Content warning: There’s one naked picture in here as well as some mild sexual themes.

They had walked down a mess of corridors when Gina suddenly turned around and stared at him angrily.

“Gina?” he said hesitantly.

“What the hell is up with this stupid house?” she asked.

He chuckled. “It’s very old. Built three or four centuries ago and they’ve just kept on adding to it, not always in the most logical ways.”

She rolled her eyes and walked off again.

“That corridor leads to a guest room,” Enzo said when she turned to the left and tried a door. “And it’s a dead end.”

“Fucking rich people,” she muttered, stomping down another corridor in a very unladylike manner.

He followed with a faint chuckle.

“Isn’t it a little hypocritical of you?” he asked, finding his pace next to her.

“What is?”

“The constant jabs at rich people. There’s your house, your dad’s nice suits. You wear pretty nice things yourself…” he glanced for a moment down over her dress, until he realised where his mind was going. He adjusted his eyes and continued. “You’re pretty well off yourself.”

“I guess.” At his raised eyebrow she said: “Fine, yeah, we’re doing pretty well, but it’s different.”

“How so?”

She thought for a moment and then said:

“Well, it just is.”

“No, there has to be a reason.”

“Okay, for one, we don’t build stupid houses like this—there comes a certain point where the amount of wealth you have overrides your good taste. Look at your dad’s apartment in Monte Vista. It’s atrocious. I guess the difference is we don’t have so much money, it turns off our good taste.”

He was about to reply, but then she suddenly spun and walked into an adjacent room. She had walked straight towards a painting. Not the one they were looking for, but a different one that depicted flowers and rich grass on a deep blue background.

“I love that one,” she said, looking reverently at it. “Monet.”

She nodded at the artwork, but his eyes landed on her instead. There was a genuine smile on her face and her gaze was soft.

“This was stolen from a gallery a couple of years ago. Dad took me to see it before I happened because he knows I like impressionists. Fancy seeing it here.”

“I had no idea you appreciated art,” Enzo said, barely aware that he had spoken it out loud. He had gotten lost in the dreamy look on her face.

Gina raised an eyebrow at him. “Seriously, dude? It’s my work.”

“It’s not my understanding that most art thieves go into that particular business because they enjoy art.”

“Maybe not, but that’s why I’m good at what I do. I love art. I sure as hell didn’t go into the business to mingle with rich people.”

He couldn’t help the snort that escaped him.

“You didn’t? Could have fooled me.”

“Shut up,” she said, elbowing him, though it was only a little nudge, far from the hard shoves she’d given him at other times. “No, I don’t really like hanging out with people like Montanari. Not to mention my other client.”

“Anyone I know?” he asked.

She glanced at him and seemed to be weighing whether to tell him or not. Finally, she relented and said:

“Leandra Antonini. I can’t get her to talk about that feud.”

“Ah, no, that’s not strange.”

Gina rolled her eyes. “Of course you’d know her”

“I do. She’s a shrewd business woman. Took over her husband’s estate ten years ago when he died, and she’s pretty much doubled their fortune since.”

“I had no idea.”

“We don’t like to share with outsiders.”

“No I’ve noticed. Even when it makes it that much more difficult to find the fucking painting, you don’t talk,” she said. “She’s shooting herself in the foot.”

“A gunshot to the foot can be healed. Scandals don’t go away so easily.”

Regina crossed her arms with a sigh. “Do you know how to get her to talk?”

He considered it. “She won’t talk to me, but my sister is friends with her daughter. It might give us an angle.”

His heart suddenly lurched when Gina craned her neck and directed a beautiful smile straight at him.

“Guess there are perks to working with rich boys,” she said.

Damn it, he thought as he quickly looked away.

It had been a mistake to apologise, he realised. As long as she was ranting and hurling insults, her appeal was at least somewhat minimised. You could only be so attracted to a person who treated you like dirt.

But he had hated it as well. It had been a constant reminder of his mistakes and in a moment of weakness, he found he couldn’t stand it any longer. He couldn’t not apologise. And now here she was—beautiful, alluring, wrong. Very, very wrong. He steeled himself and looked her in the eyes.

“We had better move on,” he said and walked out of the room ahead of her.

