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Topic: Achoo (04/11/13)
TITLE: Saved By A Big Sneeze
By Richard Hicks
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Before Amos knew what was happening, the guy pulled out a gun. He demanded money from the cashier. Michelle stood there trembling, as if in stage fright, as the robber shouted at her. The robber reached out and grabbed Amos by the collar, "Get over there and get me the money!" Amos stumbled and caught his balance as He went behind the counter. He knew he didn't have time to calm the cashier, so he put his hands gently around her and moved her away from the register. "Open the cash register old man,” said the robber, as he lunged across at Amos.
Amos carefully hit the no sale button and out swung the cash drawer. He took out a brown bag and put in what little money was in the drawer, giving it to the robber. Seeing that there wasn't very much money in the paper bag, the robber demanded Amos to lock the front door.
The other people in the store were bewildered and shocked as the lock made a bolting clash-like sound. They were all at the robber's mercy at this point. "Open the safe," said the man, as he pointed the gun back at Amos, he then motions the gun towards Michelle now in tears. ”I've been watching this place for several days, and I know she knows how to open the safe,” says the robber.
Amos stayed as calm as he could, went over by Michelle, and sat down beside her. He spoke to her gently, "There is nothing we can do now, so you need to help me to open the safe."
"The directions are on the back of the clip board in the office," she stuttered. “The office is in the back of the store beside the restroom.”
Amos was in the office looking for the clipboard. As He walked out He noticed a guy hiding behind some stacked crates with a fire extinguisher in his hand. They nodded to each other together about their plan. Back at the front the robber was getting antsy, "Get back up here he shouted, and let’s get this money thing going."
By this time Michelle was overrun by her nerves and so was the robber. Amos needed her to decipher the safe’s instructions so he motioned for her to come by him as it was under the cash register. Amos had scribbled a note for her to make a loud sound. Before everyone knew it, a sneeze exploded from her nose. This was no ordinary “ Achoo!” It sounded like a rifle shot into the air being fired multiple times. The robber, thinking someone was shooting at him, ducked down just as the metal fire extinguisher whopped him in the head. He was out like a light.
The next morning Amos had to snicker as he read about the robbery in the paper. The title read, "SAVED BY A BIG SNEEZE."
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