"I need a drink," he growled, turning his back on Red.
"I'm sorry..." she said lamely, looking away from the blatant hurt that was etched across his face as he downed another glass.
"S'all good," he said, reaching for his next drink. Maybe he could just drink himself into oblivion.
Red stepped away, leaving him to wallow alone. She needed to figure out who the damn snitch was so she could get her boys out of this dump.
His partner, Bianca, laughed lightly on the other end. "Romeo says find a way."
His boss, Romeo was going to blow his cover and all because he wanted a status update. This was about more than catching the big fish Big Louie. This was about finding out if he was responsible for Mackenzie's disappearance.
So far he hadn't heard a peep about her.
Big Louie stared at his right-hand man with disgust. "Get a grip and quit your caterwauling!" He shook his head. "You keep crying like a little girl and I might have to make Remmy my enforcer."
Butterfingers protested, "Hey! I've been with women before! I've got moves!"
Slick laughed, cuffing Butterfingers on the arm. "You've got no moves," he said decisively. "Hey, Bambi! Butterfingers has something he wants to tell you!" he called out.
Butterfingers stood up nervously, watching as Bambi approached.
Big Louie slipped into his vacant seat, "Oh, this I gotta see," he said, rubbing his hands with glee.
Butterfingers got a little sidetracked staring at her bouncing cleavage. "Uh..." he stuttered as he stared.
Butterfingers stuttered nervously, "What? No! I mean... I have moves!" he yelled at her retreating figure as she stormed off in a huff.
Johnny quickly held up a pack of cigarettes. "Just stepped outside to smoke," he said.
Red glanced at the pack of cigarettes and then back up to his face. "I didn't know you smoked!" she said with surprise.
Johnny shrugged. "I quit, but being holed up in this place is making me stir crazy," he told her, sticking as close to the truth as possible.
"Well, you should stop again. You should kick that dirty habit," Red told him. "No one will want to kiss that adorable mouth," she said, glancing towards his extremely kissable lips.
Big Louie laughed. "You want to go toe to toe with me, kid?" he taunted. "She's my girl and I'll talk to her however I want to!"
"I'm not afraid of you!" Slick said, puffing his chest out proudly.
Big Louie just laughed and shoved Slick away. "You're a little mosquito to me, kid. I could squash you with less effort than I use to lift my pinkie finger."
Slick looked up and saw the roomful of faces watching him for his next move. Red shook her head slightly, as though to tell him not to do whatever bone-head thing he was thinking. "You're right," he said, putting his hands up in the air and stepping away. "She's your girl."
Everyone sighed with relief.
And then there were the massive pass-outs....
AN: Johnny is now officially level 2 in the law enforcement career! Whew! Only 8 more promotions to go!