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MFTS – Cruel and Unusual

Here is my story for Barbara Beacham’s Mondays Finish the Story. The supplied opening sentence is in bold in my story, and to read this week’s other contributions, click on the blue froggy.


Copyright B. W. Beacham


The Mayor and the town manager waved as their next victim approached.

But Agent Simon Wilkins had come prepared. He’d seen what had happened to the others who’d received an invitation. They wandered around town with dead eyes, occasionally clutching their heads screaming, “No more, please, no more!” before slipping once more into a listless half-dead state.

Simon adjusted his body armour. At the small of his back was a handgun. He had antidotes to every mind and mood-altering chemical known. He’d get to the bottom of this.

“Come in, dear boy, come in!” said the mayor jovially. Simon followed the mayor into his study where the town manager was waiting.

“Please, sit down,” said the mayor. Simon steeled himself, ready for action as the manager dimmed the lights.

As night fell, Simon lurched out of the house. Tears trickled from dead eyes as he joined the other townspeople in living death. Not even his Special Forces training had prepared him for five hours of the mayor’s holiday snap slide-show, with running commentary.


  1. June 29, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    LOL. I may have met that Mayor. Fun story.


    • June 30, 2015 at 5:28 am

      Everyone knows someone like him, I think!


  2. June 29, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Now that is one cruel form of torture! 😉


  3. June 29, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Haha – I would have steeled myself, too!


  4. June 29, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    The saying bored to death comes to mind.


    • June 30, 2015 at 5:31 am

      Switch off the brain and make ready to nod and say “mmm, that’s nice” occasionally is the best defence.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. June 29, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Oh no…. not the vacation slide shows…. the horror!!!! Loved this!!!!!


    • June 30, 2015 at 5:42 am

      Endless pictures of random streets and stories about “Barry and Jane, we met them on the boat they were lovely…” 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!


  6. June 29, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    So I guess you’re not coming over to see my photos of Majorca then?


  7. LRose
    June 29, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    My dentist used to do the same…pictures from whatever trip scrolled by on the ceiling tiles. Not only did my gums hurt so did my brain


    • June 30, 2015 at 5:44 am

      Wow, as if visiting the dentist wasn’t bad enough. Probably good anaesthetic, though! Just immerse yourself in the horror and you probably forget you’re having a tooth ripped out.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. June 30, 2015 at 12:10 am

    Oh, I know that feeling so well. How DO you answer “Wouldn’t you like to see the slides of my vacation to … ?” You can’t say no, that’s rude. If you say yes, you’ll have to actually watch the slide show. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.


    • June 30, 2015 at 5:44 am

      I always dread it. But people are always so keen to show you, you can’t just tell them to get stuffed 🙂


  9. June 30, 2015 at 12:13 am

    Hysterical Ali! You had both me and my husband laughing our heads off! 😀 Thanks for your continuing with the MFtS challenge. I love the humor that you add to the stories. Be well my friend! ^..^


    • June 30, 2015 at 5:45 am

      I’m glad you liked it! I was going to do a cannibal-type thing but decided I wanted a bit of humour instead.


  10. June 30, 2015 at 12:14 am

    Ha ha, ha – so that explains why no one visits my blog after I post my vacation photo’s online. Too funny and really well done!


    • June 30, 2015 at 5:47 am

      At least online you can scroll through really fast 🙂
      I’m glad you liked my story!


  11. June 30, 2015 at 2:02 am

    I think I worked with that mayor before… the one who would bring in a 10 inch high stack of pictures from his most recent trip and come up to unsuspecting people in the break room and…. gasp… your life as you knew it was over.


    • June 30, 2015 at 5:49 am

      Ambushed in the break room – a common tactic.
      I think managers bribe staff members to do this to keep employees out on the floor and away from constant breaks 🙂


  12. June 30, 2015 at 2:17 am

    Oh my, since when did Simon end up watching my family slide shows???


  13. gahlearner
    June 30, 2015 at 8:08 am

    ROFL. Yes, I’ve been sitting through some of these, too. Great story.


  14. gentlestitches
    June 30, 2015 at 8:45 am

    People say LOL all the time but I actually startled the household by doing it! HaHaHa! 😀


    • July 1, 2015 at 7:22 am

      Hee hee 🙂 I’m imagining their faces!


  15. June 30, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Hilarious, Ali. That was great. Poor people. 😀


    • July 1, 2015 at 7:23 am

      Poor people indeed. They will never be the same again!


  16. June 30, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Wonderful build up that had me laughing out loud 🙂 Great finish Ali ~ 🙂


    • July 1, 2015 at 7:24 am

      I’m glad you liked it 🙂 I think he would have preferred something more criminal going on!

      Liked by 1 person

  17. June 30, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    What a horrible fate. As a survivor of that kind of brutal torture, I sympathize with that poor agent.


  18. July 1, 2015 at 2:47 am

    I know those types. Zzzzzzzzz



  19. July 2, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Haha–here I was imagining a very different type of horror! I enjoyed this!


    • July 2, 2015 at 5:10 pm

      Nope. This horror was worse than any you could imagine!


  20. July 2, 2015 at 8:03 am

    MOL 😀


  21. July 2, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Sometimes… ‘Family Entertainment’ is more than a person can handle!


  22. July 4, 2015 at 12:36 am

    Oh, I can SO RELATE! LOL! Great story!


    • July 4, 2015 at 4:11 am

      You’ve been caught by enthusiastic friends/relatives too, huh? 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  23. July 4, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Haha, great story! I needed that laugh, thank you!


  24. Susan Langer
    July 4, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    LOL too funny.


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