A Prompt Response for Flasher Friday
By John Yeo
It was winter, just after the blizzard in early January 1999, there was still a lot of snow around, the emergency services were busy, responding to rescue calls.
Angelo Cini, a rough, tough gang boss, had been planning this latest bank robbery for months now until the snowstorm struck and held things up. The Midwestern bank on Main Street was located between a diner on one side and a dry cleaner on the other side.
The gang had a series of meetings in the diner where Patsy, a very pretty waitress looked after them and became so friendly with the gang members that she was accepted as part of the team.
Everyone had been well versed in their roles, Angelo, briefly went through the final details.
“We take over the dry cleaner’s shop, hold the Manager and his family in the flat above, break through the dividing walls from the dry cleaner’s cellar into the bank vaults, where we blow the safe and leave with the cash. I have arranged for a couple of horse-drawn sleighs to be waiting outside. I think this will be the easiest form of travel at the moment. Any questions?”
Billy interjected. “Just one Boss, where will we meet to divide the spoils?”
“Ah yes!” Angelo replied: “The sleighs will head North where we have hired a remote cabin. I have included the address and details of how to get there in the envelopes in front of each of you. After the raid, we will separate and meet up there. OK!”
Billy nodded, then sat cleaning his fingernails with a small bent paperclip.
There was a general murmur of assent from everyone present and the meeting closed.
Later that night, the gang members imprisoned the dry cleaner and his family and the raid was underway.
Billy switched off the hammer drill and took a breather from drilling. A short, well-built, man he turned to his partner in crime and said, “This is hard work, my blisters are forming blisters of their own.”
Dan, 6 foot 2 inches tall, a ladies man with his long blonde hair tied back in a ponytail, grinned at that remark. “ Hopefully, we’ll get through soon Bill, I can’t wait to get my hands on my share of the loot. I fancy Patsy the waitress in the diner, will come away with me after this job.”
Dan took a few hefty swings at the wall and they were through the dividing wall into the vaults, then Billy set explosive charges and the safe door was swinging open.
There was a moment of exhilaration, as piles of cash were swiftly transferred to sacks and passed back into the dry cleaner.
Suddenly as the sacks were loaded onto the sleighs, two police helicopters lit the whole scene up from above and mounted police moved in to arrest everyone in sight.
Detective Sergeant Patsy O’Rourke highly commended for her undercover work, went on to become one of the greatest detectives of all time.
Copyright © Written by John Yeo ~ All rights reserved
This is my response to a prompt from Our Write Side to their Friday Flasher prompt. A short story in no more than 500 Words using four elements
- Place: a dry cleaner
- Character: a diner waitress
- Object: a small paperclip
- Time/Date: winter, 1999
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