He tried not to tense. Stay relaxed, but focussed. He was sweating in the warm sun, the droplets of moisture ran into his eyes. He blinked them away and carried on. Almost there. He skilfully removed the bone, held between the small tweezers, from the opening in the arm and when he drew the instrument clear he gave a sigh of relief.

Agnes cheered, ‘Well done! That’s a win for you.’ She made a small mark in her notebook. That makes it 858,394 wins to you and 861,791 to me. Still all to play for. Time for another round before bed?’

Archie prayed the batteries would finally run out on the game, so at least he could get a break for an hour while Agnes went out on an ‘essential’ visit to the shop to buy more.

He thought back to that fateful moment when he had suggested they try a board game to pass some time. Agnes had not wanted to, but he had urged her to join in with those fatal words:

‘How about a quick game of ‘Operation’?’

Written for #FOWC, hosted by Fandango Today’s prompt word was: Operation. Click on the link to read more responses to the prompt.

All Agnes and Archie stories can be found HERE.


18 responses to “OPERATION LOCKDOWN”

  1. excellent game and such a simple idea.

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    1. It has passed many a rainy summer holiday in the caravan – not to this extent though!

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      1. Did you ever try and get hold of one for 10p down at the local rummage sale? And find that it was broken? (without rtealising…) There was Operation, and Mousetrap.

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    1. We’ve dusted off a few board games over the last few months!

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  2. Oh god, I remember this and the boys loved to deliberately make it go off. The noise was awful, and gave me a headache. As for taking the batteries out, no. The smart little blighters used the ones from the torches in their stocking!!!! Drove us mad. I think it came to an abrupt end when their dad ‘accidentally’ stepped on it three days after Christmas.

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    1. Ouch – cruel dad- but then it could have come with a volume control at least!

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  3. Thats a good fun story, well written Iain! My brother and his friends enjoy this game. The buzzing always drove me nuts!

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    1. Haha, that seems to be a common reaction to it! 🙂


      1. Yeah fun but annoying ha!

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  4. After 1.7 million games of Operation, I think a pair of frontal lobotomies might be called for! 😂

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    1. Someone should send them a new game to play instead! 🙂

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