WEP: A Quick Robbery

He eyed the white sands of the beach through a makeshift window in his tent. The fleet of turtle lovers were due to arrive in 10 minutes; by now his ‘colleagues’ would be in place.

He started typing in the code, eyes on the minute hand as it inched closer to the designated time and hit ‘Enter.’ Within no time the tent was dismantled as he placed it above his laptop. He straightened his cap and carted it away in a red wheelbarrow, picking up wrappers and warning tourists of littering on the way.

The next day’s headlines:

“Robbery in Floridian High-Security Vault: Thieves Leave No Trace”


Word Count 107: FCA

This month’s WEP theme is ‘Red Wheelbarrow’. I know it’s a bit early to post this month’s post but the other prompts resulted in a mental picture of a person carting away a tent in a wheelbarrow (& I couldn’t resist it).

The photo prompt has been given by Jan Wayne Fields at the Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The word prompt (Code) has been given by Girlie on the Edge hosted by Denise Farley. The location (Middle Torch Key, Florida) of the piece was suggested by Pegman.

63 responses to “WEP: A Quick Robbery”

  1. Original take on the prompts, Bernadette

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  2. very creative. good six

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  3. If you’re committing your crime by computer, you can get away with it just about anywhere. I liked the image of him making his getaway by pretending to be concerned about litterers — good cover!

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    1. The perfect alibi indeed. Thanks for reading.

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    1. It reaped in rich dividends.

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  4. haha – love the thieves leave no trace

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  5. PS – I think “high security” has a dash when it comes before vault

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    1. Thanks. Will correct it ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. well I would not even mention stuff like that – but I know I learn when folks speak up on some posts =- have a nice day

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  6. It’s quite frightening what thieves can steal using a computer!
    You worked all the prompts really well ๐Ÿ™‚
    Good to see you at the SSS!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Nice bit of intrigue. Who would guess what he was doing on his laptop inside that tent? I think he may have gotten away with it. (Assuming he covered his digital tracks as well.)

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    1. He sure is. (Let’s just say that this wasn’t the first time he tried this).

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  8. Clever – I’m left wanting more… computers are the gatekeepers, for better or worse.

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    1. Usually it’s supposed to be for the better (depending upon which side you’re looking at it).

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  9. That was fun! It so often comes down to timing! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Oh-oh! Lots of planning went into that robbery, I’m sure.

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    1. Yup. Every detail planned to the T.

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  11. Ha! And all due to the wheelbarrow. A very efficient tool.

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  12. An efficient way to use a wheelbarrow. Great use of the prompt. Who would have thought?

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    1. Thanks. That’s what made it the perfect cover-up.

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  13. Cyber crime can be committed from anywhere. So the red wheelbarrow was the getaway car?

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  14. Always good to warn about littering haha sounds like it was all planned out.

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    1. It was. I believe he was doing it even before the robbery day.

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  15. clever take on the prompt.

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  16. This was a fascinating take on the prompt! Robbers can be quite resourceful!

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  17. That is indeed a novel way to rob a bank!
    Enjoyed this one. It was short and sweet!

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    1. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure they’re going to do it again.

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  18. Hi Bernadette – oh so clever .. short and to the point. The beach will never been the same again …cleverly imagined. Well done – cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks Hilary. I just hope the tourists listen to him.

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  19. I enjoyed how the story began and ended on the beach, from luxurious tent to a worn red wheelbarrow. Could be the start of a longer story. I found myself wondering how he got the code, who his colleagues were, and what he was after in that vault! Nice teaser.

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    1. Thanks Beth ๐Ÿ™‚ He’s actually a very good hacker which is why he was able to crack the code.

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  20. Short, sweet, and a bit fun too. Nice take on the prompt.

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    1. Thanks Toi ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you stopped by.

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  21. That was a fun story. Nicely done.

    I had a tent thing blow over like that in my yard. So very frustrating!

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    1. Oh, that would have ‘blown away’ their plans.

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  22. Clever take in so few words. Neatly crafted. Robbery has changed in our digital age.

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    1. It sure has and is further going to change with AR and AI.

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  23. Enjoyed the story. nice unique take on the prompt

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  24. Hi,
    This is indeed a new take on the prompt that I enjoyed reading. I never thought of a bank robbery.
    Great job.
    Shalom aleichem
    Pat G

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  25. An original take on the prompt, that makes fantastic use of brevity to its advantage. Well done.

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    1. Thanks Chris. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  26. Fun take on the prompt and effective use of brevity – intriguing.

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  27. Clever! What a good cover for committing a crime. You told an interesting tale in very few words.

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    1. Thanks Anstice ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you enjoyed it.

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