An Uncomfortable Ride

An Uber ride and an unexpected turn of events

The cool air blasted into the Town and Country minivan. It was a couple of years old now, but I loved my purchase. It fit my family of five, had all the fancy stuff, and made me a few extra bucks when a customer needed a larger Uber. Most of my customers enjoyed what I offered in comfort and space. I seldom had complaints. Except for tonight. 

“Look, lady, I don’t know what to tell you. You ordered the Uber. I was available… I am what you get,” I said.

Julie Spinner, my new fare. 

“I thought a deluxe was, like, an upgrade,” said Julie. “I should have never listened to Candy. She’s always been a little low class.”

I shook my head in disbelief. The braid from my long crimson hair whipped against the headrest. The back of my throat spasmed as sweet mango mixed with an overpowering bouquet of geranium filled the minivan.

Photo by Jennifer Brewer via Canva

Originally published in Adelaide Literary Magazine here.


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