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FF – Allergies

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

Copyright Na’ama Yehuda

Agent 9 took a deep breath and crept closer, picking his way through the flower beds. His target was in sight, a small, unassuming man – no-one would suspect what he carried in the briefcase at his side.

Agent 9 placed a finger beneath his nose, closed his eyes and proceeded. Close, so close… he could almost touch the man now. He held his breath a moment, concentrating, and released… better. He reached out towards the man… closer… closer…


The man ran, taking his suitcase nuke with him, ready for sale to the highest bidder.

Hay fever’s a bitch.

  1. May 5, 2022 at 1:17 pm

    Oh man. Hay fever is nothing to sneeze at 😅

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  2. May 5, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    At least Agent 9 wasn’t decimated on the spot.

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    • May 6, 2022 at 2:57 pm

      No, it would have been a shame if his sneeze had been powerful enough to set it off 😮

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  3. May 5, 2022 at 4:28 pm

    This same affliction will rule me out as a secret agent as well! Never affects James Bond though 🙂

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    • May 6, 2022 at 2:58 pm

      No. And I’m pretty sure that if someone smashed a bottle of Champagne over my head I would die rather than grunt and get back in the fight 🙂

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  4. May 5, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    So near, and yet …..

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  5. May 5, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    Hay fever is better than the nuke going off.

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  6. May 5, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    Sneeze a jolly good fellow, sneeze a jolly good fellow………….and so say all of aaachoo!


  7. May 5, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    Is agent 9’s name Maxwell? Nicely done. 🙂

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  8. May 6, 2022 at 11:27 am

    Dear Ali,

    Espionage and hay fever don’t mix, do they? Good one…well not for Agent 9.



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    • May 6, 2022 at 3:10 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      No, I think he has some explaining to do. Not really his fault, though!


  9. May 6, 2022 at 11:31 am

    Johnny English on his next mission, came to mind.

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    • May 6, 2022 at 3:13 pm

      Ha, yes. Sounds like the sort of incident he’d be involved in!

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  10. May 6, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    Oh dear, Agent 9 is in trouble.

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    • May 6, 2022 at 3:16 pm

      Yep. Once he’s recovered he better get after him. Hopefully his target doesn’t “hide” in another flower bed.

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  11. May 6, 2022 at 4:12 pm

    for all you know, it was covid. 🙂

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  12. May 7, 2022 at 12:24 am

    Sounds like Agent 9 has got it bad.

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  13. May 7, 2022 at 6:49 pm


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    • May 9, 2022 at 2:43 pm

      Yep. I don’t get it nearly as bad as when I was at school, fortunately.


  14. May 7, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    The Boss is going to have to require allergy free tests.


    • May 9, 2022 at 2:43 pm

      Yep. Can’t believe they never thought of that 🙂


  15. May 8, 2022 at 2:55 pm

    How rude! The man didn’t even say “Gesundheit” before running off with the nuke…


    • May 9, 2022 at 2:46 pm

      Spies these days, no manners, they’re no James Bond.


  16. May 9, 2022 at 6:05 am

    OMC…it sure is🙀😹Extra Pawkiss🐾😽💞


  17. May 10, 2022 at 2:40 am

    So funny. Definitely a Maxwell Smart scene. I can just see it.


    • May 11, 2022 at 5:44 am

      Maybe Maxwell is Agent 9’s role model 🙂


  18. May 11, 2022 at 1:49 am

    Yep, never trust a sneeze … 😉


    • May 11, 2022 at 5:45 am

      It’s a shame the guy didn’t drop the suitcase in surprise!

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  19. Lyn
    May 12, 2022 at 2:21 am

    That could have turned out very, very differently… Atishoo, atishoo, we all fall down.


    • May 12, 2022 at 3:03 pm

      Yes – it could well have been something biological in that suitcase.

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