MftS: Belladonna

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.

Photo Prompt - © 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

Photo Prompt – © 2015, Barbara W. Beacham


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


To read other entries or to submit your own, click the little blue frog.



42 thoughts on “MftS: Belladonna

    • Thanks, Emily. The capitalisation of Nightshade in the opening sentence gave me the idea! If it was the plant, nightshade, it should be lowercase. I’m a bit pedantic at times. 🙂


  1. Wow Lou – I loved your clever use of multiple plot layers coming together – a fantastic story. I really love the ‘nightshade rhythm’, oozing with venom, yet softly falling into place in the structure. The contrasting scenes are amazing!


  2. Nice! I like the espionage angle you took with this one. I liked the environment and the feel of this one. If I’d have thought of creating an operative named “Nightshade” I’d have definitely gone this route as well. Nicely done! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

Let me know what you think!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s