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FF – Looking the Other Way

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Ted Strutz.

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Copyright Ted Strutz


“Did it go okay?”


“The bomb. Planting the bomb in the seaplane.”

“What? This bomb?”

“I told you. To plant the bomb. In the PLANE!”


“So. The Jackal’s drug shipment gets away from us again. Get out of my sight, you MORON!”

Agent Johnson walked away, full of insincere apologies. He disliked playing the incompetent fool, but he lived in a huge house, his kids were in expensive schools, his wife dripped diamonds.

The Jackal was very generous to those willing to go that extra mile. This should be worth at least a new swimming pool…


  1. July 31, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    Is that Agent Johnson, or Special Agent Johnson?


  2. July 31, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    How long can he keep getting away with it?


    • August 1, 2019 at 11:28 am

      I’m sure he’ll soon be fired for gross incompetence if nothing else!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. July 31, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    What some people will do for a swimming pool! 😀


    • August 1, 2019 at 11:30 am

      Indeed. It’ll have water jets and everything, though 🙂


  4. July 31, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    double crosser! Like it


  5. July 31, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    He’s playing a dangerous game! Nicely done.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


    • August 1, 2019 at 11:32 am

      He is indeed. I feel his days are numbered!


  6. July 31, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    Nice ending Ali😀👏


  7. July 31, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    criss-cross is the name of the game in some circles. I like the lily photo in the column on the right.


    • August 1, 2019 at 11:35 am

      Ha, it probably won’t be long before he’s “crossed out” either.
      That lily was a surprise – I thought I was just buying flowerless bedding plants. I should read the label next time 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • August 1, 2019 at 7:14 pm

        true dat on crossed out. What a pleasant surprise on the lily!

        Liked by 1 person

  8. July 31, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    nicely done.


  9. July 31, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    The cops are planting bombs now?


    • August 1, 2019 at 11:37 am

      I was thinking more black ops type agents. I’m sure they do/did/might…


  10. August 1, 2019 at 3:39 am

    It all makes sense…


    • August 1, 2019 at 11:38 am

      Yeah, nobody could rise to Agent status and be that thick 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  11. August 1, 2019 at 4:59 am

    Agent Johnson sure knows which side his swimming pool is buttered 🙂


  12. Lyn
    August 1, 2019 at 5:53 am

    Eventually the Jackal will have no use for Agent Johnson and then ***KABOOM***


    • August 1, 2019 at 11:39 am

      His days are indeed numbered, I’m sure!


  13. August 1, 2019 at 9:14 am

    It’s not Johnson’s fault that the Jackal pays better than the Agency. And probably has a better benefits package as well…


    • August 1, 2019 at 11:40 am

      He gets dental and everything. And a special delivery every day at 4:20…

      Liked by 1 person

  14. August 1, 2019 at 10:12 am

    No man can serve two masters. Better to opt for the better paying one.


    • August 1, 2019 at 11:41 am

      Or he could try to grow a conscience – no, what am I saying, that won’t pay for that over-garage extension…


  15. August 1, 2019 at 11:57 am

    A great life – until he makes a mistake! Nice one.


  16. August 1, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    Things can only go on for so long… A most dangerous game he is playing. I’m surprised the agency hasn’t figured out that he is living a little too high a life…


    • August 2, 2019 at 6:26 am

      Hmm, that Agent Johnson, absolutely rubbish at his job but rocks up to work each morning in a Ferrari, hmm… 🙂


  17. August 1, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    A dangerous game he plays. But, I think he’s well-compensated so hopefully, that’ll make it worth it … until he’s caught! That always happens, one way or another. =) Creative story as alway!


    • August 2, 2019 at 6:28 am

      It’s one of those “candles burning too bright” stories for him I think. I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  18. August 1, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    A good story with a great surprise ending, Ali. He’s certainly no moron. 🙂 — Suzanne


    • August 2, 2019 at 6:28 am

      No, just a bit of a criminal 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!


  19. Merbear74
    August 1, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    I’d rather drip in chocolate.


    • August 2, 2019 at 6:28 am

      Hee 🙂 But just think of all the chocolate you could buy with all the diamonds!


  20. August 1, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    i think he does it for his family. he wants them to have a good life. 🙂


    • August 2, 2019 at 6:29 am

      As long as they’ll be okay without him when he ends up in the “federal pen” 🙂


  21. August 1, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    Dear Ali,

    I predict that Agent Johnson has the title Inmate Johnson in his not too distant future. He can only play that dangerous game for so long. Well done.




    • August 2, 2019 at 6:31 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      Ha, yes, he’ll soon be “a number, not a free man”, to reverse the famous quote 🙂
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!


  22. August 2, 2019 at 7:47 am

    At least he has his own pool now…MOL😸😎Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend🐾😽💞


    • August 2, 2019 at 3:25 pm

      Let’s hope he doesn’t end up floating face down in it 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  23. August 2, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    I guess you caught the way of the world there, Ali. Shame really, but that’s how it is. Well written.


    • August 2, 2019 at 3:27 pm

      Everyone’s looking for that extra something-something. I’m glad you liked it!


  24. August 2, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Careful, Agent Johnson. One of these days you’re going to get stuck between the bad guy and the good guy, and neither of them will have any sympathy for you!


    • August 3, 2019 at 7:18 am

      No, he’s just a pawn. Presumably his family cares for him. Or for his money at any rate 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  25. August 3, 2019 at 12:28 am

    Oh! I delightful twist at the end… Well done.


  26. August 3, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Just can’t get good help these days 😀


    • August 3, 2019 at 7:19 am

      Their screening process for new hires is somewhat lacking 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  27. August 3, 2019 at 5:41 am

    Ah! so difficult to get away from luxuries of life obtained through ill gotten wealth. Jackal certainly is a generous boss, as long as you are on his right side.


    • August 3, 2019 at 7:20 am

      Yes, he and his family are so used to it now, but sooner or later he’s going to come unstuck.


  28. August 3, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    Very high-risk game indeed!


  29. August 3, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    So Agent Johnson is not the idiot, but he still needs to be watched. Who knows what he might just do.


  30. August 4, 2019 at 5:02 am

    So the guy is playing the “village idiot” and getting rich by doing it! I think this is brilliantly wicked! Funny!


    • August 4, 2019 at 5:54 am

      One wonders how far he can go before he’s rumbled. I’m glad you liked it!


  31. August 4, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    I suspect Agent Johnson won’t be able to keep playing the incompetent fool for much longer before they fire him. Liked the phrase “insincere apologies”. ☺


  32. August 17, 2019 at 10:31 am

    I wonder how many people are actually PLAYING fool. If they do, they are good actors 😉


  33. August 29, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    Hahaha. Enjoyed this little dark comedy.


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