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. She always wore castoffs of Amber or anyone who are willing to give her clothes in the Costello villa. But she never wore beautiful clothes like this, ever.
When Emma was so lost in her thoughts, a young girl of Emma's age walked inside her room, as the door was open.
Lizzy is the daughter of one of the made men, who work under their boss Mr. Vitiello. She was assigned the task of showing a girl name Emma around the Vitiello mansion.
She thought she needs to bear with a headstrong brainless bimbo, who wears small clothes and looks at others down her nose.
If she is related to Mr. Vitiello, and if he personally went to pick her up, then she would be someone, Lizzy wouldn't like.
But when Lizzy entered that girl's room, she found her standing with her back facing her and peering inside the walk-in closet.
Her clothes are faded and are less than ordinary with mud stains all over. Her hands have dried mud till her elbows.Lizzy is stunned and confused.
"Hello" she greeted the girl and announced her presence.
That girl was startled and clutched her heart with fear. She turned around to face Lizzy with fear-filled eyes and a black patchy foundation on her obviously fair skin.
"What happened to you? Did you had a wrestling match with a bulldog?" Lizzy teased the seemingly innocent girl.
'How did she ended up with a person like Mr. Vitiello' Lizzy wondered, pitying the girl.Emma is scared of the new girl and was expecting her to yell at her and slap her like Emma was usually treated by Amber and her friends.
But when she teased her appearance, Emma relaxed a little.
"I was plucking weeds in the garden when that scary man brought me here" Emma slipped and immediately paled at her mistake.
"I mean he is not scary. I really didn't mean it. It's that, I really don't know his name, so I..." Emma was rambling with fear until Lizzie's laughter stopped her rambling.
"Relax, I will not tell anyone that you called Mr. Vitiello scary. Pinky promise" Lizzie promised to Emma.
Emma gave the other woman a tentative smile.
"I am Emma" she introduced herself softly.
"I am Lizzy. I am the daughter of one of the made men. Mr. Vitiello instructed my father to send me to the mansion to assist you" Lizzie informed.
"Oh," Emma said with a small smile.
"Why do you look so skittish?" Lizzie observed Emma closely and asked when she looked rather uncomfortable.
"This place and people are new to me," Emma said truthfully.
"You don't worry. I am here to help you" Lizzie said before going towards Emma and looking at her from top to toe.
"Let's start with your bath first. I want to see how you look" Lizzie told Emma before holding Emma's hand and led her towards the bathroom.
"Go" She pushed Emma inside and closed the door after her.
Emma is shocked by Lizzie's behavior, but not in a bad way.
Lizzie is a handful and Emma admired the other girl.
She smiled slightly and took a much-needed shower, scrubbing the mud and sweat with the expensive body wash and shampoo.
After she finished her bath, she found a white fluffy towel, which she used to wipe the excess moisture from her body.
She looked at her face, which is clear and blemish-free. Her hazelnut colored eyes are filled with fear and doubt. Her reddish-brown hair looked clean and wet from her shower.
She sighed wearily and looked at her discarded clothes, which are now lying on the ground.
She bent down to pick them up, as she doesn't have another pair with her to change in to.
"Don't even think about it" Lizzie's voice rang from outside.
Emma is startled by her voice.She opened the door a little and peeked outside.
"Wear these" Lizzie thrust a pair of jeans and a t-shirt with matching underwear into Emma's arms.
"But, they are not mine and look new" Emma tried to push the clothes back towards Lizzie, but Lizzie stopped Emma firmly.
"This is your room, so they are yours" with that Lizzie closed the bathroom door.Emma looked at the clothes in her hands with wonder.
She doesn't want to accept these, but she is scared of him. So she reluctantly dresses herself in her new clothes.
Emma came out and stood in front of Lizzie, awkwardly shuffling on her feet.
Lizzie's eyes widened with shock. The girl she saw earlier and the girl standing in front of her look completely different.
"Damn, you are hot," Lizzie said in stunned surprise.
Lizzie looked at the gorgeous girl that stood in front of her. She has curves where needed and is on the slimmer side of the scale.
Emma flushed a little when Lizzie complimented her.
Lizzie saw Emma's face and pinched her cheeks lovingly.
"You look cute when you are shy" Lizzie announced.
After that, Lizzie showed Emma around the mansion and they both prepared a chicken sandwich for lunch.
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
Luca led a very scared Emma towards his office.She is scared of her surroundings. She knows about night clubs, but she never thought they will be like this.She is still shaking with fear. The suggestive looks which were thrown towards her are scary.'Attention from men is scary' she concluded in her innocent mind.Tasha is still standing in his office after Luca and Marco left."Who is coming? Is that someone more important than me? I need to bring Luca under my control. He is slipping" she thought out loud.She looked up and towards the door when it opened and in came Luca with a girl, who is looking down.Luca looked at Tasha, who is glaring at Emma. His protective instincts took over."Get out" Luca snapped at Tasha.Emma jumped with fright at his tone.Luca pulled Emma closer to him and looked coldly at Tasha.The tone he used is final. Tasha is scared out of her mind. She immediately ru
Emma looked at the Hamburger with happiness shining in her eyes.Luca looked at her fondly, who looks excited looking at her Hamburger.'I never saw a woman becoming this happy for just a hamburger' he thought."Thank you, Mr. Vi...I mean, Luca," she said with a huge smile on her face.He liked his name on her lips. Soft and alluring."Eat," he said indicating her burger.She nodded her head and started to take huge bites from her burger.She is sitting on his couch crossed-legged, holding her burger with both hands.After taking a couple of bites, she looked at him with her cheeks puffed up and with sauce stains across her right cheek and her fingers.He stood up and approached her slowly, not to scare her. He wiped the sauce from her cheek with a tissue, before going back to sit on his chair.Emma beamed at him, with her dimples on full display."You are not eating? Oh, your food became cold. Should
Luca went out with some work after breakfast.Emma joined Lizzie in the backyard. They were discussing their college and their schedule.Their college would be starting from the next day. Emma is excited and terrified at the same time."They have an introduction ceremony for the freshman tomorrow. The Principle will introduce about the college and then we have to go and get our schedules from the admin department" Lizzie told Emma.Emma never got a chance to experience student life in her 19 years of life. She is excited about the new experience.But when she remembers her stepsister's friends, who are awful to her, she started feeling anxious.If she has to endure that kind of behavior daily, then she'd rather stay home and homeschooled again."Hey, where did you go?" Lizzie asked Emma, who is zoned out.Emma shook her head to gather herself."Nothing, I just have mixed feelings about tomorrow