Lean and Mean Challenge- 02/10/20 "Green Man"


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    Lean and Mean Challenge- 02/10/20 "Green Man"



    *Please read this post entirely before submitting a story to the challenge*


    This week’s contest opens as soon as the clock turns to Monday, US Central Standard Time (12:01 a.m.)

    It closes at the very end of the next Sunday, US Central Standard Time (11:59 p.m.)

    This week’s prompt: "Green Man."

    PRIZES

    Each week’s winner will receive a $5 Amazon gift voucher, upon providing their email address to Ma'am by (PM) Private Message.

    Prizes are not transferable and can only be awarded in locations that are served by Amazon.

    *** (New) Also, the editors of Flashes of Brilliance may extend an offer of publication to the authors of any stories they especially like.***

    STORIES

    Contests will run weekly for one year, providing there’s enough interest to keep them going.

    Stories can be up to 1,000 words, not including the title. Any that go over that may be disqualified.


    HOW TO ENTER

    One entry per person.

    In the interests of fairness, this is an anonymous challenge.

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    Administrator's word in any and all matters is final.

    As per WF Rules:

    Plagiarism: All work entered in the challenge must be your own.

    Obscene Material and Gratuitous Violence: Such material is not allowed. What is considered overtly pornographic or otherwise obscene is decided by the staff and is not open to debate. It will be removed immediately. Any description or depiction of child sexual abuse is not only considered obscene, it is a reportable crime in many jurisdictions. Repeat offenders will be permanently banned.

    Strong or explicit language, Mature themes Disclaimers: Infrequent and context-appropriate strong language and mature themes are allowed and a warning must be included with the entry.

    Post Titles: Post titles must be G rated, which means strong language or descriptions of violence or sexual activities are not permitted.Stories must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. US Central Time on the Sunday night that the week’s contest ends. Entries submitted after this time will disqualified.

    VOTING

    As soon as a weekly contest closes to entries, a poll will be posted and voting begins.

    Voting is open to anyone who cares to help us out by voting for their favorite story.

    Voting for your own story is NOT allowed. Doing so will result in disqualification.

    In the event of a tie, a second vote will be held to determine the winner.

    PROMPTS

    Please refer to the prompt thread for the full list of prompts.

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    Rocky Rat and the Little Green Men (960 words)

    Rocky Rat walked the mean streets of Chicago. The only rodent detective on the police force, he depended on a wide web of informants. They consisted of drunken sewer rats, old tomcats needing a catnip fix, and nervous shaky mice.

    “You’re our last hope, Rocky,” the lieutenant told him. “These burglars are the slickest I’ve ever seen. They don’t leave any fingerprints or pried doors. The security cameras are either disabled or show nothing.

    Chicago was suffering from a series of expensive jewelry robberies. There was never any evidence of a break-in. Although detectives went crazy in staking the places out, the robberies continued.

    Rocky could hide more easily and was often used in difficult stakeouts and intelligence gathering assignments. No nasty criminal ever grew suspicious of a disheveled rat sleeping in a corner while clutching a tiny wine bottle.

    ***

    Rocky determined the next store would probably be the “Dainty Diamond Express” store on Adams Street. He decided to stake it out himself.

    The first thing the rat did was buy a bottle of cheap wine to use on his mission. He splashed the wine on his fur and lay down on the floor of the jewelry store, behind the most expensive glass display counter. Old pizza crusts helped his image as a drunken sewer rat.

    At precisely one am, Rocky heard a sound behind the counter. Opening one eye he was shocked to see a little green man. The small human, six inches high, looked around carefully, then motioned. At his wave, two more drifted down from the ceiling.

    Detective Rat had to close his eye again as one of the gang came over to him and bent down to study the apparently drunken rat.

    “Only an old drunk, Elmer,” the man told the others, “full of pizza and cheap wine. He ain’t no threat.”

    The three produced leather bags. Going over to the display case, they did something to the locks and alarms, then raised the lids, pulling out jewelry and dumping it into the bags.

    That was enough for Rocky. The minuscule police officer swung into action, first calling on human officers.

    “This is Rocky, on stakeout in the Dainty Diamond Express store on Adams Street. 10-5323, I repeat 10-5323 with a 10-5552, hurry up,” he whispered into a portable police radio.

    Rocky drew his weapon, a .11cal pistol as he approached. Not noticing him, they continued loading the last leather bag with loot. The bag looked far too small to hold more than one necklace, but the men kept shoveling it in as though the container had no bottom.

    “Chicago Police!” He squeaked loudly. “Don’t turn around, and put your hands up.”

    Unlike hardened criminals, Rocky noticed the three were obviously quaking as they stood in silence.

    He soon had all three miscreants cuffed and sitting on the floor waiting for a patrol-car to take them to the station.

    “Oh, woe is me,” One groaned, tears dripping down his cheeks, “woe to all of us. Now we’ll lose our jobs for sure.”

    Rocky ignored the man’s obvious sorrow, wishing that car would hurry up.

    He went over and wiped a towel over one of the crooks’ cheek. It came away green.

    “Water colors,” the man admitted, jerking his head away. “A disguise.”

    Rocky’s sensitive ears picked up a whisper between the other two, “Least he didn’t get Rudy and Blinky, on the roof,”

    “What was that?” Rocky jumped up straight, glaring. Leaving his charges sitting on the floor, Rocky heard sirens as he ran up a wooden staircase to the roof. There was a bright red sled sitting there, hitched to two reindeer.

    “Don’t move, you’re under arrest.” Rocky ordered the two thieves and their crooked reindeer, noticing a distinctive red nose on one.

    ***

    “So you see, sir rat,” Elvis Elf told Rocky, the two sitting alone in an interview room, “Santa pays pretty good, but the work is only seasonal. Elmer, here, had an idea on how to supplement our income by robbing stores. Santa’s a nice guy, but a cheapskate.

    “What about the alarms and security cameras?” Rocky asked.

    “Ain’t no alarms in the ceilings. Piece of cake.”

    Rocky shook his furry head, hoping the others behind the wall mirror were getting it all.

    Elvis sighed, sinking down in his seat. “Now Santa’s going to fire us for sure, and we've ruined Christmas for all the kids in the entire world.”

    ***

    “Damn it, Rocky," Captain Clements said, rolling his eyes at the detective, “What the hell can we do?"

    "We can't turn them loose," Rocky replied, shaking his shaggy head, "since they're certified thieves."

    "Of course we can't turn them loose."

    "And we can't put them in cells here. The news media would have a field-day with it."

    "I have an idea, sir, if you want to hear it," Rocky offered.

    "What! Anything ... or almost anything."

    "If they plead guilty and we can get Judge Ollie Owl to go along with it," Rocky paused. "we can ... well, maybe turn them over to Santa, in his custody. It could be for whatever time Ollie says, maybe many years, as probation. It is their first arrest, and nobody was hurt."

    "And if Santa refuses?"

    "If he refuses, and can find replacements and train them before Christmas, good luck to him. But, somehow, I don't think he has time for all of that. He'll be responsible for them all year round and have to support both reindeer and elves for the entire period … all year."

    Since there WAS a Christmas last year, you already know Santa's reply. As wards of “North Pole Industries, Inc.” Santa was forced to pay year-round wages to both elves and reindeer.

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    This week's challenge is now closed.

    Vote for your favorite here. (But no voting for your own story, please).

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