Millersport: Little Italy.   Posted by Chronicler.Group: 0
Jeremiah Randall MD
 Hero, 7 posts
Fri 22 Jun 2018
at 02:01
Millersport: Little Italy Brescii Bakery
In reply to Folks (msg # 10):

Jeremiah followed the two toughs out into the street, and said, “Cowards. COWARDS!! You punks think you can extort honest men? Thousands and thousands of men died fighting the Axis bastards in the war and you think we did this so you could shake down honest shopkeepers? You threaten a man’s wife and children? Disgusting. You’re the lowest of the low. Go crawl back under your rock.”

PTSD FTW!!
Folks
Fri 22 Jun 2018
at 04:37
Millersport: Little Italy Brescii Bakery
  The fellow who hadn't given his name didn't seem at all fazed by the reaction of the doctor, while Tommy swung around, his face flushing and a vein bulging in his temple as he growled back "And who do you think you are, mister High and Mighty attitude?  I don't see you giving a man a means to support his family either, so you can shut your gob or put your money where your mouth is, you fascist creep!!"
Imogen Hughes
 Hero, 5 posts
Fri 22 Jun 2018
at 07:35
Millersport: Little Italy Brescii Bakery
Imogen just listened as the other, more boisterous man entered the store to protect the store owner. He walked in and took an umbrella from the rack by the door. As the man named Tommy had a shout off with the other guy Imogen walked over to the calmer enforcer, "So how much does mister Brescii owe you?" he asked non-chalantly. His walking stick was now being used as a support while he stood. Imogen also couldn't help but smile at the other two. It was interesting to see how different people reacted to each other.
Jeremiah Randall MD
 Hero, 8 posts
Fri 22 Jun 2018
at 12:34
Millersport: Little Italy Brescii Bakery
Jeremiah just shook his head. "My name is Doctor Jeremiah Randall, Captain, United States Army. I ran a Portable Surgical Hospital in the Pacific, including during the battle for Iwo Jima last year. We saved lives, son. As many as we could. Your brothers, your friends. Men torn to shreds by shrapnel. Guts hanging out. Faces burned off. Blinded. Some made the ultimate sacrifice, too far gone for us to fix. But we did the best we could. Four hundred thousand some odd American men never made it back. Some sixty million men across the globe died."

He leaned against an elm tree, growing between the sidewalk and the street, and he said, "There's plenty of work for everyone. According to the New York Times, unemployment is below four percent, even accounting for all the servicemen who came home. There are jobs to be had, other than being a criminal, and taking money other men have earned with their work and sweat."
Folks
Fri 22 Jun 2018
at 22:26
Millersport: Little Italy Brescii Bakery
  Tommy, still facing off against Jeremiah, growled "You soldier types, you assume everyone plays it fair.  When a man can't get a job that pays enough to keep his family in a house that ain't full of rats, he ain't getting a fair deal, no matter what.  You try hiring in some of these places.  Some of them will kill you or use you up before you get a good pay."

  The other fellow, as yet un-named, said quietly "De Brescii is three weeks behind.  His insurance is not paid, and there is nothing right now protecting him from something happening.  Someone else can not pay what he owes, unless they intend to continue paying for him, because that sets a very bad precedent.  But I can get back to you on an amount."
Imogen Hughes
 Hero, 6 posts
Sat 23 Jun 2018
at 07:36
Millersport: Little Italy Brescii Bakery
Imogen made a confused face though he stood their casually as he talked to the criminal about this and that. "You say that so nonchalantly but the only people I see threatning the store are you guys. If a fire breaks out or some ass runs out with the register I think local law enforcement could handle it. Or  Mr. Brescii could deal with the losses on his own. Or go bankrupt. Anyway, What's the protection racket for? You guys suffering from that much crime? The army guy may be a bit loud but he's right. Even with the slight rise in crime thanks to the appearance of Exceptional and Wild Cards the economy is still rising.And let's he honest. If an Exceptional or Wild Card made their way here what could you guys do about it? You a freak too?

