When I was a little girl there was a mob boss who hung out at the restaurant next store, he constantly made my mother cry. My mother was the best, she always told me I could be anything I wanted when I grew up.
One day there was a knock at the door and my little brother ran past me to get the door, grandma was watching us today. I followed behind him with thoughts of grandma and the presents she always brought when she visited. When Aaron answered the door, it wasn't Grandma who greeted him, it was Louie Bianchi.
"Hey there little man, can you get Uncle Louie some cookies? My new son wants a cookie," said the man with a false smile.
I guess Louie Bianchi's daughter Sophia had a serious new boyfriend and Louie wanted to make sure this new guy knew that he was just a kid and not to mess with a mobster's daughter.
I screamed at my brother, "Don't give him any. He's bad and he makes mom cry, he doesn't deserve our cookies." He turned his attention from my brother to me and spoke the only word he had ever spoken to me, while he stepped through the door, "Deserve?" He closed the door over, turned back to my little brother and shot him right in the head. Blood was on my face but I was too in shock to notice, Louie turned to me, sneered at me then gave me a wink and walked back out the door. He left the door open so Sophia's boyfriend could see the blood on my 8 year old face.
"Sorry son, I guess no cookie for you." I still stood there in the door way in shock, Sofia's boyfriend wore the same look on his face as mine. He quickly tried to shake it off, but you could tell he was terrified. "No maybe before you ask me something like that," Louie whispered "you should make sure you aren't going to upset the parents first."
Louie placed the gun he had used to kill my brother on the hood of the car next to him. Sophia's boyfriend's widened eyes followed the gun and his lower lips trembled. Louie walked towards the man who backed away a little before thinking better of it. He looked Louie straight in the eyes.
"Now Michael, what's wrong?" Louie asked while he straightened the boyfriend's collar " "You don't have anything to worry about. You just have to follow the rules. And the only rule is don't upset me."
My mom always told me I could be whatever I wanted when I grew up. I grew up that day, I was eight but I grew up. I walked right out the door, grabbed the gun from the hood, cocked it, pulled the trigger back and shot Louie right in the head. I decided that day I was going to change my name. I was going to change my name to Justice.
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