SEMI-SKIMMED DIPLOMACY

‘I need to hear whatever is said at that summit. I don’t care how you manage it!’

Field Agent Malone was tasked with delivering the American President’s command.

Now he sat in an office in Seoul, while 50 kilometres north, on the 38th Parallel, the leaders of North and South Korea prepared to meet.

As President Moon extended his hand, Supreme leader Kim Jung-un reciprocated.

In Washington D.C., C.I.A. Director Franks hissed into the comms unit, ‘We’re not getting anything, Malone.’ The President glared at Franks across the situation room. ‘There’s no signal!’

Malone’s voice replied, ‘Attempting to boost the signal now, Sir. Standby.’

Kim Jung-un took his seat in the conference room. In front of him sat his carton of fresh milk, served at exactly 40°F. In the expectant quiet before the first dialogue, a small whirring noise was heard.

With a pop, a small antenna emerged from the milk carton. After a moment of astonished silence the room erupted. Accusations flew between the two sides.

‘Are you hearing anything now, Sir?’ Malone asked Washington.


photo-20181001154610579
Copyright Yinglan

Written as part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. The challenge is to write a flash fiction story or poem 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.

To read other stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

33 responses to “SEMI-SKIMMED DIPLOMACY”

    1. Thanks Di, glad you liked it!

      Like

  1. LOL Can you hear me now?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Love it! Thanks for the laugh.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. You’re welcome, thank you for laughing! 🙂

      Like

  3. It was good to imagine Kim Jong Un in the center of chaos, not created by him 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Maybe he was disappointed he hadn’t thought of the idea first! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Wow! A complete political battle involving nations. A good short fiction, Iain.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. That certainly let the proverbial cat out of the bag. However, given that both leaders were Korean, wouldn’t they have bowed instead of shaken hands?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Nope, shaking hands was the order of the day at the border: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BRuCYcXKJs

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Great story, Iain! It had me laughing! The last line was perfect.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you, sometimes, you just have to laugh 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Hahaha! At first I thought it was a way for S Korea to spy on N Korea and then I realized it was the comm equipment for Washington! LOL! I can imagine how mad that made Kim Jung-un! hahaha! Great story, Iain!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks PJ. I think all these leaders are as bad as each other, all trying to make each other mad!!

      Like

      1. Hahaha! I think you are right, Iain!

        Liked by 1 person

  8. Ha ha ha, looks like the Johnny English sequel has inspired you 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you, have to say I’m not a huge fan of Johnny English so will be avoiding the new film! But this could fit into it, you are right!

      Like

  9. Not a very covert op, is it? Antenna emerging from milk carton!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. They may have to take their gadget back tot he drawing board.

      Like

  10. Amazed how u tactfully brought a political scenario in this prompt..

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Iain, are you interested in running this challenge? I am having some health problems and need to break away from it for awhile. If you are interested, I would continue paying for InLinkz, and if you would like, I can continue sending out the challenges each week. I just won’t be reading the stories, you will (if you take it). Please let me know! Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks for thinking of me PJ. I want to be honest though and say I couldn’t guarantee being able to make the commitment with work, children and all the usual things going on in life etc… I couldn’t fully commit to running a challenge. I really hope your health improves, sorry to hear you are having problems and wish you a healthy recovery. Apologies, and hope you find someone who can help out with the challenge. Best Wishes, Iain

      Like

      1. Thanks Iain, I understand. You were the first person I thought of.

        Liked by 1 person

        1. Thank you for thinking of me, I hope you can find someone to help out, and more importantly that your health recovers.

          Like

          1. Thank you so much Iain, I appreciate your well wishes!

            Liked by 1 person

  12. Hahahaha! XD
    Oh man! I love a bumbling spy story! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: