My wrists were tied to a wooden bar. The door closed and I was alone.

A switch clicked and light flooded the room and spilled through the fabric of the sack over my head.


A hand pulled the sack away and I looked into his face.

‘So you found me,’ he said. ‘What should I do with you now, old friend?’

‘Talk to me.’

‘Why should I talk to you?’

‘I can offer you a way back.’

‘Why would I want to go back?’

‘The alternative is I kill you.’

He laughed. ‘You don’t seem to be in a position to promise that.’

He was right. He was always right.

Copyright Sandra Crook

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).

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

We lost one of the giants of modern literature this week, and a writer I simply adored. John le Carre was the master of the spy novel, but also one of the greatest writers of the last century full stop. This is my own little tribute to him. Thanks for the stories.


49 responses to “ROGUE AGENT”

  1. I feel it is a shame that anybody goes at the moment, especially when their last several months enduring lockdown. It seems a waste for all that effort to be for nothing. But then I wonder how long I will keep saying that? And, after a while, it wears thin.
    /he was a very intelligent writer, I thought. I liked him, not so much for his writing because I’ve read very little, but in his real-life interviews, he seemed quite switched on.

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    • Thanks CE. If you get a chance, his last book ‘Agent Running in the Field’ is also a perfect dissection of the madness of Brexit, and even writing at 88 year sold, he had lost none of his intelligence or knowledge.

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  2. Fascinating story even before I knew it was a tribute to LeCarre. I love how the last sentence captures the fact that this spy may in fact be on the verge of breaking. Well told Iain.

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