Wycliffe Family Home
~ Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn ~
Valentina Wycliff and Riccardo Biancardi
Ricky listened with interest as Quadir explained he'd started out helping with Gabriel's ever-expanding cocaine business. "All the way to a chauffeur and bodyguard? That's a lot of responsibility, so your Boss must have a lot of faith in you," he assured him. "As for me, my family have been close associates with the Morettis for over a decade now. Following the peace agreement with the Sullivans, I do a lot of work between here and Dublin. By this point I wish there were two of me to share the load," he remarked. "Gabriel and Conor are two very different men. It certainly keeps me on my toes."
When Harmony asked her when Julia would show up, Valentina lightly shrugged her shoulders. "I'm not sure. Ricky said she was hoping to get here by the end of the night, but it may be that she can't make it at all. I won't let her skip the big night out this weekend. I will drag her out with us, if I have to," she enthused.
Valentina was glad she had Harmony and Elvian on board for the plot to ban business talk for the rest of the night. "If I don't get to work overtime at the hotels, then Papa doesn't get to bring his work into my house," she mischievously commented. She then let out a sigh at mention of Ava's absence. "She hasn't arrived here yet. Do you think we need to be concerned?" she asked. She doubted they needed to worry, but she was still surprised her sister-in-law hadn't arrived yet.
Though Teddy's enthusiasm for getting revenge on James was expected, Gabriel was still pleased to hear the man confirm he was in on the plan. "Then we shall discuss it in greater detail tomorrow. After we've dealt with Riccardo and the lawyers over Sullivan's transfer of ownership. Riccardo doesn't need to hear about what we have planned for Porter." Gabriel stubbed out his cigar in the glass ashtray but he was still about to continue discussing business. That was, of course, until the door open and the delicate figure stepped into view.
"Papa. Grandpa," Cristina began, putting her hands on her hips in exasperation. "It's my Mama's birthday party, so you both need to come inside and celebrate. No business-talk allowed," she informed them, clearly having overheard those words before.
"Well, that's me told," Gabriel replied, his cold and ruthless manner from mere seconds ago having expertly switched to a soft and playful one. Getting up from his seat, he approached his granddaughter and reached out to hold her hand so she could accompany him back into the house. Once they were back inside, Gabriel poured himself a brandy before returning to the lounge. "Good evening, Riccardo. I do hope Julia hasn't let you out here on your own to cause trouble."
"Oh, she wouldn't dream of it," Ricky remarked back at him. For a moment, he observed Gabriel as he and Cristina sat on the sofa next to each other. It was an interesting and rare sight to see the Moretti boss for even the shortest of moments switch off from being stern and serious. Instead, it was clear the man had a soft spot for his grandchildren. Catching himself before his curiosity turned into simply rude staring, he returned his focus to Quadir
When she saw Teddy return to the lounge, Valentina beckoned her husband over and leaned in to kiss him on the lips. "All good?" she asked him, hoping her father wasn't being grumpy with him. "I hope so, because business talk is officially banned for the rest of the evening," she happily informed him.
Melanin-Gxdess (Teddy, Elvian)
Kawashima Lightning (Harmony, Quadir)
Mercury Nightclub and Cocktail Bar
~ Bethnal Green, London ~
Kerry followed May's cues during the game of poker and wasn't surprised when she lost all of her chips. The man they were playing clearly saw that Kerry was no good at the game and so he put his focus on taking from her. Kerry went all in when May did. By the end, the man was convinced he had won and made a remark about poker being a man's game, prompting Kerry to roll her eyes. "Ah, right you are, so," Kerry said, letting out an exaggerated sigh. "I knew I should have stayed at home tonight, in the kitchen," she drily commented.
Once the man had left, Kerry turned to May and started laughing. "You're unbelievable," she playfully commented. When Laura arrived for her shift, it was May's time to leave. When her friend offered to walk her home, Kerry quickly shook her head. "No, you don't want to do that and neither do I. The Parker's live in Islington and I don't have the energy for that walk home. I'll flag down a taxi and leave you in peace," she told her. "I think we need more time and privacy to talk about Conor Sullivan! But I can tell you he lives in Dublin and is a very prominent figure there. Anyone in Dublin would know of him, on account of his reputation," she assured her as they stepped out of the club so she could get a cab back to the Parkers' residence.
BasDorcha (May) [I figured I needed to wrap up Kerry's part in the scene]