It is night. Two people are standing in a vault. The safe is open. They gaze at the pile of crisp dollar bills. They are neatly stacked and wrapped. The two begin to salivate.
Reggie: “I want all of it.”
Adira: “But you can’t.”
Reggie: “Just watch me.”
Reggie walks over to the mountain of money starts stuffing his bag.
Reggie: “It won’t fit!”
Adira: “I told you.”
Reggie: “Is there another way?”
Adira pulls out another empty bag.
Reggie: “I don’t like it.”
Adira: “Too bad.”
Reggie: “Too bad you’re not strong enough.”
Adira: “I’m strong enough.”
Reggie: “If you say so.”
Adira: “Watch me.”
Adira fills her bag halfway and zips it shut.
Reggie: “You sure I couldn’t –
Adira: “No, you couldn’t.”
Reggie: “Fine. What should we do with the rest of it?”
Adira: “Give it to the others.”
Reggie: “No way!”
Adira: “Others like us.”
Reggie: “You mean others like you. Not happening.”
Adira: “If you don’t they’ll come after you.”
Reggie: “No they won’t. Besides, I’ll stop them if they do.”
Adira: “You sure about that?”
Reggie: “If they want it, they can go after them; not me.”
Adira: “Alright, but you’ll regret it later.”
Reggie: “How’s that?”
Adira: “The past has a way of catching up to a man.”
Reggie: “Is that a threat?”
Adira: “Just stating a fact.”
Reggie: “Yeah, well my bag’s bigger. How do you like that fact?”
Adira rolls her eyes
Adira: “We should probably get out of here before they notice.”
Reggie: “The cops or the others?”
Adira: “We own the cops, remember? We paid them off.”
Reggie: “Oh, yeah…I forgot.”
Reggie: “Don’t be a bitch.”
Adira: “If I’m a bitch it’s because you’ve made me one. Cause and effect.”
Reggie: “I wish I didn’t need you.”
Adira: “The feeling’s mutual.”
Reggie: “You know if you spent less time arguing –
Adira covers his mouth: “Sshh! I think I heard something.”
They are both silent. They listen for a moment but don’t hear anything. Reggie takes Adira’s hand away from his mouth.
Reggie: “Get off me!”
Adira: “Like I said, you made me do it. Hope that didn’t emasculate you.”
Reggie: “Shut up.”
Adira: “I think I know the best route out of here.”
Reggie: “Oh yeah?”
Adira: “Yeah, so the others won’t know.”
Reggie: “What if we run into them?”
Adira: “We them we couldn’t find it.”
Reggie: “What about the bags?”
Adira: “We’ll hide them.”
Reggie: “Genius. I knew there was a reason I kept you around.”
Adira rolls her eyes
Adira: “Let’s get moving. Follow my lead.”
Reggie: “Bullshit. I’ve got more to carry. I’ll do the leading.”
Adira: “That doesn’t make sense.”
Reggie: “It doesn’t have to, I’m stronger than you.”
Adira: “Fine. Do it your way.”
Reggie leads them out into one of the halls. They manage to skirt by a few of the others without being spotted.
Reggie: “Phew! That was close!”
Adira: “Don’t count your money just yet.”
They have passed out of the hallway leading to the vault and approach the lobby. There are a few people leaning against the teller’s counter. Another one watches the front door.
Reggie, whispering to Adira: “Shit! What do we do now?”
Adira whispers back: “Follow my lead.”
Reggie nods in silent agreement. They both hide their bags in a dark corner of the lobby then walk into plain sight.
Reggie: “Sorry guys. No luck with the safe.”
Gideon: “What?! Seriously?! Then why are you here?”
Adira: “We tried everything. You can give it a go if you want.”
Gideon: “Shit…this is not good. Boss isn’t going to like it.”
Reggie: “Like I said, there’s nothing doing.”
Gideon becomes angry, slamming his fist down on the counter. He begins to swear loudly. The others look over at him, silent but anxious. After a moment, he calms down.
Gideon: “Alright. Alright…I’ll let him know, but it’s you two that are taking the fall.”
Adira: “We know that.”
Gideon: “Do you?!”
Reggie: “Yeah, we do.”
Gideon: “Your funeral.”
As he walks away to break the news to the others, Reggie and Adira silently collect their bags and head for the door. On the way, Reggie begins to feel he can no longer carry the heavy weight of his bag. Suddenly it slips from his hands and lands with a thud on the floor. The others turn around at the sound. Gideon rushes over.
Gideon: “What the?”
Adira: “We’re dead.”
Gideon: “You trying to screw us?!”
Gideon pulls his gun and points it at Reggie’s head.
Reggie: “No, we were just –
Gideon: “Seeing how stupid we were?!”
He pushes the barrel against Reggie’s skull.
Adira: “Gideon, don’t do it.”
Gideon: “Why not?”
Adira: “It was my idea.”
Gideon: “Don’t’ worry, you’ll get one too.”
As Reggie braces himself for death, suddenly the others grab Gideon from behind, stripping him of his gun and bringing him down hard on the marble floor.
Nico: “The boss said nobody gets killed.”
Gideon squirms on the ground as the others hold him.
Gideon: “You idiot! They tried to get away with the money!”
Nico, turning to Reggie and Adira: “That true?”
Reggie silently nods.
Nico eyes them both with an indignant expression.
Reggie: “I don’t know. I just saw it and…couldn’t help myself.”
Nico: “I’ve known you guys for a while now. You’re better than this.”
Adira: “I know…it was a moment of weakness.”
Nico: “Family comes first. Always. You don’t sell out your family.”
Reggie: “Nico –
Nico: “What, you think you’re better than us ‘cause you’ve got more?! The money doesn’t make the man; the man makes the money.”
He takes hold of both bags.
Adira: “Nico, wait!”
Nico: “You want the money?! Go get it!”
He unzips the bags and throws them into the middle of the lobby. The dollar bills topple out, scattering onto the polished marble floor. The others look on in shock. Reggie and Adira don’t move a muscle.
Nico: “How much did you guys take?”
Reggie responds anxiously: “Not sure.”
Nico: “Count it. Both of you.”
Reggie and Adira walk over to the pile of money and begin to count it. A few minutes pass.
Nico: “How much?”
Adira: “A few hundred thousand.”
Nico: “Now divide it up evenly.”
Reggie and Adira comply, separating the money into chunks on the floor. Nico points to the floor after they are done.
Nico: “What are these two piles for?”
Reggie: “I just thought…you know…”
Nico: “Think again. You don’t get what you don’t earn.”
They split the two remaining piles into the others. Nico gathers up one of the piles and puts the money in his bag.
Nico: “Gentleman, help yourselves.”
They all proceed to take their equal shares of the money.
Reggie: “Promise you won’t tell the boss.”
Nico laughs while Reggie and Adira both give him a concerned and puzzled look.
Nico: “What, you two don’t know?”
Adira: “Know what?”
Nico: “There is no boss.”
They both stare at him blankly.
Nico: “We’re the boss. All of us. I’m surprised you didn’t figure it out by now.”
As they all quietly exit the building with their shares of the money, the full moon shines down on them, illuminating the letters of the building written in large, gold font: “Universal Bank of Humanity. Give what you can, take only what you need.”