#FF — Red Reign

PHOTO PROMPT © Na’ama Yehuda

Red Reign

Rain clouds convened on the cursed setting like PCB-laced icing on a hemlock cake. To many NYC’s Lady Liberty was an icon of salvation; to the rest it was an itching reminder of hypocrisy.

Downing and Delta loaded their backpacks with climbing gear, paintball guns, and red paint pellets.

Looks like rain’s coming,” said Downing. “Should we wait for another day?”

No. If it does, it will make the paint glisten,” said Delta.

The ferry reached Ellis by 9.

Delta was right.

NYPD’s SWAT team harpooned them; they graced “Carrie” for days – all captured via live dronecast.

[100 words]

 

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

56 Comments Add yours

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Paula!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Benn.

      Like

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Harpooning seems a little extreme

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Neil.

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  2. Duck and cover paintballing terrorists coming lol Great story!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Many thanks, Mason!

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      1. You;re welcome.

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  3. Harpooning is rather too much for a stupid prank, surely – or is overkill how NYPD works?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It’s satirical.

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  4. Dear Lisa,

    Nice play on words in the title.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  5. Nobbinmaug says:

    There’s a way to make a statement. We seem to have forgotten “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses…” lately.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Nobbin.

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  6. Michael says:

    SWAT and its latest weapon was great fun,

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Michael, they are amassing quite an arsenal.

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  7. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Reminds me of the old days… I miss doing things I shouldn’t have doing being a teenager…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Not much happened to kids playing pranks in the old days. Nowadays it’s a whole other game. I had my fair share of fun as a youngster.

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        I have my fair share, her fair share, and their fair share lol. We did some really stupid stuff and dangerous now that I think back…throwing water balloons at cars…and hitting a few with T tops…
        I’m glad we learned our lesson early…we were chased by teenagers and got away….never again.

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  8. GHLearner says:

    Wonderful. ” like PCB-laced icing on a hemlock cake” had me reading it three times until mad cackles ensued.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 I couldn’t help myself.

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  9. judeitakali says:

    Very nice story telling. Yo do have a knack for it.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Jude, thank you very much.

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      1. judeitakali says:

        very much my pleasure Jade.

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  10. draliman says:

    Harpooning is one way to get ne’er do-wells off of high places 🙂

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  11. Farcical fun, nice one Lisa!

    Btw, your title was almost the answer to my joke!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Oh really! What is the answer?

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  12. Loved this …like PCB-laced icing on a hemlock cake” Good one, MSJ

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Neel 🙂

      Like

  13. elmowrites says:

    Some powerful lines here, I can understand the characters’ sentiment.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Elmo.

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  14. I enjoyed your take on the prompt. Good writing, Jade/Li! Very imaginative. You’re good at satire. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Susan 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Ronda.

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  15. plaridel says:

    great stunt if only they weren’t caught. 🙂

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  16. pennygadd51 says:

    Ooh, grim! I’d laugh if I couldn’t imagine it happening for real.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I hear you!

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  17. memadtwo says:

    It’s not her fault…(K)

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  18. jenne49 says:

    That was fun! Love the satire.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Jenne, and glad you appreciate it.

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  19. subroto says:

    Ha! Ha! Loved the title. Nicely done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Subroto!

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  20. Downing and Delta didn’t seem so bad…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Agreed 😦

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  21. ahtdoucette says:

    Nothing like a little fun on a rainy day. Although I favor reading books and staying inside and not having a criminal record personally. Fun story.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      My career before retirement was in the criminal justice field. I interviewed a judge many moons ago and he told me about the rule of thirds with the law: 1/3 will follow the law no matter what it is, 1/3 will break the law and will not be dissuaded, and 1/3 need to be convinced. He felt most resources should be directed towards the 1/3 that could be convinced. I’m thinking you stand firmly in the first 1/3. Glad you liked the story, thank you.

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  22. Laurie Bell says:

    Actual harpoon? Ouch.
    But clever idea on the paint ball pellets as activism

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Laurie. You just never know what those pesky law enforcement folks will come up with next!

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  23. Carol anne says:

    this is so good! I loved it! ❤

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