Thinking big

“Nose or arm?”


“Which do you want? Broken nose or broken arm.”

“Are you mad?”

“You know the answer to that.”

“Neither. What the…?”

“We’ve got to get inside the hospital somehow.”

“Visit someone then… or pretend to. You can get lost in there for hours.”

“We don’t want to get lost, Mick, we need to see a doctor.”

“Then go to see yours.”

“No good, not enough drugs.”

“Is that what this is about, living up to Frankie’s vision of you?”

“No, I want bigger than that.”

“No-one’s bigger than Frankie, Harry.”

“I will be.”

“Start small, Harry. You know he doesn’t like competition.”

“I won’t be competition. We’ll be partners… don’t laugh.”

“Frankie’s got form, knows people. He’s not afraid of anyone.”

“Nor am I, Mick, which is why I need this plan. You play tennis don’t you?”

“Tennis? Sometimes. Why?”

“Tennis elbow’s a complaint, isn’t it.”

“Not one that needs treatment that badly. A GP is usually…”

“No time for that.”

“There must be another way. Get someone on the inside… bribe a nurse or something.”

“Now you’re singing my tune… just one problem.”



“Harry! What happened to…?”

“Leoni, Candy and…”



“All that gone in one night?”

“They have expensive taste.”



“What are you looking at me like that for? Harry…. No… Leave my arm… Harry, no!”


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