the smuggler’s bible

Lucie

The scam seems simple enough. Lucie sits under a tree in the park and shrewdly watches the swindle through to completion four times.

She notes the general script and identifies some spots which could be improved. It’s a risk. Tamper too much and the system falls apart. But even with a few more misses, it’s better odds than the racket out at the bus station.

“Okay, I’m going for it,” she says.

“You’ll do great, kid.”

“Sure. Hey, thanks for the tip. You’re right, this does seem like fun.”

“Please,” Satan says, watching Lucie head off toward a mark. “You deserve it.”