Sunday Photo Fiction – May 7th 2017

THE CALL                    (THE QUARRY- PART 3)

199 05 May 7th 2017

By Neel Anil Panicker

An hour had gone by and Richard was still holed up in his seventh floor Mumbai hotel room overlooking Marine Drive, the famed mile long strip kissing the Arabian Sea.

The call from the boss had clearly unnerved him.

He knew his boss well. Doling out empty threats over the phone was definitely not the man’s signature style.

‘Baldie’, as he was referred to in private by his minions, had a history of acting out his threats, remorselessly and quickly, the latter being his forte.

Richard got up and pulled out a bottle of Vat 69 from the liquor cabinet.

He desperately needed to calm his frayed nerves.

After a couple of large swigs down his throat, he closed his eyes and assessed the situation so far.

His boss had ordered a hit…shown him a face.

He had followed the face right from the airport to his hotel room and was a finger tip away from pulling the trigger.

The man did die but, not of his bullet. Somebody else had pulled the gun.

‘Who could that somebody be? Somebody known to him or his boss, or worse both…someone who wanted to settle a score with him or his boss … or, was it someone with no links to him or his boss but simply one who wanted the man dead at all costs?

A revenge killing, then?’

All questions but with no answers.

Richard needed someone to provide him with the answers.

Someone reliable, someone who knew the underworld like the back of his hand and most importantly, someone who had an axe to grind against his boss and hence would be more than ready to spill the beans.

His mind raced for possible names.

He needed one name, one guy who fit the bill.

All of a sudden his eyes flashed and he reached for his cell phone.

After stabbing a few keys, he dialled a number.

(neelanilpanicker2017 #fiction #quarry#03

READ PART 1 & 2 here:


13 thoughts on “neelwrites/spf/thequarry#03/fiction/07/05/2017/

  1. Sorry, Neel, rather lost here.
    And a bit longer than usual, I felt.


    1. DEAR Ceayr, this is part three of Chapter One of my ongoing novella THE QUARRY.
      I have attached the links to the first two parts.
      You need to read all the three parts so as to get it as these are not stand alone stories. Thanks.


      1. Sorry, Neel, I struggle to find time to read 200 word stories, no way I will ever catch up. A weekly stand alone story is the objective here, as I understand it.


  2. Who is he calling? I guess we’ll have to wait until part 4. He seems to still be in a bit of danger.

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    1. Yes, Lian, he is in danger.
      As I commented above. I am writing a novella and this was part three of Chapter One.


  3. I would have left it and said it was me. The job is done and leave it at that.

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    1. The boss obviously knows more than that.

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  4. michael1148humphris

    I felt the tension, and so will await the next instalment.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Excellent slice of a thriller. From just this tidibit, it’s clear the world and plot are fully realized.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Rawson. Your comments are much appreciated.

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  6. I understood it as far as it went. I hope he finds the right person. Good writing, Neel. 🙂 — Suzanne.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I am glad you took time out to read my effort. Thanks for the appreciation, Suzanne.

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