One bitterly cold afternoon, a handful of customers lingered inside the Family Value hamburger restaurant on Grange Street, their meals finished, their welcome scattered in scraps on the discarded food trays.

At precisely 2:45 P.M., a man stood on one of the small tables near the service counter. He had a black sports bag clutched to his chest. Nobody noticed him until he spoke in his unremarkable voice, until his words echoed across the near-empty expanse of fake wood below him.

"It's time to pay your dues, Family Value," he said.


Ian Bone

Ian Bone is an Australian author. His books range from early childhood picture books through to young adult novels. He has been a fulltime writer for over twelve years and divides his time between writing his books, designing and writing on-line educational simulations for universities, teaching creative writing and making videos.

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