INTERVIEW WITH THE HARDMAN
Sir, thank you for agreeing to do this interview. I hope I’m not holding you up from any important work.
~ Nah, you’re alright… Always got time for a pretty girl… And what’s with the ‘Sir’?
(He laughs shaking his head at me)
I’m hardly a ‘Sir’ am I? I’m a Geezer or a Gov if you prefer.
What do you like to do for fun?
~ (He shrugs his shoulders)
(Now he’s knowingly smiling at me, as he winks. This guy is an outrageous flirt.)
Why do you do the things you do?
(He laughs now at me, trying to look innocent).
You’re not wired are you?
Nah, only joking with ya… I suppose I’m what you’d call, one of them ‘natural born leader’s…
Decisions will always have to be made… Even those, you don’t want to do… Someone has to take control… I’m just ‘The Someone’, that’s all.
(He shrugs insolently, like I’ve asked him what time it is?)
Do you enjoy the power and notoriety of it?
~ Yeah, I suppose I do. It’s always about the power; and the notoriety… I suppose the two go hand in hand with one another. But I always wanted a name for myself, always knew I would be something.
Do you sleep well after your punishments?
(He looks totally blasé now. I will say, I was a little scared asking him this, I understand why he has the reputation he does, he is very cool, calm and collected.)
… As I said, decisions are made every day, with anything you do… It’s how you deal with it that really matters. Punishment is necessary; it’s how we learn after all.
Put it this way… Growing up at my house, you got either the belt or the back of someone’s hand, for bringing trouble to the door or giving cheek..
So you learned pretty quickly, not to get caught, or, to be a cheeky cunt… Everything you do, has consequences… And anyone who lives the lives, and do, what do what WE do, knows this from the ‘get go’…
Well they should do, unless they’re as dumb as fuck? And that’s a problem, cause there’s always some brain-dead fucker out there doing something they shouldn’t. That’s why there’s people like me… To keep them fuckers in check, manage them. I always say; ‘It is what it is’…
I mean, think about it…. If it looks like shit, smells like shit… It’s SHIT!! Plain and simple, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that… And it’s the same philosophy for ‘if you’re caught doing something you shouldn’t’… Be prepared for retribution.
(He shrugs very matter of factly, and I find myself hanging on every word. I watch enthralled as he shakes head woefully. He’s a good speaker and incredibly charming. Makes me glad he’s too dirty to be in politics, as he’s quite captivating.)
What is so special about ‘Her’ that makes you want to give it all up? Do you think you will ever stop?
~ Everything about ‘Her’ is special… ‘She’ is truly’ one of a kind’. ‘She’s’ a good person, always was. She’s my total opposite. And that’s why ‘we’ work.
I’m a lucky fucker, but I always was… Oh, and let’s not forget, I love the way she calls me a cunt… I’m a sucker for it.
(He winks again knowingly at me, the guy really is incorrigible.)
And yes, I have ‘Stopped’ as you call it. If you’re talking about work that is?
(He laughs cheekily at me.)
In fairness, it was time to; the writing was on the wall.
(Now he looks seriously at me shaking his head.)
You can’t live my kinda life and expect to live forever…
There will ALWAYS be someone up your arse or trying to take a big chunk out of it. There will always be someone gunning for your spot as ‘Top Dog’ if you have it, and ‘they’ want it, bad.
You’d have to want it bad as well, I can tell ya, to wanna try and take it from me!!
It’s human nature, to want to better yourself… But it’s pure ‘primal’, to want the number one spot… Especially if you’re a natural born hunter like me?
I still do have my fingers in a few pies, but they are kosher. So, no harm, no foul.
My problem is, I need to keep myself busy. You see… I’ve been making my own money since I was a kid in some way or another, always an entrepreneur me…
(He winks cheekily at me)
If there is money to be made, I guarantee you; it will be ME making it. But I DO know… If it’s not kosher and I don’t keep my nose clean, I’ll lose ‘everything’…
This I know as she tells me it daily…
Nah only joking… She’ don’t ‘have’ to ‘tell me’… I KNOW, she won’t tolerate any of my shit…
… And being honest, I don’t feel like I need to now, or I’m compelled to do it, if you know what I mean, you know, cause its naughty an all… Which was often, the very reason for me to do it in the first place…?
(He laughs cheekily at me.)
What can I say? I’m a thrill seeker, innit.
But believe me; I will tell ya, ‘She’ keeps me more than busy… I don’t have the time for anything, or anyone else now.
Should have done it sooner…
(He shrugs again nonchalantly at me.)
Oh well, you live and learn… Don’t ya?
After the interview, I found myself flirting with him for a further ten minutes, until he informs me, that he has to go and pick up his son up from school. As he leans in to kiss me on the cheek, I’m ashamed to say I found myself wondering if he was going to kiss me on the lips; seeing as he had been flirting with me throughout the entire interview, but sadly, he didn’t.
On his way out, I see him drop a bundle of money onto the table, paying the bill for the lunch we’ve just had, even though it was for his interview.
He may be a very bad man, responsible for having a hand in some horrible things and he maybe a little rough around the edges, but in all fairness to him… I found him very charming and a perfect gentleman, bar the continuous flirting which I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed.
I can understand the attraction with the gangster life, if they’re all like him. But I would have to be like ‘Her’, and the way she approaches it, as that kind of lifestyle, really wouldn’t appeal to me either.