Midnight Music

Chatper One

The sun had made its presence known in Chicago, despite being May. It had heated up the city. Many ladys sat in their suburban homes, fanning themselves with anything they could. Men had taken to removing their jackets even, and children found any which thing they could to find reprieve from the heat.

The night, however, had come, and with it a cool breeze. The nighttime weather brought out the nighttime activity. Young courting couples heading out, girls attached to their beaus as they headed to picture shows, ice cream parlors, and restaurants. Police officers changed shifts over, greeting the citizens of Chicago, as well as their fellow officers. Once young officer, Timmy OConnor, tipped his hat to a group of young women out doing some shopping. They giggled as they walked by, blushing that such a dashing young man would greet them. Neil greeted OConnor cordially, as if he didn know the man.

With a mild limp in his left leg, Neil managed to pass the laundromat headed towards Stews Grocery, a small grocery store outfitted with well-priced staples of every household, flour, sugar, butter, milk, as well as a few others. Neil greeted the young lady locking up and headed down the alleyway beside it. A cat yowled loudly as another chased it. Neil went up the door behind the shop and knocked the same way hed done so every day for four years. A tiny slat opened, and a beady pair of eyes squinted out at him for a long moment.

The little slat slammed shut, and the door was soon yanked open. Inside was a fat, ruddy-faced man with dark, beady eyes, and bad breath. What Andy Brewster lacked in hygiene, Neil noted, he made up for by being damn good as a bouncer. Neil greeted the man and went inside to find his usual seat at the bar. The crowd was certainly bouncing, and Clifton Wood, the bartender, was running hard to keep up.

”Busy night. ”

”Thats the understatement of the day. ” Clifton replied drily, handing Neil his usual. Vinny Morello came in then, shouting his way through two backup bartenders and a waitress, ”Coming through, stocking the counter! ” Vinny put the box down and started loading up bottles of alcohol for Clifton.

”Thanks, Vin. ”

”Always. Works for me, cause now I know what I need to order on my next run! ” Vinny turned and saw Neil sitting there. ”Hey Doc! Busy night. ”

”Yes, I noticed. ” Neil took a drag from his smoke. ”Stew not in? ”

”No, said he probably wouldn be. Had some business with De Luca tonight then was going to settle his niece in. ”

”Oh, thats right, she got in today. Whats she like? ”

”Flaming red hair, and it ain colored from no bottle. What a woman. Those gams are something. ”

”Are they now? ” Clifton raised an eyebrow at Vinny and shook his head.

”And her bosoms…. ”

”I can assure you, as a medical man, Vincent, they are all roughly the same. Youve seen one pair you know what they look like. ”

”Spoilsport. ” Vinny pouted ever so slightly. Neil rolled his eyes.

”You think that bullshit is going to work on me? ” Clifton smirked as Vinny laughed.

”Nah, you
e too uptight, even if I was some broad with all the things Doctor Dunn likes. ” Neil rolled his eyes.

”What is your type anyhow, Doc? ” Clifton asked.

”He does not have a type. ” Roland Dubois sat beside him and declined the smoke Neil offered. ”What are we talking about? ”

”Women. More specifically, Stews niece. Shes a looker, thats for sure. ” Clifton sighed and turned to Vinny.

”You better watch it, or Stewll have you by your testicles. ” Neil smirked, and Roland rolled his eyes.

”You say this, but it has not stopped his actions yet. ” Clifton grinned at Roland.

”Speaking of girls, I took one to see your new movie today. ” The bartender smirked and poured Roland his usual.

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