General Fiction posted December 24, 2021

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Museum Trip

by Frank Ball

Twelve-year-old Jimmy Moran sat at the table, grumbling over his breakfast.

"Why do I have to go with Grandpa today?"

"I think you should." His mother said. "He likes to take you places, and I'm sure there is a lot you could learn from him if you'd only pay attention."

Jimmy's heart wasn't in it, but he went along with his grandfather in respect and his mother's urging. They called for a taxi drone and arrived at a museum of Grandpa's choosing in opening time. An early exhibit began to thaw Jimmy's interest.

"What is that? It looks like a rolling toy, but it's five meters long."

"That's an automobile. Eighty years ago, people used to drive them on paved pathways called 'roads' before we started going places with drones like we do now."

"Were they all the same like drones?" Jimmy asked.

"No, there were many kinds. This one is just a sample. Some were bigger, and some were smaller, but most had four wheels and rubber tires like this one." Grampa went on.

"When I was only a little older than you are now, I built one for myself out of old parts. It didn't weigh much and had a big engine, so it was very quick. Then, the old folks called cars like mine 'Hot Rods.'"

"Do you think a drone could be built like that?" Jimmy asked.

"I don't know, but I'm sure it could get you in a lot of trouble if it could be done."

"Why do you think that? Jimmy asked.

"Maybe we'd better not get into that." was Grandpa's measured reply.

Car archive writing prompt entry
Writing Prompt
Write a story/fiction/(beg/mid/end) 300 words set in 2040 or thereabouts when the motor car will have left our streets and will only exist as a museum item. Choose your own title.

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