Lucky Dog 1 translations 02-02

Part 1: Prison

Chapter 2



I spot Bernardo in a corner of the cafeteria.

He’s seated in the middle of a huge section of empty seats.  Bernardo’d ordered some of the CR:5 goodfellas to keep anyone else from approaching.

I raise my hand and approach, and they silently let me pass on through.

Bernardo: Seeing you again so soon, Gian?  It’s only been since breakfast.

Gian: I see.  This way, we can have a nice clandestine talk smack in the middle of the cafeteria…

Makes me feel kinda VIP.

Bernardo: I’ve also notified them of your rise to capo.  Use them as you please if need be.  There’ll be times you’ll want manpower, right?

It’s such a weird feeling.  From now on, I’m going to be protected by family members who were my equals until just a little while ago.

Gian: I’m really not used to giving orders… I mean, me, a captain?  It’s all out of the blue, right?  Right?!
Bernardo: I thought you’d make capo further down the road.

“Further?”  So he’d already been expecting me to make capo sometime down the line?

Gian: Well, nice to have you by my side.  As usual, Boss absolutely loooves his crazy orders.

Bernardo folds his arms and narrows his eyes slightly.

Bernardo: Well, thinking back, we’ve been through quite a lot together…

Bernardo and I’ve worked several jobs together under the Boss’s orders.  The first time’d been when I was sixteen and had just stepped into the family.

Though he was six years older than me, Bernardo was different from the others.  He didn’t mock me or look down on me.

Well … there’d been some squaring off and suspicious glances at first.  After we’d finished a few jobs, though, we’d learned to trust each other.

Even if we don’t know every single detail about each other’s private lives, we can talk to each other about anything.  That’s just how we are.

This distance between us hasn’t changed even after Bernardo became capo.  It’s been eight years since then…  Ah well.  It’s just one of those relationships you’re stuck with for life, whether you like it or not.

Bernardo: …But, you know, the Boss never gives impossible orders.

His eyes, filled with trust, narrow behind those glasses.  Bernardo’s always held the Boss in high regard.

Gian: Maybe, but this one’s pretty close to impossible, doncha think?  Came completely outta nowhere, too.

Bernardo takes a deep breath and suddenly switches to Italian.  It’s a measure to keep things secret in case anyone’s eavesdropping.

Bernardo: I was surprised to hear that you’ll become the boss if you succeed, though.  It’s a once in a lifetime chance.  It’d be a shame for you let this one go, Lucky Dog.

After Grampa Cavalli backs down, the guy next in line to become boss should’ve been the capo at the top of the pecking order – in other words, the top captain, Bernardo.

Even so, Bernardo shows no sign of discontent at the Boss’s bullheaded orders, and grins at me as though nothing has happened.

I don’t know what he’s thinking … but it looks like we’ll get along fine, just like before.

Gian: You betcha.  I’ll pull through, one way or another.  After all, this isn’t just a chance; it’s an order too…

…Can’t waste too much time here on chitchat.  I lower my voice and quickly explain which bit of the escape plan I want Bernardo’s help on.

Basically, I ask him to secure an escape route after we bust out of these walls.  We’re a big group, so I’d rather have the family help with getting safe transportation to Daivan.

I give Bernardo the lowdown (mixed in with some idle chatter) on the predicted exit locations for the two escape plans.

Bernardo: …All right.  I’ll contact our friends on the outside through my lawyer.  Leave the ride home to me.  I’ll keep an eye open and help any way I can, too.

Gian: Either way, just put contacting Daivan on the top of your to-do list.

It’s not like there’s nothing I want his help on here, but there’s this thing called priorities.

Bernardo: You should hurry with your preparations as quickly as possible as well.  Daivan is probably bearing down hard on the elders.

Gian: Yeah.  Strain them too much and you’ll pay dearly.  The Boss is no spring chicken either.
Bernardo: Mm…  Yeah, I guess you’re right about that…

Oddly enough, Bernardo’d mumbled this under his breath.  He rarely does that.  I wonder why now…?

Still smiling, he continues in his usual tone.

Bernardo: Others besides the GD may have started tossing their weight around in Daivan.  If we don’t get out of here soon, it might not be the Daivan we know anymore by the time we return.

Jokes shouldn’t ever be actually coming true.

I chuckle dryly before thumping my chest as if to say, “Leave it to me.”

…Now then, who to talk to next?

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Britches
    Jan 01, 2013 @ 16:38:38

    “I spot Bernardo in a corner of the cafeteria.”

    Ohhhh Bernie my baby c’mere let me just lick your face asjkdhkasjd

    “Makes me feel kinda VIP.”

    Since you’re canonically the equivalent to Hou-fucking-dini, I find myself tremendously troubled to believe that to be a novelty.

    “Bernardo: I’ve also notified them of your rise to capo. Use them as you please if need be. There’ll be times you’ll want manpower, right?”

    Careful Gian, that line might easily be a trap.

    ““Further?” So he’d already been expecting me to make capo sometime down the line?”

    Well, to be quite fair, his imaginative capacity is nigh unlimited, and he also knows some things you don’t. Such as, who your SPOILER is…

    “I don’t know what he’s thinking … “

    I do. Always.

    “It’s not like there’s nothing I want his help on here, but there’s this thing called priorities.”

    Are you making it deliberately hard for me to keep my mind out of the gutter. Teehee. Hard. Sorry.

    “I chuckle dryly before thumping my chest as if to say, “Leave it to me.””

    … Excuse me, but that’s one of the most hilarious things I can imagine Gian doing. Face it Gian, you’re the princess, not GI Joe.



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