Everyone at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport supposed Ian Dennis was another British tourist on holiday. Only a few police officials knew the MI6 agent was there to investigate the murder of an accountant from Scotland and the brutalization of her child. The recent string of robberies was unusual for a small island, but this was no robbery.
“G’morning, Dennis. Good flight?” Winston Permalloo shook hands. Supposed casual chauffeur, he was actually a lieutenant on the Police Force, which handled security and military functions. Permalloo was the only covert agent native to Mauritius and an MI6 double-agent.
“Bloody didn’t sleep a wink. Thanks for the pick-up, Permalloo.”
Dennis’s bags retrieved, they arrived at the car.
“All secure. We’re free to talk, Dennis.”
“Just how the hell did enemy agents assassinate a top SIS data analyst who had the perfect cover?”
“That’s what you’re here to help me find out, Ian.”
I wrote this for the What Pegman Saw writing challenge. The idea is to take a location and Google street maps image and use them as the prompt for writing a piece of flash fiction no more than 150 words long. My word count is 150.
Today, the Pegman takes us to the island of Mauritius which is in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa. The island has a fascinating history and culture and would certainly be worthy of a vacation visit someday.
Doing my research, I discovered that last July, the murder of a 47-year-old woman was reported. The act was supposedly to have been committed by robbers and witnessed by the victim’s ten-year-old autistic son.
I used that as the jumping off point for my small story. It does seem strange that on such a small piece of real estate, it would be possible to commit what amounts to a crime spree and not be detected after very long.
To read other stories based on the prompt, go to InLinkz.com.
The mystery continues in The Lady is Murder.
I’ve expanded the original stories into a small series. The first chapter is called The Mauritius Robbery Affair: Arrival.