Prompt  –

Copyright – Ted  Strutz

Ashenden entered the flat using a skeleton key. He found the socket for the electric lamp; removed the bulb –  put a coin in its base and replaced the bulb.

He waited in the stairwell till he heard footsteps coming up and then walked to the small closet. Soon one of the switches in the circuit-breaker tripped. He removed the mains-plug and walked out.

A little rivet in a huge monster-machine, he had little chance of knowing what his action achieved. He walked back to his room – structuring the plot of espionage magnum-opus he planned to write after his retirement.

Words  ~<100


Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.


18 thoughts on “Ashenden

    • A coin in base of an old style incandescent lamp socket would cause a short circuit and the lights would go off in that electric network. He pulled off the plug to ensure that the whole building was plunged in to darkness.

      Thanks for the interest.

  1. Dear Yarnspinner, Jeepers, I didn’t know that about the penny. I knew they used to put pennies behind a fuse in a fuse box – but not about a lamp. Great story. Is he going to do some espionage? Nan 🙂

  2. I wonder if he’s getting frustrated never knowing the full extent of what his little actions achieve or if he’s happy with his lot? In any case, he’s gaining material for his retirement book!

  3. I really like how you’ve shown Ashenden as just a little cog in a big wheel. I guess that is the role of most spies, back then and beyond; but how much faith they must have to have in their controllers to trust that their actions are productive and beneficial – for someone. I enjoyed the pace of this, and your matter-of-fact tone reflects the businesslike approach of the spy – with the little flourish at the end hinting at what’s really going in his mind.

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