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Dirt n' Diamonds

Dirt n' Diamonds

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These violent delights have violent ends


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The Moon Dynasty withstood the test of time, its claws reaching far past the gritty streets of Boston. Wired throughout the Eastern part of the United States, its fingers gripped tightly around the throat of New England. Rumored sightings of its inner workings had long since began to dwindle. No sane soul dared to dance with the devil, and those that did seemed to mysteriously vanish or forget. Morals may be low, but defense and security were always at their peak. A single slip up could cause decades of work to crumble at their feet. Every member knew the basic rules. Stay alert, stay hidden, trust no one but yourself.

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This particular morning was different than most of his mornings had gone since the party at Theo's home. Today he was meeting with the boss, and it sounded like he was getting a different job today. It was enough to alert Detective Fieldings about on their daily morning call as Victor got dressed.

"You think you're finally gonna get decent intel for me?" The other detective teased him through the phone, and Victor glared even if Hector couldn't tell. Victor's abilities to get the very information he needed to be a useful undercover agent were stifled by his reach in the Dynasty. Sure, he'd seen Theo more than any rookie could ever dream of, but that didn't mean he had access to information. Theo didn't trust him, and he could say the same for most of the Dynasty members aside from Jake; but even his friendship with Jake would not afford him any further access. "You told me yourself this would take some time to develop. Quit busting my balls," Victor grumbled back. His phone was nestled in the crook of his neck as he pulled up his slacks, carefully balanced as he tried to talk with his burner.

The older detective laughed, and then a sigh followed. "Just be careful, Vic, okay? You're being a bit too reckless with this one and I don't want to see you getting hurt. Again." Hector's tone was serious, and it mimicked the way a father should speak with his son. A concern that his own father never had for Victor. Before Victor could hang up, Hector blurted out his thought, "Oh, your girl stopped by the other day. She left you a piece of that cherry pie you like. I can get it to you if you want it."

Oh right, Pattie. Being caught up in all of the nonsense with Theo and Jake, as well as the mafia as a whole, he'd forgotten about his girlfriend. It was a shitty thing to admit, but at least he was admitting it to himself. Funnily enough, the thought of her thick Boston accent and carefully manicured body brought a smile to Victor's face. He always thought she was just using their relationship to become a paralegal at his mother's firm, but she actually stopped by to talk with Hector and leave him his favorite pie. She was an amazing baker, and always made cherry pies when she visited Victor and his family. "Pattie's good, then?" Victor asked, finally wondering what she'd been up to this whole time. Her loyalty was to be admired, he was sure even the Dynasty would respect it. "Other than missing you like crazy, yeah. Your mom finally hired her on," Hector mentioned, confirming Victor's thoughts about that.

"Good. I'll talk to you later. Bring the slice around if you can," Victor ended the call before he heard Hector's answer. He grabbed the pistol Theo had given him, holding it in his hands for a moment before slipping it in the back of his slacks.

Theo was still as much of a mystery to him as the day they met. The more Theo seemed to learn about him, the less he felt he understood Theo. He could be quite charming, and it seemed his favorite pastime was teasing Victor for his blunders. Perhaps it was that Victor was always treated as the golden boy by everyone he met, and Theo had no intentions of doing the same. It was a common trait amongst the Dynasty members and Victor didn't know why it only bothered him when Theo did it. He wanted to be that golden boy, someone that Theo could look to with respect and trust. Or maybe Jake was right, and he wanted something completely different than trust and respect. Maybe he just wanted Theo.

Max was the one to pick him up for the mission today, riding passenger to Aaron. Although he hadn't seen Theo since the party, he'd seen these two and Salvi and Jake more frequently. "Morning Snitch. Ready to see your boyfriend today?" Max started teasing him the moment he stepped in, and Victor groaned, looking out the window to avoid his reddening cheeks being so obvious.

Just like the office situation, he hadn't gotten over what a fool he made of himself in front of Theo. It was easy to think so when he wasn't around Theo or being teased by the others, but it still didn't fail to light his face on fire with embarassment. "You're still going on with that? I'm starting to think you're jealous," Victor still managed to tease, only because it was Max. If it had been Theo making comments about his behavior at the party, well, Victor would melt into the floor out of humiliation.

He had a sinking feeling that Theo would take any chance to tease him today, even if they were supposed to be debriefing. Victor made sure to place himself at the back of the group, a few feet behind Max. He shoved his hands into his pockets and tried to focus just enough on Theo's words to get his job objective without his thoughts wandering. His words did peak Victor's interest, wondering who this big shark was, and if he would be able to get enough intel to make himself useful to Detective Fieldings. His eyes, which were roaming around the room, finally settled on Theo, making sure to take in every detail of his new job.

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As far as trust went, Theo had very little, if any for politicians. So many of them were simply looking for gains, willing to out the dynasty the first chance they got. Caesar Moon had been close to being burned by one of them more times than he was willing to admit. He’d never actually given all the details to Theo, but he had gifted him with a warning,

Never give a politician the benefit of the doubt.

That had been more than enough for Theo to start taking extra precautions when it came to these types of deals. Surely enough, a few had attempted to turn on the dynasty once they’d gotten what they wanted. None had succeeded. Theo was certain this time would be no different. After reaching over his desk, he held a large envelope out for everyone to see. Attached to it was a photo of their target for the day. ”Any of you lot know who this is?” he watched in silence, eyes examining each and everyone of their faces as realization settled into their features. Salvi was the first to speak.

