Chapter 10 - The Brothers Volpe
Part 1 - "Stay Right Where You Are"
Carlo get's a text from Jimmy asking him to meet him in the Messina's Social Club on Rotterdam Hill in Broker. When he gets there he will find Jimmy and Bobby sitting at a table with three other men playing poker. As Carlo draws closer to the table he will be spotted by Jimmy who will look up from the game and turn to address him.
Jimmy: "Wahey, there he is"
Carlo walks a little closer
Jimmy (standing up): "Gentlemen this is the guy who stood in for that worthless sack of sh*t Butchy and made us all that green"
A thin, rat faced man will get up from the table as Jimmy sits down to continue the game. Approaching Carlo he will say "So this is the man with the iron fists huh?"
Bobby: "That's him alright"
Carlo: "Really it was nothing.. I just kicked somebody's ass"
The man, now standing directly in front of Carlo, will look into his face with a sort of half smile "Hey, don't be so modest man, it's that win that's bankrolling this game tonight"
Man: "Yeah.. well, some of it. The name's Fredo by the way.. Fredo Volpe.. I'm the one that keeps your boy Jimmy in check" (Jimmy laughs nervously in the background) "And might I say it's a pleasure to meet you.. It's Carlo right?"
Carlo: "Yes Mr. Volpe.. but the pleasure's all mine"
Fredo (bashfully waving off Carlo's flattery): "Pssh, come on. I have a little job for you but first let me introduce you to everybody"
He then begins to introduce everybody starting on Carlo's left
"This is Bobby and Jimmy who you already know"
(Moving Right across the table)
"That's my brother Mark" (Carlo gives him a wave in exchange for a nod)
"..And that big guy right in the middle there, that's Harry"
Carlo: "Harry yeah, Jimmy mentioned you.. you're the boss right?"
Fredo: "Yeah he likes to think he is haha, Harvey's the boss.. I know, it's a little confusing"
Carlo nods understandingly realising his error
Fredo: The truth is that old bastard aint even Italian" (turns to Carlo speaking humorously behind his hand) "But keep that under your hat"
Harry: "Yeah I'm half Irish, hence the glass of whiskey" (in front of him at the table)
Fredo takes a seat at the table beside Harry
Jimmy: "Harry's the one I was tellin you about.. the one who handles the whores"
Harry: "Best in the city son. I could hook you up with one.. she can give you a little rub down to loosen you up after that fight"
Carlo: "That eh.. won't be necessary"
Jimmy: "Yeah ya see Carlo here, he aint too good with women.. he don't know how to handle them right"
Bobby: "Hey look who's talkin'"
Harry: "These girls are being paid to f*ck him Jimmy so it doesn't matter if he knows how to treat them or not, he can treat them like sh*t for all I care.. in fact I happen to know that some of them kinda like that"
Carlo: "No really it's fine"
Fearing that Jimmy might once again try to make the situation awkward Carlo will attempt to quickly change the subject
"So you're Irish right? There used to be an irish guy who lived in my building, just down the hall. He's been dead for a couple of years now though"
Jimmy: "Yeah? What's your point?" (laughs)
Harry: "Shut up Jimmy let the man talk. So what happened to him.. how did he die"
Carlo: "I'm not really sure.. alcohol poisoning I think"
Harry: "Well aint that a f*ckin stereotype"
Carlo: "Oh jesus you're right..I.. I shouldn't have mentioned it"
Harry: "Relax son I'm just pulling your leg"
Carlo (confused): "Pulling my leg.. ?"
Mark: "It means he's f*ckin with you kid"
Carlo: "Oh Ok"
Jimmy: "Haha this guy's a joker Harry.. didn't I tell you he was a f*ckin joker"
Harry: "He's a pistol alright"
Mark: "Yeah he's a f*ckin hoot, now can we please get back to this game already"
Jimmy: "Yes your majesty"
The wiseguys continue to play on as Carlo takes a set near the table and watches as Harry (the dealer) places the fourth of five cards in the middle of the table. He then turns to Mark who is sitting on his left and asks him "Hey Mark are you in?"
Mark: "Yeah, I'm in for five"
Bobby: "Nah f*ck it I fold"
Jimmy: "I'll see your five gees and raise you a hundred"
Bobby: "A hundred gees?"
Jimmy: "No, dollars you mook"
Bobby: "I knew that.."
Harry moves on to Fredo but he stays silent studying his cards
Mark: "Come on Freddie whatcha gonna do?"
Fredo still says nothing
Mark: "What the f*ck is the matter with you? You turned into a deaf mute all of a sudden?"
