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Involve The Police and The Lady Dies

I lit another cigarette and waited, my eyes fixed on the phone opposite me.

Even though I’d been expecting it the shrill tone of the phone ringing made me jump. I lifted the receiver and listened.

A muffled voice said, “Do exactly what I say and everything will be alright. Twenty thousand in used notes. We’ll tell you where. Involve the police and the lady dies.” Then the phone went dead.

I leant against the wall and slowly finished the cigarette wondering if the lady in question, my wife, was worth twenty thousand pounds.

On balance I decided she wasn’t.


A 100-word story for Friday Fictioneers.

Photo courtesy of – J Hardy Carroll

Categories: 100-Word Stories


A writer of short stories.

15 replies

  1. I believe anyone’s life is “worth it” but when you start paying kidnappers you’re only asking for more.
    The book “Chasing the Sun” tells if a man who bankrupted himself to pay the ransom and when she got home she was most ungrateful. You wonder if he should have left her with them.


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