I had my driver take me back to the hotel. I went straight to the restaurant inside the lobby and ordered spaghetti with meatballs.
“Where’s your boyfriend?” Sonny asked as he sat down next to me.
“Not that boyfriend,” Benny Micheletti said as he sat on the other side of me.
“Billy is at a meeting, what do you two want?” I asked, in a snarky tone. I was exhausted from the tension on the set and all I wanted to do was wait for my meal in silence.
“We need to speak to Billy and thought you would know where he is,” Sonny said.
“Like you talked to him the night before the hit on Trassari?”
Both men stared at me without saying a word.
“Leave him out of shit like that,” I demanded.
“Mind your own business,” Sonny threatened.
The waitress came over with my meal. I ignored Sonny’s threat and dove into my meal.
“Is there anything else I can help you guys with?” I asked. “If not, I’d like to eat in peace.”
“Hard day on set?” Benny asked as he went to take a meatball off my plate of spaghetti.
I smacked him hard on the hand with my fork.
“Ow,” he yelled.
“All those meatballs are spoken for, get your own, and yes every day is a hard day on set with Antonio Suarez.”
“Need us to take care of anything?” Sonny asked, becoming serious.
“No, but thank you for the offer.” I sarcastically answered.
“Well isn’t this rich.” Elena materialized at the table. “I came to drag you back to the set and here you are with your friends.” She practically spit out the word friends.
“Who is this stunning vision of beauty?” Sonny stood up from the table, taking Elena’s hand in his and kissing it.
I gagged on a mouthful of food.
“I’m the studio head in charge of the film Elizabeth is supposed to be working on right now.” She blushed as he kissed her hand again.
“Well, Bella, you are quite the sight,” Sonny continued to fawn. “But I’ve never heard of a studio head on set.”
“Unfortunately, the director is having a hell of a time with his lead actress.” She glared at me. “So, I have to stick around and babysit.”
“Do you mean Elizabeth?” Sonny asked, as if he was truly concerned.
“Yes, Elizabeth and the director, Antonio, don’t get along.” Elena answered, in a softer tone, no doubt falling for Sonny’s charm.
“Perhaps, Bella, then you need a new director because Elizabeth here is the best in the business.”
Elena ripped her hand out of his grip as I gave her a smug smile with a mouthful of food.
“Yeah, Elena, why don’t we get a new director?” I asked sarcastically.
“My brother Benny and I could help with that if you want?” Sonny propositioned Elena.
She blanched at his words.
“Sonny,” I blurted out. “Seriously?” I couldn’t believe he had offered his services.
“The offer is on the table. Let’s go, Benny.”
“Sorry about that, they’re idiots,” I apologized to Elena after the two men had left.
“Yet you were having lunch with that sort of people. I should’ve known.”
I glared at her in response.
“I expect you back on the set in thirty minutes,” she demanded as she haughtily turned and walked out of the restaurant.