#FF — Street Life

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Malcom was raised by the streets. Gang meant family. An observant teacher recognized Malcom’s math skills during his patchy attendance. Mrs. Jones mentored Malcom through high school and found the right scholarships to help him realize his dream – to be a video game programmer.

Malcom’s first hit game was called, “Street Life.” It was designed after his old neighborhood. Players and reviewers marveled at the detail.

What nobody but Malcom and his “family” knew was their passcodes enabled the market stall to become an interactive bulletin board that they used to keep track of their international heroin trade.

Interpol was stumped.

 

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the educational host of Friday Fictioneers.

59 Comments Add yours

  1. OOOOOOOOh I’m sure that sort of thing happens WAY more than anyone suspects. Good tale.
    Cheers,
    Ronda

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  2. Whoa! I wasn’t expecting that! Imaginative take on the photo prompt. 🙂

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Susan 🙂

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  3. A definite game player. Nice one.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Anthony!

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  4. neilmacdon says:

    So much for rescuing the boy from the slums. He used his education to good effect though. Interesting take, Jade

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you. We think nothing of successful children helping out their families back home. He just had another kind of family 😉

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  5. With a name like Malcolm, who’d a thunk.
    But sadly, he’ll be going down now that you exposed him.

    Randy

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for reading and your comment, Randy.

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  6. Iain Kelly says:

    I like it, I could see this happening in real life.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Agreed! Thanks, Iain.

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  7. Nobbinmaug says:

    If the criminals weren’t smarter than the law, crimes would be extinct. I swear my brain is not working today. I enjoyed your story.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, glad you enjoyed it, Nobbin.

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  8. tedstrutz says:

    Wow, this is a good story. I would say you have nailed this prompt.

    Also… I like how you have used this FF image instead of the logo. I am stealing this idea today.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Ted thank you much, glad you liked the concept 🙂

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      1. tedstrutz says:

        You know, your story would make a good movie, or novel. Lots of possibilities there.

        I have never liked the ff logo, I think it is ugly and unimaginative. I don’t remember when it replaced the first one, I’m pretty sure it was BR (before rochelle). We will have to talk her into designing a new one. Thanks again for the idea.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Feel free to use the concept. I agree it would make a story. What ff logo are you talking about??

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          1. tedstrutz says:

            That old green one that I have been using for years.

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  9. Gina says:

    not too far off the mark there, these trades are often a cover for the real business, hiding in plain sight, well written and packed with information to create a strong story line.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Gina thank you. I know a kid I had on probation years ago was riding in the back seat of his foster family’s car with a hand-held game system and they realized he was watching porn on it. After that I knew probably anything was possible with them!

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      1. Gina says:

        That is such a sad reality.

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  10. Mike says:

    A great use of the prompt, I enjoyed it.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks Mike 🙂

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  11. badfinger20 says:

    That would be a great way to leave messages in today’s world.

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  12. Violet Lentz says:

    Seems Malcom had more on the ball than even his mentor realized….

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Malcom is blessed with talent, and he’s going to take care of his family. Wall Streeters do it all day long under cover of white collar protection… That said, I don’t condone how he is doing it 😉

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      1. Violet Lentz says:

        Who is to say what is right and wrong, when survival is on the line?

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  13. Didn’t see that coming…nicely done!

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  14. pennygadd51 says:

    Clever take on the prompt.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Penny!

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  15. plaridel says:

    oh well, he did put his talents to good use but not as his teacher had intended. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 exactly!

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  16. Good one. Unfortunately legitimate businesses are too often a cover for some extremely big trouble

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Larry, yes they are.

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  17. draliman says:

    Hidden in plain sight, though I bet no-one in Interpol is even playing the game 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      No, they probably aren’t, but they can’t figure out how the deals are being made. That’s why it’s such a perfect cover.

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  18. James McEwan says:

    Sounds like the typical cat and mouse chase – eventually Interpol will twig and Malcolm will devise a new way to continue the trade.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Not sure but I think twig means catch on? You’re right, when there is a will there is a way…

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  19. So much goes on beneath the surface, and drug dealers are probably the most skilled at it. Nice one.

    Here’s mine!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Keith!

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  20. Dear Lisa,

    Oy, if his mentor knew. Malcom has talent for sure. Not sure she’d be pleased. Clever story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, I think you’re right, she wouldn’t be pleased.
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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  21. What a lovely story. I love survivors and their street smart tales. Very well written Ronda

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Neel. My name is Lisa, btw.

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  22. susanmehr says:

    Wait till Ginger from NCIS Miami gets the case. 🙂 Brilliant story.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thank you!

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  23. Oh, intriguing! I don’t think that’s what the math teacher had in mind for him. Very creative take on the photo!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Brenda.

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  24. As others have said, a very imaginative take. All power to his elbow but a shame he couldn’t put his obvious skills and intelligence to better use. Well told.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Michael. My hope is when he’s caught by Interpol they offer him a job as a paid consultant 😉

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  25. Russell says:

    What a great take on the prompt! Very well done!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Russell, glad you enjoyed it!

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  26. Malcolm seems to be a slick businessman.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      A case where you can take the boy out of the streets but you can’t take the street out of the boy.

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  27. Wow that is actually a brilliant idea! Impressive talent there. Both by the character and the writer. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Fatima, thank you very much!

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  28. Laurie Bell says:

    Oh dear…

    Clever story, nice twist

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Laurie 🙂

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