"Clean this mess" Nora Costello snapped at Emma, pointing out the mess her daughter and her friends made at last night's party.
"Okay" Emma bent down with a broom and her cleaning supplies to clean the entire house, which is a mess.
Beer bottles, cigarette butts, paper wrappers, drugs, used condoms, piss, everything.
Emma cleaned everything without any complaint, as it is a regular occurrence in the house.
Amber Costello is the princess of the Costello family, and Emma is nothing but a Maid. Even though both Emma and Amber have the same father, Emma is the bastard daughter born out of the infidelity of their father.
So Nora and Amber treat her worst than a maid. Her father doesn't bother about her at all.
Emma saw too much in the familia, so she knows that they will never let her go out alive. She is stuck here for life.
Amber is spoiled beyond redemption. She will get whatever she wants without a delay.
But Emma is ugly and useless. They only remember her, when they need some cleaning needs to be done or a maid.
After she is done, she put away her supplies in the storeroom and walked back towards the back door of the kitchen.
They don't like to see her face near the dining table or anywhere in the house for that matter, except for cleaning she should stay invisible, never to be seen or heard.
Emma remembers the last night's events and she shuddered with fear. Subconsciously, she checked her spectacles, braces, and her dark foundation. Everything is in place.
After he caught her from running away, he simply drove her back to the Costello villa and left her near the gates.
She could still see his black limited edition car, even after she sneaked inside the basement, from the small window in the basement.
His parting words still lingering in her mind, evoking fear every time she remembered them.
"See you soon little kitten" he whispered when he left her near the Costello villa last night.
Emma is not naive. She knows what all men are after. Now that he saw her real self, he too might want her body for one night.
'Emma, do you remember him? He doesn't need an inexperienced virgin in his bed who lays on the bed like a stone. He might like an experienced woman. He needs something from your father. That is what all this is about' Emma reasoned again.
But she is terrified of that man. He identified her ruse with just one glance. No one managed to do that in all these years.
He is smarter and the most dangerous man she has ever seen till now. She used to think her father is scary. But this man is making her father look like a kid with plastic guns.
"Emma, eat" the cook in the Costello villa is a 50-year-old kind lady, who always saves food for her.
"Thank you, Mrs. Gabi" Emma thanked the kind lady.
"Always so polite and proper," Gabi said with a pleased smile.
Emma smiled shyly in return.
Gabi is a plump woman, who is on the shorter side of the scale. She has kind brown eyes, with laugh lines at the corner of her eyes and mouth.
Her husband is also a made man, who works for her father. Like all made men, he is also scary and cold. The only time she saw him talking softly is when he was talking with his wife.
They don't have children of their own. So Mrs. Gabi always treats Emma as her child.Emma finished her simple breakfast, sitting on the kitchen floor before washing her plate and neatly keeping it aside.
"I have some cleaning work in the garden, Mrs. Gabi. I will go now" Emma excused herself before going.
"Emma" Gabi stopped her.She retrieved something from one of the draws and gave it to Emma.Emma looked at the gift-wrapped box curiously.
"Happy 19th birthday Emma" Gabi gave a gift to Emma.
Emma's eyes teared up with happiness.Mrs. Gabi is the only one who remembers her birthday.
Emma eagerly opened the present and found the textbooks for the first year of her college.
"You finished your high school this year. I don't think your father will let you study further, even though you always were homeschooled. I don't think he will let you study further. These are the textbooks for the first year of your college. You study using these books. I will talk to a college principal to let you write exams online from the house." Gabi said lovingly.
Mrs. Gabi is the only one who understands Emma. She is the only one who is truly concerned about Emma. So she knows Emma wants to become a doctor in the future.
They both know it's not possible. Emma sighed with resignation and left to do her work.
Luca Vitiello is sitting in his car, looking at some documents.
Marco is sitting in the front passenger seat with the driver. Marco occasionally glanced at his boss with confusion.
'He left her last night when we had her with us. Now he is going to the Costello villa to retrieve her. I can't understand the boss sometimes' Marco thought in his head.
He is too scared to ask his boss about this. So he shut his mouth and simply follow his boss.
Luca knows what is going on in Marco's head. But he doesn't have the habit of explaining his actions to anyone.'I want Frank Costello to know who took Emma. I want him to know she is with me. He is not blind. He must have known that she is beautiful. Moreover, she is the daughter who is born out of wedlock. She is like a black mark on his reputation. But he still let her live with him all these years. He homeschooled her and appointed tutors to make her learn the etiquette of being a lady.
He has planned something for her. If we kidnap her, then he will come for her. But if we take her away openly as a peace offering from his side, then he will be helpless to do anything' Luca thought darkly.
He still remembers her innocent fear-filled eyes. Even though she lived in this world in her father's house for so long, she was always protected indirectly by her father.
That ugly makeup might be his way of shielding his daughter from the ugliness of this world.
That one thing Luca wants to know is why?'Did Frank Costello love his daughter? Is it why he is doing all this for her indirectly?' Luca pondered.
They reached the Costello villa, the place he left Emma last night.
