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: "Ehh.. 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 operate 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"
Mark will speak slowly and thoughfully as if to be trying to remember a pre-rehearsed speech
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 we.. meaning 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 uh welcome, 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. So I just go and wait for his call?"
Frankie: "There is one more thing.. I need you to go and make a little pick up"
Carlo: "More cash?"
Frankie: "No.. this aint a something.. its a someone"
Carlo: "Must be somebody special if you're sending a chauffer"
Frankie: "I'm in the chauffering business Carlo. You remember right?"
Carlo: "Sure.. how could I forget. So who is it? Your wife? Is she getting her nails done too?"
Frankie: "No it aint that bitch its a friend of mine. A guy named William Hambrough.. he works in finance.. at least he used to.. before he got put away. I need you to go pick him up from Alderney State Correctional.. he's getting out today. Meet him at the gate and bring him over to this apartment"
He will now hand Carlo the address
Carlo: "Ok you got it.. anything else?"
Frankie: "No that's it for now but let me say this.."
Frankie will get a bit sentimental and awkward now, he will walk back towards the kitchen counter and pick up his glass of whiskey, staring into it in order to avoid direct eye contact
"I think you're at a point now where I don't need to hold your hand anymore, this deal with the Pavanos 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"
As he speaks he will raise his head gaining more confidence with every line.
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 section will draw to a close.
Once outside you will be instructed to drive over to the Alderney State Correctional Facility in order to meet Frankie's friend at the gates. When you get there you will be treated to a short cutscene of William Hambrough, a disheveled yuppie type looking like he's been dragged through one hundred miles of dog sh*t and still come up smelling of roses. The textbook portrait of a white collar criminal after two years in general housing as opposed to the club fed surroundings of some of his counterparts. He will stride towards your vehicle and hop on in.
Hambrough: "I take it you're Frankie's boy?"
His accent will scream pretentious, a hopeless shyster from the wrong side of the tracks turned professionally forgetful of his harsh upbringings somewhere smoggy.
Carlo: "Yeah, the name's Carlo. And you must be Willie"
Hambrough: "Its William, Hambrough. So nice of you to come by and pick me up. I was beginning to think that I hadn't got any friends left"
Carlo: "I guess you've still got friends in the Lupisella Crime Family. Frankie seemed adament that I meet you when you got out"
Hambrough: "Ah yes no doubt he'll want to see me to make sure I didn't 'snitch' or whatever"
Carlo: "Actually he told me to bring you to a safehouse. Maybe he wants to interrogate you there.. I don't know"
Hambrough: "I didn't speak anything of our business I can assure you although the screws didn't half ask"
Carlo: "So you and Frankie did some business together huh?"
"Don't worry.. I aint wired"
Hambrough: "Actually I did most of my business with his cousin. Me and Frank only met but a couple of times"
Carlo: "Well obviously you made a lasting impression. What kind of business are you involved in? What did they nail you for?"
Hambrough: "White collar mostly. I assisted the Family purely in an advisory capacity. I didn't whack anybody I can assure you"
Carlo: "Don't worry.. I believe you"
Hambrough: "They eventually got me on Embezzlement and a little bit of Tax Evasion.. I was a hedge fund manager you see..."
Carlo: "And you carved yourself out a little nest egg straight from the top."
Hambrough: "Precisely. It certainly wasn't for my philantropic persuits. There's no sentence for giving to the poor. But when you give to yourself a little bit that's when the SEC and the feds come a knocking. I just made some dirty money from some dirty money. f*cking hypocrits is what they are. If there's anybody who's benefited from the actions of people like me its the American government"
Carlo: Amen to that.. they're all shady as f*ck. But you my friend seem pretty f*cking shady yourself. No doubt you've left more people in the gutter than you've helped to pull out. But hey who am I to judge.. I'm just a driver. Let me bring you to your destination and save with the social commentary.. it aint really my strong suit"
Hambrough: "As you wish. So where is this safehouse?"
Carlo: "A place called Bohan.. its just north of Algonquin. A far cry from your place in the Carraways I'll bet"
Hambrough: "Actually I grew up in Carcer"
Carlo: "Well then, this is an upgrade"
Hambrough: "I don't know about that but its a good thing I have a guy like you to show me to my door"
By this point you should be in position to do just that. Contrary to Hambrough's suggestion though you will leave him outside and head on your way. This probably won't be the last you see of him though. Feel free to make the short trip back to Carlo's apartment and wait on Louie's call.
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