A Dangerous Game
Characters: Hanji Zoe x Levi
Genre: Action / Humor / Romance
Levihan 1920’s gangster AU
Levi is second-in-command of the infamous Ackerman gang. Hanji is a journalist determined to unearth the sordid truths of the city’s most powerful men. In return for timely tips that help the Ackermans stay ahead of the law, Levi gives Hanji information straight from the city’s criminal underbelly. Between them, they have too many enemies to count.
Their relationship complicates things.
I originally wrote this for the levihan au week a while back. I’m posting it again without the terrible art I included last time lmao
Five hours until publication and she still didn’t have her story straight. Hanji glared down at the offending articles. With her glasses sliding down her nose, her fingers stained black with ink, and the words beneath her beginning to meld into one massive blur, she was forced to admit she may have once again gone too long without sleep.
The conference table below her was a mess of discarded newspaper drafts. She drummed her fingertips over mottled wood as she skimmed the latest edit. She read through it twice before sighing and dropping the article in favor of the telegram that awaited her attention.
It was from Moblit. Stationed in the heart of the city, he was privy to the latest information on the election for the office of Mayor. It was a race growing more heated by the day. Between Billy “The Boss” O’Malley, who was backed by the notoriously violent Lower East Side Mob and Ricky Jemson, favorite of gangster Kenny Ackerman and his posse, it was shaping up to be the city’s most volatile election in years.
Pressing the telegram flat, Hanji leaned over it, scouring the short message for the information she needed. She read through it once, then twice, before straightening with a sigh. Nothing.
Her story was on the upcoming election; specifically, on Billy “The Boss” and his immoral – not to mention, illegal – exploits. Mr. O’Malley’s crimes ranged from blackmail and bribery to solicited assault.
For the past month she’d been working to gather concrete
evidence of Billy’s illicit dealings. But as of yet, all she’d managed was a
handful of shady, second-hand accounts of the tycoon’s alleged misdeeds. It seemed few
were eager to cross a man who had a hand in forty percent of the city’s
businesses and close ties with the Lower East Side Mob.