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It was clear there was a mole. Every secret told to officers was in the following dayโ€™s newspaper. So Dan set a simple trap: give each of the suspects the same secret, save for one identifying detail, then see which version made the paper. The result could not have been more confusing. The paper quoted the entire range of versions. It was as though every one of the suspects had called them. That seemed so unlikely. Dan had been so careful to impart the information to each of them in the middle of the hall, where he couldnโ€™t be overheard. (100)

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70 Responses to Mole

  1. Ah yes, the bugged light fixture. That place needs to be combed thoroughly. Either that or he takes each one onto the front lawn. There would probably even be a way found to bug that. Good and well written story, Mick. ๐Ÿ™‚ — Suzanne

  2. MythRider says:

    If only Dan had looked up.
    Nice story.

  3. rgayer55 says:

    Well, if everything he says gets in the paper, that creates an opportunity of it’s own, doesn’t it?

  4. wildbilbo says:

    Hmmm, bugging by the media? I’m guessing a Rupert Murdoch run paper?
    Nice story.

  5. i b arora says:

    that was a clever twist,

  6. gahlearner says:

    Heheh, a chandelier with ears is what NSA wants you to think. But in truth the miniature satellite dishes, cameras, mikes, tracking devices, and whatnot are all hidden in the light fixtures. Just so you know ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Very clever! I like the play on mole to bug and how your story unwinds. Very compelling, Mick!

  8. Alice Audrey says:

    LOL The walls really do have ears.

  9. Margaret says:

    Oh dear – Dan’s way off track. He needs to look up. Clever story.

  10. Taygibay says:

    I’m betting there’s no planted mike in that chandelier and that Dan himself is the mole!
    The whole piece being his cover-up excuse?

    ๐Ÿ˜‰ Tay.

  11. Melanie says:

    Hopefully the proverbial light bulb clicks on and he figures it out.
    Good story Mick!

  12. Clever – not so much that walls have ears but chandeliers.

  13. Sounds as though the chandelier had ears. Dan should have known not to trust anybody or anything.

  14. Amy Reese says:

    A ha! Brilliant take, The chandelier makes a perfect hiding spot for a bugging device. Well played.

  15. hafong says:

    OK, it took awhile for me to get it. I guess I wouldn’t make a very good mole! ๐Ÿ™‚


  16. No one would find a little bug in that fixture! Great story. I love where this picture takes people! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Nice, very nice.

  18. k rawson says:

    Beware the chandelier! Nicely done ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Lata Sunil says:

    Ah! I get it now.. the chandelier is the culprit. Loved your take.

  20. subroto says:

    Not far from the truth during the cold war (or now) when the chandeliers in many embassies were bugged by the spy agencies. Nice one.

  21. Danny James says:

    Probably more truth than we think.


  22. Ah, I get it now. But only from the note you left in the wall cavity on the far side of the park. Tomorrow the eagle will fly northwards across the steppes.

  23. That Dan who I actually see as a mole, the mammal with dark, fluffy fur muzzling along…such a great photo to write about. Not easy being brief and compelling at the same time ๐Ÿ™‚

    • micklively says:

      Yes, I think the trick is to decide from the off what you’re going to leave to the reader’s imagination. Many thanks for your comments.

  24. Loved this, but I’m partial to cops and mysteries. He’ll figure it out – I hope! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • micklively says:

      Logic should lead him to the answer but it’s not always easy to extract yourself, once your mind has argued you down a blind alley. Many thanks for your feedback Yolanda.

  25. He.. nothing’s like a chandelier for microphones.

    • micklively says:

      Yes, though I did wonder whether the idea that every conversation took place under it was a bit unlikely? Many thanks for your feedback Bjorn.

  26. Aha, the chandelier spy strikes again!

  27. Sandra says:

    Clever stuff Mick! ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. ansumani says:

    A bug in the flowers…Nicely done piece leaving the reader to draw the conclusion.

  29. Poor Dan, I don’t think there is a stellar career ahead.

  30. Vinay Leo R. says:

    Oh good! I got it right ๐Ÿ™‚ I knew the mole was a bug in the chandelier! Well written. Chuckled at the last line.

  31. Hmm, dumb Dan is done, apparently.
    Neat tale.

  32. Dear Mick,

    Word of mouth seems to have gotten Dan in trouble. It sounds like the only one trapped is Dan. Nice one.



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