“What did you say?” I asked with a voice so deep the person in front of me visibly trembled.
“B-but boss, we really can’t…”
I glared at him and he suddenly stopped talking and bowed his head. “I told you to find out who the fuck is Bianco.” I stood up and walked towards the three guys. “Is it that really hard?”
“We’ve been gathering information from all over the underground but we still can’t locate someone named Bianco.” One of them informed with trembling voice.
I raised my brow at him. “So you’re telling me, out of thousands of people working under me, you can’t find one fucking person?”
I can see them sweating their ass off. “W-we’re so sorry boss.”
“Bring me Enzo or else, I’ll fucking decapitate you, you worthless shit.” They gasped and quickly scampered off to do their job. I turned my back at them and when they’re about to leave, I glanced back at them and gave them a warning look. “And if you can’t bring him here this night, you might as well kill yourself, capito [Understand]?”
Their eyes widened in terror and they quickly left the room to find Enzo. I sat down on my chair and did a long sigh. Fuck, I’m so tired.
I groaned when I heard my phone vibrating. I took it and pushed the ’answer’ button before putting it beside my ear. “What?” I snapped.
“Oh, buon pomeriggio [Good afternoon] Mr. Blaise. Uh, is this a good time to call?” I closed my eyes in stress when I realized that it was Nicholas calling me.
“No, it’s alright. What do you want?” I asked while I leaned back on my chair.
“It’s about the formal dinner I was talking about…” I mentally cursed. “I was wondering if you could make it this time.”
“Look, tonight’s not good. I have something to do.” I answered. I remembered Nicholas text-ed me that he moved the dinner tonight since I didn’t show up the other night.
“Is that so? Such a shame that my client’s couldn’t meet you. They really want to talk to you.” He said in a gentle voice. I rubbed my forehead and sighed.
“Fine, move the dinner tomorrow, I’ll be there.” I half-heartedly promised. I can hear him smiling as he answer me.
“That’ll be an enormous pleasure for us, Mr. Blaise. I hope we can finally see you tomorrow. Sorry to have bothered you when you’re busy.”
All of his politeness was making my head ache. “Yeah, yeah. Talk to you later.” I hanged up the phone and grumbled.
There was a knock on the door. “Mr. Blaise, may I come in, please?”
“Yeah.” I saw Rick entering the room with Bella.
“Hey.” She shortly greeted and I nodded at her. I looked at Rick and he walked forward me to give the latest report of the company.
“By the way, clear my schedule tonight and tomorrow as well.” I told him and he took his iPad to take note of what I just said.
“Understood sir. Is there something else?”
I shook my head and he bowed his head before leaving. I looked at Bella who was now sitting on the sofa with her eyes lost in a distant.
“Bella.” I called her name and she looked at me. Her eyes were all red and puffy, her lips were dry and her cheeks were pale as white. “Have you been eating and sleeping?”
She slowly shook her head.
I sighed. “Did Marge call you already?”
Bella stayed silent and I patiently waited for her answer. When she didn’t budge, I stood up to confront her. “I’m talking to you.”
All of a sudden, tears were already dripping down Bella’s tired eyes. “I…I can’t do it anymore, Matthias. I can’t…” Her hands were trembling and her voice was shaking. “I don’t have anything anymore…”
I watched her sob in front of me. “I can’t forget what I saw that time. His body…his body in pieces…scattered on the floor, blood…everywhere. Sebastian’s blood everywhere.” She covered her face with her shaking hands and I know she’s fighting the memories. “The body of someone I’m about to marry, torn in pieces like some animal…” She sobbed even harder. “It keeps appearing in my mind. It haunts me, even after I close my eyes…”
I narrowed my eyes when I remembered how we found Sebastian’s body inside Enzo’s HQ. His body was all torn in pieces inside the slaughter room of Enzo’s place.
From the looks of the wounds on his body, it was obvious that he was tortured to death. What happened to him made Bella hysterical with anger, self-pity and loathe for the people who did this to her fiancé. She almost killed everyone inside the headquarters and I even have to punch her just to bring her sanity back.
I sat beside Bella, held her shoulder and suddenly pulled her vulnerable body towards mine. She gasped for a moment and held my shirt so tight while weeping her hearts out.
“I already told my men to bring Enzo to me.” I whispered.
Her body tensed against mine and I know she’s crawling with anger. “I’ll take care of him. I want you to rest, alright?”
She remained silent and I sighed. I caressed her hair to make her feel that I’m right here to support her. As much as I hate this woman for her weird personality, I’d rather choose her annoying self rather than this helpless and feeble woman.
