A SAFE LANDING
By Neel Anil Panicker
A slight tap on the shoulder and Ahmed turned around.
“Excuse me, would you mind stepping aside?”
Ahmed released the bag onto the tiled floor.
‘Is there a problem?’ His eyes scanned the uniformed man smiling at him from behind a handlebar moustache.
“Routine procedure, please open your bag”.
A minute later, the handlebar spoke again.
“Sir, please raise your hands for inspection”.
Deft hands once again guided a small machine from top to toe, back to front_inch by inch.
“Inspector Balbir Dutt, Narcotics Bureau. Looks like a false alarm. You may proceed. Sorry for the inconvenience”.
Ahmed zipped his bag, shrugged his shoulders, and walked out of New Delhi International Airport.
Settling himself into a waiting taxi, he instructed the driver, “Hotel Paradise”, adding, “But first, stopover at a fruit stall. I need to buy some bananas”
As the car swept past the rain-swept streets, Ahmed closed his eyes and dreamed about the five million dollars worth of marijuana that was buried in his rectum.
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