Eve sat in her hotel room and waited. Her heart pulsed away in her chest. She reached into her handbag, lying on the creme sheets, and wrapped her fingers around the grip of her gun. It was cold, hard, focused. The feel of the metal always calmed her: an instinct from years of training. You couldn’t use a weapon angry. You had to be like ice.

She walked over to the window and pushed the curtains aside. Still no sign of him.

Eve tried to ignore all the voices in her head, whispering what could have gone wrong. They were unprofessional. If he didn’t show up, she knew what to do.

Keep to the plan. Stay calm. Stay cold. Think, don’t feel. 

There was a knock on her door. Eve sat still for a moment, then slipped her gun into her belt and went to open it.

The hotel door creaked open and he was standing there, holding a bouquet of roses. There were burns on his coat and bruises on his face, but she didn’t mention them.

“I thought you weren’t coming.” Eve put the gun down.

He smiled. “A whole army couldn’t keep me away. Happy birthday.”

Word Count: 199

This is for Sunday Photo Fiction.

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    Ha, great scene. I can picture it as the end of a James Bond film as he completes his mission and gets back in time for the birthday 🙂

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  2. James says:

    So she wasn’t planning on shooting him, just anyone else who might have done him in. Nice.

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  3. Jade M. Wong says:

    I second the James Bond comment from Iain. I definitely got a spy/secret agent thriller feel from this story.

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  4. Awww that’s sweet. I love it

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  5. Yes, truly James Bondish. Well narrated.

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  6. swritings says:

    This was a really great take! 🙂

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  7. Oh thank goodness it was him! I was growing concerned in that brief time period 😉

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  8. Singledust says:

    suspense, thrills and a bit of romance – loved the spin – so cool to get someone not miss your birthday like this – i must tell my kids to find me such a hunk.

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  9. Dahlia says:

    Unexpected and nice!

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