With an Overabundance of Caution

the-gate

PHOTO PROMPT © Jean L. Hays

Rob backed away from the gate when he saw the package lying in wait.

Nobody knew he was there, did they?  Was his cover blown?

Rob moved to a different vantage point. The package crouched, waiting to pounce.

He had been out of the business for years, but knew what these packages meant.  They’d find parts of him in three counties…

Well, he still had hardware from his “working days”!  There’d be nothing left.

The reverberation from the explosion was dying out when his cell rang. He smiled.

“Hi Mom.”

“Hi Honey. Did you get the birthday present I sent?”

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Word count = 100

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57 thoughts on “With an Overabundance of Caution

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks! Maybe cookies or brownies, which travel better than cake, but, yeah, not a bomb. Now he has to figure out how to sound gracious to his mom without her ever finding out that he blew up her present…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      A very dysfunctional family… On the other hand, Mom would never send a bomb (don’t ask about Dad…), he just blew up the package with his “hardware” because he didn’t trust the unannounced package. Now he has some ‘splaining to do to Mom about what happened to her birthday present…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      lol, I may have to give up my gold star – I typically use “three counties” as a generic term for “a large area”, though I’m sure the phrase I use originated with “the Three Counties” in the UK.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      You may leave “the business”, but you can never escape it… Yeah, he will have to think fast on his feet to figure out a way to get out of this one. If you think The Boss is awful to be around when angry, you’ve never seen Mom! ;)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I’m sure she knew it was there – delivery people often send photos when the deliver a package, so… yeah, he has to do something clever to get out of this one…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yes, if all of your knowledge is about “the business”, you are apt to get in trouble when real life intrudes. I’m not sure what he could say to his mom without alerting her to his past vocation…. Since delivery people often take photos, saying it didn’t arrive is no out….

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      He’s going to have a very tough time explaining it away – If he said it never arrived, she will show a photo of it at the gate, if he then says a neighbor must have stolen it, she will remind him that the nearest neighbor is 20 miles away…

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