There had been a time when
Vin hadn't needed to consider how his actions might affect anyone but himself.
That time was gone. He had family. A family that would stand with him no matter
the consequences of the recent events. He looked around at the others and wondered
... could he have done anything differently?
Sure he could have. One of the
things Josiah drilled in to him as teenager was that you always had choices; you
always could have done it differently. Obviously, the others were wishing he had.
Ezra coughed, "Mr. Tanner, I did not believe it was possible to reside in a
locality that was more dangerous and dilapidated than your last domicile, I stand
"Vin, living here is asking to get shot, stabbed, or mugged on
a regular basis," Nathan pointed out.
"Does seem a might dangerous, brother,"
"Junior, hope you got your life insurance up to date," Buck
JD said nothing, he just swallowed and looked around again.
stared at him. "Are you looking to get killed?"
Vin was afraid this would happen
when they saw his new apartment. They hadn't liked it when he had lived on the
edge of Purgatorio. They were really not happy now that he was living in Purgatorio
"I'm not looking to get killed, my life insurance is current, and I'll
be fine," He assured them.
"Look, I appreciate that you're
all worried about me, but it's not like I don't know what I'm doing," Vin assured
Chris raised an eyebrow.
"The old place was just as bad when I moved
in there," Vin pointed out.
"Why does that not reassure me?" Ezra asked.
you have a local gang lord looking to kill you back then?" Buck inquired.
actually, I did," Vin pointed out.
JD nearly whimpered. How could Vin like
living like this?
Mario and Vin have been butting heads since high school,
picked up right where they left off when Vin moved back," Josiah explained.
you had to move right into his back yard." Nathan shook his head. Some people
had no sense of self preservation what so ever.
"Why?" Chris asked, leaning
against the doorframe.
Vin took a deep breath. How could he get them to understand?
"Consequences of some recent events."
They all blinked at him in confusion.
"What recent events?" JD asked.
"The kids I started out protecting are moving
back into the old neighborhood, they're protecting the younger kids, helping the
elderly, making sure the drugs and gangs don't come back in their area," Vin started.
"And that's why you had to leave?" Buck sputtered.
"I wasn't needed, they're
taking care of themselves," Vin responded with pride.
"So you decided to move
out and find another neighborhood to save, brother?" Josiah chuckled, understanding.
Vin smiled and blushed slightly, he had never really thought of it that way,
just knew he was getting itchy to move. Josiah had him sounding like a hero or
"I'll start stocking up on my first aid supplies," Nathan said.
"Guess JD and I'll start stocking up on candy again," Buck grinned. It was
a tactic that had won the pair great popularity in Vin's old building.
it would be prudent to become acquainted with the natives," Ezra smiled showing
his gold tooth.
"Know where Rio is?" Chris asked, smiling predatorily.
can handle him," Vin glared at his boss.
"Don't doubt it, just thought I would
make my presence known," Chris responded.
Vin snorted. Yeah right, intimidation
had always been Chris's forte.
Well, know your enemy was one of the first things
he had learned in the army. It was time for the bad element of the area to meet
"There are a few things I could use from the store," Vin smiled.
As the seven took to the street for the needed supplies, and marking this new
territory as theirs, the bullies, pushers, and gang members moved aside. What
Vin had once done alone, he would now be doing with six brothers.
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