Flash Fiction Challenge #1

A vagrant approaches a well-dressed man who leaves a trendy coffee shop with a five-dollar latte and a fat-free scone.


Oh, no. Why me? There are plenty of other customers coming out the door.  Why pick on me?  He wants my latte and so do I.   I’ll give him the scone.

“Hey, Mister.”

“Here, take the scone.”

“What? Why?”

“You’re not getting my latte.  I really need it this morning.  Just take the scone.”

“I don’t want your frigging scone.  I need your help.”

“I’m trying to help you.  Take the scone.”

“Look down at my right hand.  I said look down at my right hand.”

“A badge?  You’re a cop?”

“Not so loud, okay?  I need you to do something for me.”

“Don’t tell me you’re undercover.”

“Listen, Suit.  Just be frigging quiet and do as I say.”

“Wait a minute.  Do not get me involved.  I shouldn’t have to help some undercover cop do his job. What do I pay taxes for? So I …”

“Just shut up and do as I say.  Go back inside.  Order a double shot macchiato. While you’re waiting look for a guy with a black suit and blue tie.  Come back out with the macchiato… ”

“Why?”

“Don’t interrupt…”

“Tell me everything you remember about the guy.  Is he alone or with someone; what did he order, everything you can remember. Got it?”

” Why should I?”

“Because if you don’t I’ll arrest you and your Suit for obstructing a police operation.”

“You can’t do that.”

“Watch me.”

“Fine. ”

“Don’t look back at me at any time and don’t look obvious.   Whatever you do, don’t look him in the eyes.  Don’t let on that you’re watching him.”

“You know, I’m not a moron.”

” You’re not a moron.  Now get in there.”

15 minutes later. . .

“It’s about time, Suit.  Did  you see him?”

“I think I so.   Medium height, brown hair and ….”

“Yeah, yeah.  Hand me the macchiato so it looks like the up and up.”

“There was more than one guy in there with a blue tie.  But, I think I picked out the right one.”

“Was he alone?”

“Yes. ”

“What else?”  The Cop/vagrant takes a sip out of the cup.

“Hey, this is no macchiato.  It’s plain coffee.”

The Suit smiles,  ” I told you I’m no moron.”

“What are you frigging talking about?”

“I’m an attorney.  You’re not a cop.  That’s not even a realistic looking badge, buddy.”

“Okay, okay.  You got me.  What’s the big crime here?”

“Impersonating a police officer.”

“Aw, come on.”

” Why did you go through with it then?    Go back into the shop and wait in line …?”

“Why?   ‘Sometimes you’re the bug and sometimes you’re the windshield’.”

“What are you talking about?”

“Mr. Bug?  Meet Mr. Windshield.”

“What…”

A police officer comes up behind the vagrant and puts his hand on his shoulder.

“Nice try, Felix.”

The attorney asks the vagrant,  ” is this the guy you were looking for?  He’s wearing a blue tie.”

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8 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Challenge #1

    • Thank you, thank you. All I do is sit down and start typing. I have already written the challenge that is not due until Wednesday.

      Have you added any more blogs to follow? How have you been. Watcha doing?

    • It’s an easy one. Why don’t you make a gallery with a widget, of some of your great photos. Heck, make 2 galleries, maybe each having a theme, or whatever. You’ve probably got tons of pictures of your boy. I have I think 2 or 3 galleries on the Breakfast Club and one on the Excessive gardener. It’ll be easy peasy for you.

      How are you doing?

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