Slicked back hair
and a suit
that made him a silhouette
. Skin like a ghost
and reflexes quick as a nightmare
. In his shark’s teeth smile
was a match
he chewed endlessly. Black shoes that reflect light the way knocked out molars shine on pavement.
And a red tie, the fire of hell
His name was Jack. Nothing more.
And he was leaning into a chair while through a cigar smoke fog bank and over the card table came Stanislov’s words, thick and postage paid straight from the motherland
“Do not worry, kid. If everything goes smooth, you will walk away rich man.”
Jack made his living leaving safes
and armored cars
as a child’s dream
. He never worried
The sun set and rose three times and the day
Six guys carrying rifles
behind him and Jack screams and everybody
Everybody minus one. One kid. Early twenties.
The tellers are crying and saying, “please god I have a family.” “please, just don’t hurt me.” “please.” Shoving money in to big bags
And one of this kid’s pens is leaking into his pocket protector the same way it always does for an hour in the morning before he notices.
Jack’s gun is busy leaving a bruise in this suspender wearing sob
’s temple when he sees.
“I thought I told you to get down,” Jack barks as he covers the distance between them, leading with his weapon.
And this kid. This kid doesn’t move
Jack is inches from his face.
Jack decides that’s warning enough, and he breaks this kids glasses with the butt of his rifle.
For a minute, the kid’s a paper bag, and Jack’s walkin’ away, but then he stands back up.
He sniffs hard
And the sound echoes.
And Jack stops.
Turns around, and starts comin’ back.
“Alright kid, you wanna play hero? Fine. You can die for these people.”
And this kid, this fucking cubicle jockey
, button up plaid t-shirt nobody mops the blood off his face with his hand, shakes his head, and lets out half a laugh.
Jack’s ten inches away, and this kid lets out a deep breath, with a hanged man’s grin
And right before Jack reaches for his rifle, this kid
And it connects.
NOTE: I believe this one goes under Nodeshell Rescue Project.