A VERY BRITISH DAY OUT

Take the next left onto B709,’ says the satnav.

‘Where is she taking us?’ says the passenger.

‘I’m just following the directions, dear,’ says the driver.

‘Are we there yet?’ From the backseat.

’10 minutes away,’ says the passenger, ‘I can see the castle from here.’

‘You said that 5 minutes ago!’

‘It’s these bloody tourists,’ says the driver.

‘We’re tourists too. And mind your language in front of the kids.’

‘I’m hungry.’

Blast of the horn. ‘You can’t park there!’ out the window.

‘There’s a nice pub there. Shall we stop for a bite to eat?’

Pulling over.

You have not reached your destination. Take the next left.’

Altogether now: ‘Shut up!’

Copyright Sandra Crook

Written for Friday Fictioneers 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).

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63 responses to “A VERY BRITISH DAY OUT”

  1. Yeah, we’ve all been there. Altogether now. We’re all going on a summer holiday. Nicely rendered, Iain

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    1. Thanks Neil, nice to see you getting into the spirit of it!

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      1. You’re welcome Iain

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  2. True.
    Tourists like to have their fill before visiting places. And then, it takes effort to get them back on the bus!

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    1. Of course, they do bring positives too, especially to the local economies.

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  3. Ah, bonding over the annoying direction device. I can relate.

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    1. It’s a family tradition in the modern world!

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  4. A British day out indeed. I had many such although the satnav didn’t exist and an irate driver and even more irate map reader were the order of the day. You nailed it.

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    1. Yes, we’ve moved on to screaming at technology rather than each other! Well, almost 🙂 Thanks Sandra.

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  5. Mine’s a really bossy so ‘n so too, but to give her credit, she did lead me to this very castle last year without us falling out!

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    1. They never listen, that’s the main problem!

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  6. Maybe a half’pint earlier in the day might’ve helped the mood…Lol!

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    1. Lol, not for the driver of course! 🙂

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      1. Of course not. >>wink<<. Maybe MUCH earlier in the day, instead of that morning coffee or tea.

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  7. You painted a perfect picture there

    Nicely done..

    Congratulations for your book!!

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    1. Thank you, hope you h=get a chance to check out the book 🙂

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  8. Such a wonderful slice of life. The satnav feels like a member of the family.

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    1. Only for car journeys thankfully! Thank you 🙂

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      1. You’re very welcome, Iain 🙂

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  9. I enjoyed the way you constructed that story, Iain. Lovely climax with the whole family’s ‘Shut up!’

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    1. Thank you Penny, some sort of family bonding at the end 🙂

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  10. Oh man… Are we there yet? is a refrain heard in every single family car vacation!
    Well done, sir!

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    1. Thank you Dale, much obliged 🙂

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  11. Very entertaining.
    The last line is so life like.

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  12. I can recall once playing spot another car, yes the roads where once so quiet. Bring back sailing boats and steam trains say I

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    1. Certainly rail freight would solve a lot of road problems!

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  13. Dear Iain,

    Some days the navigator is great to have and others it’s a major pain you know where. Love the snappy dialogue. Ah family vacations. He’s touching me. She’s looking at me. Are we there yet?

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Yep, my kids are just at the right age to shout all these things! Thanks Rochelle 😊

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  14. Wonderfully crafted, Iain. I could write an entire memoirish book about the many auto trips and misadventures of such travel. Fun read, especially if one has been there. 🙂

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    1. It seems we all have similar family travel memories! 🙂

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      1. And that similarity makes them so interesting.

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  15. Speaking from experience? 🙂

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  16. Great – definitely a British day out, isn’t it odd how we tend to see our Satnavs as real people?

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    1. Yes,who we think will listen to us!

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  17. Ohhhh I can so relate to this story! The Navman is great to argue with! And driving about as tourists, only a brave person takes that on…(not me lol) I’ll leave it to the bus driver and the tour director 😉

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    1. Much more relaxing way to do it! 🙂

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  18. Haha…this made me chuckle! I just returned from a visit to the States and my “kids” and I did a significant road trip. There were a number of times I did the same thing…”shut up!” to the satnav. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Brenda – hope you had a good trip despite the satnav!!

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      1. I did!! Love spending time with family and friends. 🙂

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  19. I think that is not only very british but rather universal. Could be a family, here, too. Mind you, in my time, the fun of (mis)reading the map by the passenger was the annoying voice. 🙂

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    1. Satnav has maybe saved some relationships at least! 🙂

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  20. Very funny! Although that is not a very British day out, it is an “every part of the planet” day out 😉

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    1. Well, very British and universal 🙂

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  21. HAHAHA oh I always yell at the satnav
    Not a relaxing start to a holiday this

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  22. I hate when people park on the curb. Great story to go with the image though. Very fun. Glad your book is available in more places. Added to my wishlist.
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    1. Thank you, hope you enjoy the book! 🙂

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  23. Ah, more fodder for the NEXT driver to slow down around and take 10 more minutes because of “bloody tourists” … but, hey, a pub’s a pub! 🙂

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    1. All the tourists just shouting at each other! 🙂

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  24. The story of every GPS & Sat Nav.

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