"You Owe Me"
When a young John Constantine first arrived in London he needed a place
to stay and when a friend offered him accommodation he gladly accepted. Chas
Chandler was still living with his mother but this wasn't going to perturb Constantine,
not with the lure of cheap rent being waved in his face. unfortunately for all
concerned, Chas never mentioned his mother's pet until it was far too late.
John's first meeting with Queenie, Chas's mum, was not a pretty affair - starting as it did
with Constantine being hit in the face by some airborne feces. Confined to bed, the
clearly insane Queenie employed a talking monkey (Slag by name)as her legs whenever she had a need to. Chas
received the worst of Slags attention, with the creature reeking havoc with his social and personal
When Constantine confronts his friend about the foul creature, Chas recants the tale of his childhood, of
how his mother eventually killed her husband ("chucked a stout bottle at 'im an knocked 'im down the bloody stairs") and
his brother hanged himself a year later. Chas's mum even dabbled in the occult, peddling in
the odd seance and such.
With Chas growing increasingly desperate, Constantine decides to step in and help his distraught friend. Lulling
Slag into a false sense of security by feigning romantic interest in her, John lures the monkey to the
waterfront where he manages to catch her unawares and drown her. With his more than proverbial monkey removed from
his back, Chas found himself owing Constantine a debth he could never repay.
Events in the recent Son Of Man storyline have contributed to any dept Chas may feel he
owes Constantine ]