The Jade Camel #8


Bemused, Joey sat on an expensive couch opposite Aurora in the grandest room he had ever encountered, sipping from a fragile cup of sugary tea, while Aurora issued instructions as if she were reeling off ingredients for a complex recipe; her suave companion nodded as he wrote in a small leather-bound notebook with an elegant silver pen.

Aurora paused, studying Joey for a moment; she set her cup down on an onyx and gold side-table, motioning Joey to do the same, ‘Come, Joey, I have something to show you.’

Joey followed her into the red-carpeted hallway through which they’d entered; Aurora glided up one wide staircase, then another, finally leading him out onto a roof terrace where she stood facing him, her steely gaze flicking to his pocket and back to his face. She advanced a step, holding out her hand: ‘I will be your passport to success if you give me that.’

Patterson appeared in the doorway and Aurora took another step towards Joey; the jade camel started to vibrate in his pocket; he retreated, his heart going into overdrive, racing away like his thoughts.

Joey looked over the edge of the building; it was a long way down.

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Written in response to two challenges:

Di of Pensitivity 101’s Wednesday’s Three Things Challenge: PASSPORT, SUGAR, DRIVER
Denise Farley of GirlieOnTheEdge’s Sunday’s Six Sentence Story Word Prompt: INGREDIENT

More awesome #SixSentenceStories here!

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

67 thoughts on “The Jade Camel #8

  1. Blimey, it’s got a bit cinematic suddenly… will Joey leap to freedom? Or will he submit to Aurora’s offer? Or, will a third option make itself known ???

    Re: Patterson’s notebook… I think it’d be funny (if this was a film) for the viewer to be privy to what Patterson is actually writing down in his little book… maybe he’s ignoring what Aurora is saying and instead working on his latest unpublished poem, or he’s making sketches of cats for a comic book character he wants to create: Patterson Silver: Super Cat Detective! 😺🕵️‍♂️

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    • Screwing up my eyes… I can’t quite make out the next frame. Maybe I need to go and check the reel?
      As for Patterson’s notebook – perhaps we’ll find a page or two lying around somewhere, although from what I know of him, I can’t really picture him as a sketcher (I could be wrong).🤔

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  2. Ah, the tension mounts, reminding me of the Tarzan serial at the Saturday matinee a thousand years ago!
    All that’s missing is an open-jawed crocodile waiting below…

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