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Mysterious Man - part eleven

Atualizado: 28 de set. de 2022

Last week’s interim blog gave some insight into the plot from an analytical viewpoint, so if you haven’t read the first nine episodes then I suggest you either read every Fridays’ one since the first, or read last weeks to catch up.

Alfredo setup an encounter to meet them. The Sampson twins were in their mid-thirties. David wore a fishing vest and jeans while Goliath shorts and a tee-shirt. Both wore Dr Marten boots. Apparently, they used them for smashing opponent’s heads in. As peddlers they also needed to be quick off their feet in case they needed to scarper, so perfect boots with air-cushioned soles were the ticket. You never know when the old bill is around the corner.

The Sampson brothers were cashing in on the burgeoning demand for cannabis, ecstasy, heroin, and cocaine. Since initiating Guzim’s downtown wing they had swept the market by storm. Occasionally, the police tried to crack down on them. They had watchouts strategically around them. If punters tried it on, they would be quick to intervene and cut them out before any escalation.

A lot of customers owed them settlements, usually paid soon after acquisition except in a few sporadic instances. Managing to convince them that commission from his insurance business would be coming in, held them off with his gift of the gab promise that it would soon be settled. Mariano owed them for several deals. On Alfredo’s last dope pick up they were unknowing about his death to only learn days later, so when he arrived, they were already pretty pissed off. They held him accountable.

Goliath slipped past Alfredo, pivoted like a ballet dancer and grabbed him around the neck while holding a knife to his throat, “Where's the money?”

Alfredo, caught off-guard panicked, and blinded about what happened cried, “What money?”

Take care!

Prof. Carl Boniface

Vocabulary builder:

Catch up (phrasal verb) = draw near, get closer to, become equal, pull alongside, come up to. Related overtake. “He drove faster to catch up and overtake the other car.”

Dr Marten boots = Are famous in England. Schoolboys often wear them to work. It’s a cult thing that has existed for over 50 years. The footwear is distinguished by its air-cushioned sole (dubbed Bouncing Soles), upper shape, welted construction and yellow stitching. Dr Martens' design studio is in Camden Town, London; the manufacturing is in the UK, China, and Thailand. Solovair is a British shoe manufacturer, originally founded as a co-operative in 1881. Over its long history Solovair has made boots for the British army and in 1959 it helped to create the first pair of Dr. Martens boots.

Peddlers (n) dealers, suppliers, salespersons, traders, retailers, merchants

Scarper (v) = bolt, run away, run for it, run off, beat it, clear off, make a getaway. “The old bill arrived, so we scarpered quickly behind an old shed.”

Burgeoning (adj) = growing, expanding, or developing rapidly, beginning to grow or increase rapidly; flourishing. "Manufacturers are eager to cash in on the burgeoning demand."

Swept (v) = past tense of sweep. Clean up, tidy up, pick up, clear away, brush off, sweep up. Used for sweeping dirt away, it can also be used to move swiftly and smoothly.

By storm = to quickly become very successful or popular in (a particular place) or among (a particular group). “The writer has taken the literary world by storm.” Or “The new fashion has taken London by storm.”

Watchout (n) = the act of looking out for or anticipating something; lookout: Keep a watch out for dishonest behavior.

Punters (n) = customers, clients, consumers, viewers, listeners

Sporadic (adj) = irregular, intermittent, infrequent, periodic, erratic, random, (ant) regular

Gift of the gab (idiom) = the ability to speak with eloquence and fluency i.e., talk persuasively.

Pissed-off (adj) = (vulgar, slang) very annoyed; angry. The word pissed in English means drunk.

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