“It’s all ready, what there is of it. Ah, but this may be the last time we’ll have to endure such meager pickin’s. Come on, let’s eat.”
There was not a word, not a movement from Timotheus.
“Say, what’s wrong with you? Fortune comes a-knockin’ and there you sit like you lost your best friend ‘r somthin’. Why, we’ll get more money outa this than I’ve seen since I was born.”
“Yes, I know, Lucas. But robbery? It’s illegal. And it’s wrong, that’s all.”
“To you maybe, but not to me. I’ve been strugglin’ like this all my life, and for what? Why should some folks have everything while we have nothin’? T’ tell you the truth, I’ve thought of trying it before but was afraid of gettin’ caught.”
“Which is another reason I’m afraid to try it. Suppose we get do get caught?”
“With him as our leader? There’s not much chance of it. He knows what he’s about. We’ve got a much better chance with him than if we tried it on our own, that’s for sure. So if there ever was a time to try it, it’s now.”
There was a pause, with the nocturnal crickets chirping madly away. Then, Lucas spoke again. “Go ahead and pass it up if you want to, but to me, it’s a chance of a lifetime.”
A chance of a lifetime! Perhaps that was what it was – his one last hope of finding that peace and happiness for which he had been searching all his life. Yes, perhaps money would bring him the happiness he so desired. This robbery could open up a whole new life for him. It would be a new chance, a fresh start– just what he needed. He’d do it! He’d tell that big man “Yes,” when he returned in the morning.
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