View from Above – Alastair’s Photo Fiction

AnElephantCant always be ordinary
He tends to stand out in a crowd
With his tusks and a trunk
And a head full of junk
There is no room for him on Alastair’s cloud

Sunday morning, so Alastair’s Photo Fiction Challenge time again.
And a strange picture (below) which triggers strange thoughts in AnElephant’s strange head.
He asks that you try to visit and read the great stories by his photo-challenged fellows.
Thank you.

Copyright Alastair Forbes

Copyright Alastair Forbes

View from Above

He spends ten days on the ground, scoping the town, a typical tourist.
At night he studies maps, distances, elevations and angles.
Yesterday he came again to the Maures Mountains, finally deciding on this spot.
The first shot, to the beach, is the longest but least critical.
He sights on a group of teenagers at the water’s edge, picks the largest one facing him, squeezes the trigger, watches him fall.
His second rifle is trained on the market, 400 metres west of the beach, and 200 nearer to his position.
He shoots a man selling vegetables.
His third weapon, a McMillan Tac-50, is trained on his target, who is sitting by a pool almost half a klick from the beach.
This bullet goes through the heart.
He adjusts slightly and shoots a woman back-packer in the street, then goes back to his second gun and kills a man sitting reading in the town square.
He meticulously clears his space and slips away.
By the time the gendarmes piece things together he will be long gone.
By the time detectives arrive from Marseille he will be halfway to Scotland.
The family of the man by the pool will get the message.
The others are mere window dressing.

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19 Responses to View from Above – Alastair’s Photo Fiction

  1. RoSy says:

    This is a movie I’d like to see!


  2. nightlake says:

    a thriller. a fine read, Elephant


  3. julespaige says:

    Dang. Write out of the latest spy novels! Had me on the edge of my seat, you did!


  4. misskzebra says:

    Wasn’t expecting something this dark, very well done!


  5. summerstommy2 says:

    Dear sir elephant you have been watching far too many movies. Really ‘window dressing’. Couldn’t you have written them a letter instead?


  6. Anja says:

    Oh wow….just read one piece for this photo and now yours. Night and day difference and love it. Was not expecting this and that makes it even better. 🙂


  7. Joe Owens says:

    A sniper in the clouds? Sounds very much like a Mission Impossible movie scenario! Good one AEC.


  8. emmylgant says:

    Absolutely love this one! The attention to details (different weapons, distances, victims, etc.) makes the story compelling. It could be the intro to a great thriller… I would follow the investigation, the chase, the getaway, however the story unfolds with relish.
    AnElephantCan write ’em.
    Wonderful in every way… even though bodies are lying all over the place.!


  9. Alastair says:

    Oooh that’s an assassin with no conscience. Good one.


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