The Drop – Songxicun, China

The Drop – Songxicun, China

The covert message had been decoded.

Friday 16:30: Songxicun, Water Pump.

She arrived early and the square was empty. It was difficult for her to blend in to the surroundings so she stepped into a doorway and waited.

Her contact was late.  When he arrived, she watched him stop and light a cigarette. Drawing on it slowly and inhaling. He looked around and then dropped to tie his shoe.  She watched him tuck something into the wooden box next to the water pump. He stood up, flicking the cigarette away, and left hurriedly.

Looking around she saw an old woman approaching the pump with two pails on a pole balanced across her shoulders.  She waited patiently until it was clear.

Finally, the old woman left and the square was empty again. Quickly, with her heart pounding, she retrieved the small package from the box and disappeared from sight.

Christine Bolton – Poetry for Healing ©

148 words

In response to What Pegman Saw – Photo Prompt – Songxicun, China

  20 comments for “The Drop – Songxicun, China

  1. February 16, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    That’s rather exciting.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 16, 2019 at 9:38 pm

      Thank you! Yes, I’ve read a lot of spy novels in my day! 🙂

  2. February 16, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    It’s an intro to a spy thriller. Great

    • Christine Bolton
      February 17, 2019 at 12:29 am

      It’s my favorite genre to read 🙂Thank you

      • February 17, 2019 at 2:21 am

        That’s great 😃

  3. February 17, 2019 at 7:28 am

    Dear Christine,

    The photo you chose looks like the perfect spot for a drop. Nice little bit of intrigue. 😀

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    • Christine Bolton
      February 17, 2019 at 7:58 am

      Thanks so much Rochelle 🙂

  4. February 17, 2019 at 9:31 am

    So intriguing! Definitely a spy thriller. I could see it all with this vivid portrayal.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 21, 2019 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks so much! I’m happy you liked it 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      February 21, 2019 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks so much 🙂 I’m happy you liked it

  5. February 17, 2019 at 10:40 am

    A tantalising taste of the intrigue that could be woven into a longer story. 😊

    • Christine Bolton
      February 17, 2019 at 11:29 am

      Thanks John. I’ve read many spy stories in my day 🙂

  6. February 17, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    I like your use of the old lady to slow down the action and build the tension! I’m not surprised her heart was pounding – a dead letter box is a pretty risky form of communication. Nicely done.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 17, 2019 at 5:02 pm

      Thank you so much Penny. I appreciate it 🙂

  7. February 18, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Mysterious and exciting. I can almost smell the intrigue.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 18, 2019 at 12:02 pm

      Thanks so much Kelvin 🙂

  8. February 18, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Awesome read

    • Christine Bolton
      February 18, 2019 at 12:00 pm

      Thanks so much! I appreciate it 🙂

  9. February 21, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Can’t wait to know what’s in that package.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 21, 2019 at 2:47 pm

      Ah! Maybe another installment in the works 🙂
      Thanks for reading!

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