The year was 1507 and it happened to be a beautiful day in Rome. Ezio Auditore da Firenze a Master Assassin has just arrived back from Spain, defeating Cesare Borgia and his army. Finally letting Rome have its freedom it so rightly deserved. “Roma…” he said as he smiled slightly underneath his white hood. “I must get to the Rosa in Fiore to tell mother is Claudia of my return.” Ezio whipped his rein to let his horse trot a little faster. As he went further and further into the city, the courtesans noticed him and blew a kisses at him, the thieves leaning over the rooftops to cheer at him as he nodded and smiled at all the acknowledgment. A woman looked up from her father’s table to notice all the cheering and saw Ezio as he rode past her father’s pottery table.
"Sofia can you please hand me those pots next to you?" An old and tender voice said beside her, she looked at the floor and noticed ornate pots.
"Of course father, anything else we need?" She bent down and picked up the heavy pots and placing them on the wooded table.
"I think that is it my dear." He said picking up the pots and placing them accordingly on the table, turning them to show off the hand painted colors. "Oh! Of course, how can I forget? I need you to get us food, here’s a list of what we need." He said strengthening up and looking at his daughter.
"Va bene father, I’ll be on my way then." Sofia walked around the table and started to walk down the road. "Sofia!" Her father screamed for her, she giggled to herself and rolled her eyes and then turned around. "Yes?"
"Try and find Bruno, we need his strong arms today." She laughed at the notion of finding her older brother. "Where on earth will I be able to find him in this big city?"
"Don’t worry you’ll find him, and make these errands quick. Vai su (Go on)." Her father said while flicking his hands.
Ezio got off his horse and headed through the door of the Rosa in Fiore. The brothel was busy, flowing with people and the loud chatter of people. He grazed the main room for either his sister or mother. His mother was making her way down the long stairwell when she saw him.
"Ezio?" She said softly to him, making her way and embracing him tightly.
"Mother I am home…" He said embracing her back; he towered over her as he always did. He pulled away from her and pulled down his hood to show his face. Maria looked up at him looking straight into his soul as she always does and making him feel young again.
"Is it done, is Ceasre dead?" She said quietly so none of the patrons heard her.
"Si, it is done. The Borgia will no longer plague our family or Roma and I am home for good." He said with a great big smile. Maria placed her hand upon Ezio’s cheek, "Such great news my son, we must tell the others."
"Where is Claudia? Didn’t I leave her to run this place?" He looked around to see if Claudia was around but she was nowhere to be seen.
Maria pulled away from him and gracefully placed one hand in the other. “Don’t you worry Ezio, she is upstairs in her office talking to a few of our girls. Follow me, we will go see her.”
"Bene I will be right behind you. "He said walking behind his mother. Following her upstairs and to the right heading down a long hallway. For as long as he’s been here, he has not once smelled roses in this place. He never noticed the blooming flowers that were placed upon every inch of the brothel. "Mother, since when did the Rosa in Fiore smell like roses?" Maria laughed, "Since the first week we have been here. You were too preoccupied dealing with the Borgia that you never realized how much effort me and your sister put into the place."
"Well that would explain why I feel like this place has gotten bigger since the last time I was here as well." He snickered. "Well now that you are done, you can notice things more." Maria smirked at Ezio and then turned around and gestured him to continue to walk with her. Maria turned towards a closed door and knocked and entered when it was okay to.
Claudia was leaning over behind her desk talking to three courtesans. “I must stress the importance of this mission. It is very important to the Brotherhood that we take these men off our streets to make it a safer. I trust you three with my life and I trust you to find out where Il Bulldog is.”
"You can trust us Mistress. We will find out where this figilo di putana is hiding and bring you any information on his whereabouts." One of the courtesan’s said with a stern angry voice.
"Molto bene. Go get him girls." Claudia said with a smiled proudly of her girls. She watched them as they headed towards the door to leave and saw her mother and brother standing there. "Ezio!" Claudia said standing up straight and running towards her brother. Ezio however was paying attention to one of the courtesans who were leaving the room.
"Bella…" Ezio said smiling at the woman as she left the room winking at him just before she turned to head down the hallway. He turned back his attention towards his sister who was crossing her arms and has a sour face. He laughed, "What?"