”Ain’t that our mayor? The hell does he want with us?” Theo let’s out a soft chuckle over Salvi’s outburst. He carefully set the envelope down, resting his weight on the ball of his palms against the wooden desk. ”As it would have it, our esteemed mayor St. Claire isn’t actually a saint. Quite the opposite, in fact.” There was a point in time when government officials turning out to be crooked cheats would surprise Theo, but at this point in the game it was to be expected. William St. Claire had been haggling the dynasty for favors over the past few months in order to secure his position. Though Theo had agreed to a few, it was a far cry from a partnership. Now it appeared that the mayor wanted to change that.

”Mr. St. Claire wants to run for senate and he made the dynasty a generous offer to see to it that he wins.” Jake’s eyes rolled towards the heavens and back along with a sigh. ”Figures” Salvi’s focus shifted towards him for a moment, eyes lingering for a second before landing back on Theo. The room was silent, no one daring to ask the question everyone wanted an answer to. Theo knew it was on the tip of their tongues, so he waited patiently. Salvi cleared his throat, deciding to be the first to brave it. ”So, did we accept?” Once again, silence took over the room as Theo organized his thoughts. Victor was in the room, which meant he couldn’t give away too much, but he needed to give the information necessary to have everyone on the same page.

His fingers drummed against the edge of the desk as he began to explain. ”That’s precisely why you’re all here. You’re going to help me decide”. Confusion quickly settled onto Salvi and Jake’s faces, but was swiftly squashed once they were handed the files the dynasty had on Boston’s mayor, ”We’ve already uncovered some dirty little secrets. Gambling, bribery, vote manipulation. The works.” Salvi quietly thumbed through the pages, letting out a scoff once he’d reached the end. Theo assured the group this was not all, nor would it be enough to hold over St. Claire’s head. Gathering the rest of the dirt on the twisted politician would be easy, even more so with the help of Salvi and Jake,

”As for you three,” Theo continued, not before assuring Salvi and Jake he would give them more details later. ”I've set up a meeting with St. Claire’s men for today.” he hands Aaron a thin stack of papers, detailing everything they need to know for the meeting. ”We need to know what he wants, and what he’s willing to bid to get it.” he notes, making sure his words reach Max and Victor as well before turning to attention back to Aaron. ”I trust you know where to go from here.”

Theo understood this was a risky move. Part of him thought to just flat out deny St. Claire’s offer, not wanting to do any more business within politics. However, the man they were dealing with was unpredictable, and didn’t exactly have the best track record when it came to loyalty. Leaving someone like that on a sour note could prove to be a thorn in the dynasty’s side. Not to mention, partnering with St. Claire brought a lot of extra protection for the family. That alone was something Theo was unwillingly to overlook.

”Stay alert, lads. I need you all back in one piece and preferably still breathing.”

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The photo Theo showed to them was not the person he was expecting to see. He was aware that mafia organizations usually had ties to the police and politicians, but the mayor of Boston?

The police chief had mentioned to all the deputies that any situation involving Mayor St. Claire had to be taken straight to the chief, so it was no surprise that Theo had found ample amounts of dirt on him. The chief must be protecting the mayor, which meant that there had to be an agreement, and if he could get any kind of intel from Detective Fieldings, he could get a few steps ahead with the Dynasty; he just needed some sort of documented proof that this deal was made. If he was running for Senate, it would mean the agreement between the police chief and St. Claire would have to be rearranged with other departments to extend his realm of safety. This was not just an opportunity for the Dynasty to have powerful friends, but for Victor to become more valuable.

While Salvi and Jake were getting more dirt on the mayor, Victor was assigned to the team that would meet his men and discuss the details of the agreement. Thankfully, Victor had never met the mayor or his men, considering that his rank had never gotten to that level of importance. Listening in to what they were demanding, as well as what the Dynasty could offer, could be beneficial to their case against the Dynasty. If they could let the deal go through and ease the protections the police were providing, it would make their case easier. This was the first big breakthrough of Victor’s undercover work.

Victor’s part was simple enough until he could get to Detective Fieldings. Aaron and Max would handle most of the talking, Victor was more of a back up than anything. He decided not to make any comments to Theo before they left, just looked up to him once more before leaving. They hadn’t spoken since the party, and if it meant Victor didn’t have to go through any of the teasing, he could take it. But still, he almost missed that soft British accent poking fun at him whenever he got the chance. He knew Theo was a busy guy, and yet he was finding himself wanting to be on his schedule more and more. At least if Detective Fieldings could find him some intel, he could easily get a meeting with Theo.

He followed after Aaron and Max to meet up with Mayor St. Claire’s men, trying to memorize the route taken if he needed to relay the information back to Detective Fieldings. ”You ever met a politician, Russo?” Aaron asked, staring ahead as they drove over to the meeting place. ”They all want the same thing from us. Protection, drugs, girls, all their reasons are for themselves only. And we take the only thing that's important to them: power.”

Aaron was right. Politicians were the enemy of the mafia and the enemy of the police, even if the politicians and police were supposedly on the same side. Politicians were corrupt but they paid enough for the police to turn a blind eye. Victor never liked politicians, and he couldn’t keep a slight scowl off of his face as they made their way to the meeting. St. Claire’s men were as smug as any men who affiliated with the political realm. They made their demands, talking as if they were the one in charge; but Victor could see Aaron and Max’s indiscernible faces, and he knew the Dynasty was in charge. The bravados of the men in front of them were no match for the stone wills of Aaron and Max. ”The Dynasty will take all of your requests into consideration for a possible partnership. You will hear from us if a formal contract signing is needed,” Aaron stood and stared down St. Claire’s men, enough to have them shifting uncomfortably in their seats.

