This story is now published as part of the anthology ‘Loyal and True’.
Derrick had been driving the car for only a few days.
His father refused to allow him to drive his DeSoto so Derrick got a part time job waxing moustaches and saved enough to buy his own car; second hand of course.
The weather was abysmal and his father warned him about driving on icy roads.
Like all young men Derrick knew better.
A set of three snow chains came with the car and no one seemed to know what had happened to the fourth but Derrick was not worried.
Ironically it was not the wheel without the chain that fell off.
A crowd quickly gathered and a person with a huge unwieldy camera took a photo.
Derrick didn’t care about the cameraman as the internet would not be invented for another sixty years so he knew that there was very little chance of anyone seeing the photo on Facebook.
Before he took the picture the cameraman arranged the bystanders and told them to stand still but one person didn’t care to be on Facebook, and he moved.
Among the bystanders was one man who had mistakenly put on his little brother’s overalls, a mistake he was to rue as soon as the internet was invented.
When he eventually got home Derrick’s father said what all fathers would like to say, “I told you so.”