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Welcome to the 2017 Blogging A-to-Z Challenge! I’ll be blogging my way through the alphabet the entire month of April, taking a break on Sundays, for a total of 26 posts! This year I am writing short stories based on a word that starts with the letter of the alphabet. The 26 fictional stories are not related to one another. This is a chance for me to exercise my imagination and explore creative writing which I have not done since college. Learn more about the blogging challenge HERE!

The theme for today’s story is Operational.

An operational car is something that many people take for granted. Not only do they assume their car will run but that it will run smoothly. Kari was not one of these people. She had inherited her car from her older brother who had gotten it from their mom who had bought it used. It was older than she was.

At 16 years old Kari did not have extra cash lying around for a new car. She felt lucky to have the car she did. At the end of the day, it had four wheels and safely got her between home, work, and school. If anything the beater car had forced her to be an amateur mechanic. She was learning a lot about how cars worked and she liked it. She had subscribed to DIY YouTube channels on how to windshield wipers and cabin filter. Her next step was going to be changing the oil.

She figured that when she did buy a new car, way in the future, all of her new found knowledge would help her out. Her pros and cons list would expand past the usual superficial wants of color, audio package, and upgraded navigation. Now that Kari knew her way around cars inside and out she would want something with longevity. Dreaming about her future car helped her on those long days after school and work when she turned the keys in her ignition and prayed that the engine would turn on.

And with this post that makes fifteen down and 11 more to go! Thank you for reading my short story. What did you think? If you are here with the Blogging A-to-Z Challenge, please leave a comment below because I would love to check out your posts!

P.S. Check out my other short stories HERE!


2 thoughts on “Operational

    • Halee Pagel says:

      Hahaha, I’m so grateful my dad knows a ton about cars and taught me. To be fair, I didn’t really pay attention until I had moved out of state and really needed to take care of car maintenance. 🙂

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