Jimmy: "Hey.. maybe he don't wanna talk.. maybe he's afraid if he speaks he might end up like old Johnny tight lips" (makes a tongue slicing gesture with his hand)
Mark: "Hey enough with the f*ckin wise cracks ok"
Jimmy: "Ooh I guess I better shut up... I like my tongue right where it is"
Mark: "Oh yeah? Seems to me you like it better when it's stuck in my brother's ass"
Jimmy: "More like your sister's ass"
Harry: "Come on boys, enough with the bloody bickering your like a pair of spoiled children arguing like that"
The two men relent and settle down
Harry: "I'm gonna ask the question again Fredo, what dya wanna do?"
Fredo: "Uhh.. I think I'm gonna fold"
Mark: "God finally, all that f*cking waiting for that? Jeez"
Fredo: "Hey f*ck you, I just had to think about it for a minute alright"
(Play moves on)
Harry: "I'm gonna play it safe here.. I'm gonna call"
Mark (seeming impatient): "Ok then, next card go"
Harry puts down the fifth and final card
Harry (laughs): "So much for playing your cards close to your chest"
"So Mark, how do you want to play it?"
Mark: "I'll go in for another five"
Jimmy: "Come on Harry do you even need to ask.. I f*ckin fold, god damn it"
Harry: "You know me boys.. I'm gonna call"
Mark: "Alright then show 'em, what have you got?"
Harry (puts his cards face up on the table): "A pair of queens.. and I'm not talking about my two friends to my right"
Mark (putting his cards down): "Flush. Looks like I win again"
Harry: "Ah sh*t, I thought I had that one. Ah well, is everybody in for another round?"
Mark: "Not me. I've got some business to go take care of"
Jimmy: "So what, you're just gonna take all our money and leave you son of a bitch"
Mark: "Hey, just be grateful I'm not sticking around to take any more. I'll see you boys later"
Mark gets up from the table and starts walking towards the door. Carlo gets up from his seat and offers him his hand to shake
Carlo: "It was a pleasure meeting you Mr. Volpe"
Mark leaves him hanging and walks by. Before he exits though he turns back and says "Don't take it personally kid, I try not to get too friendly with people I just met, It's kinda like setting yourself up for a fall"
Carlo: "It's cool.. don't worry about it"
Mark: "I wont" (leaves the club)
Fredo comes over to Carlo and puts a reassuring hand on his shoulder
Fredo: "Don't mind him he's just a little paranoid.. as far as he's concerned everyone's a talker"
Carlo: "Yeah? Well not me"
Fredo: "I know that, Jim and Bobby vouched for you but some people are just a little bit over cautious, You understand right"
Carlo: "I guess so, I just don't want nobody to have the wrong opinion of me that's all"
Fredo: "Hey, the rest of us know you're straight that's all that matters"
The two men walk back over to the table
Harry: "So are the rest of you boys in for another round?"
Fredo: "Sure Harry, deal em out. Hey Carlo are you in?"
Carlo: "Nah.. I'm ok"
Jimmy: "Yeah the kid is broke Fredo.. that's why I like him"
Fredo: "I'll cover his bets for this round.. it should make up for the money Jimmy here left him short of on the cut for that fight"
Jimmy: "He got what he worked for Fredo. You don't gotta waste your money putting in for him"
Carlo: "He's right you don't have to do that.. I'll just sit this one out"
Fredo: "Hey listen to me, you're playin.. have a seat"
Carlo takes Mark's vacant seat at the table
Jimmy: "If he gets to join in then I wanna be the dealer.. gimme them cards"
Harry: "Play moves to the left Jim"
Jimmy: "All right then I'll f*ckin move"
Jimmy gets up and moves over to where Carlo has just sat down "You, sit over there"
Carlo gets up and sits where Jimmy had been sitting previously and Jimmy begins dealing out the cards. Jimmy will go around the table and give two cards to each person but will take an extra one for himself and put it in his pocket. Carlo seeing him do this will voice his disapproval.
Carlo: "Hey.. what are you doin there?"
Jimmy: "I'm dealing the f*ckin cards, what does it look like I'm doin"
Carlo: "Jimmy I saw you"
Jimmy: "What are you f*ckin talkin about?"
Carlo: "Come on Jimmy, you're meant to burn a card... not put it in your pocket"
Jimmy: "Put it in my pocket? What are you calling me a f*ckin cheater or something"
Carlo: "I just want a fair game Jimmy.. just put the card back and let's play this hand ok"
Jimmy jumps up in a rage and pulls out a cocked pistol putting it to Carlo's head
Jimmy: "Put the card back!? How about I put a bullet in your f*ckin head! You smart mouth prick!"
Bobby immediately jumps up from his seat and pulls him away from Carlo "Jesus Jimmy calm the f*ck down. The kid just got a little confused that's all.. didn't you Carlo"
Carlo (visibly shaken): "Yeah.. I thought I saw you take an extra card and put it in your pocket but obviously I was wrong.. I'm sorry for accusing you"
Jimmy: "You're damn right you are. Consider yourself lucky that this man here was looking out for you, otherwise I swear to f*cking god they woulda been scraping your f*cking brains off these f*cking walls"
Fredo: "Alright enough Jimmy settle down and let's just get on with this game"
Carlo: "Actually you know what I better go, weren't you saying you had some work for me?"
