The Assignment

The Prisoner Shop, Portmeirion


“Yes, Number One, I understand,” the administrator assured.  “I will keep you informed.”


Number Two placed the large red phone on the desk and pondered the challenges of yet another “priority” arrival to The Village.


“A spy,” he thought to himself, “He shouldn’t be any more difficult than the Commodore, or the Currier to break.”


But leaving nothing the chance, Number Two quickly checked that the monitors were in order, and that Rover was prepared.


He picked up a blue telephone and said to a subordinate, “Prepare Cottage Six for a new arrival.”


Satisfied with his preparations, Number Two wrapped a striped scarf around his neck.  He then grabbed his umbrella shooting stick and went for a stroll under the towers and domes of his domain.


(126 words)


What Pegman Saw: Portmeirion

8 thoughts on “The Assignment

  1. Don’t know The Prisoner, but I loved the ambience of this window into spy craft. The red and blue desk phones, the code names, the umbrella that shoots bullets or deadly injections. And what a perfectly innocent-looking setting for such covert battles of the Cold War to go on in. A hotelier is a perfect cover, and a hotel by the sea, a perfect place, to trap, and, if nessary, dispose of the enemy.

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    • PS There’s a wonderfully silly spy spoof set in the sixties on Netflix called “A Very Secret Service.” It is French with subtitles, and is set in a time when France still rules Algiers, but barely. Most of it takes place in France but It is always poking fun with the commonplace racism, sexism and colonialism of the time.

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