Delayed Green


PHOTO PROMPT © Na’ama Yehudah

Whoa, hotrod, cool that engine!  Yeah, I know it’s been a while and you’re feeling frisky, but we don’t want an accident here, do we? Live in the moment, and see the now, not the destination, OK? Good things come to those who wait, as they say.  No reason to rush it. No hurry. Let’s just enjoy idling here for a moment as we wait for the light to change and ease into it when the time is right.  No stress. Yeah, that’s it, we’ll find the rhythm and… Wait, what just happened?  What?  You popped the clutch and stalled?


Word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo © Na’ama Yehudah. Read more or join in by following the InLinkz “linky“.


Yeah, the leaves are turning red, so the green is delayed ;)

More seriously, there are a few intersections around here were people accelerate on yellow (very common) and people start moving as the other direction turns red, causing at least one fatal accident a year.  “Delayed Green” helps, but the cars running the red lights figure it out and so trust their luck even more, and the accidents still happen…

41 thoughts on “Delayed Green

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I used to love a manual car, but it has been years since I’ve had one. I think I’d have a hard time going back… I’m sure it would be a pretty bumpy ride. Thanks :) Hope you are well this fine fourth and that you are staying safe :)

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  1. Russell Gayer

    I had a friend who was very impatient. He’d keep inching forward until the nose of his car was halfway out in the intersection before the light turned green. It scared the crap out of me to ride with him.

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  2. granonine

    Your story reminded me of learning to drive in my then-fiance’s 1964 GTO–what an awesome car! Probably not the best one for a beginner, but I did learn to drive the stick, and I loved every minute of it. And he married me anyway :)

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  3. workinacresnothours

    That was so funny I found myself reading it with my foot on the accelerator(pretend) then to stall, haha. Some people are a little clueless as to the weapon they are driving aren’t they.. Have a great weekend ahead.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yeah, I see that too often. I think people’s mental capabilities drop by 25% the moment they sit behind a steering wheel, so if they aren’t the brightest bulbs to begin with… ;)

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  4. rochellewisoff

    Dear Trent,

    Glad you know what “Delayed Green” means. One of my favorite lines from the movie Star Man was “Red light stop, green light go, yellow light go–very fast.”
    Nice stream of consciousness piece.



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