Fredo: "That's right.. Take a walk with me kid"
Carlo and Fredo walk over to the corner of the room to chat and allow the other men to get on with their game
Fredo: "Some of my boys are fixing to rob a jewelry store in Broker. They're expecting a shipment of some very valuable diamonds from Africa.. they're highly illegal which is why it's only right that we rob 'em. The diamonds are gonna be heavily guarded on delivery so we're gonna wait til they make the drop off and then bust in and take 'em right before the two jews who own the place have a chance to deposit them in the safe"
Carlo: "Ok, so what part do I play in this little robbery?"
Fredo: "I've got three guys who I trust that I need to rob the stones and cover the exits but I also need a good driver I can trust. Which is why I need you to drive over there, wait for my guys to finish and get them the f*ck out of there once the job's done"
Carlo: "Sounds pretty simple.. and you'll pay?"
Fredo: "These diamonds are worth millions of dollars, even on the street so yes, I'll pay.. a lot"
Carlo: "How could I say no"
Fredo: "Great, my boys are waiting for you in a diner down in East Hook. Take my car, there's some tools in the trunk. And don't worry about scratching it.. it's been a while since I filed a legitimate insurance claim anyway"
Carlo: "Don't worry, I'll take good care of it"
As Carlo heads for the door Fredo calls out "Oh and Carlo.. wear something black"
Carlo will leave the club and you will now be instructed to purchase or change into something black and head over to East Hook in Broker and pick Fredo's guys up from the Creek Street diner. Once you arrive there you will be instructed to sound the horn to let the men know you are there. A moment or so later the men will exit the diner and get into the car with Carlo. The man in the passenger seat will introduce himself as Richie and the two men in the back as Benny and Ralph. After being introduced to his fellow robbers Carlo will head over to the Jewelry store which is located in South Slopes. The four men will discuss the job on the way there.
When you have reached your destination a short cutscene will kick in showing a van pulling away from the the jewelry store.
Richie: "Alright guys, that's them, they just made the drop off"
Carlo: "Fredo said there's some guns in the trunk.. I'll go look for a good parking spot.. somewhere close but out of the way"
Richie: "Aw no.. your coming with us, Ralphie boy here is gonna stay in the car"
Carlo: "Fredo named me as the getaway driver and that's what I'm gonna do"
Richie: "f*ck that, I don't give a sh*t what Fredo said, if we need to get away from there fast I'd much rather have you by my side than this fat f*ck. He'd run two feet, have a f*ckin heart attack and get us all killed"
Ralph: "Hey f*ck you Richie ya four eyed prick "
Richie: "Say what you want tubby, you know I'm right"
Carlo: "I'll pick you guys up out front then.. either way I'm staying in the car"
Richie: "Come on now don't be a f*ckin moron"
Benny: "One thing is for sure, the more time we stay here arguing over some bullsh*t the less chance we have of getting those diamonds. I aint taking sides here but I gotta say I'd feel a bit more comfortable having you in there too man.. sorry Ralph"
Richie: "Ok then that settles it. You come with us and you keep your eyes peeled for the f*cking cops.. you see anything you give us three load beeps on that horn"
Ralph: "Ok but if you aint out here in ten minutes I'm leaving yous behind"
Carlo, Benny and Richie will get out and retrieve the guns from the trunk and enter the store. Richie and Carlo armed with pistols and Benny armed with a pump action shotgun.
Inside the store there will be two diamond dealers, a hasidic looking jew dressed in a black suit and a stetson style hat standing directly behind the counter and an older jew with a yarmulke seated off to the side, men who will be recognisable to those who played GTA IV as Isaac Roth and Mori Green.
Richie and Benny will walk towards the counter and Carlo will stay guarding the door.
Isaac (not noticing the men are armed): "Ah gentlemen what can I do for you"
Richie (pointing his gun at him): "You can give us those f*ckin diamonds you just had delivered"
Isaac: ".. I'm afraid there must be some kind of mistake.. we don't know anything about any diamonds.. do we Mori?"
