{{ contest.story_page_sticky_bar_text }} Be the first to recommend this story.
Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copies left
You can choose from our best books below
SongsofPysche1945 would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Not Broken, Just Bent

By SongsofPysche1945

Drama

Deals in the desert

This was not going well.

Stuart narrowed his eyes as he stared down at the four Mafia mobsters in front of him. Man, it had been a crazy couple of days. Fuck Vegas. He was never coming here again, regardless of whom was getting married. Next time they would do Atlantic City. Infact, this was all Phil’s fault to begin with. If he hadn't suggested they go to Vegas for Alan’s bachelor party, none of this would have ever happened. Phil wouldn't have gotten kidnapped, Doug wouldn't have been punched by Woody Allen, and Alan wouldn't be wearing a Spice Girls T-shirt. This was all evidence of a night that never should have happened. Yet here he was, 30 miles out in the middle of fucking no where, bargaining with some low life thug for the life of his best friend.He didn't see Phil anywhere, and that made him suspicious. He had held up his end of the deal-the $4000 of cash was stashed safely in the bag he was holding-,but it seemed like the Boss--what was his name again? Luca di Something-- had not.

“Where's Phil?” Stu asked in voice that sounded a lot stronger than he felt.

Luca just smiled and motioned with his hand. Two of the mafiosi backed away towards the black SUV and opened the back doors. In the bright morning sunlight, it was hard to see what was going on, but Stu heard the definite sounds of a struggle. A good sign, if anything it showed that Phil was still alive and strong enough to still fight. When they had woken up in the deluxe suite of Cesaer’s Palace two days ago, with no memory of the night before, the first thing Stu had done was look for Doug. And to his surprise, he had found him spooning with Leslie Chow in the bathtub in a sparkly purple speedo cuddling an Oscar trophy. It was then he had realized, with deep horror that Phil was the one missing. Then they had found the ransom note taped to the window and realized what deep shit they were in. Apparently they had stolen four grand from one of the Mafia thugs while they had been skinny dipping in the Venetian waterfront that night. This guy, Luca was serious, Chow had said. No one steals from him and lives. Even Chow, who was scared of nothing wanted nothing to do with this guy. Stu couldnt help feeling grateful towards Chow, who had been a groomsman in Alan’s wedding and had accompiaed them to Vegas for the weekend. And for his leadership skills, with the little Chinese gangster they he wouldn't have survived the night t.
Luca tipped his cane slightly and gave a sublte bow. Then, in a thick Italian accent, he started speaking; “Good Morning to you all es-Stuart and friends. I thank you very much for coming at the time we agreed upon. I have your friend here--” and he gestured with his hands, Stu watched silently as the two thugs reached into the cadalliac and brought Phil into the view. Stu tried very hard not to gasp at the sight of his friend; Phil looked horrible. His hands were bound with rope infront of him and he was gagged with duct tap. The white shirt and tan pants he had been wearing were torn and smudged with dirt, and was that blood? Stuart couldn't tell in the blinding light if those were bruises or just dirt on his friend’s face. Luca smiled, “We had a very pleasent time together, but now it is time I returned him to you” he said, then reached for Phil, and Phil jerked, no twitched away from his grasp. Luca paid no attention, gripping Phil’s arm tightly he thrust him a few steps forward “Here's your boy, now please tell me where’s my four grand?” he said, keeping firm grip on Phil’s shoulder.

Stuart held up the bag, and then tossed it towards Luca--one of his thugs caught it.

“Four grand, in cash, just like you asked.” Stuart confirmed as he watched the thug check the bag and give the okay. Luca nodded, mumbled something in itailan and shoved Phil towards them. Phil stumbled, then fell to the ground. Stuart saw Doug’s lips purse with worry. He’s just tired--exhausted. He’ll be fine.

“I greatly appreciate your integrity, gentlemen, but let me tell you; next time you steal from Don Luca Di Claudio, I will not be so nice. I am a powerful business man and next time your friend will not be so lucky. Do you understand?” . Luca said seriously in his accented english. Stu looked up and nodded. “Yes sir” he said and he gave a small bow. Luca smiled and tipped his head.

“It is a beautiful morning, do not waste your time staying out in this desert. I hope you have a pleasant day.” Luca said, and then with a twirl of his cane, he proceeded back to the cadalliac..Stuart gave a sigh of relief. Well, the easy part is over. Now we just have to find Chow.

That was the next thing. Apparently, Chow was still a wanted man, even after his little escapade in Bangkok, and his escape from Marshall last year. Chow had left this morning, after he helped them win back the four grand for Luca. Since he was a wanted international criminal, he had not told them where he was going and Stu desperately wished that he had. Earlier that afternoon, while they had been freaking out about Phil they had been taken into custody by an interpol agent who wanted Chow. Fortunately, Doug had smooth talked their way out, striking a deal with the agent; Stu’s rather expensive, gold wedding ring and a promise to drop all criminal charges for harboring a fugitive for the life of Chow.



They waited until Luca and his men got back into his SUV and drove off, then Stuart walked over to Phil, who hadn't moved from the spot where he’d fallen.