The meeting was their only job for the day, so Aaron and Max dropped Victor off by his apartment, and told him they would meet back up with Theo to give him the details of what the politician would want. ”We’ll tell your boyfriend no bullet wounds this time,” Max teased. Victor flicked him off before heading inside his apartment, immediately dialing Fieldings’ number. ”Hey. Yeah it’s me. I need all the information you can get on the chief’s agreement with Mayor St. Claire. Any dirt we have or have hidden. He wants to make a move with the Dynasty.”

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The silence that blanketed Theo’s office after Aaron had left with Max and Victor was a bit unsettling. On a typical day, Salvi would be making jokes about Mayor St. Claire, or propositioning bets with Jake on how long it would take for the politician to turn on them. None of that was happening now. There was stillness in its place. Salvi would’ve done backflips if it meant he could avoid Jake’s gaze. The situation was less than ideal, and it didn’t take a genius to figure out that Salvi hadn’t done what he’d set out to do. Unfortunately, that matter would have to wait. They had work to do first, Theo just hoped that whatever had gone down between his best friends would not interfere with their ability to work.

About an hour was spent in Theo’s office looking for patterns within the white noise. Much to Theo’s relief, Salvi and Jake had set aside their quarrels long enough to focus on the task. They had been able to dig up a bit more dirt on St. Claire but Theo was convinced there had to be more. Several clues pointed to the possibility of the mayor having history working with another crime family. The details of the who and why weren’t clear yet, and the more they dug the more it became evident that they would need to go intimidate some henchmen to get the full scoop.

Theo let the two men know what he planned on making his next move. Both of them agreed, immediately preparing to head out. Jake was allowed to go for the first time since the incident, and was tasked with gathering some weapons for the road. It wasn’t likely that they would have to fight, but they should never be unprepared. The door closed behind him as he exited the office, leaving Theo and Salvi in silence. The young boss watched his friend, wordlessly willing him to explain. He’d always been able to read Salvi like an open book, and this time was no different. The man avidly pretended he couldn’t feel Theo’s gaze burning a hole through his skin, but eventually had no choice but to give in.

”I couldn’t do it, ok!” his outburst only earned an eyebrow lift from Theo who’d chosen not to say a word, and instead let Salvi do all the explaining. The latter got to his feet, setting aside the files in his hands and anxiously ruffling his own hair all in one swift move. He let out a sigh that took over the spacious office before turning to finally meet Theo’s eyes. ”I fucked up T…” his admittance had a tinge of guilt, which led Theo to wonder what Salvi had said or done that had been bad enough for Jake to also be acting strange. Unfortunately, he didn’t have the chance to question it any further. Jake slipped back into the office with some extra pistols, signaling that it was time for business.

Threatening information out of cowardly henchmen was a simple task. One that Salvi was particularly good at. This meant that Theo didn’t have to get directly involved more than he needed to. With the use of intimidation they’d been able to confirm a few more theories about St. Claire. In theory, they had enough information to hold it over the politician’s head. They could leave it at that, and call it a day. But Theo had always prided himself in being just a few steps ahead of his opponents. In order to do this, he would need any and every illegal move St. Claire had ever made. Still, they’d ran out of goons to intimidate, which mean the rest of the intel would have to come from other sources.

The drive back to base had been a quiet one. Not usually what you’d get from a car ride with Salvi and Jake. Theo knew that pinning down Mayor St, Claire was top priority at the moment, but he also couldn’t ignore the elephant in the room for much longer. Once Salvi’s car came to a stop, Theo and Jake slipped out. They’d collectively agreed on waiting for Caesar’s next orders before making any other moves. This meant that Theo would be having a long talk with his father about everything they’d uncovered. Salvi’s car drove off, and Jake announced he’d be going home too. Theo agreed, but not before requesting a talk.

Jake was a smart guy, he could already tell what was coming before Theo even said a single word. ”I know what you’re going to say, but everything is fine.” Theo didn’t believe that for a second, and Jake could tell. ”Jay… I’m not daft, I know you two better than I know myself.” Jake’s expression contorted into an array of emotions within seconds before he decided to speak again. ”Its nothing, really. Just…” a sigh of defeat left Jake’s tired body and Theo almost regretted poking at the topic, but he couldn’t allow things to escalate. ”Did something happen between you?”

Jake immediately shook his head, leaning against the garage pillar. ”No nothing like that, it’s just… dammit, he’s a fucking idiot.” Theo was almost taken aback by the comment, but quickly played it off with a chuckle. ”It’s Salvi, of course he is.” a quiet giggle left Jake’s mouth, but his features quickly fell again. His arms folded across his chest, one foot drawing invisible circles on the dirty pavement below them. ”Guess this is the life of a gay mafia man. As if being rejected by my own family wasn’t enough, I go and fall for my dumbass of a best friend who’s painfully straight.” Theo’s eyes fell to the ground, every fiber of his being fighting the urge to tell a secret that wasn’t his to tell.

Theo had been in many dangerous and difficult situations in the course of his short life. Being in the middle of a problem involving his two closest friends and not being able to do much to help had to be one of the hardest. It wasn’t his place to reveal hidden feelings, but watching Jake admit defeat before he’d even tried broke his heart. To keep from saying too much, Theo simply placed a hand on his friend’s shoulder, making sure he had his full attention before speaking. ”I know you’re scared, but don’t be hasty in giving up. Trust me.” he could see the curiosity flash onto Jake’s features, but before any more could be said, a loud buzzing from Theo’s pockets shortened the conversation.

After glancing at the name on the screen, Theo decided Jake and Salvi could wait a little longer. He bid his friend farewell, watching as he got to his car and took off, before answering the call. ”Oy, pa. Got some interesting bits for you.”

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Anytime Hector and Victor had to meet while he was undercover, it was at dawn.

