THURSDAY 29th OCTOBER 2020 ~ FLASH FICTION
This is a response to a Flash Fiction prompt from ‘Putting My Feet In the Dirt’, Writing Prompts hosted by ‘M’.
Which can be found by following the link below..
PROMPT ~ SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED
SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED
by John Yeo
The duel was to be fought at dawn between a celebrated army officer and a mysterious, anonymous man in black. Both men had professed love for the Lady Svetlana, a desirable Russian beauty who seemed to have deliberately played one man up against the other.
Captain Lewenski pointed the pistol and pulled the trigger. Everyone gasped as the man in black turned to the assembled witnesses and fell to the floor mortally wounded.
‘I leave without questioning?’ gasped the man as he lay dying.
At that point another shot rang out from a coppice nearby, and the Captain fell dead without a murmur.
The seconds shook hands as Lady Svetlana walked out accompanied by a retinue of attendants and minders.
‘At last we have cleansed ourselves of both these nasty double agents who have been responsible for so many deaths.’
‘They were duelling over your affections, my lady.’ said the taller of the two seconds, who had represented the Captain.
‘My affections lie with my country. This duel was fought for our survival. The order for the execution of the victor, was signed, sealed and delivered to me.’
Two further shots broke the silence of the cold morning light and both seconds fell dead.
‘Cleanse the remains!’ Lady Svetlana ordered coldly and an ox cart was loaded with four corpses.
©️ Written by John Yeo