Deception – Trifecta: Week 102

Written for Trifecta: Week 102. A story about a job interview begins after the image.

Genre: Science Fiction/Espionage/Humor
Word Count: 333


Hannah wore sweats as Vice Ambassador Chadwell directed. She opened the gym door tentatively and called out a thin, “Hello?”

“Come on in,” boomed Chadwell.

Hannah walked timidly to the mat where Chadwell, in a well-worn gi, completed his kata. “Is my interview interrupting your workout, sir?”

“Oh, this is part of the interview.”

Hannah’s eyes popped. “For a diplomatic position?”

Chadwell grinned harshly. “Sometimes a diplomat is in physical danger. In such a case she should defend herself. DEFEND YOURSELF!” He launched a punch, the gleaming metal of his bionic right arm flashed and struck her left eye.

“Ow!” Hannah staggered. She pointed at his metallic fist. “Can we not use that one during the interview?”

“Punch me!” shouted Chadwell. She threw a lazy punch that he easily avoided. “You telegraphed that one. Use deception. A bit of feminine craft. Try again.”

Hannah grinned alluringly, then swung hard. Chadwell dodged and Hannah overbalanced. While she flailed on one leg, her right leg swung up, and connected solidly with Chadwell’s jaw. Hannah looked down as he sprawled and shook his dizzied head. She squealed and clapped her hands. “I did it!”

He stood up, scowling. He feinted with his right and attacked with a left hook. Hannah reacted clumsily, counter-punching with her left. Her fist connected directly with Chadwell’s with a crunching sound.

“Ai!” screeched Chadwell. He shook his swelling hand. “I think it’s broken.” He grimaced and glared at Hannah. “You need a lot of work, but I guess you’ll do.”

“I got the job?”

“Yes, yes,” sighed Chadwell. He pointed to the bruise over her eye. “Get that looked at.”


Hannah sat in the park at a bench beside an old man with a dachshund. Swishing through Facebook she murmured, “I’m in.”

“Excellent,” said the dachshund. “Did you hurt him?”

“Just enough.”

“We’ll be in touch.” The old man simulacrum led her contact away.

Hannah stayed and closed her eyes. In moments, the bruise over her eye disappeared.

How’s that for deception, Chadwell?

Each week, Trifecta offers the third definition of a word as writing prompt for fiction between 33 and 333 words long. This time, the word was the third definition of “craft.” Anyone can join this literary sport, and that’s why you should too. Here’s this week’s prompt:

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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28 Responses to Deception – Trifecta: Week 102

  1. J. Milburn says:

    Nice to see Facebook is still around in the future 😉 Great story! Now I have visions of shadowy agencies, kung fu diplomats, and the bionic sounds from the Six Million Dollar Man running through my head!
    One note: There seems to be an extraneous “to” in “Is my interview to interrupting your workout”


    • EagleAye says:

      Good catch! I’ve fixed that. Yeah this one is kind of like stew, everything but the kitchen sink…hold on…yeah, there’s a kitchen sink in the concept too. All the stuff that I love is in there. Well, my wife likes Facebook more than me, so that’s in there for her. Thanks much for the comments!


  2. Jyothi Nair says:

    An interesting interview. 🙂 The bruise disappeared in moments? That leads to a new storyline in itself. 🙂


  3. jannatwrites says:

    Oh, this is bizarre…an interview where you can injure the boss, talking dogs, disappearing bruises. I’d like to know more about this!


  4. Lyn says:

    You’ve got me well and truly hooked. I loved this story — where can I find more?


  5. atrm61 says:

    Loved this clever,futuristic take on the prompt EA-more so because the protagonist is a female and of course I love talking dogs 😀


  6. Linda Vernon says:

    EA! This was stellar. HA! Just loved it.


  7. Draug419 says:

    Well now, I can’t say if I would prefer an interview like that over the usual nerve-wracking cross-examination haha


  8. Man, would I ever fail that interview!
    Fun post.


  9. Indira says:

    Awesome . Everything is so new for me. I scratched my head so hard, its bleeding. Talking dogs, disappearing bruises, bionic fist, I’m loving it. When can we read full story. You know, it reminded me of that adorable talking dog of ” The Man In Black”. You weave fantastic stories.


    • EagleAye says:

      Thanks so much, Indira! There’s many things swimming around in my imagination. I guess a lot of them came out in this one. There’s more of that to come which includes elements from many previous stories. I can’t say exactly when, but it’s out there.


  10. Great story, twists and turns – Definitely want to read more.


  11. lexy3587 says:

    ooh, futuristic espionage and a daschund agent! very cool.


  12. Tough woman…sounds like a hit on the bookshelf & I can see Angelina Jolie playing this on the big screen!


    • EagleAye says:

      Oh yeah. She’s a lot tougher than this portrays. She just wanted to avoid giving away that she’s much, much more than a humble diplomat. Thanks much for the very encouraging words!


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