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The Heist (Friday Fictioneers)

June 7, 2018

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

They’d been casing the joint for days. “We’re gonna have to move soon, it’ll be suspicious.”

“I know. We gotta wait until we get the signal.”

“Which is what?”

A shoulder shrug was all the answer he got. He turned back to the balcony. Visitors meandered between rooms slurping giant sugary drinks or crunching through bags of crisps, commenting loudly on the delicate works of art. Made his skin crawl thinking of the sticky or greasy fingers touching what they shouldn’t. Horrendous. The lighting was too bright too.

Tonight, it had to be tonight. They’d rescue everything they could carry.



This is a Friday Fictioneers Prompt

Word count: 100

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  1. You summoned that delusional personality well, Laurie

  2. I like the idea of art needing to be rescued from the museum and the masses.

    • Yessss exactly Iain. I’m glad that made sense. He does consider himself a hero and not the villain of the piece.

  3. Right… good luck with that!

  4. I hate museum where huge crowds move through without even looking at the art while they search for the One piece of famous art they came to see. I always go the opposite direction. Good story.

    • Yesss omg Tracey I hear you. I hate that too. They rush. And talk to loud. Never saviour the work and effort and beauty.

  5. Hopefully, they get it all. Good job, Laurie

  6. Great piece.

  7. Dear Laurie,

    I found it interesting, if not amusing, that the prospective burglar saw his plan as a rescue mission rather than a robbery. Made me chuckle.



  8. The naked statues might even get to wear clothes at last! Delightfully different Laurie

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  9. Imaginative take. Great write.

  10. An idealist thief – great idea.

  11. You conjure up the would-be thief’s opinion of the philistine crowds very graphically. I wonder if he will realise that the museum prevents sticky fingers from touching the works of art when he sets off the proximity alarm guarding the first one he tries to steal!

    • Hahaha yes exactly! I know he will find out 😀 he is a simple fellow with high ideals that are not as moral as they should be

  12. AMelodyPearson permalink

    Great. He’s going to save the art from a museum that doesn’t forbid food and drinks. They deserve to be burglarized.

  13. Ah, so they see themselves as doing good by rescuing the art? That’s an interesting idea!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  14. Well.. that is a different approach to taking things. I wonder how many would be thieves see it as a rescue?? Hmmm… nice!!

  15. I wonder if the police will see it their way?

  16. Sarah Ann permalink

    My skin’s crawling too – all that slurping got to me. This is a lovely idea, the heist saving the art for itself rather than profit.

  17. Rescued from the sticky, greasy masses—for what? To be hidden away in some tiny vault where no one will enjoy them ever again? Hmmmmm.

  18. “Rescuing”, sounds like they are already preparing the defense speech

  19. Oh! I love that little twist at the end. I was cringing at the potato chip bag. Thanks for rescuing the art!

  20. Really interesting take – saving the art not the people.

  21. Nice take! 🙂
    Gave me the feeling of an extreme version of The Monuments Men

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