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Deal 977: Phoned

The voice was doing their best to be tempting. Clearly they knew how I would treat them otherwise.

Usually I just let reputation and nature take its course.

But just this once I was tempted to see what would happen if I listened to the pitch.

So whatever it was, I agreed. They could try again in person.

There was a puzzled silence. Then confusion.

Now I was having to justify myself to them. I let it go on for a bit, then growled something about this being why I don’t permit solicitation by phone or at the door.

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Deal 931: Ringing

The phone sat in the corner, unseen.

All their attention was on the rest of the room. Somewhere in here was something both portable and valuable that could be sold swiftly for ready cash.

Naturally, the most portable items were the least valuable, so this plan was already changing from a simple smash and grab into a deeper search. And with every minute passing, their chances of getting away clean with the loot were decreasing.

Decreasing to nothing, in point of fact.

Shortly after they broke in, the phone had made a call. Silently, that call had allowed the authorities to listen to everything that was happening, and find a suitable course of action.