He ate the last crumbs, rolled up the wrapper and tossed it in the back.

Still hungry. Should’ve stopped at a store for provisions on the way.

Across the street nothing happened. He stared at the unmoving windows and door.

How long had it been? Three hours. Another five before the night shift took over.

The door opened. Not our guy. Just the old woman across the hall.

He felt tired. Maybe a stroll in the fresh air would help.

No, best stay put. Roll the window down at least.

Birdsong. Traffic. The sounds of a neighbourhood.

And keep watching.

Copyright Ted Strutz

Written for Friday Fictioneers 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).

With all the turmoil going on around the world, it felt nice to write a story where, on the surface at least, nothing is happening.

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

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72 responses to “THE STAKEOUT”

  1. Surveillance would drive me crazy. You’ve drawn it clearly!

    I finished “State of War” a couple of days ago. Best yet! One of my favorite characters died. Another one lived. So much intrigue, corruption, deceit, hunger for power, little value in human life if it doesn’t fit the over-all plan. You’ve grown with each book, and it’s been exciting to watch it happen. So, what’s next?

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    • Thanks on both counts, Linda! Glad you liked the book, and your thoughts mirror my own – I felt my writing was improving with each one – so glad you felt the same as a reader. A couple of ideas for something next – all I will say is it won’t be sci-fi or set in the future, or deal with politics – too much of that in the real world now! Still awaiting first review on Amazon, if you are able to leave a couple of kind words it would really be appreciated – and thank you for being such a loyal and encouraging reader 🙂 ❤️️

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