Zaiden looked at his cousin wishing things didn’t have to be like this.
“Tony is very unhappy with you, Nelson. He wants his money.”
“I don’t have it. I will get it. I promise.”
“Your promises do not mean anything, Nelson. Tony wants either his money or your life.”
Nelson backed away but was stopped by the men with Zaiden.
“Please, Zaiden. I have a family. I have children. My wife is pregnant.”
Zaiden stood his ground as he watched Nelson. “You have never thought about the family before so why now? Do you know what you have done to the family?”
All Nelson could do was shake his head.
“When you stole the money from the company, you put both of our fathers out of work. Your own father has gone broke trying to pay back the people you stole from. My father found a way to take care of us and ended up being taken from us because of it. If the company had not been forced to close, my father would be here right now. I blame you for everything I had to go through.”
“I’m sorry, Zaiden. I’m sorry.”
Zaiden nodded to the men who grabbed Nelson’s arms. He stepped toward the group.
“Please, Zaiden. We are family.”
“Which is why I asked Tony to be allowed to deal with you myself.”
Zaiden watched as the men grabbed Nelson’s ankles and dangled him over the edge of the building just to scare him. After several minutes he had the men put him back on his feet.
“Because we are family, I am going to pay your debt to Tony. This is a one time thing. Next time, I won’t be this nice.”
He looked at his cousin. “Get your act together, Nelson. Do it for your wife and kids.”
He walked away leaving his cousin standing in a puddle of his own piss.