Elstal/Berlin, Northern Germany, Germany, Europe


Her destination was Anywhere Else, USA.  Truthfully if she could she would leave this good ole USA.   Leave behind the responsibilities, the decisions, the work-around-the-clock world.  Head held high with eyes blurred by tears un-shed, she stumbled and skinned her knee.  She could use some of those band aids left behind.  Too late now.

She spotted a family pitching a tent in the park; a baby squealed with delight.  She was already missing Bobby’s laughter and the the feel of his chubby legs across her hips.  She hoped…..

“No, don’t go there.  Mom will take good care of him.  Better than I can do with all the hurdles I have to go through.”

“That car must belong to the family.   No one is looking.  I’ll take it.  I’ll leave it so the police can find it easily.  But it will give me a rest for a few miles.  Nice that I remembered to wear gloves.”

Fate took a turn for the worse at the fork in the road.  If she goes left, the car will be too easy to spot.  Going right gives her a few more minutes of rest.  She goes right.  Bridge out.

“Ok, I need to leave the car anyway.  Certainly don’t want any car theft charge.  Only a little stream.  I can jump across.  I know there’s an RV park up here before long.”

Near the RV park, two uniformed men, Barry and Jackson, sat filling out paper work, getting ready for the day’s end.

“Look there, Jackson, see that woman limping along the ditch back there.  We better see if she needs help.”

“Hello, Lady, checking if you need some help.  Looks like you have been having a difficult walk.  Got any ID?”   

“Yes, here.  I’m Jill,  Jill Beaver.  I’m just going back to my RV.  Thanks.  I’m right close to home.”

“Thank you,” said Jerry.  “You probably need to have someone take care of that messed up knee.  Good day.”

Back in the car, the radio signals,

“Found stolen vehicle.  Has blood on the seat.  Watch out for suspect who may be walking with some kind of bloody wound.”

Two months later the Judge rules:

“Mrs. Beaver,  since you have many responsibilities I will make it as easy as I can – one year with time served.  A positive note is that your mom seems very capable of giving your baby good care.”


Image: Getty Images

Thanks to M for prompt Jan. 17 “Fate took a turn for the worse at the fork in the road.”

Thanks to VJ for weekly challenge.  Use the word:  “destination.”



About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  2. ghostmmnc says:

    Interesting story to go with the photo! I really enjoy seeing how stories come to mind when just looking at an image.
    Want to do another one?
    I’ve nominated you for the Tell a Story Challenge (with a photo). No obligation, of course, just thought you might enjoy. Here’s the link:

    • oneta hayes says:

      I answered at another place. I do like your picture and I like picture prompts. Might come back for it after Yinglan’s is completed. Thanks. I chose the photo here. My prompts were a sentence and a word as noted in the lower part of the blog.

  3. V.J. Knutson says:

    And all she wanted was a break from responsibility – be careful what you ask for! Thanks for sharing. Good tale.

  4. Faye says:

    Amazing how you love to be inspired this way. Enjoy the journey. Interesting.

  5. Thanks Oneta. Thanks for visiting and responding. God bless you.

    My can share my name on email.

    My email is

    Thanks for following.

  6. calmkate says:

    gripping reading Oneta, well written!
    Glad she made it to safety, a year for stealing a car is a bit steep 🙂

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    • oneta hayes says:

      Thank you, M and Dorinda, for the topics. I can’t believe how fast a month can go. I glanced at your topics for February. They look good. I have been out of state a few days, then got home to find my grandchildren are here again for unspecified time. Don’t know when I can get back to my fun times here. Thanks for all the work to keep this challenge going.

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