Imogen watched the happenings with the other two as they continued popping off to one another in the street. Better that they fight out here or damage could have been done to the store... he thought as they made a scene. He didn't know how many of the other stores had these oaf's "protection" but if they could be routed by one angry vet there wasn't much hope for their operation. It was at that point he heard what sounded like gunfire. It was far away and no threat but it did add a little legitimacy to these guys' claims. "Hey, uh. I think your guy's going to pop a blood vessel. The name's Hughes by the way," continued Imogen sticking out his hand to the quieter criminal with a warm smile although his hand missed the man by no small margin. "You have been an interesting man to converse with. I hope that we meet on friendlier terms in the future..."
Folks
Sat 23 Jun 2018
at 14:25
Millersport: Little Italy Brescii Bakery
  The fellow shook Imogen's hand, and said "I'm Marco.  You will find that crime, in this city, has more power than the so-called authorities.  And we keep our customers safe from others.  When they keep their insurance paid."
Jeremiah Randall MD
 Hero, 9 posts
Sat 23 Jun 2018
at 14:59
Re: Millersport: Little Italy Brescii Bakery
Folks:
  Tommy, still facing off against Jeremiah, growled "You soldier types, you assume everyone plays it fair.  When a man can't get a job that pays enough to keep his family in a house that ain't full of rats, he ain't getting a fair deal, no matter what.  You try hiring in some of these places.  Some of them will kill you or use you up before you get a good pay."


Jeremiah just shook his head. "I say, we assume everyone plays it fair? Four hundred thousand men died fighting for you and yours, against enemies that flew planes into ships, herded jews and gypsies into ovens, and used poison gas. There was no 'fair play'. We were attacked on a Sunday morning, unprovoked. There is no fair play, not any more, not in this world. But there are better choices than robbing honest businessmen to make a living. There is plenty of factory work, and a hard-working man can make an honorable living doing it."
Imogen Hughes
 Hero, 7 posts
Sat 23 Jun 2018
at 19:33
Re: Millersport: Little Italy Brescii Bakery
Nodding in understanding, Imogen fished around in his coat pulling out a small card. If you guys ever need Psychological assistance don't hesitate to call. I think ol' Tommy over there might benefit from a couple one on one sessions," Imogen said as he handed the man his card. "Now don't you think its about time you made yourselves scarce? I would like to enjoy my breakfast in relative peace and I'm sorry but you two invite trouble.

And with that Imogen walked back towards the bakery. He started contemplating about doing something against the criminal element but what could he do? He looked at Jeremiah, "Excuse me mister? I think they're going to be leaving so if you guy's don't mind causing less commotion so early in the morning I think we should go get something good from the bakery. Might even improve the man's profits. he again wasn't really looking in Jeremiah's direction so his words were a bit awkward but Imogen hoped he got his point across.
Folks
Sat 23 Jun 2018
at 21:33
Re: Millersport: Little Italy Brescii Bakery
  Tommy looked like he was about to argue more, but his companion smacked his shoulder, and made a little motion with his hand, then walked away, Tommy scurrying after him but throwing Jeremiah looks that promised that this was not over.
Jeremiah Randall MD
 Hero, 10 posts
Sun 24 Jun 2018
at 13:24
Re: Millersport: Little Italy Brescii Bakery
In reply to Imogen Hughes (msg # 19):

Jeremiah looked at the oddly blindfolded man and said, "Evil should always be opposed and confronted."

And then he went back inside to get the breakfast treat he intended to get before the two extortionists intruded upon his plans, holding the door open for the blindfolded man.

"Are you coming?"
Imogen Hughes
 Hero, 8 posts
Mon 25 Jun 2018
at 08:18
Re: Millersport: Little Italy Brescii Bakery
As Imogen used his stick to get back towards the door keeping up with his blind appearance he responded to the man, "While I do believe your right, it was the Chinese philosopher Xun Kuang who said 'Human nature is evil, and goodness is caused by intentional activity' thus illuding to the fact that the power to change is in the hands of the individual. You can advise them and peacefully make them back off but changing their minds and eliminating the roots of their evil ways will take more time and information than what could be said or gleaned from a single street confrontation," Imogen said with a smile as he faced air.

