The Daily Grind – Friday Fictioneers, November 2022

Copyright Starsinclayjars

The things you see from the top of a bus…

the inevitable single shoe on a bus-shelter roof.

Someone naked in an uncurtained bedroom at midday – a nightworker? Or an illicit daytime assignation…?

The man urinating behind a tree in the park, then glancing up at the passing bus before raising two fingers and casually adjusting himself.

The local weirdo plonks himself beside you, all wild hair, dirty fingernails, reeking of whisky… and tomcats.

You rise, push past him, ignoring the pressure of his hand against your backside.

The car will be ready tomorrow, the mechanic promised.

It had better be.

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As usual, not having participated for some weeks, I find WordPress has incorporated another batch of unfathomable changes. I navigated the hurdles, I’m here. Hopefully I’ll remember how to load up the link. (Thanks to Rochelle for her continued leadership of Friday Fictioneers.

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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56 Responses to The Daily Grind – Friday Fictioneers, November 2022

  1. Sue says:

    The daily grind, indeed..

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  2. Forestwood says:

    Eeeuw yuk! Sad that this is the reality for some folks. Great writing! When I read it, I assumed I was reading a true account not a fiction story.

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  3. Dear Sandra,

    Ugh…all too vivid. I can see it…and smell it. So happy to see you back on Squares. Magnificent writing as always. And yeah, this crazy woman keeps it going…not always sure why. 😉

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  4. neilmacdon says:

    She’d better get used to the bus. Chances are she won’t be able to afford to keep running the car

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  5. Iain Kelly says:

    Not a great advert for public transport. Can’t imagine why we’re all so attached to our cars in this country!

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  6. Urgh, that was a very vivid picture! I don’t miss my days of commuting on the bus through East London…

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  7. Eww! Yes, much prefer the car. Nice job.

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  8. elmowrites says:

    Urgh, the joys of spending time with other humans. Maybe lockdown had its advantages 😉

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    • Sandra says:

      You have a point there. Only this week I found myself in close proximity to the man delivering our groceries and the acute discomfort I experienced… Thanks for reading Jen.

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  9. michael1148humphris says:

    Fabulous, and spot on.

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  10. Yeah, I would hope it would be ready soon. Sounds like the line from the movie Speed from Annie on the bus: “I love my car. I miss my car.” 🙂 I take the bus everyday but luckily I live in a small city and things are pretty quiet.
    David

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  11. dorahak says:

    The joys of public transport brought to the fore, Sandra, with your keen eye and cutting diction. How has city life become so . . . vulgar?!

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  12. But I love going on the buses.

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  13. Andrea Robinson-Decorating Pumpkins Differently says:

    I quite agree. I would want my car ready that instant. This all sounds too familiar to me. 😎

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  14. Bill says:

    I greatly enjoyed how you wrote this story, Sandra. I could relate except when the character cops the feel. And assignation (had to look it up) is a fun word I shall find use for. 🙂

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  15. How grim, juxtaposed with being able to see all from the bus, which is also grim. Good stuff

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  16. msjadeli says:

    And the powers that be wonder why public transportation hasn’t caught on. Now only the desperate (and those with cars in the shop) use the service. I remember back in college days being forced to use it and those days are not remembered fondly. Welcome back, Sandra.

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  17. I always enjoy your stories, Sandra. Great details of the drudge that is often public transport. I’m also glad I no longer have to show up at an office anymore. I can choose when to take the bus when it’s not so crowded. Nice to see you on the Squares. I don’t make it every week too, but still enjoy when I can.

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  18. Rowena says:

    Wonderful story, Sandra. You really took me there…for better or worse!
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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  19. James McEwan says:

    Yes, public transport can become too familiar.

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  20. I travel on the top deck of buses a lot – I’ve done it twice today, and you’re right, you do see some odd sights. And no, that wasn’t me next to you!

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  21. poetisatinta says:

    Public transport plenty of pros but quite a few cons! 🙂

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  22. plaridel says:

    i guess enjoy the moment while it lasts. 🙂

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  23. Dahlia says:

    Nicely crafted.

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  24. Indira says:

    Reality hurts. Great take, Sandra.

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  25. Ugh! That’s why I prefer rickshaws.

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  26. granonine says:

    Painfully clear writing, Sandra. Makes me happy to be retired!

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