Nothing Personal

The man in the military uniform shoved me through the doorway and pointed to the lone chair in the middle of the otherwise empty room, motioning for me to sit. I sat down and he proceeded to bind my hands and feet to the chair. Then he told me to stay put. “Your quite taciturn, aren’t you?” I said.

“Huh?” he grunted.

“You don’t have much to say,” I responded. He ignored me and left me alone in the room.

After a few minutes, a short, sinister-looking man in a business suit walked into the room and shut the door behind him. I looked up at him and sarcastically said, “I love what you’ve done with the place, Boris. It’s quite opulent, don’t you think?”

“Who are you working with, James?” he asked.

“Seriously, Boris,” I responded. “No small talk, no clever banter. No how’s the family? How very disappointing.”

Boris leaned in close to me, his face inches from my own, his sour breath fouling the air. “Answer my question, James,” he demanded. “Who are you working with?”

“Boris, Boris, Boris,” I said. “You know I only fly solo.”

“I find your wit strangely quaint under these circumstances,” Boris said, “given that you’re unlikely to leave this room alive. So let me ask you yet again, James. Who are you working with?

“Unlikely to leave this room alive?” I said. “Are you going to tell me next that it’s nothing personal and that it’s just business?”

I’ve always liked you, James,” Boris said in a mocking tone, “but if you don’t tell me what I need to know, I think you will find what happens next will be quite personal and even more painful.”

At that moment the door was pushed open and a flash grenade was tossed in, filling the room with smoke. By the time the smoke cleared, Boris was lying unconscious in front of the chair.

A woman came over and untied my hands and feet. “As usual, Natasha,” I said, “your timing is impeccable.”9B3987E6-81FF-461D-955C-7CB87951E06C

Written for these daily prompts: Scotts Daily Prompt (stay), Word of the Day Challenge (taciturn), Your Daily Word Prompt (opulent), Daily Addictions (solo), Ragtag Daily Prompt (quaint), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (personal).

17 thoughts on “Nothing Personal

  1. cagedunn September 24, 2018 / 4:07 pm

    It’s only missing the Scots accent/lilt …

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    • Fandango September 24, 2018 / 4:41 pm

      I wish I could have given him a Sean Connery accent. James Bond meets Boris and Natasha!

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      • cagedunn September 24, 2018 / 4:56 pm

        I’ll hear it as the Scots voice, shall I?

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  2. Marilyn Armstrong September 24, 2018 / 4:09 pm

    They are running the country. I’m sure of it. Or is that “spy versus spy”?

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    • Fandango September 24, 2018 / 4:42 pm

      Ah, I should have named him Vlad instead of Boris!


    • Fandango September 24, 2018 / 7:17 pm

      Thank you, Neel. I appreciate that.


  3. Marleen September 24, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    Ooo… fantasy fiction. A good Natasha in a wine-colored dress saving the day.

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  4. baddadcartoons101 September 24, 2018 / 7:28 pm

    I was on the edge of my seat. Do that over 300 pages and you might have a hit movie on your hands.

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    • Fandango September 24, 2018 / 8:24 pm

      No, just something that popped into my head when I knitted together the prompts.

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  5. Marleen September 25, 2018 / 4:53 am

    I like that you dislike the saying, it’s not personal (only business).

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  6. James September 25, 2018 / 5:05 am

    What, no Moose and Squirrel? What about Fearless Leader?”

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    • Fandango September 25, 2018 / 7:15 am

      I took a little literary license by combining 007 with Boris and Natasha. My brain sometime has a mind of its own.


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