He walked into the bakery and headed strait for the counter. "If you don't mind my good man, could you give me a bagel and two pretzels please. Also if it wouldn't be too much trouble I would like to know the state of things around here. How many gangs are vying for control? How did you get roped in? If those questions are to personal feel free to just tell me the price for your wonderful goods, I would merely like to step on as few toes as possible." And with that imogen reached into his back pocket and pulls out his wallet but anyone paying attention would see that it's empty and he pulls a couple bills out from inside his coat instead.
Folks
Mon 25 Jun 2018
at 20:50
Re: Millersport: Little Italy Brescii Bakery
  Signore De Brescii answered with "Gratzi Signores, please, it is on the house.  There are several, but the strongest is the DiCastrillos.  Their biggest rival is the White Koi.  Those fellows operate out of Chinatown, and if you cross them, well, take no food you have not made yourself, or trust well the man serving you to make.  They have some scary things they can give a man, make him do anything they want."
Jeremiah Randall MD
 Hero, 11 posts
Tue 26 Jun 2018
at 12:21
Re: Millersport: Little Italy Brescii Bakery
Jeremiah accepted a free pastry and coffee, and sat down on an ornate metal chair.

"And I trust the two dimwits who just left are a part of the DiCastrillos? They would certainly look out of place in Chinatown."

He shook his head. "Just shameful."
Imogen Hughes
 Hero, 9 posts
Tue 26 Jun 2018
at 20:47
Re: Millersport: Little Italy Brescii Bakery
"Oh, Thanks! I'll gladly take you up on that." Imogen exclaims in response to De Brescii's offer, putting his bills in his coat and his wallet in his back pocket. "That sounds pretty bad. How do you local folks deal with that kind of abuse? The way it looks the cops are either corrupt or out of their league. It is funny though. For gangs that control everything do they strike some equal librium? Or do they just duke it out on the streets? The city didn't look like a warzone to me. Except maybe those idiots shootin' off their "noise makers" by the docks. Maybe Dr. Randell  here could go talk to them too. He might make a good gang councilor," Imogen said with a small chuckle but gesturing in the wrong direction.

He then turns to face Jeremiah, "I know your name yet I haven't introduced myself. I am Imogen Hughes, practitioner of psychological study. And I do believe your dealing with your wartime trauma quite well if your already coaching criminals." Imogen hands Jeremiah a business card with his name and his "businesses" name Rehabilitation and Therapy Services. The card was cheap but informative. Imogen then collected his breakfast and began to munch on one of the pretzels waiting for the conversation to continue. This was enjoyable and he didn't mind since he had nothing better to do.
Folks
Wed 27 Jun 2018
at 03:05
Re: Millersport: Little Italy Brescii Bakery
  Signore De Brescii shook his head, and said "The police are not to be trusted.  You see one arrested today, he is out on the street tonight.  Or he never gets to the station.  You report being robbed, they ask you who you pissed off and why they didn't get their cut.  The police are cooked too." He spread his hands in a clear 'what can I do about it' motion, adding "If they tell you that you need to pay insurance, you pay, or you are sorry.  If you do not, you will not long have your business."
Jeremiah Randall MD
 Hero, 12 posts
Thu 28 Jun 2018
at 11:24
Re: Millersport: Little Italy Brescii Bakery
Jeremiah exhaled. "I'm sorry to hear that. I had no idea. Since they were here because you're behind in your payments, how far behind are you?

He glanced over at the blind man, and said, "Difficult to know what to do here. It's very tough to fight the cops, and the mob at the same time. Based on your account, the corruption seems entrenched."
Imogen Hughes
 Hero, 10 posts
Tue 3 Jul 2018
at 07:01
Re: Millersport: Little Italy Brescii Bakery
Imogen raised his hand to his chin as he pondered... before raising his other hand and taking a bite of his pretzel. "This is a pretty sticky situation first thing in the morning. They may have already reported us as probable trouble makers to their superiors even though I offered them my services as a therapist," he said in deep thought. So far the situation wasn't one they could all get out of unscathed.

Imogen wished to help the man but with his abilities it would be a long game and in that time Mr. Brescii could have already lost his lively hood. Then he had an idea. A crazy reckless thought that could end with them all dead but it was the only way to get the problem to go away in the fastest amount of time possible lest they attack and over throw the gang all on their own all Rambo style.

