This is the recap page for generation two of Monte Vista Stories. This page contains spoilers for the story, so if you haven’t read it yet, tread with care.
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While visiting her mother’s cabin with her family, Regina is woken up in the middle of the night by male voices. To her delight, it’s two boys her own age who are trying to steal her mother’s car – and failing. She teases them and asks them to meet her the following night so that she can show them how to properly commit a crime. In the morning, she ponders telling her family about it, but decides against it. It would be a shame to worry them, after all!
2. Lockpicking for Beginners:
Regina goes to meet with the boys and only one of them shows up. Not that she minds – it’s the one she thought was gorgeous, Enzo. The two of them break into the library. He learns about her family connections, and she learns that his name is Vincente and that he’s from a wealthy family descended from nobility. They agree to meet up the next evening to do more breaking and entering.
During another nightly excursion, Enzo tries and fails to pick a lock. She does it for him to get them inside the public pool quickly. Once inside, they talk about their respective families. He tells her that he’s supposed to be a lawyer and later inherit his dad’s estate – and it’s not something he gets to choose. When Gina tells him she has a choice about her profession, he doesn’t seem to believe it. On a later excursion, he manages to pick a lock for the first time, and there’s a growing tension between the two.
4. A Good Teacher:
Regina is caught sneaking out by her sister Marta, who agrees not to say anything about it, so long as Gina doesn’t stay out too long. She keeps meeting up with Enzo, and gradually the two stop breaking and entering – they prefer to talk. By the time two weeks have passed, Gina finally sees her chance and tells him that she wants a kiss. He wants the same and several kisses follow. Years later, Gina would wonder if she knew it would be the last.
5. A Lesson on Wealth:
Regina waits for Enzo at the spot where they usually meet, but when he shows up he’s late and acting strangely. He tells her he doesn’t want to see her anymore because of his family’s standing in town. He claims that the only reason he was seeing her was to alleviate his boredom. Gina, devastated, shouts obscenities and goes home. Another nasty surprise awaits her back at the cabin. It turns out that Enzo’s dad reported her for “harassing” his son. She’s admonished and then comforted by her dad, who tells her that’s how wealthy people are.
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6. A Father’s Pride:
Eight years later, Regina is in Collesena to talk to a client about a painting. It was stolen from her, then stolen from the thief. Gina doesn’t have a lot of sympathy for the woman; despite the fact that she works for rich people all the time, she doesn’t care for them. Her dad tells her that their client asked specifically for her and that Gina is making a good reputation for herself. Meanwhile, Enzo is heading off to work and later on to Monte Vista. His dad isn’t approving, but Enzo does his best to control his anger. While walking, he looks around, hoping he might see Regina as he has done for the past eight years.
7. The Forgery:
Regina is back in Monte Vista and she’s quite on edge. She has to run herself ragged to keep herself from snapping at people. It doesn’t even really work: She meets up with her best friend, Carlotta, to steal the painting Ms. Antonini asked for, and she ends up snapping at Lotta. They make up after and go to get the painting. It turns out it’s a forgery, though, and just as they’re about to leave, they’re discovered by the last person Gina wants to see.
8. Certified Forgery:
Gina and Enzo’s first meeting in eight years isn’t exactly a positive experience. He calls the police on her and Carlotta, and while waiting Gina makes it clear to him that the painting is fake. To her surprise, he’s absolutely terrified. A police officer comes, but immediately lets Gina and Carlotta go. Once home, the reality of the meeting hits her, and she’s comforted by her dad… at the same time, she’s saddened because he’s yet again talking of retirement. Meanwhile, Enzo is freaking out about the forged painting. His best friend, Lorenzo, tries to calm him down, but Enzo insists that he’s going to see Gina. He needs the real painting.
