~Or, more aptly, Limited Liability Company espionage.~

The heat of the mid-morning Sun’s rays reflected off the cement sidewalk, doubly warming the skins of six plainclothes, company spies, lined up behind the “Tacos Libertad” taco cart. Pacing in front of them was them was the owner of the taco cart, Alonzo Villareal, studiously turning over pages on a clipboard. At the taco cart was Alonzo’s niece, Josie, hurrying to set out the condiments for the professionals that would soon be emerging from their high rises for early lunches.

At long last, Alonzo spoke. “Agent Vasquez scored big when he turned up El Magico Taco’s 2008 tax return summaries. Good work, Vasquez. Just as I’ve suspected, their income-to-expense ratio is three times ours. Now that we’ve got some information on them, I want to redirect most of our intelligence efforts to them. I’m taking Hamilton and Gonzales off 3rd Street Tacos to join Vasquez on El Magico Taco.”

“Yes, sir,” Andrea Hamilton and Hector Gonzales responded in unison.

“Good. We’ll do the regular monitoring routines. Gonzales, your primary responsibility is to make sure your two fellow agents are not found out, got it?”

“Yes sir,” Gonzales nodded.

“Now if we don’t turn up anything new today, I want to go deeper. So be prepared to get to their location tomorrow morning before they set up shop. Monitor their opening routine, watch them stock from their suppliers. Hamilton, I may want you to actually track their supplier. Got it?”

“Hey, Uncle Al,” Josie shouted from the taco cart, “do you think maybe the reason you’re spending so much money is because you’re the only one paying for a full-time crew of half a dozen spies?”

The six spies squirmed in their shoes.

This post is an installment in a continuing series of content coordinated by theme or motif with posts from Enoch Allred of Chiltingham, John Allred of clol Town, Jon Fairbanks of Funkadelic Freestylings of Another Sort, Eli Z. McCormick and Miriam Allred of Modern Revelation!, Davey Morrison, Joseph Schlegel of Sour Mayonnaise, Sven Patrick Svensson of Sadness? Euphoria?, and William C. Stewart of Chide, Chode, Chidden. This week’s theme: ‘Espionage‘.


About John D. Moore

Writer, cartoonist, filmmaker, and student of Japanese language, literature, and cinema at the University of Utah.

One response »

  1. Doesn’t seem a sustainable model of business, does it?

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