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FF – Dedication to Duty

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

I couldn’t really think of a story but I didn’t want to miss a week.

Copyright Russell Gayer

“Send in the report, Haversham.”

“But there’s nothing to report, Sarge. Can’t we go home?”

“We were told to conduct surveillance on this area, Haversham. That’s what we’ll do.”

“It seems like we’ve been here forever. I’m sure there used to be more cars and people and less forest outside when we started.”

“Ours not to reason why.”

“I never used to be this old. And look at Ken. He’s all skin and bone. Well, mostly bone. I think they’ve forgotten we’re here.”

“We do our duty, Haversham. We’ve got movement. ‘Squirrel in tree 90 metres north of location.’ Note it down, man, note it down!”

  1. July 1, 2021 at 8:03 am

    Sounded a bit like Captain Mannering (Mainwaring)… whatever. I could just visualise that.

    Liked by 1 person

    • July 2, 2021 at 4:56 am

      He would certainly hang on until orders to the contrary!


  2. July 1, 2021 at 8:26 am

    Keeping the aspidistra flying


    • July 2, 2021 at 5:00 am

      That comment looked a bit random until I Googled it!


  3. Lyn
    July 1, 2021 at 9:16 am

    Poor Haversham. You have to feel for him 😕 That last sentence … Perfect reaction for the situation, I’ll warrant 😁


  4. July 1, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    Skin and bone? So much for the doughnuts.


    • July 2, 2021 at 5:05 am

      They couldn’t possibly leave their van to fetch doughnuts, they might be spotted 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  5. July 1, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    LOL How many years were they there waiting for something to happen? 😀


  6. July 1, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    Good grief, how long have they been in that van lol! Nice one!


  7. July 1, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    Such dedication to duty is to be applauded! Nice one Ali.


    • July 2, 2021 at 5:15 am

      All too rare these days, though they may have taken it a bit too far 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  8. July 1, 2021 at 3:59 pm

    Oh my… blind dedication at its best!


    • July 2, 2021 at 5:18 am

      Sadly somewhat lacking in common sense, however 🙂


  9. July 1, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    “I never used to be this old…” still has me chuckling. I hope someone bings them donuts and coffee.


    • July 2, 2021 at 5:23 am

      I’m sure a doughnut would go down quite nicely right about now!

      Liked by 1 person

  10. July 2, 2021 at 8:22 am

    OMC it’s a miracle that two of them are still here, Draliman😸😸Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend🐾😽💞


  11. July 2, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    That reminds me…. I used to be a volunteer Traffic Enforcement person with the local fire/police through out most of my teens and 20’s. One time, I was stuck out on a remote posting to redirect semis’ around an accident and the side roads could not be navigated the curves on that road and they were often too unintelligent and tried. So, to avoid secondary accidents, I was posted. I did not have a radio for communications, as they had run out. Didn’t bother me none. I still took the posting. Anyway, hours and hours passed. The Chief forgot he’d posted me out so far (usually, I was right at the edge of the scene, within shouting distance). I was out there for two and a half days before someone finally realized I was missing (it wasn’t even my mom). Chief felt really bad about it. The ending… he bought me my own radio. mom was jealous.


  12. July 2, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    And to think, the pot farm they were sent to keep an eye on was right under their nose all the time. Actually, pretty soon it will be growing into the van as well…


    • July 3, 2021 at 5:57 am

      At least that will stop Haversham’s complaining…


  13. July 2, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    what dedication. i consider it over and above the call of duty. 🙂


  14. July 2, 2021 at 6:54 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Now that’s dedication to duty.




    • July 3, 2021 at 5:58 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      A good old-fashioned approach to work!


  15. July 2, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    LOL. If they are ever remembered, it will be by the archaeologists who find their bones…


  16. July 2, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    somebody takes the letter of the law a bit too serious. Great story.


    • July 3, 2021 at 6:00 am

      Absolute dedication with zero common sense 🙂


  17. July 3, 2021 at 11:59 am

    Ha, the longest stakeout in the histpory of stakeouts. Watch out for that squirrel, they’re just rats with bushy tails don’t you know.


  18. July 3, 2021 at 5:52 pm

    Sometimes, following orders is just stupid.


  19. July 4, 2021 at 4:32 am

    Funny but believable 🙂
    There is the real life story of Hiroo Onoda. A Japanese soldier who remained in the jungle on Lubang Island near Luzon, in the Philippines, until 1974 because he did not believe that the war had ended.


    • July 4, 2021 at 5:18 am

      I’ve heard about that guy. Poor chap, running around the jungle all that time.


  20. July 4, 2021 at 5:31 am

    I feel sorry for Haversham. The last line was a perfect riposte.


    • July 4, 2021 at 3:41 pm

      Yes, the poor chap. To have such an idiot for a boss…


  21. July 7, 2021 at 1:40 am

    Poor Haversham. Someone needs to bring him a sandwich, a drink, and a good break.


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