‘So they’ve sent another nerd-head of a cybercriminal.’ Dan turned his back on the slouching youth to continue varnishing the window frame.

‘You calling me a dumb ass?’

‘You’re the one having to do community service.’ He inspected his latest brush stroke for evenness in the varnish.

‘You don’t want me around, do you?’


‘I’ll be off like a shot if you’ll sign off my worksheet.’

Dan quickly suppressed his smile, carefully put his brush back in the tin and faced the youth, who held out his smartphone and a stylus towards him.

‘Doesn’t work like that.’

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