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The Trillion Dollar Blunder: Part 2

This is a follow up to a piece of fiction that I started, here.  I’m not sure where this will go.  It’s very rough and has not been edited.  As always I encourage all comments and thoughts.

“Huh umm,” A man behind James cleared his throat.

“Oh sorry about that,” James said and finished his transaction.

His bank account, that only a few hours before had been nearly empty had slightly more than a trillion dollars. He’d been hoping for a lottery win or something that would get him out of this mess, but a trillion dollars had never crossed his mind.  But there it was.

Supposed Trillion Dollar Coin

Nearly a year ago and a job that had been nearly forgotten James would have reported this to the banking commission, but that was a thing of the past.  He’d been one of two people in the bank that had been let go because of some money issues.  James knew that it wasn’t him, but it was a convenient excuse for the bank. After all having an American working in one of the largest banks in Spain wasn’t the image that they wanted out there. It had been a major hit to his ego, but never being one to roll over and let the system win he’d been busting his ass to keep him and his family secure. He’d been going from part time job to part time job just trying to make ends meet.  Now it was staring him right in the face.

With an amount this large he knew time wasn’t on his side so he had to react quickly if he was going to use it to his advantage.  Despite his inclinations, when he’d been fired, he’d been polite and had not burned any bridges at the bank and this was going to help him.

“Hola,” A mans voice answered on the second ring.

“Juan it’s James.”

“Long time no hear from,” Juan said.

“Yeah.  Say I need a favor if you could,” James asked.

“Would it get me fired?”

“Yeah it would and if I make everything work it will be worth your time.”

Juan wanted to get fired for as long as James had known him.  The bank job, for Juan, was to keep in his parents good graces and keep the trust fund money coming. Being fired, Juan had told him, was not something that had been discussed so he done damn near anything he could to get fired. But Juan’s dad was always in the background keeping him employed.  He needed something that his dad couldn’t cover up and this would probably do it.

“Lets do it,” Juan said.

“I need you to erase my bank account history.”