“Phil?” Stuart asked, kneeling down next to his friend and tugging at the rope tying his hands together. Phil mumbled something incoherent under the gag, pulled his hands out of Stu’s grasp, then sat up slowly.

“Hey buddy, how ya doing?” Stuart asked softly, pulling the tape off and putting a hand on Phil’s shoulder. Immediately he felt Phil tense, and then Phil twitched away from his grasp.

“Phil? It’s me, Stu. Can you hear me? Are you alright?” he asked again, his friend shuddered slightly, he ducking his head down and hunched his shoulders as if he wanted to fold into himself and disappear, but then he nodded beforeturning his head away from Stuart and mumbling “I’m fine.”

Stuart took out his pocket knife and quickly cut the ropes before Phil could flinch away again.

“Let’s get you cleaned up, come on we still have the suite for another night.” Stuart told him, and then grabbed his arm to help him up. Phil shuddered and twitched again right out of Stu’s grasp. “I’m fine, I can get up myself.” he murmured, then pushed himself up off the ground, swaying dangerously.

“Hold on buddy, let us help you. You look like you're about to fall over.”

“I’m fine.” Phil repeated

Phil pulled his shoulders back, stood up straighter then started walking towards the car. Phil gave Doug a nod of acknowledgment but when Doug reached out to Phil in a simple gesture of camaraderie, Stu once again saw the flinch.

“Hey Phil” Doug said softly and Phil froze, “ We are so sorry about what happened. Chow drugged the cake. Come on, lets go get you cleaned up.” and he opened the car door. Phil nodded silently and gave a slight smile, then got in the car. Doug closed the door and looked to Stuart.

“Should we get him to a doctor?” he asked

Stuart thought for a moment, we don't have time.

Doug seemed to be thinking the same thought, “Let’s just get to the hotel. If it’s really bad, then we’ll go.”

Stuart nodded, and then motioned to Alan, who was standing motionless, staring at the spot where Phil had fallen, “Come on Alan, lets go.”

“They took it away from him, he can never escape it...” Alan whispered.

Stuart tried not to roll his eyes, he didn't want to have to deal with the eccentricities of Alan right now.

“It’s alright. We have him now. Get in the car, Alan.” he said, almost too sharply.

Alan sighed, then turned around and silently got in the car.


Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

ianwatson: The comedy is original and genuinely funny, I have laughed out loud many times reading this book. But the story and the plot are also really engaging. The opening two or three chapters seem quite character-dense but they all soon come to life and there is no padding, filling or wasted time readin...

shanmukhapriyab: The Book is really good and worth a read. I really loved this book and I read it about 3 to 4 times. It has the right amount of everything needed for a book. I am a big fan of this book right now and I have recommended this book to my friends. Keep writing.

PaulSenkel: If you like Arthur C. Clarke's Odyssey, especially The Final Odyssey, then you will probably also enjoy this book. I definitely did.It does, however, address a more adolescent public than the above-mentioned book.I enjoyed the story and finished it in a few days. The overall situation on earth an...

Cassie Jacobson: So many twists and turns. Keeps you wanting to read to see what happens next. The main character is detailed well. The struggles and growth of Joby makes you admire her. It gives you a proud satisfied feeling while reading it. A refreshing difference then most books out there today, and in a w...

Shreya Biswas: Finally god...... I was tired of Charissa doubting Frederick's love... yes.. All's well that ends well.... i was getting really downright agitated at the author because the suspense was held really well on how things will work out in the epilogue and i just wanted them to have a happy ending.. An...

ernbelle: When I first started this story I was a little unsettled by all of the information that appears in the prologue, and wasn't sure if I would continue. However, I am very glad I did. The plot was very well thought out and really interesting. There were not any page breaks or markers to acknowledge ...

Swostika Ghimire: Seriously, now I am in love with this story.This story is making me crazy. Beginning was awesome and ending is mind blowing.I loved all the characters of this story. Thankgod I found this story here. I was about to be crazy eating for updates in wattpad.And mostly I appreciate author of this stor...

Dessie Williams: loved the book. the plot the characters all just great.I think it's a must read. once you start this book it's hard to put down. hope it gets published....I think this book is a must read.great job!!!!

Riskaninda Maharani: This story told about love between Christopher Schlösser (a German) and Anggia Selestina (an Indonesian) that happened in Düsseldorf, Germany in an autumn. The German autumn which was so different with the autumn in the other four season countries, especially in Anggia's eyes when her heart-movin...

More Recommendations

RodRaglin: Your writing is very good, Rachel, but remember you also have to entertain the reader and in that regard it's a bit sparse in action and dialogue.Consider when revising...When starting a new story always consider your protagonist's Goal - what they want; Motivation - why they want it; and, Confli...

brettylee: The narrative is slick yet punchy. Life, Family and Friends I believe is the core message so it’s easy to relate to. It’s surprisingly action packed. The author does a good job at keeping you guessing. Just when you think all is right, whack, the unexpected happens. The dialogue is energetic and ...

christylynnr5: Wow. I've never read a book like this. Its very intense and keeps you reading. I loved the way everything slowly adds up to belle and Eli falling inlove. This book was truly amazing. There better be a second book!!! That was a huge cliffhanger that I cannot settle for.

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.