Monday, April 21, 2008

Respite, Revenge and Reconciliation

Frankie already had all the motivation he needed to go after Anzio. Our proposition to him was just the little extra impetus to put the final motions into place. For a while we were afraid he might forget about the deal and act without thinking; what we didn't count on was Frankie thinking too much.

We don't know what Anzio said to him exactly, but by the time we had arrived to pick up The Boss, Frankie was a no-show, and Anzio wasn't talking. Whatever sidetracked him must have had something to do with unfinished business--perhaps involving the incident at the restaurant. Wherever he is then, and whatever he's doing, he had just better not be so naive as to think he can just disappear. There's still plenty he has to answer for, not the least of which is the sudden and shady murder of Walter Pennington. While it's true that the former mayoral hopeful won't necessarily be missed, a crime is still a crime.

In spite of how things appear to be coming together on the outside, inside there's a lot of shifting going on. And if there's one thing we've learned from Frankie and the Pascetti family, it's that there's always room for the unexpected.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Guns and Roses

The idea behind leverage is being able to move bigger obstacles by lesser means. Large doors move upon the smallest of hinges, and ships are maneuvered by the slightest adjustment of a rudder. For Frankie, all it took was a girl.

When we found Josephina she was quite removed from her past life and had taken to a much more normal one. She'd even traded her cook's apron for a green thumb. Apparently she hadn't been killed as everyone had been led to believe and as Frankie was content to pretending. But he couldn't leave a well enough thing alone. We had traced packages and expenditures coming from Frankie to her new address, many of which were marked "return to sender."

Although having saved her life, Frankie destroyed what love they had shared--a love which now unrequited was replaced by a sense of guilt and a burden of responsibility. She was then, in the deepest sense, lost to him. But not forgotten.

Cornered and with nowhere to go, Frankie made a choice. Even after losing more than most could stand, he found something worth fighting for, even if nothing more than for survival. In the events that would follow, it would become harder to tell which Frankie was the real one, and which one was just pretend.