“It was my honor to be of assistance,” I said quietly. “Felicia, we are aware that you could have run off and left Grazia behind. She told us how you wouldn’t give up and dragged her along all the way. My daughter has never been in a situation where she had cause to worry and she would have been taken, and God only knows what else would have happened had you not taken control,” the capo continued. “I understand that you have never been in such a situation either. You showed great ability. We are proud to have you in our famiglia. It is due to your great bravery that I would like to gift you with one of my greatest treasures.” “Thank you, Mr. Moretti, but that’s not necessary. I was glad I was able to help.” “A gift cannot be refused, my dear,” Marco eyes spoke louder than words. I looked at my father for guidance. My father nodded at me, then said, “Capo, it is with great respect that we accept your gift. Felicia just wants impress that she is not expecting one,” Dad took my hand reassuringly. I nodded, hoping I wasn’t insulting him and causing problems for my father. “Nero and I have discussed this at great length,” Marco said. He then turned his attention to me. “My gift to you is a strong, handsome, husband. Your future will be secure. I have given this considerable thought.” I was stunned into silence. I blinked, not sure what to say. I was afraid to say anything. When I glanced in Dad's direction, I saw that he was as surprised as I was. I took a few deep breaths. I cleared my throat and uttered, “Who? Who do you have in mind?” My hands were clasped tightly in my lap and I could feel Dad tense beside me. Nero cleared his throat then said the one word that decided my entire future.
If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
I would spend my day writing letters to everyone who meant something to me. Yes, I could tell them all, but a letter in my handwriting will never be forgotten and they will always have it to look at and read when they needed me.
Who is your hero and why?
SO MANY. My parents for taking a risk and starting a life in another country, alone with a baby. They ate, fought, slept and loved. Always together.
What kind of world ruler would you be?
A Queen! With my amazing King! I want to be fair, just and give hope.