The Cut-Throat Gang had come up with another money-making scheme: kangaroos.
The idea had been simple. Import kangaroos from Australia, train them to become pickpockets, then let them loose in major cities all over Europe. Tourists would be relieved of their wallets and handbags, which the kangaroos would slip into their pouches. These would be emptied daily by Gang members; and any apprehended kangaroo could hardly be charged.
The plan went wrong immediately in Rome. Incensed that a rival mob was competing in the city, the local Mafia machine-gunned all the kangaroos, forever known afterwards as the Waltzing Matilda Massacre.
Flash fiction is very, very short fiction indeed - short stories of any sort of length from a Haiku to ten minutes' reading. Good for when you're in a hurry. This series is a selection of contributions to Friday Flash Fiction, where there's a limit of 100 words. I try to make all mine exactly 100 words.
100 NOT OUT
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