Sitting in the cafe with a view of the Houses of Parliament, he double-checked the decoded message.

A simple cipher using ‘The Ambassadors’ by Henry James – the numbers referred to the pages of the book, the first letter of the third line on each page combined to give the location.

He had it right. ‘Marx Highgate’: the cemetery across the city, the grave of Karl Marx. His money would be there.

He slipped on the glasses, part of his disguise, and prepared to fulfil Mrs. Newsome’s request.

It was not his job to ask why, he just had a contract to fulfil.

Copyright CE Ayr

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.

71 responses to “THE CONTRACT”

  1. I wonder how anyone could become a criminal and be able to kill others for money. This goes against every single thing we learned in kindergarten! Scary story and I’m sure this is spot on for the true actions of a hit man. Yikes!

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  2. For the sake of his contract, I hope the money is still there. Eyes seem to be everywhere these days and I seem to remember reading Highgate Cemetery is in a rather rough part of the city. A good, well-written story, Iain. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • All the best for your NYC adventure Debbie – I hope it gives you everything you are looking for! Do keep in touch – in just over a week my new novel is released and I would love to hear what you think of it. All the best, Iain


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