TIME OF THE ROOK: TALES OF THE ROOK BOOK ONE

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CHAPTER 18: EVIL HAS ITS DAY PART FOUR

My father, he learned a lot from pops; my grandfather….. Grandpa Malone….. One of the most important lessons I have ever learned: expect the unexpected…..

The smells of freshly perked brew slowly drew the Private Detective away from his silent thoughts.

“.…. Mister Rook?”

“Yeah Graves?”

“Reverend Reeves would like to see you in his study…..”

“Thank you Graves. I’ll be right there…..”

“Very good sir….. Here is a pot of fresh coffee, I have provided for your needs…..”

“Thank you Graves….. You are all heart…..”

“I shall tell Reverend Reeves to be expecting you…..”


MARSTERS RESIDENCE

BOSS OF THE EAST

“Mickey Dolor….. What brings you to my territory?”

“.……. Deacon, Deacon Drake…..… He and his boys, they are interfering with my business operations…..”

“.…. Drake? The Godfather of the northwest?”

“Right! Any interruptions with your business associations?”

“Nothing noteworthy…... The feds and the police, they are a constant problem as always; but nothing so obvious to be suggestive of a syndicate takeover….. “

“.…. So, business is good then?”

“..…. Well, it could be better….. It seems that not many of our black market affiliates are so eager to sell our narcotics on the streets….. Many a runner these days, they’re now looking for guns and for whores…..”

“.….. What about the boss of the south territories? Have you heard of any issues with his business?”

The Baron? No….. Nothing but internal conflict as usual….. Are you thinking what I am thinking Mickey?”

“You know me too well Marsters….. This Deacon Drake, he is intent on overpowering our territories one region to the next….. I suggest we get all the bosses together for a meeting…..”

“Good idea Mickey….. If this boss thinks he can claim right to title of Godfather over all our territories, then we need to make preparations for any pending hostilities….. It sounds to me, this guy, he needs to be removed from the organization….. “

“.……. Come up with a list of names of select destinations, and recommend them to the other bosses….. We’ll pick from these destinations in a lottery of sorts, at some informal place of greeting….. This will decide where our meeting is to be held…..”

“.…. Where should this informal greeting take place?”

“.…. I recommend we pick a church….. One that has been beneficial to the Syndicate…..”

“Good idea….. No respectable boss would willingly harm another on hallowed grounds.”

“Right, and just to be sure; make it on a Sunday, that we may partake of the services…..”

“.…. I think I know of the perfect place…..”


REEVES’ BEACH- SIDE HOME

“What are they speaking of Boots?”

“.…. Don’t know Miss Minerva….. Reeves, he has always been- one that is well informed, and connected…..”

“Graves? Do you have any ideas; on what this may be about?”

“I am afraid not Mister Boots…..”

“It’s okay if you want to just call me boots Graves…..”

“Beg pardon sir….. Force of habit…..”

“.…. Here they come…..”

The Rook, the man was no longer grieving; his face portraying- the professional instincts, and critical personality he maintains as being one of the best.

“I’m glad you are all here…... I got a little reckless….... Bad idea in this business…... I am alright now….. The Reverend, he has some news for us. You’re up Reverend…..”

“Graves?”

“Yes Reverend?”

“Please prepare some more coffee? We are going to be here a while…..”

“Yes Reverend…..”

“.…. The syndicates, they have gathered the attentions of the mafia…..”

“If you have ever heard of the name Deacon Drake, you all should know that drake is not your every day mobster….. Tell them what you told me Reverend…..”

“.… Deacon Drake, he is of Canadian descent… His ties to the Canadian based syndicates and to the Canadian government, have been written in blood and forged in stone…..”

“Right…….. Deacon Drake, he rules his organizations with his three sons. Each one, they are just as ruthless as their father…..”

“.…. Each of Drakes’ sons have attained a standing position of authority within the civil government structure…..”

“.….. Two of the sons, they have found a number of allies in the states…... Tell them the big news now will you Reeves?”

“.…. Marty the mouth was not killed at Alcatraz…..”

“.…... It seems that Marty was able to turn the odds against this one assassin, known as Chameleon…... Marty is now in a hospital of undisclosed location, and he is being protected by the feds….. "

“There is one more thing I have not yet told you Rook…….. The bosses of the Syndicate, they are gathering….. There is chatter of a hostile mafia takeover…..”

“That could only mean one thing Reverend…..”

“.…. The Syndicate, they are looking to wage a war…..”



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