A Hint, Please

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

The apartment building was obviously a pre-Columbian artifact.

Just inside the unlocked door was the row of mailboxes. No buzzers.  How quaint.

Number 4 was Maria Mordella. Perfect.

Just outside Number 4, I held out the single rose, but my left hand, hidden in my jacket, held my 9 mm.

After an age of the Universe, a lady opened the door.

She was older than the building.

“Ms. Mordella?” A nod.  “Complements.” I gave her the rose and left.

It was only after a 34-year-old Maria Mordella met an unfortunate accident that I discovered Cruella Mordella really was my target.

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Word count = 100

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65 thoughts on “A Hint, Please

        1. trentpmcd Post author

          There are a few challenges like this – I really love doing them, both to keep me on my toes and to see what others come up with. Typically, if it is not a photo challenge, I either use one of my own photos or drawings. I’ll sometimes do a new drawing for a story or post, though I don’t as much as I once did.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          Everyone has biases in almost everything they do – I just watched a video about trying to get rid of cognitive bias in scientific research. Maybe I need to make one for getting rid of biases for hit men ;)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It wouldn’t be Friday Fictioneers without a few good stories about murder and mayhem ;) Well, her man really was “Maria”, she was just called “Cruella”, because, well, she earned it the old fashioned way.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      He did OK in hitman school, but became sloppy with success. His big problem here was his biases – he had the correct target initially, but his silly biases made him take out poor Maria the Younger instead.

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