while her back is turned

“It will be easy.”

“Are you sure?”

“Of course I’m sure!”

Dillan had his doubts.

He had heard that Ryder was a professional and always got the job done, but he had also heard that the man worked in unconventional ways and had managed to evade capture so far through sheer luck alone.  Dillan didn’t like trusting luck.  He liked meticulous research and step by step planning.  However, he had needed a new partner and Ryder was the only one who had expressed an interest.

“I just don’t see how kidnapping the Prince and holding him for ransom is anything like the smash and grabs we are used to.” Dillan frowned and shook his head, “I don’t see how the potential payoff is worth the risk.”

Ryder smiled, dark and mischievous, his head titled slightly forward and to the side so his right eye was hidden in the shadows of the dim room where they conversed.    “The Queen will pay handsomely for the return of her son.  Have a little faith in me, would ya?”

Dillan sighed and looked away.  His eyes searched the shadows for something to inspire him one way or the other.  Should he resign his argument and go along with the heist, or should he adamantly refuse to play a part?  There was nothing in the darkness to sway him either way, and he shifted his gaze back to his partner when Ryder began talking again.

“They have a routine, you see.  The Queen and Prince always head out at the same time every day, and there is a moment when she has her back turned to prepare for their departure.  One of us creates the diversion while the other snatches the baby and leaves the note, simple as that.”

Chewing on his lower lip while running through every possible scenario, Dillan said nothing.

“It will be easy to pluck the infant,” Ryder assured him.

Dillan’s lips twitched up in the corners and Ryder laughed to match his smile.


Word Count: 333

This sinister tale brought to you in response to this week’s Trifecta Writing Challenge:

PLUCK: (transitive verb)
1: to pull or pick off or out
2 a : to remove something (as hairs) from by or as if by plucking <pluck one’s eyebrows>
b : rob, fleece
3: to move, remove, or separate forcibly or abruptly <plucked the child from the middle of the street>
4 a : to pick, pull, or grasp at
b : to play by sounding the strings with the fingers or a pick


• Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
• You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
• The word itself needs to be included in your response.
• You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
• Only one entry per writer.
• If your post doesn’t meet our requirements, please leave your link in the comments section, not in the linkz.
• Trifecta is open to everyone.



26 thoughts on “while her back is turned

    • If I knew anyone named Dillan or Ryder I would be afraid, yes. But, perhaps you are right, anyway. Perhaps there is always a bit of fear that something like this might happen. Not even as sinister as this, just the knowledge that we can’t control everything this world may throw at us and our little one…

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