And the words: “My orders are clear. Eleven o’clock was the deadline.” – The Moon is Down – John Steinbeck.
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It seemed an unlikely venue, a quiet lodge up in hill country.
The instructions were clear. They always were. He never left any room for ambiguity and he wanted the job done quickly.
I glanced at my watch, it was ten to Eleven. Strange, these things were usually done at high-noon in the old westerns but my orders are clear. Eleven o’clock was the deadline.
An anonymous looking black van pulled up and two men got out.
I walked over, taking my time. I wasn’t going to rush for them.
“Hey, you!” One guy called to me, “Are you gonna take all day?”
I didn’t walk faster, I slowed down.
“OK, have you got the Ruby?” I shouted.
“Yeah, have you got the cash?” the guy called back holding up a small velvet bag.
I waved the briefcase at them.
“Well come on. I can feel myself ageing here!” the man said. He wore a finely tailored suit. Exquisite taste.
I walked the final steps and held out the case.
“At last, I don’t want to age another minute!” the guy said.
“Happy to oblige” I replied and shot them both dead.
Ruby acquired and no cash outlay. Mission accomplished.
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