The Business Traveler

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot
PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

The perpetual gray skies of the cool and soggy northwest mirrored Tommy’s mood. Another day spent within the bare room he’d rented. His only entertainment was watching the residents of the building across the way through his telescopic lens.

“Cat lady’s knitting again,” he noted. “And fat man’s actually making his bed.”

Tommy saw motion from Unit 37. Finally. Spending one more day here might drive him crazy. He took aim, lined up his target and squeezed the trigger.

Crack! His target dropped. Mission accomplished.

Seattle might be great to visit, but he could never understand how folks could live here.

Word Count: 100

[This is my entry into this weeks Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Use the photo prompt to create a short story in 100 words or less.]


33 thoughts on “The Business Traveler

    1. Thanks Neil. That movie was definitely on my mind when I wrote this, but I figured I’d go the other way with the protagonist (bad guy). Didn’t take long to put this one together. Thanks for the read and comment. 🙂


  1. Whoa. You took this story in a totally awesome sniper-thriller direction. I can just imagine a story following Tommy the sniper as he treks across the US, a ghost in the shadows, carrying out his missions.

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    1. I’ve never been (my apologies to the fine city of Seattle. I’m sure it’s a wonderful place). I just know that there are a lot of sunless days and SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is common. I’ve suffered from it in Wisconsin. Even hitmen have vulnerabilities. Thanks for the comment. 🙂

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  2. Well, that’s gloriously dark! There was me thinking we were in for a quirky, peeping tom story, when you spun it round and gave us an assassin instead. Nicely written indeed! Great read 🙂

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    1. I wanted the real story to be about his discomfort in a dreary city rather than the killing, which would have been the obvious focus of the story. Seems to have worked. 🙂


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