Debbie Whittam has set a challenge to write a poem or story in 50 words, or multiples of 50 up to a maximum of 250 words, inspired by a picture and include some particular lines.
He still wanted to go there, one way or another, and to find that brunette, if she existed.
Total Recall by Piers Anthony
An Unexpected Liaison
It happened in Paris. Jonathan was sitting on a park bench in the Tuileries gardens admiring the view when the most gorgeous brunette sat down next to him. She looked like a fashion model, except for what she was wearing, a rather drab brown coat. She had a book in her hands and if it hadn’t been for the expression on her beautiful face, one of extreme nerves, he wouldn’t have thought much of it.
After five minutes she got up and walked away, his eyes lingered on her slim figure as it disappeared into the distance.
Then he noticed she had left her book behind. It was too late to run after her, she’d gone.
Jonathan picked up the book and out fell a piece of paper.
“The Snows thaw on the Siberian plains. Budapest. Peace square by the Monument. September 3rd. Midday. Meet me.”
He read those words and a thrill passed through him; he felt pulled into a spy drama.
Jonathan put the book in his bag and began walking back to his hotel. A rough man in a black puffer jacket rammed into him and he fell to the floor, clutching his bag. A policeman came up blowing his whistle and the man fled.
‘So, Budapest’, he thought. It all had felt like a dream but he still wanted to go there, one way or another, and to find that brunette, if she existed.
He was there when the shots were fired and the uprising began.
Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 02/August/2018