At Willie’s office
in the back of Armando’s Pizza, Junius let Elf tellthe story.The nine sat unloaded on Willie’s desk, clip by its side. Williepicked it up and smelled the barrel as soon as Elf started to talk.“This best be good,” he said.Elf took his time filling things in, explaining about Derek andNess more than he had to and describing in great detail how Lamarchanged the situation by pulling his gun. The whole time, Williestared at Junius, daring him to speak.“I busted shots,” Junius said, as Elf told Willie that he squared up with Lamar. The cuts on his face told that story—more than enough said. Willie grimaced. On either side of the desk, Omar and Jacksonstood tall.“I pulled the gat and Lamar called me out. He had the Glock soI had to dead it, right? First to deal, first to do?”“First to die.” Willie shook his head. He shook a Kool from hispack, tapped it against the desk twice and then raised it to his lips. Jackson leaned down with the lighter. As Willie exhaled, he sat back in his chair. “What you learn?”
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