Chapter 8 - All Fun and Games..
Part 1 - "The Big House"
This chapter will kick off with yet another phonecall from an unlisted number
Caller: "Hey Carlo it's me Louie, listen I'm calling from a payphone, I need you to do me a favour"
Carlo: "Sure man, what is it?"
Louie: "The bosses have called me in for a meeting and I want you to drive me over there"
Carlo: "A meeting? Is that a good thing or a bad thing?"
Louie: "In my line of work it's usually a bad thing, that's why I need somebody I trust to take me there"
Carlo: "You trust me? Wow man I'm flattered.."
Louie: "Quit f*ckin around man this is serious. Can you drive me or not?"
Carlo: "Ok man take it easy, sure I can take you"
Louie: "Ok great. I'm over in the Triangle.. the one in Algonquin. Come pick me up in about an hour"
Carlo: "You got it man, see you then"
When you reach Louie's location he will get into your car
Louie: "The meeting is taking place in a big house over on Bighorn Drive in Alderney"
Carlo: "Ok man, I'll take you over there right away"
Louie: "Thanks man I really appreciate this"
Carlo: "No problem man. So.. how you doin?"
Louie: "I'm pretty goddamn nervous to be perfectly honest with you"
Carlo: "Come on man I'm sure there's nothing to worry about. Do you honestly think your bosses would go to the trouble of promoting you just to turn around and whack you?"
Louie: "Of course they would, it's just their way of tricking me into a false sense of security so I don't see it coming. That's the way it is in this thing of ours, you can't trust nobody. Those ungrateful f*cks will pat you on the back for a job well done and then just as quickly turn around and stick a knife in your heart. Their biggest advantage in situations like these is the element of surprise, that's why I've got to stay ahead of the game"
Carlo: "It's a complicated life this 'thing of yours'"
Louie: "You can say that again"
Carlo: "I would usually repeat myself for the sake of cheap comedy but in this instance I'll spare you any further aggravation"
Louie: "Thanks man, I'm real grateful. You mind if I light up a cigarette?"
Carlo: "No man, go right ahead"
Louie lights up a cigarette and takes a long deep puff
Louie: "Aaah, there's nothin like a hit of nicotine to relieve the sense of impending doom"
Carlo: "I would agree with you but unfortunately I don't share your sentiment or your sense of impending doom, so if you'd care to keep that sh*t outta my face I'd greatly appreciate it"
Louie: "Whoa, whatever you say your majesty"
Louie will then roll down the window allowing the smoke to escape from the car.
After a few minutes of driving Carlo will be instructed by Louie to pull into the driveway of a large home, there will be a wiseguy standing smoking outside. After Carlo has parked up he and Louie will enter the house and will be followed inside by the wiseguy. As Carlo and Louie enter the hallway of the house the wiseguy will come up behind them and will place his hand Louie's shoulder stopping him in his tracks, Louie will turn around surprised and the wiseguy will tell him "wait here, I'll let the big guy know you've arrived" Louie will not answer he will simply just nod back with a stern look on his face. Sensing Louie's tension Carlo will attempt to engage him in conversation, looking around the ground floor of the house he will turn to him and say "nice place huh" Louie however will stay mentally distant and without even turning to face Carlo will reply "yeah beautiful".
At this point the wiseguy will return from the rear of the house and walk straight towards Louie "he says he wants to see you in the kitchen" Louie looking a little worried will reply "sure" and will start to walk towards the kitchen with Carlo in tow, Carlo however will be stopped in his tracks by the wiseguy's meaty hand on his chest "not you, the big man only wants to see him" Carlo slightly perplexed will look towards Louie who will assure him that he will "be right back". Carlo will stand awkwardly in the hallway beside the other wiseguy, attempting once again to break the silence he will offer the wiseguy a handshake "the name's Carlo by the way" the wiseguy however will not share his enthusiasm and will only offer back a disapproving look. After a few more moments of awkwardly waiting Louie will appear in the doorway of the kitchen joined by another man unknown to Carlo. Carlo will look on as Louie and the man talk inaudibly in the doorway before sharing a hug. Louie will then break from the man's embrace and walk back towards Carlo as the man in the doorway looks intently towards Carlo in an attempt to suss him out.