The early hours seemed to be the quietest for the unsleeping city. Detective Fieldings had always been an early riser too, unlike his young partner. Victor did not stifle his loud yawn when he walked up to the other detective, an unmarked cup of coffee in his hand that let steam into the air. ”You must have found something good if you’re dragging me out here this early in the morning,” Victor grunted, taking a sip of the coffee and swearing under his breath when the scalding liquid hit his tongue.

Getting up early wasn’t really the issue for Victor, it was more of a problem that he didn’t fall asleep easily. Especially after joining the Dynasty, he’d already been awake a few hours before he was supposed to meet Hector. ”This took a lot for me to get, Victor. The chief doesn’t know I have any of this, or that the Dynasty is in talks with the mayor,” Detective Fieldings warned him before settling a file and an USB in Victor’s hand. Victor raised his eyebrows at the other man at the seriousness of his tone, but a brief flip through of the folder made it very clear why; the documents he held in his hand could just as easily ruin the police chief’s career as much as the mayor’s chance of being elected again. [color=#644351]”Hector… this is a contract. Between Chief Howard and the mayor,” Victor still couldn’t quite believe it, even seeing it with his own eyes. He didn’t know what Detective Fieldings would bring when they met up today, but it certainly wasn’t this.

The other detective explained that the mayor had formed a protective contract with the police chief that gave him immunity for his misdeeds. It was the very reason Chief Howard had told every deputy to call him directly for any situation involving the mayor. ”You ever wonder why the city police always got the most money from the budget? That’s how St. Claire bought his immunity. As well as a personal bank account for the Chief, if that wasn’t enough. The Boston city police are on his payroll, and if you listen to the conversation on that USB, the Chief is willing to include the other police departments if St. Claire gets the senatorial seat. As long as he gets a pay raise,” Detective Fieldings’ voice was laced with concern. Victor couldn’t tell if he was concerned for the Chief and what he’d gotten himself involved with, or concern for himself if Victor handed over this information to the Dynasty. There was no question if he would, only when he could get an appointment with Theo.

”We'll have to see how this plays out. If the Dynasty offers their protection, it could end up being beneficial for us,” Victor says with a sigh. Giving a mafia organization proof that the city police department was actively burying crimes committed by the city mayor was a risky move, but it was the kind of intel that he’d promised Theo in exchange for his life. He hadn’t been keeping up his promise, which thankfully hadn’t been brought up, but he didn’t know how long that would last; the sooner he could prove his worth to the Dynasty, the better for his well-being. ”Just… be careful, kiddo. They’ve already put you in so much danger,” Detective Fieldings’ warnings were waved off by Victor, who stuffed the USB into his pocket.

At Victor’s apartment, he made sure to look through the files and the USB to know exactly what he would be passing off to the mafia. There were a number of reports detailing numerous crimes the mayor was caught in: tax fraud, embezzling, even matters as small as traffic tickets. Anything that the police could hide, they did. The USB was a number of recorded conversations detailing the agreement, and several interrogations. It seemed that part of their agreement was that they needed proof of the crimes committed, possibly as leverage in case the mayor decided to turn. Ironically, that evidence would be the perfect leverage for the mafia to have the mayor - and a possible future senator - in their pocket.

It made Victor feel uneasy, giving this to a criminal organization, but he also needed to make a move with this important information. If he didn’t do it, he didn’t know when he would get another opportunity, and Theo could decide he was worth keeping around. A knot started to form in his stomach, and he ended up calling Jake before he came in. ”Is there a reason we needed to talk before you came in?” Jake asked, and normally Victor would take it as a tease, but the tone was off. ”Woah, you alright, Jake?” It took a lot to get Jake out of his usually chipper personality, but he didn’t get an answer. Victor explained that he needed to meet with Theo over intel on the mayor he got from his informant.

”You have dirt on the mayor? From the police?” Jake sounded a bit surprised, but he agreed to set up a meeting- so long as he and Salvi reviewed the information first and ‘not waste Theo’s time’. Something was definitely bothering Jake, but Victor got his meeting with Theo, so he would just keep quiet for now.

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Early mornings were relatively quiet for Theo. The only sounds let into his spacious loft were the droplets of rain that began to pour down from the gathering clouds. Casts of gray slowly canopied the sky while the dynasty’s prince worked through his usual routine. By half past seven, Theo was nestled into the armchair or his home office, his attention focused solely on the amassed schoolwork in front of him. It had been his own choice to tackle university and the dynasty all at once, but more so lately, he found himself regretting his decision. Caesar had made it clear countless times that if all those responsibilities came to be too much, Theo was to alert him immediately and temporarily hand over any dynasty related affairs. Though Theo had agreed, he’d never actually made use of the deal.

Even now, as he swayed in his chair, determining which mountain of work to scale first, asking his father for help didn’t quite feel right. Eventually, he’d settled on conquering the hardest assignments first. Luckily for Theo, he’d always been a quick study. Understanding concepts and committing them to memory had never been an obstacle for him. Truthfully, it felt as if time was the only element not on his side. It was when he was elbows deep into his second assignment that his cell chimed from across the desk. His head perked up, almost startled by the sudden noise that tore through the silence. He’d been so hyperfocused on his studies, he hadn’t even realized how heavy the rainfall had gotten.

Jake’s name flashed in blue across his screen, and Theo didn’t hesitate to answer. He hadn't had the chance to talk to his friend since their impromptu chat within the base parking lot. As he answered he silently hoped the situation hadn’t gotten any worse. Theo didn’t want to intervene unless necessary, but he also knew Jake’s fears and Salvi’s stubborn nature. ”Alright?” Jake’s footsteps could be heard on the other end of the line, as if he’d been readying himself to go out.

