Working Conditions: A 99-Word Flash Fiction

This week’s prompt over at Carrot Ranch was to write a 99-word (no more, no less) story about a postal carrier in an extreme situation.  From the site: ( )

“In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a postal carrier in an extreme situation. Even if you base your story on a true one, focus on the core trait of this postal carrier. Go where the prompt leads!”

While this pedometer geek didn’t really focus on the core trait (other than show that the man was just doing his job), the story is as follows:

Working Conditions

Recently, a postman climbed out of his truck, grabbing a package to deliver. Although his vehicle was pulled to the side of the road, he was sideswiped by a driver who wasn’t paying attention. The driver didn’t stop; he hit the man and kept going.

Sustaining injuries that included two broken legs and a crushed pelvis, Carl was off work recovering for more than a year.

Now, all the post office trucks around here sport a red flag. The flag is a recent addition, but became necessary to protect the men and women who deliver the mail, particularly packages.

Nancy Brady, 2020

This was based on a true story. One of our local postal carriers was hit as he was getting a package out of his truck. It was a hit-and-run accident, and it is surmised that the driver was texting on his phone, rather than paying attention. The postal carrier is lucky to be alive considering all of his injuries, and he may be finally back to work. It is my guess that this is the reason for the flags mounted on the trucks.

Check out all the stories about postal carriers at and then check back Friday for the next prompt to participate.






About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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6 Responses to Working Conditions: A 99-Word Flash Fiction

  1. Jules says:

    Anything that distracts a driver… putting on make-up, drinking, eating, sometimes even talking to the other passengers. I think a requirement of driving should be to sign a contract that you HAVE to pay attention. A red flag won’t help if one is texting… Hope your ‘driver’ recovers!

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  2. I have to agree, Jules. There are too many diversions that some people practice while driving. Even those hands-free phone calls routed through speakers can be disrupting. I heard about this story from the customer service rep at the post office. While I believe he is back to work, he is still having issues. I think he may always have some, but that is only my opinion based on what kind of injuries he sustained. I hope he has a full recovery, too.


  3. How awful for that letter carrier! Your story is an important call to be alert. Well done.

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  4. How unfortunate for the letter carrier. Glad you wrote it!

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