Breakfast – Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by the wonderful Rochelle, the undisputed master of what I call Sound Bite Fiction.
She sets the weekly challenge, and the standard.
This week’s excellent photo by Jean L. Hays takes me down a predictable route.
Yep, dull as ever, what can I say.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on the picture, below.

Copyright Jean L. Hays

Copyright Jean L. Hays

Breakfast

Although it is not yet 9 o’clock the Avenue des Alliés is pulsing with life.
I sit outside a café, enjoying orange juice and croissants in the morning sunshine.
And wondering yet again if I am the only person in France who does not drink coffee for breakfast.
As I watch people going about their daily routines, little stories form in my head.
I am, after all, a writer.
Ostensibly.
I smile as I think of the cache of passports and other tools of the trade that are hidden in my little apartment.
I can hardly write about my real job, can I?

About ceayr

A Scot who has discovered Paradise in a small town he calls Medville on the Côte d'Azur, C.E. Ayr has spent a large part of his life in the West of Scotland and a large part elsewhere. His first job was selling programmes at his local football club and he has since tried 73 other career paths, the longest being in IT, with varying degrees of success. He is somewhat nomadic, fairly irresponsible and, according to his darling daughter, a bit random.
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61 Responses to Breakfast – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Even with the fake passports I’m surprised they let non-coffee drinkers into France…could be cover blown right there!

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  2. Indira says:

    Mysterious character. Writing style is very nice.

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  3. Sounds interesting. I suppose such a life could, after a number of years, become tiring. I think I might forget who I really was after a while. It makes an interesting story though C.E. Happy New Year to you and yours. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  4. Bastet says:

    Ah … a writer could most likely cover his tracks quite nicely writing about what he does I think, a good mystery is always appreciated. Great write as usual CE …

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  5. Sounds like Ian Flemming and how he started out. He just needs to write about it all later and pretend it was all fiction. 🙂

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  6. rgayer55 says:

    This gentleman isn’t so boring after all. Other than not drinking coffee, he blends in quite well. I enjoy people watching too. It’s how I collect characters for my stories.

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  7. lillian says:

    oh….the devil in you! Love the twist here. Made me smile. Such a fun piece to read on the second day of the new year! Smiling I am.

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  8. luckyjc007 says:

    Awe! A double agent posing as the average person just having some juice and croissants. I can see the newspaper headline now………

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  9. liz young says:

    Oh! Excellently done! A lovely nostalgic Parisian moment and then the surprise ending!

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    • ceayr says:

      Thank you, Liz, very happy you enjoyed my little tale.
      As an aside, in this case, not Paris, but the Côte d’Azur.
      Not that it matters to the story, but that’s where I live.
      Bonne Année.

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  10. I see that many think of passports are a secret agent… alas I started to think of false passports and human trafficking… I liked the first person perspective here.

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    • ceayr says:

      In a 100 word story, Bjorn, different interpretations are pretty much inevitable.
      I am not unhappy about any of them.
      Always a pleasure to read your views here.

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  11. Margaret says:

    What a mystery – spy, thief, terrorist?? Maybe he really is a writer. He could become all other things that way. Great writing, CE. And ‘dull’, ‘predictable’? I think not.

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  12. rogershipp says:

    I love a great spy story! Even if he is not the spy ‘on duty’.

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  13. Dee says:

    I do like the way you tell your stories CE and this one is no exception, just the right amount of intrigue to keep us all guessing. Hope you had a happy Christmas, best wishes for 2016.

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  14. You are clearly not the person we think you are. A non-coffee-drinker? What other secrets are you hiding?
    Rosey Pinkerton’s blog

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  15. draliman says:

    Everyone needs a good cover. Especially him!

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  16. I don’t drink coffee either. Each to their own.

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  17. Nice twist at the end making a man, who otherwise may have been boring (not drinking coffee for breakfast) into one chap I’m hoping I avoid. Oops…. where’s my passport? Happy New Year.

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    • ceayr says:

      I really am the only person in France, and perhaps the Western world, who doesn’t.
      But if I don’t get my OJ the body count rises fast.
      Happy New Year, Irene.

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  18. mandibelle16 says:

    Ooo shades of 007 or Jason Bourne. Great job!

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  19. It appears as though we were writing at the same cafe today. I swear I never read anyone’s fiction before I write mine. I would shoot people too if I didn’t get coffee in the morning.
    Happy New Year

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  20. It always comes out in the writing though doesn’t it? He will be found out by some reader sometime.

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  21. I am very suspicious of him …
    Hmmm …

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  22. Reblogged this on anelephantcant and commented:
    AnElephantCant drink coffee
    He is already on the excitable side of hyper
    If he takes too much caffeine
    His pink bits turn green
    And he birls and skirls like a demented bagpiper

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  23. then i must lock my passport around my body! this is a wise approach. thank you!

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  24. Such a charming fella, ostensibly

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  25. Dear CE,

    A writer must gather info for his craft, right? There’s a certain something in your MC’s voice that is both charming and menacing. The gentleman thief. You do this so well. Should I be wary?

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  26. Watch that overt smiling – could raise suspicions so early in the morning. I worry about your protagonist.
    Hope we all make it through 2016

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  27. Sandra says:

    I like the ‘voice’ in your stories. It always sounds polite, reflective… and menacing. I shall tell myself he’s a thief, though my brain is telling me he’s a terrorist. Good one, as ever. Happy New Year to you, CE.

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  28. Dale says:

    What? You don’t drink coffee and call yourself a writer? Oh right. Ostensibly!

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