Lay It On The Line: The Begining

“Yo, bro what’s good?” Jessie said. He watched as James got in the car on the passenger side. “Dang bro took you long enough,” he replied as he closed the door. “Man shut up. I had some business to take care of.” Jessie replied as he let out a light chuckle. James glanced at him in disgust. “You gone keep on bro that girl is going to end up pregnant.” “Man no she ain’t. You just hating.” “Trust me, I’m not.” “Anyway, you ready to do this?” “Been ready.” Jessie quickly threw on his seat belt, put the car in gear and sped off into the night.

Jessie and James had known each other since they were kids. They lived down the street from each other. They went to the same schools, ran with the same crowds, and hung out at the same park. Jessie was the older of the two, so James followed his every move. From the first day they met, James idolized Jessie. He thought of him as the older brother he never had. James’ mom was the stricter of the two, so he was always in the house at a certain time. Jessie had a little more freedom since his mom worked at night, and his dad was never home. Jessie was always into some sort of mischief. He would get into street brawls with the other children on the street, bully them into doing whatever it was he wanted, or just plain taking things that he felt he should have. A few of the parents complained to his mother about his behavior, but it was to no avail. His mom tried her best to punish him, but he would just go back to doing the same thing. James, on the other hand, was the calmer one. He tried to get along with a lot of the children on the street. For the most part, the children didn’t mind playing with James, that is until Jessie came around. Then the other children would scatter and act as if they didn’t know him.

 

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As they rode around the neighborhood, they saw what appeared to be a silhouette of a male figure walking down the sidewalk. “What about him?” Jessie asked. “Get closer, so I can tell you yes or no,” James replied. Jessie sped up to get a closer look at the male figure and was surprised to learn that the male was, in fact, a really tall female. “So, what you want to do?” Jessie asked. “It’s a female. I’m not sure about this one.” James replied hesitantly. “Man look at what she has on. I don’t discriminate.” Jessie stated. “Alright bro, let’s do it,” James said. Jessie smiled as he reached under his seat and pulled out a small bag. He untied the bag revealing two small vials filled with white powder. James smiled as he anticipated their first buy of the night. Jessie rolled down the window and motioned for the woman to come over to the car. He waited as the woman hesitantly walked to the car. “Yo, what’s good sweetie? I got that good stuff you looking for” he explained. “Oh yeah, what you got?” Jessie opened his hand and watched as a wide grin formed across the woman’s face. “How much?” she asked. “$150 sweetie.” “Dang, you all sure do know how to tax a sister.” “It’s all business baby.” “I guess so,” the woman said as she searched around in her purse for the money. After a few seconds, she pulled out a wad of cash and rolled off two one-hundred dollar bills and handed it to him. “Don’t try and cheat me out of my change,” she said sternly. “I’m not sweetie. I wouldn’t do you like that.” Jessie replied as he reached into his pocket for a fifty dollar bill. He handed the woman her change along with the two vials and politely thanked her for her purchase. 

“Bro, when did you start selling that?” James asked. “This is my first time. I’ve had it for a while now, I was just too nervous to sell it.” Jessie explained. “$150 for those two small things?” “Yes, sir. $150.” James let out a hardy laugh and slapped his knees. “Bro, we  are about to be paid. Put me in,” he replied. Jessie smirked arrogantly and nodded his head.

This was the start of a new business venture for them. The boys set out that night to make as much money as possible, by any means necessary. What they didn’t know was just as quickly as they started, it would end even quicker.

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