Highway and car headlights at night

Photo Copyright: The Reclining Gentleman

Here we are again. This week we’re in a virtual restaurant  near a virtual interstate highway. Our hostess for this gathering is the gracious and talented writer and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Our group is the Friday Fictioneers. The challenge for each of us is to write a story with no more than 100 words. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt provided for the week. This week’s prompt was provided by The Reclining Gentleman. Thanks, RG.

To read the other stories from group members, just click on the little blue frog in the blue box, after clicking on the link. The link for the other stories this week is as follows:

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 99 Words

ANGEL AHEAD? by P.S. Joshi

“I wish now I’d started home earlier. Rain’s beating down, and the moon’s hidden.

“Luckily, traffic’s light. The idiot behind me has his high beams on.

“All at once a man’s appearing far ahead, standing in my lane. I slam the breaks on, sliding into the other lane.

“I finally come to a stop. Mr. High Beams behind me has disappeared.

“Climbing out, I walk back down the highway. Shining my flashlight, I see in horror the highway has washed away. Mr. High Beams lies far below, lights still on.

“The other man has disappeared, but where to?”





52 thoughts on “ANGEL AHEAD?

    • Thanks, Rosey. I guess I wouldn’t end a story that way because I’ve read some advice against that kind of ending. Readers, we are told, don’t like that kind of ending. I know it’s still done. I also resisted beginning with, “It was a dark and stormy night.” 😀 — Suzanne


    • Thanks, Alicia, and thanks also for telling me about the typo. I’ve fixed it. I did do some editing on that piece to put it in the character’s words. I reread it a couple of times and still missed that typo. 😦 I’m so pleased you liked the story, and I got the right affect. 🙂 — Suzanne


  1. Dear Suzanne,

    Alicia took what I was going to say about “a man’s” Seems typo-ish to me.

    And as Dickey Lee sang so long ago in the song, “Laurie”, “Strange things happen in this world.”

    Good one.




    • Thanks Rochelle. I’m so pleased you liked the story. Thanks for telling me about the typo. I told Alicia, I read that story over a couple of times and “still” missed that typo. There have been strange sightings of that type reported in the past. I left it open to the reader’s interpretation. 🙂 — Suzanne


    • Thanks, Margaret. I’m pleased you liked the story and found it interesting. Yes, any driver who avoids such an accident is fortunate. It’s so annoying when drivers are right behind you with high beams on. Sometimes I think they forget they’re on. 🙂 — Suzanne


    • Thanks, Ansumani. I’m so pleased you liked the story. I’ve read that it’s possible angels have helped people but we don’t recognize they’re angels. In the Old Testament they appeared as young men. 🙂 — Suzanne


    • Thanks, Dawn. The angel didn’t kill the driver with his high beams on. That driver was in the accident because he was driving too fast to save himself. He was reckless. I also never said he died. He might have survived if he had his seat belt on. —- Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Subroto. I’m so pleased you liked the story. Putting a high beam on is okay as long as you’re not directly in back of another driver. I also never liked tailgaters. The two things together can cause a serious accident. —- Suzanne


  2. When I had a glare cataract, I had to give up night driving for a while until after my op. Non-dipped headlights really dazzled me and left me blind, whether they belonged to approaching cars, or ones close behind me.
    Well-written, Suzanne. An extreme solution to rid the road of a menace, but then supernatural entities can probably see the big picture and know how many lives they’re saving. On the other hand, maybe the entity was malign and coming to claim somebody whom they thought would fit in wherever bad people go in the next life!


    • Thanks, Sarah. I’m so glad your eyes are better since your operation. I’ve had those people with high beams on behind me at night and I know what you mean. They are either unaware or just nasty. I don’t know exactly what the entity was. I prefer to think it was friendly. The car behind with the high beams was also tailgating and that’s dangerous, so he probably had no one to blame but himself. If he’d been the proper length behind he might have excaped the wash out on the road. If I saw someone quickly change lanes at night, I’d probably do the same because I’d suspect there was trouble ahead. —- Suzanne

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