WEP: Unmasking the Criminal

He laid back on his chair, sipping coconut water with relish and reminiscing; just a week ago he was counting minutes till his promotion.

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His eyes swept across the room as he glanced at the menu. Today was hopefully his last day as an agent in the field. He bristled with pride as he sat up, mentally rehearsing his award speech, “it takes great skill and perseverance to unmask a villain like The Murait. I followed him across the world for 3 whole years but alas, like all thieves, he also had a weakness — The freshly made chocolate cake of the very same restaurant where I…” he just about saw a familiar silhouette fade away, darting in between the shadows.

The next day brought with it the news of the disappearance and suspected death of Agent Rickard.


Word Count: 138

The word prompt (Menu) for this piece has been given by Denise Farley at the Girlie on the Edge. The unofficial theme for December’s WEP is Unmasked.

33 responses to “WEP: Unmasking the Criminal”

  1. Fun and intriguing Six. Yum… that delicious chocolate cake has much to answer for.

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    1. Tbh, I was tempted to grab a slice too.

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  2. Good one. I like it.

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  3. I do hope that Agent Rickard is wearing another mask – and is safe in the sunshine somewhere – perhaps enjoying chocolate cake with The Murait.

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    1. Considering he was drinking coconut water, I doubt that he was wearing a mask.

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  4. A mystery! I can’t sit still. I want to scream: What happened? Where did he disappear? Did he make a pact with the villain? Was he one and the same person as the villain he pretended to pursue?

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    1. “Was he one and the same person as the villain”
      I never thought of that 🤔.

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  5. Aha! The implication of “disappearance and suspected death of Agent Rickard.” tells me the agent may still be among the living 😀

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    1. It seems so (and living life to the fullest)

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  6. Aha. You got us here, didn’t you? Chocolate cake involved? Say now more.

    Thanks for bearing with the WEP team through 2020! Here’s to much smoother sailing in the NY!

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  7. An intriguing tale! I’m hoping there will be more.

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    1. Maybe if another prompt inspires it 🤔

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  8. Gah! My mind was already gearing up for an unfolding mystery. Now… so many unanswered questions!

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  9. Just like a soap opera: when they are “presumed dead”, they never are, but they’re often recast! 🙂

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    1. Well, let’s hope the recast loves his job more

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  10. I love the way you put so much into so few words. Quite the mystery here. Fun story. Thanks for sharing it.

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  11. Loved it! So well done and with such a brief flash always leave them wanting more!

    Have a glorious holiday, and a blessed New Year!

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  12. He’s not really dead, is he? 🙂

    Happy holidays!

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    1. I don’t really think so. Happy Holidays 😀

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  13. He’ll be back. Must have that cake again!

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  14. I’m amazed how you pack so much into so few words! I hope to see more excellent stories from you in the new year!

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    1. Thank you! Keeping my fingers crossed 🙂

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  15. Well done Bernadette … poor Agent – but he leaves a world aghast at that loss.

    I hope you have a happy and peaceful year ahead – Hilary

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  16. Wow. Like fresh baked chocolate cake, indeed.

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