And he really came right away; The time to browse distractedly some magazines under the reddened and careful eyes of the owner of the shop, a middle-aged Pakistani, with big, fleshy cheeks.
– “Hello!” Giampiero motioned to me as he came in sight, just outside the underground exit barrier. Even Michelle, who I already knew, greeted me with her hand in the air. They then presented me to Martine, a not very tall but nice girl who was wearing jeans on an embroidered white blouse, white-green “Adidas” shoes, and a blue ribbon at the front that caught her short-cut brown hair. She made a smile on his teeth a little irregularly, just pronouncing “hello!” , with a hand holding his coat on his shoulders and the fingers of the other hand slipped into the pocket of his jeans with the only thumb outside. Soon after I asked Giampiero for news of Tommy that I had not seen for a while.
– “No, it’s a long time I do not see Tommaso; The last time he came to see us with his girlfriend, but he was really down! ”
-” Oh yeah! Major decisions are being made; Maybe he goes down to Italy, “I said in a lazy, humorous tone.
– “It’s no such a great a decision! I’ve already made the same decision!” – he said in a great tone of self importance. – “Didn’t you know the news?” He continued, stopping the march, astonished by my own surprise. – “I have recently contacted Italian executives of our firm; They seem to be looking to open a representative office right in Genoa, in my city, and they are looking for people who are expert and trustworthy to speak English well to widen the network of contacts and then ………. ”
– “Hey! Really high points, then. You may also become a ‘Big Boss’! – I told him, knocking his shoulders.
– “But, I do not even know if I may like it. I need to change air, this is it! It’s a life I’m here in London and I think my trip is over. And did not you ever have the idea of having a son? ”
“What has to do a son with your moving from London?” I interjected, resuming the path she had interrupted another time. – “You can also do the baby here if you want.”
– “No! It would not be the same. In this city there is too much chaos. It is not the ideal environment: with all this racism that there is still, violence, smog, do you understand? And I need another situation; Even Michelle would enjoy changing to Italy……. ”
He turned instinctively backwards and saw Michelle and Martine talking, very close, arm in arm.
– “What are these secrets?” Giampiero asked.
“Nothing that matters to you,” Michelle said with her air, at the same time naughty and naive.
Meanwhile, we had come near the pub that stood on the corner of two streets; In front of the right side, the extreme border of a small square delimited a large parking lot for motorcycles where there were now a large number of parked vehicles; Motorcycles of all cylinders, brands and colors, with a prevalence of midrange Triumph and Honda red and blue.
- to be continued…