Meanwhile, on the other side of the block, another gang leader was about to wreak havoc on another enterprise. His name was Asher Mason, but everyone called him Ash. He was tall and lean but still with enough muscle to indimidate people if and when he wanted.
He had brown hair, a sculpted jaw, full sensual lips and green eyes.
Many women came onto him, wanting to be his baby mama or mistress, but he sent them all away.
His gang, called the Sopranos, was also another gang to be feared in Ganghaven. At first, people hadn't taken them seriously, but after Ash had singlehandedly put eight men in the ICU without any weapon, people had learned to respect them.
Asher and his crew of five men knocked on the door of a storage facility and waited.
“Who's you?” Someone asked from inside.
“It's the Sopranos. Open up, we've got business to discuss.” Ash said.
“Shit!” The voice exclaimed.
“Now, now. There's no need for that. We come in peace.” Ash said, trying to allay the fears of whoever was inside.
“Fine, fine. I'm coming.”
Seconds later, the door was opened, and a man who had the lower part of his covered with a mask showed up, holding a gun. He took in the scary sight that was six dangerous men in leather jackets and jeans who had purple bandanas tied around their heads.
“Whaddaya want?” He asked.
“I just want to talk.” Ash replied.
“Well, make it snappy. I'm mighty busy.” The man ordered.
Ash smiled, and in the twinkle of an eye, he squeezed the hand holding the gun, causing the man to cry out and release the gun. Ash hit him with the butt of the gun and the man collapsed to the floor, unconscious.
Ash and his men entered hastily, taking the unconscious man with them. There was a staircase that led underground. They took it, and when they saw a biometric lock on a door, they propped the man up and put his thumb to the scanner.
The door opened, and loud music filled Ash's ears. The song was of the rap genre. Ash scowled with distaste and wondered why anyone would listen to such.
The room he entered was a laboratory filled test tubes, burners and other lab equipment. There was a heady scent in the air.
At first, Ash and his men were not noticed, so he took in the two people in goggles, face masks, lab coats and gloves as they poured and stirred different chemicals.
After a while, they were noticed by the scientists, who turned off the music and hurried over to where they were, taking off their goggles.
“Hey! What the fuck are you doing in here? You wanna contaminate the product?” One asked.
“Yeah. How did you get in here? Where's Drew?” The other asked.
“Hi, Amy and Stephen. Good to see you too. Oh, Drew's outside, unconscious.” Ash said, making no effort to leave the room.
Amy and Stephen were a couple who ran one of the numerous meth labs in Ganghaven. They had been high school chemistry teachers at first, but when the school closed down, they decided to start their own meth lab instead of looking for a teaching job elsewhere.
“Ash, what is it you want? We can go outside and talk.” Amy pleaded.
“If you want our product, we're more than willing to take an order, but for now, we have our hands full.” Stephen said, anxious to get back to work.
“Yes. You see, therein lies the problem; your work.” Ash said, shaking his head.
“C'mon Ash, don't go all righteous on us all of a sudden. We've been paying you tax so we can operate on your turf.” Stephen said.
“Yeah, I know. We shook hands on it, didn't we?” Ash said.
“Yeah, we did.” Stephen replied quickly.
“We agreed on some conditions, didn't we?” Ash asked.
“Ash, where's this leading to?” Amy asked, seemingly confused.
“Answer the question!” Ash roared. Amy hid behind Stephen.
“Yes, we did.” Stephen replied, sweating.
“Then why are you going against our deal?” Ash asked. His men came closer, intimidating the couple with their scowls and facial tattoos.
“What are you talking about?” Amy asked with a quivering voice.
“Don't try to act dumb! You swore never to sell drugs to minors!” Ash raged.
“But we didn't.” She replied.
Ash took a deep breath and asked one of his men to hand him a phone. He took it and pulled up a video clip. “Watch carefully.” He instructed.
Amy and Stephen shook with fright as the video played. It showed some obvious minors entering the storage facility and exiting some minutes later with some clear sachets that contained powdery substances.
Amy and Stephen gulped simultaneously.
“W-we didn't know they were minors.” Stephen stuttered.
“Don't insult my intelligence!” Ash thundered, getting angrier by the second.
“Fine! Yeah, we sold some powder to a couple of minors. So what? It's not the end of the world.” Amy said, hoping to defuse some of Ash's anger, but instead, he was enraged further.
“So what?! Do you know one of those children is in the ICU, fighting for his life as we speak?! He overdosed on meth! His parents are beside themselves!” Ash shouted.
From nowhere, Stephen whipped out a pistol, “How were we to know that stupid kid would actually take an overdose?” He asked as he pointed the gun at Ash.
“Do you think that's wise?” Ash asked, unbothered.
Immediately, Ash's men all pulled out their own firearms and pointed it at the couple.
Stephen put his firearm down and raised both arms in the air alongside Amy.
“I want you out of here. Never return to my turf, and never ever sell drugs to kids again, or I'll give you a taste of your own medicine.” Ash threatened.
He turned to his men and spoke, “Don't let them take anything with them. Send them on their way, and then burn this place to the ground.”
