The Scheme - Part 1The SchemeThe Scheme - Part 15 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
It was mid-afternoon, and Marvin and Harry were in their hideout, looking over the plans to a large villa. Harry marked several windows and the front door. "The security system is going to be a problem, but once we take care of that, we have an in," Marvin said, scratching the back of his head. Harry barely heard him. He was too busy thinking of all the money he would be getting. A small-time criminal like himself was way better off with a professional like Marvin. After a moment, Harry said: "The parents are gone for most of the day, so it should be relatively easy to get the cameras in place. Which of the children are we going to use?"
"Isn't it obvious? The girl is 19, the eldest boy 17. The other is 13. His mind will be the easiest to crack." A dubious smile crossed his lips. "After we have him, the others will follow suit. Let's get to work."
Harry was slightly nervous. He had not done this sort of thing before, and a public school was definitely not his place of choice
The Scheme - Part 3Water splashed into Harry's face. This day had begun so well, but now it was rapidly turning into the worst day of his life. Had Marvin been telling the truth? Or was he just bluffing? He had to be bluffing. "There's no way he could have hypnotized me too, not without me knowing it anyway," he said aloud, trying very hard to convince himself of that. The truth was that he really did not know. He himself had taken only a few minutes to mesmerize the little boy, and that boy seemed to retain no memories when Harry had commanded him to forget. That was when something occurred to Harry. All he had to do was hypnotize Marvin too, defeat him with his own weapons. And he knew just the way to do it: the computer program! But just as he was about to go back into the room to convince Marvin to do a test-run of the program, he heard something from downstairs. One of the others was coming home.The Scheme - Part 35 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Do it," Marvin said, looking in amusement as Tim fell to his knees, bowing down in reverence. He smirke
The Scheme - Part 4Slowly, her fingers slid across the paper of the photo book. It was covered in dust. She had always intentionally left that particular photo book at the back of her bookcase. The book contained pictures of a long time ago, a time before she was forced to return to work as a teacher to make sure that she'd maintain a steady income. Her previous husband had been very rich, so she still had some money stashed away, but she had never wanted to touch it again afterThe Scheme - Part 45 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
The pictures had lost a bit of their color, but were still clear enough. She looked for one in particular. Wedding photos honeymoon .dinner .another dinner cinema .There it was: the picture that someone else had taken, the picture showing them together. She was sure of it now. This was where she had seen the man before. "I finally found you again, Alex," she muttered to herself, "I am coming to help you." A soft thud marked the closing of the photo book. She had already looked up the address and was
The Scheme - Part 2Somewhat later that same day, Tim was cycling home. He couldn't quite remember why, but he had an important meeting there, so he hurried along. It was nearly three when he got to his house. Harry was already waiting near the front gates to Tim's house. Marvin was in the car overlooking the same gate. He had headphones on, so he could hear every word Harry would say.The Scheme - Part 25 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Hello again, Tim," Harry said. Tim couldn't quite remember where he had met the strange man before, but he seemed very familiar. Harry pulled the silver necklace with the diamond out of his pocket again, and Tim's eyes were immediately transfixed on it. The boy had immediately frozen in place, staring intently at the diamond. Harry grinned. "Very good, Tim," he said, "You are once again in a state of trance, only this time it will be much deeper than before. Every time I give you a command, it will feel good to obey. Obeying will make you go even deeper and feel even better. Do you understand?"
A hollow "yes" sounded from