THE SOURCE

Frost covered the grass and branches. Well-layered joggers trotted past at various paces.

She wrapped her arms around herself, the thick coat and gloves failing to halt the chill.

Mothers pushed buggies, couples walked hand-in-hand, dog-walkers pulled leads or were dragged by them, tourists swarmed.

She didn’t know what to expect; she hadn’t formed a picture of the person she had received the anonymous messages from.

A dog escaped it’s owner and careered towards her. She leaned forward and patted it with her gloved hand and smiled at the owner.

As she sat back on the bench she saw the brown envelope. She turned. There was no one there. She stood, scanning the pathways. Did she catch a glimpse of a back hurrying away?

She pulled off a glove with her teeth and opened the envelope. Inside was a sheet of paper and a portable hard drive.

On the paper was a written message: ‘You promised.’

She began running back to the newspaper office, leaving Lafayette Park behind as the white edifice looked on.


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Copyright Fandango

Written as part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. The challenge is to write a flash fiction story in around 150 – 175 words, based on the weekly photo prompt. Thanks as always to the challenge host Priceless Joy. For more information visit HERE.

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Lafayette Park in Washington D.C. lies across the street from the White House.

39 responses to “THE SOURCE”

  1. Oh the dreaded ‘you promised’ note. Life has a way of polling three things at our feet without explanation. Nice piece of tension with calm scene before hand

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    1. Thank you, much appreciated

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  2. I enjoyed the detail and the suspense. Well written, I wanted to read more! =)

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  3. That’s one well trained dog, and one tempting story.

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    1. So you think the dog is in on it? I couldn’t decide if it was part of the ‘drop’ or just a coincidence!

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  4. Brilliant, Iain! I wonder who she is , what she does. An ex-official, a secret agent?
    Such an intriguing read!

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    1. Thank you Moon, I like to leave something for you to imagine with these pieces of short fiction 🙂

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  5. Okay, I’ll bite. Promised what and what’s on the hard drive?

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    1. I’m thinking a promise to publish the information, get it the public and/or the authorities, perhaps to protect the identity of the source too. As to what’s on it, well, we’re in Washington and we’re near the White House so government secrets, or perhaps another bestselling expose of the inside of the White House!

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      1. I’m somewhat reminded of the book and film “All the President’s Men.”

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        1. Absolutely – a brilliant film.

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  6. Great suspense. Makes me want to know what’s on that flashdrive.

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  7. I have a feeling a really juicy news story, complete with pictures and documents, will show up in the Washington Post in a day or two. The “white edifice” must be the White House. So whatever is on the hard drive must be pretty damning. Loved the tension and the build up in this.

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    1. You have joined the dots up pretty well. I had just been to see ‘The Post’ – a pretty good film if you like that sort of story of good old fashioned journalism and intrigue.

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  8. Well written story Iain! But you left me hanging! LOL! I wonder what she promised?? Great story!

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    1. Thank you PJ – I shall have to fill in the blanks one day! 🙂

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  9. Oh the intrigue, very well done 😊

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  10. Very intriguing! I’m imagining what she learns from the files and whether she keeps her promise!

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    1. What do you think is on the drive? I hope she does keep her promise too.

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      1. I think it’s the proof that she’s been hoping for. She has what she needs to bring those bastards to justice. She hopes that her editor or other higher ups don’t kill the story, or she’ll have to find another way to keep her promise. I just hope she watches her back! ☺

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        1. Exactly the sort of character I had in mind Cynthia 🙂

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          1. 😀 looking forward to reading more about her

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  11. Great development of tension Iain, well done. Is there a next?

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    1. Thanks Michael – I’ll have to get thinking about that!

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  12. Eager to read more, a tale full of suspense

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  13. There’s a lot going on beneath the surface. What, I guess we’ll never know. An intriguing tale Iain

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    1. Unless I can think up something good to carry on the story…!

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  14. Can we trust you Iain? Is the President finally going to fall because of this scoop? 🙂

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    1. Someone must have something on him – but then they’ve tried it a few times already and he seems to survive.

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  15. Most atmospheric, Iain and mysterious. Loved the attention to detail in this. Could almost picture myself back in that park.

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    1. Thanks Kelvin, much appreciated

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  16. Wallie wants to know what the answer to the mystery is…this reminded both of us a lot of espionage thrillers! It’s cryptic and intriguing…

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    1. Thank you, that’s what I had in mind. Unfortunately, I have no idea what the answers are!

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  17. Trump will be really, really upset if this is a fake news story about to break 😛
    Elles

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    1. Haha, not more fake news! 🙂

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