Mary was as surprised as her gawking neighbours when the string of black vans pulled up outside her house with a screech of tyres and flashing lights.

Armed MI5 agents rushed across her perfectly manicured lawn and flowerbeds, surrounding the house.

‘Come out now. Hands where we can see them!’

Instinctively she raised her hands and stepped out the front door.

‘On your knees! Where is he?’

At that the automatic garage door began to open. The guns took aim.

Reginald sheepishly appeared, ‘If I could just explain…’

Behind him the ball of perpetual motion energy turned.

Copyright Douglas M. McIlroy

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.

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116 responses to “POTTERING IN THE GARAGE”

  1. Mary sure seems dumbfounded.
    Great plot…there could be a lot more to this…
    Wonder if he has invented or stolen that ball of perpetual motion energy?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Good point – has Reginald been up to more than we realise?! 🙂


  2. The government comes to take what they think is rightfully their own..hmm!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. They couldn’t just let him have it, could they!?


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