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Monte Vista Stories | 2.34. Behind the Foundation

“You should have kept this hand still,” said Laetitia, the doctor Carlo had called.

She was an old acquaintance, one who always made him promise not to call her when it was gang-related but who always got dragged into things anyway. She was a stern-looking woman with red hair and green eyes that were shooting daggers at Gina. As though it was her fault that her dad called her.

“Sorry,” Gina mumbled.

“Don’t apologise to me,” she said sharply. “This will only hurt yourself. If you had gone to the emergency room right away, we could be sure that these bones would set correctly. It will take a longer time to heal because of your foolishness—you might even lose mobility.”

“But you’re done soon, right? I need to talk to—” Gina began, though a glare from Laetitia cut her off. “I mean, uh, thanks for the help.”

Laetitia kept doing her work, all the while muttering under her breath about reckless Mancinis. Gina let her mind drift, only now and again being reminded of the doctor’s work when she felt a jab of pain in the hand. The doctor had arrived right after Lotta, and everyone had insisted that her hand get taken care of before she could hear everything Lotta had to say. It drove her crazy—she was cold with worry, wondering about the Foundation.

“Sit still,” Laetitia said.

Gina grumbled, but did as she was told. After another couple of minutes, her hand had been properly bandaged and Laetitia left with stern warnings to keep the hand still. Before leaving, she marched up to Carlo, looked him square in the eyes, and said:

“Do not. Involve me. Again. Are we clear, Carlo?”

Carlo smiled charmingly. “Of course, Laetitia. Thank you so much for helping my daughter.”

The doctor left the house in a huff and Gina walked over to Lotta who was waiting by the fireplace.

“The charity. Tell me what it’s about.”

“First,” Lotta said. “I thought I had heard the name Moretti before and I was right.”

Lotta gestured to Vittoria who was leaning on the armrest of the sofa. Vittoria ran a hand through her hair.

“I knew an Antonio Moretti,” she said. “He was a hitman back in the day. One of my exes made use of his services on a regular basis. Kind of a psycho, but then most hitmen are.”

“Wait, the Moretti Foundation are hitmen?” Gina asked.

“No doubt a few of them are,” Lotta said, “but that’s not their whole deal. Antonio Moretti himself died years ago and the foundation’s leader is Nero Moretti, his son, who went off the radar after his dad’s death. As far as I know, he hasn’t been relevant in the underworld at all… until recently. Some time ago, there started being rumours of him showing up in and around Collesena, working for wealthy clients, but because of our presence in the town, he’s been working on the downlow.

“It seems he’s slowly establishing his own gang. He’s getting a few followers and building a client base. He’s made sure to go after all the collectors that we won’t work for, Gina. The ones who can’t offer up as much money or who are so morally bankrupt that we won’t take their jobs.”

“Son of a bitch,” Gina said. “That’s almost clever.”

“Indeed. He’s been secretly growing a presence and with enough time and resources, he’ll be big enough that he can push us out of town. That would let him have all the wealthy clients and if he can get the wealthy clients…”

“He could potentially expand even further,” Carlo said.

“But he still doesn’t have half the resources that the Good Guys do,” Vittoria said. “It’s hard to expand without.”

“And that’s where his secret benefactor, Fabrizio Aiello, comes in,” Lotta said.

Gina’s mind spun with all the information and she was barely aware of what was going on. Somewhere off to the side, she heard her dad question why a man like Fabrizio would support a fledging gang.

“Because he’s a pathetic little frog-man,” Gina said in reply, making both her parents and Lotta look at her. “I think he likes feeling big and scary, so he’s blackmailing Enzo and supporting a big, bad gang to seem dangerous.”

Lotta smiled. “That’s very insightful of you, Gina.”

“What can I say? Your weird magic powers are rubbing off on me.”

Gina put her hands on her hips and started pacing in front of the fire while the others looked on. It fit together perfectly. Why Fabrizio would want the money from the painting instead of using his own, why he would blackmail an acquaintance. It even explained how Fabrizio knew about Gina. Nero Moretti would have kept tabs on her and the Good Guys and had warned Fabrizio that she was hanging around.

Finally, though, another thought dawned on her, and this one made her feel cold all over again.

“But Fabrizio won’t stop supporting the gang just because he gets what he wants from Enzo,” she said. “He’ll be in their pockets for the rest of his life.”

Lotta looked at her, eyes severe. “Oh, do you care about that? Since he dumped you, you owe him nothing. Isn’t that right?”

