Lavender Cottage

James stared morosely through the triple glazed bulletproof kitchen window of Lavender Cottage and sighed. Outside, atop the searchlight tower, a blackbird warbled its sweet song. Noisy green finches attacked the fat ball hanging from the high barbed wire security fence. It was deadly quiet inside.

He went through his usual routine. Habits acquired, not lost. Beretta cleaned and fully loaded. Hair still in place on the door jam.

This is not what he had expected from retirement, but things had changed since it was learnt that the person killed in the explosion was not Dr No, but a body double.


For Friday Fictioneers.


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18 Responses to Lavender Cottage

  1. Sarah Ann says:

    Oh dear. Poor James, it can’t be easy living under so much stress – no wonder he’s morose.

  2. Only one kind of retirement in that job… And that’s not in Lavander cottege 😉 great take

  3. Good story! You can’t retire, Mr Bond. Bizarrely it puts me in mind of a story in TV21 (the Gerry Anderson tie-in magazine from the 60s and 70s – I may be showing my age). The Mysterons have apparently died. Captain Black their agent on Earth has retired to cultivate roses and play cricket … but then the Mysterons return! I’m sorry this is way off the point 🙂

  4. elappleby says:

    Oh no – Dr No is still alive!
    I loved this – especially the hair across the door – nice touch.
    Tiny (classic) typo – ‘deadly quite’ instead of ‘deadly quiet’ – oops!

  5. Lily Mugford says:

    So the story continues… I love the title. You lead me to believe this was going to be such a sweet little tale of granny in her garden… then you got me..

  6. This isn’t as sad a moment as when Mrs. Peel (aka Mrs. Bond) was killed! But it’s not a good end to a life, although perhaps not unexpected. Good job.


  7. Where’s Ursula Andress, dammit? Nicely done, darling.

  8. Dear Patrick,
    I guess there are some careers that can’t be retired from, eh? Good story. Listening to birds outside my window, too. 😉

  9. The Real Cie says:

    It seems to be the beginning of a good spy story!

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