116. Minted

This story was first published on the Dime Show Review website.

Photo by Shane Avery on Unsplash

We thought it was a game. A competition. Training. Preparation for the future.  Every week, we got a chance to disable the alarm, pick the lock, open the safe, change a tyre, strip a weapon or do some other task we were going to need when the internet failed or the electricity got switched off. The winner got double ice-cream and didn’t have to do the dishes. Well, now I work in an ice-cream parlor, washing up glass bowls and stainless steel milkshake cups. How’s that for irony?

He used to chew double bubble gum all the time, to stay sharp, just in case. Always casing. He hated that I could read keys and didn’t need to make a mould of them. There was nothing wrong with his work. It was sloppy though, to leave strawberry sneezed spit at three locations.

Forge. Forger. Forget. I can’t. This is how I was made. It took months of practice to relax whenever I heard the sirens. They weren’t coming for me. It’s funny that they have to keep him in a secure room that can only be opened by pressing a button. If it all went down, he could just walk right out of there. Poof. Gone.

No-one knows I’m still playing. I’m average, boring, invisible, Miss Smith. Out of sight. Out of mind. A good little worker. I’ve swapped eight grand through the tills so far. If you’ve left your keys in my view, the chances are I’ve seen inside your house within the month. I can’t resist looking you right in the eye, knowing you’ll never realize what I’ve taken.

Photo by Ben Bateson on Unsplash

17 thoughts on “116. Minted

  1. Reblogged this on Mitch Teemley and commented:
    My Feature Blogger this week is Nicola Humphreys of “somewhere in the north of England, or the Midlands, depending on your point of view.” Nicola is a short story writer who, like many of us, “works for a company (like a sausage factory) that makes widgets or gizmos or something.” She also visits London once a month “to eat real food.” When she’s not writing, that is. Which is good news, because her sometimes witty, sometimes quirky, always engaging stories are terrific. So much so that, IMHBC (In My Humble But Correct) opinion, that company of hers should stop making widgets for a living and start publishing her stories instead!

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