Mori: "Uhh.. no"
Richie: "A diamond dealer who doesn't know anything about diamonds? That's rich"
"Don't f*ck with me Jew! We just seen the guys who made the drop off leaving here in a van, now hand over the stones before somebody gets hurt"
Isaac: "I swear.. I don't know what you're talking about"
Richie shoots out the front of one of the display cases "We aint f*ckin around here heeb! Hand em over or the next one's in your dome"
Mori: "Jesus Isaac just give them the diamonds"
Benny: "That's right, listen to your buddy there and give us the stuff"
Isaac: "Oy.. just give me a minute to open the safe"
Richie: "Ok but make it snappy"
Isaac will go to a drawer under the counter and take out a set of keys he will then go over to a picture resembling the prophet Isaiah and lift it from the wall placing it carefully down on the floor, he will then fumble for a minute with the keys before selecting the one which opens the door to the safe all the while Richie will have his gun trained on his head. After the external door has been opened Isaac will begin to enter a four digit combination on the front of the internal safe. After the first two numbers have been entered Isaac will pause for a minute seemingly struggling to remember the rest of the combination.
Isaac: "Hmmm.. maybe it was the date of little Moisha's Bat Mitzvah.. or was it the date of cousin Cyrus's Bris..?"
Carlo (checking his watch): "Two minutes"
Richie (walking around the opposite side of the counter): "Hurry up, we don't have all day"
Isaac: "Sorry guys but it's a little hard to remember when there's a guy with a gun pointed right at my head"
Mori: "Let me do it"
Benny (pointing the shotgun at him): "Stay right where you are"
Eventually Isaac will manage to open the safe and will carefully remove the bag of diamonds, handing them with reluctance over to Richie.
Outside a police car will be parked at the traffic lights a few feet down the street from the store, totally unbeknownst to Ralph who will be busy messing with the gadgets inside the car, turning the wipers and headlights on and off etc. Inadvertently catching the attention of the cops inside the car.
Officer 1: "What the hell is that guy doing there?"
Officer 2: "I don't know but I'm about to find out"
Back inside the shop Richie will hand the bag of diamonds back over the counter to Benny so he can see if they're real
Richie: "What dya say? Are we good?"
Benny (smiling): "Oh yeah we're good alright"
Richie (to Isaac and Mori): "Thanks f*ckers"
He will then knock the men out one after the other with the butt of his gun
Outside Ralph will finally look up and notice the cop car pull up on the opposite side of the street and will give his accomplices three frantic beeps on the horn
Carlo: "Guys that's the signal let's go"
*police radio* "Calling all units we've got a possible robbery in progress at a jewelry store on Saponi Avenue in South Slopes"
Officer 1 (picking up the radio): "We're on it"
Officer 2: "Let's Go"
Richie will kick open the front door of the jewelry store just as the two officers are exiting their car.
They will turn to face him
"Drop your weapon you're under arrest"
Richie: "f*ck you pigs"
He will then shoot one of the officers in the neck. The other officer will unload on him in retaliation putting a full clip from his 9mm into Richie's chest and he will fall to the floor inside the store in front of Benny and Carlo who will briskly escape out the back door.
The two men will run down a corridor which leads from the back of the store to the the street out in front where the second police officer will hold them at gun point from behind the bonnet of the cruiser and demand that they freeze and drop their weapons as they are under arrest. At this point Ralph will swing around 90 degrees from the opposite side of the road and smash into the police car incapacitating the officer and tell his two accomplices to "get in".
When the two men enter the getaway car however it will be quickly blocked off on both ends of the street by cop cars responding to the downed officers earlier call for back up at which point Ralph will get panicked and reverse into a parked car. As Ralph is struggling to put the car into first, two officers will exit a police car in front of them and fire several shots at the thieves, one of which will perforate their car's windshield and hit Ralph between the eyes, killing him instantly.
Carlo (who is sitting in the passenger seat) will manage to crawl across under the cover of the car's dashboard and open the driver's door, effortfully pushing Ralph's ample corpse out onto the road and take up his position in the seat. He will then throw the getaway car into gear and speed towards the shooting cops forcing them to dive out of the way as he forcefully rams their cruiser, creating a path for he and Benny's escape at which point control will (finally) be returned to the player who will be tasked with shaking off a four star wanted level before dropping Benny off back at the Messina social club with the stolen jewels.
Carlo: "Well that was intense"
Benny: "f*cking right it was man. I can't believe we actually made it out of there with the diamonds, just a pity we had to lose two of our guys in the process"
Carlo: "Yeah that was pretty f*cked up although I gotta say.. had Richie not acted like an asshole and Ralph been able to drive a stick then maybe they could've made it out of there alive"
Benny: "Haha.. I shouldn't laugh.. those guys were straight up but with them gone that means there's gonna be a bigger cut of the loot for me and you"
Carlo: "You really think so huh?"
Benny: "Sure.. well a bigger cut for me anyway. Haha see you later Carlo, try not to get killed on your way home"
Carlo: "Now that would be some f*ckin irony haha.. don't forget to put in a good word for me with Fredo"
Benny: "You'll be getting a glowing reference from me man, that I can guarantee you"
Mission accomplished.. go home and take a well deserved rest.
The Messina Social club will now be accessible to the player