As Louie rejoins Carlo's company he will be immediately met with a question "who's that guy?" Carlo will inquire. "That's Ercole Romano, the number two guy in this family, he owns this place" Louie will respond. Carlo looking slightly unsure of what Louie means will ask "number two? What does that mean.. is he like the Underboss?" smiling at Carlo's inquisitiveness Louie will respond "yeah he's the underboss.. well sort of" "sort of?" Carlo will wonder "what do you mean Lou?" Louie will pull Carlo in close and lower his voice "I don't know for sure but a lot of people in this family think he's the head honcho, the big boss. They say that Mrs. Valvona's just a figure head put in place to shield Romano from the feds. I mean don't you think it strange that an organisation such as ours with its old school Sicilian morals and values would have a woman in charge" Carlo will nod in agreement before remarking "I guess old man Lupisella aint the only one with a brain for these kinda things" Louie will smile at his insight "I wouldn't be surprised if that's where the old fox got the idea".
As the two men finish talking the front door will open behind them and an elderly woman will walk in, her hair dark as the night and straight as an arrow draped in a large fur coat and clutching a cigarette wedged in a holder looking like a Palermian Cruella de Vil, a pair of large designer sunglasses adorning her deceptively youthful face. When she enters the wiseguy who had been standing next to Carlo will rush toward her immediately and offer to take her coat, an offer to which she'll comply. After her coat has been taken and hung up she will walk towards Louie, offering her hand, without hesitation he will grab it and kiss it saying "good evening Godmother, how was the drive down here? Not too long I hope" "It was ok" she will respond in her elegant mixed Upstate Liberty/ southern Italian accent before looking towards Carlo and removing her sunglasses, looking back at Louie she will enquire "who's this handsome young man?" Louie will smile awkwardly "that's my friend Carlo, he's a good man". "That I can see" the woman will reply seductively again looking in Carlo's direction. Louie will then introduce the woman to Carlo "Carlo this is my Godmother, Mary Valvona" Mary will offer her hand to Carlo who will kiss it gently as per protocol "a pleasure to meet you Mrs. Valvona" he will say "The pleasure's all mine sweetheart and it's Miss Valvona.. I haven't been married in quite some time" she will respond prompting him to apologise profusely and correct himself.
When the conversation between Carlo and Mary has ended she will excuse herself and join her underboss in the kitchen after which point the front door will open once again and in will walk Artie closely followed by a younger man. The wiseguy who is still standing guard by the door will greet him immediately with a handshake "Hey Artie how ya doin", "hey how ya doin buddy" Artie will respond in a manner which suggests he knows the man only vaguely before turning to the younger man with whom he entered the house and instructing him to go wait in the living room. At this point Artie will then turn his attention towards Carlo, offering him a handshake he will say "good to see you again Carlo" "you too Artie" will be his response. The conversation between the two men will be quite brief as Artie's attention will be drawn almost immediately towards Ercole who is now standing in the doorway of the kitchen tapping his watch and looking in his direction. Artie will throw him a salute of aknowledgement before stating "now that we're all here I think it's time to get this show on the road" addressing the statement primarily towards Louie who will nod in agreement still unaware of but seemingly aknowledging his fate, whatever it may be. Louie will walk towards the kitchen and will be told by Artie that he will "follow him in in a minute". Artie will then turn his attention back towards Carlo "hey Carlo" he will say "Yeah Artie" "I need you to do me a favour" Carlo wary of Artie's idea of a favour but none the less intrigued will say "yeah? and what's that?" Artie will look persuasively into Carlo's face and say "that guy in the living room is Mary's boyfriend, his name is Mario.. I need you to keep him busy for a while until we're finished here, can you do that?" "I don' know Artie" Carlo will respond "it don't look like we'd have much in common" "sure ya do kid.. just take him bowling or somethin.. whatever it is you young people like to get up to nowadays.. I'll pick up the tab for whatever it is" somewhat offended by Artie's condescending language but equally glad to get out of a situation he clearly hasn't felt comfortable in since the outset, Carlo will reluctantly agree. Artie will thank him for his compliance and leave the two men to get acquainted.
Carlo will approach Mario and take a seat opposite him in the living room taking a moment to overcome his discomfort Carlo will then say "Hey man what's up my name is Carlo, I'm a friend of Louie's" Mario will look awkwardly at Carlo for a minute before responding "Louie? He's an asshole.. you seem kinda cool though. The names Mario.. I'm Mary's.. boyfriend" the statement seeming to slightly repulse him. "Yeah so Artie said.. this place is kinda lame, you wanna get out of here for a while?" Mario will look look at him briefly dropping his eyes and smiling contently as if he were a high school cheerleader who had just been asked by the head of the football team if she wanted to be his prom date before responding "sure man.. this place is kinda lame, you got somewhere in mind?". Carlo will look at Mario quesily, realising Mario's now obvious homosexual tendencies, realising the mistake in his choice of words but maintaining his professionality Carlo will say "My car is parked just outside, we can decide on the way" "sounds good" Mario will say enthusiastically "let's go". Carlo and Mario will walk towards the exit which will be obligingly opened by the ever present wiseguy who will smile at Carlo barely able to hold back his laughter, Carlo will however not respond he will simply look at him and shake his head as if to say "what have I gotten myself into". As the two men exit the house Carlo will hear Louie and the Pavano administration leaving the kitchen, he will look back just in time to see a hopeless Louie being led into the basement as the door is closed behind him. Carlo will appear slightly worried about him but will never the less proceed towards the car with Mario.
