Kind Offers

In 2062, organized crime was a distant memory in Columbia. Few know how it really ended.

Bogata’s last crime lords all dropped off the map in the poor neighborhood of Vista Despejada. That power vacuum brought up-and-coming crime lord Thiago Escavedo into Camila’s Needlepoint Shop. He grinned at the old woman working industriously. He hadn’t even bothered bringing his henchmen. The old crone would sell her shop for pennies just like the other businesses on Rio Carlo Ave.

“I’ll give you 1,000 pesos for your shop,” said Thiago to Camila. “And then I will let your family live.” He grinned malevolently. “Trust me. It’s a kind offer.”

“Of course, Dearie,” said eighty-year old Camila, offering no resistance. “Let me find the deed.”

As she rummaged, Thiago examined a peculiar hanging quilt. Red stains splashed all over it.

“Abstract art on a quilt?” snorted Thiago. “What was your inspiration?”

Behind him, Camila finished screwing the silencer on her 9mm pistol. “Oh, just the last men who made kind offers.”
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Written for What Pegman Saw: https://whatpegmansaw.com/2017/07/08/bogota-columbia/

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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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20 Responses to Kind Offers

  1. Ah, a black widow! Great story. Love the atmosphere.

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  2. James says:

    A Nagual is a magician or witch some say has the power to transform into an animal but who have other mystic powers linked with pre-Columbian shamanistic practices. Perhaps she is one of them.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Ooh. I’ve never heard of that, but it sounds really cool. Don’t be surprised if a Nagual shows up in a future story. And who knows, maybe she is a Nagual. 😉 Thanks James! 🙂

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  4. Nagual or not, she is one spunky woman. Wonder what she was during her hey days. Great story and excellent writing.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Ever hear of Manuel Noriega, former dictator of Panama? One day he pissed her off. Within a year the Americans arrived. Yeah – Camila was never someone to fool with. 😉 Thanks so much, Neel! 🙂

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  5. k rawson says:

    Superb story! Loved it.

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  6. Ha ha ha ha!! Awesome granny that one! That is who I will be if a crime-lord ever comes a knockin’ 😉

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  7. Joy Pixley says:

    Hm, I am formulating a theory about how the crime wave mysteriously ended, and it has to do with a feisty older lady who only wants to do her sewing and not be bothered by thugs. Fun twist ending, and interesting take on the prompt!

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  8. Dear Eric,

    We need Camila and we need her now. 😀 Good one. I love how your mind works.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  9. L.E.R.T says:

    What a twist. Go, Granny Go! Very well imagined and written. Cheers, Varad

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  10. Indira says:

    Much respect for the lady. lol. Great story.

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