A Mind Like Mercury


“Watch them,” Victoria Burton said, standing over the crowd like a hawk searching for its prey. “Watch every motion, every little detail, every expression that crosses their faces.”

James looked and saw crying children, ruffled businessmen, chattering travelers, but no sign of the diamond.

How had she even known it would be at the airport?

“There’s a woman in Cairo,” Victoria said, “who has quite the interest in diamonds.”

“But how do you know she bought it?” James asked.

Victoria smiled. “How did I know what you were thinking?”

“There are a hundred possible buyers.”

“But only one who paid for a ticket on this flight.”

Her dark eyes narrowed as she spied her target. She was like a shark that had scented blood.

“Follow me.”

Victoria took the stairs three at a time. James raced after her, feeling as if he were a hundred miles behind.

Word Count: 149

This is for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. Thanks to Priceless Joy for running the challenge and Dawn Miller for providing the prompt photo!

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  1. He’s physically and mentally a hundred miles behind. How does she know what the diamond thief looks like? Facinated to know. Great story and as Iain says, would make a good scene for a crime story.

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