Outside Kasen Casino – Torrington, Liberty City - Autumn 2001
Monday – 11:58 AM
The casino building keeps burning. Pieces of glass and wood from the interior decoration fall onto the street, which is finally empty after all the riots and destruction of a few hours ago. Several Zaibatsu cars are on the scene. The men from the Zaibatsu Corporation are acting like the local police, keeping rioters away and eliminating the remains of rival gangs. Shinji Kasen is standing in front of the once-glamorous casino front door.
A piece of paper falls from the sky, Shinji notices it and immediately picks it up. It’s an old “Kenji’s Casino” brochure. Tears appear on Shinji’s eyes.
Shinji (crying): “This is just not right!”
A black Stretch stops in front of the casino. The driver comes out and opens one of the back passenger doors, letting Donald Love out, who walks near Shinji.
Donald: “Yes! This is prime development land. I just need to bring some bulldozers to level the terrain and then we can put some nice ‘On Sale’ signs. The price should go up since there aren’t any proper ‘gangs’ in here anymore.”
Shinji: “Or maybe I can just rebuild my casino so that everyone can be happy.”
Donald: “I don’t think so, besides, you don’t have the money to do that, and you know it.”
Shinji: “Well, that’s because I didn’t wipe-out thousands of innocent people in 1998 to make room for a crappy office block built with drug money.”
Donald Love laughs.
Donald (laughing): “Oh, please, Mr. Kasen. You crack me up! Those weren’t innocent people… well, at least not all of them. That was Forelli turf, and the scum had to be eradicated somehow. Besides, Fort Staunton was a terrible place to live, the buildings were old and awful, and I really didn’t like opera that much. The new opera building is just perfect and closer to Bedford Point, the Mecca of all the entertainment in Liberty.”
Shinji: “Oh yes, the new opera building! The place where nobody wants to be because it’s haunted! Could that possibly be related to the fact that it was built on top of a graveyard?”
Donald: “Haunted? That’s silly, and that space was being wasted! Dead people are dead for a reason, so they don’t take up any space. That’s why we can use them as an alternate source of food...”
Shinji: “Now, that’s just disgusting... YOU are disgusting, Mr. Love. Have a nice day.”
Shinji quickly walks to the casino’s parking lot.
Donald: “Mr. Kasen, I’m just telling you the truth. And it’ll be good for you if you just respect me a little bit, especially if I’m running for Mayor!”
Shinji (shouting): “Not even in your dreams, Love!”
Donald (laughing): “Whatever!”
Donald turns around and just keeps looking at the remains of the casino.
Donald: “This casino was horrible... an Asian theme? Come on! I’ve seen that in Venturas and it sucked even more than this joke. Thank God it’s gone now, I should personally thank Toni for this.”
A big loud noise is heard in the back of the casino.
Donald: “I think that fool just decided to demolish the casino himself. That’s great! I can go back to my office now.”
Donald begins walking when the noise gets louder.
Donald: “Now I really wonder what that noise is...”
A Yakuza Stinger comes from the parking lot ramp at full speed.
Donald: “What the hell?”
Shinji Kasen is driving the vehicle. Donald Love notices it.
Donald: “Oh my God, he’s gone crazy now!”
Donald runs away to his limo and gets in.
Donald: “Driver, get me out of here, quick! Where are the Zaibatsu guys now?”
The Stretch quickly begins moving when the Yakuza Stinger reaches it, hitting it on the side.
Donald: “What the hell? Go away! I’m untouchable! The Zaibatsu are going to rip your heart out for this!”
Shinji keeps chasing Donald’s limo.
Shinji: “I don’t care anymore, Mr. Love!”
Donald: “He’s gone completely insane! DRIVER, LOSE HIM!!”
Driver: “I can’t sir. The Stretch is so slow compared to his car.”
Donald: “Well, at least it’s more durable. I hope we get rid of him before he destroys us. Go back to Portland so the Mafia can take care of him.”
Driver: “Sir, the bridge to Portland Island is closed. There’re tons of wrecked vehicles on it!”
Donald: “Well, take the tunnel then! The Zaibatsu just cleaned it up! Quick!”
Shinji keeps crashing the Stinger against the Stretch, which is heading to the Porter Tunnel entrance in Rockford with difficulty.
Donald: “There’re so many wrecked cars on these streets, I hope we can make it!”
The chase continues along the main avenues of Staunton Island until both cars reach the tunnel.
Donald: “Well, here we go!”
The cars get into the tunnel.
Porter Tunnel – Liberty City - Autumn 2001
Monday – 12:17 PM
Donald: “Bloody Hell, this place is dark!”
Driver: “The power must’ve been cut, sir.”
The driver turns on the lights.
Donald: “Well, at least there’re no other cars right now.”
Shinji turns on his lights too, but only one of them works because of the damage to the car.
Both cars keep running through the tunnel. A few minutes later, Shinji finally hits the Stretch so hard that the driver gets hit on the chest with the steering wheel knocking him out.