“I’ll call Marge to pick you up. You could stay with her for the mean time.” I blinked when I noticed her body was now limp. I looked at her face and saw that she already passed out from exhaustion.
I pursed my lips in pity and gently lied her down on the sofa. I took off my blazer and put it above her fragile body.
“Matthias…!” Marge suddenly barged inside my office. “Where’s Bella?!”
I pointed Bella with my eyes and she quickly ran towards her sleeping body. “Oh my god, Bella!”
Bella quickly got up from the sofa and stared at Marge who was on the verge of crying. “M-Marge?”
She quickly hugged her close and the both cried. “I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry about Sebastian, about you! I’m sorry I can’t be there for you, Bella!”
They both wailed and I just silently watched them.
Bella was just crying her hearts out to Marge who was hugging her close.
About an hour of talking to each other, I finally finished all my work and stood up from my chair.
Marge looked at me with swollen eyes. “Are you going home already?”
I nodded at her and threw a handkerchief so she could wipe the snot out of her nose. She took it and blew long and hard making me look at her in disgust.
“I’ll drive you home.” I said as I pull my briefcase from under the table. They both stood up with Marge supporting Bella’s weak body. I opened the door for them and they stepped out of my office. Rick confronted me with a serious face.
“Boss, they’re ready for you.” He said and I nodded.
I looked at Marge and Bella before glancing back to Rick. “Take them home, I’ll deal with that shit.” I ordered and he simply nodded. Rick led Marge and Bella to the elevator.
I took my phone out and dialled Earl’s number. After a while, he picked up the phone and the moment I heard his voice, all the stress inside me disappeared.
“What’s wrong Matthias?” He asked.
I shook my head and continued to walk to the elevator. I waited for Rick and the girls to arrive to the basement before boarding the lift.
“What’re you doing?”
I can hear the television going off. “Nothing much. I was just watching some shows but I can’t understand any of them.” He said with a laugh and I smiled.
“That’s because you’re an idiot.” I teased and he hissed.
“How dare you, for your information, I graduated with honors.”
“Yeah yeah, whatever nerd.” I grinned when I heard him grumbling with anger.
“What do you want anyway?”
“Nothing, just checking up on you. I won’t go home tonight. I have something to take care of.” I saw the elevator finally arrived to my floor. The doors opened and I stepped inside before pushing the ground floor.
“Oh, okay.” It seems like he knows what I’m about to do. “Be careful, okay?”
“I always am. Don’t worry, I got this.”
I heard him smile. “I know. I love you Matthias.”
I stood there frozen after I heard those three simple words ring inside my ear. I fought the urge to smile. “Yah. See you tomorrow.”
When I exited the Altrees building, my car was already parked in front of me. The guards bid me goodbye and bowed their heads to me. I walked to my car and started the engine before driving to the main road.
I looked at my phone and saw an incoming call. I sighed when I saw that it was one of my men calling me. I quickly pressed the ‘answer’ button and put it on loudspeaker.
“What?!” I snapped and he was obviously shaken by my voice.
“Buonasera [Good evening] boss! We already caught Enzo, just ask you asked us.”
“Good. I’m heading down there.”
Some of my men were already waiting in front of an unused warehouse. When they saw my car, they immediately went to greet me. I got off of the car and threw the keys to one of the guys waiting patiently for me. Two men escorted me to the warehouse and silently walking behind me.
They opened the heavy metal door in front of me and I saw my men scattered around the whole warehouse. I sighed when I saw them gathered around in a circle at the middle of the place.
They all turned around and when they saw me, they all bowed their heads and greeted me. I walked towards the middle and glared when I saw Enzo tied around a chair with blood oozing out of his face.
“Who did this?” I asked no one in particular and they all flinched at my question. I looked at the person to the right and noticed his fist was covered with blood.
“I…I did this boss.” He said.
I walked towards him and suddenly punched him straight to the stomach. He puked out blood and dropped down on the floor, clutching his now broken ribs.
“Who gave you the permission to do this, ha?” I asked him and he kneeled in front of me.
“I deeply apologize, Sir!!”
“Get him out of my face, now.” I ordered and some of my men carried the idiot who was begging for his life. Geez, I just punched him and he looks like he’s about to die.
I walked to Enzo and tipped his chin. His eyes were already blurred from all the beating he took. Some of his teeth were already missing and his nose was bleeding with blood.
If he dies, I don’t have anyone anymore to ask who Bianco is. If that happened, I’ll fucking kill that son of a bitch who did this to him.
“Do you know where you are?” I asked Enzo.
“W-why the h-hell…w-would…I k-k-know…” His voice was shaking and I know he’s aching by just talking.
