Questionable Practices

This was intended to be a quick bash at Mondays Finish The Story for August 3rd 2015. Thanks to Barbara W. Beacham for the prompt.

“The team employed the use of Nightshade to get the information they wanted from their captive.” They’d found, through a process of trial and error that this was the most effective agent. The subjects might not agree, but they’d been aware of the risks when they signed up.
“I’ll need the location,” said Vansitart, the syringe poised over the cannula, a stern look in his eye. Across the room, his assistant,Torrens, said nothing.

“Go to hell,” the Subject spat.

Vansitart let his thumb hover over the syringe, offered the Subject a mock-sympathetic smile, “That’s your answer?”

The Subject made to look as though he was thinking it over. In the end, the threat of a near-fatal bolus of atropine won out, “It’s in Leicester.”

Vansitart looked across the room at Torrens. After a moment, the taciturn

assistant nodded. “He’s correct, Chris. The National Space Museum is located in Leicester.”

Vansitart smiled, and turned to the subject. “Congratulations, Geoff. You’re through to the next round.”

The Subject nodded but he didn’t have the decency to look grateful. Vansitart couldn’t understand it. He was a contestant on the highest rated gameshow in history. Most subjects would give their right arm for that…

Vansitart made a mental note to call his producer. He’d had an idea.



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21 responses to “Questionable Practices

  1. I love the twist in your story Etienne! Nicely done. Thanks for writing again for the Mondays Finish the Story challenge and be well… ^..^

  2. A game show – great take on the prompt. Just a small typo – right arms – should be right arm.

  3. Great take on the prompt – a game show!

  4. Unique take on the prompt and unexpected twist! Well done.

  5. Ooh… game show with a twist!!! Excellent and clever!!!!

  6. I can see something like this happening in the future! Ominous last line – they may find they’re short of volunteers if that idea gets the go-ahead.

  7. That sounds like an unpleasant game show! A great take on the prompt. 🙂

  8. Interesting scenario! I like your take! I was wracking my brain for how they could have signed up for this and there was a good pay-off at the end of the story.

  9. Now that’s a unique twist. Well done!

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