It was a quiet, out of the way place. McCarthy didn’t mind. After everything, he had wanted a place like this, a place where he could be alone.

Grey streaks marked where the paint had worn away, subjected to years of wind and rain, and a soft wind rustled the dying grass.

Then there came the roar of an engine and a black car pulled up. McCarthy tensed as the doors opened and two men in dark suits, almost completely identical, got out.

“Mr. McCarthy,” one said. “Your country needs you.”

McCarthy sighed. It had been nice while it lasted.

Word Count: 100

This is for Friday Fictioneers. Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for running the challenge and Jean L. Hays for providing the prompt picture! 

  1. I think that for some, retirement is not an option.

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  2. Iain Kelly says:

    Does look like the perfect place to hideaway, but obviously not remote enough for him. I wonder what he does for his country?

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  3. ceayr says:

    Very good story, well built.

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  4. writelindy says:

    Your story reminded me of the draft days that affected my school friends during the late sixties and early seventies. They didn’t always escape then either. Well done.

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  5. Dale says:

    Some just can’t get away. I liked the pace of this

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  6. Very good build up. Nice story told well.

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  7. Dear J.A.

    I guess for secret agents there’s no such thing as retirement. Well done.



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  8. Michael Wynn says:

    Sounds like he has a mission. Just the sort of thing I like to read

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  9. michael1148humphris says:

    I like how this story allows the reader to fill in why he is needed, for me the planet is doomed, and it needs his expertise.

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  10. I read McCarthy as being Joseph of “McCarthyism” fame. As to whether this story was leading up to his invesigations, or whether this was present day and his “services” were required again, well i left that decision open.

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