Unclear On The Concept

Photo by: Al Forbes

He walked into Claude Perdue’s office as if Claude were a misbehaving child.

“Mr. Hauptmann!” greeted Claude. “What can the Ectoplasmic Investigations Division do for Homeland Security?”

Hauptmann placed a case folder on his desk and opened it. A picture dominated the first page. It showed a WW2 DUKW amphibious vehicle converted into a “Duck Tours” bus, one that carried tourists waterborne to the nearby battleship memorial. “You’re familiar with this case?”

Claude smiled. “Sure. Thirty ISIS-sponsored terrorists assaulted a tourist hub. Ghostly WW2 Marines suddenly formed and leaped off the amphibious ‘Duck Tours’ bus. They fired into the terrorists, killing them all.” Claude put his feet up. “Case closed.”

“You see the problem here?”

“With dead terrorists? No.”

“Ghosts usually just scare. These ghosts actually kill people.”

“Terrorists ain’t people.”

“Regardless, I need your help to arrest these ghost marines and interrogate them.”

Claude guffawed. “They’re ghosts! Heroes to boot.”

Hauptmann was unaffected. “Will you help? I’m authorized to arrest YOU if you don’t.”

Claude yawned and held up his wrists. “Go ahead. Arrest me.”

“Have it your way!” Hauptmann tried but the handcuffs passed through Claude’s wrists.

Claude rolled his eyes. “What about ghosts is unclear to you?”
Written for Sunday Photo Fiction: https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2017/10/22/sunday-photo-fiction-october-22nd-2017/

Author’s Notes:

DUKW: “…(colloquially known as Duck) is a six-wheel-drive amphibious modification of the 2½ ton CCKW trucks used by the U.S. military during World War II and the Korean War.”

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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29 Responses to Unclear On The Concept

  1. Joy Pixley says:

    LOL, Hauptmann’s going to have to rethink his strategy on that one. Looks like they have the right person — er, former person — running the Ectoplasmic Investigations Division.

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  2. JS Brand says:

    Who ya gonna call? Not Hauptmann. A clever and funny take on the prompt.

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  3. Varad says:

    Hahaha! Should have called Egon before waltzing into Perdue’s office.

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  4. Susan says:

    Ghostbusters meet the Ducks, what a great story. You and I both honed in on the same vehicle in the photo. I’m an old Duck rider myself. My husband thinks it is the only way to see a city.

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  5. Great story – hah, try arresting ghosts and see what happens! There’s an amphibious tour like that in Napier, New Zealand – not a DUKW, but a bus that’s been similarly modified. For some reason, after driving around the art deco sights, they take it out into the harbour and wallow about a bit. Before lunch, hopefully…

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    • EagleAye says:

      Ooh, let’s hope they get seaborne “before” lunch, not unless they got a lot of swabs to wash the decks with. 😉 And Hauptmann got pulled off the case. Apparently he was “freelancing” without “adult supervision.” 😉 Thanks Matthew!

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  6. James says:

    I was wondering where all of the water related stories were coming from but it’s that yellow vehicle. I had no idea what it was and figured it was just another bus. Boy, did I ever miss the boat (so to speak).

    By the way, great shooting, Marines. Semper Fi. Kicking butt even beyond the grave (one of my sons served in the Marines so I’m all good with this).

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    • EagleAye says:

      Glad I could clear the waters on that one. 😉 The Marines take care of business, that’s what they do (even if they’re ghosts). You’re probably familiar with this, “If the Army and the Navy
      Ever look on Heaven’s scenes;
      They will find the streets are guarded
      By United States Marines.”

      Thanks for your son’s service.

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  7. Lyn says:

    Don’t suppose I could have Claude’s contact details could I? I might have a few jobs for him and his friends 😀

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  8. Great little tale and those last two sentences gave me a big grin! I see the Ducks in London quite often, and one day I may just jump aboard one!

    Click to read my SunPhoFic!

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  9. I road a DUCK Tour Boat in Wisconsin (or was it Michigan?). It was fun, cruising around on the road at like 40 miles an hour, but then it went into the water and…put put put. You can’t help but think, “Man, I can get out and swim after than this!” Definitely not a beach assault craft.

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    • EagleAye says:

      They probably didn’t run it as fast as it could go. You wouldn’t want tourists flying out of it after all (or puking everywhere)! Glad you tried it though. I’ll have to take a turn someday. 🙂


  10. ceayr says:

    Good stuff, Eric, this raised more than the ghost of a smile

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  11. michael1148humphris says:

    Lovely story, if only it could be so, the world would be so much calmer

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  12. That quacked me up. Lokos like the right ex-person is in the right job. How would they hold them in the rooms? I suppose the Ghosts answered their call of duty. Or – Call of Duty: Ghosts.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Sounds like the Call of Duty franchise might have a new module, Call of Duty: Ghost Marines. Very hard to kill. And you definitely can’t imprison them. A certain Homeland Security agent needs to figure that one out. Thanks Al! 🙂

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  13. List of X says:

    There’s another thing that worries me about this episode… I used to think that in this country, anyone with a pulse could get an assault rifle. Turns out, you don’t even need a pulse.

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