This story was written for NYC Midnight’s 100 word micro fiction challenge.
The brief was…
Action: Answering a phone
“Video feed is live, sir.”
I walk around the table to the laptop. World One Tower is visible from our office window. The screen shows me a crummy live feed of its basement. I recognise the scene.
“Is there a timer?” I ask over the audio feed.
“It’s a pager detonator. Activated by phone call. Total amateur hour. There’s a number saved in the device. We can send out a call from here.”
“What will that prove?”
“It will engage the line, preventing detonation. Calling it now.”
I pat my pockets for my phone. It’s across the desk. It vibrates.