Tuesday – Anything Possible – Kreative Kue #222

In Keith’s words.

“Using this photo ( below) as inspiration, write a short story, flash fiction, scene, poem; anything, really; even just a caption for the photograph. Either put it (or a link to it) in a comment or email it to me at keithchanning@gmail.com before 6pm next Sunday (if you aren’t sure what the time is where I live, this link will tell you). If you post it on your own blog or site, a link to this page would be appreciated, but please do also mention it in a comment here.

Go on. You know you want to. Let your creativity and imagination soar. I shall display the entries next Monday.”

The photo.

Kreative Kue #222

In Three by John W. Howell © 2019

“Yeah, I think we are good to go.”

“I’m sorry I can’t understand you.”

“What do you mean you can’t understand me?”

“Just what I said.”

“Do I need to speak up cause if I do I don’t want anyone to overhear.”

“No, I hear you fine. I just have a problem with what you mean by ‘good to go.”‘

“You’re kidding, right?”

“No.”

“It means I have planted the explosives and we are ready to execute in three minutes.”

“Execute? My gosh are you sure you have the right number?”

“Is this 210-555-5555?”

“Yes, that is correct.”

“Black Operations?”

“Black what?”

“Black Operations?”

“My heavens no. This is Birdies Gift Shop.”

“Birdies gift sh— What the hell? This burner phone is preprogrammed. How did I get you?”

“I’m sure I don’t know, but there is no need to raise our voice, young man.”

“Raise my voice? I’m going to be forced to do a little more than that. Where are you?”

“In front of the shop.”

“No, I mean the address.”

“For some reason, I don’t think I should tell you.”

“Aw come on. I just want to say hello and maybe buy some gifts.”

“I’m sorry whoever you are. We don’t carry explosives. I’m hanging up now.”

“What is it, young man?”
“Can we forget this conversation?”
“Why should I do that? You want me to file the assignment report, don’t you?”
“For heaven’s sake. Is that you, Jenkins?”
“Had you going, huh?”
“You have a warped sense of humor, you know that?”
“Tell me when the building is dust.”
“Will do. Lance out. By the way. I’m going to get you for this.”
“Can’t wait for you to try double o eight.”

49 comments

  1. For a moment there, I thought the NSA were listening in (you’ll have to excuse me, we’re just coming to the end of binge-watching The Good Wife on Netflix – other streaming services are available – and the listening service features in places.)

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    1. They might be. I would get a tin foil hat just in case.

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      1. Shiny side out or in?

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      2. Out for sure. More reflective that way.

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  2. Jenkins might want to watch his back for a bit. Never a good idea to pull a prank on a spy.

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    1. Pretty gutsy I would say. Especially when the other guy has explosives.

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  3. Gwen Plano · · Reply

    Great one, John. This story captured me right away, and I’ve learned there is laughter even among the hardened criminals. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. Yes humor is everywhere.

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  4. LOL! Good one, John…I enjoyed this. 🙂

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    1. I’m glad you did, Jill. Thank you. 😁

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  5. haha, Jenkins nearly sent 008 into a coronary!!

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    1. Quite a jokester for sure. Thanks, GP.

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  6. Shades of Spy vs Spy.

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    1. So true. Thanks, Craig.

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  7. Great, ‘Explosive’ piece, John! Great wit! Loved it!

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    1. Thank you, Billy Ray.

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  8. You always manage to take me by surprise with your twists. Bravo!

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    1. Thank you, Mae. I do try. 😁

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      1. And succeed 🙂

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      2. *Double blush* Thanks, Mae.

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  9. This is my umpteenth time trying to post a comment. WP is being an a**hole…

    You rock at these, John. You always take us where we don’t expect to go!

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    1. Thank you, Dale. I always like to do that thing.

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      1. You do it very well

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      2. Aw *blush* Thank you Dale.

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      3. I tells it likes it is 😉

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  10. Hilarious! This was a twist I did not see coming! You are the master of surprises, John! 🙂 Thanks for the chuckle.

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    1. Thank you, Jan.

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  11. This was really good, John! Pay back is gonna be hell. 🙂

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    1. It is. I think Jenkins ought to soak every package he gets in a pail of water before opening.

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      1. Haha! 😀

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  12. You had me going too, John. Well done.

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    1. My job is done here. Thanks, Robbie.

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  13. Nice double twist there, John. That was fun!

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    1. Thank you, Dan

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  14. Lol, Jenkins better watch his back!

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    1. I would say so. Thanks, Jacquie.

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  15. My eyes were drawn to the mess on the roof. Looks like an enormous bird decided to use the left window and dormer for a bathroom! Nicely done, John.

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    1. Hahaha. Thanks, Debbie.

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  16. For a while there I thought, “We’re reading a possible chapter from his thriller books!

    What a pair of pranksters!

    There sure are a lot of windows on that building! I do like the architecture and thought of all the light getting in.

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    1. I like the word “pranksters.” That is totally accurate. Thanks, Deborah.

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  17. You’re a master of the craft, John.
    Period.

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    1. Nice to say, Hook. Thank you.

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