The Great Beast

This photo prompt brought to you by Madison Woods

The driver watched the passengers board, taking notice of their differences and their similarities.  She said “hi” to Tom, “aloha” to Doug.  She leaned over the wheel and waited for them to get seated.  She made sure they were comfortable before she put the great beast in gear.  It was the end of the week and this would be her last trip.  She was finally retiring.  With shaking hands she reached for the microphone, wiped away tears and turned on the PA system.  Madison made her announcement “This blog will be stopping at Rochelle and Wisoff.   I’ll miss you guys”.

51 thoughts on “The Great Beast

  1. Dear Tom,

    This brought me close to tears, if you can believe that. A well written tribute to Madison and a welcome to Rochelle. Big shoes to fill, but I know Rochelle will ‘get’er done.’

    (Speaking of which, you might want to 86 the apostrophe in ‘passenger’s’ in your story.)



    1. Wow….Thanks Ted! I really enjoyed your take on this prompt as well. You really did bait me into believing…..shhhh. I won’t give it away. Thanks for the kind words.


    1. vb,
      It is hard to not be on board this great beast of a project she has taken on for so long. I just wanted to show some thanks. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


    1. Jan,
      It seemed so obvious to me that it didn’t feel clever at all but thank you very much. I couldn’t help but think this was her last trip as soon as I saw the photo prompt. I almost didn’t do it because I thought there would be others just like it. Fittingly Rochelle’s is similar and could easily be the companion story to this one. Once again, thank you for your kind words.


  2. Awwwwww, now THAT one really made me tear up! What a great story, and it worked so well with the prompt too 🙂 I’m such a sorry sentimental sap, and I’d been being so stoic today until this one Tom. I’ve had such a great ride with y’all 🙂

    1. Madison I have only been here a short while but your impact is great. Thanks so much for all you have done. I took the liberty to fix that little typo for you….


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