Turn it on (Friday Fictioneers)


Image by Madison Woods

He wasn’t your ordinary secret agent, fitting in with the others. Copper hair, watery eyes, smoked a pipe. Got his job via a plug from Sarah Mick who worked in cold calling.

He didn’t force it. But there was a sinking feeling he couldn’t ignore. A pressure in the back of his mind telling him to focus.

He suddenly felt very hot.

Something about the database in his computer. Something about that poor Sue-Lynn from admin who would drip info through every second day.

The colour drained from his face when he realised.

His phone: it had been tapped.


Friday Fictioneers is a challenge set by Rochelle each week where writers from around the world post 100 word stories based on a common photo prompt. For more information, and to read other stories, visit Rochelle’s page here.

PS if you have discovered the meaning of this story and would like to challenge yourself, the magic number is 16.


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41 responses to “Turn it on (Friday Fictioneers)

  1. micklively

    Some pun!
    Ewer writer? πŸ˜‰

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  3. Dear Jessie,

    Nice use of the prompt. πŸ˜€ You took stepping out of the box to a new level. Good story, too.



  4. Ah.. the word tap is great for puns… I guess tap-dancing in front of your boss won’t help any longer.

  5. An unique take on the prompt. Nice water/tap imagery.

  6. Very interesting word association connection here leading to a spy story.

  7. This is funny. I felt like it was a treasure hunt, trying to find all the puns woven into it. πŸ™‚

  8. Love this, very clever association. Not getting the number 16 reference though?

  9. Clever, an unusual spy and phone tapping, great stuff.

  10. I can only get 14. I’m missing two but I haven’t counted the title? Very clever.

  11. gahlearner

    A very cold realization for that guy. I loved it.

  12. Pun read. He should have kept the data in the cloud anyway, though I am not sure if that works well during the monsoon season.

  13. Loved all the photo-related puns πŸ™‚

  14. Great job. I bet you had fun writing this. I had fun reading it and counting puns.

  15. I’m glad my blog friends gave me more clues in the comments about the puns but I still only saw 11.
    Nice take of the prompt.

    • 11’s pretty close!! Here’s the full list:
      Sarah Mick (ceramic)
      Force it (faucet)
      Sinking (sink)
      Database in (basin)
      Poor Sue-Lynn (porcelain)
      Tapped (tap)

      Which ones did you miss?

  16. Sorry but this story left me all tapped out.

  17. Well done; this just flowed!

  18. Very clever. So many water words – a veritable reservoir. All he needs now is a leak.

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