Previously: The gang war began when Placido Mirante and his henchman, Amos Lonetree noticed an old car in the parking-lot—and walked inside.
Ennis Brannock had found a couple of angry loners, and was busy selling them on the idea of easy-money doing things they now did for free.
Tom Kasinski and Ed Clark were chronically unemployed—and quite frankly, GENTLE READER—were unemployable, and totally without any chance of legal employment—such was their makeup.
Sadly, perhaps, they, along with Carrick Brannock, would not survive this particular visit to Bennett’s Bar.
Adventure Six—CASINO—Episode Six… We must give Mirante & Lonetree a little credit—they killed no one else besides Brannock and the two gangster wannabes—after all, getting a grateful-to-be-alive Ralph Bennett on their side was a useful goal.
Bennett’s was a haven for folks like the sadly departed Kasinski and Clark. In fact, two such losers helped drag the carcasses out of the bar and into the bed of their decrepit old pick-up for disposal deep in the nearby forest.
At Mirante’s suggestion, another such loser drove Brannock’s car to Forest City and parked it on Main Street in hopes someone from the McOsker Gang would find it.
It WAS found—by Boomer Daisy, & Linda. I seems he was taking his cousin on a tour of the area and they were passing through Forest City when he spotted the car—and simply HAD to stop and admire it.
Moments later McOsker gangsters Black Hawk and Shouse also saw the car and also (for different reasons) HAD to stop. Chris was a little nervous that Linda & Daisy were there—until Daisy growled at her. Inside she smiled.
“Daisy—stop that! That’s no way to treat humans you don’t know.”
Daisy picked-up on Boomer’s cue—and immediately wagged her tail.
Equally as fortunate, Linda did as well and smiled pleasantly—as one does in potentially awkward situations.
“This car belongs to a friend,” Black Hawk said, “I wonder how it got here? This is not a town he hangs-out in. I saw him this morning and he and a buddy were going to drive along the shoreline south of Danger Bay.”
Both he and Chris thought the same thing: a HIT!
Meanwhile—At the McOsker Cabin… Liam McOsker invited Gypsy DeLuca to go for a drive—so they could speak privately and get to know one-another. Gypsy was still a little unsure of this guy—he was so respectful—and seemed so shy. It must have taken a lot for him to invite her.
Against her better judgment—she agreed.
“There’s a place in Danger Bay I’ve heard about, where we can talk—privately—but with people around,” Liam thought such a place would make Gypsy more comfortable and safe.
He drove directly there—something that made Gypsy much more at ease.
“You know this is difficult for me.”
“And for me,” Liam replied.
To be continued…