Fiction Saturday Returns With – “Family Matters” Part Sixteen
Three people with pasts I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. I may be the kind of person who will give you the benefit of the doubt once, but I’ll never do it twice. These three never, ever, got a square deal in their lives.
Now, through some twist of fate all of them had crossed my path and two of them are dead. One was left and he was the worst. I can’t say that the other two were innocents or harmless. They weren’t. They had both picked up The Gun, for their own reasons, and people died.
It was now down to one: Nate Williams, Junior, and he really was a dangerous man. He killed people with as much feeling as you and I have when swatting flies. He had to be stopped.
Leslie Ann said that he had a plan, a goal, and more people, innocent people, were going to have to die. I was the one, the only one, who was going to be able to stop him. Leslie Ann had trusted me enough to tell me what he was going to do. I owed her.
There was only one person who knew where Nate Williams was holed up – his lawyer. All the cops in the world could lean on him and they’d get nowhere. He’d never break the Attorney/Client Privilege bond for them. It was a matter of Principles – he had none. Any lawyer who would defend Nate Williams and walk with him out of the front door of Police Headquarters was as dirty as his client. The Police can’t touch him. I’m not a Cop and I already feel dirty.
I’ll touch him.
It didn’t take a whole lot of detective work to get that lawyer’s name – Randell…Rockwell Randell. I’ve seen him advertising himself on TV late at night. “When things get rough, call Rocky Randell!”
The man is shameless. His reputation in the Legal Community justifies all of those jokes.
“What do you call 10,000 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean?”
“I don’t know. What do you call 10,000 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean?”
“A good start.”
Even other “Shyster” lawyers couldn’t stand him and it takes a lot to hit a lawyer’s gag reflex.
With Rendell’s face being so well known, thanks to his infomercials, it was going to be hard to corner him one on one without witnesses. Hard, but not impossible. If I can lean on “Rocky” I can find Nate. And if I can find Nate… Well, that’ll stop all of this nonsensical killing and I can go back to being just another grumpy neighbor.
Rockwell “Rocky” Rendell had his law office in a strip mall in somewhat rundown part of town. He was sitting between a liquor store and a slightly shady gun dealer. He knew where his clients were.
A few decades ago he would have been called an “Ambulance Chaser.” These days he’s just known as the “Most crooked lawyer in town.” He sought out the Lowest of the Low for his client base. He put up a billboard ad that shouted “Just because you’re guilty doesn’t mean you did it!”
He specialized in getting people off the hook on the flimsiest of technicalities. Juries would conflict his clients, but if anybody in the courtroom so much as sneezed during the trial Rendell would find a loophole to get them sprung.
He was a real pimple on the rump of humanity.
“I want to see your Boss.”
“You mean Mr. Rendell? He ain’t here. You want to make a, you know, a appointment?”
Rendell sure didn’t spend his money hiring his receptionists. She must have other skills.
“He’s not here? Isn’t that his car outside – the Candy Apple Red Mercedes with the license plate ‘Rocky’ on it?”
A second question must have been beyond her limit.
“Yeah, I guess so. I’m new here.”
There was a name plate on her desk. It read: Natalie Piorkowski.
“Tell me, Natalie, when will Mr. Rendell be back – since he left his car here?”
My name is Hailey, like the comet. That’s the last girl who worked here. She quit or something…and Mr. Rendell said he’d be back soon. I think he’s just next door.”
“Which next door?”
If he was at the gun store I’d come back later. Hailey leaned forward and whispered even though we were the only two people there.
“He’s at the liquor store. He drinks a lot. Expensive stuff too – the labels are in French, I think. So, he should be back in jiffy.”
I’ll tell you what, Hailey, like the comet. I’ll come back later, OK?”
That girl has a great future. I’m not sure in what field, but I doubt that it’s in the Law. Organ donation maybe.
I stepped outside to wait for Nate’s lawyer to appear. I could see him still inside the liquor store pushing a shopping cart half filled with bottles. Rather than confront him inside the store I just leaned up against his car and waited. I watched him pay for his booze in cash. I never saw the clerk card him.
He came out of the liquor store and saw me sitting on the bumper of his Mercedes.
“Hey! Get the hell off my car, Jackass.”
“Oh, is this your car, Rocky? My Grandmother had one just like this.”
“Your Grandmother? Get off my car before I call…”
I cut in.
“Before you call Nate Williams to come over to save your paint job? Don’t make me laugh, Rocky.”
That took him back a step. He set his bag down on the ground.”You know Nate, Pal? Then you know he is one tough character. I call him and he’ll come over here and…”
“I’d like that. It’d save me a trip. He’s already looking for me and I’m looking for him. Call him. He might save your ego and probably a couple of your teeth. How’s that sound, Rocky?”
Rocky squinted at me like he knew he wasn’t going to be happy with the answer to his next question.
“Who are you?”
“I’m the guy who put his father in prison and now I want to put Nate in the Gas Chamber. Call him.”
He forgot the liquor and reached for his phone.