the smuggler’s bible


“It was my impression that the full amount would be available.”

“Of course, sir. Simply provide your signature here and the balance will be released.”

Arnoud glances at the paper, then slides the it back across the counter to the clerk. “I am sorry to announce that I have become aware of a discrepancy.”

“I, too, am sorry. Please elaborate.”

“Your document refers to store credit.”

“This is standard, under the circumstances.”

“I would prefer cash.”

“And I would prefer—despite our generous policy—that you had chosen literally any other store to ‘return’ sixty-five belt buckles of unverifiable origin.”