Sunday Photo Fiction – Secret Code

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Secret Code

Johnny’s a Hotel Manager, and every day I pass in front of his hotel.

We have our own secret code.

We take the week of the year as a base and add a letter of the alphabet.

As he knows what time I pass, he arranges to flash on and off some lights in the rooms facing the street.

The guests just think it’s a test.

Last week he spelt out ‘adore’ with 26+1, 26+4 etc from Monday to Friday.

I’m excited to discover this morning’s letter, but as I pass, I see three sets of lights, 26+19, 26+15, 26+19.

My heart skips a beat.

I call him, as I double back at the next roundabout.

It goes to voicemail.

As I get nearer, I see armed policemen falling out of unmarked vans, and the entrance cordoned off.

I abandon my car in the middle of the road and run to the nearest policeman.

“What’s happening?”

“They’ve taken hostages Madam.”

I bend in two and eject my breakfast.


The idea of Sunday Photo Fiction is to write a story with the photo as a prompt in around 200 words. The photo doesn’t have to be centre stage.

22 comments

  1. J Hardy Carroll · January 22, 2017

    Good twist at the end, Graham.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Iain Kelly · January 22, 2017

    A sad twist, I thought we were heading for a happy ending – alas, not to be. Nice take from the prompt.

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    • Graham Lawrence · January 22, 2017

      Thanks. I think I’m going to attempt some reverse twists for a change soon

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  3. Keith's Ramblings · January 22, 2017

    Wow, what a tale; what an ending. Excellent Graham.

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    Liked by 1 person

    • Graham Lawrence · January 22, 2017

      Thanks Keith!

      Like

  4. Peter's pondering · January 22, 2017

    Excellent tale Graham. Very cleverly done.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Graham Lawrence · January 22, 2017

      Thanks for reading Peter

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  5. ceayr · January 22, 2017

    You have diced carrots for breakfast?
    Sorry, good story, but I worry that Graham’s jealousy might be the cause here.

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    • Graham Lawrence · January 22, 2017

      It’s possible. Graham seems to be at the heart of a lot of these tales doesn’t he 🙂

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  6. James · January 22, 2017

    There’s something about this hotel and its surroundings that inspires depressing or desperate tales. Well done, Graham.

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    • Sunday Fiction · January 23, 2017

      It used to be the first thing people saw as they came off the ferries. There have been calls to demolish it for thirty years. When they did finally take it down, we hoped it would be exploded, but it was taken down by hand.

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      • Graham Lawrence · January 23, 2017

        Interesting back story. Thanks 🙏

        Liked by 1 person

  7. Sunday Fiction · January 23, 2017

    A good story. Good job for the messages to him or it may have been a different result.

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    • Graham Lawrence · January 23, 2017

      The lights in the windows intrigued me 😉

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      • Sunday Fiction · January 23, 2017

        Its actually sunlight from the other side. Some teens got in there and set light to it so a few of the of the partitions were destroyed allowing for a straight look through.

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      • Graham Lawrence · January 23, 2017

        Aha. Interesting!

        Liked by 1 person

  8. mandibelle16 · January 23, 2017

    Wonderfully written Graham. I was not expecting that ending either. Hostages, doesn’t sound like a promising ending for anyone involved.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Graham Lawrence · January 23, 2017

      Thanks for reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. emmylgant · January 24, 2017

    Good story Graham. Fun to read.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Singledust · January 27, 2017

    writing a code was brilliantly used here.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Dahlia · January 28, 2017

    Very nicely done.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. neelwritesblog · January 30, 2017

    Good clever story.

    Liked by 1 person

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