The Jade Camel #7


Joey shook the woman’s hand awkwardly, regarding the smartly-dressed pair standing in front of him with a growing sense of unease; he wanted to turn away, but the man’s steady blue-grey gaze forced his feet to remain rooted to the spot. The woman smiled a thin-lipped smile, ‘we are looking for a new assistant, perhaps you might be interested?’ the woman’s smile broadened, although without a trace of warmth, while the grey-suited man moved in, taking Joey by the elbow, ‘Patterson will help you to the car.’

With a swish of her floor-length fur coat, the woman strode off, Patterson propelling a bemused Joey behind her, while the flunky, engaged to handle their luggage, followed in their wake, clutching a collection of leather and canvas bags.

Twenty minutes later, a midnight-blue Silver Shadow, with Patterson at the wheel, glided to a graceful halt outside a grand, several-storied red-brick building; Patterson got out, adjusting his immaculately-tailored jacket, before pacing around to the pavement side of the car and opening the front and rear passenger doors.

The woman stepped out, gesturing for Joey to join her. ‘I am Aurora,’ she threw out her arms in an expansive gesture, ‘welcome to my empire!’

next episode

Written in response to two challenges:

Di of Pensitivity 101’s Wednesday’s Three Things Challenge: GROWING, FEET, PANS
Denise Farley of GirlieOnTheEdge’s Sunday’s Six Sentence Story Word Prompt: CANVAS

Read more #SixSentenceStories here!

Photo credit: illustration from a book somewhere on my bookshelves which has mysteriously disappeared🐪

58 thoughts on “The Jade Camel #7

  1. Ah! Connection made! Aurora! Pierre’s Aurora…?! She didn’t cross my mind, Chris, but now things are making sense! Could things be looking up for Joey? 🙂

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  2. the momentum builds while the characters are either swept up or are standing with a broom in their hands… visual and compelling Six.
    ole Joey be thinking he should of stayed at home, I suspect.

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  3. Poor Joey. He hasn’t made the connection yet between acquiring the Jade Camel and the recent “unusual” events, lol. Have a feeling that light bulb is about to come on.
    You know how to build the suspense, Chris 🙂

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  4. Short of actually being press ganged into joining Aurora’s ’empire’, Joey was somewhat press ganged lol. Nice episode Chris.
    PS – I found a wicked 1969 print ad for Ronson lighters which I’ll put up at TVTA in the next couple of weeks!

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