The Highest Bidder

Photo by: J Hardy Carroll

“Sinbad” was the first person to take Harry’s invention seriously.

So the fifteen-year old felt bad when FBI agents swept in and grabbed the Russian at Holbarth subway station, beside the payphone.

FBI Agent Knight said, “Lemme see that thing.”

Harry showed him the counter-gravity skateboard.

Knight snorted at the cobbled-together device. “A seasoned GRU agent got suckered by that crap?” Handing Harry $10, he sneered, “Your country appreciates your service. Go buy a comic book.”

Harry sped down the tunnel, hovering on counter-gravity fields. He had to get to Cabrese Station to answer the phone. The Israelis were offering $30,000,000.
Written for the Friday Fictioneers:

Author’s Notes:

Everyone is familiar with the Russian KGB, but with the collapse of the USSR the KGB no longer exists. New spy agencies have replaced it.

Russian Intelligence Services:

FSB – Domestic Intelligence (Similar to FBI)
SVR – Foreign Intelligence
GRU – Military Foreign Intelligence: “The GRU is Russia’s largest foreign intelligence agency. In 1997 it deployed six times as many agents in foreign countries as the SVR, the successor of the KGB’s foreign operations directorate (PGU KGB).

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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25 Responses to The Highest Bidder

  1. Joy Pixley says:

    Seems like Agent Knight might not be the best choice for evaluating new inventions, and that this is going to bite him in the butt when his superiors find out. Hope Harry gets his big payout before the FBI catches up with him!

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    • EagleAye says:

      Oh, Harry got paid alright. He now owns an island in the Mediterranean. Shortly afterward the State Department found out and then heads rolled. The FBI Director “retired.” A Deputy Assistant Director transferred to the Anchorage, Alaska office. Knight took over details shoveling manure into the FBI’s gardens. The US got Israel to share “Israel’s” counter-gravity tech in exchange for a multi-billion dollar arms deal. Yeah, it wasn’t a good day for the US intelligence services. 😉

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  2. Dear Eric,

    Sell it to the Israelis. Good idea. They’ll turn it into something phenomenal. Like your cell phones? Say todah to an Israeli. 😉 just sayin’. I couldn’t help but see Marty McFly on the hover board. Good one.



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    • EagleAye says:

      Hehe. I wanted to be sure the good guys ended up with Harry’s tech. I guess I’ll be saying todah. I like my cell phone. 😉 I’m sure Mary McFly would love this skateboard. Maybe he got his from Harry? The Israelis? Thanks so much, Rochelle! 🙂


  3. Varad says:

    Agent Knight makes the agent from Transformers look like he’s J.Edgar 😛

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  4. Ah chump change! Is that all?? It’s worth at least twice that!! 😉

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  5. wmqcolby says:

    FBI, GRU, SVR, KGB … how you kept track of that bowl of international alphabet soup is beyond me. Mossad will defiantly have a decent weapon to use, then probably later, once it’s declassified, sell it to the toy market. Everybody happy.

    Fun story, Eric.

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  6. Oh well — you win a few; you lose a few. Uncle Sam can afford to miss a few. 🤑

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  7. granonine says:

    Ha! Great story 🙂

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  8. Liz Young says:

    Probably just as well the US military didn’t get hold of it – they’d weaponise anything.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Counter-gravity? Oh, they’d weaponize that in a heart-beat. I understand the government tried to weaponize Jello. They had to cancel the project, though. The scientists ate all the testing material. 😉


  9. Miles Rost says:

    Yay for technology being sold! Well executed! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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