This week's prompt from Madison Woods easily took me back to my roots.  I hope you enjoy.
This generation of zombies is smart.  We have to be smarter.  They destroyed the cities in days.  They’re attracted to lights and fancy equipment; after all they were created to destroy civilization.

On the perimeter of an apparently abandoned ranch, in the remains of a rusted out broken down pickup truck, just below the dashboard, waits a tiny woman with fiery red hair and a spirit to match.  The shotgun in her hand is rust free, so is the truck, it’s only painted to look that way.  Reba May Johnson smiles. “Those speed bumps will never know what hit them.”

3/29/2012 09:41:34 pm

Original take on the prompt - zombies and a beat up car. Full marks for lateral thinking, enjoyed this.

Wakefield Mahon
3/29/2012 11:01:39 pm

Lateral thinking is so much easier than logic ;) Thank you!

3/29/2012 09:41:58 pm


3/29/2012 11:43:49 pm

Couldn't comment on your blog. Got error message. I suggest you turn off your "Show word verification for comments?" feature.

3/29/2012 09:44:42 pm

Quite an interesting take on the prompt. Brilliantly well done!

3/29/2012 10:07:23 pm

Very nice compact zombie killer tale. Who doesn't love a good zombie killer story? I thought you paired it with the photo perfectly. Well done sir! Got a bit long-winded with my effort but hope you enjoy:

3/29/2012 10:59:48 pm

Thanks Jeff. Your darn website ate my initial comment twice. In summary, we Texans can relate to the allusion. Comparing an old truck to a girlfriend with the powerfully moving back story really works for me. Great job!

3/29/2012 10:54:15 pm

Wonderful! I love zombie stories. And, being a redhead myself, I kinda like having fiery redheads as the protagonists. Just sayin.

Here's mine:

3/29/2012 11:36:14 pm

Loved the 2nd paragraph especially, the ending's a zinger! Mine's here:

3/30/2012 12:23:45 am

The second paragraph is the punch here! I love it! And, as always, I love a good zombie story. And this is a good one!

My link is here:

3/30/2012 02:14:37 am

I love the redhead under the dash for two reasons--1. She's evidently a "spitfire" and 2. I like a strong woman ready to defend herself and what she loves. Great outside-the-box creativity.


3/30/2012 02:23:51 am

Woohoo! Speed bumps! Awesome, Wakefield. I liked knowing that she'd take those bastards out. lol

Here's mine:


3/30/2012 02:27:13 am

I hate it when the undead don't know when to leave. Thankfully, you gave us a high-spirited redhead to put them in their place. Well done!

here's mine

3/30/2012 04:03:14 am

I like that the rust is only a decoy to disguise the truck. And since that's the case with the truck is the 'abandoned' look of the farm a disguise too? Good story!

Wakefield Mahon
3/30/2012 04:18:28 am

That's the great thing about 100 words. It's just the beginning. Who knows where it will go?

3/30/2012 04:21:03 am

I normally shy away from zombie stories, but this one caught my attention. I liked the redhead, and I'm firmly on her side.

I’m over here:

3/30/2012 04:39:31 am

Zombies? I never would have thought of that, but then I'm not a zombie kind of person. Cute story, though.

Mine -

3/30/2012 07:05:44 am

Wow! Great use of prompt. So far this is the most creative interpretation I have read today. Enjoyed the story and it has enough meat to be a longer story.
Here is the link to mine:

3/30/2012 08:27:26 am

The redhead sold the story for me! I wanna be her friend. Lol. Love it.

My attempt:

3/30/2012 06:49:05 pm

Dear Wakefield,

Loved the entire story, dialog, pacing, and characters. (Truck, smart zombies and the redhead.) Well done.



3/31/2012 02:07:05 am

Sounds like a cool zombie killer chick! The idea of 'smart' zombies is a good one, too.

Mine's this way:

3/31/2012 07:23:59 am

The shotgun in her hand is rust free, so is the truck, it’s only painted to look that way...i love this line...Well done!

3/31/2012 09:26:50 am

Fun to read. More fun to speculate on what should happen next.

3/31/2012 05:09:37 pm

I Love your redhead. She is one red-hot, fiery chick who's ready to blast those spooks away. Hell, they won't know what hit 'em. Of all the stories I've read re. the old truck, this is my favorite. Here's mine:


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