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.


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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  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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  3. 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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  4. 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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