Flash Fiction Friday – The Toy Car

August 28, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that features a red convertible. Who is driving or riding? Where is the car going? Maybe it isn’t even a car. Have fun and go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.

The Toy Car – by Hugh W. Roberts

I’d spent all my pocket money. Mum wouldn’t buy me the toy red convertible car, so I stole it after hearing somebody say the seller was blind.

That night, I woke to the roar of a car engine and was shocked to see the toy car I’d stolen now full-sized.

Behind the steering wheel was a figure I recognised with dark glasses, who was shaking a white cane.

My screams got drowned out by the constant sound of the car horn while full-beamed lights blinded my eyes. Now I’m deaf and blind.

I wish I hadn’t stolen the car.


Image of a red convertible car in a graveyard
Image Credit: Charli Mills

Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.


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29 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Friday – The Toy Car

  1. Great twist Hugh. Karma – that boy got what he deserved. I was reminded of a great “Twilight Zone” episode where a writer, bent on writing a story, had the misfortune of finding a spider in the kitchen sink. A few minutes later the writer rudely pushed a woman visitor away, only to discover the spider had morphed into monstrous proportions while he had answered the door to her. He realized he now needed that woman to help him kill it. She reminded him how he rebuffed her earlier. Great turn of events there as well and because I suffer from arachnophobia, I really liked that episode.

      1. Hi Hugh – I lost my internet yesterday … now I am horribly behind as I couldn’t even comment on my own Monday post. I don’t have a smartphone, so no way to access internet but my computer. I just Googled it and my mistake, it was “Night Gallery” … I get the two Rod Serling shows mixed up. I will send a link in case you can find the show, but will send it separately in case the link goes to your SPAM filter.

  2. I just noticed this. I need to do a better job as catching these early to work on them. This isn’t the first time this sort of proposal has happened? I get it next time.

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