Snatched…Part VI: The beginning…unedited, incomplete…

Tate ‘Tater’ Givens stood on the end of the porch, looking at nothing in particular. He spit tobacco and wet his lips. A slight breeze caused the Confederate flag wave.

Tater heard footfalls behind him. He turned and faced his nephew, JoJo.

“What’s going on, nephew.”

“Ain’t nothing, unc. I just come from town. Them protestors done a number on it.”

“Well, somebody did a number on that guy that got killed.”

“We didn’t have nothing to do with it?”

“Nope.”

“Pops would ha…”

“Your Pops served as an enforcer for the KKK, JoJo. Times have changed. There’s no reason that someone would kill a person like that. How would you feel if someone killed me like that?”

“I’d avenge you.”

Tate chuckled. “That’s why this crap never ends. Because one thing happens, and both sides think they need to react to it. On and on the cycle goes. Be smarter than that. Let it end with you.”

Konan and Lilly had an enjoyable meal with Paddy and Esther. After conversation and a few laughs, the pair of detectives said goodnight and walked to their vehicle.

“Are we going after Bronowski tomorrow?”

“Yeah, Lilly. I figured I would turn you loose on him. I will follow your lead.”

“You think he might remember me, Konan?”

“Um, you crushed his eggs. Every guy remembers those who went for the soft spot, Lilly.”

“Maybe you should lead, then.”

“No. Bronowski would expect me to take the lead, and he knows how the game goes. We need to get him off balance and keep him unsettled.”

“Okay.”

Konan stared out the passenger window as Lilly drove him to his house. Silence filled the night. Protestors marched and shouted, but no fires burned. Lilly pulled into the driveway.

“Paddy and Esther seemed thrilled to see you. Mad Michael must have thought a lot about you. What are you going to do with all this money he left you?”

“It’s blood money, Lilly. Let’s not forget my father spent his entire life as a career criminal.”

“Yeah, but how are you going to discern what came from criminal activity and what didn’t? Konan, he wanted to know that he left you in good shape. You’ve got to respect him for that.”

“Yeah, maybe. Remind me to go by and see Haley tomorrow, to see what she found on the mirror.”

“Okay. I’ll meet you at the office at 0900.”

“Alright. See you then.”

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