Flash Jacks #flashfiction

April 29, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story using the phrase, “hit the road, Jack.” You can interpret the phrase any way you like — road trip, goodbye, or story. Go where the prompt leads!


Flash Jacks – by Hugh W. Roberts

I boarded the bus to London with my whole life in a black bin bag and met the driver’s piercing blue eyes and incredible smile.

“Ticket, please,” said the owner.

It was love at first sight. The badge on his shirt told me we had the same name – ‘Jack.’

‘Hit the road, Jack. Take us to our ‘together’ future,’ I said without speaking. 

For the next incredible seven months, we were lovers.

On the day of my death, ‘Hit the road, Jack‘ were the last words he screamed at me before possessiveness forced him to mow me down.   

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Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch. Click here to join in.

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42 thoughts

  1. I was not expecting that ending. Knowing you, it’s probably meant to be a little funny, after all, dead Jack did hit the road. Sorry for your loss, Jack.

      1. It was definitely unfortunate for Jack. The other Jack turned out not to be such a good guy. It wasn’t funny, but knowing that you love to write a little on the dark side, it was a little bit like Kenny in South Park. “They killed Kenny, the bastards.” That was sort of the feeling I got. Jack will be back in the next episode and he’ll still be bugging Jack – the bastard. 🙂 Pardon my South Park language. Our cat loves South Park and has gotten me to start watching it with him. LOL

        1. I remember South Park, although I have not seen it for a long time. There are no plans for the two ‘Jacks’ in this piece of flash to be coming back, although I did take the idea for the flash from a novel I’ve been writing for the last nine years, which is unfinished.

        2. That’s interesting, Hugh. I have a few of those novels – unfinished! BTW have you ever written a novel with anyone – a collaborative project. I thought this month’s Story Chat was fabulous because through the discussion it developed a sweet romance into something that could easily become a drama with lots of meat. I don’t know, just another brainstorm. 🙂

        3. No, I’ve never written a novel with anyone else, Marsha. I’d have to think long and hard about it first. However, my first collection of short stories, Glimpses, contains a family drama in four parts. It’s a murder mystery and got a lot of great feedback in the reviews.

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