Job satisfaction

PHOTO PROMPT © Ronda Del Boccio

Andersen found mowing the lawn unexpectedly therapeutic. At first he loathed it. Now he found it strangely satisfying to see it cleanly cut. A car pulled up at the house opposite. A tall man emerged. Andersen smiled, waved at his neighbour. It had only been a few months but he knew him so well already.

He waited till he closed his front door. Then Andersen lit a cigarette, eyeing the plumbing van on the street.

Swat teams emerged in stealth mode from the van, surrounding his neighbour’s house.

Oh yes, Andersen loved the satisfaction of a job well done.

99 words

Grass to marijuana to drugs to human trafficking or other crime syndicates. That was my thought process for an undercover agent story 😉

Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Write a story in 100 words or less.

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31 thoughts on “Job satisfaction

  1. I really enjoyed your story. The reveal was great, telling us so much more about the relationship between the neighbours, but also tying into Andersen’s satisfaction at mowing the lawn well. In fact that prompts me to stick my neck out and contradict Neil. You’ve firmly established that Andersen’s motivation is that of ‘a job well done’. To give him qualms of guilt about deceiving his neighbour would weaken your depiction of Andersen’s motivation.

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    1. I understand where Neil is coming from. The complexity makes it more interesting. However it would be out of character for Andersen. I had pictured him systematic, bordering on OCD. Which you picked up in the satisfaction he gets from mowing a lawn, an activity he used to spy on his neighbour. He likes things orderly and neat. And yes, succeeding at what he does. Thank you, Penny for your insight.

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