189 Friends in Society
Then, Vivian changed the topic to Christmas and gave Julia a few more marketing ideas, which made Julia so happy that she thanked her repeatedly.
Just as Vivian was about to leave, a group of teenagers came to collect protection fees. Julia took out five dollars and handed them to them.
The leader was a 16 or 17-year-old boy with blonde hair. He motioned for the person behind him to take the money, then turned to look at the man on his right who was recording something with a pen and paper. When the man stopped, he turned and left.
Vivian did not intend to get involved in this matter. Every place had its own rules of survival. The most important thing was the money could really be used. At the edge of the slums, there was no shortage of criminals. Instead of being harassed, robbed, and smashed by those people, it was better to give them some money. Five Yuan was reasonable.
If they couldn’t even earn this much money after a day of business, they might as well go to work!
The golden-haired young man led the group to another place. “I don’t know where Leon has been recently. I’ve missed him after not seeing him for a while.”
Vivian thought that they had the same name, but she did not think so when she heard the next sentence.
“I think he said he was going to work during the holiday.”
Vivian saw that the reply came from the teenager who had been writing on the notebook.
After they left, Vivian suppressed the throbbing veins on her temples and asked Julia, “They’re in charge of this street?”
Julia nodded. “Yes, the 16 or 17-year-old boy in the lead is the head of the street managers in this area. His name is Philip. I heard that his father’s sphere of influence covers the entire slums of S City.”
Vivian frowned and didn’t say anything. Julia saw Vivian seemed to be thinking about something serious and didn’t dare to disturb her.
She could also tell that Vivian wanted to find out more information, but unfortunately, she knew very little about these things. She thought that if the fat aunty was here, she would definitely be able to tell her in more detail.
The chubby woman sold ice cream next to Julia, and Julia had heard about this from her. Apparently, the protection fees were expensive, and they had only changed the rules recently.
Vivian thought for a moment before she got up and said goodbye to Julia. Julia quickly grabbed the absent-minded Vivian and handed her the dessert she had just packed. “You forgot to take the dessert.”
Vivian came back to her senses, took the dessert from her bag, and took out the money.
Julia naturally refused to take the money. If it weren’t for Vivian, she wouldn’t even be able to open her stall. She even taught her a lot of business tips for free.
Vivian laughed. “That’s not how you do business. I won’t dare to come again if you’re like this. I’m here to buy it because I really want to eat it, not to take care of your business. If you want to thank me, just ask Simon to bring me a bottle of jam when he comes to my house. Because of my pregnancy, my appetite is often bad, and this jam is sweet and sour, it’s especially appetizing.”
Julia took the money in embarrassment. “I’ll take it then. I often make jam, and I still have a few bottles at home. I’ll ask Simon to bring some for you when he comes back.”
Vivian and Julia said a few more words before leaving.
After Leon left, Ben and Radar temporarily returned to Vivian’s side.
As soon as Vivian arrived at the office, she immediately asked David to call the two over.
Ben and Radar soon arrived. When they entered the office, they saw Vivian’s smile, but her eyes were cold. They had a bad feeling and stood in front of the desk without moving.
Vivian looked at them for five minutes until they started to sweat. “Did Leon make friends with the society?”
Ben and Radar were taken aback. Only they, Leon, and Simon knew about this. Now that the two little guys had gone to work, they didn’t say anything…
This reaction had already told Vivian the answer. In anger, Vivian slammed her palm on the table and said in a cold voice, “Explain everything clearly!”
The two of them looked at each other and didn’t dare to hide anything. They told her everything.
Two days after Vivian left the country, Leon went to Poli Street, the street where Simon’s house lived. Leon forbade Ben and Radar from following them, but they were worried and followed quietly behind.
Fortunately, Leon’s anti-reconnaissance awareness wasn’t up to standard, so he didn’t discover the two of them.
When they got close, they realized that Leon seemed to be waiting for someone. He walked slowly on the road and walked back and forth a few times before choosing a milk tea stall by the street and sitting down.
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