I stared at him for a moment. His face looks familiar even though this is the first time I actually met Enzo. He’s been famous for his assassinations and has already killed a lot of influential people from all over the country.
“I want to ask you one thing and then you can go.” I said and he looked at me with doubt in his eyes.
“T-there’s no way…I’m going to…” He coughed a little bit and wheezed.
I ignored what he said. “Tell me what I want to know before you ruin my mood.” I said in a deep voice everyone fears. I felt his whole body tensed with terror.
“I won’t…tell y-you…anything!!” He spat and I sighed.
I ran my fingers through my hair and heaved another sigh.
This is gonna be a long night.
I took the box of cigarette out of my pocket and pulled one stick before putting it in between my lips. One of my men approached me and carefully lit the end of the cigarette.
“So you wanna do this the hard way, hmmm? Quite honestly, I’m tired as shit today and I don’t wanna deal with someone like you.”
I can feel the same excitement I always felt when I’m about to torture the shit out of someone.
My eyes were now clouded with thrill of making this man scream his guts out as I carefully and slowly make him suffer.
I smiled at him while I cracked my knuckles. My men already knew that I have a habit of popping my knuckles every time I torture someone.
Well, not only am I an assassin, I’m also skilled with interrogation skills such as making someone suffer until I break his mental capacity of thinking. And once I break them, mentally and physically, I can make them yield according to my will.
Though I don’t usually use them anymore these days, my skills weren’t deteriorating at the very least.
“Let’s see…” I slowly loomed over Enzo and sweetly grinned at him. He cowered in fear, to the point where tears were already forming underneath his eyes.
“I’ll break you the way you broke Bella.”
An hour passed by and Enzo was now lying down below me, blood sputtering all over his body. I blew the smoke out of my nose and watched him twitch in pain beneath me.
“Boss.” Someone called me and I looked at him.
“What?” I saw him look over at Enzo and his face clouded with dread. I can’t blame him anyway. I already hacked off each of fingers and castrated him as well.
“Someone’s looking for you.”
I glared at him. “What?”
“I’m sorry, but he said that I should tell you his name.” He continued and I rolled my eyes at him. “His name is Earl and he’s waiting for you outside.”
Every nerve in my body shuddered once I heard Earl’s name. “Don’t let him fall asleep.” I ordered before going out of the room. I quickly trotted out of the warehouse and my eyes widened when I saw Earl waiting right outside the door.
He was about to greet me but I beat him to it. “What’re you doing here?!”
Earl blinked at me. “I need to tell you something…” He gasped when he saw my hands sullied with blood. I instinctively hid it behind my back and he glared at me.
“Don’t tell me you’re…” His eyes widened in realization. “You’ve found Enzo?!”
“What?” I realized someone was behind Earl. She stepped in front of me and I remember who she was. She’s the girl from that inn.
Earl looked at the girl and then back at me. “She’s Erica, the sister of Enzo.” He said and I stared at them in disbelief.
The girl looked at me with begging eyes. “I…want to help you.”
“What do you mean?” I glared at her and she trembled.
Earl rolled his eyes at me. “She said she knows why Enzo wants Bella and Sebastian dead.”
“What my brother did to Ms. Bella’s fiancé was unacceptable. To torture someone like that out of enjoyment was…unforgivable. I can’t take it anymore. I can’t live knowing that my brother did such a thing to someone innocent.” She said with a hard voice and I know she’s not lying.
I looked at Earl. “How’d you meet her?”
“She searched for me because she knows that I’m involved with the Mafia.” He answered and I looked back at the girl who was obviously intimidated by my presence.
“You’re an assassin too, right?” I asked and Earl gasped.
She slowly nodded. “Unlike my brother, I stopped assassinating for a living and decided to be normal again. My brother was the one who trained me how to kill people. But I don’t want this life anymore. I want to live like a normal person.”
I eyed her and sighed. “Come with me.”
When we arrived in front of the room, I glanced back at Earl. “What?”
He glared at me. “What do you mean stay here?”
“I don’t want you to see this.” I said with a stressed voice.
I don’t want Earl to see how sadistic I am. I don’t want him to see how much I’m enjoying torturing someone. I don’t want him to see the other side of myself.
He clicked his tongue and leaned on the wall. “Fine.”
The girl and I entered the room and she gasped when she saw her brother already tied back to the chair with missing limbs. She dropped down to the floor with widened eyes.
I kicked the door closed and my men greeted me back. I motioned them to lift Enzo’s head up and they did. “Hey, look at me.”
He stayed silent and unfocused. “Tsk.” I suddenly drew out the gun from my holster, took the safety off and shot it just beside his face. It made a dent on the wall and everyone inside the room was in awe by how fast I did with aiming the side of his head.
