The drabble challenge is a weekly challenge hosted by Aheila on her blog : http://thewriteaholicblog.wordpress.com/ A reminder how it works: read the prompt and find your angle; write a drabble (100-word story, give or take 5 words); post a direct link to the drabble in your comments.

The departure terminal was a nightmare, resembling thousands of teeming insects, moving from point to point, the progress painfully slow.

A flurry of tourists searched for missing luggage.

Sniffer dogs strained at their leashes.

Security personnel hurried by.

The baggage conveyor belt stopped.

Passengers stood in a stagnant queue, a mixture of disbelief, anxiety and impatience etched on jet-lagged faces.

There was movement – but zero progress.

Gustav's relaxed demeanour belied the weight of the package strapped to his inner thigh. It was like the sword of Damocles, waiting to fall. He loved the game. It was all about beating the odds.


  1. Miranda Hardy on October 25, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I like the game element of it. Good job!

  2. tara tyler on October 25, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    ah! thats a scary, too real, situation!

    great job!

  3. Ryan on October 25, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Great build-up and tension, M! Is it a bomb? Drugs? A fake bomb? I like that you don't say. 🙂

  4. J. A. Bennett on October 26, 2011 at 5:43 am

    I love the little suprise at the end! Good story in so few words!

    • mish on October 26, 2011 at 8:22 pm

      @ Miranda ~ yes, a dare-devil MC who gets a kick out of beating the odds
      @ Tara ~ definitely, one reads about too many “innocents” caught in this trap
      @ Ryan ~ aha, that would be telling… 🙂
      @ J.A. Bennett ~ a surprise element at the end is always a winner!

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