(165 words)

By Neel Anil Panicker

A slight tap on the shoulder and Ahmed turned around.

“Excuse me, would you mind stepping aside?”

Ahmed released the bag onto the tiled floor.

‘Is there a problem?’ His eyes scanned the uniformed man smiling at him from behind a handlebar moustache.

“Routine procedure, please open your bag”.

A minute later, the handlebar spoke again.

“Sir, please raise your hands for inspection”.

Deft hands once again guided a small machine from top to toe, back to front_inch by inch.

“Inspector Balbir Dutt, Narcotics Bureau. Looks like a false alarm. You may proceed. Sorry for the inconvenience”.

Ahmed zipped his bag, shrugged his shoulders, and walked out of New Delhi International Airport.

Settling himself into a waiting taxi, he instructed the driver, “Hotel Paradise”, adding, “But first, stopover at a fruit stall. I need to buy some bananas”

As the car swept past the rain-swept streets, Ahmed closed his eyes and dreamed about the five million dollars worth of marijuana that was buried in his rectum.

©neelanilpanicker2017 #fiction  #short story # FFfAW #165 words


FFfAW Challenge-Week of February 21, 2017

Written for


19 thoughts on “neelwrites/fiction/shortstory/FFfAW/165words/21/02/2017

  1. Nicely told tale, Neel – I especially liked ‘A minute later, the handlebar spoke again’. reducing the official to a moustache. Nice touch.
    Not sure he’d get five million dollars of marijuana up his rectum, though. Would have to be a very big backside 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

    1. He must have one to store that kind of money. Thank you for the appreciation, Lynn


  2. It just shows that no matter what security measures are things will always slip through the net. Very well told.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Absolutely true Angie. Where there is a will, there is a way. Thanks Angie for your appreciation.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Oh no! He has slipped marijuana in hidden in his rectum! The policeman would certainly miss that unless he was given a very personal exam. Great story, Neel!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. The ways of narcotics smugglers are very innovative. Thank you for your appreciative comments, PJ

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Yes, so true. The federal agents need to get “butt sniffing” dogs. LOL!


  4. Excellent Neel. Chuckled at the banana buying! I wonder if the eventual end users will notice a difference in taste after the journey… 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    1. That remains to be seen. But then they would be too high to detect any abnormalities, I gues. Thanks Lain for the appreciation.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. mandibelle16

    Oh wow huge surprise at the end and pretty funny. That must be a bit uncormfortable. Good thing the security guard didn’t do a more thorough search!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. As most guards are nowadays- pretty lax. Glad you found the story funny, and thanks Mandibelle.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. mandibelle16

        You’re welcome.


  6. LOL I couldn’t help laugh out loud. It’s kinda funny though, nice!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Yes, everyone had a laugh. Thanks Frida

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Dahlia

    That was unexpected! Nicely done Neel

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much, Dahlia.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. His backside would have lost elasticity, ha,ha. Next time he might not be so lucky.


    1. Maybe he has packed enough in this single trip that henceforth he can relax and enjoy life warming his backside. Thanks Jacqueline.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: