FFfAW — The Deed

IMG_2644The new moon was in the sky, making it a particularly dark night. That was a good thing. In Ivan’s line of work, the cover of darkness was a blessing.

He sat patiently, nursing a latte at a table in the back corner of the outdoor café across the street from the hotel. Sitting patiently and waiting was a large part of his job, so he was used to it.

He peered through a small pair of binoculars, alert to all movements outside the hotel’s lobby. He had already affixed the silencer to the barrel of his weapon, which he held on his lap. Ivan was totally ready to do the deed when the time arrived.

When he saw his target exiting from the hotel, Ivan stood up, stealthily ran across the street, and shot the man in the face before darting into an alleyway next to the hotel.

The president will be pleased, Ivan thought. One less hypercritical investigative journalist publishing fake news.

(164 words)

Written for this week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers prompt from Priceless Joy. Photo credit: Pamela S. Canepa.

23 thoughts on “FFfAW — The Deed

  1. Iain Kelly September 20, 2017 / 12:55 am

    The start of a political thriller, and scarily not too hard to imagine in parts of the world today. Liked it a lot.

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    • Fandango September 20, 2017 / 6:56 am

      Thanks. Yes, not too hard to imagine at all. As they sometimes say on the “Law and Order” TV promos, “Ripped from the headlines.”

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  2. Michael September 20, 2017 / 3:34 am

    Actively preventing fake news from hitting the airwaves, what a noble gesture from Ivan.

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    • Fandango September 20, 2017 / 7:06 am

      Damn the free press, am I right or what?

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  3. thebackyardpoet September 20, 2017 / 6:00 am

    And the orange man sings…”doot dadoo do, doot da doo do, doooot…I’ll be coming for you.”

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  4. Priceless Joy September 20, 2017 / 6:12 am

    Hahahaha! Got rid of another fake news reporter! Love where you took this prompt!

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    • Fandango September 20, 2017 / 7:04 am

      Thanks. And by the way, sorry for crediting “Precious Joy” for this prompt. It was late last night when I posted it. I have since corrected it to give credit where credit is due.


  5. nkdwhtguy September 20, 2017 / 10:49 am

    Awesome, but Ivan took out the wrong target. Damn!

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    • Fandango September 20, 2017 / 11:23 am

      Maybe next time. He is, after all, available to the highest bidder.

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  6. newepicauthor September 20, 2017 / 6:17 pm

    Ivan is a true patriot, this country needs more men like him.

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    • Fandango September 20, 2017 / 7:31 pm

      Shh! Don’t say that out loud. It could cost you your life!

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  7. Michael September 21, 2017 / 3:57 am

    ooh right in the face, deliciously personal!

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    • Fandango September 21, 2017 / 6:33 am

      I guess I could have had Ivan shoot him in the heart.


  8. Ameena k.g September 24, 2017 / 4:58 am

    This is just sad. This story Fuels my paranioa 😄

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    • Fandango September 24, 2017 / 5:53 am

      These days, a lot of stuff going on fuels people’s paranoia.


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