#124 As Ian Went Out One Morning (300 words)

Inspired by: As I Went Out One Morning

Ein went out for a walk around Fall’s Landing on the Chesapeake Bay. The air was crisp, and he was excited for Autumn to begin in a couple weeks. He reflected upon meeting Bay Cat here months ago and how thankful he was to have them in his life. 

He stared out into the bay, watching the birds swim around when someone grabbed his wrist. He jerked around and saw a woman holding on to him.

“You’re in grave danger.” She said to him in a thick German accent.

“Who are you? Why am I in danger?” Ein asked. 

“You know why…” 

“I do?” He tried to pretend like he didn’t understand, but he knew he wasn’t fooling her the way she looked at him. “I do.” 

“He’s never going to stop looking for you. Get out of the city.”

Ein saw a man approaching from behind the woman. He looked furious until he realized Ein noticed him, then his expression changed into a folksy bemused expression. 

“Gertrude! Leave this poor man alone. I’m so sorry if she said anything inappropriate to you, we recognized you from the tabloids. I told her to leave you alone.”

Ein forced a smile, “It happens all the time. Sometimes I think about wearing a disguise during my downtime, but I’m already wearing a false mustache!” 

The group laughed, and the man grabbed Gertrude’s arm. 

“Alright, we’ll leave you alone, it was nice meeting you, Mr. Quinn!” 

The man yanked Gertrude’s arm, almost pulling her off her feet. 

As they walked away, the man berated Gertrude in German, not realizing Ein could understand. He said that she blew their cover and will cost them their jobs.

As they walked away and for a brief moment, Gertrude and Ein locked eyes and he felt fear.

Published by einquin

Writing personal exploration flash fiction as well as building the foundations for a comic book universe.

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