Regina couldn’t help but notice that Enzo was less cheery as they walked on. It suited her just fine, as it was proof it was just him playing with her. At times, he was likeable, but then the asshole shone through. Lotta’s words from the other day came to her, her assertion that maybe he had really felt sorry for what he did. She was sure that her best friend was wrong. She kept this in mind as they searched, so even though their conversation continued to be pleasant enough, she kept her distance.

The next couple of rooms they checked didn’t have the painting. Gina was half starting to think it wasn’t even in the labyrinthine house, when Enzo suddenly stopped in front of a door and listened.

“What—?” she asked, but he cut her off and held up a hand.

Listening closer, she could hear faint giggling behind the door, then the voice of a woman. A deeper voice, a male one, answered. Judging by the whispering and the soft moans that came through the door, she figured it must be some sort of tryst. Probably a common thing among the wealthy she imagined.

But Enzo looked pissed.

He tore open the door and stormed into the room. For a confused second, Gina thought he had caught a lover of his with another man, but it was his sister. She was entirely naked, lying on a bed with her long, slender limbs tangled up with the owner of the other voice. Lorenzo, as it turned out when he spun and stared wide-eyed at Enzo.

The two lovers sprang up and scrambled for clothes and jewellery that was scattered around the floor.

“Seriously?” Enzo snarled.

His sister spun and glared at him over a naked shoulder.

“Keep your judgement to yourself, Vincente.”

“Fabrizio is downstairs, you idiot!”

Lorenzo snapped: “Don’t talk to her like that.”

“Fabrizio couldn’t find us even if he tried,” Rosalia said. “And turn your back, Vinny, this is humiliating.”

“You should be humiliated,” her brother bit back. “You’re ruining everything. If he gets tired of you, we’re done for. I’m trying to fix this and you’re doing the one damn thing I told you not to do.”

“Oh, as if you’re any better.” She shot a vicious glare at Regina. “Don’t tell me she isn’t here for your amusement.”

Regina looked from one to the other and took a step back.

“Look, I have no fucking idea what’s going on, but leave me out of it.”

She watched the spectacle unfold before her. The siblings threw insults back and forth with Lorenzo occasionally butting in to defend Rosalia. Gina’s head spun with the strength of the emotion in the room, especially Enzo’s.

While his sister was cheating on her fiancé—or future fiancé as she kept insisting—his reaction seemed disproportionate. When she looked closer in his eyes, it wasn’t just anger there. It was fear. The same kind of panic she had seen in his eyes when it came to the painting.

She refocused on the argument. Rosalia and Lorenzo were both dressed now, but emotions were still going strong.

“I told you, I need him!” Rosalia said angrily.

Her brother ran his hands through his hair, looking like he would tear it out by the roots.

“Yes, well, I assumed you meant emotional support not… not his…”

“His cock,” Gina finished helpfully.

“Yes, that!”

“You try flirting and dancing with Fabrizio Aiello for a whole evening. You try being promised to that hideous little man.”

“Look, I know,” Enzo said. “And I’m sorry, but you’re making this harder for us both. We’re already in deep with that painting. I don’t want him to find you cheating on top of everything.”

“I can’t be cheating when I’m not engaged yet,” she said.

“But you may as well be! And if he suddenly decides he’s done with you, we’re done.”

Lia threw back an angry retort. Enzo called her a few select words, and then Lorenzo gave him a hard push.

“Stop that,” he said harshly. “You’re being an idiot. You could have told us you invited her here. What the hell is up with that?”

“Well, maybe you should have told me that the two of you were—”

“Um, knock-knock?”

All three spun when Carlotta appeared in the doorway. Gina heaved a sigh of relief. Thank fuck for Lotta.

“Lotta, you found us.”

The blonde brushed a lock of hair behind her ear and said: “Yeah, I followed the sounds of arguing. Figured it would probably lead me to you. Is this a bad time?”

Her eyes shifted from Gina to Enzo, Rosalia, and Lorenzo. Rosalia’s face was flushed with agitation and Lorenzo had buttoned his shirt up wrong. It was quite the tableau.

“Nope, your timing is impeccable,” Gina said. “Found anything?”

“I found the painting, but I need you to tell if it’s forged.”