Donald: “Oh, no, don’t do this! Wake up, come on!”
Donald tries to re-animate the fainted driver.
Donald: “Come on! Damn it!”
Donald tries to take the wheel, but he can’t regain control of the vehicle.
Shinji: “Crash already! Come on!”
More lights are seen in the back of the Stinger. Shinji recognizes the black and yellow striped cars.
Shinji: “f*ck, the Zaibatsu are here!”
All the cars keep running through the tunnel for a few seconds until Donald finally takes control of the wheel.
Donald: “Yes! I did it!”
Everybody keep going through the tunnel until they reach Portland.
Sunset Ave. – Harwood, Liberty City - Autumn 2001
Monday – 12:25 PM
The cars quickly come out of the tunnel. Shinji’s Stinger is beginning to show signs of imminent failure.
Shinji: “sh*t! You better keep going, I can’t lose that bastard!”
Meanwhile, Donald Love struggles with the unconscious driver.
Donald: “Bloody hell! I can’t drive this thing properly! I guess I have to take some extreme measures.”
Donald opens the car’s door and drops the body.
Donald: “Ah, this is much better.”
The driver’s body is lying in the middle of the street. Shinji manages to dodge it.
Shinji: “Damn, that was close!”
However, the Zaibatsu are not so careful and one of them runs the body over, effectively killing the driver.
Donald: “I have to reach Toni, he can help me out.”
The streets of Portland are deserted. Some people are running around while others are breaking store fronts and looting. A few wrecked vehicles can be found, and some of them are on fire.
Donald: “Well, at least this doesn’t look as bad as Staunton.”
Donald turns left in order to reach the Cipriani Restaurant in St. Marks.
Donald: “I have to be quick or I won’t lose him.”
Donald speeds up. The Stretch’s engine starts making weird noises.
Donald: “Holy Rupert, this thing is about to break down!”
Outside Cipriani Restaurant. – St. Marks, Liberty City - Autumn 2001
Monday – 12:31 PM
Donald finally reaches the restaurant and stops the car. He quickly gets down and takes the stairs to the entrance. He knocks the door desperately.
Donald: “Toni, it’s me, Donald. Open the door, quickly!”
An old lady appears in one of the windows...
Old lady (shouting): “Toni is not here, and I don’t know where he is so don’t even ask!”
The lady goes back inside and closes the window.
Donald: “I must get out of here!”
Donald goes down the stairs. He looks at the Stretch and notices that it can’t go any further so he runs away to the upper side of St. Marks.
Shinji arrives at the place where the Stretch is parked. He notices that Donald Love is no longer there.
Shinji: “sh*t, where did he go?”
Shinji stops the car and gets out. He quickly looks around before the Zaibatsu get there and hides immediately behind a fence at Cipriani Restaurant.
The old lady comes out from the window once again and notices Shinji.
Old lady (shouting): “What the f*ck are you doing there?”
Shinji looks at the old lady.
Shinji: “Shut up!”
One of the Zaibatsu cars stops behind Shinji’s Stinger.
Old lady: “So you’re hiding, huh? You look young and promising, so I’ll let you in. Come inside.”
Shinji is reluctant at first, but finally decides to go inside the building.
Cipriani Restaurant. – St. Marks, Liberty City - Autumn 2001
Monday – 12:39 PM
The restaurant is empty. It has some nice Italian decorations and lovely accordion music in the background. The old lady comes out from a door, holding a watering can in her left hand.
Old lady: “So, what brings you here?”
Shinji: “I’m looking for the guy that left a wrecked limo in front of your restaurant.”
Old lady: “Oh, yes, that crazy tycoon only appears when he’s in trouble. My poor son is always cleaning the sh*t left behind by that moron!”
Shinji: “Your son?”
Old lady: “Yes, my little Toni. Even though he’s an idiot and makes me mad sometimes, I still love him dearly. He’s everything I’ve got since his pop died...”
Shinji realizes he’s in dangerous territory. Toni Cipriani must know who he is so he can’t stay longer.
Shinji: “Well, Mrs. Cipriani. I guess I better go now...”
Mrs. Cipriani: “Why? You just got here, don’t you want some of my world-famous pasta?”
Shinji: “I’d be delighted, but I have to go now. Sorry.”
Mrs. Cipriani: “What’s the rush? You need to have something nice to eat and relax a little, you look terrible! Your suit is all ruined! You can have some clothes from the attic if you want.”
Shinji doesn’t know what’s going in there. All the rumors about Ma Cipriani say that she’s a crazy psychotic, even more so than Toni Cipriani himself.
Shinji: “All right, I’ll get a change of clothes.”
Mrs. Cipriani: “Good. Go to the door on the left and take the stairs all the way up.”
Shinji: “Ok. Thanks.”
Shinji leaves the room and takes the stairs. Mrs. Cipriani takes out a walkie-talkie and presses some buttons. After a few seconds, she gets an answer.
Mrs. Cipriani: “There’s a surprise for you in the attic, hurry up!”