While reading Her Mercy, there might be some terms you aren’t familiar with, or places you need a refresher for. I’ve put together a glossary of biker slang and club roles, as well as terms special to the River Reapers MC, plus locations.
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Cara’s: A diner on 63 that many of the River Reapers frequent Cara’s.
Colors: A logo of sorts that adorns the back of MC members’ cuts. Usually embroidered onto the leather. The River Reapers colors is the Sludge Specter—a sludge-covered reaper that is a nod to the polluted Naugatuck River.
Cut: The leather jacket or vest that members of a club wear, usually with the club’s insignia embroidered onto the back, and various patches sewn on.
Enforcer: Sort of a bouncer for the club… or the guy who sorts things out when talking doesn’t work.
Hangaround: A non-member who hangs out with the MC, often at The Wet Mermaid. Usually other motorcycle enthusiasts and even non-rival bikers.
House Mouse: A woman who is unaffiliated with but hangs out with the club.
Holeshot: When someone in a motor vehicle rips up gravel. It’s also the fastest driver during a race. Not a biker term, but a reader asked about it, so I figured I’d include it. It also used to be my dad’s CB handle.
Ol’ Lady / Ol’ Man: Girlfriend/boyfriend, usually serious.
One-kicker: In A Disturbing Prospect, Cliff mentions that he isn’t a one-kick wonder yet; this means that he can’t start his bike with just one kick of the starter.
One-percenter: A club that is involved with illegal activity.
Lewisburg: The prison that both Cliff and Mercy served time in.
MC: Motorcycle club
Naugatuck, CT: The dying industrial town where the series takes place. Also a real town near where I grew up.
Naugatuck River: A river that cuts through Naugatuck and Waterbury. Known nationally in real life for its chemical pollution. More recently, there was an oil spill. Some say the river is cursed.
Patch: This can refer to the patch on a biker’s cut, or the verb—as in, getting patched in, meaning being accepted as a member.
President: The member who oversees club activities, duties, and operations.
Prospect: A potential member.
Pussy Pad: The seat on the back of the bike, usually where a biker’s ol’ lady rides.
River Reapers MC: A fictional motorcycle club named for the Naugatuck River.
Rocker: A curved patch that is usually placed on the side or back of a cut. Usually designates the club’s name.
Sergeant-at-Arms: The member who handles club rules, patches, etc. Also sometimes weapons. (In some MCs, the SAA and Enforcer are interchangeable terms for the same role.)
Sludge Specter: A patch awarded only to members willing to do anything for the MC, who have actually gone above and beyond member duties. Also refers to the MC’s colors.
“Take them to the river”: A River Reapers phrase referring to killing someone—usually determined by a club vote. Example: When the original members voted to kill Bastard for molesting Lucy, they voted whether to take him to the river. Bodies are often buried on the Naugatuck River front, making it a more literal phrase.
Treasurer: The member who takes care of funds. Also organizes activities, fundraisers, and other club events.
Vice President: Second-in-command, usually coordinates Church and other events, and also takes over President roles in case that member can’t perform his duties.
The Wet Mermaid: The strip club owned by the River Reapers. The business is under Treasurer Mark’s name.
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