Arnie and the Robber

Courtney By Courtney, 18th Sep 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Things are shaken up in the town of Arokakl, when bank robber, Gary, uses a tube of chap stick to disarm the security guard in a small town bank. Is Gary connected to this security guard in some way, or is he working on his own?

Part 1

Gary, dressed in all black, with a ski mask over his head enters a local bank in the small town of Arokakl in midday. Sneaking up from behind, Gary takes a tube of Chap Stick from his front jeans pocket and puts the end on the Security Guards neck. “Hand over your gun and nobody gets hurt,” he calmly tells the guard.

Not wanting today to be his last, the muscular guard hands over his gun to the robber. After giving his gun up, he turns to stare into Gary’s dark brown eyes, remembering what they look like. His name badge reads, Arnie, attached to his brown officer-like uniform. “Thank you, Arnie,” comments Gary as he continues with his task.

Arnie replies, “You don’t want to do this. I’ve seen people like you, this isn’t who you are. You are afraid, but there are other ways. Please, don’t do this, let me help you!”

“I really don’t need your help, I have come here to take what belongs to me. You don’t know anything about me, or my life. I don’t appreciate you pretending like you do. Now, if you cooperate and do what I say, this will be easy for you and nobody will get hurt. Understand?”

“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to assume things about you when I don’t know who you are. Please, don’t have any hard feelings. I will do as you ask,” responds Arnie, trying to get a glimpse of anything that might define who this mystery man is.

Now smiling, Gary says, “Thank you, sir. I knew I could count on you. You are a good one. Now, show me to the vault.”

Arnie notices the golden crown to the left on Gary’s upper teeth as he smiles, “Right this way.” Then he walks the thief to the owner’s office. Knocking at the door Arnie calmly states, “Sir, we have a bit of a situation that requires your assistance. I’m sorry to bother you this is very important.”

“How many times have I told you not to disturb me, Arnie? This is ridiculous. What is it this time?” as the door swings open to reveal a husky middle-aged man. Noticing the gun pointed at Arnie’s head, Mr. Hackel shoots Arnie an apologetic look now in a much more serious manner, “Please come in and sit down. Let’s talk.”

“What is there to talk about,” asks Gary, “All I want is the money in your Vault and I can be on my way. If everyone cooperates, than nobody gets hurt.”

Picking up the phone, Mr. Hackles utters, “I just need to check on my wife. She has the combination and uses it much more than I. Unfortunately, she is very sick and can’t be here today. Just give me a minute and I will have what you need.”

“No! No phones!” Gary exclaims, “You can figure this out on your own. Don’t you dare dial any numbers, or I will shoot. Do you understand me?” now pointing the gun in Mr. Hackel’s direction. “I am smart enough to know that the owner of any bank has to know the combination to their own vault. I don’t appreciate being lied to or looked down on!”

“You’re right, I’m sorry. Nobody deserves to be looked down on. Come with me.” Mr. Hackel leads Gary and Arnie through a short hallway into a small closet. Now sweating, Mr. Hackel squats down and with shaky hands tries to put in the combination of the vault. Unfortunately, his hands are so unsteady he can’t get the lock to open.

“This is taking too long. I don’t have all day. What is the combination, I’m sure Arnie won’t mind helping an old friend out.”

“An old friend?” Arnie chokes, “Anything for an old friend. Mr. Hackel, it will be alright, just tell me the combination and I will unlock the vault.”

“45-19-28,” Mr. Hackel says in a whisper Gary can’t make out.

Without hesitation, Arnie squats down where Mr. Hackel had been a few moments ago and turns the lock to the numbers. Soon a click is heard and the vault door swings open. “Here you are, sir, may I call you sir? I didn’t catch your name when you first came in.”

“How rude of me. My name is Gary. Pleasure doing business with both of you.”

Arnie and Mr. Hackel exchange a questioning glance. “It’s nice to meet you Gary. Good luck with your mission. Have a good day now,” Arnie insists.

Once Gary is out of sight, Mr. Hackel, now lying on the floor drenched in sweat , shaking uncontrollably in fear asks, “How are you able to remain so calm? I don’t know what I would have done without you here. Thank you for everything you do and I’m so sorry I was irked by you knocking on my door.”

“It was part of my training. We are taught to remain calm in any situation because showing any signs of fear or other emotions will only escalate the problem. Things could have been much worse today, but we are both very lucky. It’s okay that you were annoyed. I understand your stress and exasperation with your wife. It must be hard trying to take care of her while running a bank. Now, if you excuse me, I need to put in a phone call to the police.”

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Action, Bank, Bank Robbery, Fiction, General Fiction, Robber, Short Stories

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author avatar Courtney
I am a college student with a strong interest in writing, healthcare, music, and education. I'm currently working in retail and enjoy several activities and hobbies ranging through several categories.

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author avatar n.c.radomes
18th Sep 2014 (#)

I found joy and satisfaction in your story Do write more.

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author avatar Retired
18th Sep 2014 (#)

You've been busy! For fun!
Waiting eagerly for the sequel.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
19th Sep 2014 (#)

I liked the story, but felt the dialogue was a little bit stiff.

I hope you'll keep writing and use my small criticism to improve. If I didn't think you were capable, I wouldn't say anything. I think you can make this story even better. Happy Writing!

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author avatar Retired
19th Sep 2014 (#)

I'm hooked! A great start, kudos.

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