ASSASSIN

Donovan got back to his car. He turned on the small red ‘phone.

He watched the traffic. Nothing suspicious.

The screen blinked. He clicked through the menus to the ‘Music’ folder.

Strange. Usually there was just a recorded message from The Office with details of the target.

Instead there were music tracks. He scrolled through the list: Justin Bieber; Beyonce and someone called Harry Styles.

Something wasn’t right.

10 a.m. at the airport café, corner table, red ‘phone. He had been a couple of minutes late. The ‘phone had been tucked down the side of the seat, instead of sitting on the table as usual.

He clicked play on the first track. Unbearable pop music filled the car.

Protocol had been compromised.

Donovan got out the car and walked away.

***

Daisy sat on the aeroplane. Mum and Dad were sitting in front. It was a blow to lose her music collection.

How had they done it? It had only been a minute before she had realised she had left her ‘phone in the café, gone back and picked it up from the table.

Even at thirteen, she knew she was destined for something special. A glamorous assassin, she smiled, just like in the movies.


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Written as part of Sunday Photo Fiction. Write a story of around 200 words based on the photo prompt given (above). Hosted by Al Forbes. For more details visit HERE.

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37 responses to “ASSASSIN”

  1. Well, it’ll make a cool “how I became an assassin” story for her to tell her grandkids…

    If I found that music on my phone I’d be of the opinion “something wasn’t right” too, to put it mildly 🙂

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    1. Kids these days, no taste. Thanks for reading.

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  2. As I was reading through the story I half-expected the phone to explode… and then the scene changed and I thought oh no, it’s THIS phone that’s going to blow up! I was kind of glad I was wrong twice!

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    1. Haha, no explosions this time! 🙂

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  3. A bit too clever for me this week, Iain, it took me a while to get that 10 am in the café was a flashback.

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  4. I like it. A great way to start off a career as an assassin. She must have an evil streak to want that at 13 years old though rather than panic.

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    1. My two year old takes great joy in running round the house shooting me with her toy gun, she just needs the opportunity… 🙂

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      1. Haha. I’d be worried if my kids started shooting me. They are 18 and 20 lol

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  5. Being late, thats the best way to loss a job.

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    1. It’ll teach him 🙂

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  6. I thought the phone’s going to explode any moment. You wove it back nicely to the end. Nice one. Lian.

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  7. Quite a mixup! Great take on the prompt. Any chance they end up taking out Justin Bieber before it’s all over? 😉

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    1. Yeah, something tells me that the music on her phone didn’t quite fit her personality if she is ready to become an assassin. I would have expected some heavy death metal bands. Good story!

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      1. Lol, maybe pop music drives her to it.

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      2. I’m not so sure, assassins are the quieter, unsuspected type 🙂

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    2. Well, I didn’t specify who the target was after all 🙂

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  8. Haha! Well at least she took the loss of her music well. I always wondered how The Office recruited folks at an early age. Now I know. 😉 Great story! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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  9. And a career is born.

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    1. Good job prospects, there’s always someone needing their dirty work done!

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  10. I really enjoyed this one. You do realise there’ll be many readers disappointed that he didn’t respond to the apparent instructions and sort out Harry Styles?

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    1. Ha, now that would be a good story of a misunderstanding! 🙂

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  11. Wow! What a twist! I should know twists are coming with your stories. 🙂
    Good job!

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  12. Haha that was brilliant, it’s a shame that he didn’t mistake some of those names for his job 🙂

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    1. That seems to be a popular reaction! 🙂

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  13. Interesting taken. Thirteen years old and she knows, that’s scary. I hope no girls st school make her mad or make the mistake of being rude to her.

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    1. Ha, true, her school friends better keep on the right side of her. 🙂

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  14. The only reason I recognized the music by name was the glance I take at the newspaper every day and brief news on CNN. What a mixup. That child will probably play it for her friends. Real 007 stuff. Good writing, Iain. 😀 — Suzanne

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    1. Thank you Suzanne, apparently these are the popular musicians with the youth 🙂

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  15. At least she wasn’t too devastated about her music. I liked the turnabout. Good story.

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  16. Wow! I didn’t expect that twist. Lesson to be learned – don’t be late for work unless you want to lose it to a teenager! (Just kidding!) 😁

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    1. A teenager will probably take my job one day, just not like this I hope!

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