Gina winced. A month ago, she would have agreed with that sentiment. She wouldn’t have thought there was any way she could ever forgive someone who dumped her—another rich asshole who used her and broke her heart. But it would be delusional to think that he was like that. It was why she had stormed out instead of screaming at him, after all. She couldn’t find it in her to hurt the blue-eyed rich boy who had sat in the grass on the hill and told her he stayed in love with her for eight years.

She steeled herself and turned to her best friend.

“I can’t have anyone taking Collesena. Lotta, call everyone in and tell them to meet me there. We’re going to take the town,” she said out loud.

They already had a presence there, but no definite centre of power to prevent what Moretti was trying to pull. They would have that now. Gina turned to her parents.

“Dad, will you take charge there when I’m not around?”

Carlo smiled wickedly at the idea, but he hesitated and glanced at his wife. “I’m retired, honey.”

Vittoria snorted. “As if. He’ll do it—maybe he’ll finally calm the fuck down.”

“Good,” Gina said. “You have to leave now, before we get the rest of the gang here. I’ll talk to you later.”

She spun quickly from her parents and left the room with Lotta at her heel.

“Lotta, will you arrange something else?” she asked.

“What do you have in mind?”

“I need someone to keep an eye on Enzo until we’re done.”

Lotta turned and looked at her. “So, this isn’t just because you won’t let anyone else take the town.”

Gina let out a sigh. “You know just as well as I do that it’s not that. It’s for him. Even if we’re not together I… I care enough about him that I want Fabrizio off his case for good.”

Lotta nodded. “Good, I just wanted you to admit that. So… right now, the only person we have in Collesena is Marco.”

“Leoni?” Gina said. “I don’t know…”

“He’ll help us, trust me.”

Gina put a hand on her best friend’s shoulder. “I trust you.”

“Then we’re doing it.”

The two of them headed to the car, though before they could make it, Gina stopped. She had just remembered something and it was probably foolish of her to think of it now. But at the same time… part of her had to know.

“You said you know why Enzo’s mum hasn’t contacted him,” she said.

Lotta nodded.

“Why?”

Her friend told her and Gina felt a rush of anger as well as an odd spark of hope.

“Can you get proof?” she asked Lotta.

“I think you’d have go talk to Georgette for that.”

It was stupid. Gina wasn’t supposed to focus on that—there was plenty for her to do with Moretti’s gang. But if there was even a small chance… Her heart skipped a beat from longing. Lotta nodded, as though she could tell exactly what thoughts were passing through Gina’s mind.

“Go talk to her, you can drive with the others and I’ll take my own car to Collesena.”

Gina felt her face grow red. “I-I… He’s so brainwashed, he… Even if I tell him, he might not leave. He might…”

He might decide to stay and hurt her again.

“Give him the information,” Lotta said.

Gina bit her lip. “If he stays, I don’t know what I’ll do. I…”

“You said it yourself: You care about him. Even if he decides not to do anything with that information, he deserves to know.”

Gina nodded slowly. “Okay. I’m doing it.”

Georgette Villeneuve woke up when something rattled downstairs and a light came on. She sat bolt upright, her heart beating frantically. Her hand sought her husband’s form in the half-dark and found him, further adding to the fear. It wasn’t him down there.

“Bastien,” she whispered.

At first, he didn’t stir—he was a heavy sleeper—but when she shook his shoulder insistently, he turned and looked at her. His groggy grumpiness disappeared as soon as he saw her worried eyes.

“Gigi?” he asked. “What’s the…”

Georgette put a finger to her lips and nodded towards the stairs where they could both see the glow from the lamp downstairs. The two of them shared a concerned look and then Georgette swung her legs out of bed. Bastien caught her arm.

“Honey, please be careful,” he whispered.

“I’m just going to check,” she said. “You stay here and get ready to call the police.”

“I don’t like it, Gigi…”

Georgette didn’t either. Any number of people could be waiting downstairs, but at the same time… they were waiting. Surely, if they had wanted to hurt them, they would have rushed upstairs right away.

She grabbed her robe and pulled it on while tip-toeing to the stairs. As soon as she was at the edge of the landing, she could see the person waiting downstairs. It was a familiar young woman with dark hair who was dressed in a black leather jacket and tight jeans. The creaky board at the top of the stair alerted Regina Mancini to her presence.

“I need a word,” Gina said.

Georgette looked back at Bastien who stared back with fearful eyes.

“I think we’re okay,” she said, so loud the woman downstairs could hear as well.

Despite her husband’s hesitant look, Georgette descended the staircase. Their uninvited guest sat in the sofa with her legs and arms crossed and her eyes scanned Georgette.

