“What can make good all the bad that’s been done?”
Lana Prescott hires an investigator to track down the man who attacked her a year ago. She also visits friends and family, and goes clothes shopping incognito before leaving town on tour.
Charlotte has a disposable phone dropped to Double-G while he is walking on the street with a woman – the woman takes the phone and answers it when it rings. She gives the phone to 2G. Charlotte asks if that is a sufficiently impressive display of power. 2G is considering Charlotte’s offer, but he will wait and watch for another week or two to see if “the white girl can keep what she took.”
Porter calls up Broken Saint and informs him to go to the hotel on Garfield Place, and that someone will be coming by to see him at 8 pm. Saint agrees, for $500. Jube arrives with a pizza, knocking on the door and saying “Pizza for Montgomery!” Jube explains he is in the security business, and wants Saint to give him info on Dale Lucien. Lucien is on City Council, and has regular meetings with them. He also has a doctor’s appointment scheduled for a day later.
Hope and Tanya establish Artemis Group, LLC, a Bail Recovery Business. They don’t do bail bonds, only recover bail jumpers. They have business cards printed up, but no office (at least, not yet).
Hope goes to the office of Dr. Lorren, a dentist. Hope shows the bail paperwork to the receptionist, who summons the dentist once he finished with a patient. Hope talks to Lorren, who had posted bail on his 19-year old son Keith, who skipped out. Lorren says Keith has fallen in with a bad crowd, and gives Hope the name of a few of his friends and where they hang out.
Broken Saint “clones” Lucien’s phone to a throwaway phone and gives it to Jube to know whenever Lucien gets a phone call. Jube later tells Saint that he needs a ride from a doctor’s office around 10:30 am. Saint calls Tanya and pays her to provide a ride.
Jube enters the doctor’s office wearing a breathing mask, sunglasses, and hat. He surveys the waiting room, and then takes his first chance to slit the throat of the security guard. He then goes back to the examination rooms and finds Lucien, shooting him through the head. he immediately leaves, getting into Tanya’s car. Once there, he uses an electric razor to shave his head and face down to a goatee, collecting all the hair in the hat. He gets out about 7 blocks away, tipping Tanya $100. He destroys the cloned phone and drops the knife he used to kill the guard into the river. Tanya is unaware of what just occurred.
Tanya soon meets Hope at Bill’s Billiards. They go inside and find Keith playing pool with a friend, a muscular black male about Keith’s age. They notice the pair drinking beer and decide to have more sent over to them, planning to catch Keith when he has to go to the bathroom. they inform the bartender who they are and what their business is here, and purchase beer for the two men. After a bit, Keith goes to the men’s room. Hope and Tanya follow. Opening the door, they show their badges and shoo out the person washing his hands. They wait for Keith to finish his business and emerge from the stall. Tanya comes up behind him at the sink and cuffs him. They lead him out to Tanya’s vehicle, Tanya with her hand on her gun and making sure the friend sees it. They take Keith to the lockup and drop off the paperwork with Clifton’s receptionist at American Bail Bonds.
Charlotte researches gangs and groups in the disputed territories. One group is called N.O.F., for “Niggaz Of Fire,” but they are often derided as “Niggaz On Fire,” implying they are “flamers” (fags or queers). charlotte decides to make this appellation literal.
Charlotte finds a kid in No Man’s Land whose brother was killed by the N.O.F. Charlotte has her people create several incendiary devices the size and shape of baseballs – when a remote signal is given, they spray gasoline into the air as a mist, then spark. The devices themselves are designed to burn, eliminating evidence. Charlotte arranges for the kid to plant these in N.O.F. hangouts and sends him out.