A Philosophical Discussion: From To Fetch A Thief
“Like they say,” the dude was telling Bernie, “it’s the information age.”
“Yeah?” said Bernie. The firelight shone in his eyes, a beautiful sight.
The dude took another hit – that’s drug lingo – and held his breath. You see that pot-smoking breath-holding combo from time to time in this job, after which things usually go downhill pretty fast.
A big smoke cloud exploded out of the dude’s mouth. “Put it to you this way,” he said, “simple as I can. Once upon a time it was the age of things, and people paid money for them. A Pontiac Firebird, say – that’s a thing. Now it’s the age of information.”
“You’re saying you’ll tell us where the girl is for money?” Bernie asked. The firelight suddenly looked different in his eyes, different in a way that would have scared some people, maybe most.
But not this dude. “Well, well,” he said. “Pretty quick on the uptake for a visitor from the land of the bland.”
Bernie stepped forward and took the joint from the dude’s hand; didn’t rush, didn’t snatch it, just took the thing. He tossed it in the fire.
“What the hell?” the dude said, starting to rise. Bernie put his hand on the dude’s shoulder, sat him back down. The dude tried to squirm free, then said, “Ow,” and went still.
Bernie removed his hand. The dude stayed exactly where he was. “I’m going to give you five bucks for the information,” Bernie said. “Know why?”
The dude shook his head.
“Because it’s marginally less trouble than beating it out of you,” Bernie said.
The dude raised his arm and pointed, real fast. “Third on the left,” he said. “The Airstream up on blocks.”
Bernie handed him money. “And here’s a memo from the information age, absolutely free – we don’t need to see you on our way out.”
“I was just leaving,” the dude said.
Welcome Trevor and Rags.
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