Jo marched into one of the most reputable diners in Ganghaven, Jacob's. The place was near empty, with only a few couples at various tables.The proprietor, Jacob came forward to greet her.“Jo, you're welcome! You need a table?” The burly man asked, wiping his greasy hands on his stained apron and offering Jo a handshake.“Yes. I need a table for three. My friends will be here soon.” Jo replied, declining to shake hands.“Well, you can sit at any table of your choice.” Jacob said.Jo thanked him and plopped herself down at the farthest table in the diner.“Except that one.” Jacob murmured.“Did you say something?” Jo asked.He shook his head, deciding not to tell her about his regular customer who always came at the same time each day, and sat on that chair. He prayed his customer wouldn't come that day. Instead, he changed the topic “What would you like?&
Ash was actually very angry as he entered the diner. His friend and contact in the police force had been posted to patrol the streets of Gulden, not Ganghaven. Ash didn't understand why the cops left a place that was in dire need of their presence, and went to a place that was already full of 'em. It was grossly unfair, if you asked him.Ash shook his head and sighed. That was the problem, nobody cared enough for Ganghaven, he thought. He wondered if it was a crime to be born into a low-income earning family.His scowl intensified when he saw that his usual table at the diner was taken. Upon further examination, he found that the three women who'd taken up his space were actually beautiful. That wiped the scowl off his face. Maybe he could join them; flirting with beautiful women always put him in a good mood.As he walked up to them, he saw that one of them had a tattoo sleeve. But that wasn't his problem. His problem was one of the tattoos. It was one of a haw
Andrea Levi sent up a silent prayer as she entered Lieutenant Baines' office, hoping that he'd listen to what she had to say.When she entered, she saw him walking on the treadmill in his office, sweating and counting under his breath. His office was furnished with state-of-the-art furniture, giving it the look of that of a senator or governor. Baines' office was his pride and joy, so he rarely left it.“Levi.” He said in acknowledgement, stopping the treadmill and taking a nearby towel to his face.“Sir.” She replied sharply.Baines took a bottle of water, twisted off the cap and put it to his mouth, almost finishing the bottle's contents in one one gulp.After that, he gave a loud burp before he sat in his chair, not bothering to excuse himself.“What do you want?” He asked impatiently.“Sir, I've come to call a certain illegal operation to your knowledge.” Andrea said as she slid a fi
“Mum, there's a huge drug deal going down in Ganghaven during the weekend.” Jo said as she sat down and grabbed a fork, waiting for her mother to dish her share.“Have you informed the cops?” Ruth asked as she divided the pie into two unequal shares, leaving the smaller part for herself and sliding the larger part over to Jo.Jo dug into her pie, taking some huge spoonfuls before she replied, “Yes. But they don't seem to be interested in whatever happens here,” with her mouth full.Ruth looked terrified, “Jo, you might be the leader of one of the most feared gangs in Ganghaven, but you're still my daughter and you'll act like it! Don't talk with your mouth full.”“Sorry, Mum.” Jo said, before she caught herself and covered her mouth. After she'd swallowed the sweet pie, she spoke, “The police aren't interested.”“That's sad. We're always treated differently down her
Finally, Saturday had approached, Ash thought. Throughout the rest of the week, Ash had devoted his time to studying the layout of the building where the deal was going to happen, and training his men on stealth, something most gangsters wouldn't know if it hit them in the face.Before they left for the bust, he gave them a serious talk, “We've been doing all we can to clean up the streets of Ganghaven without letting people know, and today will be no different. On this op, there'll be no bandanas, no slang, nothing that can lead people to identify us as the Sopranos. If that happens, we'll have the dealers on our backs, and believe me you do not want that.Also, you know that rule I gave you guys, the one that says 'do not instigate or escalate violence without being attacked first'?”His men nodded.Ash continued, “Good. Today, just for today, I want you to fuck that rule.”His men murmured and laughed.“I'm s
“You were saying?” Jo asked smoothly.This time, it was Ash who got incensed, “Look, as much as I'd like to stay and play turf war with you? My men and I have something important to do here!”“And I don't?” Jo replied, not giving an inch.“I know you're here to steal the drugs and the cash for yourself, but that's not happening.” Ash said.Jo wondered why he thought the worst of her motives, “You're an idiot,” She replied, “And we're going nowhere.”“Well, it seems there's going to be a shootout.” Ash said, his mouth drawn into a hard line.Capo stared at him and Ash grimaced. He wasn't actually planning to shoot at the Street Hawks, he was just trying to scare them into leaving.“You won't shoot at us. It'll blow your cover. When they arrive here and see the damage you'll do, they'll up and leave immediately.” Jo said, unworried.As
When the two gangs crawled away to a safe place, an argument ensued between both leaders.“This is all your fault!” Jo accused Ash, shooting him a furious glare.“And how is that?” Ash replied coldly.“If you and your men had kept away from the deal, there would have been zero glitches.” Jo said.“I could say the same thing. If you and your greedy merry gang of men hadn't come to the building to steal the drugs and green for yourselves, we wouldn't be in this mess.” Ash accused.One of Jo's men, a man whose biceps looked like tree trunks stepped in front of her and glowered down at Ash, “That's enough,” which brought Capo to Ash's side. Although the other man was huger than Capo, he wasn't intimidated.Jo sighed and said to the man, “It's okay, Rex.”Rex nodded and stepped to her side.To Ash, she said, “It's very ridiculous of you to jump to such stu
At the precinct, Lieutenant Ted Baines called everybody around into the tiny briefing room.Everyone knew he was going to talk about their dead colleague. It was common knowledge that Baines took the death of any of his subordinates hard.“Yes, I called you all here to make the news official; Detective Matteo Salvador is dead.”He waited for the murmurs of sympathy that arose, and when they died down he continued,“He was one of our best men to work in the narcotics department. He was a beloved colleague, a husband and father to three young girls. He died in the most heroic way possible; in service to this city.Those turds down at Ganghaven have no respect for the law and its officers. This is not the first time this is happening, but I swear on God and everything I hold dear that the person who did this must pay! The person who did this must be brought to justice! The person who murdered Salvador in cold blood will forever regre