How Things Have Changed

Photo by: Al Forbes

Photo by: Al Forbes

Walter Pugh hadn’t worked in the intelligence services for thirty years. He had enjoyed a stress-free retirement in Wales minding his rose bushes and refurbishing old furniture. Unfortunately, his comfortable existence couldn’t remain forever. His past would come back to haunt him.

Luckily, MI-5 learned of the rogue Russian kill squad coming to exact vengeance and “liquidate” Walter. Agent Brodie extracted him only scant minutes before the killers arrived.

Walter would have to be relocated once more, but until then he stayed with Brodie in a safe house in London. Brodie showed him around saying, “It’s an MI-5 safe house. All the controls are standard.”

Walter approached the bookcase where familiar books rested. He pulled on the title, “Jaws,” and the shower activated. He pulled on “Time Enough For Love,” and the bed slid out from the wall. All was pretty much as Walter remembered it.

He scowled. Shouldn’t things have been improved or updated by now? Was Russia also stuck with thirty-year old technology? One thing was different, though. He pulled on “The Forge of God,” and suddenly he was slammed to the floor. The entire safe house rose from the city and rocketed into space within seconds.

Brodie glared at him. “I suppose you missed the memo about the interstellar hyper drive?”
Written for the Sunday Photo Fiction writing challenge. Look here for this week’s writing 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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16 Responses to How Things Have Changed

  1. Joy Pixley says:

    Great to see you back, Eric! And bam, starting off right away with the hyper drive. Hm, on the one hand, after the first two books, personally I would have paused before experimenting with “Hand of God” (DUH). But on the other hand, gee, they couldn’t have made sure he got that memo? Things really are going to the dogs at MI-5. 😉

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    • Joy Pixley says:

      Or “Forge of God.” Either way. (oops)

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    • EagleAye says:

      Thanks Joy! Yeah, it’s a good thing “Forge of God” wasn’t reference to a nuclear self-destruct device. Things could’ve been worse.I think the new updates were classified so Walter didn’t have a “need to know.” Brodie could’ve shepherded Walter a little better than that, though. Maybe MI-5 is on a budget after purchasing hyper drives? 😉 Thanks so much, Joy. Great to see you again. 🙂

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  2. List of X says:

    In defense of Walter, he wasn’t getting any classified memos in is retirement, and back in his day interstellar hyper drive used to be activated by Kerouac’s On The Road.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! Yep, and by “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” Timothy Leary made his own interstellar travels too. Nobody was telling Walter secrets anymore. I think the changes he craved far exceeded his expectations. 😉 Thanks much!


  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Haha, loved this – firstly the serious spy style for the most part drew me in, and then the twist at the end made me laugh out loud. Excellent.

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  4. Lyn says:

    First story in quite a while…it’s great to see you haven’t lost your touch 😀 Loved the punchline.
    Welcome back my friend!

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  5. So great to see you back Eric. We’ve missed you here. Your humorous antics and stories. Excellent. You haven’t lost your touch. It was all very normal until The Forge of God forged out a new existence and put the fear of god in him. Great story to come back with.

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  6. mandibelle16 says:

    Hehe. I guess not everything was the same. Now how do they get back from space? Where’s tha book?


  7. Dahlia says:

    Loved the story and the unique take on the prompt.


  8. Great story – and glad to see you’re back! Which book delivers the martini (shaken but not stirred) – or am I mixing them up with MI6?… 🙂

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