Plainclothes Blues


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He had long felt it was a mistake to eschew the regular uniform and badge to become an underground cop. At first the work had been interesting – penetrating drug gangs, infiltrating the banking industry, and the likes.

But his many successes had brought him the unwanted attention of the higher-ups.

So when the President’s middle daughter decided to join a cult, he was the person the Man asked for, and he was the person the Man got.

Soon after he allowed himself to be recruited, they all moved from sunny Florida to freezing Finland.

He hated his job.


Written for Rochelle Wishoff-Field’s weekly one hundred word challenge. See it here.

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43 Responses to Plainclothes Blues

  1. Just his luck. I hope he gets her out quickly. Funny story, Patrick. 😀 — Suzanne

  2. Oh, poor fella…but maybe he’ll like Finland? Nicely written, you made me laugh.

  3. Ellespeth says:

    He doesn’t seem they type to lower his work ethic, either…
    Those ‘middle’ children, eh? I liked the cult part. It had me grinning.

  4. Nan Falkner says:

    Working the nightshift – you get a broader section of all the creeps to arrest. Be very careful. Good job! Nan

  5. Margaret says:

    I guess he has to go where he’s sent. Maybe he could start making a few mistakes so he gets sent back, or go out in all that snow and get frostbite and go on sick leave. He needs to work the system a little better. Fun story.

  6. Well that sucks. I hope it pays well.

  7. Sue says:

    This just supports my theory to stay under the radar. Lol. “No good deed goes unpunished”

  8. Alice Audrey says:

    LOL. But they could all move back to Florida. You never know.

  9. Love your take on the prompt Patrick, I feel so sorry for the cop. My mind is running away with me as to his up-coming adventure with the cult and the daughter, I want to know what happens next! Fantastic piece 🙂

  10. wmqcolby says:

    I worked with a girl whose brother was a cop. He liked his overnight shift because the people they arrested were the BEST at being “interesting” types. Nice work, Patrick.

  11. I hope he packed a jumper!

  12. Perhaps there’s more story here. Maybe he gets involved with the daughter. Maybe he joins the cult. Maybe… there’s a sequel. Good story!

  13. Changing from Miami Vice to Helsinki vise? — not fun.

  14. Dear Patrick,

    Ansumani took the words from me. It’s tough to be in a job you hate no matter how much attention you get. Well done.



  15. gahlearner says:

    I’d rather work in Finland than in Florida, LOL. Being too successful doesn’t pay when you’re not the one in charge. Great story.

  16. Sandra says:

    Them’s the breaks, as they say. Better to stick beneath the radar then. Good one.

  17. micklively says:

    We’re all gypsies, following the work.
    Good piece.

  18. Jan Brown says:

    I wish there WERE underground cops infiltrating the banking industry…but at least those assholes don’t live in the frozen tundra! Your protagonist has very bad luck–which makes for a wickedly amusing story!

  19. storydivamg says:

    There’s a little too much truth to this, methinks, Patrick. It’s a well-rendered tale, and I sincerely hope your character lives long enough to retire comfortably on all the money he’ll be earning on these special ops.


  20. ansumani says:

    lol. No good deed goes unpunished. Well done.

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