Secret Weapon #flashfiction #noir


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I breathed in; the lily was from my dead lover. Crime was at an all-time high in Newcago. The cops closed their doors at 5. I was on at 6. As a private detective, I didn’t have the luxury of bars to hide behind.  I wasn’t afraid of their bullets. Hell, she’d taken one for me.  Her last drops of blood had pulsed onto my white carpet.

“Don’t stop fighting for decency…” Her last words.

I heard screaming on the street below. Only the bad guys had guns or knives anymore, but I had smarts and my secret weapon, from her…

The above photograph by Lora Mitchell is our photo prompt for this week’s Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff- Fields. I made the photograph black and white to give a more Noir feel.

Published by moondustwriter

Thank you for visiting Moondustwriter. In 2019, we have an exciting project. We are developing elementary curriculum for Ugandan children. As a writer, it is a thrill to help children who want to learn. Along with the curriculum, we hope to develop simple fictions about Uganda for the children to read at school. Trust me books are in short supply. We will use our trusted story tellers: a butterfly and a lion to make the stories come alive. Stay tuned as Bethany and Me put pen to paper. I've been part of the blogging community for more than 10 years. Some old timers may remember the award winning (2012 Twitter Shorty ) blog community - One Stop Poetry. I was the (quiet) originator of the idea and co-producer of One Stop Poetry. I am a published writer, poet, artist and photographer. I have written, as well as edited, for periodicals, radio, blogs and fellow writers. There are many facets to this moon - thanks for stopping by.

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  1. I love the scene you’ve set in Newcago. It reminds me a bit of the Robocop world of ultra crime. If you get the inclination, I’d love to read more about this character.

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  2. Ok, that’s nice and dark! I’m in the suburbs of Chicago, I mean Newcago, so I’d better be careful! Nice to have some decency left in this depressing and dangerous time.

    A few small things: “all-time” needs a hypen and after “Hell,” you need a comma. 🙂 I know, I’m a grammar nazi.

    janet

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      1. The ‘burbs are quite safe, especially compared to the city. I have a couple of flowerpots that are handy and also some branding irons. The latter would fetch a nice blow upside someone’s head. 🙂

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  3. oh, the suspense…”the secret, from her”…fantastic! i had to look up Noir and now see, yes, the photo works well with your story in black and white.

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