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Planning a precision bank heist

Three days to prepare for a classic stronghold heist. Preparation, preparation, preparation. Rose slammed another magazine into her handgun, strapped on her mask and took it off again.

She was very bored.

Wren and Sparrow had gone out to get a few boxes of donuts, but the nearest shop was 11 blocks away and Jackdaw had taken the truck. Falcon was practicing at the shooting range and that left Rose to do the reconnaissance.

She mused on the possibilities of robbing the bank while they were away, but Kingfisher would blow up at her, literally.

Her next training session would be an attempt to escape a triple-locked room filled with C4 and a lockpick, in 30 seconds.

She went over the plan again. Not exactly fool proof, but very good.

It was simple. Wren and Falcon will disguise themselves as security.

They’ll go in, access the archive room and find out how to shut down the sensors in the vault for around 60 seconds.

At that time, Wren will open deposit box 136, take the files while Falcon stands guard near the stairs. After 60 seconds the vault will close by itself and everybody will evacuate.

If they are unable to disable the vault sensors, they’ll tunnel through the lobby and into the vault with thermite while fighting off waves of SWAT and police, before escaping to Stronghold HQ in Sparrow’s getaway helicopter.

If the operation goes sideways, then Jackdaw and Rose will go in with their guns and take as many hostages as they can.

Rose will then hold the hostages while Jackdaw goes back to get Falcon and Wren’s armor, guns and ammo.Sparrow will start her helicopter and Rose will set off the thermite.

Rose ejected her full magazine and slammed in another before studying the gun.

A custom Desert Eagle 45 ACP handgun with a laser sight and suppressor.

The mag was extended with a small hook for easier ejection. Many people would say it was impractical — unless your job is robbing banks and busting criminals out of prisons.

Rose mused on that. Was her job really just robbing banks, killing people, and busting operatives out of prison? She shrugged and wondered if she was going insane.

But to be honest, all the top-tier operatives were very strange. In fact, the top-tier operatives who weren’t strange ended up going crazy or killing themselves.

Sparrow had a donut fetish, Wren was addicted to money, Falcon was a kleptomaniac, Kingfisher had a sick love of controlling people, Jackdaw had an obsession with watching fish swim and Rose loved extremely dangerous operations and explosions.

In short, a very strange team.

Such is the life of a Level 3 Stronghold operative. Three days.


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