© Fatima Fakier Deria

The area around Hong Kong had so many cities and islands that when Sean woke up, he wasn’t sure he knew where he was. He got out of bed, went to the window of his hotel room and opened the curtains.

“Ah, Adolfo’s yacht arrived last night. Good.”

Adolfo rarely rose before ten and his crew thought Sean a friend. It’ll be easy to enter his cabin and empty the clip of his Walther into him. He didn’t care if he got caught. All Sean wanted was revenge for the beautiful Claudine’s murder. After fifteen years, Adolfo would finally pay.

Inspired by the Friday Fictioneers Photo Challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The idea is to use the photo prompt above to write a piece of flash fiction no longer than 100 words. My word count is exactly 100.

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I had a bit of fun with this one. In the photo, I saw a yacht that reminded me of the one used by the villain Largo (played by Adolfo Celi) in the 1965 film Thunderball, which stars Sean Connery as James Bond.

I used the names of the actors instead of their characters in my wee tale, with Claudine Auger being the actress who played the enchanting Domino.

Sean even wields Bond’s Walther PPK.

51 thoughts on “Vengeance

    • In the 1987 film “The Princess Bride, Inigo Montoya (played by Mandy Patinkin) said “Is very strange. I have been in the revenge business so long, now that it’s over, I don’t know what to do with the rest of my life.” Maybe that’s how this story ends as well, Rochelle.

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    • Not really. The back story is very loosely based on the film “Thunderball”. Adolfo is a high ranking member in a criminal organization. He has a “kept woman” less than half his age named Claudine and a good friend named Sean.

      Needless to say, Claudine and Sean have an affair. Adolfo discovers she is cheating on him but she won’t tell him who her lover is. In a fit of rage, he beats her and she dies. He dumps her body overboard and leaves Nassau where they had been staying. Sean discovers the body and swears vengeance, but it takes fifteen years for him to finally get Adolfo in a position where he can take his revenge.

      In the movie Aldolfo (Largo) is the one who dies and Sean (James Bond) rescues the captured Claudine (Domino), so this is something of a reversal.


  1. When someone has taken away the most important thing from a person, vengeance is never too costly or so unbelievable. I can see why he doesn’t care if he gets caught or not. That man took his Claudine.


  2. I like the way you twisted the film into flash fiction – very clever. Should have guessed at the mention of the Walther – ‘Sean’s’ signature weapon of course. Nice work James


  3. I admire his patience in pulling off his deadly plan. Part of me hopes he gets to live to gloat a bit. Part of me knows that even in winning and getting away, he still won’t have what he really wants, which is his lady love alive again.


  4. I liked the matter of fact tone of this piece. There was a lot to read between the line, which I appreciate.


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