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Her last ride, Flash fiction

Updated on March 13, 2015
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I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.

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She wondered what it would feel like riding in a limo, seeing a broadway show in New York.

Tina was driving her ford F-150 pickup truck through the quiet uneventful streets in her little hometown in Skidmore, Tx., population nine hundred and twenty five. Driving past the high school, one lone grocery store, the dairy queen, where she worked in the summer before starting college in Saratoga Springs, just a few miles away.

Tina's eyes were tearing up so badly.

She promised Ted, her fiancé, they would get married in June. They both just graduated from college. Ted had gone to work where everyone else in town worked, the Shell oil company. He was hired for a really good paying position. He would be head of the petroleum engineers where they designed and developed methods for extracting oil and gas from deposits below the earth's surface.

Waking up this morning, feeling rushed and uncertain. Tina wanted something more but what?

She pondered what it would be like to ride in a limo, see a broadway show, visit the art musium in New York, but how could she possibly explain her need for something more before settling down in this sleepy little town?

Tina and Ted grew up next door to each other. Fell in love in highschool. After graduation from college their families had planned a beautiful June wedding.

The sudden urge to step on the gas pedal and high tail it out of Dodge was strong and persistent. The interstate was up ahead, all she had to do was go east to find the excitement she craved. Never looking back once, waving her final goodbye, and floorboarding the gas pedal, she entered the interstate.

The impact of the crash was a crushing blow

The last thing she saw was a long black limousine covering her body before death took her permanently from her sleepy little hometown.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Cam. Happy you enjoyed. Thank you..

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Well done here, Ruby. Way to take the story in a direction no one was expecting. I like that.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Kevin, I hadn't replied to your last comment, if you'll notice my comment is just under your comment. Anyhow, thank's again...

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Which one Ruby? You replied to the one that I made 13 days ago.

      Kevin

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Kevin, I just now saw your comment. Thank you again. I don't know how I missed it...Cheers

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      You are welcome Ruby. :-)

      Have a nice day.

      Kevin

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Well now, that's something to think about Kevin. Thank's for the encouragement...

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      How about a book of Flash Fiction, Ruby?

      Kevin

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello again Kevin. I can't imagine me writing a book, really I have no desire to, but thank you for thinking I might. I've just recently started writing flash fiction. It really is a lot of fun. I'm so glad you liked it. Thank you so much..

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      It was a surprise Ruby but you did give it the title "Her Last Ride". I just became so enthralled in the story that it hit me by surprise but there are many books on the market by great writers which have the same thing. Write more like that and we may see you out there!

      Kevin

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Kevin. I'm so glad you liked my story. I wasn't too sure about the ending, but I went with my dark muse. lol Thank you for sharing...

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      That story was terrific Ruby! Well, not the ending but the writing was. It was so real and life-like. I voted it up, up, up and away, shared, FB and pinned it.

      Kevin

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Lisa. So glad you enjoyed. Surprise endings are fun to try...

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      Lisa Williams 2 years ago

      Wow this was really good! I certainly did not expect it to end that way! I truly enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Woopie, Mar arrived on the scene with a BANG! Your comment BLOWS me away. I love taking risks, let's face it, I love to use my imagination in writing a story. I'm thrilled you think it's a hit, go figure, I didn't want to rhyme. Hee..Thank you dear one..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello radhikasree. Thank you for your compelling read comment. So happy you enjoyed and thank's for sharing..

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Shazam...! I'm in a 'Ruby state of mind...' - and that's a state of euphoria, dear girlfriend.

      Your writing is never, ever predictable. I love the risks you take and the range you share with us... this was a HIT...!

      Voting UP and UABI and sharing. Love and hugs, mar

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      Radhika Sreekanth 2 years ago from Mumbai,India

      It was a compelling read Ruby, though tragic. Voted up, beautiful and interesting. Shared also.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Susan. I'm thrilled that you enjoy reading my hubs. Thank you...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank's Will. Glad you didn't see it coming...

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      Susan 2 years ago from India

      Amazingly written Ruby. I always enjoy reading your hubs.