Enzo shared a look with his sister and best friend, their argument forgotten for now. The three of them followed Gina and Carlotta in a hurry.

Standing in front of the canvas, there was a long pause and then Gina turned to Enzo. However much of an asshole he was, she felt a deep twinge of sympathy, looking into his fearful eyes.

“They already swapped it for a forgery,” she said.

Enzo crossed his arms and she could see him dig the tips of his fingers into his own flesh. He held his emotions back expertly, though it was as close as she had ever seen him to breaking down. His sister hung her head next to him.

“What now?” she asked, voice weak.

Carlotta said: “I convinced them to share who their merchant is.”

“Lotta, go run the name by Franco and my dad,” Gina said to her friend, in a voice that afforded no arguments. To Enzo she said: “I need a word. Alone.”

Nobody protested. Carlotta, Rosalia, and Lorenzo left. Before Lotta closed the door, Gina saw Enzo’s sister and best friend hold each other tightly in the hallway outside.

When they were gone, Enzo turned to Gina.

“They bought the painting three days ago,” he said, sounding almost like he was going to cry. “How can they already have it swapped? When did it happen?”

“I don’t know,” she replied. “But I think I’m starting to see what’s going on here. Why you need it.”

She let her words trail off, leaving space for him to say it on his own. He didn’t. His gaze was fixed on the wall behind her and he looked stiff and uncomfortable. It was useless—she could tell he wouldn’t talk willingly.

“You didn’t lie about your future brother-in-law,” she said. “But neither of you really like him, so I can’t see you getting him an expensive painting just out of the kindness of your heart. So…”

She faced him and said:


He took a ragged breath and said, with a noble indifference that was eerily familiar:

“I suppose you would call it blackmail, yes.”

“What’s he got on you?” she asked.

He pressed his mouth together to a thin line and Gina nearly slapped him.

Talk to me, you rich idiot! Let me help you!

It would be as pointless as pressuring Ms. Antonini had been. The instinct to stay quiet, to not make waves, was too strong. She thought of how her dad would have acted and instinctively reached a hand out to touch his arm. He glanced up.

“We need to talk,” she said. “But not here, not when your sister’s outside and everyone you know is downstairs. Can we meet tomorrow?”

Enzo hesitated and then agreed with a nod.

“In that case, I’ll be at your house.” Before he could protest, she smiled and added: “Don’t worry, I’ll be discreet. Your dad and sister won’t know I’m there.”

He released a beleaguered breath he had been holding and said:

“In that case I won’t… shoot myself in the foot, as it were. I’ll tell you everything.”

“Good. For a rich boy, you’re pretty smart.”

The corner of his mouth lifted to form a half-smile. This smile, she thought, wasn’t entirely annoying.

Author’s note: Hi guys! Happy Saturday 🙂 Sooo uh, yeah, nudity… is a thing I do. Apparently. I’ll have you know that this rather tame example of nudity is extremely hard for me to post. You would think I was a super prude or conservative or something. I’m not. I think the extreme amount of swearing going on in my story attests to that, but this still leaves me flustered. I don’t even know what else to say.

I also have to say, that I had a big old laugh that EVERYONE assumed Enzo and Gina would end up kissing as a cover-up. I had already written this chapter and knew that wouldn’t happen. Kind of wished I had done it, though I’m still pretty pleased with them just having a semi-pleasant conversation that’s not full of swears. Honestly, considering all the speculation, I almost wanted to relent and change the chapter. But then it wouldn’t work for a few reasons: Gina’s all dressed up and pretending to be a guest so that she can move around freely, no need to hide when you’re a guest with a fake name and invitation. They would only really need to hide from Lorenzo, Lia, and possibly Enzo’s dad… and in the case of hiding from those three, making out would be the WORST possible idea. Also, Lia and Lorenzo were busy doing things other than moving about the house, if ya know what I mean. Still – laughs were had. You guys are the best, seriously 🙂

That’s all from me today. Bit of a longer one, and quite eventful. From this point on, things are generally going to be pretty eventful until we move into part three (if I stick to my plans, that is). I can’t wait for all of that to happen. Until then, thanks so much for reading this far, and I’ll see you for the next post.



