Friday Fictioneers – Red Dot of Death

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 on your page. Link your story URL. Then the fun starts as you read other peoples’ stories and comment on them!

Before this story, I must acknowledge and apologise to Laurie Bell. She wrote a cracking story for FF – here

But it sparked a thought that just wouldn’t leave me alone, so here is a very similar take with a different ending!

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Red dot of death

I’m late. I should have left my report in the dead-letter drop an hour ago. The temperature is just above freezing, and gouts of snow flop down from the branches of the trees. I jog, side-arm in hand, safety catch off.

Shit! There’s a red dot on my chest! I dive, squeeze off two shots in the likely direction of the assassin, to teach him to keep his head down.

“Holy Moly! Don’t shoot, lady! It was just a joke!” The panicky, half-broken voice is that of a teenage boy.

Damn kid! Must be fooling with a laser pointer!

31 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Red Dot of Death

    • Dear Lynn
      Thank you for reading and for your kind comment. I walked in wood a Switzerland a few years ago while the snow was thawing, and it really did flop from the branches! As for Jane Bond, maybe not. How about Kirsten Powers?
      With very best wishes


    • Dear Laurie
      Thank you for reading and commenting, and for your very generous response to my (mis)appropriation of your plot! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’m sorry for the larceny, but I couldn’t resist the image of the kid with a laser pointer unintentionally becoming mixed up with a real spy
      With very best wishes


    • Dear Linda
      Thank you for reading and for your kind comment. I’m with you in hoping he never pulls a stunt like that again, but – he’s an adolescent male, and risk is the name of the game! It would be interesting to hear how he recounts the story to his mates…
      With very best wishes

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  1. That was so much fun. I’ve done that, too (jump onto another story). It’s something that brings our little community that much closer.
    Thank goodness her aim was not true! Dumb adolescents…

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    • Dear Dale
      Thank you for reading and for your lovely comment. I’m so pleased you thought the story was fun. Yes, thank goodness she didn’t hit him when she fired!
      Jumping onto another story can draw us together, but I did it once and got it slightly wrong and, although they didn’t say anything, I think I offended the person whose story I piggy-backed. I felt very apologetic!
      With very best wishes

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