Cold Turkey




PHOTO PROMPT © Björn Rudberg

“Dribble said it was in the goatherd’s hat. There’s loads of ‘em.” Fingal bit his lip; this could get ugly.
“Why Spanish goatherd hats in Liverpool? It’s not exactly goat country.”
He began rifling the mound of woollen hats.
The shopkeeper approached the pair dismantling his display, “Need assistance gentlemen?”
Fingal exchanged looks with Crammer, “Just fancied a goatherd hat.”
“They’re Peruvian alpaca herders’ hats. The goatherd’s are there. We’ve only one…”
“I’ll take it,” blurted Crammer.

Outside, his shaking hands fumbled a tobacco pouch from inside the hat.
“Thank heavens,” sighed Fingal, “I wish Dribble would quit hiding his gear.”

Written for Friday Fictioneers – a 100 words story based on a photo prompt. Hosted by Rochelle. Read the other entries here.

41 thoughts on “Cold Turkey

  1. Dear Michael,

    Gear…a new one on me. A hat’s a great hiding place (so I’m told 😉 ). Alpaca is very soft and non-itchy. I have a sweater…very comfortable.
    The dialogue brings your story to life.
    Merry Christmas..may it be filled with cheer.



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  2. I don’t understand why anyone would need to smuggle tobacco into a country. Drugs I can understand. I didn’t understand “gear” either. Thanks for explaining. Good writing, Michael. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2018. 🙂 — Suzanne

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