Last week: Digger was coerced into robbing a bank by a mysterious Voice who had threatened to kill a hostage if his instructions weren’t followed. Digger called the police on his way to the bank, but they dismissed it as a false alarm. And now…
â€œIt was just a misunderstanding, is all,â€ Digger said to the voice on the phone. He had to keep the guy talking, get a clue to where the hostage was being held. â€œI just now tripped the alarm. You should hear the call any second now.â€
â€œYouâ€™re cutting this awfully close,â€ said the Voice.
As Digger was about to answer, the phone rang in the managerâ€™s office. â€œJust donâ€™t do anything rash, okay?â€ Digger said. â€œTrust me, the cops will be here in just a few minutes to arrest me, just like you wanted.â€
The managerâ€™s phone rang again. â€œI donâ€™t want you arrested,â€ said the Voice. â€œAs soon as I hear the call, Iâ€™ll send you a new map to show you where to bring the money.â€
â€œAnd where would that be?â€ Digger asked. â€œHow much time will I have to get there?â€
â€œYouâ€™ll find that out when and if I decide not to kill this hostage,â€ said the Voice, then added something that sounded like, â€œdonâ€™t get cuteâ€ through the continued ringing of the phone.
â€œHang on,â€ Digger said and turned toward the knot of people in the corner. â€œCould somebody get that?â€
An older woman who looked like the senior manager stood up, but Digger shook his head. â€œSheâ€™s closer,â€ he said, pointing at Judith. â€œWould you mind?â€
â€œOkay,â€ Judith said and headed toward a glassed-in office.
â€œSorry,â€ Digger said into his phone. â€œI thought you wanted me to get arrested. You told me to make sure I tripped the alarms.â€
â€œYou misunderstood,â€ said the Voice. â€œWhat good is it to have you rob a bank if you donâ€™t bring me the money?â€
â€œI just thought you were trying to ruin my reputation,â€ Digger said.
â€œYes, thatâ€™s right,â€ came Judithâ€™s voice from the other room. â€œWeâ€™re being robbed.â€
â€œWhy would I care about your reputation?â€ asked the Voice.
â€œThat was the whole point, you said!â€ Digger tried to keep from shouting. He still had to stay more or less on the guyâ€™s good side. â€œDidnâ€™t you? Something about being willing to ruin my reputation for a total stranger?â€
â€œNo, itâ€™s not another false alarm,â€ Judith said. â€œBecause I just watched him take the money out of the cash drawers, thatâ€™s why!â€
â€œI also said Iâ€™d kill this man if I didnâ€™t hear police dispatched to the bank,â€ said the Voice, â€œand the deadline passed 45 seconds ago.â€
â€œNo, wait!â€ Digger said. â€œThe alarm has been activated. They should dispatch somebody any second now.â€
â€œNo, Iâ€™m standing here looking right at him!â€ Judith said. â€œWhat do you mean, how can you know that?â€
â€œHang on,â€ Digger said into his phone and walked toward the office where Judith was arguing.
â€œWould you believe me if I put him on the phone?â€ Judith asked as Digger drew near. â€œWhat do you mean, he could be anybody?â€
She rolled her eyes at Digger, hands spread helplessly, then flinched back as Digger lifted the guardâ€™s pistol, his finger on the trigger.
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