The Professionals

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Matthew Cooley cleared the top step of the old castle, looking for her.

She leaned back in a doorway. Her miniskirt rode up athletic thighs and her silk blouse draped enticingly. She smiled. “You’re on time, Mr. Cooley.”

Matthew was entranced by her British accent and Asian features. “Uh, I think I wasn’t followed.”

“No matter. We took steps to insure it.”


“We are a professional intelligence service Mr. Cooley. We do everything. You ate a sub sandwich last night and followed it with chamomile tea.”


Her expression turned stern. “We demand the same professionalism of you, Mr. Cooley. We asked that you leave your cell phone behind to ensure you’re not tracked. You brought it anyway.”

“Oops! Sorry.”

She grinned. “Our security nanites have quite turned it to dust.”

He reached for his cell phone. Nothing but powder. “Whoa! You guys are high-tech.”

“As I said. We are professionals. Now if you please, the plans for the new energy source.”

“Ah yeah,” winced Matthew. “They were on my cell phone.”
Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. Look here for the week’s prompt and many more stories:

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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22 Responses to The Professionals

  1. Hahahaha! I LOVE the surprise ending! That’ll show her to disintegrate his phone! LOL! Excellent, Eric!

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  2. Excellent twist! For some reason I quite like your protagonist’s first name… ☺

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  3. mandibelle16 says:

    Lol. What a twist at the end. They destroyed his cell with the plans out it. The spy agency apparently, doesn’t think of everything do they? Great piece.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Right. After that impressive display of prowess and tough talk, that blunder really takes the wind out of her sails. Time to hang her head and slouch home. 😉 Glad you liked this. Thanks kindly, Mandibelle! 🙂

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  4. luckyjc007 says:

    She was right! They do everything…even destroying the plans for the new energy source. Sometimes you can be too smart! Great story. 😊

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  5. List of X says:

    Well, I find it hard to believe that a professional like that wouldn’t have used the nanites to download the contents of every phone within a half mile radius. 🙂

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    • EagleAye says:

      Whoa! That’s a whole other degree of sophistication. It’s tricky enough to get the nanites to hunt down and target a specific cell phone (and NOT consume the user along with it). Maybe later on nanites can do what you’re saying. She had the very best at the time. She just outwitted herself with so many toys.


  6. Lyn says:

    They’re both pretty dumb, Cooley and the “professional.” Cooley should have made a backup and Little Miss’s organisation should have considered the possibility that the reason he brought his phone with him was because the plans were on it. Tsk, tsk, tsk, not a very intelligent intelligence agency 😀

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    • EagleAye says:

      Yeah, Matthew isn’t normally a spy. She had convinced him to give up the data using her “assets.” He’s not used to this stuff. But I agree Miss Organization pulled the trigger just a little too fast. She thought so highly of organization she was taken over hubris. Thanks much, Lyn! 🙂


  7. Joy Pixley says:

    Oops, now that’s a serious intelligence failure! Fun read, Eric!

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  8. You laid this one out so well – oops, haha

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  9. Ankur Mithal says:

    Would this be an “occupational hazard”?

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