”Mornin’ boss.” the reply was lackluster. The usual beatitude that greeted Theo most mornings was missing, a dejected spirit taking its place. It felt unnatural to hear said tone paired with Jake’s voice, but Theo wasn't given the chance to probe. The other man made it clear that he wasn’t calling to vent to his best friend, he was reaching out on official dynasty business. Much to Theo’s relief, Jake assured him the news was good. The minor details weren’t explained, as was customary to do when discussing business over phone calls. Jake simply made it clear that Victor had something, and it was something good. Perhaps the last piece of the puzzle they needed to have Mayor St. Claire wrapped in their ropes. It wasn’t until Jake mentioned the meeting request that another man’s voice was heard in the background. Salvi’s voice to be exact. Only then did the former’s down-casted tone begin to make sense. Theo shoved aside the subject, once again setting it on the backburner in exchange for business.

Ideally, Theo would’ve finished his school work first. But focussing on school work would be an impossible task. Knowing they could have St. Claire on the palm of their hands overshadowed all other thoughts that populated Theo’s head. He’d agreed to meet with Victor at the base within thirty minutes, making it clear that Jake and Salvi were to stay as well. On top of being his closest friends, they were also Theo’s right hand men. They needed to know exactly what was going on. After ending the call, it didn’t take long for Theo to be on his way. The ponderous storm had subsided almost completely, having left behind only a feathery drizzle.

The sound of puddles swishing underneath the car tires echoed throughout the empty lot as Theo’s vehicle came to a stop. Only a handful of men could typically be found at the base so early in the day, Theo included among them. A cold breeze brushed over him as the door to his office opened. The room always felt too cold and eerie in the morning. Not that it remained that way for long. Shortly after Theo’s arrival, the trio walked in. The once quiet space was now engulfed in an impalpable tension. Theo observed in silence as the three shuffled in, Salvi and Jake taking their usual watchmen posture by the door. Theo’s dark eyes only briefly looked them over before directing his attention towards Victor.

”Well?” Theo too, settling into his most comfortable posture. Resting at the edge of his desk, legs outstretched and overlapping in front of him, arms carefully folded across his chest, as he watched and waited for Victor’s tidings. ”Better be bloody brilliant, Russo.” though significantly less threatening than the first time the two had met, Theo’s tone still commanded the room. Whatever Victor claimed to have, had better be good enough to justify Theo setting aside his degree and his friends’ needs.

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Jake came to pick Victor up from his apartment instead of Aaron or Max, so there was about a ten minute drive that Victor could use to try and figure out what was wrong with Jake. ”What’s up with you? You were being a dick on the phone,” Victor asks as he settles into Jake’s passenger seat, earning himself a glare from the other man. It took him a moment before Jake eventually sighed and spoke up. ”Just some personal stuff now, don’t worry about it,” It was still more of a grumble than an actual response, but at least it wasn’t totally malicious. There was less venom in his voice than when they spoke earlier, like he was tired of being angry but couldn’t quite figure out how to stop. Victor placed his hand on Jake’s shoulder when they came to the base, having him listen to Victor before they got out of the car. ”You know I’m here for you, right Jake?” Victor made sure they were making eye contact so Jake knew how serious he was.

Jake nudged his hand off, pulling himself out of the car and waiting for Victor to follow. ”I know. C’mon, the boss doesn’t like to be kept waiting.” Victor had never requested a meeting with Theo, and it made his stomach turn with nerves. As much as Victor thought he had good intel, and Jake seemed to be interested in what Victor had told him so far, there was still a chance that he was wasting Theo’s time. After their first meeting, Victor was completely intimidated and there’s still a part of him that doesn’t want to do anything to disappoint or irritate Theo in fear of his own safety being threatened. But he felt so strongly about this information that he had to try.

Jake waited until he and Salvi looked over the intel to call Theo and meet in his office. They listened to every second of the audio files on the USB drive, and scanned every document in the folder Victor brought. They were the two tasked to uncover any dirt on St. Claire, and the clear evidence of him conspiring with the police to remain clean had to be something. ”You really trust this source, Snitch?” Salvi grunted at him. He and Salvi were still not on great terms, in fact this was probably the first time they’d spoken since Theo’s party, but the fact that he’d barely said two words to Jake while Victor was waiting said more about the state of the relationship between the two friends. Something was going on between Jake and Salvi, but he wasn’t given time to figure it out since they had business to do. ”Yeah, I trust this,” Victor answered firmly. If he was sure of one thing it was that Hector wouldn’t give him intel to jeopardize this assignment. It was too important for both of them.

Theo was as relaxed as ever, sitting on his desk in a position Victor was quite familiar seeing him in now. Although Victor was more confident in the fact that they were pointing guns at him anymore, there was still a distrusting gaze and intimidating tones that kept Victor on edge. He caught eyes with Theo the moment they walked in. Usually he would avert his gaze due to the amount of teasing Theo liked to put him through, but today he was confident in his information and wanted to show it too.

Victor handed the files and USB over to Theo, ”I checked in with my source and this is all about Mayor St. Claire. The USB has audio files of the original agreement for the Boston police to protect the mayor from being arrested, as well as any meeting between the mayor and chief of police since creating that agreement. The files are written proof of any criminal activity the mayor has gotten into, and this agreement has been honored for at least a year now.” Victor explained what Theo would find, hoping he would at least be impressed with Victor’s findings. More often now, he wanted Theo to be impressed by his actions, rather than to save his own ass from being shot. Victor wanted them to think of him as one of their own, and craved the pride of being a part of something. Ignoring the fact he would lose all of it in the future, he could cling to the sense of family and loyalty and pride while he still could.

