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THE TUNNEL (100 words)
By Neel Anil Panicker
Life’s a crawl when I bump into Charlie, childhood buddy, fresh out of jail.
“Mat!” he screams, his whisky scarred voice a slur.
Man’s a toughie; mean as they come in Cox Bazaar.
“Wanna make some cool money?”
Months back he had come to my shack with his sister, who was friends with Karen, who is pregnant with our baby.
‘How much?’ I ask, mindful not to sound too excited.
“Twenty grands, ten upfront, rest after the job”.
I bite my lip and walk past.
“I’ll come with the dough. Tonight”.
I don’t reply. He knows what my answer is.
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