As Cassandra slept, Amato and Jimmy were reuniting in Central Park after losing their tailgaters, “Hey long time, no see, asshole,” Jimmy joked.
“Come on, we gotta keep moving. You dumped your car, right?”
“Yeah, it’s all the way on 9th and Broadway, probably getting towed as we speak.”
“You’re brilliant, for an old fucker,” Amato said, knowing the police will be searching that area for them, Jimmy just bought them at least half a day.
“Cohen doesn’t have the resources to track you and Fenetti plus the assassins.”
“I hope you’re right, goomba” said Amato uncertain.
They both walked to the other side of the park and to the train station on 3rd. He had a plan to get another car and Jimmy probably wasn’t going to like it, which is why Amato was keeping it a secret. He didn’t need Jimmy throwing a fit, not now. Walking down the street, they came across an old fencer who ran a chop shop parading as an auto part store. The moment Jimmy saw Amato’s right foot cross over onto the property he exclaimed, “Whoa, whoooa, whooa, you got to be crazy!”
“Come on, we need a car, and you know Desi’s got one.”
“Yeah but he’s a weasel. Who’s to say he won’t snitch and get us killed?”
“He’s not snitching on nobody, just trust me.”
Reluctantly Jimmy followed Amato into the shop and cringed at the sound of the bell on the door. “Nice ambiance, assholes,” Jimmy said under his breath as he batted the stupid chain that hung from the door.
“Behave,” Amato warned.
Holding his tongue Jimmy played along with this farce, while his gut told him this was not going to go well. Hearing that there was a customer in the shop, the owner himself, Desi Fostino, appeared in a dirty apron and even dirtier hands which he was trying to clean off with a red rag. Though he looked like you’re typical middle aged, Italian man, he was one of the most notorious car thieves in New York. “Can I help ya’s?” he asked without bothering to look up.
“Yeah, I’d like to place an order for a 2014 La Crosse, no frills, just candy apple red.” Amato replied.
Snickering, Desi, continued to get the grime out from under his finger nails without bothering to look at them, “I dunno what you’s guys heard, but I don’t play tha…” Amato stopped him by grabbing his grease rag.
“Hello Desi, remember me?” Stunned, all the old man could do was nod.
“Look I don’t want any trouble, we run a clean business here,” he said trying to appeal to Amato. Snorting Jimmy wasn’t having any of it, “You neva, run a clean business Desi, just look at ya.” Not wanting to scare Desi too much, Amato rephrase his request, “Desi, I need a car with new plates, can you do it?”
“Ye, yeah!” he said shaking in his sneakers.
“Good, what ya got in inventory?”
“Three Corollas and a Kia Optima.”
“I want to borrow the Kia for a few hours, is it ready to roll?”
Nodding his head yes, Desi said, “I’ll go get the remote.”
“Thank you.” Amato said, while staring him dead in the eye intentionally making him uncomfortable.
As they waited, there was a television on the wall broadcasting the 6 o’clock news. To their dismay, they were already broadcasting the murder as well as the security footage. As their day went from bad to worse, they even posted a composite sketch of Cassandra Fenetti, along with her name, age and last known whereabouts. She was labeled a person of interest as well as a suspect brandishing a weapon at police. “Geesh!” Amato said angrily. Jimmy watched stunned by the carelessness of the local police. “This isn’t gonna end well,” he declared.
Rubbing his jaw, Amato looked like he was ready for a fight. Slamming his fist onto the counter, he said through gritted teeth, “Son of a bitch! They shit all over this investigation just like I knew they would.” Hearing the banging of Amato’s fist, Desi came out of the back in a hurry, “I’m hurrying as fast as I can,” he said doing his best to get them out of his store. Throwing the remote to the Kia on the counter, Desi expected a look of contentment however instead he got an icy stare from Amato who scooped up the remote. Sensing the anger, Desi took a step back and said, “It’s out in the back, please, just go. I don’t want anyone seeing this, they’ll think I’m a rat.”
“Too late,” Jimmy answered, not able to resist.
Following Amato out the front door, he inexplicably turned his head and saw Desi turning off the television. It was too little too late, the damage had already been done. Amato was now on the warpath, and he knew nothing would stop him from finding Cassandra Fenetti, even if it was only to rub Cohen’s face in it. This was becoming personal, but when it came to Cassandra and Amato, it was always personal. He felt like a third wheel, but he had to look out for his friend and colleague. There was bad blood in the ranks when it came to Amato. There were still some who believed he couldn’t be trusted, considering since his return, seven agents were arrested for having ties to the Cosimo family. This benefited only Fenetti, and her new crew the Alunni, she and Stephano had to purge and consolidate their power. What better way than to get rid of all the back stabbers and make a public statement? Amato looked like a foolish lover who got tossed like a piece of trash in the end by an ambitious mafiosa. It wasn’t right and Jimmy wanted to help restore Amato’s reputation not to mention his career. He watched too many people get steamrolled by Cohen and wanted to put an end to it.
As they walked around the building to the back, Amato reached for his gun as they turned the corner. Following suit, Jimmy reached for his as well. Creeping slowly around the corner, they were both relieved to find nothing but a white Kia Optima parked in parking lot amongst some other beat up looking cars. Using the remote Amato disarmed the alarm system, and unlocked the doors. Inspecting the car for defects, he listened to the hum of the engine to be sure it purred just right. He also looked at the plates on the car and they were New York license plates to his satisfaction. “Smiling, Jimmy said, “Looks like Desi delivered.” Amato simply nodded his head, still pissed off from the unwelcomed media coverage. Jimmy could see the intensity in his gaze and knew he was already planning the next move.