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There is a girl named Suzie who lives with her brother and father. Their mother walked out of her life when she was very young. Her father then became a workoholic and is constantly out of town for his job. All the hard work paid off eventually because they are no longer living in the projects.Suzie's boyfriend, BJ, will occasionally stay with them for some days when the father goes out of town. However, he is in a gang, but he also provide money and protection for Suzie and the rest of her family. One night Suzie accidentally got into the mix with BJ and his gang. Her and BJ now owe the drug lord money. She does not really believe the drug lord until she gets back to her house and realizes that her little brother is missing. She knows the drug lord took him, and now she has to do whatever it takes to get her little brother back with the help of BJ, and before her father get back from out of town.

Submitted: May 22, 2017

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Submitted: May 22, 2017

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It was close to midnight when Suzie made up her mind. BJ told her not to go after him if he was not back in 30 minutes. Being the stubborn girl she is, Suzie did not listen. She grabbed the gun from under her seat and headed to the back of the house.

“Ugh,” Suzie said angrily. “Messin up my new Jordan’s in all this mud and wet shrub.”

Suzie finally made it around to the back of the house, which was no prettier than the front. The grass was overgrown everywhere, and the windows in the back were either boarded up or had bars across them. The railing going up to the back door looked as if it would disintegrate if anything touched it.

Staring at the worn out back door, Suzie debated if she should knock or bust right through.

“Either one I do, I could potentially get shot,” Suzie whispered to herself.

She looked at the dirt-covered door handle and slightly turned it. To her surprise it was unlocked. Slowly she cracked the door open, praying there would be no loud creaking noise. Peering in she saw it led to the kitchen, and no one was in sight. Suzie quickly slipped through the door and softly closed it behind her.

The kitchen light was not on, and Suzie was wearing all black so blending in with the shadows was not a concern to her. Her heart raced at the thought of what would happen when she has no choice but to come out of the shadows.

A burst of laughter came from around the corner. Suzie froze for a second, unsure if the laughter was getting closer or not.

“BJ com’on over here boy,” a deep voice vibrated through the house.

Suzie peeked around the corner and saw a door halfway opened that led to the basement. She could see three shadows moving around downstairs.

“BJ my boy, I heard you ain’t got all the grits for money yet,” the deep voice said.

“I-I know. The, um same people ain’t um been around for a min, ya know,” BJ was stuttering out.

The man with the deep voice said something so low that Suzie could not hear. She took a step closer, but a creak from the floorboard sounded under her. She stopped breathing and hoped no one heard. There was silence for only about three seconds, but to Suzie it felt like three years.

Their silence finally ended and there were voices on top of voices. Suzie let out her breath and relief filled her. She was trying to make out the conversations downstairs but there was way more voices than shadows she saw.

All of a sudden, Suzie realized there were only two shadows now. Next thing she knew, she felt a cold circular muzzle poking her in the back of the neck. Suzie’s eyes grew big and chills ran down her back. She slowly raised her arms showing she had no weapons, and tried to turn around to see the perpetrator.

“Don’t turn around,” the voice said to Suzie, pressing the nozzle harder into the back of her neck.

“I was just looking for…um somebody, but um I don’t think they’re here…so I guess I’ll just go,” Suzie said nervously.

She tried to shuffle to the side towards the door, but a muscular hand grabbed her arm firmly.

“That person you looking for just might be downstairs,” the voice said. “So get to moving down them steps.”

The person nudged her closer to the doorway that led downstairs. Suzie just stood there looking down the stairs, and being the stubborn her, did not take a step. The man behind her shoved her a little harder where she had no choice but to take a step down. He did that same routine for the next two steps until Suzie willingly descended down the stairs slowly. Halfway down the stairs she noticed all the talking had stopped, as if everyone downstairs was just waiting for Suzie’s arrival.

Once Suzie got all the way down the stairs, she saw that the basement was actually larger than she expected. There were couches everywhere and long tables. People were laying around on the couch smoking, or playing a card game at one of the tables. Suzie looked straight ahead and saw a dark skinned heavy set man sitting in an oversized recliner chair. He was smoking a cigar, just staring at Suzie. Behind the heavy set man was a room that was wide open, where every drug was exposed. BJ stood next to the heavy set man and Suzie could not tell if he was scared or mad with the facial expression he was showing. The man behind Suzie kept nudging her closer to the heavy set man until she was only an arm’s length away from him. 

“And who is this pretty girl you brought down to us Draco?” the heavy set man asked, showing his shiny gold teeth as he talked.

“Caught her snooping upstairs,” Draco said behind Suzie, removing the gun from behind her back.

The heavy set man just nodded, looking Suzie up and down. “So what is your name pretty girl?”

Suzie just glared at him. She glanced at BJ, and noticed the slight head shake from him.

“I see you know BJ,” the heavy set man said. “Let me guess this is your girlfriend BJ? What a fine little thing she is. Call me King.”

King gave a devious smirk and let out his hand for a handshake. Suzie looked at his meaty hands that had rings on every finger, then she looked at King. His hand was out there for a good ten seconds until he finally realized that Suzie was not going to shake his hand. King put his hand down and just looked at her.