“You already got the painting,” Georgette said. “And it was the real one.”

“I know. That’s not why I’m here,” said the woman. “I’m here because of your son and your ex-husband.”

“It’s Ms. Mancini, right?”

Georgette took a seat a good distance from her ‘guest’.

“Gina is fine,” she said.

“You’re the girl my son met back then.” Georgette cut straight to the chase and looked her up and down. “Regina Mancini. I remembered the name and when you mentioned the Good Guys when you were here…”

Gina smiled, though it didn’t reach her eyes. “You have a good memory. Guess it’s because I’m the reason you left your husband.”

Georgette frowned. “What a ridiculous notion. You had nothing to do with it.”

“I thought not.” Gina leaned forward, resting her elbows on her knees. “Your kind are pretty fucking shitty people, but I think even for you that would be unusually cruel. Nonetheless, that’s what your son and daughter believe. They believe you left them behind because your son stepped out of line and your daughter had the gall to be fond of him. They’ve believed for years that you walked out on them because you’re angry that he made out with a criminal.”

The silence that settled in the house allowed the hoot of a lone owl to be heard. It took a long time before the lump in Georgette’s throat allowed her to speak.

“If what you’re saying is true, that explains a lot.”

“Such as?”

“The restraining orders… the ones my own children filed against me.”

A light came on in Regina Mancini’s eyes and she leaned forward.

“Do you have proof?”

Georgette bit her lip, something she hadn’t done in a long time. She did it when she was a girl to mask her tears when they threatened to spill. She nodded.

“I do.” She had kept them even though they hurt to look at.

“I need that evidence,” Gina said. “I know a good lawyer who needs to have a look at it.”

Author’s note: Hi guyyyys! Welcome to Monte Vista and to the land of cliffhangers! At least we got some new information this time, so it’s not all bad. 😉 Things are speeding up quite a bit from now on as we’re nearing the end. I still can’t believe it’s already coming to an end but it’s happening.

Which brings me to something I consider doing. I might not start gen 3 right away. There are a few reasons. First one is that it isn’t clicking for me yet – I’ve had an idea for the story for ages, but it still needs some love before I feel comfortable starting it. Now that could of course happen before gen 2 is over, but that brings me to my other reason: I want to do other things. I love MVS to bits and I love the characters, but I want to try and work within a different framework. I’ve promised myself that MVS will never suddenly go supernatural and I’m sticking to it, but at the same time, ya know, I want to do fantasy. That’s actually my preferred genre and one that I miss working with. So those are my thoughts. It’s not that I won’t do gen 3 at all, but I might just have that as a secondary project for a while and focus on something different. It would also give me a little more air to get more of gen 1 done. I’d love to hear you guys’ thoughts. I know ultimately it’s my decision, but I am curious, especially when it comes to others who have worked for a long time on one story – do you ever get the urge to do something totally different? A palate cleaner, if you will?

Anywayyyy, I hope you enjoyed this chapter and I hope you’ll return next week for more. Thank you so much for reading if you made it this far and thank you for liking and sharing your thoughts. It means the world to me. I’ll see you all in the next post.

Cheers!

28 Comments

  • Jowita

    I want to see Gina’s gang taking over the town. I can tell it’s going to be epic!
    Buut… I didn’t expect to see Georgette here! Oh wow, I wonder what the real reason behind her leaving was, and I can’t wait to find out.
    As for the story, I definitely understand being tired with one project, esoecualt if MVS is all centered about criminals, for me, for the longest time next gen meant something entirely different. I’d love to see what you do. Maybe even start working on that promised CoM spin-off? ♥

    • NotJustaBook

      It’s pretty to have Gina finally spread her wings – I agree. 😀
      I know, it’s been a while since we saw her. But of course we’ll eventually learn why she left. 🙂
      Yeah, having to always write criminals is also a reason I want a break. Not because it gets boring for me, but because the criminal element is something I always have to balance and handwave. Like, Lia and Lorenzo aren’t wrong to worry about Enzo seeing a criminal – in real life it would be totally legit. I’m constantly having to balance Gina doing criminal stuff while still keeping her likeable. It’s hard and sometimes I’d rather just do a regular hero. 🙂
      As for what I’m doing, I’m working on something wholly new. Unfortunately, the CoM sequel/spin-off (I’ve been doing both) are still eluding me. Maybe I should have boyfriend help me. Until then, though, I have another fantasy project in mind that I’ve hinted at before. 🙂 And I’m honestly excited to be working on something *totally* different.
      Thanks for reading and commenting, Jowita. 😀 <3

  • Violincat

    Ugh, I knew Enzo’s dad did something like this. He’s so full of it. I sincerely hope that when Enzo and Lia find out, they will beat him for it. Although, I doubt Enzo will do something like this. Lia might, though.

