The tourists and students poured into The Great Hall, the entrance to the Met.

This would be the easy bit. If she picked the right time, when the crowds were at their busiest, it would be easy to slip away unnoticed.

If he left the money under the ciborium in the Medieval Europe gallery, if he came and left alone, then she should be able to walk out with the package under her arm.

It was important to research the location. All that she needed now was a potential victim. She sipped her coffee and began typing:

‘Chapter One – Kidnap.’

Copyright Roger Bultot

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.

98 responses to “PLOTTING”

  1. Dear Iain,

    While I was writing my first novel and still working in a supermarket, I would discuss my story lines with my cashier friend. One day as I telling her badly I felt about killing off a certain ‘person’ I realized a customer was staring at me.
    Love the twist at the end of your story. 😉



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  2. Great twist at the end. John D. MacDonald had a scene where his two protagonists are discussing a case in a diner and are overheard by a lady in the next booth. She gets up and looks at them, saying “MONSTERS! MONSTERS!” in a shaking voice.

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  3. Your story sucked me in then surprised me. Thanks. It’s fun being a writer and doing research. I spent hours walking the docks of Bellingham Bay looking at fishing boats for a story I wrote about a small fishing town. One afternoon a fisherman took the time to show me all the parts of his boat. Very cool.

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  4. Great twist — totally surprised me, and made me smile! My friends who write mysteries and thrillers always joke about how incriminating their browser histories must seem, and mine’s not much better , I’m afraid!

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  5. You have to get your inspiration somewhere. Let’s just hope the plot stays on paper. On the other hand, she’d make more money out of the kidnap than she’s likely to do out of the book… 😦

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