Day 5 of the challenge!
My theme is NIFTY NUGGETS. Little nuggets of writing based on a photo, a phrase and an object, which is designed to encourage lean, tight writing. I’m aiming for a word count of under 300 words.
Thank you to L.Diane Wolfe for providing the beautiful photo prompts. You can visit her blog to check out more pictures.
PHRASE – dead men tell no tales
OBJECT – envelope
Perched in his regular spot.
He studied his prey with knowing eyes.
It was all a matter of judgement.
Timing had to be perfect.
In the world of espionage, he was ‘The Eagle’. That reputation had been earned over an extended period. A cool demeanour and watchful gaze served him well after three decades.
His trademark? A white embossed envelope, always hand-delivered by special courier at the close of each assignment. Inside, a feather belonging to a rare species. But just like the critically endangered Philippine eagle, his time was coming to an end.
His record? 100% success. The word ‘lose’ was not a part of his vocabulary.
His final assignment loomed.
The price on his head had attracted many assassins.
Rumour had it that an infamous assassin had been lured out of retirement. The Eagle relished the thought of the ultimate face-off with a worthy rival. They both harboured a set of highly developed skills, which had been honed to perfection. Both knew the trade inside out and harboured indepth knowledge that none of their counterparts would ever learn… not in this lifetime, anyway.
Two well-matched adversaries.
An undisclosed location had been chosen.
A fight to the bitter end.
Dead men tell no tales.