100 Word Story – Guard Duty (Part One)

All work and no play makes Hiro a dull boy. His last couple shifts with the gang have been boring and lame, nothing exciting happening or anything worth remembering. After being assigned to lookout and guard duty for the one of the main hubs for the gang, Hiro thought he finally had a chance at seeing some action go down.

And yet, even at a place of major importance, nothing went down. All night he stood watch by the front door, watching people walk up and down the streets, couples hand in hand, and crowds of people shouting for fun.

And here he was, leaning on a wall, waiting for somebody or something good to happen.


This place is such a drag. I thought taking guard duty here would have been action-packed. The most I saw tonight was two rats fighting over scraps.

Trying to pass the time, I reached into my chest pocket and pulled out my favorite pack of smokes, took a cig, lit it, and took one long, soothing drag. As I let out the smoke in a sigh, I leaned against the wall and looked up at the sky. The moon was in full view, its bright wonder hovering over this neon city, staring, watching us.

“Tonight’s gonna be a long night.”


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