Truckstop – Friday Fictioneers, July 2018

Copyright Ted Strutz

She looked fragile, confused and vulnerable.

“What’s up, Ma?” said a trucker.

“I’ve lost my purse in the bushes, with all my savings in it” she whispered.  “Please help me…”

The trucker grinned at his mate.

“Sure we will, honey.”

One took her arm, as the other glanced furtively around the car park before following them into the bushes.

Vehicles came and went, people stretched their legs, the air hung humid and heavy.

An old lady emerged from the bushes looking fragile, confused and vulnerable.

“Everything OK, lady?” said a concerned motorist.

“I’ve lost my purse in the bushes…”


Hot as Hades here in the UK, and we’re not accustomed to this.  Everytime there’s the remotest indication of rain approaching on the weather map, the little blue patch obligingly leaps over Dorset before carrying on along the coast.  A month’s worth of rain on Friday they say…  yeah right.  Rochelle, esteemed leader of Friday Fictioneers, tells me she had rain this week – glad someone did. 

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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74 Responses to Truckstop – Friday Fictioneers, July 2018

  1. ceayr says:

    Hey, what’s with the body count?
    Deliciously dark tale, Sandra

    Liked by 2 people

  2. neilmacdon says:

    that is so you, Sandra – dark and clever

    Liked by 1 person

  3. jillyfunnell says:

    The wicked lady – I love this story.

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  4. Iain Kelly says:

    Has she been at this all night? Must be quite a collection of bodies in those bushes! Wickedly fun. Rain has found us in the west of Scotland, a welcome break from the sunshine – not often we say that up here…

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  5. michael1148humphris says:

    Gothic magic.

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  6. Dear Sandra,

    And she’s back with a vengeance! 😉 Fragile and confused indeed. I felt the heat and humidity of the night. Few words, fantastic story. Watch out for that little old lady.



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  7. Sue says:

    Oooh, you’re back in business, Sandra! And hot as Hades it is, and no sign of let-up…..until the floods come

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  8. Mike says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this Sandra. A really dark tale. Well done.

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  9. Dale says:

    So much for fragile, confused and fuggetabout vulnerable! Wonderfully wicked, Madame!

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  10. Said the spider to the fly! This isn’t by chance how you fund your cruise ship lifestyle, is it? 😉

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  11. trentpmcd says:

    That’s great. I only hope that she preys only on those who wish to prey on her…

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  12. Have to admit I saw that one coming a mile away, Sandra, but it was still a good story. Happy Wednesday and may it soon be cooler. Tomorrow we’re supposed to get a welcome cool down. About time!


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  13. Rowena says:

    Naughty old lady! Perhaps, she’ll get beaten at her own game.
    Best wishes,

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  14. EagleAye says:

    She’s got a dark side, she does! That was really unexpected. I love it.

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  15. StuHN says:

    Not enough Old Lady serial killers. I think you’ve got a new market to explore. 🙂

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  16. Time for little old ladies to wreak havoc. Great story.

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  17. No rain here in Sweden either as you might have heard… wildfires everywhere. But rain has been promised for the weekend.

    Even old ladies can be a threat these days… it only takes a blunt object.

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  18. pennygadd51 says:

    One of the local chapter of Hell’s Grannies, eh? I always like a story where greedy people who should know better are bested at their own game. More power to the old lady’s elbow!

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  19. 4963andypop says:

    I apparently read this differently than most. I thought the truckers were taking her into the bushes to rape her, to take advantage of her apparent dementia. And when she reappears, all her poor brain can remember is the purse. But it is true that the men are still missing…

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  20. granonine says:

    It’s pouring buckets in my little corner of Pennsylvania. I got home and indoors just in time.

    This story intrigues me. We don’t see those men again but we don’t see the purse, either. Hmmmm…..

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  21. Oh, she is a wicked one for sure.

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  22. I want to know how dear old granny is racking up the body count. Needles? Knives? Poison? Karate? Love it regardless.
    We (in VA USA) have floods 74F/23C. We had a drought and then no drought. Who knows what next week will bring. Hopefully your heatwave will end, I know you all are set up for heatwaves.

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  23. tedstrutz says:

    Typical Sandra. Damn good as usual.

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  24. draliman says:

    Ha! Not so confused and vulnerable… nice one!

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  25. yarnspinnerr says:

    Hope this does not happen in real life or there will be no help for other old ladies. Lovely read.

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  26. Looks like her life savings are continuing to grow. Soon she’ll have enough for her own wing at the senior’s home.

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  27. This is wonderfully dark, I do wonder how many innocent victims fell prey as well though.

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  28. Susan says:

    I didn’t read it the same way everyone else did. I like the real ending better. Good one Sandra.

    Liked by 1 person

  29. subroto says:

    Yike! And my first thought was “watch out for the mean guys, old lady”.
    Looks the old bird has a hand worth more than just two bodies in the bush 😉

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  30. I can’t help but cheer for the old lady! lol

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  31. plaridel says:

    a serial murder on the prowl. looks can be deceiving. good samaritans better watch out. 🙂

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  32. James McEwan says:

    Clearly a predatory vampire of sort – another trucker for tea. I found this comical in a sort dark way. A bit of the Adams family sort of horror. It was the sly expectance of the truckers being subverted that made this story a clever flash-fiction piece.

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  33. Sarah Ann says:

    That’s a timely message for summer travellers – beware confused, innocent-looking old biddies at truck stops. Wonderfully done.

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  34. lisarey1990 says:

    Wonderfully dark take.


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