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FF – Spy Games

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


“Look, that altered ‘open’ sign. That’s the signal!”

“Hmm. Are you sure, Sir? Maybe the neighbourhood kids…”

“Yes! Come on!”


“Hello, my good man. Ahem. The biscuits dunk well in the Darjeeling.”


The biscuits dunk well in the Darjeeling.

“Your mate… bit ‘odd’ is he? A sandwich short of a picnic?”

“Um, Sir, I don’t think we’re in the right place…”

“Nonsense! I’m sure that is the correct counter-response. Um. Ahem. Yes! Here, my good man, the microfilm.”

“Um, okay.”


“Best put this with the others. Seven microfilms today! Maybe I better get my ‘open’ sign fixed. Damn kids.”


  1. September 9, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    Or he could start a microfilm shop?

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 10, 2020 at 7:22 am

      Yeah! And every purchase tells a story…


  2. September 9, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    I am thinking tea shop. Himalayas and Buddhist.


    • September 10, 2020 at 7:30 am

      Maybe a different code phrase might have worked better for them.


  3. September 9, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    Ah, the convoluted world of espionage, where things go wrong more than they go right. As currently proved by world affairs, actually.


  4. September 9, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    HAHAHA! I certainly hope the fate of the world is not in the hands of these two! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  5. September 9, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    Never underestimate the usefulness of microfilms, though. Soon he could make himself a shirt.


  6. September 10, 2020 at 4:12 am

    ha ha! People who aren’t paying attention. Ah, duh. My name is Trump. Dill Trump.


  7. September 10, 2020 at 6:25 am

    Would love to know what’s on the microfilm has collected! Good one.


  8. September 10, 2020 at 7:54 am

    Looks like the head of The Agency won’t be getting his top secret erotica this month…

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 11, 2020 at 6:57 am

      Darn, and this month it was “Miss Moneypenny as you’ve never seen her before”…


  9. September 10, 2020 at 11:19 am

    According to the latest news, Trump’s secrets are in the new book of a journalist he admired and wanted to impress. 😦 — Suzanne


    • September 11, 2020 at 6:59 am

      Yes, I can see that happening, he does appear to place great importance on what people think of him.


  10. September 10, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Sounds like the hapless shop owner is caught in a bumbling spy ring. Good one.




    • September 11, 2020 at 7:00 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      He does. I hope he doesn’t suffer any consequences further down the road, though I imagine the bumbling spies would sooner pretend it had never happened.


  11. September 10, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    i think it’s time for him to change the sign on the door. 🙂


  12. September 10, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    Maxwell Smart had nothing on you. Good story.


    • September 11, 2020 at 7:11 am

      I wonder if he was one of the bumbling spies in the shop 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  13. September 10, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    7 microfilms today! Funny stuff


  14. September 10, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    There are too many underlines who are smarter than the head honcho. Maybe we should give the world over to them and see how things turn out. Can’t get any worse. ;0)


    • September 11, 2020 at 7:27 am

      Yes, junior spy here certainly had a better sense of things!

      Liked by 1 person

  15. September 10, 2020 at 11:45 pm

    Ha! Confusion at it’s best.


    • September 11, 2020 at 7:29 am

      And not the best area for confusion to ensue 🙂


  16. September 11, 2020 at 1:21 am

    What could have been a disaster just made me laugh out loud! Good job!


    • September 11, 2020 at 7:32 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it 🙂 The disaster may cone later!

      Liked by 1 person

  17. September 11, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    And still not a bit curious about what’s on them? Funny!


  18. Sue
    September 11, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    Haha! Brilliant! ‘A sandwich short of a picnic’ – love that line😂


  19. September 11, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    A perfect Johnny English sketch.


  20. September 11, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    I suppose codes and code words will go in fashions just like anything else. NOPE in the window this week; a skeleton at the door next week.
    Entertaining story, Ali


    • September 12, 2020 at 5:16 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it!


  21. September 12, 2020 at 12:29 am

    Those darn kids!


  22. September 12, 2020 at 3:00 am

    Ha! Ha! Loved that coded message and the bumbling spy.


    • September 12, 2020 at 5:17 am

      I can only hope they don’t trust him with too many top secrets!


  23. September 12, 2020 at 11:44 am

    LOL. Obviously their spycraft needs a little work here.


    • September 13, 2020 at 5:40 am

      Back to spy school for this pair!


  24. September 12, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    Great stuff. Love the twist!


  25. September 13, 2020 at 8:07 am

    Not the most seasoned of espionage agents, I fear.


    • September 13, 2020 at 4:59 pm

      He should have listened to his number two…


  26. September 13, 2020 at 11:54 am

    What a delightful tale! He could turn around and blackmail all these bumbling agents 🙂


  27. September 13, 2020 at 4:29 pm


    I’ve always wanted to walk up to someone and say, “Bee’s knees grow on trees.” “What?” “Bee’s knees grow on trees.” “What? What are you talking about?” “Oh! I guess you’re not my contact.” Then, run away singing “Secret Agent Man.” I’ve never done it though. Someday.


    • September 13, 2020 at 5:02 pm

      That would be so cool. The dolphins fly sideways for winter. Nudge nudge wink wink.

      Liked by 1 person

  28. September 13, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Oops! Oh well, it’s just a game, right? Don’t tell me the fate of the world depends on this?!


  29. September 13, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    Trading in microfilm could be the next thing.


    • September 14, 2020 at 5:09 am

      Countries will have to pay top dollar to get their own secrets back.


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