    • NotJustaBook

      Yup, he’s a pretty terrible person, so he would do something like this. 🙁 Hopefully, Enzo and Lia will react appropriately to finding out.
      Thank you for reading, Violincat! 🙂

  • Kymber

    I can’t believe this guy! Well, I can, but it’s still infuriating. I can’t wait to see what happens when Enzo and Lia find out. I can’t wait for that! I can’t wait for more info! What are you doing to me, Louise? LOL 😀

    • NotJustaBook

      Yup, it was to be expected that he would have done something like this. He’s pretty terrible like that.
      I can’t wait for you guys to read what happens next, either. I’ve had so much fun with these chapters. 😀
      Thank you for reading, Kym. <3

  • audreyfld

    I am so excited to find out what really happened. I never bought the story Enzo’s father spewed. I can’t wait to find out and also the stiff with the rival gang trying to sneak in… I laughed when Gina was like … damn, that’s pretty smart! Lol… But it looks like things might come together for them when They find out their mother isn’t bad, just their father….

    As for new adventures? Tie this one up with a nice warm ending and maybe a epilogue a few years later. Or maybe it doesn’t even need one. The. Move on to something new. But try to tie it up in a nice bow. 🎀 Then if you ever want to come back you can, but your readers will love you for actually having an ending! ❤️ Then jump full force into something new and exciting! I can’t wait to see what you come up with next. Supernaturals can be fun because you really aren’t quite as limited!

    • NotJustaBook

      Nah, his explanation was shady af, so it’s no wonder you didn’t believe it. Thankfully, Enzo and Lia will know what he’s done now and things will come to a head in future chapters.

      Oh, I’m definitely going to give this a nice ending and one that can serve as an ending point for the legacy if need be. Hopefully, I’ll be coming back to this, however. I still want to write about Gina and Enzo’s daughters. 🙂

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Audrey. 🙂 <3

  • sempreviva

    Oh man, Enzo’s father is infuriating! And since – if I understood correctly – we don’t know the whole story yet, I feel you’ll make us hate him even more!
    Could he have something to do with that charity? Maybe he’ll have his ass thrown in jail and Enzo will realize that all this time he has been trying to impress someone not worthy of his efforts? Sorry, I’m just speculating here! 😀
    I totally understand your wish for a break on this story! The setting as well as the occupation of most characters is very specific, so it’s very natural that you’ll want to delve into other ideas! I’m on board with whatever you decide <3 Something fantasy/supernatural will be great 😀 I can't wait to see what you'll come up with and – of course – to read the next chapter! 😀 This was great as always <3

    • NotJustaBook

      You definitely don’t know the whole story yet. There’s still the matter of why Georgette left in the first place, so there’s plenty of chance for you guys to hate him yet. 😛
      He may have something to do with the charity – I like reading your speculations. 😉 We’ll have to wait and see what he’s actually done!

      I’m glad you understand. I keep having to sort of balance the criminal element in this story and sometimes I just want to write a proper hero character who isn’t so morally grey, lol. 😛 I’m excited about the story I’m currently working on so I’m hoping that’ll be what’s up next.

      Thank you for reading, friend, and for your kind words. ^_^

    • NotJustaBook

      Hehehe, I don’t know what you mean. :’) I’m not evil! Well, maybe a little bit… Thank you for reading, friend! 🙂

  • Lila Remonn

    Okay wait, so Georgette received restraining orders from her children? But they didn’t file them, did they? So that means Vincente made them without his children’s knowledge. That can’t be allowed, for sure 😮 Let good corporate lawyer Enzo have a look at the order he supposedly made! I’m really looking forward to knowing what exactly went down in this mess.
    I believe this is the latest chapter! I’ve finally caught up, yay. Now to do the same for all the other blogs 😵

    • NotJustaBook

      Yes, that’s what happened. 🙁 And I think I can safely say that neither Enzo nor Lia would do something like that – Vincente has been using his lawyer skills in a bad way. Enzo really needs to know about it!
      And yaaaaay, you’re caught up. 😀 One blog down… I dunno how many to go haha. 😀
      Thank you for readinggggg. It warmed my heart to wake up to all your comments. <3

