CHAPTER ONE: BACKSTORY
Let me introduce you to Lucas "Luke" Lucci, a newly released twenty-four-year-old inmate from the San Andreas County penitentiary. He is six feet tall, has black hair, is heavily tattooed, and rarely wears anything other than black clothing. His demeanor has been deemed aggressive at times, but Luke remains a somewhat easy-going and likeable person who is always looking to make a connection despite his acute paranoia. Luke is the youngest child of three. His two older brothers, Mateo and Roman, are devout members of a violent Hispanic gang specializing in the selling of illicit materials. Mateo and Roman are currently incarcerated and serving life sentences in the same penitentiary from which he was just released and both have been incarcerated since his adolescence.
Luke grew up in a one-bedroom apartment in the slums of El Corona, which made for a troubled upbringing. With his father out of the picture, and his mother working two full-time jobs, Luke's childhood home was the forefront an endless stream of drugs, guns, and other contraband being sold into the city as quick as it came. This led to the arrest of both of his brothers when he was just sixteen, with this incident being deemed the cause of his paranoid thoughts and distrust of the police. Such a heinous home environment meant Luke was rarely around the house.
Luke began working full-time at a smoke shop at the age of ten, and was paid under the counter until he was eighteen and became an official employee. Even though Luke was working full-time, money was tight, and Luke realized that he needed to find a secondary source of income. It was at this point that Luke began to import bongs and pipes to be sold discreetly to customers that he trusted. This decision proved to be a heavy risk as they were still considered paraphernalia in his county, and he stood a chance at being charged with a felony.
The money, connections, and reputation he had built over his two years of ownership all came crashing down shortly after, when he unknowingly sold one of his bongs to the daughter of a DEA Chairman. The agency ordered his shop to be raided and all assets to be seized. Luke was subsequently arrested at the young age of twenty-two under several charges of distribution of drug paraphernalia. After many hopeless appeals, Luke was sentenced to two years in the San Andreas County Penitentiary.
Although some of his time as a young adult was lost, it was not ill-spent. Luke entered a rehabilitation program while in prison that taught him the skills needed to become a certified mechanic. Luke excelled in the program due to his love for cars and the prior experience he gained by modifying several cars he owned throughout his adolescence, which were unfortunately seized in the DEA raid and sold at auction. Over time, Luke made several friends in the program and even received several offers from local automotive repair shops willing to take him on as an apprentice, but he was more than hesitant to return to San Andreas and the seemingly unending turmoil that came from the city. Luke was released early from prison at the end of his two-year sentence, and once again became a member of the free world. He returned to his childhood home with not only a new outlook on life, but a plan.
Luke had always dreamed of a bigger and better life for himself, and he knew just the place to manifest such a life: Los Santos. Luke had heard rumors of the town’s bustling communities and unending opportunities through some friends in prison, and he had high hopes. The small amount of money that remained in his now-unfrozen bank account would be just enough to cover the expenses. Leaving home for the last time, Luke bought a one-way bus ticket to Los Santos and started his journey.
While in prison, Luke thought of a couple goals which he would like to achieve shortly after his move to Los Santos. The first of those being finding work. Luke aspired to own his own automotive repair and modification shop, but the money it would take to purchase a property assured that wouldn’t be a possibility for quite some time. His best shot at making money was to find some connections, and that’s just what he planned to do.
The second, and last goal on the list was making friends. Before imprisonment, Luke mainly kept to himself due to his off-putting demeanor and constant paranoid thoughts. Although those two things may not have changed during his imprisonment, one thing did: his mindset. Anyone living in a city such as Los Santos needs friends in order to survive. Without making connections and finding some people in which he could rely on, people like him would burn out in a flash.
The bus came to a stop. Luke looked out the window at the bustling streets and knew this was his shot. He shot up from his seat, grabbed his backpack containing every last belonging he had, proceeded to the front. Stepping out of the door into the busy streets, he knew he had a chance at becoming the man he wanted to be. Los Santos was more than his new home; it was his chance to be somebody.
Chapter Two: Entering the City
Shortly after his arrival, Luke took a Taxi to the bank on West Eclipse Boulevard in hopes that he could meet some locals. As he walked down the street, he approached a clean-shaven suited man heckling for others to purchase food and drinks at his shop, and stopped him to inquire about finding some work. The heckler began to suggest that the lumberjack yard in Paleto Bay was a good place to begin, but was interrupted by a dark-haired, heavily tattooed, Spanish man insisting that he could show him a better way. Luke followed the man down the street as they conversed about different ways to make money until he was informed that he could easily chop cars for cash. Luke was given the location of the city’s black market, and he thanked the man before leaving to rent a car and gather supplies. On the way back through the city, supplies in-hand, Luke found a Pariah sitting near the docks. He parked the car in an alley, surveyed the area, and began lockpicking the car after deciding his odds were favored. After a few moments the car roared to life, and Luke sped off towards the chop shop.
Luke created what he thought to be a successful living chopping cars, and he managed to stay out of the eye of the law for some time. Things took a turn for the worse when he was spotted leaving a chop shop and was pulled over for interrogation. Luke attempted to flee the scene, but was promptly pitted and arrested promptly after a brief on-foot attempt at escaping. He was sentenced to 250 months and $100,000 in fines. Luke grew accustomed to the prison life quickly and managed to make acquaintances with some other inmates. At the end of his sentence, he was released back into the city with a promise that if his record remained clean, the fines would be paid.
Luke returned to the city with the intention of maintaining a clean record, but not the intention of quitting his career of chopping cars. Just as he entered the bank after leaving the city, he saw the familiar face of Dragomir Law, whom was an acquaintance Luke had met in prison. Dragomir was sentenced for similar charges to Luke’s, and after a brief drive around the city they decided that they would begin making money together by chopping cars and selling marijuana. They gathered some of their friends whom could help if needed, but decided to mostly keep the operations to themselves.
After a few weeks of their operation, Luke and Law managed to accumulate enough money to rent a handful of properties and purchase some vehicles. Things were undeniably going well, and they had managed to become extremely efficient in their process. The weed would be grown and tended to in a remote area between the times that they were chopping cars, and this proved to make sufficient money for the two of them. That being said, good things don’t last forever.