A short story …

…for Friday Fictioneers which is hosted By Rochelle.



That’s him, his back turned as if he doesn’t know her. They’re in it together. That bulge in his pants? I know that look, it’s a Glock 47.

Now look.  She’s touching up her makeup, but it’s not her cheeks she’s looking at, it’s the reflection in the mirror.

That couple, there, chatting over their strawberry milkshakes, they’re not as innocent as they look.

A nod from the bartender and I’ll make my first move.

“Excuse me sir … sir? What would you like?”

“Sorry, I was miles away. Erm, a cappuccino, shaken not stirred”.

“Are you sure you’re okay sir?”



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47 thoughts on “A short story …

  1. rochellewisoff Apr 12, 2023 / 13:38

    Dear Keith,

    Yes, but does he have a license to kill? Thank you Ms Moneypenny for an intriguing story. Just remember, sometimes a milkshake is just a milkshake. 😉




    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 12, 2023 / 17:10

      hi Rochelle! He certainly does – but only in his dreams, for he’s the man with the golden smoothie!


  2. trentpmcd Apr 12, 2023 / 14:39

    It is dangerous when an author/daydreamer (same thing…) sits alone in a cafe…

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Suzette Benjamin Apr 12, 2023 / 15:30

    Haha! My kind of story, Keith. I lovd this. And your reading of it…spot on…double “O” seven!!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. msjadeli Apr 12, 2023 / 21:13

    Those with fertile imaginations have a ton more fun than those who don’t. Wonderful storytelling, Keith, as usual.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. James McEwan Apr 13, 2023 / 08:03

    Loved this moment day dreaming in the Fleming Coffee house. She will come over to him and ask to sit.
    “Sorry, Miss Galore you have mistaken me for my brother. I am Basildon Bond, not James.”
    “Good try James, your tuxedo says otherwise.”

    Great fun story.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 13, 2023 / 16:38

      Brilliant, James! A perfect start to part two if there was to be one!

      *I wonder if they still produce that writing paper!

      Liked by 1 person

      • James McEwan Apr 14, 2023 / 14:23

        Established in 1911 by Millington & sons, then acquired by John Dickinson’s in 1918; Basildon Bond is still the leading brand in Personal Stationery in the UK.


    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 13, 2023 / 16:53

      The skill is in spotting them – a bit like an Easter Egg hunt I suppose!


  6. granonine Apr 13, 2023 / 16:38

    I’ll bet you’re one of those people-watchers who makes up stories about everyone you see :). Love the ending on this one.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 13, 2023 / 16:56

      Guilty as charged Linda! Being single means I can take an interest in everyone around me, not just the person sitting opposite me!

      Liked by 1 person

      • granonine Apr 13, 2023 / 19:33

        I’m. mot single, but any time I’m alone and waiting, I’m people-watching and story-making 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  7. Alicia Jamtaas Apr 13, 2023 / 22:06

    It’s fun that I was listening to Frank Sinatra while reading this. His voice really set the mood. The last line made me laugh. Obviously, the waitress didn’t realize the coffee drinker was a writer whose mind was running wild.

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  8. poetisatinta Apr 14, 2023 / 16:27

    Such great imagination …I was half expecting Rosa Klebb to make an appearance or Jaws – made me smile 😁

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Russell Gayer Apr 14, 2023 / 16:55

    Five stars on this one, Keith. You can never trust those other patrons. Each has a motive. Be especially wary of those who drink their coffee black with a double-shot of espresso.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Liam Apr 15, 2023 / 02:08

    Reminds me of Simon & Garfunkel. “I say his bowtie is really a camera.”

    Liked by 1 person

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