At age sixteen, George
inadvertently kills a mob rival. Wanting a fresh start, he elopes with the love
of his life, Kelly, but she soon abandons him. Twenty years later – when he has
become a mob boss – she reappears. But does she still love him, or is she
helping his enemies set him up as revenge for the mafia killing?
trembled with rage, and the barrel drifted away from George’s neck. In
what seemed like his only chance to survive, George hit him in the head
with the padlock with full force, used a full swing with follow-through
like they told him to do when he played softball at school.
The case-hardened steel connected with a crack, and the man’s skull
crumpled under the impact. The gun discharged, a deafening blast inches
from George’s ear. The hound dog across the street howled. The guy
collapsed, his eyes rolling up in their sockets, his body going slack,
his legs buckling underneath him, and he crashed to the ground.
Then silence. The smoke drifted in the air,
shifting into patterns illuminated by the swaying lightbulb.
Even as the blood and gore pooled under what was
left of his head, George expected him to get up.
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