“Get rid of her,” King said as he sat back in his chair.

Suzie already knew that King meant to kill her. Draco was about to grab her arm, but BJ stepped from aside King and pulled Suzie closer to him.

“She’s with me King. She cool. You don’t need to hurt her,” BJ explained to King.

“I knew you would speak up,” King said blowing his smoke into their face. “But now that she’s seen almost everything, she owes me something.”

 

BJ and Suzie had finally left the trap house and went back to the car.

“I told you to stay in the car and leave if I didn’t come out,” BJ said angrily as they rode to get some food.

“I was worried about you,” Suzie tried to explain.

“Well now you stuck in this money business with me. And this is something I ain’t want you to know about or in the middle of it all!” he shouted.

She could see that BJ was grinding his teeth together, “I’m gonna help get the money. He ain’t give no type of deadline either so it’ll be straight,” she said to BJ, who was just shaking his head.

They arrived home after picking something up to eat and there was an unsettling mood about the house. There were no lights on, and Suzie knew her little brother hated being home alone in the dark.

“Something’s not right,” she said as they pulled up in the driveway.

Concern filled BJ’s face as well. He wasn’t even able to come to a full stop in the driveway when Suzie jumped out the car. She fumbled her keys trying to open the door.

She finally got the door unlocked and was about to open the door but BJ held her back.

“Let me go first,” he said.

BJ pulled out his gun and slowly opened the door.

“Mark!” Suzie shouted through the house.

BJ glared back at her, giving her a hint to shut up. Suzie payed no attention to him, she was just hoping she would get an answer. To her dissatisfaction, silence was the answer she received. Panic ran through her and she pushed passed BJ. She ran up to Mark’s room. He was not there. Everything looked the same, as if he had just been sitting in the bed. Suzie found herself running around in circles through her house. Every time she shouted his name, but silence was always the answer that filled her ears.

“He’s not here BJ! He never leaves or if he do he would’ve texted me! But he didn’t go out ‘cus his phone is here,” Suzie stopped for a second to show the phone in BJ’s face. “And you know he leaves almost all the lights on when he’s home. And then-“Suzie suddenly stopped. She noticed that Bj was not even listening to her. He was too busy staring at something in his hand. He stayed silent but started shaking his head and finally let out a huge sigh.

Suzie was just staring at him, “BJ what’s wrong?”

“You really got into the middle of all this, Suzie,” Bj said again rubbing his hands over his face.

“BJ tell me what’s wrong,” Suzie said looking down.

She saw he was holding. She opened it up and found a small crown that can fit into her hand. Suzie already knew what this is a sign of. She held the crown up in BJ’s face.

“King?” Suzie asked BJ.

He just stared at her and finally nodded.

Suzie felt the tears forming in her eyes, but then anger filled her. Suzie threw the crown across the kitchen and watched it crack in half. She walked over to BJ and shoved him into the wall.

“What’s wrong with you?” BJ shouted at her.

“Where is he BJ?” Suzie shouted right back at him.

“What?” he said again.

“You work with him don’t you? This obviously not the first time he’s done something like this before. So where did he take my brother,” Suzie said while pinning him down to the wall.

“I don’t know Suzie! Don’t you think I would go get him if I really knew?” BJ said.

“How should I know? It is your job, and before you met me, you was real loyal to ‘em,” she said to him.

“Keyword is “WAS” Suzie,” BJ said to her. “You know as long as I’ve been with you and your family, I’ve never chose work over y’all. I don’t care if there is a lot of tension going on right now. I’ll go against them to help, okay?”

Suzie just stared at him for a second and then she felt the tears rolling down her cheeks. BJ pulled her into a hug and kissed her forehead.

“Everything is going to be alright,” he whispered to her.

They were standing there for a minute when BJ’s phone rang. Suzie looked down and saw that it was King. He looked at Suzie and then answered the phone. He put it on speaker phone so she could hear the conversation.

“Yeah wha it do, King” BJ said when he answered the phone.

“Bj my man, how’s everything with you and your girl? She getting started on getting on my money?” King said.

“She would but- “BJ was starting to say.

King laughed really loud in the phone to drown out Bj’s voice. “You can say I did what I did for, um, motivational reasons. Just like how I’m motivated to get my money from being wasted by those snakes that was hired. She gotta real good reason to help finish getting my money now, you know since you couldn’t get it all back BJ.”

Suzie felt her anger building up again.

“How I know you really got Mark,” Suzie said.

“Listen darling,” King said chuckling a little.

“Suzie?” a voice from the distance said.

“Mark?” Suzie said with concern in her voice. “Everything is going to be okay Mark.”

“Things are only going to be okay if you get the rest of the money darling,” King replied.

“You’ll get your money as long as you don’t hurt him,” Suzie snarled at him.

“You sure you want to do that?” King asked. But silence was Suzie’s answer. King chuckled, “Yeah, that’s what I thought.” King hung the phone up, leaving BJ and Suzie sitting there in silence.

BJ put down the phone and just looked at Suzie, the first time he actually has nothing to say about problems and work.

“I gotta week to get all this straightened out before my dad gets back,” Suzie said to herself. “So where do we start?”


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