The Open Road

Chevy truck on a summer country roadThe Chevy accelerates and tops the hill’s summit, before twisting and plunging into the ravine. A duffle bag and body detach, and arc onto the dirt shoulder. They disappear into the dust cloud created by the truck’s struggle with the gravel road.

A crackling of glass and steel, the whoosh of explosion, and there is silence.

Crickets resume, wheat fields undulating like a cat avoiding, yet relishing a caress.

Amy sits up, pulls her duffle over and on to her shoulder. The dust cloud dissipates. The way is now clear.

She rises, slapping her knees. She loves new beginnings.

© Liz Husebye Hartmann (2020)

Carrot Ranch Prompt (02/27/2020): In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes the open road. Where will the trip lead? Who is going, and why? Follow the open road wherever it may lead!

19 thoughts on “The Open Road

  1. Pingback: Stories From the Open Road « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

  2. Michael B. Fishman

    Hmmm… Amy: courageous human taking off on life’s unknown road, or homicidal maniac who just destroyed heaven knows what type of evidence before hightailing it out of town?

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