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"Where we doin' it?" Waylon asked.
"I don't know yet." Clint scraped at the label from his Budweiser. He heard somewhere it gave you luck if you got it all the way off without tearing it. There had to be a trick to it. He'd figure it out, pull it off in one piece.
"I thought you had it all planned out."
"I do, just not all the little details."
"Little details? Where we do it is like one of the big details, ain't it?" Waylon turned up his beer, taking three big swigs one right after another.
"Hey!" came a muffled voice from the back room.
Clint took a drink from his beer. He looked at the label, half off now and not a tear yet, thinking that was a good sign.
"Hey!" The girl screamed again through the closed door. Waylon glanced at his younger brother, waiting for him to do something. Clint sat there in his chair, leaning back studying the label on his beer bottle like it was a winning lottery ticket and he just had to scratch the right boxes to win. The girl yelled again for somebody to come there.
"You gonna see what she wants?" Waylon finally said, fidgeting in his chair like a two year old that's got to go to the bathroom. Do number one.
Clint shrugged, keeping his eyes on his beer bottle. It was sweating pretty good now, making it easier to peel the label off but also making it just as easy to tear. "You go see what she wants."
. . .
"Nah," Calvin said, walking beside him, looking around the parking lot coolly, keeping his hands in his pockets, his cap pulled low on his head. "I want an American one. They're easier."
Calvin stopped and looked at Junior. "That's a Mercedes. I said American."
"But I like that one."
"It's too hard to get into."
"But it's my favorite color."
Calvin closed his eyes and pinched the bridge of his nose, saying, "Junior, the color don't matter. What does matter is I can get in and hot-wire the damn thing. I don't like messin' with no foreign cars, only American. They're easier. Got it?"
"Yeah, yeah, sure Calvin. Whatever you say." Junior sniffed and scraped something out of his eye, jerking his head around to see what was behind him, then looked at Calvin. "Hey man, lemme have just a little bit, just a little." Holding his thumb and finger up about an inch apart.
"No. How many times I gotta tell you? I need you thinkin' straight. You get any of that stuff in you and you ain't for nothin'."
"Yeah, I know, man, it's just that"-looking around the parking lot like he was searching for snipers-"a little bit will like, smooth me out. Ya know?"
Calvin blinked once, keeping a straight face, and held back the urge to backhand his friend one good time like he'd seen DeNiro do in the movies. "No, once we done the job and split the money up, you can have some. Not till then."
"But I-" Calvin's look shut him up.
They walked through the Olive Garden parking lot all the way to the far end before they found what they were looking for.
"That one," Calvin said, stopping and nodding. "The Chrysler 300."
"The red car?"
"It's not red. It's like a maroon or burgundy or maybe one of them new colors, like cinnamon or something."
"Looks red to me."
Calvin cocked his head to the side and squinted at Junior. He kept his lips tight and said nothing, let the silence speak for itself. Junior peered down at his feet and shuffled them around. He sucked in his top lip and bit it, waiting for Calvin to stop looking at him like that.
Calvin walked over to the car.
Five seconds; that's all it took for Calvin to pop the lock. Fifteen more and he had it started, some Amy Grant crap coming out of the speakers. Junior sat there with his mouth open, watching Calvin do his thing when he should have been watching for the owners coming out of the restaurant.
. . .
"Uh," Richard said into his phone, "you got any men operators?"
"Sir, what is your emergency?"
"Well, you see, it's kinda personal. You ain't got no boss I can talk to?" Richard fidgeted on the couch, just wearing a pair of athletic shorts and his lucky Carolina hat with the N over top the C like it was one letter. He was stretched out from armrest to armrest cause it hurt less when he laid like that.
"Sir, what is your name?"
"Your full name, sir."
"Mr. Ferguson, what is the nature of your emergency?" the operator repeated herself, her voice steady and unemotional, like she could have been one of them computerized voices that tell you to press one if the problem is for the police, two for the fire department, three for an ambulance.
"You ain't got nobody else I can talk to? Nobody that's, you know, a guy? You see, the thing is-"
"Sir, Mr. Ferguson, the sooner you tell me the nature of your problem, the sooner I can send someone out to help you." She paused. "Are you currently located at 5602 Staley Farm Road?"
"Yeah," he answered, wondering how the hell this woman knew where he lived cause he sure as hell didn't remember telling her.
"Good, sir, now please tell me what your emergency is."
Richard thought about it a second, drawing up his courage, finally giving in cause he was hurting pretty bad. "Alright, first you gotta promise not to laugh."
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