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Bronowski held up his hands and stuttered, “Honest to God, I don’t know.”

Lilly moved close to the disgraced cop. He kept his hands up and continued, “but that doesn’t mean I don’t have an idea where he would go to ground.”

Konan tossed a notebook and pen onto the table. Bronowski scribbled down an address and shoved it back to Konan. Lilly and Konan walked out and handed the suspect over to Manson and Rankin.

“Where are ya’ll headed?” Lilly shrugged and looked in the notebook.

“Where else, Manson? Hell.”

Fredericksburg Savings and Loan opened at its regular time at 0900 Monday through Thursday. The bank opened on at 0800 and closed at 0530 on Fridays, to ensure their customers had sufficient time to conduct their business before the weekend.

Tia ‘Two Step’ Lopez and Abraham Wilson stood in line behind an elderly couple. The old man turned and stared at Tia. She met his gaze. The old man nodded at her, and Tia chuckled. Abraham scoped out the security cameras and located the security panel behind the center cashier.

“How you doing?”

“Just fine, young lady.”

“Kinda slow,” Tia said, nodding at the ever-growing line.

“If you don’t like this speed, you sure won’t like the next one,” the old man quipped. His wife elbowed him in the ribs.

The old man nodded and gave Tia a wave. Tia smirked and said goodbye. Abraham gave her a nod, and the two stepped out of line.

“Did you get what you needed, Abraham?”

“Yeah. I didn’t figure this town would have a top-notch security system.”

“Do they?”

“No. They have a panic button, and I can reroute the security feed onto a loop from the panel. Everything is centrally located.”

“Good. We don’t need this last job to go sideways.”

“I agree. Now, all we need is for the boss man to give us the go-ahead.”

Tia smiled and patted Abraham on the back. “I love it when a plan comes together like this. One more job, and I’m home free.”


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