Unique – Friday Fictioneers

Written for the Friday Fictioneers. A story, about a great inventor and a terrible salesman, begins after the photo.

Genre: Science Fiction/Humor

Photo by: Jean L. Hays


The state’s richest man stared at the car and declared, “That certainly is unique.”

‘Buzz’ Duncan, the world’s greatest inventor and its worst salesman, said, “The backhoe and shovel actually work too!”

“I still ain’t interested.” With a sympathetic look at Duncan, he climbed in his limo and drove away.

“Richard Branson didn’t want her either,” muttered Duncan. He climbed into the converted Edsel and patted the dashboard. “Don’t worry, Jezebelle. Someday folks will appreciate how unique you are.”

With a sigh, he started the car’s counter-gravity propulsion and it floated above the pavement. In moments, he broke the sound barrier screaming down Interstate 40.
Author’s Notes:
Richard Branson is the 7th richest man in the UK and the owner Virgin Galactic. A company marketing space tourism. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Branson#Business_ventures
Sound Barrier: Roughly 767 miles per hour. Once thought a speed that aircraft could never cross. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sound_barrier
Edsel: One of the worst marketing failures in automotive history (the car in the picture above is an Edsel, although the original never included the farm implements): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edsel#.22The_aim_was_right.2C_but_the_target_moved.22

Each week, the Friday Fictioneers meet to work on converting old cars into farm implements. Okay, we don’t, but it sounds like fun. Instead, we let our imagination soar free to write flash fiction from a picture prompt. Look here to see many fantastic stories based upon the photo above: http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/11/05/7-november-2014/


About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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36 Responses to Unique – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Ahh, that’s a really bad salesman. Lovely idea for a story though.


    • EagleAye says:

      Yep. Sometimes if folks are really great one thing, it all balances out, and they’re really bad at something else. Glad you enjoyed and thanks for stopping in! πŸ™‚


  2. kirizar says:

    I have to say, that’s a better take on the photo than I could have managed, even if I wasn’t neck-deep in Nanowrimo. Is it me, or is there actually a police cruiser light rack on the top of the car?

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    • EagleAye says:

      Thank you! I really appreciate that. I think that is a light rack, but one meant for tow trucks perhaps? The car certainly had all the bells and whistles…and lights. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping in! πŸ™‚

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  3. Danny James says:

    Hopefully he will have better luck than Richard Branson’s SpaceCraft 2.


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  4. I think that one should sell on benefits .. not bells and whistles.. πŸ™‚


  5. Shoot! If only they’d asked a few more questions!


  6. Dear Eric,

    Now there’s an idea for the Edsel that just might take off. Clever story.



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  7. Love! What a fun ride that was.

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  8. wildbilbo says:

    Ha – laughed out loud. Brilliant twist.
    Nicely done.

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  9. That’s funny! Terrific concept.


  10. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear EA,

    I could see old Doc Brown driving the contraption through the sound barrier. This was delightful.



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  11. Oh, this was unexpected!!! Loved it.

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  12. That was the perfect ending. I guess he is the worst salesman, if he can’t even sell an anti-gravity car. He reminds me of Gill on the Simpsons.

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  13. great story.
    Branson should have taken it – given his latest disaster. Randy

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    • EagleAye says:

      Absolutely. Such a discovery would’ve boosted his already impressive fortune many times over. Stranger things have happened in reality [shrug]. Thanks for the visit! πŸ™‚


  14. This gives a whole new meaning to judging a book by it’s cover.

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  15. Lyn says:

    In moments, he broke the sound barrier screaming down Interstate 40 man, I could really do with a car like that when I need to go to Perth rather than fly cattle pen for seven hours. Another good one, Eric πŸ˜€

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    • EagleAye says:

      “Fly cattle pen.” Gawd, is that apropos. If we flew animals around the way we fly humans, PETA would have a fit. A car like this could be fun for that trip, but I imagine you’ll want air conditioning… πŸ˜‰ Thanks much, Lyn! πŸ™‚


  16. Margaret says:

    Maybe someone will advise Buzz to engage a good markeing manager. Meanwhile he’s going to have a lot of fun. Great story.

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  17. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear EagleAye, WOW! They should have taken it for a test drive before saying no. Cute and clever story! Nan πŸ™‚

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