This month’s prompt: Suggest-A-Prompt
In our blog chains we have so many good prompt ideas that don’t get used, so it’s now time to mix it up. Posters get to suggest a prompt for the next blogger in line! With each post less than 1000 words there are sure be some great quick reads!
My post is at the end of all the participants list. My topic for randi.lee is, “The Wrong Bar.”
Participants and posts:
orion_mk3 – http://nonexistentbooks.wordpress.com (link to post) Yuppies Who Hate the Family Business
ConnieBDowell – http://bookechoes.com/ (link to post) Unexpected Library Encounter
bmadsen – http://hospitaloflife.wordpress.com/ (link to post) Cupcake Disaster
MsLaylaCakes – http://www.taraquan.com/ (link to post) Unfortunate Sports
HistorySleuth – http://historysleuth.blogspot.com/ (link to post) Less-than-fortunate Foods
writingismypassion – http://charityfaye.blogspot.com/ (link to post) Blind Date with a Ventriloquist
katci13 – http://www.krystalsquared.net/ (link to post) Evil Cupid
KitCat – http://twilightasylum.wordpress.com/ (link to post) Hunting with Hounds
Angyl78 – https://jelyzabeth.wordpress.com/ (link to post) A Ghost’s Bad Day
randi.lee – http://emotionalnovel.blogspot.com/ (link to post) Topic
Lady Cat – http://carolsrandomness.blogspot.ca/ (link to post) Topic
pyrosama – http://matrix-hole.blogspot.com/ (link to post) Topic
Ralph Pines – http://ralfast.wordpress.com/ (link to post) Topic
dclary – http://www.hardhobbittobreak.com/ (link to post) Topic
meowzbark – http://www.lizzylessard.com/ (link to post) Topic
SRHowen – http://srhowen1.blogspot.com/ (link to post) Topic
Amanda R. – http://www.twoamericansinchina.com/ (link to post) Topic
Briony-zisaya – http://fantasywriterwannabe.wordpress.com/ (link to post)
CatherineHall – http://theelephantinthetemple.blogspot.com/ (link to post) Topic
A Ghost’s Bad Day
Stay hidden. Stay silent. Watch the target. Takeover said target’s life. Of course no one double checked to make sure Ashly Venz was female and able to take over Ashley Wilson’s life. Similar height, similar build. God, Ashly hated that he was small. It just wasn’t fair that at 25 he was still so tiny. How many times had the team had to pull him out of a situation they put him in? It wasn’t fair. Though he had to give the girl props, she had an awesome wardrobe to choose from. He’d already been looking in her apartment. They’d never meet, but while she was overseas on assignment he’d stay here and take over her job.
Wait! That wasn’t, oh no! “SHE HAS A BOYFRIEND!!!” Ashly turned to Gibs. “NO way, no way. I am not taking over for her if she has a boyfriend! I can’t!” Ashly turned back to watch the other Ashley. It was bad enough he had to assume a woman’s identity now he had to deal with a boyfriend? Oh, no. He quit.
And on that note, Ashly got up and headed out the door of the café. He was going to the Captain and telling him the deal was off there was no way he could do this. Even if he called in sick the first few days, there was no way this was going to work. Yes the lieutenant had just moved to this side of the city so most of her neighbors didn’t know her yet. So it was basically a fresh start that he was so going to ruin. And if that was her boyfriend, oh no! He was not getting within five feet of that egotistical, no good lying SOB. Stomping to the car he yanked the door open and got in. It so was not going to work. He wasn’t ready. He so didn’t want to want to do this now. Give him the computers. He liked that part of the Ghost team so much better. The computers couldn’t tell him he didn’t sound like a girl. He didn’t look like a girl. Okay, so maybe a little make up, the right clothes and he so pulled off a lady. It wasn’t like he dressed drag all the time. Just on Halloween, to take his sister out on the town. Then no one knew who he was and he could just relax. Too many people knew he worked for the government. No one knew he was part of the Ghost squad; the current team couldn’t be tracked thanks to Ashly. And his thanks? Six weeks to three months in drag, lying to nice people, doing a job he really didn’t want to do. Come on, retail at the little boutique? That meant he was walking around in heels eight hours a day. Helping women try on clothes, helping men buy their girlfriends the perfect gift. He hated shopping!
He stomped into the command center heading straight to the Captain’s office, Gib right behind him. He just barely remembered to knock and wait for an answer before barging in. Not that permission to enter didn’t stop him from throwing the door open to have a temper tantrum. No, it was the man sitting in front of the Captain’s desk that had him sputtering. “You were… I just… how did…. WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?”
“Sit down!” The Captain’s tone was sharp, not happy with his subordinate’s manners. “You may go Gib; I’ll talk to you later.” Gib made a mad dash for freedom.
Noah sat and watched the man who would be playing his cousin’s life for the next little while. He had come down at headquarters’ request to help the Ghost be convincing. Looking at this Ashly he noticed he had been right, there really was a similar build and height, he should be able to pull it off. Even to the temper tantrums his cousin was known for. He covered his mouth to hide a smile quite certain this Ashly would react in the same manner as his cousins, displeased.
“Now, Officer Noah has kindly agreed to come visit his cousin for the next few weeks to help her settle into the new neighborhood. You’ll find all the information you need in here. You’ll be living in her apartment so please make sure you stop and gather all your stuff. As Noah is visiting you’ll need to give him a ride to the apartment. You move in tonight.” The Captain handed Ashly a file and with the help of Noah they herded him out of the office.
Ashly stood and stared at the closed door, that didn’t go right. He looked at the file in his hands, then at the man next to him. “How… who…”
Noah gathered the keys and taking Ashly’s arm in his hand, walked him out the door to his car. “We best get going. Don’t want to keep your cousin waiting.”
At the car, Noah herded Ashly to the passenger side, trapping him against the car. “I told you I would find you.”