Promising Career

Maverick FBI Agent, “Coyote” Mueller, stood on the porch beside Delilah Stapleton. In the many months of prosecuting the alien-abduction case, he’d grown close to the Stapleton family. He visited them often even though sixteen-year old Ashley had returned.

“Look at her, Coy,” sobbed Delilah, gazing at Ashley working under the car’s hood. “She’s not the same girl at all. Always working on that stupid hot rod.”

“Is auto mechanics such a bad thing?” said Coy.

“Of course! She used to go shopping. She won beauty contests! She had a promising career as a fashion model ahead of her. What will she do now?”

Coy shrugged. “Well, she can fix cars.”

“That’s no career for young lady. Look!” Ashley got behind the wheel and turned the ignition. Nothing obvious happened. Delilah moaned. “She’s not even good at fixing cars!”

Suddenly bluish light flared from the car’s underside. The wheels retracted. It hovered above the ground then streaked across the yard at supersonic speed.

Coy grunted. “Would you feel better if she worked for NASA?”
Written for the weekly Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers flash fiction challenge. Look here to find the original prompt and a blue link to other stories:

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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16 Responses to Promising Career

  1. Hahaha! She doesn’t “just” work on hot rods she works on supersonic out of this world hot rods! Loved the twist at the end! LOL! Wonderful story! As always! Nice to see you again. Thought maybe you went out of the country for the holidays.

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  2. jademwong says:

    Whoa! Delilah is my kinda female protagonist. Another great, well-written story!

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  3. List of X says:

    I’m sorry, but I think NASA isn’t going to be able to afford her. 🙂

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  4. Uday says:

    Well who knew NASA was working on hovering cars! 🙂 Great story!

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  5. Joy Pixley says:

    It’s always so nice when an alien abduction has a happy ending. 😉

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  6. I’d feel better if she worked for NASA, lol!

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  7. mandibelle16 says:

    Great take on the prompt. It was unique and I liked it. Sure being a model and going into fashion for a career is fun but I bet making flying vehicles for NASA would be better.

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    • EagleAye says:

      That’s how I see it. A supermodel’s career ends in her early thirties. A scientist’s career ends somewhere in the her eighties if not longer. I’m glad you enjoyed this. Thanks so much! 🙂

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