The 100-word flash fiction installment today was inspired by familiar scenes from crime “B” movies from the 1940s and later. A “B” movie was a low-budget film, generally starring less-than-well-known actors. The movies were intended to be the second–and less publicized–films in double features. By the late 1960s double features disappeared from most theaters, except drive-ins and the need for “B” movies declined. The term survives, particularly among baby boomer film fans. I didn’t copy this story from a movie, but I could have.
‘B’ Movie Plot
Dashing off the curb, the teenager ripped open the car door and jumped into the passenger seat. He aimed a small caliber semi-automatic at the driver.
Al Marino was unperturbed. “Jacking cars, kid? That’s no way to make a living. Know who I am? I could use someone like you.”
“Pull around the corner,” the young man said.
“Sure, kid.” Marino turned the luxury sedan and stopped. “You’re making a mistake.”
“No mistake. I ain’t no ‘jacker. This is for my sister you got hooked on smack. Now she’s a ’ho’.”
Marino thought the kid wouldn’t shoot. He was wrong.