FFF #10 – The Photograph

Oh well, here’s my first attempt at Cormac Brown’s Flash Fiction Friday.
This weeks starter sentence was – “The old camera had been in a box for decades, the pictures never developed, and now with the prints in his hand his blood ran cold from looking at the images that came from it.”
So…here goes with – The Photograph.
The old camera had been in a box for decades, the pictures never developed, and now with the prints in his hand his blood ran cold from looking at the images that came from it.
In his dark room, Roger Cassidy studied the photo’s he’d got from the camera, concentrating on the same thing in each of the four prints.
“It can’t be. Holy shit, this is big. This is big…..this is really big. Oh fu…”
Roger picked up the phone and dialed. It rang a few times before a groggy sounding voice answered.
“Yeah….who..is…it?”
“Graham, it’s Roger. We’re in deep mate. We’ve got something big mate, and I mean fucking huge!”
“What? Who is this?”
“It’s me. It’s Roger.”
“Sorry, mate. I don’t know anyone called Roger. Now, could you kindly put the fucking phone down and never call me again at…..3:28 in the morning!”
***
Graham put the phone down and stared at the silencer attached to the gun that was pointing at his face.
“Well done Graham. Now, give us his address and then you get to live.”
Graham gave the two men the information they wanted but then they reneged on their promise and left him with a bullet hole for an eye socket.
***
The line went dead. Roger stared at the phone and pressed the disconnect button.
“What’s going on here?”
He dialled another number and waited as it rang and rang. “Come on Tim, answer.”
***
In Tim’s bedroom the phone rang next to his bed. On the floor lay a broken glass surrounded by dampness. On the bed lay a motionless Tim. A shroud of blood stained the pillow where it had escaped from the exit wound in the back of his head.
***
“Oh, fuck this for a game of soldier’s.”
Roger ran back to the dark room and grabbed one of the photo’s, returned to the living room and picked up his jacket. Walking to the front door of his apartment, putting on his jacket, he looked at the photo again. Shaking his head in disbelief he opened the door only to hear hurried footsteps and two voices.
“It said number eight was on the second floor. Come on!”
“Holy shit!”
Roger slammed the door shut and leant against it, panicking.
There was a muffled sound outside the door followed by a cracking of wood and flying splinters. Roger felt an intense heat on his right ear as a bullet shot past it.
“Fuck…” Roger dived to the floor as three more bullets cracked through the door, followed by the door exploding inwards. Two men wearing long black trench coats stood in the doorway.
“We want the camera.”
Roger got to his feet, his back to the men, the photo he had taken crumpled in his right fist.
“It’s in my dark room down the corridor. It’s sat on the bench with the three photo’s I’d got from it. Just take it and get out of here, please. I don’t want any trouble.”
“I think it’s a bit late for that Roger Cassidy. You’ve seen too much already.”
Roger didn’t hesitate, knowing that the men weren’t here to chat. He took his chance and ran for the big window in the lounge. There was another muffled sound behind him and then a sudden searing pain in his right shoulder. Roger didn’t let up and ran at the window, crashing straight through it. He was suddenly flying through the night air, the cold biting at his face. He looked down and cursed. He’d not made the jump that he’d hoped for and was heading straight for the wrought iron railings that surrounded the apartment block.
Back in the apartment the two men walked down the stairs with the camera and the three photos. They had done the job they had been sent to do.
Outside the building, the lifeless body of Roger Cassidy hung from the railings, his arms hanging down at his sides. In his clenched right fist was the fourth photograph. Soon, the world would know the truth.
The End.
Please feel free to comment, as it would be much appreciated….
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18 responses to “FFF #10 – The Photograph

  1. You bugger, I wanna know what's in the photos! loved that David.

  2. Since you wanted to know how to HTML links within a comment, here you go.

  3. Left us hanging eh? Damn I hate that. And like it too. Let's me consider any alternative I want. Well done.Cormac's link was excellent. As to linking, I was going to relay the dummy way I figured out for myself. Way more convoluted than the simple explanantion on Cormac's link. It involved secret google stuff I have no clue how it works, mutliple cut n pasting, and a generous dollop of cussing when it doesn't work. If you are still having problems, I will gladly fill you in on my dummy method. But I think I am actually going to switch so I can elevate myself to dummy 3rd class.

  4. Welcome to the gang David and what a great tense debut. Very well done!

  5. Lee, sorry mate but a conspiracy is a conspiracy. Cheers.Cormac, thanks for the 'link'.MRMacrum, I read your comment earlier and have only just stopped laughing. 3rd class dummy or not you managed it. Severe cussing is what I was doing trying to put a link on my comment. Thanks!Alan, thanks pal. Enjoyed the challenge. Will be entering again. Glad you enjoyed it.

  6. The photo? Paul Daniels's wife, I think … top tale!

  7. Conspiracy is conspiracy, yup. Nicely written with good pacing.

  8. Here, here. Gripping stuff, and yes, I'm thinking 'What's in those damn photos?'

  9. Oh, the intrigue!Belter that, Dave.Kept me hooked n I flew through it as fast as Roger did thru' that window.Good stuff.

  10. Paul, Erin, Matt & Col.Thanks for your great comments. Keep popping over to my blog and one day soon I will tell you what was actually in those photo's….promise!Regards, David.

  11. Doc

    Gripping story with a wonderful break-neck pace! Well done!Welcome to FFF and I hope you'll be back.Doc

  12. Doc, thanks for looking and commenting. Oh yes, I'll be back.regards, David.

  13. Good stuff, sir! Always a plus when there's lot of blood and no concrete answers.

  14. This was fantastic! Left me wanting to know more, lots more.

  15. Randal, BB, thanks for dropping by and glad you enjoyed it. I had fun playing around with it over the weekend.Regards, David.

  16. nice bit of work! one editing question– grabbed on of the photo's should it be "one of the photos"?thanks for your comments on my bit of the world… they are appreciated!

  17. Hi Quinn,Thanks for stopping by. Have corrected by 'boob', thanks for the tip.Regards, David.

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