This is the outstanding conclusion–hang tight, it is shorter than part I.
After school on Friday, I went home and asked my mom if I could go to Tony’s. “Sure, but be home by dinner time,” she said.
“I might be home a little later than normal. Tony’s big gang fight is today,” I added.
As soon as I spoke of Tony’s gang fight, my mother had me on lock down. There would be no brawl for me.
After I had a nice conversation with Tony’s grandmother, she put Tony on the phone. Tony completely understood that parents don’t like to see their children in harm’s way. If he lived through the night, he assured me we would still be friends on Monday. He ended the phone call abruptly. His mercenaries had arrived.
Tony walked outside to two dozen classmates lining the street. It felt like The Battle of Bull Run but without the historic significance.
Deep in suburbia, Mike Lenten led his troops down Morse Avenue towards Tony’s waiting army.
“Hey John Paul! Where’s your 12 foot sword?” Steve barbed.
“Tony hiding behind the girls?” Mike retorted.
As the groups converged, Tony and Mike met in the middle of the street to discuss the rules of the fight. No weapons. Hair pulling is fine, but only from a defensive position. Only ripping T-shirts; not flannels or designer shirts. No double teaming a guy if he has glasses.
As the ground rules were getting laid out, Harry Konstanov snaked through the crowd.
Punches to the head can only be open handed. No nut shots. Pushing is ok, but biting is not allowed. Eye gouging and scratching are forbidden.
Crack! Harry connected a right hook to Mike’s temple. Mike hit the ground with thud. He never saw the punch. The fight was over.
“Let’s go.” Harry said with a casual wave to Derek. The Junior Varsity Latin King member had lived up to his image. Harry was a badass-like Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke type of badass. With one punch, the public school kids controlled the neighborhood.
The rest of Mike’s gang was frozen. Their leader was down. They scraped him off the street and rushed home to their mansions.
Within minutes, you could hear sirens. Kids jumped on their bikes and fled. They were trying to make it home for dinner, but at the same time avoiding getting arrested for violating the R.I.C.O. Act.
On Monday at school, over a hundred kids claimed to be at the fight. By noon, over two hundred kids saw the battle that caused over $50,000 in damage . By the last bell, seventeen kids had been detained by the national guard and the marital law had been declared in the town of Tessville over the weekend.
Fast forward 20+ years. Here is what these guys are doing now:
- Tony is now in the Gang Leader Hall of Fame along with Al Capone, El Chapo, Freeway Rick Ross and ‘Pookie’ from the movie New Jack City.
- Harry Konstanov was busted ten years ago for using stolen credit cards to fund his pedicure habit.
- Derek Mendez finally graduated from high school at age 26. He is currently at M.I.T. teaching algebraic topology at the graduate level.
- Mike Lenten still lives in his parent’s basement.