WARNING: Graphic and inappropriate language is used throughout the story.
It’s Saturday evening and you are hungry. You take food orders from your mom and grandmother before you leave. As you step out, you notice that the block is clear and hardly anyone is out. Seems odd that no one you recognize is outside. The burger stand is 5 blocks away, so you take a bus to get there. When you get to Bucko Burger, you see an inter-racial couple in their mid forties arguing outside. A black man who looks like an out-of-shape Terrance Howard, and a Latin Woman who is Mexican American, resembling the late Jenni Rivera. You simply walk past them and pay them no mind. When you step in Bucko Burger, you give the cashier your order and sit patiently.
You take a look outside and the inter-racial couple boards the transit bus from across the street. You fill up your soft drinks and grab your order while hearing loud music from a car entering the parking lot. A bright orange 2015 chevy impala with 22 inch custom rims, matching the paint, pulls inside the parking lot. As you walk out of the restaurant doors, you hear the music shut off and hear the car doors slam shut. You already fear that it may be the Mezza’s, so you strut a little faster. Suddenly at a moments notice you hear the Mezza bird caw, a ritual performed by the Mezza’s to mark their territory.
Mezza Member A: “Cahhhh-Cahhhhh!!!!”(crow voice)
Mezza Member B:”Hey Nigga!!…Hey!!! You hear me calling you Cuzz!! Turn around Nigga!”
You: (Blank stare)
Mezza Member B: “Where you from Nigga! This M-Tre (M3) all day!”
You: “I don’t bang, man. I’m not from anywhere.”(cracked voice)
MMB: “How is that so?..Where you headed, where you stay at?”
Mezza Member A: “FUCK BITCHSTONE!!” (a derogatory term for Ballstone boyz)
You:”Look, I don’t want any problems, I am just trying to get home. I ain’t from no where.”
MMB: “Nigga, Answer the fuckin question! Where tha fuck you headed to?” (biting his lower lip with genuine contempt)
You:”Im headed to Ballstone and 49th st”
MMB: “Give me a reason not to smoke you right now!”
Mezza Member A: “Take off on that nigga P-NUTT, He a bitch! He prolly a Bitchstone anyway!” (taking the role of a demagogue)
You:”C’mon bruh, I ain’t wit that. I don’t got no problems with anybody. I just live there. I don’t bang tho.”
P-Nutt: “Fuck Bitchstone and yo faggot ass cousin Skooby! We know where the fuck ya’ll at. I am on his head. He got his coming, and fuck you too you fuck boy!”
The fact that he knows of Skooby and speaks ill of him, irritates you to the point of anger.
You:”Nigga, check this out. I told you I don’t bang, but if you wanna catch a fade. Let’s go. I ain’t turning down nothing”
P-Nutt:”Whats hattnin then!”
(Takes off his shirt and hands it to MMA)
You: (Puts food down)
P-Nutt charges at you and you avert his tackle. You square up with him and connect the first punch to his neck. A crowd is starting to form around the burger stand to watch the melee. He swings wildly and connects with your chin. It stuns you and you feel your adrenal glands pumping up. Next thing you know you feel a blow to the back of the head and you get jumped. You try to curl up in a fetal position to brace for kicks and blows to the back, but the damage is done. The owner comes outside and fires his pistol in the sky.”BOOM-BOOM”. The Mezza’s hop back in their car and drive off. You hear the ambulance in the distance before blacking out.
As you wake up you realize you are in the ambulance and in extreme pain. Something bad has happened to you, and you don’t understand why. You keep flashing in and out of consciousness.
Part 8 coming soon.
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