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Undercover (Friday Fictioneers)

October 14, 2021

The big blue concrete blocks were a reminder of a forgotten time. “They’re in the way,” the woman said, her voice right on that pitch of nagging and complaining that brought a shiver to the entire walking group.

“Protection against terrorist attacks, dear.”

“That was decades ago.”

I heard several in the tour group sigh softly. Ah, so this was not an unexpected reaction to her questions. I raised my hand. “Earth had domestic terrorists?”

“Indeed.” The tour guide nodded. “No sky network like you have back home keeping them safe.”

Safe from whom? I wondered, keeping my hand covered.

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  1. Great question, Laurie

  2. Safe from whom indeed. I think we’re better off without big brother… even if it seems more dangerous.

    • Right? And we’ve seen these days politicians can be very self serving and untrustworthy as leaders… Imagine a politician getting their hands on this kind of technology and what that would do?

  3. Very intriguing, I like the ending on a big question too, well done.

  4. Hmm, interesting story with a thought provoking question to end it with. Nicely done!

  5. Uh-oh, Keeping his hand covered? What is he concealing?

  6. Don’t think I like their idea of safety!

  7. Dear Laurie,

    I have to wonder why the MC is keeping his hand covered. A weapon perhaps? Intriguing story.



  8. Straightforward, then twist. Nice one.

  9. All is not as it seems, it seems…

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