As Carlo pulls out of the driveway he will reignite his conversation with Mario
Carlo: "So uhm.. what do you like to do? You know, in your spare time"
Mario: "I like to do all sorts of stuff but what I really like to do is party"
Carlo: "Party? You mean in nightclubs that sort of thing?"
Mario: "I party everywhere, Algonquin, Los Santos, Vice Beach, my parents summer home in the Caraways.. you can find me in Maisonette 9 almost every night of the week, throwing back shots with my friends, I call them friends, you might call them 'celebrities'. People like Chloe Parker.. Poppy Mitchell.. they're my homegirls, I've known them ever since I was like eight"
Carlo (sarcastically): "Wow man, that's really somethin. Do you like to do anything else? you know when you're not out partying I mean"
Mario: "Well most of the time I'm pretty beat up from all the partying"
Carlo (cutting in): "Naturally"
Mario: "..So I usually just chill out in my luxury apartment in Middle Park East, unless Mary wants to take me out for dinner or something"
Carlo: "Hmm.. what about bowling.. how do you feel about that?"
Mario: "It's alright I guess"
Carlo: "Okaay.. well maybe we could go for a couple of games, whaddya say man?"
Mario will stay silent for a moment
Mario (somewhat over defensively): "Hang on a minute man.. I'm not gay if that's what you're thinking"
Carlo: "No man!.. neither am I. It'll just be two guys hanging out, throwing balls down an alley.. it's perfectly normal"
Mario: "Hmm.. ok.. I guess a little bit of bowling cant hurt"
Carlo (feigning enthusiasm): "Ok great, let's go bowling!"
Mario: "Yeah great.. do you mind if we make a stop first"
Carlo: "It depends, where"
Mario: "I gotta swing by my friend's place over in Meadows Hills to pick somethin up"
Carlo: "You gotta go over there now? It must be important is it?"
Mario: "..Actually you know what, it's cool.. I'll be sure to tell Artie about this though"
Carlo: "Hold on a minute there.. I didn't say no, I just thought that if I'm gonna be driving you all the way over to Dukes you might wanna tell me what it is you gotta pick up"
Mario: "It's nothin major, I just left some stuff at his place the other night, that's all"
Carlo: "Ok man but make it quick"
Upon reaching the destination in Meadow Hills Carlo and Mario will both exit the car and approach the front of the house. The men will then quickly inspect it's front facade. Carlo, noticing that all of the interior lights are off will state that "it don't look like anybody's home". Coming to the same realisation but pressing on regardless, Mario will tell Carlo he's "gonna go have a look around the back" before vaulting over a wooden gate leading into the back garden. After a few moments a crash will be heard from the rear of the house, you will then be instructed to follow Mario. After jumping over the side gate Carlo will discover Mario moving suspiciously around a rear window of the house "what was that?" he will call out to him "oh nothing, just a stupid plant pot" Mario will reply "help me find something to open this window with". "What are you crazy!? I'm not gonna help you break into this house" Carlo will exclaim. "No man it's not like that you see my friend, he told me that if he's not in I should just go in to the house anyway and grab my stuff.. he usually leaves a key under that pot I broke but he must've forgot to leave it today.. seriously it's cool man I swear to god" Mario will say not convincing Carlo in the slightest. "Uh uh, no way man.. you're on your own on this one" Carlo will say "fine man suit yourself" Mario will respond before picking up a hammer from the garden he will not however use it to break the window, instead he will use it to pry open the upper panel before slipping his slender arm down the inside and opening the catches on the lower panel, granting him entry to the house.
