Chapter Five : The Squad, Part Two : Lee
Also known as Leonard’s sister, Lee was crucial to my plan. She isn’t, however, commonly known as ‘Lee’ because that is her family’s name. Her story? When her mother was pregnant with her, her father ran away from home, or so they say, but Lee’s mother died while giving birth to her therefore when Leonard was taken away from the gang, she had to tag along as well. The age gap is roughly five years. The gang couldn’t bother to give her a name, so it remained ‘Lee’. They both were, and to a great degree still are, very fond of learning. They were orphans, and never got any of the toys (they were broken anyway) to themselves, so they read books. Leonard was able to programme using Java at the very young age of eleven, and Lee was efficient in combat. The gang knew they could exploit these talents to their advantage. Lee, however, went on to consider changing her name to ‘Reah’ at the age of eighteen when she had the option to. But the problem was with the name. ‘Reah Lee’ wasn’t really a name that would go down with her gang-mates well (I’m scraping the barrel for a pun here so bare with me).
This is how she found out it was a bad idea:
Leonard: Reah, Lee? Really? REALLY?
Reah (Lee) : Quit it.
Leonard: Really? Should I, though?
Reah [*angrily*] : Leonard… *Punches Leonard in the face*
Leonard: OW! I was only pulling your leg so that you realise it was a stupid idea! I need to get an ice pack!
So she made it ‘Leah’. I , and to this day nobody knows what is it with the superlative ‘eah’ and ‘ia’s but it was her problem. ‘Leah Lee’ still did not sound convincing, so she changed it yet again to just ‘Reah’. No surname. Just ‘Reah’. Everyone just stuck to it after that. Leonard didn’t mind keeping his name Leo’ Lee, but his sister did, so he is also known as just ‘Leonard’, although legally it still is Leonard Lee.
But the name isn’t the main focus. Her purpose, story and recruitment is. Reah was only eleven when her brother and herself were looking to buy groceries (well, steal) from the market. Nearing the market, they were supposed to cut through a dark alleyway to reach it. In the alleyway, they were stopped in their tracks by three large gangsters. Leonard wasn’t a fighter, he was known to wet his pants in scary situations. And he was sixteen. It was Leonard’s eleven year old sister who saved her that day, and the reason to be recruited into the gang who found the duo (They were understandably nervous to recruit Leonard, a man with wet pants).
Reah was flexible as well, she fitted into narrow spaces, and that would prove great for a stealthy heist or, in this case, revenge.
Reah left the scene a long, long time back when the Gang War broke out. She stayed as a low key citizen, with her husband Mane Floyd who was a boxer. They divorced though, and now she lives independently in her house, maybe preparing for a return to the fighting scene. Maybe. Hopefully.
Leonard was able to find her and track her location down easily. It was a nice little village on the countryside with not a lot of decorations, but the design made up for it.
“Still think she’s alive?” I inquired.
“Hopefully, if she didn’t do something stupid!” Leonard answered.
The house door was opened, and you could here some action inside.
Leonard barged in, and shouted, “Reah?”.
I walked in to find Leonard unconscious on the ground, with broken glass surrounding his body.
“Oh, Leonard, it’s you! Didn’t think I’d see you around! Long time, my brother, long time. Oh, hey Jon.”
We sat down with a cup of tea, Leonard preferring an Ice Pack. He was ostensibly running temperature.
“Deja Vü, am I right?” Leo asserted.
Reah, ignoring Leo, turned to me. “Why did you come?”
“I, uh, need help. This is serious. Regarding our Gang” I spoke in low tones.
“No” Reah abruptly shut the conversation. “Leave.”
“We are getting back at Jordan, he has joined the enemy gang, under a new contract.”
Reah’s eyes lit up. “Keep talking” she said. She didn’t like Jordan.
“Alright, so you are the second addition to my squad. We are taking him out head on, with more brains and a little lesser brawn. You have both, Reah. I will only need brass as a Plan B. The war tore the gang apart, Jordan and I exceptions. Now he has gone, so I will go, but after disposing Jordan off.”
“Why should I accept?”
I winked at Leo. Same way of persuading. Brother and sister.
“There is a five-hundred thousand dollars in for you. We succeed, the money is yours.”
Reah looked nervous. Leonard was confused. “What’s the total? I get five hundred ‘K’, and she does too, so-”
“Two million dollars. All that remains of Jordi and that pathetic gang leader he works for.” I spoke reluctantly.
“I refuse your offer” Reah ended the conversation.
There was an eerie silence in the room, and Reah broke the ice.
“You might still be working for the gang, and I want a bigger cut!” Reah demanded. By this, I was taken aback.
“I might, but you don’t suspect Leonard! He accepted this alliance. Trust him if not me. Besides, if you want a bigger cut, I reduct it from Leo’s share. I propose you get a hundred thousand dollars added from him.”
Leo spoke up. “And what if I don’t accept?”
We knew what to do. Reah and I loved to harass Leo.
“Love to have you on board, Reah. You too, Leo.” I finalised the deals
“I must say, Reah, you look fat!” Leonard finally got up
“Please Leo, that is you being insecure about your weight, because I have sustained my weight for four years – YOU, look the real potato.” Reah fired back
“Lies, filthy lies!” Leo tried his best.
I, was filling in the descriptions of my mates
Fat, long curly hair, spectacles, short beard, wears headphones quite a lot, has favourite blue denim shirt, blue eye colour, black hair.
Tall, skinny, khakis and worn out jacket, short loose hair, blue eye colour, brown hair.
“Wait, did you hear something?” Leo whispered.
“Get out of the house !“spoke a bold voice.
“Let me handle this.” Reah said, and loaded her pistol.
Locked and Loaded, I charged at the doors.
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