Friday Fictioneers — The Short Straw

The dispatcher called me and told me he had a special trailer he needed me to haul with my rig. I was surprised when I saw it was an oversized load of literally half of a house.

I’d never hauled an oversized load before. I was only in my second year of trucking and was shocked that I’d be trusted with a load that size.

Once I left the depot, I realized that I had drawn the short straw. It was very windy with strong gusts and I had a hard time keeping my rig and load on the road.

(100 words)

Written for the Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Ted Strutz.

16 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers — The Short Straw

  1. Sadje May 7, 2021 / 9:11 am

    Probably very difficult in real life too.

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  2. James McEwan May 7, 2021 / 11:57 am

    Experience is earned the hard way, I trust he asked for a bonus.

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  3. Michael Humphris May 7, 2021 / 3:02 pm

    It takes real skill and knowledge to prepare to move such loads, you told that we in a few words

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  4. Iain Kelly May 7, 2021 / 3:28 pm

    A deliberate ‘give it to the new guy’ scenario? Sink or swim time!

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  5. ahtdoucette May 8, 2021 / 4:52 am

    Ouch. Unfortunately, I think we’ve all been there with a new job. Hope he and his cargo make it through.

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  6. GHLearner May 8, 2021 / 3:41 pm

    It will be hard, but it also a chance for him to show what he can.

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  7. msjadeli May 9, 2021 / 4:47 pm

    Sounds like a harrowing trip for the poor guy.

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  8. granonine May 10, 2021 / 9:26 am

    But he lived to tell about it! Good experience in learning different skills. It will look great on his resume 🙂

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  9. Lorraine May 11, 2021 / 12:47 am

    We were driving on a narrow highway, windy day. The plastic wrap around the house being hauled ahead of us was whipping around like mad. Not the best day to draw the short straw!

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  10. leigha66 May 15, 2021 / 8:50 am

    Lucky for him it was only half a house and not a whole one. Good story!

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