“Take it easy,” Lenny pleaded. “We don’t mean her or you any harm.”
“And what the fuck do you mean then?” Thunder demanded.
“We just wanted to know why she left her fiancée,” Lenny said.
“Fuck that! You want her to marry him, right? I’m not going to lose my biggest moneymaker. And I don’t like getting fucked with!” Thunder aimed his gun at Lenny.
Jill jumped up, blocking his aim. Hands fending off potential gunfire, even if that would of course have no use. “Don’t, Larry! Don’t shoot! We’ll work something out!”
“Out of the way, bitch!” Thunder screamed, pulling back the hammer.
That’s when Casey kicked him in the balls. He let out a yelp as Mikey grabbed him by the wrist, pulling the gun down. Lenny moved in, and punched him in the face. His eyes rolled up, his knees buckled and down he went. Lenny wasn’t much of a fighter really but his fists are huge and there’s quite some strength behind it from schlepping around all those Marshall amplifiers and stuff like that.
Mikey had secured Thunder’s gun and aimed it at the pimp who was face down on the carpet.
Jill was crying, impressed by the violent little encounter that went on there. Casey was next to her, hand on her shoulder, telling her it was okay.
Thunder groaned and tried to get up. Mikey put the gun against his head and told him, “Easy, dude.”
“Fuck, you hurt my fucking nose,” Thunder complained to Lenny.
The roadie shrugged. “Seemed like the best thing to do at the time.”
“I’ll get you for that,” Thunder said, the hate in his voice almost palpable.
“Don’t forget I’m pointing a gun at you,” Mikey said. “That’s my best pal you’re threatening.”
“Look, I’m sorry I hit you,” Lenny apologized. “That gun just got me understandably nervous. Can’t we work something out together? Some way you let loose of Jill and forget about me punching you?”
“Wouldn’t know how,” Thunder said. Then he sneered at Mikey, “I don’t believe you would really shoot me anyway.”
“Sounds like you’re feeling lucky, punk!” Mikey said and started to put some pressure on the trigger.
“Wait!” Jill said. “Larry, what if I pay you off every year until I managed to approximate what you think I would have earned for you?”
“Where do you think you would get that kind of green?” Thunder wondered.
“By working hard for it. The clean and legal way,” she said.
“Tell Thomas about it,” Lenny said. “I’m sure he will help you pay him off as well.”
“I still don’t know I want to tell him about…” Jill said, voice shaking.
“Trust me,” Lenny said.
“Okay, I will,” she said.
Lenny crossed his arm, a smile on his face. “Great. What about it, Thunder? You get the money, she gets her freedom. How does that sound?”
“Not bad. That and I get to punch you in the nose,” Thunder said.
“What? No!” Jill said.
I shrugged. “Sounds fine.”
“Don’t let him do that,” Mikey says. “Should I shoot him?”
“No, let him take his shot at me,” Lenny said and spread his hands, offering the pimp a free shot at his face.
The shot came and it hurt like hell.