"Oh nothing you testa di grasso (fat head), just that I was standing her waiting for a hug and you completely ignored me to grab the attention of one of the girls." She said furiously.
"Claudia!" Maria yelled in response to her daughter’s choice of words. "Be nice to your brother, he just got back!"
Ezio couldn’t help but laugh a little more. “It’s okay mother, I am a fat head. But sister, you have to understand. I cannot resist a woman’s beauty which is why I am paying attention to you right now. My little sister, just as beautiful and deadly as I last saw you.” Ezio charmed his way into Claudia’s arms; he hugged her tightly, just to reassure that he was there.
"So how was it brother?" She said after pulling away from the embrace.
"How was what?" Ezio walked over to a nearby chair and sat down, unfastening he belt and loosening his robe.
"You know, killing that bastardo Cesare." She said walking back to her desk and slightly leaning on it while Maria sat down beside Ezio.
Ezio sighed, “Cesare was a proud man even when he faced death. He was going on about how he was going to lead mankind into a new world and that I wouldn’t kill him, now man could.” He ruffled his own hair and used his fingers to comb back some strands of hair that was in his face.
"And you killed him right?" Claudia said in response.
"Si, I left his life in fate’s hand. I let him fall off of a wall and I confirmed that he was dead with my own eyes. He is gone, Rodrigo is gone and Lucrezia is long from here. We and the people are free." Claudia gave a sigh, "If only that was true brother." She said hesitantly.
"What’s happened?" Ezio leaned forward in his seat, his elbows resting on his knees.
"There is a new gang in the city, a very big and influential one. It has become the Assassin’s top priority to get rid of these men."
"They are more influential than the Borgia?" Ezio looked at both his mother and sister who started to pace up and down the room. "They have influence many important political men through blackmail and took many of my girls away from me and they abuse their power and beat up helpless people around the city." Ezio’s face grew long with concern and leaned back into his chair.
"Claudia as well as the others has been chasing out this man called Il Bulldog and his men but they are very hard to find." Maria started to explain, "And when we find a lead they don’t talk and still these men elude us." Claudia further explained. Ezio rubbed his eyes and sighed. "Well it looks like my work is cut for me." He looked up at Claudia.
"Mi dispace Ezio, I know you just got back from Spain. But we can use your help."
"Si of course, you can count on me." Ezio said standing up from the chair and throwing his belt over his shoulders. Claudia reluctantly smiled, "Grazie brother."
"But before you do anything, you must rest. I’m sure you can use it." Maria said and Ezio nodded. "May I stay here?"
"Of course you may, stay as long as you need brother." Claudia walked towards Ezio and hugged him again. "It is good to see you brother, if you need anything let me or mother know and we’ll see to it that it is done." Ezio couldn’t resist smiling.
"Send a pigeon to the hideout; let them know that I have returned. " Ezio said while walking out into the hallway. "Mother would you care to escort me to my room?" Maria nodded and Ezio held out his arm for her to hold as they walked to his room.
Sofia started to walk towards the small market; the smell of fresh fruit filled the air. The sound of many people talking, heralds are talking about the daily news and the beggar’s begging. The market was very busy and so was many of the food stands. She looked at the list her father gave her and started to go down the list buying them and soon she was done with the errands and heading back to her father’s stand. The roads were still a bit crowded so she decided it was best to take the short cut behind the market. She walked briskly because she knew it would be a long route. “Merda..” She said to herself, “Bruno that ass…” She turned around and accidentally bumped into someone. She looked up and saw a slightly larger man who seemed wealthy on account of the clothing he was wearing. “Mi scusi signore, I apologize.” The man looked down at her and smirked.
"It is not a problem bella donna, accidents happen for a reason." He bent down and took her hand and kissed the top of it. Sofia quickly snatched her hand back and smiled politely.
"Um, I best be on my way now." She said and tried to walk past the group of men but one of the men blocked her path. "Excuse me, but you are in my way." She said looking up the man; only the man did not budge.
"I’m sorry bella donna, please forgive me but I cannot just let you go. You see as I said everything happens for a reason and you bumping into me are exactly what I mean." The man started to walk closer to her grinning like a little boy who got a new wooden sword and Sofia’s heart started to race as he stopped in front of her to stroke her cheek.
"Trust me signore-"
"Please, call me Fabio." His finger started to rub against her lower lip.