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      WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Whoa! I never saw that coming! What an ironic tale.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Peg. I'm happy that you enjoyed my story and surprise ending...Thank you so much..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mary. I had no idea that you could find out so much just by googling a question. Bill is a great teacher. I've learned so much from reading his hubs. Thank you for the awesome vote....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi daghoglund. Flash fiction is a newer genre for me, I usually write poetry, but I enjoyed reading flash fiction so much, I had to try it. Happy you liked the surprise ending. Thank you for sharing...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Genna. I absolutely love writing flash fiction, go figure? I really did think about taking Tina to N.Y. but my mean ole muse stepped in. lol..Your comments on my hubs are so endearing. Thank you so much...

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Interesting twist of fate in this one Ruby. I enjoyed this story and the surprise ending.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      You definitely got us all with this one! So well done my friend. Here we thought we were going to NYC, plus you did a great job with Bill's challenge.

      Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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      Don A. Hoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Some time ago I wrote some flash fiction stories but got back to some longer ones. You did well to get a surprise twist to the ending. sharing.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Wow, Ruby! You are getting so skilled with this genre! Like Tina, I really didn’t see that one coming; it was hard hitting and resolute, such as the way life hits us sometimes, out of nowhere, as we embark upon our dreams. And the sight of the limousine... Excellent writing. Voted up and sharing

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Iris. I love writing flash fiction, it's short and usually has a surprise ending. So glad you liked this one. Thank you..

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Nice job. I've just started reading flash fiction. It seems to demand not just creativity but constructive skills as well. I liked your a lot.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shyron. I don't like unhappy endings but this is where my muse took me, sigh..I'm glad you thought it was interesting. Thank you.

      Blessings dear friend

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Ruby, that one was a curve ball for sure, I thought Tina was off on an adventure that would continue, on for a few more hubs.

      It was very interesting anyway. I hope Ted did not realize that she was leaving him had she not died.

      Voted up, AI and shared

      Blessings dear friend

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I meant description Blossom...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Blossom. Young and foolish would be a good description. Thank you so much...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello manatita. I thought about taking her to New York, but my dark muse jumped aboard. Lol. Cheers my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Jo and thank you for the awesome comment...

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Oh, dear! We do need to learn to be happy with our lot in life. If your story was real, and I guess it's been played out many times in real life, what sadness she has caused for her loved ones by only thinking about herself. Good write!

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      I did think that it was going to be sad. Interesting way to go. Well written Hub. Much peace.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      A life cut short, sad and so very tragic. Life can be so cruel. You really excel at writing these flash fictions. Interesting and pretty awesome.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Shauna, I agree. Thank you..

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Oh, how tragic! Lesson learned: be careful what you wish for.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello DDE, so glad you enjoyed. Thank you for commenting..

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You are showing a hidden talent more and more in all your writing. I am glad to have stopped by here. I enjoyed reading!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Frank. You and Cam are the master flash fiction writers. I'm learning as I go. I must say that I love this genre. Thank you..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Theresa. Your awesome comment makes me a happy camper! thank you so much...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello John. I had fun with this one, writing about a place I'd never been. I'm happy you liked it. I was going to take her to New York but my dark muse insisted on the tragic ending. lol. thank you...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello DJ. Just spreading my wings, trying something new. Thank's for the great job comment.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      You are getting so much better.. I really enjoyed this piece of fiction.... didn't feel too short.. but it was quick :) LOL voted awesome

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, Ruby, this one really grabs hold and then ... KABOOM! What a great flash fiction piece here. Did not see that coming, and that means it is awesome.

      Up awesome and interesting, tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      Be careful of what we wish for!

      Keep these coming ...

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      This was great flash fiction Ruby..loved the surprise ending even though it was tragic. You are getting really good at this.

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      I was surprised on the ending of this one.

      Great job, Ruby!

      DJ.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I did what you said this week about writing about a town you'd never been in. I googled a small town in Tx. And Skidmore, Tx. came up with all the info. It was fun. I'm happy you enjoyed my ironic piece. Thank you...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I think that falls under the category of "ironic." :) I didn't see that one coming, but I enjoyed it greatly.