"Thank you for your hospitality Mr. Brescii. I think we shall take our leave for now. Try to make it as long as you can and we'll see what we can do to help. Doctor, shall we take our leave. I would like to discuss a possible business opportunity with you. And it would be nice to help a blind man with these unfamiliar streets. I'm lucky I made it here!" Imogen said with a laugh, his tone strongly implying for the Doctor to follow him out of the store.
Folks
Tue 3 Jul 2018
at 21:54
Re: Millersport: Little Italy Brescii Bakery
  Signore De Brescii gave them a half bow, and said "Gratzi, please do come again and enjoy the food here.  I always try my best to please."
Jeremiah Randall MD
 Hero, 13 posts
Thu 5 Jul 2018
at 12:26
Re: Millersport: Little Italy Brescii Bakery
Jeremiah, mildly intrigued by the blind man and curious enough to follow him outside. Once there, he said, "What's on your mind, son?"
Imogen Hughes
 Hero, 12 posts
Mon 9 Jul 2018
at 07:09
Re: Millersport: Little Italy Brescii Bakery
Imogen's walking stick tapped against the ground rhythmically as he walked beside Jeremiah. After a moment of silence as Imogen made sure it would be hard to spy on them he spoke up, "If I'm not mistaken your no ordinary fellow are you? With that in mind I believe that we could help this city out a little. The cops are corrupt and gangs are vying for power. To fight the darkness as you suggested will take an exceptional amount of will and luck. Now for my proposal. Dr. Randell, would you perhaps join me in an effort to oppose and confront the darkness as you so eloquently put it? I do not have much in the way of pay and it is a dangerous undertaking but I do believe that I have come up with a possible solution that may remove some of the worse parts of this city." Imogen stopped there as he couldn't really get into details in such an open place since it was controlled by rather unsavory folk and thanks to the scene earlier they may suspect Imogen and Jeremiah now.
Jeremiah Randall MD
 Hero, 14 posts
Tue 17 Jul 2018
at 13:14
Re: Millersport: Little Italy Brescii Bakery
In reply to Imogen Hughes (msg # 31):

Jeremiah shook his head. "I don't need your money, son. But I am willing to listen to your plans. I have a few minutes before I'm due at work. Where would you like to speak?"
Imogen Hughes
 Hero, 14 posts
Tue 17 Jul 2018
at 20:53
Re: Millersport: Little Italy Brescii Bakery
Imogen was taken aback when the man said he worked though he shouldn't have been surprised. He led Jeremiah to a quieter side street where they wouldn't be over heard so easily. Though, he still spoke in hushed tones. "How's about you and I work a little subterfuge. You see based on what the bakery owner said we cannot hope to use the law to bring these men back to earth. I think our only chance to do this is study the gangs a little and get them to take each other out. It was Sun Zhu who said, 'He who knows himself and his enemy need not fear the outcome of a hundred battles.' We already know the Koi hate the gang those two ruffians belonged to so I think we can take advantage of it. I also noticed gunfire earlier. It seems something big has come to town."

The Imogen switched topics abruptly, What did you do in the military? And what's your job by the way?" The last question was a bit off but Imogen snuck in in out of a curiosity that was written all over his face. It wasn't much of a plan yet but all great ideas started with a rough concept.

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Jeremiah Randall MD
 Hero, 15 posts
Wed 18 Jul 2018
at 15:48
Re: Millersport: Little Italy Brescii Bakery
Jeremiah pulled out his hospital ID. "I'm a trauma surgeon at the hospital, and was a field doctor in the Pacific Theater during the war."

Then he paused. "I remain skeptical that our law enforcement officers are as compromised as you... and the baker... think."
Imogen Hughes
 Hero, 15 posts
Wed 18 Jul 2018
at 21:08
Re: Millersport: Little Italy Brescii Bakery
Imogen looks at Jeremiah after his comment about the local police force and shakes his head a little, "Interesting, since you strike me as the 'see to believe' type of person. I'll accompany you to the police station after your shift ends. Luckily my first appointment is a week today so I have some wiggle room to play around with." It was obvious looking at Imogen's face that he was interested in exploring this situation... maybe a little too enthusiastic. He took a deep breath, "What time do you want to meet at the station, MD?" Imogen then tapped his walking stick on the ground, moving to the side of the street again.