Double Indemnity

I’ve often wondered how often palace guards have to do anything other stand perfectly still in their freshly pressed uniforms and superbly polished boots. What happens if their crotch itches? Do they allow them to wear iPods these days?

Once Connie wins the lottery, I’ll see if she’ll let me hire two or three of these guards to post on the front porch to keep the riffraff out.  Hopefully, they’ll still let me in, especially if I promise to let them scratch when the urge hits ’em.

If you are new to Friday Flash Fiction, the Queen Mother of the band of vagabonds is the illustrious Elizabeth “Maiden of Missouri” Wisoff-Fields. To learn how to participate in this exercise of madness, head over to her blog for step-by-step instructions. To view FFF author leader board click here.

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Phillip was nervous about the new job. It was a highly visible position, though most passers-by saw only the uniform, not the person.

His benefactors promised safety and security, but that was BS (before surgery). When Phyllis Stanton testified before the Grand Jury, death threats arrived daily. They promised to track her to the ends of the earth.

A female tourist came by three days in a row, each time stopping to study Phillip and take photos from different angles. Sweat poured from under his helmet. What if the witness protection program failed?

She leaned forward and whispered in a deep, bass voice, “You’re kinda cute. I think we had the same doctor.”


33 thoughts on “Double Indemnity

  1. Now THAT’S original! Toooo funny! That ending is KILLER!
    BTW, the Spelling of The Queen’s name is actually “Made In Missouri” She changed it later, I think …


    1. That makes me feel better, Kent. I thought it was more weird than funny.
      Thanks for the correction on the Queen’s name. I’m sure she’ll be pleased that you caught that. 🙂


  2. That puts a whole new twist on the witness protection program. However, I think they already pay for this in San Francisco if you work for the city so perhaps they could expand into the witness protection racket…I mean, business.



  3. So the photo on my small screen and didn’t pick up on the fact the guard was a woman. Your story and Sandra’s made me liook closer!! That’s what I get for working without the aid of a real screen!! I enjoyed yours – subtle but a good surprise ending.


  4. Dear Russell,

    here I am fresh from reading ‘Bogey..” and let me tell you that Double Indemnity is one of your best ever. You are a deft word surgeon. Loved the last line. A real fine piece of work.




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