Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge: The Hire Engine

Raewyn of decocraftsdigicrafts  invited me to take part in the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge.  Thanks, Raewyn! The challenge is  to “post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge”.

Day 5:

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

We cruised the streets. The bass thud thud of the music filled the air, not only inside but outside the vehicle. The champagne flowed. People stopped and stared; some laughing as they saw the fire engine was a hire engine. We had no destination other than places where we would be seen. There was room to dance on board and plenty to eat and drink. We may have had a bit too much when we started fiddling with the buttons. We didn’t know the equipment still worked. The ladder rose. The hoses squirted. The damage wasn’t that great. We wiped out part of the electrical supply to the city and caused only a few broken bones when we aimed the hoses at some fragile people. 

I await the court case impatiently. I can stand on tip toes and see the impounded hire engine through the small window of my cell. They told me when they threw me in that bars were unnecessary to prevent escape as they had the window wired with electricity.  Not being able to pull myself up to the opening  means that I can never see the sun – all because of a bit of fun.

So now I’m supposed to invite someone else to join in the fun. That’s easy, I nominate Priceless Joy  from Priceless Joy. No obligation, Priceless Joy!

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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10 Responses to Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge: The Hire Engine

  1. Justice often has nothing to do with life or living.

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  2. This is such a fun story. Thank you for taking up the challenge. It has been a joy to read your stories

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  3. Sherri says:

    Really your enjoyed your five stories Irene, this is an interesting and unusual one about the ‘hire’ engine. And all for a bit of ‘fun’…which just goes to prove the different ways some people define fun and the resulting consequences. You tell wonderful stories Irene. I’m going to have to put my thinking cap on and look out some old photos, maybe not scanned in yet 😉

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    • Glad you enjoyed the stories. I am trying to explore other writing avenues as I think I am becoming a bit boring. I really enjoy those that are factual and I have to research ending with some fictional twist. My creative although improving is still not really coming to the fore. Just take your time with the challenge and do it when you will enjoy it. I have to admit I did enjoy this one and was a bit sad when my 5 stories were completed. Good excuse to look at old photos. 🙂 ❤

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      • Sherri says:

        Oh Irene, I don’t think you are boring at all. I love the way you tell your stories, with your fantastic sense of humour mixed in with your fascinating facts and great twists. Writing here is a great practice though, which is what I feel when I write Flash Fiction. I can let rip, but of course, there is always the risk that someone might rip into me and say what rubbish, yikes 😮 And thanks for that, I’m not sure when I will get to them, but I am looking forward to taking part very much asap 🙂 ❤

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      • You are so kind and make me feel so good Sherri. I don’t know about you but I feel that everyone that comments on my posts are such nice people as I haven’t had anyone say anything nasty. I don’t mind constructive criticism as I think that is the way you improve but not downright nastiness. Look forward to when you get around to it. ❤ 🙂

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      • Sherri says:

        Ahh…well, I would say just the same about you my friend, and the same as you about all the lovely people here. WP is a wonderful community isn’t it? So glad to be here with you 🙂 ❤ 🙂

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