  • twinsimskeletons

    YO OKAY FIRST OFF
    That blanket!! Did you make that for the pose?! It looks amazing, and also, is it a tricky thing to do?? If I could make blankets for poses it’s a whole new world and my characters are never going to look cold again.
    Lmao, anyway, onto the more important stuff.
    1). A restraining order. HOly shit. I knew the dad was a dick, but this is a whole new layer of dickiness. Hes a dick onion (an onion dick? anyway-)
    2). We stan a badass thief who just breaks into people’s houses and chills like she’s in a fucking film. All she needs now is to sleep dart some unsuspecting people and she’ll be our own Nick Fury.
    3). The foundation are super bad news for the gang. And for enzo. Uh oh spaghettios.
    Finally, this chapter didn’t have ANY of our pretty rich boy. Therefore as much as it hurts me, I have to give this zero out of five cute boy stars. THough since we do have Carlos, it does have five out of five silver fox stars. Which I guess means it evens out.

    • NotJustaBook

      YES! I did. 😀 I don’t think it’s difficult to do, especially if you can get a copy of Marvelous Designer. It makes it very easy to make fabrics. 😀 I’d be happy to show you the way. I don’t think making deco objects in general is hard.
      Yup, he’s pretty damned terrible… Using those lawyer powers for evil…
      Gina just has that special flair haha. 😀 She would honestly love having sleep darts I think, but it’s also probably best for everyone that she doesn’t. 😛
      Very bad news, indeed!
      You’re right – no cute rich boy anywhere in sight, though maybe it helps that the next three chapters are pretty rich boy heavy? I appreciate the stars haha. 😀
      Thank you for reading and commenting, Carys. <3

  • amyqueen

    Ohh, woah. Hearing Vittoria talk of exes, hitmen, and the name Nero definitely pulled me back to gen one. I have to say I’m terrible with names and hearing Moretti didn’t immediately ring a bell for me. Now I’m itching to read your re-write when I’m caught up 😢
    Okay, so does Vicente senior really think everything can be solved with a restraining order? 🤦‍♀️ He didn’t hesitate getting one on Enzo’s behalf for Gina after the party and it turns out he did it against the mother of his children, too. Can he go any lower? Answer: no. Poor Georgette, I’m sure she had her shortcomings as a mother but she genuinely seemed sad about what happened between her and her kids. They need to know the truth. If Enzo has any sense, this is what it’ll take to have him snap out of his father’s brainwashing. Gina is definitely in love considering she cares about Enzo and what happens to him even though there’s a chance he won’t change. Now all that’s left is learning why his mother wanted to get divorced in the first place. I mean, with Mr. Cavalcante the list could be endless, but there had to have been one particular incident and I’m dying to know what it was. Then comes what I’m dubbing the battle for Collesena~ I’m digging all the back-to-back revelations and action 😀 <3

    • NotJustaBook

      Well, all of the stuff referenced here is from the rewrite, so I don’t wonder that you don’t remember the name, since you’re not caught up. 😂
      Well, when you’re a wealthy lawyer with important contacts, it’s easy to believe everything can be solved with restraining orders… and unfortunately he has kept his ex-wife as bay with them for very long. 😬 I think you’re right Georgette is sad about what happened with her kids. Even though she’s not perfect, she didn’t deserve it.
      I think you’re right there has to be a different reason. Vincente isn’t particularly nice, but some straw has to break the camel’s back.
      Thank you for reading!

      • amyqueen

        Wait is it really? I could’ve sworn there was a chapter in the original where Vittoria was sitting on a bed (in the Mancini house) and Carlo was telling her to come clean about something/share something and then there was a flashback involving hitmen, and idk why the name Nero clicked for me as being brought up during that time… I could go on, but if I’m completely misremembering that I don’t want to sound crazy, hehe. It has been quite a while though~ Now that I’m caught up, I shall definitely be checking it out when I can! 🙂

        • NotJustaBook

          I think you may be thinking of this chapter: https://notjustabooksims.net/a-monte-vista-story-7-head-of-the-family/ 🙂 There was really a hitman in the chapter before it (he tried to kill Vittoria and she dispatched him), but the name Moretti didn’t appear until this version of gen 2. ^_^ Alternatively it’s from later in the gen when there are flashbacks to Vittoria’s past where she killed off her stepdad! (Oh god don’t look at the pictures in those old chapters, I die).

          • amyqueen

            Yup! That’s the very one 😄 Ahh gotcha, there were hitmen involved, but I clearly incepted that name into my own head, lol. And I feel ya on the pictures – I wish I could redo mine, gah. Yours still hold up though!

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