This is the 85th in a series of 365 Flash Fiction stories I’m writing. You can find out more about the challenge here.
Car Parks, by Jonathan L. Lawrence, 24th February 2013
Word count: 926
“You did what?” the general asked his facing turning red with anger, and confusion.
“They left me no choice,” the Prime Minister said. “They’re not going to do anything about it.”
“Not going to do anything about? You moron, you fired a nuclear missile at France. At Paris even!”
“Would have served them right if I’d turned the whole city into a car park,” the Prime Minister sat behind his desk non-plussed.
“They’re mobilising their military as we speak, do you not understand that was an act of war?”
“Please, what are they going to do? Throw garlic at us?” the PM asked dismissively.
“Well your government has cut the army down to the size of an SME, and the navy has less ships than a small transport company. I think they might fancy their chances. What were you thinking, you baffoon?”
“Careful General, do you know who you’re speaking to?”
“I’m not sure, I thought you were meant to be a ‘safe pair of hands’ or whatever it was you campaigned under,” the General said.
“They insulted me first,” the PM said, almost petuantly.
The General took liberties with the PM’s intercom, “Send me in the Cabinet Secretary, whomever of the cabinet you can muster,” he instructed to the bleagured secretary who had spent the morning fending off those very same individuals.