What’s in a name? A 100-word story

Below is this week’s 100-word story for Friday Fictioneers.

The photo prompt comes courtesy of ©C.E. Ayr

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What’s in a name?

Something nagged Stanley through the maelstrom of bloodied faces, shattered metal and broken corpses.

He had been certain they had the right man. All intelligence led to Dhern Riger.

Damn it, Riger even spouted foreign incantations while being arrested at the train station.

The explosion came anyway – from a small plane overhead.

When Stanley finally got home he tried to focus. He wrote down the suspect’s name.

His wife looked over his shoulder.

‘Doing a crossword to take your mind off things?” she asked. ‘Only, I’d say that’s an anagram and …’

But Stanley was already rearranging the letters to spell R-E-D  H-E-R-R-I-N-G

©Siobhán McNamara




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42 Responses to What’s in a name? A 100-word story

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    Excellent take Siobhan, loved it.


  2. neilmacdon says:

    Neat twist, Siobhan


  3. Sandra says:

    I love a good twist. Well done.


  4. Very clever, Siobhán. Very clever indeed. 😉




  5. wmqcolby says:

    … and ZAP! Yes! Love it, Siobhan. Good job!


  6. michael1148humphris says:

    I guess that the hunts on again, 🙂


  7. plaridel says:

    if he tried a little harder, it could be derringer.


  8. Ha! A lovely twist at the end. Always look a little deeper.


  9. Woah, this was really clever! Great twist!


  10. draliman says:

    Clever. Let’s hope the real intelligence services are on the look out for this kind of thing 🙂


  11. gahlearner says:

    What a clever wife, and clever story. At least he knows that the suspect is involved.


  12. Excellent clever take. Beauty of a writing.


  13. As others have said, very clever take.


  14. Loved it… I’d say that it there are traces that are blind alleys… another day tomorrow.


  15. Michael Wynn says:

    Agreed, clever twist


  16. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    Creative take on the prompt. I felt his confusion and determination.


  17. Dale says:

    Behind every successful man… 😉 Like everyone else said, very clever!


  18. Oooo… a clue! Nice 100 words.


  19. A clever decoy both by this author (you) and the killer.


  20. LOVE this Siobhan! I felt like I was diving right into a thriller… and now I want to read more. The final scene of the wife and Stanley figuring it out, at the same time, is brilliant!


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