Printed weekly, The Bear News contained feature articles, advertisements, and correspondence from the local gangs. Evan and JT took turns manning the office during the day. Evan thumbed thru papers in the back office looking for a reference for a pending news article when the doorbell chimed indicating a customer had walked into the store. “Can I help you?” he called out as he continued to search for the allusive piece of paper. “I’ll be there in a second. Fill out the form on the desk if you can write.”
Recruiting the strongest men away from the other local gangs would ensure Xavier’s rise to power. Obsessed with building an army he sent two of his goons to the local paper to place an ad.
“Hello, is somebody there?” Evan said as he walked into the front room “Uumm, how can I help you?”
One of the goons handed Evan a piece of paper, “Xavier wants this placed in your newspaper. He also wants posters displayed around town with the same message.”
Evan determined the final content placed in the Bear news. He had no desire to publish a recruitment ad for Xavier for the purpose of building an army of bullies.
“This is something we don’t typically run in our paper and even if we did, it would be very costly to you. I don’t have the resources to print posters. ” Evan handed the paper back to the guard. “Sorry!”
The guard reaches across the counter and grabs Evan by his shirt. “We aren’t payin! And if you don’t put this in your newspaper we will burn the place down with you inside!”
Evan didn’t like being strong armed into doing something he felt strongly against but he also didn’t want to die. “It’s going to take a while to acquire the ink and poster paper needed for this project. Give me a few days. I’ll need to come up with funds and contact my supplier.”
The guard releases Evan causing him to stumble to the floor, “You’ve got 2 days!”