Walking a Tightrope

Posted: March 22, 2018 in Advice, Consulting, Experiences, Thoughts
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I work for a mob-boss. Doesn’t that sound nuts? There are some days I can’t believe it either. But, I have to say that he’s not your typical mob-boss, mostly because he runs several legitimate businesses, and he’s never been arrested…not even once.

Before you start thinking that I’m rationalizing about working for such a person, let me just clarify that I do it under duress. He found out my secret that I can read minds, and threatened harm to my family if I didn’t cooperate.

Sure, it may seem like I enjoy it, and sometimes I really do, but since I’ve nearly died a few times because of it, I know I should work harder at getting out from under him.

Still, if I’m honest, I do like being an indispensable part of his organization. That feeling of importance is pretty amazing. He’s also made sure I have someone to watch my back when I get in trouble, and I’ve grown quite fond of that person…and his motorcycle. Uncle Joey’s also deposited copious amounts of money into my checking account, and given me bonuses. I’ve even gone on his private jet to some great cities a few times.

So…what I’m trying to tell you is that I guess I’m in too deep to get out now. That should bother me a whole lot, but what can I say? I passed that point a while ago. Which brings me to my next conundrum. I also help the police. My partner, Detective Harris, aka Dimples, knows that I sometimes help Uncle Joey, he just doesn’t know how much.

So far, he hasn’t made a big deal out of it, but I just found out that he’s looking into it. What am I supposed to say when he tells me that he has a plan to take Uncle Joey down, and he wants my help to do it, especially when I know he’s doing it for my sake?

To top it all off, my husband also works for Uncle Joey as his lawyer. Could this get any worse? Actually, yes, because now my kids think Uncle Joey is my uncle and therefore related to them. In fact, our whole family had a chance encounter with his. I had to introduce my kids to his wife and son. Since then, he’s claimed us as part of The Family.

My thirteen-year-old daughter, Savannah, has a huge crush on Uncle Joey’s eighteen-year-old son. She thinks he’s not blood-related because of a story I made up about how Uncle Joey was first married to my aunt but they got a divorce and his son is from a different relationship. Complicated, right?

It’s no wonder that when taking a good look at my life, and all the complications involved in it, that I start to get a little stressed out. Which brings me to my next conundrum. You see, I’m meeting with Dimples this afternoon, and Uncle Joey just asked me to spy on the police department about a special case that could have repercussions for him.

He’s never really asked me to do that before, although it’s been implied, and it’s stressing me out. Can a good person work for people on both sides of the law? How long can I sit on the fence between the good guys and the bad guys without getting caught, hurt, or killed?

Honestly, I don’t want to find out, because I know one thing for sure…I could never betray Uncle Joey. But just as important, I don’t want to end up in jail either. So I guess for now, I’ll just have to keep balancing on that tightrope, and hope I don’t fall off.

It’s what you’d do, right?

Wish me luck – I’m going to need it!

 

 

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Comments
  1. M Ingram says:

    Shelby, Shelby….what a dilemma!! If it was me, my first thought would be to determine if Uncle Joey was going to hurt anyone, if not…I would try to help him while somehow putting Dimples off. So many questions… What has happened that makes Dimples want to look into your relationship more? Would Uncle Joey really ever kill you or your family members? What would Ramos do if Uncle Joey ordered him to kill you?? Gosh, now I am getting really nervous. LOL So glad you have a master storyteller in Colleen to sort all this out!! Can’t wait to read about it.

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  2. Catherine Hinds says:

    I am SO looking forward to the next Shelby adventure!

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  3. Shelby, I could tell you what I would do, but it’s not nice. You wouldn’t like it done to you and Uncle Joey would kill anyone who did it to him. Still, I think it’s a plan worth considering. One word, it starts with a “K” ….but you didn’t hear that from me!

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  4. Lesley says:

    Wow! I wish you a lot of luck on this one. How to decide and what to do? I can´t wait to see how you get out of this.

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  5. While I hate that you face such a touch situation, I love your adventures so keep it up.

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