9. A New Client:
While Gina is gardening to blow off some steam, she’s visited by Enzo, much to her chagrin. He’s determined to find the real painting, and he wants to hire the Good Guys to get it. She’s dead-set against it, until he offers an absurd amount of money for it. She can’t refuse his offer without hurting her reputation with her gang and other potential clients. She has to accept but makes it clear that it’s not because she wants to. Enzo later comes home to find that Lorenzo has called his sister, Rosalia, to try and get Enzo to come to his senses. Enzo calms her down and assures her that he knows what he’s doing. She’s not convinced, but is somewhat comforted by the fact that he promises to stick by her.
Regina brings Franco to meet Enzo’s appraiser, Gualberto Pesaro. Franco already knows Pesaro and the appraiser assures them that when he looked at the painting it was real. Franco and Gina draw the conclusion that the painting must have been replaced with a fake sometime after Pesaro saw it. They suspect Enzo’s merchant – however, Franco knows this merchant as well and he’s not usually a scammer. Regina arranges to meet with him regardless. Back home she’s met by her siblings, sister-in-law, and nephew who are all over for lunch and to tell her some good news: Flora and Giuliano are engaged, at last.
Regina, Enzo, and Franco have a meeting with Leoni who sold the painting. He’s not initially willing to speak, but after some prodding, he tells them that the painting is extremely popular because a group of wealthy collectors are fighting over it. Gina wonders if both of her clients have been withholding information, and she tears into Enzo. He’s finally had enough of her attitude and fights back. It results in an argument about what happened eight years ago. Enzo truly shocks her when he does something she didn’t expect: He apologises. Flabbergasted, Gina lets it go after deciding that she needs to head to Collesena.
12. Yet Another Buyer:
Back in Collesena with Carlotta, Regina has to badger Ms. Antonini into a meeting. Before she can see her client, though, Enzo shows up and tells her and Carlotta that another family bought the painting. They’re getting ready to show it off at a party, which Enzo agrees to get them invitations to. At the meeting with Antonini, Gina tries to pressure her into talking about the art feud, but the woman isn’t receptive. At the risk of losing her as a client, Gina has to back down. She does learn a little about Enzo, though – he’s known to be wild and his sister has a reputation for philandering.
The party is beginning and Enzo is already uncomfortable. Between his sister’s blatant feelings for Lorenzo and Gina arriving, he has a hard time keeping it together. Only making matters worse is his future brother-in-law reminding him of the painting that he still doesn’t have. When Carlotta and Regina arrives, he realises there’s yet another complication: Regina is all dressed up, and it’s highly distracting. They discuss what they’re going to do: While Carlotta mingles, Gina is going to search the house. She rejects Enzo’s offer of assistance, being more polite than before, but still cold.
14. Difficult Navigation:
Regina tries to find her way through the house while the party is on-going, but she’s not having much luck. The house is old and confusing. She comes across some waitstaff who direct her back to the party – though she tries and avoid the party room, she still ends up there. There, she meets an old fling of hers, Doriano Montanari, who makes some lewd comments. Gina nearly punches him, but is stopped in the nick of time by Enzo, who pulls her off before she can shame herself. She’s amazed that he did it at all, but he assures her that he doesn’t wish her ill and that he wouldn’t want her to ruin her reputation by making a public spectacle of herself. She begrudgingly admits that she got lost and lets Enzo help her find the painting.
15. Sneaking Around:
While looking for the painting in the Napoletanis’ house, Gina and Enzo chat fairly amicably about wealth and art. Enzo finds himself increasingly attracted to Gina and isn’t doing so well at keeping his distance. After a while they stumble, not on the painting, but on Rosalia and Lorenzo in a compromising position. A huge argument breaks out, and Gina realises that something more than just infidelity is going on. Shortly after, Lotta comes by to tell them she found the painting… or rather: another forgery, as it turns out. Gina has a word with Enzo who admits that he’s being blackmailed by his sister’s fiancé, though he won’t say anything more. They agree to meet up the following day to discuss it away from everyone else.
