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FF – Operation Extreme Prejudice

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

Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Sitting in the control room, General B’Asturrd noticed a furtive movement on the CCTV monitor.

“There, d’ya see? A thief, stealing from that little stall! Commence Operation Extreme Prejudice (Beta Trial)!”

“Yessir!”

Bzzzzzzz

The festive wires hanging above the street came alive with electricity. A lightning bolt, sparking with lethal power, struck down. The thief screamed as his eyeballs exploded messily and he fell smoking to the street.

Much the same happened to the stallholders. And the tourists. And an unfortunate cat.

“A success!”

“Um, sir, it was a bit… indiscriminate. All those innocent…”

“Innocent? INNOCENT?… Everybody’s guilty of something.”

  1. November 4, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    I hope the aptly-named general is including himself in the guilty department. 😀
    (Always amazed at how you are able to come up with all these funny stories!)

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  2. November 4, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    Let he who is without sin cast the first lightning bolt

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  3. November 4, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    “Beta Trial” — I felt chills immediately upon reading that. You never disappoint, Ali.

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    • November 5, 2020 at 2:34 pm

      “Beta Trial” definitely means “you’re the guinea pig” 🙂

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  4. Lyn
    November 4, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    As Dora observed…”You never disappoint, Ali.” In story line, in choosing names, and in picking out a tiny part of the photo prompt and building on it. Don’t think I’ll feel safe around festive lights again 😀

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    • November 5, 2020 at 2:37 pm

      I wouldn’t – they could all be part of Operation Extreme Prejudice 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!

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  5. November 4, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    Nasty scene

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  6. November 4, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    Give ’em a fair trial and then hang the guilty bastards!

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    • November 5, 2020 at 2:40 pm

      As long as it gives the appearance of all being above board!

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  7. November 4, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    With a name like B’Asturrd, he was only ever going to become an evil general.

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    • November 5, 2020 at 2:48 pm

      He always wanted to be a good guy, but with that name it was not to be 😦

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  8. November 5, 2020 at 1:49 am

    Oh this one tickled me in a Kubrickian way. “Dr. Strangelove” comes to mind. Brilliant!

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  9. November 5, 2020 at 9:05 am

    Jings, Ali, your world is not a nice place!
    Funny, but not nice.

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    • November 5, 2020 at 3:21 pm

      It’s the not being nice that makes it funny 🙂

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  10. November 5, 2020 at 9:44 am

    Noooooooooooooo!!!!! Not the cat!!!!!!!!

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    • November 5, 2020 at 3:24 pm

      Yesssss, the cat! Poor moggie. I’m sure he deserved it.

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  11. November 5, 2020 at 12:41 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Aw the poor cat. What was he guilty of?

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  12. November 5, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    Guilty until proven… oh, never mind that… it’s not important.
    Beta trial proven successful…

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  13. November 5, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    I have to admit, that is very true even if the punishment was a little severe in some cases! Nice one Ali.

    Here’s mine!

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  14. November 5, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    I loved the fact that eyeballs explode indiscriminately! (I would ask what kind to ‘day’ brought on this story- but I won’t make you go back to the dark places! Hehehe.

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  15. November 5, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    With a name like that, there was no happy ending possible here. It sounds like a scene from a video game 🙂

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  16. November 6, 2020 at 4:25 am

    How very American!

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    • November 6, 2020 at 9:08 am

      Let’s hope someone reins him in 😦

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  17. November 6, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    I think the system needs a little refinement. And I’m sure the cat would agree.

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    • November 7, 2020 at 6:03 am

      The cat’s family is already pushing for a full inquiry.

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  18. November 6, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    General B’Asturrd has ambitions and wants to make a point, only the pure shall live. Unfortunately, he might be on his own, ironically murder does not count.

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  19. November 6, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    too bad he doesn’t believe in collateral damage.

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  20. November 7, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    Reading this was just lovely 🙂

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    • November 8, 2020 at 6:33 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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  21. November 7, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    Oh, wow. Going to have to make a mental note to stay far away from wherever that is. Fun story that made me laugh.

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    • November 8, 2020 at 6:34 am

      You never know when those overhead wires could be hiding a terrible secret 🙂

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  22. November 7, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    I guess people who order drone strikes must think a little like that…

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  23. November 7, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    I’m still feeling sorry for that poor cat.

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    • November 8, 2020 at 6:34 am

      Yeah, trotting along, looking for treats, minding his own business 😦

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  24. November 8, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    Nope, I’m innocent…and I’m sure he was too…he was, wasn’t he?😸Extra Pawkiss🐾😽💞

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  25. November 9, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    Talk about overkill. Those poor tourists and the cat. And the thief, what an unfortunate end. Beware of overhanging festive lights.

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    • November 11, 2020 at 8:36 am

      Yes, it pretty much wiped out the entire area. A sort of “carpet bombing” approach.

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  26. November 10, 2020 at 6:35 am

    I particularly like “The thief screamed as his eyeballs exploded messily and he fell smoking to the street.” – nasty!

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  27. November 14, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    That’s war for you. First on drugs, then on terror. Now theft. What will be next? Pineapple on pizza?

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