — Suzanne

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  23. Ha! I heard a similar tale about a lorry driver recently. Great story.

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  24. Aw, bless ’em. Completely oblivious to the havoc they’ve caused. Having them land safely in their own driveway was a nice touch. Made me smile 🙂

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  25. Bahahahaha love it! Poor old Archie

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  26. Very funny – though not for Archie’s neighbours!

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    1. They’ll get over it. Thanks Liz.

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  27. Your expertise with humour shined through in this piece. Wonderful writing. Lian.

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    1. Thank you Neel, very kind.

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  28. I like Archie. I think we have much in common.

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    1. Thank you, glad you enjoyed the laugh 🙂

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    Well done, I was expecting the story to end in some apocalypse. Likee the light ending you gave.

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    1. Thanks, nice to have a lighter one now and then!

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  30. Returning home – in style 😀

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    1. Haha, absolutely! 😉

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  31. LOL, this is exceedingly funny, Iain. I think that Archie is every insurance company’s nightmare! Can you imagine how astronomical his premium would be after that run of claims against him? Probably better for him to pay for all the wing mirrors out of his pocket, from money raised by selling that darned caravan.

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    1. Hee hee, there’s no way he will be parted from his beloved caravan! 🙂

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  32. This made me laugh, not least because it happened down our street. An old man who has since had his licence revoked. The police turned up and said, “any of you who had previous damage to their cars, now may be the time to report it.”

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    1. Ha, mystery solved!

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  33. Excellent story Iain, i was laughing along aswell, i could see the oblivious smile on Archie’s face. Applying the handbrake with precision was a nice touch – such care!

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    1. Always careful with his parking is Archie! 🙂

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  34. I could totally see Lady Maddonna walking, also in my head she was carrying a fancy purse too

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  35. I think Agnes and Archie might need to find somewhere else to park the caravan, or buy a thinner one? Well told.

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  36. I don’t know if I should say poor people or cheeky Archie 😉😉

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  37. Aw, this is lovely. It would be nice if it could end there, but I guess it won’t. And probably not so much fun in real life, either.

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