100-Word Fiction: ‘The Mark’

It was too easy to suggest that no one knew the full story; that no one understood. But he did feel that was true. It was also too easy to condemn. No one knew his background. Probably no one cared. He earned little money. Where he had come from! Then there was his family, the country itself. And if all that, then one day… while the sun was shining, if he had made up his mind and agreed in his head that yes, it was okay, to do what needed to be done – and he had purposefully overstepped the mark…

100-Word Fiction: ‘The Unexploded Bombs’

The parcel bombs did not explode. They were discovered on p7, right next to Tom Jones. They were defused with only fifteen lines headed ‘Crime’, buried beneath news of Carlos Acosta dancing and a powerboat accident (p6), teenage choristers (p5), loan sharks (p4) and a BBC sitcom (pp1-2). The bombs made no sound. They were intercepted in London, one addressed to MI6 and one to Downing Street. The word did not spread. Message not received. No TV news item showed that terrorists had targeted the heart of the state. But then the postcode on the packages was Caernarfon, not Islamaville.

100-Word Fiction: ‘REDACTED’

Certain informations remain disapplied for reasons of international security. Documentation pertaining to concurrent pertinences and actions during qualified renditions of suspects is undergoing systemic release to relevant authorities. Independent assessment of such documentation will ascertain that under no circumstances have parties sought to disclarify evidence that could help with any investigation. Instances of disclarification are treated appropriately. Redacting of documents is necessary for ongoing global security initiatives. It is appropriate to release the names of government agents and Forces personnel, particularly ******* Sir **** ***** and the Right Honorable ******* ***** whose orders ******* for the torture of British citizens.