#FF — Middleham Motors (aka PitStop)

Claire Fuller (7)
PHOTO PROMPT – Copyright – Claire Fuller

He maneuvered quietly, willing her not to awake.

Goddamit, Gil, you just can’t let me sleep in, can you! Go make the coffee!”

Gil cringed, knowing he’d suffer castigation until he got outside of the front door.

Chill December morning brought frosted breath, windshield scraping, and stinging bare hands. The old Ford’s heater had given up long ago.

Two miles later he rolled up to PitStop; his means of making a living. Yet it was much more than income. It was Gil’s social lifeline; his man cave of refuge.

Wednesday’s city inspection was PitStop’s last chance before being condemned.

[100 words]

FIC

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the illuminating host of Friday Fictioneers.

40 Comments Add yours

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Things don’t look good for Pit Stop

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Nor for poor Gil. Thanks much, Neil.

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  2. Dale says:

    Oh poor Gil… He just can’t get a break, can he?

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  3. memadtwo says:

    Perhaps someone will throw him a lifeline…(K)

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  4. Michael says:

    Perhaps he can turn the Pit Stop into a museum, I would if I was him

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, and he can be the one giving the tours. Fingers crossed!

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  5. Sadje says:

    Your story says a lot in few words Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje.

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  6. Sandra says:

    His life just isn’t heading in the right direction, is it? A bad tempered wife is one thing, but the loss of a man-cave… :0

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Exactly. Thanks for reading, Sandra.

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  7. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    That coffee…would not have been made! Good luck to Gil.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 He could pick coffee up along the way, you’re right. I really hope the place passes inspection.

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  8. Dear Lisa,

    My heart goes out to poor Gil. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, my heart does also. Thank you.
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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  9. Poor fella, Nice tale.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Mason.

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  10. Time for Gil and his old Ford to head off to pastures new.

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  11. draliman says:

    I hope he doesn’t lose his little escape 😦

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  12. plaridel says:

    he must learn to stand up to her. otherwise, his life is doomed.

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  13. GHLearner says:

    If he loses his mancave (the horror!), maybe he changes something in his life and relationship.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You know, Gah, it may be just the shake-up he needs, you’re right!

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  14. Bill says:

    I once asked someone about relationships like this. I wish I could recall the answer. Well done, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Bill. It’s a power imbalance, but who knows, maybe he’s a masochist? I hope he gets to keep his refuge of the man cave, and if not, as Gah said, he uses it as motivation to move toward positive change.

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  15. Bear says:

    I foresee a sad ending to this tale. Great story! Merry Christmas!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Bear, keeping my fingers crossed. Thanks for reading and Happy Holidays!

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  16. granonine says:

    Oh dear. Poor Gil. Wonder where he’ll go to get away from Mrs. Grouchy.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      😦 I wonder also…

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  17. pennygadd51 says:

    Well told, Lisa. You paint poor old Gil’s situation vividly and with pathos. I hope he finds another job quickly.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Penny.

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  18. Laurie Bell says:

    Gee I hope it doesn’t close, sounds like he needs the refuge. Poor Gil

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Ditto, Laurie.

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  19. Poor dude. Pun and all.
    I hope he gets a break. I hope she gets a heart …

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I hope something happens to shake up that dynamic. Thanks for reading and your comment, Na’ama.

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      1. 🙂 Yeah … them are stuck, eh? 😉

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  20. ahtdoucette says:

    A timely ode to a time when so many small businesses are in trouble. Well done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Anne thank you.

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