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 finding it difficult to maintain my indifferent attitude towards her. She is making me feel, which is making me uncomfortable.
"Next" he snapped, and the apple on Marco's head, which he just shot with his gun was replaced with a new one.
He aimed and shot the apple again, which was immediately replaced.
Marco is sweating profusely with fear. As soon as they returned from the Vitiello mansion, his boss Luca Vitiello is in a weird mood. He shot apple after Apple which was placed on Marco's head.
The made men around, who were watching the scene are scared too. They are scared that their boss might shoot them, just because he was irritated. They are feeling as if they are standing on pins and needles.
"What were you doing gossiping with Peter?" Luca asked Marco coldly.
Marco became instantly pale.He thinks I don't know anything. I did not become the boss of the dozen mafia outfits just like that. I should have tack and intelligence along with a cold calculation.
I didn't hear them talking, but I just made a wild guess. Marco's pale face is telling me that I am right.
"It's nothing boss. We were just catching up" he stutters.
"Is it?" I drawl firing the bullet a little too close to his head, making him jump with fright.
"I hate people who lie," I say coldly.
"Sorry boss. Please don't kill me boss" he starts to beg pathetically.
But his voice is not the one I am hearing and his words are not the ones my brain is reminding me of.
'Please' it's her plea. So soft, so innocent.My heart is aching at the painful expression I saw on her face today.
"Damn" I throw my handgun and turn away.
All I wanted was to forget about her. I have a dozen important things to do and few more people to threaten and if it doesn't work out, even kill them in cold blood.
"Did you give her the laptop we bought today?" I asked Marco, without turning back.I know he would follow behind me. He is as loyal to me as his father.
"Yes, boss. I handed it over to Emanuel to pass it over to Miss Emma after she recovers" he says hastily.
I know Marco is curious to ask me questions about my mood. My behavior in front of Emma. But he is too scared to ask me about it.
I decided to busy myself with work and forget about Emma. I already arranged everything for her. I even gave up my Mansion for her. I know she is scared of me.
So I thought me staying away from her would make her transition smooth.
So I decided to stay in my old house, which I hate. This house always makes me feel like a small boy, who was always scolded by his father.
Marco followed Luca to one of their pubs. They own almost half the night clubs in this city. Their meeting with one of the underboss, who previously used to be a boss himself. But he lost to Luca, resulting in him being the underboss of the mafia operations in another city.
"They want to use this city for transportation of their weapons and drugs" the underboss informed.
"Ask them to pay the right price. 10% of the cost of the goods. If they refuse, then you refuse their passage" Luca instructed coldly.
"Yes boss," the underboss said, and the video call is disconnected.Marco looked hesitant to tell Luca something, which Luca noticed.
"Speak," Luca said coldly, looking at the documents in front of him.
"Tasha is here for you," Marco said.Tasha is Luca's fuck buddy. Whenever he feels the itch, he will use her. She is the daughter of the local senator.
"Send her in," Luca said, still looking at the documents.
The night clubs he owns around the city are high end and offer a wide range of alcohols and VIP treatments. Making them the to go places for the VIPs and celebrities.
He met Tasha here, in his club, dancing with a guy. As soon as he summoned her, he dumped the guy and was ready to cater to his needs. He noticed recently, her behavior is changing from soft and compliant to demanding.
She will never have the guts to demand anything from him, but she is making sure to show her authority in front of his men, making herself superior and his would-be wife in front of them.
Which is utter bullshit. He will never marry a selfish woman like Tasha. She didn't think twice to dump her businessman boyfriend for her, to climb higher. He is sure she would sell her husband if the money is high.
"Darling" Tasha drawled in a husky voice, which previously used to turn him on. But now it's making him irritated.
'Please' her voice.
'Why the hell are you thinking about her voice now Luca?' my mind, which was trained by my father snapped at me.
But my heart seems to wake up from his deep slumber, by the sound of her voice.
'Damn it, Luca, get a grip' I snap at myself.
"What do you want Tasha," I ask her coldly.My face is an ice-cold mask. Utterly impenetrable.