Lila Remonn · September 15, 2018 at 9:52 am

LMFAO GINA YOU GOT CALLED OUT! Thank you Enzo, for giving us readers a voice 😂
Aw, it was sweet reading from Enzo’s angle and the little dreamy thoughts he has about Gina. This boy might as well have heart eyes.
That nude picture caught me off guard, I was not expecting that from you despite the warning, hehe. I can totally relate to your feelings about it, I don’t have whatever mod allows them to be naked and I doubt I ever will — I’m too much of a prude lmao, as you will see next chapter.
Oh, you two, going at it at a party where Fabrizio is, living on the edge much haha. Couldn’t they wait till they got home or something??? I snorted at Gina’s ‘cock’ comment, she has such a different way of talking from all the rich people around her, it’s great.
So whoever this merchant is — are they selling the painting and stealing it back, over and over again?
Blackmail… hmm. I feel bad for Enzo, he seems super duper stressed about it, and I can’t see Lia or their father helping out. I am very curious to why that is, and what he’s being blackmailed for, whether it is on a personal level or on the family scale… maybe to do with his parents/mother? Looking forward to Enzo telling Gina and us everything!
Awesome chapter <3

    NotJustaBook · September 15, 2018 at 10:11 am

    Pahaha, yup 😛 pretty much. That’s one where I actually listened to you guys and adjusted the chapter, lol 😀 Her justifications are so freaking bad, too…
    He, he, he’s got it pretty bad 😉
    I’m so sorry! ._. Do I need better warnings? Bigger text? I dunno why it bothers me so much – on the spectrum of pervert-prude, I’m pretty solidly a near-pervert. I mean I’m Danish. We were literally the first country to legalise pornography, so I don’t even know. But seriously, tell me if I need to blow up the warnings or something. I got those mods, so I’m going to use them (though nothing pornographic – I’m not THAT Danish), so just tell me if I need better warnings or like… a censored version or something?
    They’re pretty dumb 😛 Definitely not taking any of this as seriously as Enzo.
    Somebody is definitely selling the painting over and over again to capitalise on the feud, yes 😉 Some explanations will come next chapter, though others will have to wait.
    Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Lila <3

      Lila Remonn · September 15, 2018 at 10:14 am

      LOL noooo I didn’t mean I was caught off guard as a bad thing! Don’t worry — the warning was perfectly fine haha. I’m totally fine with this level, I was just surprised because you haven’t done this kind of thing before to my memory 😀

        NotJustaBook · September 15, 2018 at 10:33 am

        Ha, ha, nooo, I haven’t. I almost did at the end of gen 1, but the naked pictures I had were so bad, I scrapped them :’) This is nerve wracking, to be honest.

magpie14031983 · September 15, 2018 at 11:50 am

Hahaha I love you being “prudish” about a butt shot 😁 I think if you stick to those, or tastefully posed nudes, you should be fine 😁

I can’t wait to hear what Enzo has to say to Gina!! See you then 😁😁😁

    NotJustaBook · September 15, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    I’m trying to get better about it but OH MAN I was so shy when downloading those mods and I still never pose them nude when boyfriend is awake/home XD

    Can’t wait for you to find out. Thanks for reading, Mags <3

      magpie14031983 · September 15, 2018 at 12:30 pm

      I have flu right now, so getting a new chapter was a bright spot to my day! If you have any Danish flu remedies, I’m willing to do anything that works 😁 unless it’s eating something gross lol I was once given tripe by an Aunt and I’ve never been able to look at that stuff since *shudder

      I can understand the shy factor. My folks and I often watch movies and series together and even at my age, I still get horrendously embarrassed if sex scenes happen, well, the ones with a lot of nudity anyway. When I was a kid, my folks never used to censor my TV watching because I censored it myself lol I’d pull a blanket over my head and tell them to let me know when it was over 😂 as a result, I got to watch a helluva lot of movies and TV shows that my friends’ didn’t lol

      I’m on the Regenzo ship until the end 😁 I will go down with this ship 😁 and now I have Dido singing in my head *facepalm

        NotJustaBook · September 15, 2018 at 1:31 pm

        Poor thing! Glad I could lighten your day a little 🙂
        Don’t think I know of any remedies 🤔 I think we would just drink lots of tea and get plenty rest!
        Hope you feel better soon!