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Theo wasn’t sure what he was expecting to receive from Victor. Jake and Salvi had vouched that the information was worth taking a look at. That gave him reassurance, but it didn’t provide many clues as to what he should expect. When the man entered his office, there was a sense of confidence that Theo wouldn’t normally associate with Victor. It seemed as though every time they met, he grew less secure in where he stood within the dynasty, which; to be candid, was not the most favorable. This morning was different. This morning Victor took a composed stance, justified by the weight of what he was handing over.

Silence shaded the room as Theo sat at his desk chair, his ears tuning out everything around him that was not the contents of the USB. He carefully plucked a file from the stack, eyes peering up at Victor from underneath dark lashes every so often. Not a word was said. The only sounds heard came directly from Theo’s computer. Eventually, the recordings came to an end, as did his examining of the files. Theo’s ring studded hands meticulously placed everything back into their original place within the folder, storing it along with the USB, within the safe underneath his desk. As he rose to his feet again, the unbending expression that had been guarding his thoughts began to give way to a smirk. Not the usual taunting smirk Victor had received many times before, but one of satisfaction and, if Theo had to be honest with himself, there was a tinge of pride riddled within the subtle change of expression.

”Congratulations Russo, you’re not useless after all.” the teasing tone Victor had undoubtedly become familiar with coated Theo’s words as he spoke, a playful smile lingering around the corners of his mouth. Theo had never truly considered Victor as useless, and he made sure that was clear in his tone. but he had began to question what it was that the man contributed to the dynasty exactly. It was true that he’d proven himself capable, and he’d managed to keep both Salvi and Theo himself from being hurt. But, that wasn’t anything the dynasty hadn’t seen before. Everyone there could, and would risk their lives for their lives for their brothers. On the other hand, there were the subtle emotions that Victor brought out of Theo, some of which Theo embraced, while adamantly ignoring the ones he didn’t want to face. That brought something new to Theo’s personal life, but it didn’t benefit the family in any way.

Today was the definitive point where Victor proved he could be more than just a body guard or an emotional comfort. The information he’d brought not only put them several steps ahead of mayor St. Claire, but it also put the police chief in the palm of their hands. ”You've proper earned yourself a dinner date.” he adds with an elfish wink. He then turns his attention to Jake and Salvi, handing over a small set of keys to the latter. ”Let Aaron and Max know.” Salvi nods, briefly glancing at Jake before quietly exiting the room.

Once Salvi had left, Theo goes on to explain, mainly for Victor’s knowledge, that he wants to meet with St. Claire face to face. After detailing the when and the where he would like to have it done, the room falls silent once again. Theo’s tongue itches to ask Jake a million questions, but opts to keep quiet. Jake may have befriended Victor rather quickly, but the depth of that friendship was unclear, and Theo wasn’t one to air others’ business without their consent. With that thought, he dismisses the men, instructing them to be on standby for what was to come. Only Jake leaves the room, as Theo stops Victor before he could step out. He waits for Jake to leave, his fingers rhythmically drumming against his own biceps. His next sentence is not a question nor an invitation, but rather an order. A task that Victor is in charge of putting together.

”When can I meet this informant of yours?”

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Victor was not good with being patient. Having to stand there while Theo flicked through every file, listened to every second of the recordings, it was close to torture. He wanted to know what exactly Theo was thinking - which, if he were honest, was a task he'd never be able to attain. Theo only shared his thoughts when he wanted others to know, and many of his thoughts surely couldn't be trusted with someone as new as Victor.

But as soon as Theo finished looking through the files and seemed satisfied by what Victor provided, a wave of relief washed over him. He had proven himself in many ways already, but nothing had ever felt enough to feel secure in the Dynasty. Although Theo's tone was teasing, Victor did feel a bit useless as of late, which said a lot about the Dynasty considering he took a bullet on his first mission. But they had plenty of people who could do exactly what Victor could do, and he needed to stand out. This information seemed to be exactly what Theo was in need of, which brought Victor a sense of pride. He's always been a workaholic, and making progress in this assignment was something he needed since he started up a few months ago. It made this secondary life blend even more with his old life and molded more of 'Victor Russo' as a real person.

"-a dinner date." Victor was definitely caught off guard by Theo's choice of words. He tried to stop his face from reddening by the insinuation, but he could already feel the heat as he tried to determine if Theo was serious or not. Part of him thought that Theo was just poking fun at the way Victor had acted at his party, and wasn't serious about any sort of invitation. Plus, the thought of being alone with Theo for that long make him nervous. But, any chance of clearing that up was overshadowed by Theo explaining his plans to meet with mayor.

As they were standing there, there was a silence that fell over the room once the plans were cut out. It was clear that Salvi and Jake hadn't resolved whatever was going on between them, and Victor wasn't going to be much help. He wasn't close with Salvi, and Jake didn't want to talk with him about whatever was going on. He couldn't tell if Theo was aware, but just knowing how close he was with Salvi and Jake, it would be surprising if he couldn't tell. Hell, Victor didn't think there was one person in the Dynasty that wouldn't be able to tell; the two that were usually thick as thieves were barely speaking and the tension followed them to every room. But Theo didn't mention it, and Victor wasn't going to put Jake on the spot in front of Theo, so he decided to remain quiet as he was left alone with Theo.

"You want to meet him?" Victor asked, more out of surprise than an actual question. It was a legitimate question to ask, and yet he was still unprepared for it. He wanted to have Hector remain as uninvolved as he could so he wouldn't face the wrath of Hector's overly concerned wife. "Uh, yeah, anytime. I can set up a meeting if you're free tomorrow morning," Victor offered. He wasn't sure how busy Theo was, but the sooner he could set this up and stop worrying about Hector and Theo being in the same room, the better.

