Friday Fictioneers – In Plain Sight

Every week, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (thank you, Rochelle!) hosts a flash fiction challenge, to write a complete story, based on a photoprompt, with a beginning, middle and end, in 100 words or less. Post it on your blog, and include the Photoprompt and Inlinkz (Join the Party!) on your page. Link your story URL. Then the fun starts as you read other peoples’ stories and comment on them!

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PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

In plain sight

Jackson slouched against the crush barriers as he always did. Later, he would buy a chili dog, smother it with mustard and slurp a quart of soda, but for now there was work to be done.

Without doing more than glance casually at the shoppers, he checked them. “Harmless. Harmless. Armed…” He mumbled a few nonsense syllables and rolled his eyes. A nearby shopper speeded up.

“Thanks, Jacko,” came the voice in his concealed earpiece. “Male, Caucasian, heading towards the tower?”

“Yo!” He clicked his fingers, shuffled a dance step; faded into the background as he helped keep NYC safe.

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41 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – In Plain Sight

    • Dear Neil
      Thank you for reading and commenting. Jacko’s biggest threat is the diet he inflicts on himself. All those hot dogs and soda have got to take their toll!
      With best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear Isadora
      Thank you for reading and commenting. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if there were a scheme like this to help protect citizens from gun crime, and NYC would be a likely candidate to be running it.
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear Rochelle
      Thank you for reading and for your appreciative comment. I found it a great prompt to stir my imagination (amazing how what works for one, does nothing for somebody else). Jackson just sprang to life out of the photograph. I wrote another story about him as well, but my trusted reader told me people would misunderstand the meaning so I didn’t post it! Thank you very much for the prompt this week and every week – your hard work moderating us cats is greatly appreciated!
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear Patrick
      Thank you for reading and commenting. Crime prevention is a great deal better than picking up the pieces afterwards! Jackson was doing his bit to keep us safe.
      With best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear Mags
      Thank you for the good wishes for my novel. I’m about 2/3 of the way through the first full edit. I’m finding a few sections that need a fair bit of re-writing to strengthen one of the characters, but I’m optimistic about the work. I shall have some trusted readers give me their opinions on the whole work after the edit, and then I shall do a second edit, which I suspect will contain more removal of surplus words than new material.
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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      • You are welcome, Penny. They keep the streets safe — for themselves! In my job I was in the neighborhoods making house calls to check on my wards. They had people with phones dotting them. Po-Po sightings were relayed in a hurry. Phones, dogs, and guns make the safety team of drug dealers.
        Sincerely,
        Lisa

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