Chapter 4 - Making The Cut
Part 1 - "Someone Expendable"
A short time after completing the last chapter, Carlo will recieve yet another phonecall from Frankie who will tell him to come by his apartment as quick as he can. When you get to Frankie's apartment Carlo will approach the door and knock on it as he usually does. A few seconds later Frankie will answer the door looking a bit more jovial than he usually does, he will greet Carlo warmly and tell him to come right in. As Carlo walks in to the apartment he will hear a voice in the background "Jesus Frankie this is some dump you got here, maybe you should consider moving back in with your father". Frankie will turn to Carlo and say "there's someone I want you to meet" just as he says this a stocky man with dark greying hair dressed in suit pants, a white shirt and a pair of loafers will step into the frame.
Frankie: "Carlo, I'd like you to meet my cousin Mark"
Carlo will step forward and extend his hand
Carlo: "Carlo Devino, nice to meet you sir"
Mark: "Likewise" (shakes Carlo's hand) "So did Frankie tell you what we need?"
Carlo: "No he didn't say nothin"
Frankie becomes a bit flustered not wanting to anger Mark and struggles to find an excuse
Frankie: "Well.. Uhh..I didn't wanna say anything over the phone.. you know"
Mark: "Calm down Frankie, go pour yourself a drink or somethin, I'll tell him"
Frankie goes to get himself a drink from the kitchen as Carlo laughs at his nervousness
Carlo: "So what is it? You know the thing you want me to do?"
Carlo suddenly finds himself with the same sense of intimidation as he speaks to Mark who is now looking at him with his blank stare.
Mark: "You know anything about drugs kid?"
Carlo: "I know they either get you high or a long stretch in prison"
Mark: "That's right but they can also make people like us a lot of money"
Carlo nods in appreciation of Mark's insight
Mark: "For years most of the money from drugs in this city has been going to our friends the Pavano Family accross the bridge in Algonquin but now they can't opperate over there like they used to cause the f*cking moolies and spicks got that sh*t sewn up. So now they're looking to expand in to other parts of the city, places like Bohan, places we control"
Carlo: "I see"
Mark: "They've been talking to some Albo named uh... Gulag or some sh*t and he said he can help them move a lot of product over here, and the Pavanos having the proper manners in these situations come to us first and asked if they could run that sh*t in our backyard. And us being the kind gentle men that we are.."
Frankie returns and cuts in: "We said yes"
Mark: "Just so long as they pay us our tribute that is"
Carlo: "So what part do I play in all of this?"
Mark: "Funny you should ask, you see.. since us getting our cut depends on this thing going ahead I want somebody from our side there to oversee the negotiations and make sure everything runs smoothly. And since them albanians are dirty f*ckin animals I need it to be someone expendable like you in case this thing goes tits up"
Carlo: "Gee thanks.."
Mark: "You're welcome kid, all I ask is you make sure this thing isn't a f*ck up like my cousin here. That aint too much to ask is it?"
Carlo: "I guess not"
Mark: "Ok great. Speaking of old Frankie boy, he's gonna take over now and explain the details, I gotta go take Dani to get her nails done"
Frankie will see Mark out and then rejoin Carlo in the living room to tell him what he wants him to do.
Frankie: Ok so you're gonna meet up with one of the Pavano's boys named Louie Santoro, he's their representative on this deal, he'll let you know where and when you too are gonna meet with the albanians. I gave him your number so he should be in touch"
Carlo: "Ok no problem"
Carlo will turn and begin to move towards the door Frankie will continue to talk to him on the way out
Frankie: "I think you're at a point now where I don't need to hold your hand anymore, this is gonna be your thing now for a while, just kick back to me every once in a while and things will stay good between us, but if that money isn't coming then Mark and my old man are gonna be asking some questions of me and that aint good for you, ya hear me"
Carlo: "Yeah I understand"
Frankie: "You've been doing good things for me, just keep doing what you're doing ok"
Carlo: "Ok Frankie I will. I'll talk to you soon"
Carlo will then leave the apartment and this short section of this chapter will draw to a close.
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