        Ha that kind of thing is super awkward. Now that’s just one reason my family don’t know about my blog 😆

        Yay 😀 I’m not going to discourage you. I ship my own characters like crazy 😝

          Jowita · September 15, 2018 at 3:58 pm

          This is super awkward, agreed. And oh my – my family technically knows that I have a Sims blog, but not anything more than that. And my mom wanted to read it – I said a definite no. God, I would be so embarrassed. I mean – it’s so funny, because it’s so easy to find just by typing “Jowita Sims 3” in Google, but thank God that they haven’t come up with that idea. 😛 And I, too, am glad that our FB group is closed. I definitely want to keep that thing I have here away from the people in my rl.

audreyfld · September 15, 2018 at 2:40 pm

Excellent chapter with a lot of things coming out. I knew those two had it bad for each other – and just so you don’t feel bad, the nude of them was very tastefully done and I loved the picture of Lorenzo buttoning his pants with his back toveryone. Your pictures are always just so lovely. ❤️ I can’t wait for the convo between Gina and Enzo.

    NotJustaBook · September 16, 2018 at 6:37 am

    Thank you, Audrey 🙂 <3 I was hoping that the nudity wasn't so bad, but it's also so hard to know how people will react. We're such a mass of different people from different cultures. Thank you so much for reading and commenting <3

Jowita · September 15, 2018 at 3:51 pm

Oh my God, this chapter was so good with so many funny, priceless lines in there.
I see you actually listened to us and had Gina and Enzo talk about her own wealth and hey – she didn’t even get too mad.
It was sweet to read about Enzo appreciating Gina and her looks – she is super hot, though, I can’t see why he wouldn’t. Definitely not hard to look at.
“And now here she was—beautiful, alluring, wrong. Very, very wrong.” Hm… is that wrong, because Gina is wrong, having no idea about his reasons for so desperately craving the painting or are his feelings for her wrong?
I was caught off guard by the NSFW picture, too, though, as with Lila, it was because you’ve never done something this explicit before. And yet I think it was still pretty subtle. No titties, vaginas or cocks, you know. As for the cocks, Gina’s comment was priceless. I told you – so much priceless stuff there.
Hello, Lotta! It’s nice to see her, now we have everyone important there, basically. Aand obviously, the painting is fake. It’s getting old pretty quickly. Why this damn painting? Why is everyone so crazy about it?
Oh, the poses you shared. They look nice! And Enzo was blackmailed. I wonder what that is about… Can’t wait to find out!
Now, I am so glad that you had a picture like that, because I feel less guilty about these awful pictures in Hailey’s chapter. God, I felt so embarrassed. But the event was that important to her that I could choose either the pictures or embarrassing, too exact descriptions I definitely didn’t want to try. And also – I literally did the pictures in the middle of the night, partly because I was doing it too late, as always, and also because I felt so damn awkward, like a freaking pervert doing porn in the middle of the night. Lmao! Thank you also for explaining your reasons for not having Enzo and Gina kiss. I mean – I only thought Audrey had a brilliant idea, I wouldn’t even think of it otherwise 😛
PS: I am, too, sick, curled up under a blanket. Sucks, I tell you.

    NotJustaBook · September 16, 2018 at 6:44 am

    Indeed – in this case, at least, I listened 🙂 You guys all had a very good point.
    Yeah, I also see why she’d turn his head 😉 And indeed – he means that she’s wrong in the sense that his feelings for her are wrong. He has a tendency to forget about everything else when she’s around.
    No, I haven’t. I almost did it with the last chapter of gen 1, but I chickened out – also because the few naked pics I took were pretty bad. I think this and maybe a bare breast is about as far as I’ll go, though :’)
    Ha, ha, yeah, it’s a super pain. I think I can safely promise that no more copies are going to turn up – the deal with the painting will be over soon 😉
    I don’t think you should feel guilty about your pictures, honestly. It’s easier said that done, of course, but yours weren’t exactly explicit either. Honestly, I got those mods because I didn’t want to keep having situations where you’re thinking they shouldn’t be dressed but they’re awkwardly wearing something anyway. It just adds a layer of reality to the thing that not all people in the story are dressed at all times. Nudity happens, man. But still – I totally get what you mean. It makes me feel like a pornographer, even though my example is soooo tame!
    I’m sorry that you’re feeling sick as well. Hope you get better soon, Jowita <3 And thanks for reading and commenting such nice things.

