The unexpected encounter – a short story

The narrow alleyway leading to the wine shop was almost deserted except for a handful of people. With her nose buried deep in a book, Mia didn’t notice the bridge or the adjoining steps until she stumbled and fell to her knees. To her pleasant surprise, she found herself being assisted by a tall, handsome stranger. Henry, the stranger made sure that she didn’t hurt herself. With a slight smile, he handed over her book that had engineered the fall in the first place.

As the book exchanged hands, their fingers grazed and their eyes met. He had intense black eyes that made her heart beat a little faster. Though she was momentarily rendered speechless by his charm, Mia shook herself out of her reverie and thanked him for his assistance. As they parted ways, Mia’s hands lingered ever so briefly on his broad shoulders. Mia hoped Henry hadn’t noticed that.

Even as they walked away from each other, Mia turned around to get a good look at her target. That was him alright. Henry Lucas, the notorious drug kingpin on their list. Confident about her mission’s success, she spoke into her earpiece, “Agent Spencer reporting; Tracking device successfully deployed. Target identity confirmed.”.

Agent Spencer walked away, masquerading as a bibliophile too engrossed in a book for her own good. Her team was busy setting up a perimeter to cut off all possible exits. Weaving an intricate web, the federal agents were lying in wait for their target to approach. An oblivious Henry made his way through the alleyway, only to be surrounded and arrested by cops at long last.

Author’s Note:

Not all stories where the girl meets boy end up as love stories. I hope you enjoyed the twist.

This story was written in response to KL Caley’s weekly #writephoto prompt. The challenge is to use the given photo prompt as an inspiration to create a post on your own blog… poetry, prose, humour… light or dark, whatever you choose, as long as it is fairly family-friendly. Thank you, KL for hosting this challenge. Click on the link to know more about this challenge and to read the entries by my fellow bloggers.

For visually challenged writers, the image shows steps up and over a bridge, with narrow alleyways at each side of the bridge.

Image courtesy: Jemima Pett

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168 thoughts on “The unexpected encounter – a short story

  1. As usual interesting story….I always like the way u inspire other at the end of your blog giving details of the challenge and motivating ur readers to write…keep going and inspiring….

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    1. Thanks a lot, Ramya. I always make it a point to explain the challeng so that if anyone needs to know more, they’ll know where to go. I often discover a lot of new challenges from my fellow bloggers so I wanted to pay it forward. Thanks a lot for noticing that ☺️
      Thank you so much for reading. Comments like these are what keep me going ❤️🤗

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  2. Great story, very well written. You managed to create a potent plot twist in a very short amount of time. I began reading precisely feeling it would become a sappy romance, and then was pleasantly surprised by your creative take. Good job!

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouraging words. That was my intention while writing this piece. I’ve read too many romance stories start this way. Thanks a lot for your appreciation 😀

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  3. That was an amazing story, I loved it so much! I recently wrote something similar to that, a story named Domestic Help, and I love seeing that there’s other people out there with similar mindsets. Thanks for the great story

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    1. I am so happy to know that you enjoyed this. I would love to read your story too. I will be heading over to your blog later. Thank you so much for reading and commenting 😊

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