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Friday, 28 October 2016

The Payload

“Quarter past ten…”
“Will you do me a favour?”
“Stop fucking telling me the time every five fucking minutes!” Cookie glared at the younger man.  “You have yet to earn your snowflake tattoo, do you want your journey to end?”

Aidan stared at his feet, that got him a clip around the head from Cookie.  “You are fucking meant to be one of Snowflake’s guards.  Fucking act like it!”  Aidan shrunk back from the older man, he mumbled something under his breath.  Cookie rounded on him, “What was that?  Did you just say what I thought you said?  You are already on two fucking warnings, do you want to make it three?”  Aidan bowed his head in submission, “No Cookie” 

Cookie shook his head, “Aidan, you were sent to us because your parents thought you needed toughening up.  If you’re not up to it, you know what will happen.”  Aidan raised his head and nodded.  They stood in silence for what seemed like hours, when in fact it was just minutes.  Aidan broke the silence, “Cookie?” 

“Yes?”  Before Aidan had time to speak, Cookie said those words that put fear into him “The payload is here, follow my lead.”