Kymber · September 15, 2018 at 7:10 pm

Hey, Louise! I loved the chapter, as always! I thought the NSFW shot was very tastefully done. I myself have ventured into more of this territory, so I understand your trepidation. I can’t wait to see what Gina and Enzo talk about. I want to know everything, Enzo! LOL

    NotJustaBook · September 16, 2018 at 6:46 am

    He, he, it is a bit of a scary thing to start doing! We’re all very different people from different cultures, and you never know how people feel. I’m personally a-okay with it, but I’m scared of what my readers are going to say, so I’m glad you think it wasn’t in bad taste. I’m so excited for everyone to learn what’s been going on. Thanks for reading and commenting, Kym <3

      Kymber · September 16, 2018 at 9:12 pm

      I’m excited, too!

socallucyfan · September 15, 2018 at 10:10 pm

When I saw the warning at the beginning of this chapter I wondered who would Gina & Enzo walk in on. But I did not expect this!!
“I followed the sounds of arguing” I SERIOUSLY LOVE LOTTA!!!!!
I can not wait for next week. I have been waiting for Enzo to finally open up and tell Gina the whole truth!!

BTW: the NSFW shot was very tastefully done. It was very artsy, like a painting. I understand your tepidation in this. You have dipped your toe into a pool that I am still off on the side wondering how and when to dip in as well. (That was kind of weird, I hope the metaphor made sense).

    NotJustaBook · September 16, 2018 at 6:52 am

    It was probably unexpected, considering that it was SO DUMB of Lia and Lorenzo to get it on at that particular time and place, lol!
    😀 Ha, ha, yaaas! Imagine Lotta’s surprise when Gina wasn’t even involved in that argument xD
    I’m really glad that people seem okay with that image. It’s really such a hard step for me to take. It’s not a big deal to have nudity for me, personally, but to share it with some many different people of different cultures, well… yeah, it’s scary 🙂 I think people are taking it pretty well, though 🙂
    Thanks so much for reading and commenting, friend <3

amyqueen · September 16, 2018 at 12:12 am

Well, well, well, I was expecting some juiciness with that disclaimer at the top, and you didn’t fail to deliver~ Given the current state of Enzo and Gina’s relationship, it was clear it wouldn’t be them suddenly getting down, haha. I thought Gina was going to burst in on some random couple with her door opening, but it turned out to Enzo and for Lia and Lorenzo instead. Talk about an awks situation, definitely bold given her soon-to-be fiance is downstairs, they clearly don’t give a damn 😂 I totally feel you on the risqué-ness! I can’t bring myself to do it 🙃 So many cute, and hilarious, moments this chapter. “Well, it just is.” <- ah yes, the go to defense, I like how Enzo essentially channeled all of our commentary on Gina's hypocrisy at the start there. The little moments they had looking at one another and then reminding themselves to not get caught up in their feels had me silly smiling 😊 Gina chiming in and saying cock during Enzo's interruption of Lia and Lorenzo had me rolling. I agree with Lila in feeling super bad for Enzo, this poor guy is seemingly carrying all the weight on his shoulders. And again, I find myself wondering if there's more to just their image at stake in this deal should they not follow through with the painting/engagement. Up until now I was thinking that surely there was, but seeing how a shot to the foot would be the preferred choice over a scandal, now I'm not so sure… Hmm, who knows the inner workings of these rich folks' minds 🤷 I'll be looking forward to Enzo and Gina's talk next chapter and finally delving into all the secrecy… I mean if they do other things than just talking I wouldn't be opposed to that either 😏 Just saying~ Great chapter as always! <3

