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The Handler

The file contained a photo and a date, nothing else. Scowling, Sarath passed the file back to her contact and rose from the leather backed seat. Beneath the tweed overcoat she was sweating, short hair curling against her neck as the open fire roared in the fireplace. Perched opposite her Jones seemed perfectly at home in the Sahara heat, cool and collected in his crisp, clean suit. Blonde hair carefully trimmed and styled as he watched her with hazel eyes.

“And what,” she asked, “am I supposed to do with this?”

“You know exactly what you’re supposed to do with it.” Jones said.

“British Intelligence doesn’t conduct assassinations,” replied Sarath.

“Of course they don’t,” Jones nodded. “But you’re not British Intelligence are you? Not really.”

Sarath’s expression didn’t change and Jones continued.

“I keep your secret, and you deal with mine. Fair is fair.”

“I’m not a traitor,” hissed Sarath.

“Maybe not,” he shrugged, “but I can convince MI6 otherwise.”

I had a lot of trouble writing this piece. I really wanted it to be longer but the challenge was for a 150 word story with a 10 word leeway and since it’s dead on 160 I can’t really add anything more in, but since the piece doesn’t really match the prompt anyway I could probably ignore that. I might re-draft later on in the week though since I’m not all too keen on the ending and I really want to play around with Jones character. He seems interesting and I’m enjoying writing him. Oh well. We’ll see how things play out in the end.

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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.

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