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Chapter 1: Green

Burning X


“It’s early, I wish we got up later for this” I yawned, brushing my hand through my dark hair, moving it out of my face.Bookmark here

“I know man, but we gotta get this done, once we’re finished I’ll take you for ice cream” Riz said to me. My older brother and my best friend, Riz was the reason I was on this job. Well, that and my overwhelming debt. Bookmark here

“You promise?” I looked up at my brother with happiness filling my smile. I never knew I’d be so happy to be offered ice cream. I suppose stress makes you appreciate the simple things in life.Bookmark here

“Yeah of course!” Riz told me, patting me on the back and helping me in to the van. Bookmark here

“I hope we’re not too long, how hard can robbing a bank be right?” I joked to the other people in the vehicle with us. Nobody laughed.Bookmark here

(Doors slam shut and drives off)Bookmark here

“Alright! We’re closing in. Everyone remember their names? And no, not your real names you morons, your code names!” The large man’s voice echoed and rippled through the vehicle as he ordered us around whilst checking our weaponry. Bookmark here

“Just incase you don’t remember call me K as per usualJoe you’re J, Richy you’re D, Riz we’ll call you Z and his lovely little brother Xavier, we’ll call you X”   K, the largest and loudest of the group finally quieted down. Bookmark here

“Yes boss! Haha lets go” Joe, the bubbliest of the group was always the quickest to respond to orders. Bookmark here

“Shut up Joe! Always so damn loud” Richy was the most quiet out of us, nothing he loved more than silence and a good book. Bookmark here

“If these two keep up we won’t even make it to the bank in one piece” Riz, my older brother, the reason I’m here in the first place. Bookmark here

“Hey Riz, are you sure this is gonna be okay? I’m nervous” then there’s me, Riz’s younger brother and number 1 pacifist of the crew. Bookmark here

“Don’t worry Xavier, if anything happens I’ll protect you, just like I always do” Riz comforted me as usual, patting my head softly, smiling ear to ear. The kind of smile that fills you with hope.Bookmark here

Little did I know… this was one of the last times I’d see itBookmark here

(The van finally stops at the destination…)Bookmark here

“Check your guns! Make sure they’re loaded!” K done his final checks of our weaponry; moving quickly towards me he hands me a small case. Bookmark here

“What’s this K?” I looked at him, confused and worried. Bookmark here

“It’s an explosive, small but big enough to take out the bank if we need to” he says with a rumble in his voice. Bookmark here

“What? K let me handle that” Riz knew it was too much for me, being the protective brother he always was. Bookmark here

“NO! We most likely won’t need it to detonate but just incase I want Xavier to plant it at the center of the bank. It’ll be good to scare the hostages”. K was stubborn, once he makes his mind up it’s near impossible to change it. Riz tried his best to persuade him Bookmark here

“K I’ll handle it I’m better with the tech anyway! Where did you even get this fro-” K stops him mid sentence as if he said something forbidden. Bookmark here

“DON’T ASK WHERE IT’S FROM! Just know I got it from one of my guys, where he got it from however I’m not sure. Lets just hope it works” Riz did what he could but in the end I decided to take the job, I couldn’t be a burden on him anymore. I grabbed his arm and faced him with pride, Bookmark here

“it’s okay Riz, I-I can do it” I smiled and held my head high so I wouldn’t worry Riz. I could tell Riz was uncomfortable with the idea of me, a 17 year old boy handling an explosive, aswell as the rest of us in the van, but if I could be of use for once I’ll do whatever.Bookmark here

“MEN! MASK UP AND MOVE OUT!” K’s voice roared through our ear drums. We put our masks on and left the van. Marched to the front door of the bank and quickly whispered to each other details of the plan. Bookmark here

“Put the money in the bag and nobody gets hurt! That’s all you gotta say” Joe told me quickly. Bookmark here

“Okay I understand…” I nodded and moved to the door nervously.Bookmark here

We shot through the front entrance and ran in to the bank aiming our weapons at everyone in sight. Bookmark here

“PUT THE BAG IN THE MONEY AND NOBODY GE- wait that ain’t right damn!“ I stopped myself from embarrassing myself further and went to place the explosive. I opened the case, the explosive seemed strange, like something not of this world, a strange green colour and smooth cylindrical design; I ignored it and set the timer for 5 minutes, placing it softly on the ground. The other member of the group moved the hostages near the walls and kept weapons focused on them, K and Riz hurried the cashiers for all the cash they had. So far so good.Bookmark here

So I thought…Bookmark here

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