#FF — Extinguished?

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

Harriet’s likeness plasters across multi-media. Dull red surveillance bubbles glow like holiday lights with promises of detection. Capture. Torture. How will we effect an escape for our guiding beacon?

Mama always says, ‘Hide in plain sight’ “ Harriet leads with old wisdom.

We hatch a plan. Our pigeons spread word. Graffiti will show us where to take her.

Trying to keep it casual, when holiday revelers near a fire barrel hold out whisky, we stop for a few nips. With unbearably bad luck, an errant spark jumps to the too-dry needles and poof!

Agents converge; she will never talk.

[100 words]

Undersea St. Thomas 4 Meme

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

45 Comments Add yours

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Deliciously mysterious and threatening

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Neil!

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  2. It only takes one bad break. Harriet must be tough. You should have said ‘affect’ an escape.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Larry. She is. I think ‘effect’ is the word I want. The effect is her escape. Their actions might have an affect on whether she escapes or not.

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  3. Nice mystery story, Lisa!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Christian 🙂

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  4. Sadje says:

    Sad and tragic

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Maybe they will find a way to get her out? Thanks for reading, Sadje.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome! I hope they do.

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  5. Well then … and the moral of the story is: if you dry, stay away from sparks …?

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  6. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Great imagination with that picture.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you 🙂 The first thing I thought was there is something hidden in that tree.

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        This shows you have a great imagination. I was like wow…that is a cool story to get out of that.

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  7. Tannille says:

    Fire is an unpredictable mistress.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      For sure! Well-said.

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  8. Dear Lisa,

    It sounds like poor Harriet came to a bad end. Perhaps there’s more to the story?

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, I think you may be right!
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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  9. GHLearner says:

    Oh no, did she hide in that tree? This is a great story about resistance and guerilla tactics.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Gah!

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  10. This is a great story in the making. Happy New Year

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Neel, and Happy New Year to You.

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  11. Now I’m seeing the picture in a completely different way! Nice one Lisa.

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  12. draliman says:

    Hiding in plain sight is always a good idea until you catch fire 😮

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    1. msjadeli says:

      The story *does* have a moral 🙂

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  13. Dale says:

    Hard way to find out how to pick out the right tree… Loved the suspense!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Dale 🙂

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  14. granonine says:

    You wove so many different things into this story. Amazing, in only 100 words! I love a good mystery 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Linda 🙂

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  15. plaridel says:

    mistakes do happen. even the best plans sometimes don’t pan out well. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Exactly, Plaridel. And that said, sometimes all is not lost… (can you tell I”m thinking of a chapter 2?)

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      1. plaridel says:

        that’ll be great. 🙂

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  16. Bill says:

    Just a wee nip, and poof. Well told, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thanks much, Bill.

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  17. Laurie Bell says:

    A sneaky reprieve.
    They might have got away with it for now, but they’d best not linger methinks

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I agree they are all in danger now.

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  18. jillyfunnell says:

    You’ve woven a story full of mystery and got me worried about Harriet’s fate. Well done!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much. Harriet is definitely in a jam.

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  19. pennygadd51 says:

    I like “Harriet leads with old wisdom.” And I like the idea of putting directions in graffiti – very ingenious method, and an observant use of the prompt.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Penny, thank you for your feedback and kind response.

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  20. i b arora says:

    some mystery there. thanks for your comments on my story

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you and you are welcome.

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