Tinker Tailor Fashion–Spy

I really like this picture as my daughter has a similar pin cushion and there are other items which are recognisable and nostalgic; indeed.

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Tinker Tailor Fashion Spy 

Caroline was just an ordinary seamstress, sewing to earn a few pennies.
She was under arrest; her background being scrutinised.
No comment was all she mumbled to the fashion police. They beat her.
She was a fool: the pin cushion from Hong Kong and the military buttons pointed to her Intelligence role in the Far East.
That was years ago. She was a civilian now and it was commercial espionage.
She had stolen Valantino’s top secret pattern for the Princess’s ballroom dress. Everyone would love a copy, like Cinderella.
Caroline was tight lipped, as an army veteran her pension meant poverty.

26 responses to “Tinker Tailor Fashion–Spy

  1. The fashion police are everywhere! 🙂 Great story!

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  2. A unique spy-sewing mash up!

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  3. Good for Caroline… may she be fortunate with the loot.

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  4. Dear James,

    Beaten by the fashion police? That’s seriously unseamly.



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  5. I think you skewered your subject

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  6. Damn fashion police, they are everywhere.

    A unique take on the prompt, well done.

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  7. Lots of layers here. I had to read it twice to get it all straight. I think that last line is the most telling. We in America make sure our Congressional member retire with a big, fat annual paycheck, while our veterans, especially the disabled ones, have to depend on welfare or the generosity of friends and family. It’s a shame.
    I need to clarify. It is the people in Congress who vote themselves that big fat retirement pay.

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  8. Nice take on the photo prompt!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  9. What a unique and interesting take on the prompt. I loved this.

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  10. Very creative take on the prompt. You created a many layered story that could go in many different directions. What will happen to Caroline?

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  11. Very clever ! Still I think watch out… time does not diminish those skills

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  12. Clever take on the photo.

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  13. I’ve counted my self as a member of the fashion police, particularly wondering round Coalville, there’s so awful jackets there! Good stuff

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  14. Clever take, and an even cleverer title. Well done.

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  15. Once a spy, always a spy. The last line is particularly powerful; how sad and unjust that an army veteran can barely manage to make ends meet.

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  16. Actual profession of Caroline was espionage. She could not give it up whether she was in service or as a civilian.

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