Microfiction #ThreeLineTales: Gotcha!

This must be the longest, most convoluted three lines I’ve ever written! For Sonya’s Three Line Tales.

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I see the mark, looking round, uneasily—simple, looks exactly like his photo—but I wait, taking my time, enjoying the anticipation of the mayhem that will follow.

Someone turns—the client, what’s he doing there?—raises eyes to stare up to where I am standing—does the stupid fucker want to blow the whole thing?

Movement,the mark getting jumpy, spots the client, follows his gaze…ducks, shoving and elbowing through the muttering crowd, while the client points straight at me, shouts—what the…? Out, out, out!—and I slip away, a shadow, swearing and sweating, because suddenly, the mark is me.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

44 thoughts on “Microfiction #ThreeLineTales: Gotcha!”

    1. This is about the extent of my grasp on thriller plot. I am the person who sits behind you in the cinema whispering “Who’s that?” “Where did so and so go?” “Why did he just push that character out of the train door?” etc etc. Can’t follow the mind set of spies and thugs.

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