CUWAM- Choose your own adventure

Take a favorite (or even random play) song and write the story behind the lyrics, not something inspired by the lyric, but the flesh on the bones of the story. It gives lots of scope for interpretative writing. Use the lyrics or theme of a song  for a piece of flash fiction (50 to 200 words). To clarify, write your version of the story behind the lyrics in a song

Cindy Lauper ‘ I drove all night ‘ 1989

Claire sat behind the steering wheel, keys in the ignition, her heart raced. She backed the car down the driveway, and headed on autopilot in the direction of the highway.

The street lights were her guide, it was 1am, the night sky was cloudy, the moon was hidden from view, the neighboured was in a deep slumber, quiet and still.

Claire was wide awake, wired….Only days before Dan had left for yet another posting, his job as a new paramedic , required him to take work in rural areas at short notice until something permanent became available closer to home….He had been away from her that year, more times than he had been home….the separation was unbearable

Summer had arrived unannounced, the city was on heat, it was humid, and unable to sleep, fed up with tossing and turning, not wanting to face up to work in the morning, in a spit second she had decided to drive….

With one hand gripping the steering wheel, eyes focused on the road, Claire pushed the cassette tape into beat up tape player in her beloved Datsun Bluebird. Cindy’s voice filled the airways, and in a heartbeat, she was knew she had made the right decision…..

‘I had to escape

The city was sticky and cruel

Maybe I should have called you first

But I was dying to get to you’

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. MissieK
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 06:46:06

    Interesting story. Just being picky, but you don’t need to say “1am in the morning”… either “1am” or “1 in the morning” will do 🙂 Otherwise it was good.


  2. Claire
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 15:25:18

    This was a very interesting piece. I guess I was a little biased because my name is Claire, but I really liked it. You did a great job of tying the music into the piece.


  3. Stephanie
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 21:49:46

    I could feel her emotions throughout this piece. Her longing for Dan and needing to be with him. Also, you have great imagery here — the descriptions of the summer night. You did a nice job with writing the story behind the song. I too love Cyndi Lauper!!


  4. Veronica @ Mixed Gems
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 01:16:23

    Riveting read. I would have kept going if there was more. Maybe short stories could be your thing?


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