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Part 3: Daivan

Chapter 13 Best

Pillow Talk


I hear the sounds of a shower from afar. Then it stops. I wake from my short but deep sleep… I turn my eyes towards the foreign noise.


berndaivann4-1-1 Bernardo: You’re still awake? …You look you were put through the wringer.

Bernardo comes out of the bathroom and flings the towel behind him with a smile.

giandaivann1-2-4 Gian: …If this keeps up every night I feel like I’m gonna get strung up like a dry sponge.
berndaivann4-2-1 Bernardo: Well, that would be a very joyous yet troubling thing. …Don’t worry. If I did this every night, it’d get in the way of work, so I’ll moderate myself.

Bernardo lifts the sheets up and crawls in beside me and looks at me from the corner of his eye with a grin.

giandaivann1-1-1 Gian: Ooh? Maybe it’s your age?
berndaivann4-3-3 Bernardo: It’s because every time we do it, I’m going to get carried away and go too far.
giandaivann2-1-4 Gian: …I never thought it’d be like this with you. I mean, after how long we’ve known each other.

It’s embarrassing as hell, but I don’t dislike it. I hope Bernardo can tell this from my tone and expression.

berndaivann4-9-3 Bernardo: You’re… Me being with you… When was it I start wanting this…?
giandaivann1-5-2 Gian: You’re surprisingly dense, Bernardo.
berndaivann4-5-2 Bernardo: I am dense. Didn’t you know? It’s because I don’t have enough of some things. No, perhaps it’s more that I never had them from the start.


When Bernardo says this, his eyes stray from focus. It sets me a little on edge.


giandaivann3-3-1 Gian: No? I don’t think you’re lacking anything, though?
berndaivann4-8-2 Bernardo: …I am. At the very least, I’m not someone who can truly be the CR:5 Boss … Or even its Head Captain.
giandaivann2-6-1 Gian: But you are doing it.
berndaivann4-5-2 Bernardo: ‘The whole of life consists of wanting and not succeeding, succeeding and not wanting.’ …I am an exemplary exception to this maxim, don’t you think…?

I never knew he’d been thinking these things… I turn my head to look Bernardo straight in the face… He has his usual wan smile on. His usual calm expression. But…

berndaivann4-2-2 Bernardo: I’m sure I’m not the only one. It’s the same with Luchino, Giulio, Ivan… Everyone is … missing something … lacking something. We can’t do it.
berndaivann4-4-2 Bernardo: And everyone … knows. We know we’re missing something.

I don’t really like him speaking with such resignation.


My mind flickers past all the times, all the expressions that my family’s made in the past.


I’ve seen many different sides in the prison. Same during the escape. And, after we’d returned to Daivan, I’ve also discovered many sides I didn’t know in the slammer.


…All of them are incredible men. Entirely deserving of respect. That I’m sure of. So what if they’re lacking something?

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But, I haven’t got a way to put this into words, so I stay quiet.

berndaivann4-5-2 Bernardo: …That’s why … we’re all drawn to you.

Drawn to me…?

That’s unexpected. But I don’t think Bernardo’s lying. If that’s true, then…

giandaivann1-5-1 Gian: I don’t really get it, but … if you just want me to fill in the missing holes, then I can do that at least.

…Suddenly, I see the answer to a long-standing question I’d had.

giandaivann3-2-1 Gian: I get it. …That’s … the point of being a Boss. Or rather, it’s OK for there to be a Boss like that, right?
berndaivann4-3-1 Bernardo: …Haha!

Bernardo suddenly flips over, taking me completely by surprise. He slaps the pillow and is completely overtaken by a gale of laughter. The hell?

berndaivann4-5-2 Bernardo: It looks like Boss Alessandro saw through everything… To think he’s read you this well…! He really is an amazing person.
giandaivann2-1-1 Gian: What do you mean? Did the Boss say something about me?
berndaivann4-5-2 Bernardo: Yeah. A bit, in the past.

Mgh. Should I follow up? I feel a bit of jealously, and a bit like some personal secret is just at my fingertips. The feeling makes me hesitate on questioning Bernardo further…

…Let’s not. If he end up dropping a strangely serious bomb on me right now, I don’t think I’d get any shut-eye.

I grab Bernardo by the ear and purposely lean in and put on a pretty pout.

giandaivann2-7-1 Gian: Don’t you think it’s awfully cruel of you to be gossiping about other men in bed, Darling?
berndaivann4-3-2 Bernardo: Haha, sorry about that, Honey. …Yeah, if this ruckus gets settled, then I might tell you in due time.

Bernardo says this with a laugh as he tousles my hair.

berndaivann4-5-2 Bernardo: But first, we have to make pancakes of the GD, and clean up Daivan.

With those words, Bernardo sits up in bed.

Hrmgh? His arms drag me up, and sit me up in bed, too. It strikes me as odd when…

berndaivann4-9-1 Bernardo: On my name and honor, I swear…

A squeeze… He embraces me from the front and pecks my cheek. And then again, on the other cheek.

Not like this has ever happened between two men naked in bed, but … that was the traditional Cosa Nostra kiss for one’s dearly beloved, a greeting expressing the deepest of bonds between two men.

berndaivann4-9-1 Bernardo: …I will make you our Capo, Giancarlo.

The words lay bare Bernardo’s resolution to me, far deeper than any kiss could.

giandaivann3-1-1 Gian: …Yeah. I believe in you.

I nod, and place the ceremonial kisses on Bernardo’s cheeks as well. …And from there, we bury our faces in each other’s necks…

And then we separate. Our bodies, that is.

berndaivann4-4-2 Bernardo: …I’m sorry, Gian. To tell the truth, you’re the last one I’m telling this.

I wait for his next words, my eyes trained straight on Bernardo.

berndaivann4-8-2 Bernardo: Starting tomorrow, I will be absent again for a period of time. …This time I’ve let the others know, so that’ll be fine.
giandaivann3-3-1 Gian: …You’ve got somewhere you need to be?

…Something in my chest prickles at this. Is it to that woman’s place? …My heart sinks a little at that thought.

But, Bernardo continues.

berndaivann4-7-2 Bernardo: I’m heading to Chicago. There’s something I must do there.
giandaivann2-4-2 Gian: I … guess it’s best if I don’t go with you.
berndaivann4-8-2 Bernardo: Sorry… Even with our Boss back, the family’s still a mess. Gian, please stay with everyone here.
giandaivann2-2-2 Gian: …I understand.
berndaivann4-10-2 Bernardo: This Friday … there will probably be a peace negotiation between the CR:5 and GD. I promise I’ll be back before then…!
giandaivann3-1-2 Gian: I believe in you, Darling.
berndaivann4-2-2 Bernardo: …If my libido gets the best of me there, I will jerk myself off with you in mind.
giandaivann2-2-2 Gian: You doofus…

And with those words, we kiss again and again and again … And, for the first time, we fall asleep lying in the same bed.

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The next morning…


When I wake up, I’m lying in the bed alone.


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