Cadillacs and Crocodiles

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The little lady showed up at the pump riding a hot-red Cadillac convertible with ostrich leather seats. She put out the cigarette in her ash tray and told me with pouty, vermilion lips, “Fill ‘er up.” She got out and, with her crocodile-skin purse, went into the store.

While she perused the candy shelf and soda fountain, I pumped in the liquid at 10 cents a gallon lamented my paltry pay. Rich people, getting richer off the backs of us poor. I’d like to kick people like her down a couple pegs.

And she’d left her keys in the ignition.


This was written for the May 28th Carrot Ranch prompt, opposites. I chose Cadillacs and Crocodiles which, beyond starting with C, can come together as representatives of luxury (though alligator would have been better).

Thought I’d join in a prompt right now – don’t know how many I’ll get off in the near future, but this was good enough for now!

49 thoughts on “Cadillacs and Crocodiles

  1. Jules says:

    Funny you should mention Caddy… Hubby once had what’s called a Kenosha Cadillac – An AMC Ambassador. Don’t think anyone would drive off with that beast though 😉

  2. D. Avery @shiftnshake says:

    This story has just begun! Loved this and its details. Raising ostriches was a Thing, the feathers being desirable and then the meat and leather also marketed. Historically interesting but I would rather ride for Carrot Ranch than Ostrich Ranch. Though there could be some big eggscitement there I suppose.

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      Haha, eggcitement.

      I just know that Cadillac used ostrich leather in its top-level trims from back in the 60’s, but all the reviews I’ve seen of that say the leather’s super slippery. I’d love to try, though!

  3. Charli Mills says:

    Temptation! Ostrich leather seats, crocodile purse, a Cadillac and pump jockey — what great details to set the time. Yet, some things never change (like that wealth gap).

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