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Every night was different for Theo when I came to sleep. Some nights he would drift into unconsciousness so easily, only opening his eyes when the rays of sunlight inched through his blinds. Other nights, he’d spend the majority of it awake, pupils shrouded with dark lashes as he attempted to will his body to rest. During nights such as those, he would get up and get some work done. Business, classes, whatever he could conjure up to keep himself busy. Events within the dynasty typically governed his thoughts on sleepless nights, but last night was atypical.

It started out as it usually would. Theo nestled himself into the sheets, bringing the blanket up past his nose. The loft, normally kept at a steady 70°F, felt colder than most nights. Theo closed his eyes, willing his body to relax, but by the two hour mark, he all but gave up on sleep. Tossing the blankets aside, he leisurely made his way to the kitchen to grab himself a glass of water before continuing the familiar trek to his office. Sitting in his desk chair at three in the morning was not unusual, nor was the pile of papers scattered out in front of him. But his focused thoughts slowly began to take a detour. It began with Mayor St, Claire and the information they now had over him. Theo was to meet with the man within a couple if days, and now they had leverage. Thanks to Victor, the most recent occupant of Theo’s thoughts.

Theo had made it clear that he wanted to meet Victor’s informant. Although he asked when they could meet, he didn’t plan on actually allowing them to choose. The meeting would be on Theo’s time and Theo’s terms. He’d informed Victor as such, and had agreed to call him with the details. It was four in the morning now, and the day ahead if Theo was a long one. At the end of it, was a meeting with whomever was providing Victor with information. After that, well…Victor had earned himself a reward. Theo’s offer to take the man on a dinner date had been in jest, but the more he thought about it the less unpleasant it sounded. Regardless of it being an actual date or not, there was no harm in taking the guy out to dinner. Something Theo had done before, though it would typically end in tangled sheets and a note from Theo himself that read ”Don’t look for me”.

As attractive as Victor may be, that was not going to be the case this night. Theo had no intent on joining Vic in bed. Not yet, that is. It was an odd feeling; wanting to take Vic out to dinner but not wanting anything past that. Those thoughts plagued Theo’s mind until he finally collapsed onto his mattress around five in the morning, only to be up again two hours later. The steam from his coffee mug danced idle in front of him, joining the aroma that blanketed the kitchen. Theo’s fingers lingered over the call button as he tried, and failed, to determine why he’d chosen to call Victor himself. Normally, he would have Salvi or Jake do it, and though the two were still caught up in their quarrels, a simple phone call wasn’t anything they couldn’t handle. Yet here Theo was, the “Princess” nickname that Theo had so easily grown attached to staring back at him from the screen.

After another sip of the hot liquid, his thumb finally met with the call button. There were a couple of rings before Victor’s voice came through the line, very obviously still groggy. Theo’s soft chuckle quirky echoed in his own ear, fingers lazily tapping against the side of the mug. ”Good mornin’ sleeping beauty” he could hear subtle shuffling about from Victor’s end, but didn’t allow him time to respond. ”I do believe we have a pending date.” Theo glanced at the clock on his wall. It was already past the time for him to go. As much as he wanted to sit at his kitchen counter and tease Victor, he had work to do which meant the conversation had to be kept short. ”Tonight at seven o’ clock. Tell your mate. I’ll have someone pick you both up.”

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Victor’s nerves only grew stronger after agreeing to have Hector meet Theo. Theo made sure to tell him that the time and place would be on his terms, so he needed to wait for a call. And waiting was something that Victor didn’t do well.

He could waste some time by calling Hector and telling him about the meeting, which would be another whole thing getting him to agree. Once he’d gotten home, he didn’t want to wait any longer and dialed Hector up. Judging by the time, Hector should be leaving from his shift. ”Did they take the intel?” Hector asked, sounding more nervous than he usually was when speaking with Victor. He had voiced his concerns about providing it in the first place, so surely he was just nervous that the intel was received well. ”Oh yeah. They liked it so much that the boss wants to meet you,” Victor answers, already expecting the protests that start from the other end of the phone. There was a reason Hector wasn’t on this mission himself, and putting him in contact with a mafia boss was dangerous. But, Victor couldn’t say no to Theo. While it was mainly for his safety that he set up this meeting, he also wanted to follow Theo’s orders and continue to show his worth to the Dynasty. It wasn’t even the mission anymore, just to have Theo smirk and tease him with a twinkle in his eye that Victor could almost believe was pride.

After tuning out Hector’s protests, he finally heard a sigh. ”Fine. When are we meeting him, then?” Hector asks. Victor hesitated to answer, only because he knew Hector would give him hell for letting a mafia man boss him around like this. But he finally got out through gritted teeth, ”He‘a going to call me tomorrow with a time and place.”

Surprisingly, Hector didn’t say anything at first. Then, when Victor was going to ask if he had lost Hector, he spoke up. ”Alright. Just let me know. I’ll have eyes on the place just in case he tries anything,” Hector finally replied, and there was a worry in his face. After everything Victor had been through with the Dynasty, it didn’t surprise him that Hector was feeling a bit nervous and worried about meeting with Theo. It wracked his own nerves wondering what Theo wanted to know, and what he would do when they met. But there was nothing to do but wait. ”Alright. Be ready, I don’t know how much time he’ll give in advance to the meeting,” Victor ends the call, and makes his way over to his bed and falls on it. Everything about this mission had gotten so complicated, and it was all because of that pretty bastard of a mafia boss who somehow managed to take over all of Victor’s thoughts.

