Carlos and Simon have all twenty cars delivered without a hitch by dawn the next morning. I hand out the cash to everyone who deserves to get paid and we called it quits. Since we made more than enough money, I give everyone the next three nights off. I don’t mention I need to lay low due to a target being placed on my head. Marcus is the only one
who will ever know the truth. I don’t want this information getting out; one of my stellar employees just might turn me in.
In this business there’s few you can trust. I sleep with a knife under my pillow, and I know Marcus is always packing. It could have been anybody who ratted me out. It’s amazing what people will do for money. Hell, they’ll sell their soul just to make a profit. I know this all too well.
I am one of those people.
My soul is lost for good. My body is filled with too much money, too much greed, and too much power. It’s a bad combination.
But I can’t stop the obsession.
The pull is too strong and each high is too high. Every month that passes and each year beneath me leads me closer to my destruction. It’s only a matter of time before I implode…that is, if the cops don’t catch me first.
I use to think I was invincible.
I use to think I would never be caught and those who tried to warn me were pussies. But now I know the truth, and it’s staring me square in the face. I will never let anyone else know the truth: I’m scared. I’d never let up on this tough guy façade. I’ve invested far too many hours and far too much time to quit here. Besides, what would my men say if I walked away? In this business walking away isn’t an option. You keep doing what you’re doing, or you go to jail.
End of discussion.
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Leigh Clary Abdou is a graduate from the University of Georgia and wrote her first book in the third grade. That story, along with a collection of poems and other books, can still be found in their original location - a purple Trapper Keeper. She considers being a wife and mother her life’s greatest accomplishments.
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