Nothing will be shown on my face, but coldness.
'Only Emma can break that mask' my sub-conscience reminded me.
'I know, that's why I am staying away from her' I remind myself.
Tasha looked at Luca with a pout, trying to seduce him into her trap again.
She needs him wrapped around her finger. But she cannot read anything on his face, which makes her shiver with fear.
But she tried to gather herself and maintain her pout.
"You are not calling me recently" she whined.
"Is it?" he asked, not bothering to at least look at her.
When he refused to even look at her, Tasha became a little uneasy.
She wore this short red dress that barely reaches past her butt cheeks and showing ample cleavage, only to seduce him.
Tasha is a beautiful girl with her impressive height and slim figure. Her blond hair and thin red lips are tempting almost everyone, but the one she is trying to seduce.
"It's been so long. I am craving for your touch" she purred like a cat in heat.
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
Luca finished dressing himself, as he was disturbed earlier by the barking of that dog. When he was done, he pocketed his wallet and secured a gun behind him in his holster, and two small throw knives in his socks.Lizzie and her brother Marco were discussing something."I thought you are the one behind the dog," Marco said with a shudder."Nope, it's all Emma" Lizzie replied and assured his brother."Boss hates pets. No wonder he asked to throw it out" Marco said.Lizzie snorted at his assessment."You just wait and see. That dog will come back in just another couple of hours" Lizzie said with confidence.Marco looked at his sister firmly. He knows his boss better than she does. His boss hates pets. So that dog will not come back, he thought with confidence."It will not. I know our boss better than you do. He will not allow it" Marco said firmly.Lizzie laughed at her brother's ignorance.Marco looked at h
Emma stiffened when Luca hugged her. No one bothered to console her when she was sad. This is the first time someone is trying to console her.This is the first time she was being hugged by someone either. She tentatively wrapped her arms around him as her tears slipped down her eyes.Luca didn't understand what possessed him to hug his Kitten. But the sight of her crying is something he prefers never to see again.Her dimpled smile is his favorite. He prefers her always smiling and laughing. Not like this, sad and crying.But this felt nice, hugging this little kitten. When she tentatively wrapped her arms around him, he felt a strange tug in his heart.'What have you done Gio? You gave up your life for me and then sent me to go find your sister, who is killing me with her innocence and kindness. Will, I will ever be able to let her go?' he thought.When he felt wetness through his shirt, he pulled back a little and looked at her watery eyes.
"Yes, I am angry. Who does he think he is? He demanded 10%. Isn't it too much?" David ranted angrily.All the others adjusted in their seats uncomfortably."If you don't like it, then choose another route. It's useless to bitch behind his back like a housewife" Peter Jackson, the mob boss who controls the Chicago underworld said sarcastically.He is one among the ten, along with Luca and Matteo. He too likes Luca and respects the guy a lot. Luca is younger than Peter by a couple of years.Luca saved Peters, sister, from the Russians, when she was kidnapped. Since then, Peter became loyal to Luca.After his comment, everyone around the room laughed at David, making him even more irritable and angry."If I have any other route, then would I ask him to permit to use his territory?" David snapped angrily."If I am you, I would be really careful about what I talk about Luca" Gilbert warned.Gilbert is another one among the ten. He and
The next morning, Emma got up earlier than usual and got ready with lots of nervous energy. She looked at the shots and tops which Lizzie picked out for her. But decided against it.She chooses a black summer dress, that reaches her knees. The sleeves are ruffled and she twisted her hair into a one-sided French twist.When she looked in the mirror, she liked how she looked.Luca was planning to visit the troublemaker David and send him to his maker. He wore dark clothes. A black t-shirt and black jeans, to blend in easily.He was talking with the underboss of texas when he saw Emma nervously walking with her dog."Kitten?" he called her.Emma looked up at him and her dog ran over to where he is standing and stood beside his legs.Emma looked at her dog with surprise."He likes you" she commented.Luca smiled at her. He didn't care about the dog. If it makes her happy, then that's all he wants."Why are you up and