Up and away


Photo copyright – Rich Voza

Seatbelt fastened, luggage stowed – just enough for the trekking holiday that had impressed everyone.

Back at headquarters it would be business as usual for her colleagues. She chuckled, then got a grip. Don’t draw attention. A lifetime of undercover policing had taught Monica how to blend in, even disappear altogether when necessary.

The Erikson case had ended her career – a million in cash and jewellery vanished, and the culprit dead without telling.

Retirement! How would she cope? They’d all wondered.

“Quietly and competently, as usual,” she’d assured them.

Three stopovers for withdrawals, then Monica would disappear again. Thank you Mr  Erikson.


Thanks once again to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers. Each week writers post 100 word stories in response to a photo prompt selected by Rochelle. This is my contribution this week.  You can find all the stories here.

25 thoughts on “Up and away

    • She is. I believe she’s been planning her retirement since she began her career. We all need to take a leaf from her book in these days of dwindling resources to support our ageing population.


  1. I loved your story, but the title stuck that song in my head; “Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon.” Perhaps if I had some of Erickson’s money I could sing a new song.


    • Oh no. That’s not the mood I was hoping for. Now that you’ve brought it up, I can’t get it out of my head either. Thanks, Russell. Glad you enjoyed my story, despite the beautiful balloons in your mind.


  2. Sly, slick, and it seems deadly Monica. It’s liable to turn out to be a perfect crime. Well written, Margaret. This would also make an an interesting longer story, novelette, novella, or novel 🙂 — Suzanne


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