The Stranger’s Hot Rod

Guss-Drive-In“Hold on tight baby, we’re going for a ride.”

“But Sam, my hair.”

“Baby, hair ain’t got nothing to do with it. Jump on and let’s go!”

“Fine – are we really going to that dinky little drive in?”

“Dinky? Dinky? Only all the best hot-rodders are seen there! We have to go. It’s Saturday night – he’ll be there.”

“Oh no, Sam baby, I thought you were over that.”

“Over it, honey? No way. He’s got the best damn custom hot rod this side of the Mississippi – hell, he’s got the best damn custom hot rod on either side of the Mississippi. And he’s going to be there at that ‘dinky little drive in.’ He always is, every Saturday night.”

Mary Ellen sighed. Gus’ did serve a great custard. “Fine. We’ll go look at the cars. But I’m telling you, if he pinches my butt one more time . . .”

For Day 15 of the Creative Writing Challenge: Stranger. I saw a couple on their bike, heading to Gus’ (It really is a place, they do have great custard, and yes, every Saturday night, April – November!)

About KM Sullivan

Descended of pirates and revolutionaries, KM Sullivan is a lover and student of all things Irish. Born in the States, she is a dual US/Irish citizen, and studied history and politics at University College, Dublin – although, at the time, she seriously considered switching to law, if only so she could attend lectures at the castle on campus. She lives in the American Midwest with her son, two cats and a pesky character in her head named D (but you can call him Dubh). Her first book, Changelings: Into the Mist, a young adult historical fantasy is available now on Amazon and Barns and Noble. She can be found writing with said character at her blog, The D/A Dialogues.

15 comments on “The Stranger’s Hot Rod

  1. I so want to go to Gus’s. A custard and a bum pinch, heaven 🙂

  2. […] For Day 15 of the Creative Writing Challenge: Stranger. I saw a couple on their bike, heading to Gus’ (It really is a place, they do have great custard, and yes, every Saturday night, April – November!). This flash fiction originally appeared on the Community Storyboard as The Stranger’s Hot Rod. […]

  3. LOL! Thanks for this.

  4. Just the lightness we needed. Thank you, Katie.

  5. I want to know what happened when they got there….!

  6. I love the dialogue. No one can say the words are weak or nonsensical. They’re filled with power and with the ordinary nonchalantness of the regular spoken word!

    • I love the spoken word – I love fun fancy words too, but the cadence of an individual’s words is such a personal, identifiable thing. I love it when I can hear a ‘voice’ in my head from a character.

  7. We had a place in the town where I spent my teen years like Gus’s. It was an A&W drive-in. Memories of dragging Main St., because there simply was not much else to do. But man, didn’t we find things to do! Thanks for the memories.

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