'Headquarters' (Online Fiction), Central Command, Short Stories & Flash Fiction
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Something Brewing

Grant lowered the maps quietly onto Sasha’s desk and turned to leave the room at the same steady pace that he’d used to sneak in.

“How did the scans not pick up their presence, how did they creep under our radar, how did we not know about this Grant?”

Stringing together an eclectic concoction of curses in his head, Grant stopped and spun around to face Sasha, the surveillance screens shimmering in front of her as they switched from location to location.

“At least you got you brother out alive and we have now been alerted to the threat, I think a plan of action instead of questioning your performance as leader of Headquarters might be a more productive use of your time right now, don’t you?”

He watched as the muscles in her jaw started their off-key dance and held his breath, he suddenly didn’t want to know what plan of action was about to roll off his boss’ tongue.


I wanted the ‘Headquarters’ segments to work just as well on their own as they do together. I hope I’ve managed to achieve that. If you’re interested in reading more of the series, check out the links below.

Central Command:


The Man On Level Twenty-Four

Talk To The Rock

Jungle Cities

Safe Haven:

The Catwalk

Valentine’s Day

Under The Rot

Waiting Below


Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. “Stringing together an eclectic concoction of curses in his head…”

    Great line! And I can sympathize with Grant. I’d be afraid to know what the plan of action is too.

    Great writing-very taut! I’ll definitely be reading more of this series!

    • Thank you very much, I’m glad to see ‘Headquarters’ gaining another fan. I’m rather proud of that particular phrasing too.

  2. There will be more of this, right? I’m eager to know what will happen between Grant and Sasha (or what his boss’ plan is).

    • there will be more as this is part of a series. Hyperlinks to the rest are below the original post It is nice to see the piece got you hooked though.

  3. I realise Sasha is under considerable strain, but right now, I don’t give a flying fig for her and would probably cheer if all her people walked out on her. But, I think Grant might be just what she needs. She needs to realise she can trust someone – Grant just might be it. Sorry, lol, I tend to get involved in stories I read and the good characters are rather like good actors…they can make you love them or hate them. I look forward to the next instalment, Carol 😉

    • It’s nice to see that the story has you hooked, though I am slightly disappointing that Sasha illicit that sort of response. Hopefully I can win you back to her side in the next installment.

      • Oh, I don’t dislike her, I’m just feeling a bit frustrated with her at the moment. Yes, they missed something, but things kinda have gone to hell in a hand-basket all over the world. She could probably do with a triple expresso, a good sleep and a lucky break — not necessarily in that order 🙂

        • I think she would certainly benefit from a good sleep and a lucky break. You never know, she might just get that in the next update.

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