12 April 2013

Published April 10, 2013 by rochellewisoff


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Write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle and end. (No one will be ostracized for going over or under the word count.)


Make every word count.


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Genre: Literary Fiction

Word Count: 99


            “C’mon, Natalie.”  Brendon grabbed her helmet from the closet shelf and plopped it on her head. “Might be just what the doctor ordered.”  

            A hundred objections rushed to her lips. His inviting smile dispelled them all and she mounted his motorcycle’s passenger seat.

            For the first time in months she felt free. Trees sped by. Lilacs scented the breeze. She didn’t even mind the back-jarring bumps or stomach-dropping dips in the road.   

            Hours later, exhausted but happy, Natalie eased back against a hospital pillow. Brendon beamed at their newborn son in her arms.

            “Yep. Just what the doctor ordered.” 



116 comments on “12 April 2013

  • Wonderful story Rochelle, just wonderful. I could picture him looking down at Natalie and their precious baby. It reminds me of my son-in-law taking my daughter for a drive in their car when their first baby was overdue. He went over every bump he could find – It worked too 🙂


    • Dear Moondust,
      Mobilize…a proper word for this week’s prompt. Hope the walk worked better for you than my bike ride actually worked for me.
      All of our experiences are grist for the mill.


  • awww this is wonderful. it really appealed to my romantic side 🙂 they sound like a really sweet couple too. i hope giving birth turns out to be this fun. lol ^^


  • We used to joke that if bumpy roads brought on labour, Sebastian would be born as soon as he was conceived! I think I’d have tried the motorbike ride (or indeed anything) by the time he did come though 😉
    I love the gentleness that flows through this story of a rough ride. Masterful!


    • Dear Jen,
      Bumpy roads worked for us with one but not the other. And truth is stranger than fiction. We did go for a bike ride when I was past nine months. Labor still had to be induced.
      Thank you for your glowing comments.


  • Dear Rochelle,

    Another masterpiece of seamless writing and smooth storytelling. I think that you cook these things up on the back of a motorcycle, too. Secret’s out now, Rochelle. Good job.




  • Another gem of a story. You surprised me at the end in a one-two punch. First, that Natalie was happy and in a hospital. Then, in the next sentence, the reason why that was. Riding a motorcycle while pregnant sounds downright dangerous — yet quirky. Thankfully, it worked out for these guys.


  • Hi Rochelle,

    Sweet, sweet story. Perfect for spring. I have no idea what the photo will inspire me to write. I want you to know, your stories always move me in some way. Your imagery is so vivid. Even in 99 words.



  • Rochelle that’s fantastic, you just reminded me of driving my wife over speed bumps to try and bring on her labour when she was two weeks overdue with our first child. We tried so many crazy things to make it happen and they are all coming back to me now. Thank you for waking up my sleepy memory. 🙂


  • I love this story and I love the fact that you tried this yourself. You really get the sense of freedom she feels. Throwing off the confinement of winter and pregnancy, she gets to enjoy her new baby and the spring.


    • Dear Rambly,
      I was pretty unwieldly with a nine pounder onboard. Guess it was the desperation coupled with flexibility of youth. This does seem to have struck a chord with mothers. 😉 Universal subject. Glad you liked it.


  • I don’t think I could have hoisted myself on a motorbike, and both my girls were late, so it would have come in handy! I guess I should be flattered that it was so cosy they didn’t want to leave, but sometimes desperate measures are called for, and you’ve captured that in a very sweet way in your story. 🙂


  • Such a clever title Rochelle. We did several laps around our local Wal Mart the night before our son was born because he was heading for eight days overdue. Sometimes you have to “shake them loose”!


  • Not been on a bike, to stir up the muffin. But being sent home because you aren’t quite baked…now that can be a pain. Very cute write.

    Raynard may be pale, but he’s got stones. One nestled in his breast bone for a heart. But he’s just riding way to fast for any of us to get a real good look. 🙂


  • Your story reminded me of many elements from my own life, though Pete sold his bike a while before the boys appeared in our lives. Great telling and a super twist that made me go ‘Oh’ and re-examine the story – which I love. It’s good to have time this week to be back with Friday Fictioneers (and I even posted on Friday for once as well).


    • Dear Anne,
      Great to have the Orchards back among us. Half the fun of writing a story like this is the feedback. I enjoy the fact that this has stirred some memories, not only for the mothers in the group, but for the dads as well.


  • Lovely story with the most unexpected twist! Even more amazing that it’s based on a true story. I tried to stay away from writing this week but you inspired me to link up. Cheers to that! 🙂


  • Dear Rochelle
    Loved it, laughed out loud as I remember my sister trying almost the same thing to give her overdue baby a hurry-up. Glad it all ended happily. Great writing
    Take care


  • Oh, Rochelle! Even with the title shoving hints in my face, I had no idea where this story was going until the very end – beautiful twist! And you picked out just a few perfect details to keep the story moving – the inviting smile, the lilacs, the bumps and dips, then you scare us with the hospital and immediately turn it into a happy ending. Great story!


  • Hi Rochelle
    A lovely tale with a tone that perfectly matched the story arc. Also a really great title – all the best flash titles need to work hard and, when reviewed by the reader, add something to the tale. Yours did just that!


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