Chapter 1: The Business
1.1 The Business: Retaliation
Camilla lay in bed reading the last chapter of a very good mystery murder novel. She always loved books about crime and murder because in most of them the good guys always won. The books she read were nothing like real life, where the good guys were often killed and the bad guys were rich. She knew about real life first hand. Camilla’s father worked for very powerful man. He was the second in command to the boss of one the most ruthless criminal organizations. Camilla’s family often visited the boss’s house on holidays and special occasions. They were like family, dysfunctional but family nonetheless.
A couple of months ago the boss had died and his arrogant son took over the business. Her father had begun talking about getting out of the mob. He said he was tired of it and he was going to retire but Camilla knew this sort of life wasn’t something you could just retire from. He said he had a plan and it scared Camilla to think about what he would do. Leaving the mob was like leaving family and they considered it an insult. It was like leaving the people who took care of you. Camilla had just finished her book and was about to go to bed when the doorbell rang. She listened to see who it was at this time of night but no one opened the door. She slowly sat up in her bed. Two seconds later her mother and father burst into her room. Honey hide!!! Her father yelled. Camilla saw that her father had a gun in his hand. There was a loud beating at the door then a loud boom like someone had kicked the door in. Mr. Aquila! A voice yelled. You have something that belongs to me and I want it back! The voice screamed angrily.
What’s going on dad? Camilla asked. Don’t worry about it honey you and your mother just hide up here while I go downstairs he said. Camilla and her mother hide in the closet of her bedroom as her father went downstairs to greet the intruders. Camilla heard arguing but she couldn’t make out what they saying then there were two gunshots and everything went quiet. Her mother started to cry as they heard footsteps coming up the stairs. Camilla you stay here she said. No mom, where are you going? She whispered. They will kill you she cried. No matter what happens don’t you make a sound or come out of this closet her mother told her. Yes, ma’am she cried. Camilla’s mother quietly stepped out of the closet and closed the door. Camilla could hear her make her way into the hallway. Mrs. Aquila there you are she heard a man say. Your husband has taken something very valuable from me do you where it is? He asked. Please her mother begged. I don’t know anything she answered. See now I just don’t believe that, Mrs. Aquila! He screamed. No, I swear I have no idea where it is she pleaded. Then there was a single gunshot.