few weeks later it came about, as if fate had brought Laura to me, when Triads moved in on my patch. She asked who it was and her face dropped a little when I said I thought his name sounded something like ‘Fat’. I felt less comfortable when she rattled off a couple of names and the third one she said rang a bell. I took the mickey out of his name Yeung Chow Phat. Laura put me straight that I would underestimate them at my peril. She arranged the meeting. I also had to initiate her into the mafia else they wouldn’t deal with a non-gang member.
This is where things became tricky. My cousin stared in disbelief at who exactly I wanted to initiate into our ‘family’.
“Are you forgetting, cousin she made a mockery of a drunk man!”
“She is the one who bested the hardest man I know ‘beside myself’. Naturally, I would pick her as my bodyguard and naturally she will be the one to mediate with the Chinese.” When Tony protested I simply asked him if he spoke Chinese because if he did then he could do it.
It surprised me the Chinese didn’t want to meet straight away. Laura said they would in the meantime find out everything they could about my family. I suggested we did the same about them to which she handed me a flash drive. When I asked her what it was she smiled. “Everything you need to know about Yeung Chow Phat.”
I’d had Laura’s phone tapped, before the Chinese incident, but afterwards, I took an intense interest in her calls; especially those made in Chinese. Which were few. In fact two to Mei in which they predominantly spoke in English anyway.
On her night off she made an outgoing call to someone called Kerry. They were arranging to go out. Kerry asked her where she suggested and Laura said my club. This piqued my interest, why would she want to come to my club on her night off without informing me. It was like as if Kerry had read my mind, for she asked her exactly why she wanted to go to her bosses club?
“One it’s free for me to get in. Two it’s not far from home for either of us. Three I don’t like the boss being alone.”