Special Interrogation – Mondays Finish the Story

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Special Interrogation

The team employed the use of Nightshade to get the information they wanted from their captive.

Lieutenant Geary watched from behind a two-way mirror. Audio pickups in the room made every word clear.

Chief Dobbins sliced the poisonous-looking fruit of a Nightshade plant. To the room he announced, “I’m putting on a second bare of gloves. I don’t dare risk any skin contact.” Carefully he pulped the Nightshade chunks into a beaker.

The captive squirmed in his bonds as Dobbins brought the beaker close to his face. “Each person tolerates different amounts of Nightshade before they die of bone-breaking convulsions,” said Dobbins. “How much will you take?”

The terrorist never dared risk it. He gave up the location of the kidnapped reporter immediately.

“Excellent work!” said Geary as Dobbins joined him in the observation room. He indicated the beaker of Nightshade still in the Chief’s hand. “That stuff is really that potent?”

“Oh yeah,” said Dobbins. “It’s good stuff.”

Absently, he took a sip.

“Oh my god!” exclaimed Geary. “You drank some!”

Dobbins shrugged. “Yeah.”

Geary pulled his own hair. “Are you insane?”

“Lieutenant,” drawled Dobbins. “Chill. There’s lots of plants in the Nightshade family…including Tomato.” He held the beaker out. “Fresh tomato juice?”
Author’s Notes:

Nope. I am not pulling your leg. Tomatoes are a variety of Nightshade. “Deadly Nightshade” is the one to avoid. More info here: http://www.diagnosisdiet.com/nightshades/

This week at Mondays Finish the Story, the opening sentence is, “The team employed the use of Nightshade to get the information they wanted from their captive.” This is how I finished the story. How would you do it? Look here to see what other folks did: https://mondaysfinishthestory.wordpress.com/2015/08/03/mondays-finish-the-story-august-3rd-2015/

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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31 Responses to Special Interrogation – Mondays Finish the Story

  1. ansumani says:

    I researched ‘nightshades’ and got scared for a second on seeing tomatoes in the list. Good interrogation technique. Nicely crafted story.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Yep. It is a little-known fact. They belong in the same family. Turns out potatoes are a variety of nightshade too. For the longest time, no one would eat tomatoes because of nightshade’s deadly reputation. Glad you enjoyed this. Thanks much! 🙂

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  2. Very funny! He psyched that man out to get him to give the info. Hahaha! I read the same as you, that tomatos and potatoes were in the same family. Great story Eric!

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  3. luckyjc007 says:

    Great story! Mission accomplished the easy way.😃 l learned something new as well…wasn’t familiar with Nightshade.

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  4. babso2you says:

    You wove a really great tale Eric on the family nightshade. There are many plants in that species. The final line is brilliant! Be well my friend… ^..^

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  5. Lyn says:

    Sneaky 🙂 There’s always a nice twist to the tale you write, Eric. Another similarity between tomatoes and potatoes is their ability to increase the pain of arthritis if drank/eaten in large amounts.

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  6. Clever as always!!! Since I love tomatoes, I’m thankful they belong to the good side of the nightshade family! Wonderful story!

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  7. I Googled Nightshade before writing this one and learned about some of the other members of the Nightshade family as well. Nice humorous twist!

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    • EagleAye says:

      Interesting isn’t it? I already knew about tomatoes belonging to the family, but potatoes too? Tobacco? That was a surprise. Glad you had fun with the finish. Thanks much! 🙂


  8. You do have to wonder who tested all these plants? Love the fake out! Well done!

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  9. draliman says:

    Let’s hope he hasn’t made a terrible mistake! Though tomatoes are pretty easy to recognise 🙂
    Great story!

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  10. Hahaha – I loved it, especially the twist at the end. You had me.

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  11. Indira says:

    Nice twist. Learned something new. Thanks.

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  12. Indira says:

    How is your daughter doing? My love and blessings to her.

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  13. afairymind says:

    A great story! I love the twist. 🙂

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