"Uh trust me Fabio, it meant nothing. It was just an accident." She started to back up forgetting that the other man was behind her. He pushed her slightly into Fabio he chuckled.
"How do you know? You just bumped into me again." He looked at her basket.
"What? No, that was his fault he pushed me into you. Please I just want to get back to my father, he’ expecting me back by now." She began to panic.
"Don’t worry mia cara, we’ll take good care of you and you will be on your way soon enough." He snatched the basket away from her and gave it to one of the other men to hold and pulled her to him. She struggled and pushed away from Fabio hoping that she could get away but he was stronger than she was.
"Please no! I’ll scream!" She shouted as Fabio covered her mouth.
"You scream and I’ll kill you. Do you understand, scream and your dead." Fabio said quietly, and Sofia nodded in response. "Molto bene, let’s get started." Fabio brought her to a secluded area and started to kiss her, pressing his lips against hers and pushing his tongue inside of her mouth. She started to feel sick and almost wanted to throw up. Fabio lifted up her shirt and brought his hand up to one of her breasts and started to squeeze. She looked around for a way to escape, Fabio stopped kissing her and pushed her up against the wall and started to pull down her pants and untie his. As he was distracted she kicked him in the groin and quickly pulled up her pants and started to make a run for it the opposite way but one of the men grabbed her from behind. "No! Let go of me!" She struggled to get free.
"Brutta! You hurt me you fucking bitch!" Fabio started to stand up while holding his groin. "I’m going to kill you." He came after her wielding a knife.
"No! Please, I’m sorry! I’m sorry!" Sofia pleaded and Fabio stood there and smirked.
"No?" He asked. Sofia nodded and started to cry.
"Fine, I won’t kill you out of the goodness of my own heart. I am a very powerful man mia cara, I can do whatever I please. But I’ll tell you what, if you spread those long legs of yours and let me fuck you like the whore you are. I’ll give you everything you wanted. What do you say?" Fabio dragged the knife to her neck and pressed. Before she could say anything something hit the other man over the head and let go of her and before she knew it she was on the ground checking her throat. Fabio’s knife fell to the ground and he ran away. "You’ll pay for your intrusion!" Fabio said in the distance.
"Yeah? I look forward to that!" the man spit on the ground and looked at Sofia."Are you alright?" He walked over to hear and picked her up from the ground.
"Bruno? Thank God!" She hugged him and held him as tight as she could, tears started to roll down her face.
"Si, it’s okay. Shh, it’s okay. I’m here sister."
"How did you find me?" She looked up at him wiping her tears away.
"Father sent me to look for you. He said you would be at the market and since the streets are crowded I took this path. I guess we had the same idea, but what the hell happened? Who was that?" He pulled Sofia away from him to get a look at her. "Did he hurt you?" She shook her head.
"No, I’m fine. I don’t know who he is. I accidently bumped into him and then he grabbed me after I apologized and started to walk away." Bruno looked angry.
"Pezzo di merda." Bruno said. Sofia realized she wasn’t holding the basket anymore.
"Merda, the basket!" She said loudly.
"It’s okay, father will understand. We better get you back before any more of those thugs come along." Sofia nodded, "Si, lead the way brother." Bruno put his arm around her and helped her to walk.
((Go and look at my fanfic if you like it! There’s four chapters on the site so far! :3 https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10166731/1/A-Long-Time-Coming))
There is now a measles outbreak in New York. A whole ward of cancer patients currently undergoing chemotherapy have been exposed to it. Imagine fighting cancer for years only to die because some jackass didn’t vaccinate their brat and you caught measles.
STUPID FUCKING PIECE OF SHIT PARENTS
Oh yes..the plague has arrived…
what is the MAGIC
it’s called mochi! it’s like ice cream in a soft skin! also, it’s fucking amazing!
This is もちアイス (mochiaisu) and the “soft skin” is pounded rice cake. The white stuff you see on the outside is powdered sugar so they won’t get sticky. It’s very delicious on a hot day and you can get these at the right self-serve frozen yogurt joints. Unfortunately North America sells one mochiaisu for a dollar and some cents whereas in Japan you can get these by the boxful in any supermarket.
Take that, Bembridge Scholars!
The Mummy is a film about a woman having a marvellous time, and I think that’s so beautiful.
I love Evy so much!