Images from the Boxing Day Twenty20 at Eden Park by Duncan Greive and Justin Warren. Words excerpted from The Godfather by Mario Puzo.
Michael often thought of Kay, of her smile, her body…
He was built as powerfully as a bull, and it was common knowledge that he was so generously endowed by nature that his martyred wife feared the marriage bed as unbelievers once feared the rack.
They posed and moved as charmingly as he remembered, but they were like wax fruit, they could not lubricate his glands.
Michael, younger, his reflexes sharper, pulled the trigger. The bullet caught Sollozzo squarely between his eye and his ear, and when it exited on the other side blasted out a huge gout of blood and skull fragments onto the petrified waiter’s jacket.
‘I saw their brains’, Michael said.
‘I know a few good looking broads,’ Johnny said jokingly.
She opened her mouth.
Luca would come to the house as soon as he heard the news.
A young man named Nino Valentini picked up a discarded mandolin, put his left foot up on a chair, and begin to sing a coarse Sicilian love song.
He saw the captain’s massive fist arching towards his face.
The job itself went off without a hitch.
What was troubling Peter Clemenza this morning was an administrative problem.
But he was not quite prepared for Deanna Dunn’s voracious plummet on his sexual organ without even a courteous and friendly word of preparation.
‘Try the veal, it’s the finest in New York.’
‘You have to show these Hollywood broads that my paisan buddy ain’t weak in the poop.’
That night a bomb exploded in the Corleone Family mall in Long Beach, thrown from a car that pulled up to the chain and then roared away.
In the crowd of guests a dapper young man with the sleek head of a ferret was also studying the silk purse.
The picture is finished.
‘I’m guessing he’s trying to line up support from the other New York Familys, so that we won’t go after him when the old man gives us the word.’
Softly, reassuringly, he comforted his friend, as they waited for death together.