Close, but No Cigar

August 12, 2020 at 9:56 am 34 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 14 Auguest 2020

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo Credit: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

 
“Is that space available?” he asked the woman sitting alone on a bench along Hollywood Boulevard.

“Not anymore,” she smiled and motioned him to grab it.

He was a smooth talker and made her feel at ease right away.

The man said he worked as a set designer in the movies, but it was a lie. He was actually a crook.

He was about to move in for the kill when a boy came rushing towards them followed by a man in shorts.

“My family‘s here,” she said and stood up to join them. “It’s been nice talking to you.”

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34 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Iain Kelly  |  August 12, 2020 at 10:12 am

    A lucky escape.

    Reply
    • 2. plaridel  |  August 12, 2020 at 3:05 pm

      iain:

      yes, you can’t just trust anybody these days. 🙂

      Reply
  • 3. Na'ama Yehuda  |  August 12, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    Win some, lose some, eh? Though, good for her!

    Reply
    • 4. plaridel  |  August 13, 2020 at 9:18 am

      na’ama:

      i guess that’s how it works in life for better or worse. 🙂

      Reply
  • 5. Indira  |  August 12, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    It was close. Thanks for the nice ending.

    Reply
    • 6. plaridel  |  August 13, 2020 at 9:18 am

      indira:

      you’re very kind. thank you.

      Reply
      • 7. Indira  |  August 13, 2020 at 6:45 pm

        Welcome, dear.

        Reply
  • 8. Tannille  |  August 12, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    Never give away your trust, it has to be earned. Good for her.

    Reply
    • 9. plaridel  |  August 13, 2020 at 9:17 am

      tannille:

      good motto to live by.

      Reply
  • 10. draliman  |  August 12, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    I bet she was never going to fall for his scam. But of all his attempts on different people, it only needs one.

    Reply
    • 11. plaridel  |  August 13, 2020 at 9:17 am

      draliman:

      yes, that’s very true.

      Reply
  • 12. Keith's Ramblings  |  August 13, 2020 at 2:22 am

    Perfect timing! Nice one plaridel.

    Reply
    • 13. plaridel  |  August 13, 2020 at 9:17 am

      keith:

      thank you for reading as usual. much apreciated. 🙂

      Reply
  • 14. rochellewisoff  |  August 13, 2020 at 5:12 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    The family came right on cue. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    Reply
    • 15. plaridel  |  August 13, 2020 at 9:17 am

      rochelle:

      i guess it’s all about timing. 🙂

      Reply
  • 16. Liz Young  |  August 13, 2020 at 6:51 am

    Perhaps he’ll realise what he’s missing and change his life around.

    Reply
    • 17. plaridel  |  August 13, 2020 at 9:16 am

      liz:

      he has certainly lost his way.

      Reply
  • 18. Bill  |  August 13, 2020 at 6:59 am

    Another Dick Dastardly drama foiled by the nick of time. Well done.

    Reply
    • 19. plaridel  |  August 13, 2020 at 9:16 am

      bill:

      thank you for reading. much appreciated.

      Reply
      • 20. Bill  |  August 13, 2020 at 12:17 pm

        Of course.

        Reply
  • 21. granonine  |  August 13, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Ah! Saved by the family at the last minute :). Great story.

    Reply
    • 22. plaridel  |  August 13, 2020 at 9:16 am

      linda:

      someone above must be watching over her. 🙂

      Reply
  • 23. Susan A Eames  |  August 13, 2020 at 9:15 am

    Sounds like she had a close call. Nice take on the photo prompt.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

    Reply
    • 24. plaridel  |  August 13, 2020 at 9:21 am

      susan:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

      Reply
  • 25. James McEwan  |  August 13, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    It is such a true story in many ways – beware of the over friendly smooth talking stranger; he bites.

    Reply
    • 26. plaridel  |  August 14, 2020 at 8:02 am

      james:

      i couldn’t agree more.

      Reply
  • 27. siobhan1967  |  August 13, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    Thank goodness for timely arrivals! I wondered what would have happened to her, nothing good i’m sure.

    Reply
    • 28. plaridel  |  August 14, 2020 at 8:02 am

      siobhan:

      good question. 🙂

      Reply
  • 29. michael1148humphris  |  August 14, 2020 at 7:15 am

    So very much hangs on fate. Even the crook might have had a very different life if fate had been kinder to him.

    Reply
    • 30. plaridel  |  August 14, 2020 at 8:02 am

      michael:

      in a way, i think you’re right.

      Reply
  • 31. Inside the Mind of Isadora  |  August 14, 2020 at 9:20 am

    It looks like their minds were in two different places.
    Glad she was rescued from his claws. Nicely done, Plaridel.
    Have a great weekend … Be Safe
    Isadora 😎

    Reply
    • 32. plaridel  |  August 19, 2020 at 9:08 am

      isadora:

      she could thank her guardian angel.

      Reply
  • 33. msjadeli  |  August 14, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    I’m sure it goes just that way many times, but many times nobody interrupts it. Sad commentary on the predator/prey nature of humans. We have to be one of the few species that makes a habit of preying on our own kind 😦

    Reply
    • 34. plaridel  |  August 19, 2020 at 9:08 am

      msjadeli:

      such is life.

      Reply

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