Wayne Tefs, author of Bandit (Kristen Wittman)
The following is an excerpt from Bandit A Portrait of Ken Leishman.
You're making it up as you go along. The thing is, you can plan a break-out and execute it to perfection, we did, things could not have gone better. But what you cannot do is plan out every single move. You don't know what the cops are thinking, you can't anticipate crappy luck, there are too many variables brung into play. If we'd got to Warren five minutes earlier we'd of been flying high when the cops arrived. It was that close. If. It's a crap-shoot. All of life is. So much depends on luck--sometimes it comes out good, mostly it turns out bad. You cannot anticipate everything. So you make it up as you go along, even though you're a planner by nature, a calculator, you'd rather have everything laid out nice and clean, a plan to follow from beginning to end. But then Barry falls apart. Who would of thought that dumb kid would of jumped into the getaway car, a crazy who might do god-knows-what. Also you become thirsty and hungry and also cranky, darkness has fell and everyone is pissed off at everyone else and you feel it's your fault . On your own you could of made it to the St Andrews air field. But four guys thrown together at the last moment is like a four-horse team, sawing and yawing all over creation, as the fella says. You have to change your mind, rest, locate food and find water, locate a car so you don't have to stamp across the countryside, mud up to your ass, pardon the French. So you ditch the idea of St Andrews, irregardless you know that not making it there complicates things, cops will be crawling all over the place come daylight. If you stop and rest, which you have to. You got to be flexible, you got to go with something else.
Wayne Tefs is a Winnipeg author. His most recent novel Bandit A Portrait of Ken Leishman is being launched May 25 at McNally Robinson Bookstore.
Hear Wayne Tefs with host Keran Sanders on the Weekend Morning Show, Sunday May 22 at 8:40 a.m.