A penny taken is a penny earned. Kirby agreed with Norman on that. And that the bellringers didn't deposit donations promptly. And on the wheres and whens -- four a.m., the world dead and sleeping.
He didn't agree with the split.
In and out, no problem. Then Kirby put the screwdriver in Norman's throat. No one marked every missing cent or cooling corpse. But turning the key in the getaway's ignition, he thought he heard a chiming roll across the face of the waking world. Imagination, surely.
Then the getaway groaned. Stalled.
Red and blue light pulsed against the rear window.
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