The Failed Intelligence Op
Secret Agents Heraklion and Gallipoli waited on a hilltop as a freight train stopped beside the battered warehouse. The old building was allegedly empty, but the pair had learned its true purpose.
Heraklion pulled government-issue spy binoculars from his jacket to observe the activity below. He grimaced, tapped them, then scowled. The binoculars were high-tech and cost $10,000 USD, but the batteries that powered them went to the lowest bidder. The bloody things rarely worked. “Binoculars failed again,” he groaned.
“I’ll call for satellite coverage,” said Gallipoli, starting up his sat phone.
“Forget it,” said Heraklion. “They just decommissioned the last satellite for this area. Government budget cuts.”
“Blimin bum bandits,” muttered Gallipoli. He pulled out a pair of ‘Hello Kitty’ child binoculars he bought from Walmart. “These work.”
After a moment’s observation Gallipoli said. “My God. I see what they’ve done.” He handed the binocs to Heraklion.
Heraklion saw the students in the train cars studying, un-distracted, determined, focused. “They’re not like college students at all,” he spat. “There’s no beer, no drugs of any kind, no groping, no horseplay. They’ve been altered.”
“That Dr. Castro’s a monster. He’s taken their childhood!”
Shortly, they found the infamous Dr. Castro and they aimed a parabolic mic to listen to his plans.
The balding Dr. Castro wore his signature jumpsuit. He said, “These students will be immune to bribery and greed. They’ll possess twice the intelligence of the current Members of Parliament. When our experimental students replace them, a new age of government efficiency will emerge! Hahaha!”
Heraklion and Gallipoli shared a look.
“Pity isn’t it?” said Gallipoli.
“It is,” agreed Heraklion. “Too bad we never learned Dr. Castro’s plans!”
Each week, author Matthew Wright offers a flash fiction writing based on one of his own photos. Join in and write your own story. The original prompt may be found right here: https://mjwrightnz.wordpress.com/2015/08/25/this-weeks-mega-short-story-challenge-8/