Written for the Friday Fictioneers. Story begins after the picture.
Genre: Science Fiction
Word Count: 99
“That’s a Jeepnee,” explained the cab driver. “Very colorful, yes?”
“It looks old,” said the American. “The Philippines is beautiful, but still poor if it still uses such old tech.”
“Ah true, but it is fun for tourists to enjoy.”
Aboard the Jeepnee, the lookout called back to driver, “All clear! The tourist is out of sight.”
“At last,” muttered the driver. He reached down and pressed a secret button beside his seat. Slowly, the bus rose above the highway. The wheels folded up and tucked into hidden cavities. The “Hover Jeepnee” accelerated to 210 km/h, and shot down the highway.
Author’s note: I suspect the bus in the picture is from India, but it still reminds me of the buses in the Philippines, called “Jeepnees.” When you get on a Jeepnee, you board from the back. You hand your fare to the person beside you and they pass it again and so on until it gets to the driver. Imagine trying to handle fares like that in Chicago! If you ever get an opportunity to ride in a Jeepnee, do so. It’s an interesting experience.
The Friday Fictioneers is group of imaginative people led by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Each week, she presents an image and the Fictioneers write 100 words or less based on the image. Anyone can join this intrepid group of writers, so why not join in on the fun? This weeks image comes from Indira by way of Scott Vanatter. The original prompt page may be found here: http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/29-june-2013/