Rockcity Rapland 9.2

Chapter 9: Secrets and Lies

 9.2 The Social Club: Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

“I’m here aren’t I? Angelo said angrily as he glared at his uncle.

Geno nodded his head, “Okay.” “But I would watch that attitude son I have killed men for less.” He said as he walked away leaving Angelo bruiting against the wall.

Angelo watched from the back of the room as a woman got on stage, grabbed the mike and began to speak over the PA system. The woman notified everyone that the cocktail hour was over and ordered them all into the dining room for dinner. “Good this thing almost over.” Angelo mumbled as he followed everyone into the next room.

There were several lavishly decorated tables with name places all over the room. Angelo slowly maneuvered his way through the crowd of people to the seat with his name on it. His chair was right in between his cousin Alejandro and his Uncle Carmine. “Angelo where you been?’ his uncle Carmine asked as he sat down.

“Around.” Angelo said.

“There are a lot of cute girls here I hope you got some numbers.” Carmine laughed as he nudged Angelo in the ribs.

“Nah I didn’t even notice.” Angelo said as he looked over at Camilla who quickly looked away.

When everyone had a taken a seat waiters and waitresses filed out from the kitchen carrying bottles wine. Each waiter and waitress poured guests a glass of wine then made their way back to the kitchen. Then almost immediately returned with appetizers. Camilla was amazed; the dinner was flowing like a well-oiled machine. “Wow this looks delicious.” Camilla said as the waiter sat the plate of food in front of her.

After every guest had an appetizer in front of them a woman got on stage and introduced herself. “Good evening everyone its me again.” The woman laughed. “I’m Veronica Foster my husband Charles Foster is the president of the Union Social Club and I will be your emcee tonight.” She said. We are very honored to be celebrating with you all the initiation of our new inductees tonight.” She said with a smile. “And now I want to introduce Chef Bonnay the very talent chef in charge of your meals tonight.” She said as she handed the chef the mike and sat down.

“Good evening everyone what you have in front of you is a Pan-Seared Foie Gras with Figs and Port Wine Sauce paired with a red wine please enjoy.” Chef Bonnay said then he put down the mike and returned back to the kitchen.

Camilla unfolded her napkin and placed it in her lap. She picked up her fork and dug into the beautiful prepared foie gras. The she took a dainty forkful and put in in her mouth. Camilla savored her first bite like it was her last it was the best thing she had ever tasted in her life. “Is it good?” Alejandro smiled as he watched her eat.

“Its amazing.” Camilla said. “You know I always use to watch cooking shows and dream about eating all the things I knew I would never taste.” She said. “My mother and father gave up so much to be together they relinquished money, power and even family.” She told him. “We weren’t rich, we weren’t poor but we were happy.” Camilla said with a sad smile. “I’m wrong for liking this version of life better?” she asked.

 “No.” Alejandro laughed as he shook his head. 

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Chapter 8: Secrets and Lies

 8.5 Secrets and Lies: Trust Me

Alejandro sat down next to Camilla and took her hand. “Trust me.” He whispered in her ear.

“I do trust you its just that you don’t know my family like you think you do.” Camilla said.

“Look tomorrow after the funeral I’m going to tell everyone that we are getting married and they will have no choice but to get along like they did when your parents got married.” Alejandro said.

“What?” Camilla exclaimed. “My uncle is nothing like my grandfather he will not agree to this.” She said. “It will surprise me if he doesn’t drag me out of your house and force me to live with him.” She added.

Alejandro chuckled, “That will happen over my dead body.”

“You playing but I’m serious my uncle is no joke he will kill you and whoever stands in his way.” Camilla said.

“Your uncle just wants more power and territory.” Alejandro said.

“Yeah and he will do whatever it takes to get it.” She explained.

“He wont have to I will just give it to him.” He replied.

“Oh really and what is your uncle going to say about that?” Camilla asked.

“What can he say I’m the boss,” Alejandro laughed.

“Are you really willing to give up part of your families territory and possible cause friction between you and your uncle just to be with me?” Camilla asked.

“I would give up any and everything just to be with you.” Alejandro said as he stared intensely into Camilla eyes.

Camilla smiled and kissed Alejandro on the cheek. “Why don’t you ask me to dance boss man.” She grinned.

“May I have this dance?” Alejandro asked with a smile as he stood up and held out his hand.

Camilla put her hand in his and stood up as he pulled her close. She melted in his big strong arms as he kissed her passionately. Angelo stood across the room in the corner watching them in disgust. He balled up his fist in anger and clenched his jaw. His glare could burn a hole in them.

“Let it go.” His Uncle Geno said. “You are here to work.” He said.

“Why does he get to have fun while we have to work?” Angelo asked angrily.

“Because he’s the boss.” Geno replied.

“Only by title.”  Angelo mumbled.

“Hey this is still new to him he just needs time to adjust.” Uncle Geno said. “He needs her more than you do.” He said.

“Who Camilla?’ Angelo laughed. “I’m not thinking about her.” He said.

“Don’t lie its obvious that’s she’s the reason you and your cousin are not getting along.” Uncle Geno stated. “I mean its understandable she is cute, but you just want her he needs her.” He said.

“How is that how does he need her more than I do?” Angelo asked annoyed.

“Being the boss is a lonely job he is going to need someone he can talk to you.” Geno said. “He has to be strong in front us but with her he can be vulnerable and scared.” He added. Angelo began to chuckle. “Hey don’t laugh I know these things I been married thirty years.” Uncle Geno said.

 “Oh i believe you I just didn’t know you were so sensitive.” Angelo laughed.

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“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.

 

 

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“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.

 

 

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“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.

 

 

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“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.