Dead Centre -Free Read
Not All Bombers Are Religious!
The Latest Exciting Novel by Owen Jones
Chapter One - part five:
“That was another successful operation, Bob.”
“Yes, sir, so it seems.”
“There is no need to still call me ‘sir’, Bob, those days are long gone and I have asked you to call me Gareg
“Yes, sir, you have. Sorry, but old habits die hard. Sorry, sir, Gareg.”
“Jesus, Bob, ‘Sir Gareg’ is even worse!” he said jokingly.
“Yes, er, Gareg, I’ll get used to it one day, I suppose.”
“I hope so. Try to relax a bit more, we’re not in the army any longer and haven’t been for ages. Five for you
and ten for me, I think, or not?”
“Yes, s… er, Gareg. I left four years ago and will always be grateful that you looked me up and took me on. I
was so worried that I’d end up on the scrapheap, like so many old soldiers.”
“Yes, well, I wasn’t going to let that happen, after all we’ve been through together, was I?”
“Well, sir, I mean, er, Gareg, you have turned my life around and there is no mistake about that. Me and the
missus were worried about what I would do when I retired from the forces, but here I am earning three times more
with you than before, and I’ve still got my pension. I just wish that poor old Jenny was here to see the benefit.
Still, I am indebted to you and always will be.”
“Enough of all that now, let’s open a bottle of scotch to another mission well done or would you rather go into
town and sink a few pints?”
“Up to you, sir, either way suits me.”
“OK, let’s have a change and go into town. See who’s about. We can always come back if it’s quiet.”
“Right you are, I’ll bring the car around. The Merc or the Bentley?”
“Oh, I think the Bentley tonight. If we drink too much, you know how much it impresses the police. We may even
get lucky, you never know.”
As they left the farm in high spirits, a doctor from Birmingham, Alabama, was trying to get through, but they
were on a mission again and didn’t care.
They never did. In their line of business there was no competition and customers always got back to them,
because the rate of return on investment was as high as people’s ideas.
The money that had changed hands filtered down as did the compensation for the victims of the blast and the
overtime money for the police, builders and hospital staff.
Although there were a lot of people grieving, there was also a large injection of capital into the
micro-economies of several local communities both in the Scheherazade department store area and other places around
There were no really poor people killed in the blast, although a lot of the sales assistants were related to
poor families, and all the wealthy shoppers, and the workers were insured, as was the owner.
Many people made a lot of money from the atrocity, and insurance premiums were flagged to rise the following
year to compensate, but that was never made public either.
(The End of Chapter One)
by Owen Jones