I met Paper Fan when I was chauffeuring him around. I was out of work and signed up through a vacancy advertised in the Chow Chuen grocery store on East Ord. At first, I was just driving him around. Different places in Chinatown, business meetings, clubs, him and his girlfriends.
Paper Fan was a pretty serious fellow. He had a shroud of mystery. But everything about him told me he was very professional. He had certain mannerisms. I never learned what he did. He knew a lot of rich people around the city I first only read about in the paper or caught off the covers of gossip magazines.
At some point, Paper Fan introduced me to one of his acquaintances. His name was Ron. He was seriously rich. I first did the same things for him as I did for Paper Fan and he paid me generously. One day, Ron asked me to pick somebody up from the bus station. I went there. There was a girl. I took her to a large building Downtown. I picked her up after midnight too. There was something strange about her. Maybe I was naive, but I never talk to people in my car.
Since then, I have picked up many other girls. Sometimes at their schools. One day, I was asked to come inside by his assistant. He let me into Ron’s room and Ron closed the door. There was a rolled-up carpet on the ground. He ordered me to bury it out in the forest.
Halfway there all of a sudden Paper Fan pulled me over in a black SUV. He could see that I was frantic. He told me to do as Ron asked and to “stay put”. Those were the only words he uttered.
I realized that night there are things I don’t know about that are better left unknown. I wish I never learned about them.
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