Who Kidnapped Mai Ling?

This week’s picture gives us a flavour of the Far East and memories of Kowloon street markets in Hong Kong, thanks to Roger Bultot.

The variety of stories from the Friday Fictioneer group in response to this Photo Prompt can be read here.

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

Who Kidnapped Mai Ling?

Mai Ling was waiting at Lantau airport, and she insisted we eat.
She hustled me through a labyrinth of street markets where we ate sweet and sour pork with shrimp dumplings.

The atmosphere was bustling, and in the humidity a wafting of jasmine from her hair interspersed with pungent cooking odours.
We were being observed! I recognised the Chia Tong henchmen. 

In the hotel, she hit me with a pillow and told me to go shower.

When I returned from the bathroom, the door was open.
Her handbag and contents were on the bed and her shoes in the corridor.

31 responses to “Who Kidnapped Mai Ling?

  1. What a cliffhanger! Sucked me in. 😀

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  2. Poor Mai Ling! This was the perfect ending, though, for a story that felt tense from the start. Good writing.

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  3. I like the tension of the story – had an uneasy feel to it. The ending is perfect.

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  4. The beginning of a great adventure. I hope he follows the breadcrumbs to her.

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  5. You left this one in the air, I trust we’ll find out at some point what’s happened to her. Nice writing

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  6. Oh dear. I wonder if he will receive a ransom demand, or if she was taken for some other reason?

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  7. Oh oh, gone. Captured. Yet I’m surprising hungry now for dumplings

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  8. I’m waiting with bated breath for what to come.
    Adventurous story … nicely done, James.
    Be safe … Isadora 😎

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  9. What a riveting story, James. Can’t wait to read more.

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  10. i could only imagine what happened to her. left me in suspense.

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  11. It started out so well and then… Nice one James.

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  12. Now I want sweet and sour pork with shrimp dumplings! Your description of the street food helped take me into your story.

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  13. michael1148humphris

    Sounds somewhat fishy to me, James Bond would know what to do,

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    • I had James Bond in mind, but that would need more space. thanks for reading.

      I enjoyed your Travelling Light Story, a different world away. Unfortunately I can not get my comments ro publish on your site. Best regards.


  14. Wonderful cliffhanger story. Well done.

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  15. Wow, great atmosphere, and the beginning of a tense time for the MC.

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  16. Dear James,

    Quite the cliffhanger. Loved your use of the olfactory. Nicely done.



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  17. Well done. Admire this sort of writing, but cannot do it. Pic looks like it could have been taken in Seattle’s Chinatown. For something interesting that happened there, Google Wah Mee Massacre. Tough place, Chinatown.

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  18. Now that’s what I call adventure travel

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