Here’s this week’s entry into Monday’s Finish the Story flash fiction challenge, run by Barbara W. Beacham. This challenge gives you a picture prompt and the first line and asks that you finish the story in 100-150 words. The given line is in italics.
The team employed the use of Nightshade to get the information they wanted from their captive.
Leaning back in his chair, Leon watched events on the screen unfolding. The fool of an official paced, back and forth in the bare, windowless room, freezing at the sound of approaching footsteps.
He always enjoyed this: watching the unsuspecting victim fall under the influence, revealing all his secrets. It was his favourite form of entertainment. “We should’ve brought popcorn,” he announced to the room.
Ben snorted and shook his head.
Gina cast him a look of disdain. “Nightshade is active.”
Grinning, Leon returned his attention to the screens and the deceptively fragile figure shoved unceremoniously into the room: helpless, weeping.
The operative codenamed Nightshade, their own Belladonna, was the most effective weapon in their arsenal. With her innocent eyes and tremulous smile their captive would be wrapped around her fingers in no time, he’d tell her anything she wanted to know.
Then she’d silence him – with nightshade, of course.
Word Count: 150
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