Another day in the life of a Turk.
And then there were the ones who did the dirty work.
A wife, two kids, small home business.
I held a steady aim with my gun to his head while the man cowered in the corner like a dog, shivering, with his tail between his legs. He wasn't so tough; what, with all the shit he pulled earlier. I guess he really wasn't expecting to get caught seein' as how he had dropped his bowl when we so graciously let ourselves in. It shattered into pieces around his feet, but that was the least of his worries. Probably figured he'd have a bullet in his head soon enough.
"Where is it?" I asked. We were doing something I liked to call a "clean sweep", which, unfortunately, didn't happen very much. It's not that I enjoyed the act of killing people. What sick fuck would? No. This was different. I liked having the power to burst in unannounced, kick ass and take names. I guess you could say that's what would happen most of the time. But we would only kill if the situation called for it. And never a peasant either. When we wasted someone, they were always trash who deserved it--nothing more, nothing less.
Again, I asked. "Where...is it?" Man, was he getting on my nerves. I had no patience considering the fact that his wife and children could come home at any moment. We were not as heartless as some claimed. I'd rather do the deed first and get away unnoticed. At least then we wouldn't burden the family with any unnecessary rage of knowing the face of their beloveds killer. If only he would just tell me what I needed to know then we wouldn't be in such a situation.
I glanced to my right at my partner who took it upon himself to search for our object. He was even trying to be as neat as humanly possible. If it were me, I'd tear the place apart. Fuck being polite. Where was the respect when he decided to start an uproar? You can't act a certain way and demand to be treated with reverence in return. It doesn't work that way. It never has and it never will.
"...Anything?" I spoke over my shoulder. He was still searching, but there was nothing. So I turned my attention back to our target and said something along the lines of, "Look, I'm bein' nice here. I could put a bullet in your head right now if I wanted to. All I'm askin' is that you tell us where it is and we can get out of your hair. It's as simple as that."
We were getting nowhere fast and my patience was running thin. I could feel my finger wrapped around the trigger begin to tremble. Even my arm tensed as I tried not to go off before we got an answer. Maybe all of this was pointless and a waste of fucking time? If I were in charge, I'd rough him up a little, but the boss didn't want that. He said to keep it clean, leave no evidence behind if at all possible, and to only use force as a last resort. Still, I was finding it hard to stand there and wait uncomplainingly while the guy did nothing but shit his pants.
"Can't you just look in the general direction? We'll find it ourselves."
It was no use. The guy was scared out of his mind. He was barely even breathing, let alone deciding whether or not to tell us what we needed to know. So I lost it. I let one off and went against the boss's orders. It didn't hit him, though. The bullet pierced the wall a few inches away from his head in an explosion of white plaster and wood. If I wanted to kill him, I could and would have. But all I was trying to do was get an answer.
To my right, my partner glanced over his shoulder having been startled by the loud crack. Through his dark sunglasses, I could tell he was glaring at me. I smiled sheepishly and dropped the gun to my side. Maybe now we would get somewhere.
"Listen, buddy..." I spoke softly as I came to my knees right in front of him. His eyes were as wide as dinner plates, and I swear I could hear his heart beating at a million miles an hour. He was sweating profusely and sat shivering uncontrollably up against the wall. "I'll make you a deal, but you gotta listen carefully, alright? 'Cause you know I'm not fucking around."
The man nodded furiously; his mouth hung slack.
Good. This was working.
"How about...you tell me where it is I can find what we came for, and I won't put a bullet in your face next time?"
At first, I thought maybe we'd go through the same thing we'd been over the last half hour, but I was wrong. He nodded--yes--again and finally pushed himself up from the floor. I followed behind eagerly, flashing my partner a sly grin as we rushed by. He ended up tagging along as well, but not before carefully setting down what looked to be some fancy dinnerware back on the hutch.
In a small room that was lined with boxes that reached the ceiling, he fell to his knees and pushed to the side a small rug. Under that rug was the outline of a doorway, which he pulled up to reveal a hiding space. I stood inside the room near a cluttered desk and watched as the man retrieved a small box; the only item not covered in a thin film of dust. He rose from his knees and returned to us, handing over the box in the process. But before we left I needed to check something. All of the papers were in there and intact. Not a thing was missing.
"Good job," I smiled and patted him on the shoulder with the hand in which I held my gun. He just stood there looking mighty defeated, but this was definitely not worth his life. "I don't want to have to come back here again, you hear me?"
Another furious nod assured me that the man had probably learned his lesson.
And as promised, we took our leave. The car was waiting outside with its engine running. It even seemed that no one had noticed the gunshot either. But that was the city for ya. Another mission well accomplished and without any bloodshed, even though I would have preferred to go about it a different way. Perhaps the boss would throw me a bone in the future.
There was always next time.