Before he knew it, the sunlight was just starting to peek through the windows when his phone blared to life and Victor started up in shock. He answered without even looking, surprised to hear Theo on the other side. Victor was wiping the sleep out of his eyes but Theo sounded like he’d been up already for hours. The teasing and the mention of a "date" brought Victor right awake, sitting up more and ruffling his hair into a better position as if Theo could see him. "Okay. We'll be ready." Victor finally answered, his voice still rough from sleep but he managed to sound more alert than when he first woke up. "See you then, boss," Victor finished the call with Theo and all his nerves from yesterday burst back up and made his stomach turn in anticipation.

Unlike yesterday, today seemed to drag on while waiting for their meeting later today. Victor called Hector after he was given the details of the meeting, and asked the other detective to meet him at his apartment so they could be driven to their meeting place. That still left hours before he would need to be there, and Victor could only distract himself so much. He made sure to go on a long run, longer than he'd gone in a while, and the ache in his muscles combined with the fresh air did help to ease his worries some. But they only ramped up again as he was getting into the shower. He spent too much time just under the water, willing his thoughts to calm down. He didn't know why this meeting was making him feel this way more than any other meeting, because as much as he wanted to blame it on Hector being there, he wasn't too worried about that. If the Dynasty was going after anyone, he was putting his bets on the police chief rather than Hector.

"You look like you're about to go on a date, kid," Hector teased the moment he stepped into Victor's apartment, his grin unable to hide his own worry. Victor glared, about to protest, when Hector started teasing more. "You're wearing cologne too? Patti will be jealous," Hector finally stopped when Victor shoved at him, cussing in his direction about how it wasn't like that with the boss. "I always dress nice, you're just being a dick," Victor grumbled. Hector must have sensed he wasn't on top of his game with everything going on in his head, and the teasing reminded him that Hector was on his side and would protect him, just as Victor would protect him.

But Victor almost felt like getting back into the persona of detective while he was with Hector wasn't who he really was anymore. Being in the mafia for months now made sitting here with his partner feel more out of place. It was a strange feeling, wanting to be here waiting with Jake or Max instead, or going off on a mission with Theo. The thrill of his current life was scary pretty much all of the time, but what he was feeling with just him and Hector didn't feel real anymore.

"Hey kid, it's go time. Didn't you hear the car horn?" Victor couldn't dwell on those thoughts long, and followed Hector out the door to meet the driver.

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The morning dragged on longer than Theo was willing to admit. Setting up the bait for Mayor St. Claire and his men was top priority. Now that they had the information they needed, it was important that they moved quickly. The ball was in the dynasty's court now, and Theo had all the means to make the first move, yet found himself unbearably distracted. He'd made it to the base around eight in the morning, making sure to call Jake in the moment he arrived. Common sense told him to focus on business, but today was an odd day for Theo. His logically thought out plans for the day seemed to slowly be taking the back burner. "Morning boss. Looking sharp as usual." Though the phrase sounded like his best friend, the tone in which it was said was still unfamiliar. A acknowledging hmm left Theo's lips as he pulled himself away from his desk. A beat of silence took the room as Theo gestured for Jake to have a seat. The evident confusion that framed the older man's features slowly morphed into realization as his eyes watched Theo take a seat across him him. The boss persona subsiding momentarily, giving way to a worried friend.

"Theo-"

"I'm not allowing you to leave until you explain, so I suggest you start from the beginning." Though his words could be interpreted as threatening, the tinge of worry rid them of all malice. Jake's fingers idly drummed against the armrest of the chair as his nervous gaze scavenged the room, perhaps in order to avoid Theo's piercing stare. After a couple of drawn out seconds, a sigh of defeat left Jake's body, his shoulders visibly relaxing into the plush seat. "He told me he needed to talk to me about something important." the explanation began as Jake's body leaned forward, elbows resting against his knees."We met up. He said..." the pause seemed to drag on almost too long, as if Jake were processing the conversation all over again. "He said 'Jake...I love you. Please be my wingman.'" the heartbreak that rose up with Jake's words almost brought Theo to his feet, his mind already paging through the countless curse words he would be throwing at Salvi later. "I thought...I thought he was going to say something else." Theo's index fingers gently massaged his temples as he muttered a bloody hell. He lifted his gaze towards Jake again, taking in his expression. He seemed warn out. As if he were tired of being tired. "What did you say?" the pause that followed was enough of an answer for Theo. Jake's words simply confirmed. "I said sure...why not?" Theo's next response was promptly interrupted by a steady knock at the door. Parker walked in after announcing himself, nodding once towards Jake. Theo dismissed the two, forcing the conversation with Jake to sit on the sidelines as he returned to his desk.

Minutes turned into hours, and before long, it was time to meet up with Victor and his informant. Theo had debated waiting for calling for Jake, but after their morning chat, he decided the guy needed a break. He'd told him to take the rest of the day off, and instead asked Parker to act as his second bodyguard for the night. He and Salvi insisted on driving Theo, but that would hinder the young boss' plans for after the meeting. Instead, he asked them to tail his motorcycle as they rode to his chosen meeting spot. It was the first day since the beginning of autumn that the weather allowed for a bike ride, and Theo chose to take advantage of it. He'd made sure to dress warmly enough to fight the chilled winds, while still maintaining professionalism. He only hoped that Victor had brought along a jacket.

About ten minutes after their arrival, Max and Aaron announced they were on the way. The emptied night club had been scrutinized and meticulously scanned from top to bottom to ensure there were no surprises. Theo had done his research beforehand, scoping into the lives of anyone associated with the Boston police and its' chief in command. He had an inkling of who would be walking through the door with Victor, and the moment they did, it as confirmed.

"Hector Fieldings." Theo's voice was kept low, his dark gaze watching the newcomer's every movement. "Pleasure to have finally met you."

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