16. Something Bad:
Regina meets up with Enzo at his house and he tells her what he did to bring about the blackmail. He’s very hesitant to tell, but turns out the story is to do with his sister. She was stalked by a previous suitor and when he wouldn’t take the hint that she was done with him, Enzo got into a fight and pushed the man accidentally. He ended up dying from his injuries and Fabrizio is the only one besides Rosalia who knows about it. He won’t go to the police so long as Enzo does as he says, and Lia won’t let him turn himself in. Gina promises that she’ll get the painting for him as well as help him take down Fabrizio.
17. A Solid Lead:
Enzo arrives at the cabin in Collesena because Gina has found Leoni and is bringing him over. They’re not getting anywhere with Leoni, until Enzo suggests that they use the thief’s phone to threaten him. They take it and write a message that’s sure to lose him all his clients – and possibly his life – if they send it. Faced with losing his business, Leoni finally spills the details: He’s the one who’s been selling the painting, but he hasn’t been stealing it. He did it for a friend, a French stone mason, who can’t do it himself because he’s worked for many in the wealthy circles. Gina thinks the mason sounds familiar, and after they’ve talked to Leoni, Enzo explains why: His mother left his father for a French mason years ago. Enzo is obviously distressed over his mother’s potential involvement and leaves.
18. Family Portrait:
After Enzo has left, Gina comes back and finds her parents waiting for her. Carlo tells her he’s ready to retire, but Gina brushes him off when he offers to stay in Monte Vista for a while before moving. Before heading to bed, Vittoria tells Gina to reconsider and to seek help if she needs it. Gina doesn’t listen, but she does call Enzo once she’s in the bedroom. Back at his house, Enzo has just returned and is looking at the old family portrait. His sister comes to see him and after a back and forth, they make up. He decides not to tell her about their mother’s possible involvement in the theft, reasoning that she’s in enough pain because of him as it is. Afterwards, he heads to bed and receives a call from Gina. The two of them talk pleasantly all night, just as they used to when they were younger.
19. The Mason’s Wife:
Gina and Lotta is headed to the house belonging to Bastien Villeneuve and his wife – Enzo’s mother. When they get there, they find the painting and Gina meets both Enzo’s mother, Georgette, and brother, Amadeo. She realises she’s seen them before at the Napoletani party, and she gets a hint that Georgette isn’t as cold towards her children as she had thought. Back at the villa, Gina and Carlotta take a break. Carlotta teases Gina for being easy to read, for example in the case of Enzo whom she can tell Gina is fond of. Carlotta knows that Gina has been talking to him every night for some days, and she makes her (reluctantly) admit that Enzo is a friend of hers. Because Gina sees him as a friend now, she makes it clear that they’re not going to give the painting to Ms. Antonini, even if it hurts their reputation. Once Carlotta has left, Gina calls up Enzo to tell him they have the painting.
Carlo is having his retirement party, but Gina isn’t in a very festive mood. She’s sad to see her father go. This is only exacerbated by their long-time associate, Franco Bianchi, saying that he’s going to retire as well. In the midst of the party, Gina is called up by Enzo who says he’s coming around – causing even more confusion. She talks to him every night and she’s starting to feel strange around him. Her and her dad have a chat about her inability to hide her feelings and they reminisce about her youth and how hard it is for him to let go. Carlo tells her not to change her open nature and he says that she should give it a shot with Enzo if she likes him. After their talk, he leaves for Collesena to live with his wife.
Enzo shows up at Gina’s house to get the painting. They talk a little about the artwork and Gina explains how she can tell that it’s the real deal. She also makes it clear to him that she’s not going to hand the picture over to Ms. Antonini, and she won’t listen to any of his protests. She accidentally blurts out that she likes him and they end up kissing. Just when it looks like it’s going to turn into more, he pulls back and says he has to leave. Gina is about to let her temper out, but he explains that he’s in love with her and is only holding back because he’s scared of tearing his family apart. He explains that his mother left because of his summer fling with Gina – he’s adamant that it’s the case, despite her protests. Gina manages to convince him not to leave and instead asks him to explain – in turn, she’ll explain what Doriano Montanari did to her. After he agrees, they settle down to talk.