A/N: This is just going to be a one shot/practice story. This is also my very first Punisher fanfic so I hope it's not that bad.
The aroma of Italian food filled the small Italian restaurant that rested at the edge of town. At this late hour, the restaurant was mostly empty. Only the balding man sitting in the corner and the bodyguard protected him remained in one of the secret fronts of organized crime in the city.
"You were aware of the deal before you accepted it and borrowed the money," the man said.
For a moment, the man in the business suit listened to the other end of the phone conversation.
"I couldn't give a rat's ass about any problems you're experiencing," the man replied. "You accepted the deal and its terms. I want my money by Friday afternoon. If not, our mutual friends will be paying you and your wife a visit Friday night."
The man hung up and rubbed his head.
"Another deadbeat, Boss?" the bodyguard asked.
"Yes," the loan shark answered. "These people make me sick."
"Think they'll pay up by Friday?" he asked.
"Of course not," the loan shark answered. "As soon as the excuses start coming in, they won't have the money by the deadline. They never do."
The loan shark looked at his watch.
"Come on," he said. "I'm ready to get home and get some sleep. I have a feeling we'll have a very busy night tomorrow."
The loan shark stood and the two walked out. Parked in front of the small restaurant was the loan shark's vehicle. He opened the door and sat in the back seat as the bodyguard sat in the driver's seat.
The loan shark pulled out his cell phone and began dialing. The bodyguard turned the key in the ignition.
The car bomb went off a moment later.
Flaming pieces of metal rained back down to the earth as larger hunks of twisted metal charred.
Watching from afar, Frank Castle dropped the binoculars and let them hang from around his neck.
One less bastard to hurt innocent people. he thought as he walked away.