The Mission


A Mixed Bag 2009

The tall man with white hair wearing a conservative business suit opened the door of the amusement park ride and stepped into what looked like a spaceship. The park was deserted which is exactly what he expected. Under the seat was a tape recorder and an envelope. He opened the envelope and turned on the tape.

“Good morning Mr. Phelps. What you see is a schematic for the craft you are sitting in. Although it’s disguised as a carnaval ride, it is really of alien origin. If you accept this mission we want you to determine who built it and what it’s purpose is.

As always if you or any of your team are caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow your actions. This tape will self-destruct in ten seconds. Good luck, Jim.

Jim Phelps set the tape recorder on the floor, and as the tape smoked and burned, his brilliant mind began to create a plan.

I wrote this for the Sunday Photo Fiction – July 23rd 2017 (which by the way is my birthday). The idea is to use the photo prompt above as inspiration for a piece of flash fiction no more than 200 words long. My word count is 157.

For some reason, just seeing the image reminded me of those odd location where Jim Phelps would have to go to get his next Mission: Impossible assignment. Because the image looks both like an amusement park ride and a spaceship, I thought I’d have a little fun.

To read other stories based on the prompt, go to

19 thoughts on “The Mission

  1. Nice take James, but thanks a bunch for setting me off on a googling session that could last for hours. Although I knew the MI theme tune, I only remember the TV show very vaguely. Reading your tale reminded me that I’d overheard an argument, in a pub, as to whether or not Leonard Nimoy had been in the series. Of course, I had to look it up. I now know that he played Paris and that, aged 13, he had two Bar Mitzvahs because he sang so beautifully at the first one. These nuggets will no doubt serve me well in the future. Now, back to Google …


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