Enzo slowly cringed in pain and scrambled to look straight to me. “Next time I shoot, you don’t want to know where I’ll aim.” I threatened. “Now, before I end your pathetic life, I want to know who Bianco is.”
The girl gasped beside me. “W-wait…”
I swiftly pointed the gun at her and shot it near her rear. She squealed in fear and looked at me with disbelief. “I-I’m here to help you…!”
“You think I’m that dumb enough to believe you, bitch? You planned this, right? Who in their right minds will go to a place operated by Mafia?” I walked towards her and gripped her hair to pull her up. “Cut your acting, you little shit. You used Earl as a shield just in case your plan goes to haywire, that’s why you specifically looked for him just to bring him and use him against me, am I right?”
She slowly smiled and I felt my fingers twitched in annoyance. “You really are Matthias Blaise, the next in line to the Italian Mafia. Your judgement to this kind of things is superb. Yeah, you’re right. I used Earl as a bait and shield to get my brother. But from what I can see, you’re already dealing with him over there.”
“Yeah, he’s not much of an entertainment.” I smirked at her. “How ’bout I play with you, hmmm?”
“As much as I want to, I don’t have the stamina to deal with your torture skills.”
“If you’re already aware of that, start talking. I’m in a bad mood right now because of what you did. Tell me who the fuck Bianco is and I’ll let you off the hook.”
She smirked at me. “Even if I tell you who Bianco is, you’re going to kill us anyway. The way you play with your victim’s emotions is really worth praising for. You promise them you’ll let them go after you get what you want but in the end, you’re going to kill them too. I like that.”
“Stop wasting my time and spill it out.” I tightened the grip on her hair and she flinched.
She smiled at me. “The plan is already complete. Bianco already have the upper-hand.”
I narrowed my eyes at her and forced the gun inside her mouth. She gagged in fear of the gun blowing right inside her mouth anytime I want. “I told you not to waste my time.” I pulled the trigger and watched her braced herself from the impact. When nothing happened, she opened her eyes while I pulled the gun out of her mouth. She hysterically laughed when I finally dropped her on the floor.
“You can’t kill me!! You can’t kill me as long as I know something!! Guess what, you’ll never know who Bianco is!!”
“You know what, I changed my mind.”
She stared at me. “I don’t care who Bianco is anymore. Now, I just want to make you scream in pain, for as long as you’re alive and breathing. You pissed the hell out of me, little bitch and big time too.”
I motioned for my men to leave us alone.
I smirked devilishly and she gulped.
“How about skinning you alive, hmmm?”
Dawn already arrived and I’m tired as fuck. In the end, the two idiots didn’t spill a single thing about Bianco. Motherfuckers, they’re not even from the Mafia but they value the Omerta more than anyone from the group itself.
I opened the door and saw some of my men lounging in’ the room. When I saw Earl sleeping on the floor, I glared at them and they all tensed up.
“Who the fuck told you idiots to make him sleep on the floor?!” They gave me a confused look and I double the intensity of my glare.
“But boss, he’s just a nobody! We even forced him to leave but he just won’t budge!” I felt a nerve popping inside me.
“You forced him?”
“Yes! And we…”
“Oi, shut up already, he’s seriously pissed off!”
“I’ll fucking kill you all.”
“NOOOOO, please boss, aaaaaargh!!!!”
I saw Earl slowly waking up beside me. He blinked for a moment before gasping out loud. “W-what happened?! Where’s Erica?!”
I rolled my eyes at him and parked the car at my usual place in the basement parking lot. I turned off the engine and pulled the key out of its hole.
“I took care of them already. Come on, I wanna sleep.” I got out off of the car and staggered to walk to the elevator. Earl followed me closely and we boarded the elevator. He pushed the button to my floor while I leaned on the wall.
“What happened to Erica?” He carefully asked.
“I left them to my men. They know what to do.”
“But Erica was there to help us.”
“No, she’s one of the people who tortured Bella’s fiancé.” I said and Earl stared at me in disbelief.
“No way, someone like her could never do something like that.”
I rested my head to the wall and crossed my arms. “People like that’s common in the Mafia. They act so sweet and innocent yet they’re the most dangerous beast covered in a sheep’s clothing.”
We arrived at my floor and we both walked to my condo. Earl opened the door and I let him enter first before closing it. I walked straight to the sofa and lay down.
“Fuuuuuuuck, I’m sooooo tired.” I put my arm above my eyes and sighed.
“You’re taking the day off, right?”
“Yeah, I wanna sleep the whole day.” I answered and he sighed. “I still have to meet someone later.”