The jeep jolted over rough terrain. Phillips struggled to breathe under the thick gauze. His wrists ached where they were strapped together.


‘You’ll travel to Idlib. They’ll make contact, then take you to their base somewhere in the An-Nusayrirah mountains.’

‘Seems awfully thin.’ Phillips said.

‘Our government thinks it’s a chance worth taking if it gets them to negotiate.’

Phillips kept quiet. It appeared the only risk involved was to his neck.


The jeep skidded to a halt. He was thrown to the ground. He felt cool metal pressed into his temple.

It didn’t feel like the start of a negotiation.

Copyright Danny Boweman

Written as part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

Other short stories featuring the character Phillips are here: THE PHILLIPS SPY STORIES.

96 responses to “REBEL HELD”

  1. Seems like they did a lot of talking if all they were going to do was take him out to the desert and cap him. I mean, it looks as if he were already restrained.

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  2. I’m still hopeful for Phillips, seeing that he is the hero of a series. 🙂 This is great action writing: vivid, exciting, and what a cliff-hanger!

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  3. The details in this story sucked me right into Phillips world. You set this tragic scene beautifully. I’m rooting for him.

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  4. I think Phillip should have paid more attention to the ‘and other duties’ clause of his employment contract. But I am sure he will find a way out of this. Heroes always do. Good job!

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  5. “Well, Philip, we have a brilliant idea to start a negotiation. There is a slight risk…”

    Philip: another brilliant idea not working!

    A common scenario, though not as extreme for most of us!

    Great job!

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  6. Iain, this was great. So well written. I’m glad I’m sitting here with a pup under each arm with the laptop on my lap. No interest in trading places at all.
    Hope you have a great week.
    xx Rowena

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  7. It’s a pity you only had 100-words as I really want to know what happens next. Lovely the way you sandwiched the background between the tense and unknowable present.

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