Despite pulling the prompts for my patrons at the beginning of the month, other responsibilities leached my time away from my writing endeavors. Thankfully, I have a stubborn streak a mile long and I was not about to let a month go by without crafting the exclusive stories for my patrons. So early last week, I buckled down and started fleshing out the stories. Fortunately, when I pulled the poll, I planted a few seeds and so I had the skeletons of a handful of stories. Up first was the crime caper and a direct follow up from Misdirect.
With the stolen badge in hand, Jessica waltzed through the building’s security. However, she hadn’t established her fee with the job’s employer.
Sit down and get cozy, while Jessica uses the possession of Thomas’s badge to negotiate with the employer.
Having swiped the card from Thomas, Jessica is eager to prove to the job’s patron that he made a foolish error choosing the cheaper option…
As the heavy metallic elevator doors slid open, a slender woman glided into the hall. With a glance over her shoulder, Jessica drifted to the right wall and just before her arm brushed the surface, she reached out, letting her fingertips brush the smooth metal. A chill ran up her forearm as she sauntered toward the massive vault. With every step pulling her closer to her prize, the metallic face leached more warmth from her extremities.
When she reached the vault, she pulled her fingers off the wall and blew a thin breath of warm air across them. When the breeze vanished, a shudder ran up her arm while her lips curled into a devilish grin. She brushed her fingernails on her shirt as she stepped up to the vault’s reader. Jessica’s chest swelled as she removed the simple white card from her back pocket and pressed it against the gray plate. Instantly, a click rang out, shattering the corridor’s tranquility while the metallic slab swung into the hall, revealing the company’s treasures.
Tucking the strip of plastic into her pants, the thief stepped into the room while her gaze swept across the collection of goodies arrayed before her. Her grin intensified with every step through the glittering maze of prized possessions. Halfway down one corridor of pedestals, Jessica stopped in front of one as a whistle slipped through her lips.
The dangling lights illuminated the assortment of fist-sized gemstones while her fingers reflexively traced an edge of the stone’s container. Jessica pulled her hand away from the gems as she spun on her heels and continued her march through the myriad of treasures. “When not on the clock, this room would be fun to linger in.”
After half a dozen more twists and turns through the maze, Jessica’s smile intensified as she sauntered to the simple pedestal containing a white plastic case. With a broad grin, Jessica withdrew her phone and placed a call.
After a handful of rings, a silence wriggled out before a gruff voice silenced it. “Hello, Jessica.”
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