Flash Fiction Thursday (Thanks for the Gas)

I screwed my schedule up so here we are Friday with a Flash Fiction Thursday. I will get back on track soon. This is my first attempt at writing flash fiction so I hope to get better as time goes by. Please let me know what you think, any and all constructive criticism is welcome.

Thanks for the Gas

I was driving on a lonely stretch of highway in the middle of Arizona when my car started to make the strangest noises like clanks, clunks and chugs; as I looked down I noticed I had run out of gas. Shit, how could I have not filled up in the last town? I pulled over to the side of the road and came to an abrupt stop.

As I looked around I realized I haven’t seen a car it what seems like a lifetime. I got out of the car and looked at my phone, of course no signal. I decided a long walk was the plan till I got a cell signal; or made it back to the last town I passed through.

As I started down the road it started to get dark and the temperature was starting to drop; and to make matters worse, in the distance coyotes were starting to howl like they were ready to feast. I picked up the pace not only to make better time but to keep warm, who thought you would need a jacket in the desert?

I was just coming over a rise when I saw lights in the distance, what the hell is that?, I said to myself. It looked oblong with 3 rows of lights all different colors. 

As I walked closer I could see what looked like lizards walking around. They had long tails, appeared to be green in color and were standing on 2 feet. If you have ever seen the Geico Insurance commercials that is what they looked like.

As I stood and just stared one of the creatures noticed me and appeared to smile. ‘Come on over’…he said, My name is Clive and you look like you are lost and could use some help. I was taken aback and just stammered out ‘my name is Jack’. 

We exchanged some pleasantries and he asked me what I needed. I told him I have run out of gas in my car, but I wasn’t sure he could help. He laughed and said ‘I sure can’; and with that he pushed some buttons on a control panel near him and a gas can appeared full of fuel. 

I just stood in utter disbelief, I didn’t know what to say so I just said ‘Thank you’. He patted me on the shoulder and I left with a full can of gas and one hell of a story to tell.

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