Frank Costello was sitting in his study, looking at some documents. He lost all of his fortune and business when the Russians attacked him and he along with his family and a few close members escaped barely.Now he is living a life of an ordinary made man, in another Mafia boss's territory. This is so insulting for him, as he was a boss for a very big family in the past. Now, he is living under another mob boss's protection, who is half his age.But he has a plan under motion. For that plan to work out, he needs his younger daughter Emma. The daughter is born out of wedlock.He still remembers the time when he kidnapped her mother Grace.He had no intention of sleeping with Grace when he kidnapped her. All he wanted was to scare her husband a little and let him leave the cocaine he snatched away from his men in his port.The mafia usually controls the ports in its region, for the import and export of drugs, weapons, etc.<
Emma was led towards the car before someone opened the back door for her to slide inside the car.But she is shivering with fear and she is sure this guy might kill her just like that.She didn't slide inside immediately. She wanted to resist and run away as far away from him as possible.Luca is losing his patience with her. He still has a strong and unyielding hold on her elbow. It's quite evident that she is scared. But she will be better off without her father."You wouldn't want me to lose my patience with you Little kitten. It's already scarce to be found within me" Luca warned her with a cold tone making Emma jump with fear.She immediately sat inside the vehicle without further delay.She sat as far away from him as possible. She is trying the make herself look small and barely visible, which is impossible.Luca nodded at the driver who looked at him for permission to start the vehicle. They drove away from
Emma sat on her bed in a daze after that scary man left her alone in her new home. From what he explained to her, he bought her here to protect her from her father.He also talked about her mother and stepbrother, who is apparently dead. He enrolled her in to a college and now she can really study and chase her dream of being a doctor.She saw the envelope he mentioned and gingerly tried to take it into her hands.That's when she noticed her muddy hands. Now the mud is completely dried up and her clothes are stained with mud and whatnot.She wrinkled her nose and decided to wash up a little.She looked around and found two closed doors. She tentatively approached and opened the first one, and opened it.Emma gasped when she saw a walk-in closet full of women's clothes, shoes, sandals, and even underwear were neatly stacked on a shelf."Oh my" she whispered in surprise.Emma never saw such beautiful clothes before.
Emma and Lizzie became inseparable. Lizzie told her everything about Emma's mother and brother. She heard her father and her brother Marco, who is a right-hand man of Mr. Vitiello.She told Emma more than Luca shared with her. Now Emma has a vague idea of why she was brought here.Lizzie took her to her first salon appointment. She made Emma wax every inch of her body, much to Emma's displeasure.Her frizzy and dull hair is now neatly trimmed and shaped, thanks to Lizzie.It's been 4 weeks since the day she came here. Initially, Emma was terrified. But soon she warmed up to the house and the grumpy bodyguards around her. They have a chef who is an older man named Peter. He adores Emma to bits. Peter used to be a made man who used to work for Luca's father. But he lost his wife and daughter in an accident. He was severely injured as well. He became handicapped. Now he is using a artificial leg to walk. Then Luca offered him a
Luca went into his study and loosened his tie and removed his jacket before sitting behind his desk. He unbuttoned his cuffs and folded them twice.Marco is still in a daze.'Is something wrong with the boss? Why is he acting differently with Emma Costello? Is it because that she is Gio DeLuca's sister? But he was there when he met her the first time. There is nothing but coldness in his eyes and voice. But today, he has shown just a fraction of gentleness, when talking to her. What is happening here?' Marco thought with confusion.Luca wanted to throw away his mud-stained suit jacket. It's expensive, but it's stained.But when he saw her perfect handprints on it, for some odd reason, he wanted to keep it with him. So he draped it behind his chair, to let the mud dry out completely. So that the shape of her handprint will stay the same.Marco noticed that simple moment and misunderstood his boss's intentions."
Marco is currently holding Luca's mobile phone with him. As soon as the food was served his mobile rang with an incoming call. Marco looked at the caller id and noticed it as an important call. So he promptly handed the phone to Luca.Emma's face became red, and tears are pooling in her eyes. She didn't dare to raise her head or make a sound to disturb Luca, who is on the phone, talking to someone.Peter is looking at Emma with worry.'This poor child. She cannot handle spicy foods' he thought sadly.Emma is struggling to finish the sandwich. She doesn't want to anger Mr.Vitiello. She is grateful for what he is doing for her. So doesn't want him to think about her as ungrateful. So she just kept eating, even though her stomach started to ache and burn with the spicy food she is eating.Luca finished his call and handed it over to Marco, who is still standing behind him without looking back.Luca looked at Emma, who is lookin
I don't remember a time when I wasn't being groomed to step into my father's shoes and run the underworld in which I was brought up. There wasn't a hiccup when I took over, tightening up the operation and bringing the family into the twenty-first century.I'm not a good man by any means.I've killed. I've intimidated. My business practices are illegal, immoral—and they make me a lot of money. I've got no intention of going legit any time soon, or never.I was always trained to be cold and detached from my surroundings and mostly from people's emotions. I was not even allowed to cry when my mother died.'Men will never cry' my father said sternly when he saw my tears.I immediately wiped my tears and stood near her cassette, as if the woman lying inside there is not my mother.Since then, I have never felt any kinds of emotional attachments or detachments to people or their pains.But ever since Emma, I am fi
After Luca left the mansion in anger, Emma felt bad. She doesn't want to trouble him at all. Even though he is scary, he is considerate. Emma can never repay his kindness. So she tried to be compliant and not at all troublesome.But all she did was to make him angry.'I couldn't have told him that the food he is providing me is not to my taste. I am doing nothing but sit and have fun with Lizzie' she thought.Emma felt bad about how she made him mad.'He came after 1 month and you drove him away within hours' Emma scolded herself.'I would have asked Lizzie for some help on how to apologize to Mr.Vitiello' Emma thought sadly.After thinking for a couple of minutes, Emma finally came up with an idea.'I ruined his Lunch. He didn't even eat half his sandwich before I ruined everything. So I will cook him dinner' she thought happily.She rushed downstairs and ran into the kitchen."Unc