The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
The Assasin/Spy Package
by E.A. Black
The salesclerk handed Pete a folder. “This is a very nice one – a trip through the ice caves of Europa. It’s very popular with the hipster set. Spelunking is all the rage.”
“I want to ski the slopes on Hallgerda Mons on Venus. The assassin/spy package,” Pete said as he pushed the folder across the desk towards the salesclerk. The Adventure Company hosted the best trips through the wormhole. Lisa, his wife, had taken him on the oceanside vacation with the lizard people of Alpha Seti 6 several years ago. His best friend Frank Evans and his wife Marie had joined them. Frank had just left for Hallgerda Mons and Pete wanted to catch him as he skied down the mountain. Pete wanted it to be a surprise. He imagined the view from the summit. Cloud cover for as far as the eye could see. The wormhole in the distance. So far from home but he had a mission of his own to accomplish.
“I’ve always wanted to play assassin since I started watching James Bond movies. Hallgerda Mons is the package for me,” Pete said.
“Very well, sir,” The salesclerk said. He pushed the Venus folder towards Pete. “Everything is covered – your spacesuit, oxygen, room and board at the summit hostel, transportation to and from the wormhole, weapons, mountain climbing gear, skis and poles, shoes, and weights. You begin your adventure at the hostel when you follow the spy to the summit to complete your mission. Your house is collateral as agreed in the contract. Keep in mind this package has a 50% failure rate. It’s not as dangerous as most but it’s up there.”
“That’s fine. I know what I’m getting into.” Pete signed the forms agreeing to the terms of the package and to not hold the company responsible for his injury or death. Pete had been planning his revenge ever since Lisa and Frank began their affair on Alpha Seti 6. They had taken the spy/Mata Hari package to Hallgerda Mons but they didn’t know Pete was onto them. Lisa said she was visiting friends. Liar. Hallgerda was the Icelandic goddess of vanity. So fitting. Although the clerk said the company provided weapons, Pete intended to bring his own with real ammo. According to the contract, if he completed his mission he wouldn’t be held responsible for any deaths. Such was the risk of taking a spy package.
Frank and Lisa wouldn’t know what hit them.
Fiction © Copyright E. A. Black
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
More from E.A. Black:
What horror anthology on body enhancements wouldn’t include gross-out fiction? This book has it in spades. But, this collection of stories goes far beyond that. Here you will also find science fiction, surreal fiction, fantasy, and even a full serving of dark humor. Disturbing, perverse, often gut-wrenching (pun intended) stories—all between the covers of this anthology!
Nineteen chilling tales by some of the best horror and suspense writers today. Definitely not for the squeamish!
“Hardcore horror that ranges from the socially relevant to the scatologically repulsive—the shock here is like ‘The Scream’ made flesh.” — Mort Castle, editor of On Writing Horror: A Handbook by the Horror Writers Association
“In Zippered Flesh 3, Editor Weldon Burge has done a masterful job of combining work from well-known masters like Jack Ketchum and Graham Masterton with newer writers. But it is the original work by newcomers like L.L. Soares and Meghan Acuri that stands out for me. … Highly recommended.” — Gene O’Neill, author of The Hitchhiking Effect: A Retrospective Collection
“‘Closer by Charles Colyott is a wonderfully poignant and romantic story. … ‘Going Green’ by Christine Morgan is so original, timely, and well-written it deserves special mention. … Kudos to Burge for putting together another fine anthology of cutting-edge fiction.” — Paul Dale Anderson, author of The Instruments of Death series