Bonding on a Summer Night

Thanks to Rochelle for continuing to host this wonderful group which I have missed these past few weeks. Thanks also to Kent Bonham for the intriguing photo.

Copyright - Kent Bonham

Copyright – Kent Bonham

Genre: Fiction

Word Count: 100

Bonding on a Summer Night

Harry likes the freedom of the road, and the freedom to play his games miles away from Linda and arguments about D-I-Y. He likes overnighting in the foreign lorry parks, better equipped than ones at home. Tonight, he can’t choose between John Travolta and James Bond, but the redhead sitting at the bar can’t resist him. Anticipating the night ahead, he takes the drink she offers and leans in.

The truck, a bit heavier than expected, takes the early Channel crossing.  In the Centre Hospitalier de Calais, the gendarme repeats his questions, Harry stares at him, his mind totally blank.

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32 thoughts on “Bonding on a Summer Night

  1. Illegals? Or am I just over-preoccupied with the latest scenes in Calais? Nice one Dee, and a different take on the prompt. I thought I’d just responded to a different story from you but I can’t find it now.


    • Yes and I’m preoccupied with the scenes too. So worrying, friends in Kent are really distraught about what’s happening as the illegals not caught just seem to disappear into the countryside! Hope all
      Is well with you, great to catch up again.

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    • Hi Rosey – yes the story was about ‘illegals’ stealing the truck to get to UK, I almost had them killing the driver but then decided against it. They are causing a huge problem along the coast, friends in Kent are really worried. Thanks for reading 😊


  2. Dear Dee,

    It seems that it’s the lorry the redhead can’t resist and she’s taking Harry along for the ride. I’ll admit I had to look up Calais. Thank you for the eye opener.




    • Dear Rochelle

      It’s a very bad problem and the French have had lots of trouble at the ports with illegal immigrants trying to board trucks heading to the UK. The news is quite bad, as up to 350 stowaways were removed from vehicles in four hours in Calais yesterday.

      Evidently our government are deploying more border staff and ‘sniffer’ dogs to France in an attempt help.

      Thanks for reading, hope you are keeping well

      Take care



    • Well AnElephant can’t know everything… a topical story and sadly a bit too close to home for people in the SouthEast of the UK.
      Thanks for reading.


    • Dreadfully sad and so many deaths… not sure how we are going to find a solution when their homelands are in so much turmoil and their futures so bleak.


  3. A very topical story and very well written. I heard a piece on the radio from a haulier saying if somebody gets into his lorry that is carrying perishable goods they have to ditch all that food because of the risk of contamination. So many companies are losing so much money and the price of fresh vegetables in the UK is going up as we supply is low because of this.


    • A very difficult situation for everyone and no-one has a solution. The hauliers haven’t got a chance against the huge numbers of immigrants swarming over their vehicles and yes you are quite right, loads are being dumped every day.
      Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.


  4. A friend’s daughter is just back from a school trip to France. On opening the boot of the coach back at school in Hertfordshire they found 4 men – severely dehydrated. Had stowed away a few days before Calais in fact. One did run away.
    Very up to the minute story. Well done!


    • Thanks Miranda, that must have been an terrible shock for the driver or whoever opened the boot of the coach. I saw photos of men balancing on the bonnet of a car on the motorway yesterday, edging closer and closer to the rear of a truck, so close that the driver can’t see them, and then trying to open the rear doors to get in!!! Utter madness.


  5. I’m sure it’s going to get worse before it can get better. But no rambling from me. This is an excellent, thoughtful and timely story.


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