Assignment [repost]

Shadow of a man standing

I have not been told why the subject is under surveillance. It was not necessary for this assignment to inform me of details other than a description of the subject and the fact that he appears here at the bridge every afternoon precisely at 3:00. I have my suspicions, of course. I believe he is calculating something, perhaps a sniper shot. The route the officials will travel next month is classified, but someone knows it. When the time comes, if they tell me to kill the subject, I will do it without question or proof. That is how things are now.

The subject appears at 3:00 exactly, as he has done every day for seven days. He is dressed in his usual nondescript dark pants and windbreaker. He walks to the center of the bridge, places his hands lightly on the railing, and looks out. He makes no notes and does not appear to be communicating with anyone.

Today he leaves six minutes earlier than usual, striding away in the direction he appeared, opposite to me. As I turn around, I spot someone watching me. My observer quickly blends into the shadows of a door. It may be a test. This entire assignment could be a ruse. They do that to keep us in the dark. I may never know. Or I may be cut down as I walk past.

End encrypted transmission.


Written for Fandango’s Flash Fiction 37

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19 responses to “Assignment [repost]

  1. Excellent Paula. Loved it.

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  2. I guess it is not all that easy living a life that involves espionage.

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  3. Spooks watching spooks watching spooks… too spooky for me! 😻🎃

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  4. Sound like the opening of an intriguing spy versus spy novel.

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  5. Ooh. This should continue into a spy thriller, maybe a movie series!

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  6. I love suspense… Very well written.😎

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  7. No biggie — I expect they already know everything they want to know about the opposition guy on the bridge. They sent you to watch him in order to bait the unknown homicidal lurker who’s been taking out their surveillance teams. You’ll be fine. Really.

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