PLOTTING

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.’


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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. Thanks Neil, a last minute decision

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  1. The last line threw me for a second. Good one.

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    1. Good to know I can still manage to throw you James

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  2. 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. 😉

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Ha, I can just see the customers face! 🙂

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  3. Ha ha – good one, Iain. I loved the ending. Great to get an insight into the writer’s mind.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. Thanks Susan, sometimes you have to put yourself into the mind of the villain!

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  4. 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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    1. Thanks J, the modern day equivalent is probably a writer’s Google search history when they use the internet for research purposes.

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  5. Ahh! So clever!! Great job! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Joy 🙂

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      1. Very welcome! Thank you for giving great posts to read!

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  6. A piece of double fiction this week Iain! Cleverly done.

    Click to read my FriFic tale

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  7. That’s just what you do, isn’t it! Check out the detail, how will it work, are the connections feasible! Nice one Iain.

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    1. Thank you Penny, research definitely pays off 🙂

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    1. Thank you Anita 🙂

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  8. It is there – it is there and she grabs it and…..

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    1. A bestseller beckons perhaps!?

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  9. Didn’t expect that. Very clever twist. Nicely done!

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    1. Thank you so much 🙂

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  10. 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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    1. In many ways the research part is the best bit of writing, before the real hard work starts!

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      1. A woman in one of my critique groups HATES research. What better way to learn stuff while procrastinating? Hello!

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  11. Great place for inspiration! You can come up with all kinds of good stories while watching people! Well done Iain! 😉

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    1. Thank you Courtney 🙂

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  12. How many times have I been in that hall? Dozens and dozens. Love the twist at the end.

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    1. A great place to get some inspiration, I have been only the once on my one visit to New York.

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      1. Glad you got to New York. When the heck you coming back ? 🙂

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      2. Probably when the kids are a few years older! 🙂

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  13. I love the way the story developed – each paragraph leading the reader in a new direction. The title is very clever. She’s creating her plot. Brilliant!

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    1. Thank you Edith, so glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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  14. 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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    1. Yes, I do wonder that about my browser, I must have tripped an alarm somewhere by now!

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  15. it was the twist of the century. well done. 🙂

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  16. Oh, I so love this, Iain. Great twist and insight into a writer’s planning…

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    1. Thank you so much Dale 🙂

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  17. Ah! So that’s how a writer thinks. A clever ending! Loved it.

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  18. Nice twist at the end. Or is she stupidly documenting her upcoming crime… 🙂

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    1. Maybe she will be inspired, kidnap a literary agent perhaps, until they agree to represent her?

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  19. 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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    1. Ha, ain’t that the truth…!

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  20. Excellent surprise ending! After I read it, I started wondering about all the plot twists that might come about as the author continued to study the scene.

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    1. Thanks Jan, the museum does offer endless possibilities.

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  21. Being writers makes criminals of us all 🙂

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    1. Some more than others 🙂

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  22. A tightly woven intro. Great write.

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  23. So is she doing a test run? I once stuffed my husband into a closet for fiction. I needed to see how a guy would fit.

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    1. Ha, poor husband. Perhaps she will write something so convincing she will give it a go for real!

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  24. I really like this. The mind of a writer setting up a scene–indeed, a whole novel. Excellent.

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  25. I enjoyed the twist, very clever. I’m the crazy lady who sometimes sits on my window sill people watching to get inspired. We have a bus stop in front of our apartment building. 🙂

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    1. Perfect place for people watching 🙂

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  26. I like this girl. Maybe she could help me with Criminal Mimes.

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    1. Let me know if you need her to set a trap for them.

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  27. Researching for stories would be wonderful… and I could grow to love writing at museums

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    1. It would be nice, although probably the Met would be a little too noisy!

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  28. Aha you saw criminals too huh? A dastardly plot. Would be a great read 😉

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  29. Great twist. A wonderful post.

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  30. Vere bene factum, vos, vel qui finem verba.

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  31. I really like the twist in your story, Iain. As always, very well written and guaranteed to entertain.

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    1. Thank you Jilly 🙂

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  32. This was so well written. I was engaged in the beginning and shocked by the ending, I really loved it!

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  33. Neat story, nicely told.

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  34. Well written Iain! Like most of your stories – I really enjoyed this one! Great twist at the end.

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    1. Thank you, you are very kind.

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  35. Very clever… I like this a lot! 😃

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    1. Thank you so much Anna

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  36. I love this. A writer’s gotta do research. Great twist.

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  37. Such great plotting yourself. Wonderfully set up with palpable tension. I imagine she’s going to do well with this one.

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    1. A page turner for sure 🙂

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  38. I loved where you took the photo prompt.
    A bit of coordination needed by these two. The tension could be felt.
    Nicely done ….
    Isadora 😎

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  39. Very very very cute.
    Story within story!
    Great one!

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  40. Loved the twist, and would love to read the writer’s opening chapter, sounds intriguing!

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  41. Great last line! Nicely done Iain.

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  42. Lovely deflection there – from criminal mastermind to author in one switch of perspective. Perfect title too Iain

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    1. Thank you Lynn 🙂

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  43. Ah yes, writers and their research. An entertaining read.

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