Rhea drove down to the chinese restaurant under which Mr. Li had his hide out. Luckily for her it was inSolomon Birch’s lands and she didn’t need to get herself debted to a different covenant.
She easily got down to the basement and she was in the huge room in which Mr. Li would accept visitors. He sat behind his table analysing Rhea.
“Long time no see, Rhea. I was wondering where have you disappeared. Since it doesn’t seem that you’re handling everything really well.” he said quit soon in a business tone.
“What do you mean, Sir?”
“You’ve disappeared from the clinic. I’ve heard that people are constantly changing there… what the hell is going on? It doesn’t seem like a safe location at all.”
“Oh, that… I had to leave those premises myself… But I have people looking over the place. I am also trying to get same foothold in that part of town again… But you know how it is… I hope to be able to personally look after the clinic, but at the moment some people I trust have to do.”
“People you trust? Daisuke informed me that the place has been devoid of anybody for several weeks now. Well except my own operation. And now we had to cancel that as well, until proper security can be ensured.”
Rhea looked rather surprised. “This is troubling news. If I had known it got this bad…” After a few moments she seemed to gather herself. “I am truly sorry for the way it turned out. Is there any way I could improve the predicament?”
“Rhea, if you’re gonna pretend to be a player on the board, then handle your people properly.”
“It seems I have still very much to learn.” Bowed Rhea apologetically.
“Indeed. Seems that you’ve made a mistake leaving my organisation.” he simply said.
“Then maybe I could work for your organisation again? It is clear to me that I still am a mere Pawn in the grand scheme of things… I could still learn a lot. And for what it’s worth, I still have the skills I learnt here, I’d like them to be at your disposal once more.”
He thought for a second “Perhaps… What have you been up to this past time?”
“Freelancing, trying to carve a niche for myself in the local society. Tried my hand in recon, heists, even assassinations…” Started Rhea, not leaving much to the imagination.
“Good. We’ve expanded as much as we can and now we’re stuck in a struggle with some gangs. We could use your help there.”
“What would you have me do?”
“Well, infiltration, finding key target’s and informing us of them seem like a good plan. Your current position as someone who hasn’t worked for any organisation for quite a while gives a unique advantage.”
“Am I allowed outside help, or should I keep it all in-house? Because I have some friends, not exactly street smart, but with useful talents nonetheless.” Asked Rhea, before requesting for her first objective.
“Well, if you want to be a player, you’ll have to learn how to use pawns, won’t you? If you trust them to do what you need them to do – use them.”
“Very well, Sir. What is to be my first task? Or should I come for it later?”
“The powers which are clashing against me, are led by the Norteños gang. They have become a formidable force in the last couple of years. Out of a small gang, they grew and now are powerful. Infiltrate them. Provide the information to me, destroy them, or find a way of how to get them to bow to me. And we’ll get you a feasible position.”
“If my memory serves well, they only became strong under new management. I guess I’ll try to join them and see what’s so special about their new leader.”
“Good. In any case, he has pulled them to the front and he’s our prime target. Taking out the leadership and moving in fast enough should be sufficient. On another side of things, having you overtake the gang should do it as well. We’ll be waiting for news. Don’t disappoint me, Rhea.”
“Anything special I should know before I begin?” Asks Rhea standing up, to show that she is ready to begin the task assigned to her.
He just shook his head. Watching Rhea leave his presence.