Meanwhile, just a few blocks away in front of a laundromat, Cassandra was hunting for new clothes. In most people’s eyes, she was loaded but in reality, she was asset rich and cash poor. She couldn’t just walk into a store and pay with her jewelry, no matter how nice and expensive it was. So in essence she was broke, so Casssandra did what she always did when she was broke, she stole. First, she cased the joint for security guards but only found surveillance cameras on the outside of the building as well at the register. The rest of the place was free of interference. Relieved, she began looking for women who were about her size and observed their alertness. The last thing she needed was someone putting up a fight. However as she scanned the place, Cassandra noticed only one woman who fit the bill and she seemed to be a young woman with three small children. It didn’t feel right, so Cassandra decided to make it right. Sitting in one of the plastic neon orange chairs near her target, she began taking off her diamond earrings. She figured they were worth around $10,000, way more than anything this woman owned and slipped them into the woman’s purse. With the flick of the wrist, Cassandra slid the goods into the woman’s bag and began her scheme.
Appearing to be busy on her phone, Cassandra patiently waited for the woman to be distracted and it didn’t take long when her kids began fighting. Completely overwhelmed, the woman snatched one of the boys by the arm and began yelling. As she did, the baby next to her started crying. The woman sighed and commanded, “Come on!” as she headed off to the lady’s restroom. It was the diaper change sent from the gods, and without arousing any suspicion, Cassandra went over to the dryer and plucked out a damp t-shirt with a pair of jeans from the load. Then without saying a word, she left the laundromat before the woman could return. When she got to her car, she began putting on the lavender peasant top and cropped blue jeans. Now the look was complete, no one would ever think of looking for her driving a dirty SUV while dressed in Boxmart style clothes. Even though she wasn’t dressed like her normal attire, it was still way better than the sweaty and dirty evening gown that she was nearly murdered in. When Cassandra got to the nearest Mc Restaurant, she threw the gown in the dumpster. Smelling the food inside her stomach growled. It had been over 6 hours since she last ate and though it would kill her family to know that she was eating food cooked under a heat lamp, it was cheap and convenient.
None of that mattered because she still had no money, and the only thing Cassandra had left to give away was her engagement ring. There was no way she would ever part with that. So she had to find another way. Looking through her purse, she desperately looked for anything but all she had was makeup, tissues and gum. Then her phone vibrated. Looking at the screen, Cassandra noticed the call had a local area code with an unfamiliar number. She knew better than to answer. In fact, she knew what to do next, she had to pawn the phone. But before she did that, Cassandra deleted all the contact info as well as all the apps. She had another phone in her suitcase, she wasn’t going to miss this one. Before Cassandra left the restaurant, she looked around for a fencer. Usually, they hustled on corners or in parking lots. She knew there would be interest in her phone because it was brand new and had a brand named. Scouring the block for her new buyer, she noticed a man in front of a gas station. Checking him out, she noticed he was dressed in a newish football jersey and jeans so he wasn’t homeless. Cautiously, she scanned the block to make sure he wasn’t a cop. Cassandra couldn’t see any unusual cars parked on the street and decided to take the risk. Casually, she walked over to him and smiled then, asked for the time. Returning the smile he said, “Baby, I got all the time in the world.” It was the corniest thing she had ever heard, and couldn’t help but roll her eyes. Seeing the ice had been broken, she straight up asked him, “Hey, I’m looking to unload a phone, is there a pawn shop ‘round here?”
“Naw, baby girl, but lemme look.”
From a distance she held up the phone and his eyes bulged, “That’s the new Andromeda 10!” Hearing the excitement in his voice, Cassandra asked, “Yeah, you interested?” And before you knew it, she had closed the deal and scored an extra $40 in her pocket. It wasn’t a lot but enough for food and little bit of gas for her ride. With this Cassandra ordered her McSlop which she ate in the car because she was too embarrassed to eat inside. As she inhaled her food, Cassandra wondered about her next move. It was the first time in nearly 8 hours she had time to sit down and think. She could flee the country but she had to do it quickly before she was named a suspect or a person of interest by law enforcement. And since she stuck a gun in a cop’s face, they were more likely to just book her on that. Then there was Stephano’s killers, she would have to deal with them sooner or later. She needed to get her hands on Danny Marchesi, the man who ruined her life and took Stephano’s. Angry, all Cassandra could do was fantasize about what she would do with him and his crew once she got a hold of them. But for now, she was just some chick in a fast food parking lot and wasn’t riding with any crew. In fact, she had to assume that everyone had turned on her. It was the safest thing to do.
Feeling all alone, the tears streamed down her face but Cassandra decided to shut that part of her brain down in order to survive. She needed to survive this attack on her life, Casssandra needed to survive the police and their bullshit, and more importantly, she needed to survive for Stephano. She was the only one who could deliver justice for him now. With her mind already made up, she threw what was left of her lunch out of the window and started the car. It was reckoning time.
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