    NotJustaBook · September 16, 2018 at 6:59 am

    Sometimes I feel like, for me at least, content warnings are just there to make me want to read a chapter more. Nudity? Sexual content? Violence? Man, I click that link so fast. But it’s probably just me that’s a bit bizarre like that :’)
    They really, really don’t give a damn. I imagine it’s because they move in circles where infidelity is so common, they don’t think much of it. Sad, but I imagine it’s true.
    It took a lot of me to finally find my courage to do it. And still – when I do any risqué things, I make sure to do it when boyfriend isn’t home or he’s asleep. So shy :’)
    I totally listened to you guys, because yeah – Gina’s a bit of a hypocrite about the whole thing. Her justification is so bad, lol!
    The more I write of this gen, the worse I feel for Enzo. Like, the poor guy is just having such a hard time and I want to hug him. Or for Gina to hug him and tell him everything’s going to be okay 🙂
    You’ll know soon what’s at stake 😉 can’t wait to share all of it!
    Thanks so much for reading and for the comment. Your comments are frequently too long to show up in the reader, lol :’D <3

sempreviva · September 16, 2018 at 1:22 pm

To be completely honest, reading your disclaimer made me briefly wonder if Enzo and Gina would be the ones getting it on in this chapter, lol! I mean, they’re not *there* yet, but they could have a moment of passion after a heated argument or something, right? 😉 Lol! By the way, the picture did not bother me in any way – of course I’m no indication because I’m not bothered with almost anything, but I will agree with everyone that it was very tastefully done! So no worries there 😀
But oh my, that was an unexpected encounter… and with the (future) fiancé in the building! These two are quite the daring couple! And Gina’s cock comment made me laugh so hard, lmaooo! Way to add to the awkwardness Gina! 😂
I am so curious to find out what this man has on them. It can’t be good. And why on earth does everyone want that painting so bad? I’m getting super excited because it feels like we’re going to find out soon – if Enzo fully trusts Gina of course and tells her everything.
It was such a great chapter! <3

    NotJustaBook · September 16, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    I did briefly imagine a story in which they had a sexual relationship fueled by hate XD buuuut, it was too dark for my style, honestly, so I scrapped it 😛
    Glad that the consensus seems to be that the pic is okay 😀
    Ha, ha, yeah, they’re pretty gutsy doing it like that. I think Lia believes Fabrizio is too dumb to go looking and find them 😛 not sure that’s true, but she is a little sheltered…
    My plan is to complete the painting storyline in part 2 and we’re probably a little over half-way through part 2? So yes, explanations are coming from now on 😉
    Thank you for your kind words and for reading along 🙂 <3

twinsimskeletons · October 6, 2018 at 3:21 pm

Haha, I love that Enzo called Gina out. You know, I just recently read The Road to Wigan Pier and there Orwell talks in depth about the class system of the UK shortly before WW2. Reading this chapter made me think A LOT of the points he made. While they’re both in the bourgeois class when it comes to money, Gina’s been raised with lower class mannerisms, ideals, tastes, etc, and so sees herself as one with the oppressed working class more than as one with the rich folk. And as part of this class struggle and why the two sides rarely interact and play nicely with one another, the working class see those above them as incurable toffs. When Enzo said that it was harder to hate Gina when she wasn’t arguing with him, all I could think of was a quote I liked so much I wrote down on my phone, “If you want to make an enemy of a man, tell him all his ills are incurable.” Ills both in this story and Orwell’s essay as being those of a rich man who can’t see beyond his own problems and never will. Maybe you’ve read the book and I’m only telling you what you already know, but there’s my literary analysis for you 😉
But what does this evil man have on my poor Enzo ;_; ahh let me hug him!

    NotJustaBook · October 6, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    Oh wow! I haven’t read that, no. I had no idea my silly little story could inspire an analysis like that, to be honest :O It’s really interesting, though, and you’re really hitting the nail on the head. Once everyone started mentioning Gina’s hypocrisy, I thought long and hard about the difference between the two. What you’ve said there is pretty much all true!
    Enzo has such a hard time 🙁 The more I write of this, the more sorry I feel for putting him through all this.
    Thanks for the comment, Carys! 😀

      twinsimskeletons · October 6, 2018 at 10:17 pm

      I really rec the book, if you’re into factual accounts of things. It’s actually really easy to read, which is weird, because he’s talking about the living conditions and pay of miners/the unemployed etc. But he goes onto the class system and how he is very prejudiced, and got rid of that by living among the people to challenge himself, and then later talks a lot about socialism. But anyway, I have Gina’s gut reaction to disliking old money/the rich toffs so it was a self-reflection too… though I am no criminal nor am I rich, sadly xD

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