Unusual Skills

CIA Agent Warfield sat on a bench alongside another of St. Petersburg’s beautiful churches. Beside him, new agent Barnes fidgeted.

“Where is agent Privideniye coming out?” said Barnes.

“Over there.”

“I don’t see a door there.”

Warfield turned a page of his newspaper. “Not to worry.”

Moments later a middle-aged man walked through the wall of the church. As he passed the pair Privideniye murmured, “They made the switch. It’s transferring to Khabarovsk.”

Warfield just nodded. Barnes stared aghast and hissed, “He walked through a wall!”

“When in Russia, we bring our A-game. Privideniye has unusual skills.”

“Is he a mutant?”


“Manipulates quantum fields?”


“Right! Nanotechnology.”

“Hardly. He’s worked for American intelligence for almost 100 years.”

“We had age-defying drugs way back then? Hmm. Guess he disagreed with the October Revolution of 1917.”

“You could say that,” murmured Warfield. “He died defending the Tsars in 1917.”
Written for What Pegman Saw: https://whatpegmansaw.com/2017/09/16/st-petersburg-russia/

Author’s Notes:

The October Revolution was the Communist takeover of Russia in October 1917:

Privideniye: One of the Russian words for “Ghost.”

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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24 Responses to Unusual Skills

  1. pennygadd51 says:

    Great story, EagleAye! I enjoyed the way you built expectation by the repeated questions of Agent Barnes, and resolved them by revealing that Privideniye died in 1917 and is therefore a ghost. Certainly got a chuckle from me!

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  2. k rawson says:

    I love all the wild suppositions. Even so, I never saw the ghost coming!

    Liked by 3 people

  3. Ha! Delightful. Ghosts can come in handy, it seems.

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  4. Joy Pixley says:

    A ghost would definitely be a great spy to have on your side! Fun twist, although I’m worried about how long it took the new guy to catch on; he’ll need to up his game if he’s going to survive long in this job.

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  5. Fantastic story. Reminded me of the Star Trek episode The City on the Edge of Forever where Kirk and Spock step through a wall into the past.

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  6. Lyn says:

    Spasibo. Another great tale, Eric, and I never saw the end coming 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Haha – if you zoom out and round there are two bodiless faces… ghosts… I nearly wrote a story based on them. So glad I didn’t. Your story is way better, way funnier. 😀

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  8. Dear Eric,

    Very clever play on words. Love the way you constructed the story with the wide-eyed ‘aha’ at the end.



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  9. draliman says:

    The ideal spy! I’m glad he’s on our side.

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