After a few moments of patiently waiting outside Carlo will become agitated and follow him inside. He will first look around the kitchen for him, upon not finding him he will walk towards the hallway calling his name in a whisper. After being called several times Mario will eventually respond and let Carlo know that he is in the living room. Upon entering the darkened living room Carlo will find Mario attempting to break into a wall safe. "What the hell are you doing?" Carlo will ask "isn't it obvious? I'm trying to break into this safe" Mario will respond. Aggravated at Mario's literal interpretation of the question Carlo will say "I can see that but why?" Mario will momentarily stop what he is doing and looking bemusedly at Carlo he will reply "eh hello, I'm robbing the place". Carlo growing even more aggravated will shout at Mario "f*ck sakes man, if I had've known this is what you were planning to do I never would've driven you over here" "Well we're here now so deal with it" Mario will reply. At the end of his tether Carlo will begin to advance towards Mario in order to deliver him a beating but before he gets the chance he will suddenly become alerted to the sound of a car door closing outside. "sh*t man someone's coming, we have to get outta here" Carlo will say "no way man I've almost got it" Mario will respond. At this point a heavy set man dressed like your average wiseguy will have exited the car outside and will have started to walk up the footpath, Carlo will look anxiously at Mario who just at that moment will have managed to crack the safe "got it".
Mario will then begin sticking most of the contents of the safe consisting of jewels and cash into his jacket. By this time the owner of the house will be at the door and will be fiddling with his keys in order to find the one for the front door. Before Mario has had a chance to fully empty the contents of the safe he will be knocked to the floor by Carlo who will then pull him behind the cover of a couch to avoid them being seen by the home owner. The two men will hide cautiously behind the couch as the owner walks in and puts his keys on a table beside the door before heading towards the kitchen. The camera will focus on him as he opens the fridge looking for something to eat, not finding anything he will then close the fridge and turn towards the kitchen cabinets at which point he will notice the open window, realising immediately that there may still be burglars in the house he will take a combat pistol from a drawer and begin patrolling the house shouting for the burglars to reveal themselves. As he walks towards the door of the living room Carlo will spring from the shadows and knock him up against the wall allowing him and Mario to make an escape, the home owner however will be hot on their heels firing off shots from his combat pistol as he pursues them. Carlo and Mario will just about manage to get to their car, at which point control will be returned to the player.
With the owner of the house you just robbed now in pursuit of you in his own vehicle and still shooting at you from the window you will be instructed to lose him before advancing. When you have lost your pursuer your troubles will not be over however as your exploits will have earned you a two star wanted level, meaning that police cars are now after you too.
Carlo: "sh*t it's the cops!"
Mario: "Put your foot down man!"
Carlo: "Can't you see I'm doin that!?"
Mario: "Jeez man chill the f*ck out I was just saying"
Carlo: "Yeah well don't."
Mario: "Ok man.."
After a few minutes Carlo will manage to shake the cops
Mario: "Looks like we lost 'em"
Carlo: "Yeah lucky for you. What the f*ck were you doin man? Your little stunt back there could've got us both arrested"
Mario: "Chill man.. We got away with it didn't we"
Carlo: "Man f*ck you! Maybe you want to be turned into somebody's prison bitch but I don't"
Mario: "Well.. It can't be that bad"
Mario: "Just saying like.. I have sex with Mary on a pretty regular basis, granted I am usually either drunk or stoned when we do it but still.. there isn't too many things that could be worse than that"
Carlo: "Ugh Jesus Christ man. I think it's best if we just don't talk to one another for the rest of the journey"
Mario: "Ok man have it your way"
Carlo and Mario will travel silently together for several minutes before reaching Ercole's house in Alderney. When they reach the house Mario will turn to Carlo and say "we had some fun today didn't we" Carlo will not answer, he will simply look at him with contempt. Mario feeling a litlle guilty will then continue speaking "aw come on man don't be like that, if I told you we were going to go rob somebody's house I know you wouldn't have come.. we were a little bit unlucky today but it's actually a lot of fun.. I kinda felt a little weird my first time too but now.. I love it.. I actually think I may be addicted to it haha". Carlo again will not say a word he will just sit there silent hoping that Mario will take a hint and get out of the car, he will not though, he will just keep on talking "if you ever want to do that sort of thing again.. you know some time in the future when you put your reservations behind you there's this guy I know that will take what you steal off your hands and give you a flat fee.. he's kinda like a fence for hot sh*t or something.. anyway here's his number, give him a call if you ever come into possesion of any illegal items" realising he will have to answer him eventually Carlo will reply coldly "ok man I will, now get the hell outta my car" Mario will then sullenly exit the car and Carlo will drive off. The number for the fence will now be added to your phonebook.
Following this part of the chapter you will also recieve a text message from a random number, it will read:
"Frank tells me you're a good worker, a man who knows how to get a job done. I currently find myself in the need of a good hitman, if you think you're up to the task call me on this number on the payphone near the gentlemen's club in Northern Gardens. Arrivederci"
Contract Killings will now become available to the player
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