‘Nero and Vanno were childhood friends. Nero’s younger brother Frate was far apart in age from him, and his younger sister Fio was a girl so it was hard to play with her. The one he’d grown up rolling around with as with a dog had been Vanno.’
Nero’s upset because he couldn’t do anything to a dead man, and Fango has the body anyway, and he has his hands full trying to escape from him. ‘He was pained and angered by Vanno’s death and disappointed by his inability to do anything. The dark feelings came and went countless times. Nero shook his head and decided to forget those feelings for the time being. If he were to spend a boring few hours in the passenger seat, he should remember the good times.’
So he decides to remember the day Vanno, a teetotaler, got wasted because of the announcement that Fio was getting married.
‘Vanno had adored Fio as if she were his own sister.’
‘Nero’s younger brother Frate was a slender boy who wasn’t suited to fights. Vanno had adored him greatly as well. So he stared at Nero when he said they hadn’t spoken, mystified.’
Nero suddenly has a thought when he sees Vanno fall into a drunken stupor: ‘What if Vanno had seen Fio not as a younger sister, but as……?’ Vanno died, so Nero would never know. ‘Nero thought it was truly sad that he would never be able to tease his best friend about his love life.’
‘Nero, who had lost the person he was closer to than any other, was still caught up in that sadness. He was more sentimental than usual — a fitting air exuded from his body.’
‘Avilio neither consoled nor comforted him; he simply kept driving on.’
On Avilio’s line about driving not being a problem: ‘He hadn’t said he was particularly good at it. He hadn’t lied, but his driving skills had quite a lot left to be desired. He had already caused the death of one car.’
At the pancake store: ‘Paying him no mind, Avilio slurped up the syrup-drenched pancakes without cutting them, as if he were drinking them. Nero grimaced at those manners. Though it was a wholly unrefined way of eating, for some reason it didn’t quite look that way. That pissed him off.’
Nero wonders how it can be that he hadn’t seen Avilio smile once in the week they’d been together.
Nero grumbles at Avilio about lodgings, crashing the car etc but Avilio isn’t cowed. ‘Nero felt a belated sense of regret. Perhaps choosing this bullheaded guy who wasn’t moved by his complaints as his travel companion had been a mistake.’
‘I wish I were making this trip with a pretty girl and lots of money’ [same as in the novel but interesting translation choice, for personal ref? It makes sense in context but Nero doesn’t actually say the ‘lots of money’ bit; it’s more like ‘I’d rather had had a pleasant trip with a pretty girl’.]
There are a lot of families at the campsite — ‘it was a completely different world to Lawless, where mafia disputes were unfolding.’
On the boys playing with the ball: ‘Avilio followed them out of the corner of his eye. They looked like him and his younger brother had.’ ‘He had lost that paradise long ago.’
Nero’s whoop of joy when the child hits the pinata is something he does unconsciously because he’s been caught up in the excitement. Avilio had been staring ‘blankly’ [I’m choosing to interpret this as him still affected by the kids from before]. When the kid approaches him for candy he averts his eyes because ‘he hadn’t dealt with children for a while now’. The child’s smile makes him remember his younger brother.
Avilio’s eyes are also unwittingly captured by Nero’s juggling.
After Nero insults Avilio for his sullenness: ‘Pouting slightly, Avilio walked forwards and clapped Nero, who was having fun explaining that to the children, on the shoulder from the back. He was already carrying a wallet in one hand.’
Avilio ‘timidly’ held the hat out to the children. ‘You couldn’t even call it trash, but Avilio knew that to the children, they were treasures. Looking at that, he smiled unthinkingly.’
‘At that moment, Nero saw Avilio’s true smile for the first time. So he can smile like this too……Nero, who had only seen his sullenness and composed, cold smiles, stared in surprise.
Juggling ‘required a different skill set again to that of a pickpocket.’
Avilio’s glance at Nero after he murmurs that Vanno was better than him is documented, but without additional commentary
Re: the ‘only child’ thing, Avilio actually says he was brought up in an orphanage.
‘Unexpectedly, a good opportunity to discuss ‘that day’ presented itself.’ Avilio takes advantage of Nero’s mood to ask more questions. His emotions are thrown into disarray when Nero says there were four people, but he ‘hid his shock and continued to listen.’
Nero’s dissatisfied with the quality of the drinks at the dive bar (the largest one in the small town) because he’d been drinking Corteo’s lately. He’s worried about money so he chooses to try and earn some with the betting.
Avilio honestly had no other options when Mad Mack was about to kill him. I’m pretty sure he thought he was going to die.
Re: why the farmer was suspicious of Mad Mack instead of Nero+Avilio, the town of Khota is on guard against outsiders. [I suppose the Goliath seemed like more of a threat]
Avilio is eating chili beans :) It’s 9pm.
‘Nero surmised that Barbero was worried about something. It happened all the time. Barbero, as Nero’s brain, was to think in his place, to doubt. That was his duty.
‘He could finally be free of this trip and its cheap meals, Nero thought.’
‘Avilio was sullenly resting on his cheek doing nothing in the passenger seat. Nero had said he didn’t want to crash again and taken over driving duties.’
Avilio is surprised by the scene that greets him when they enter the abandoned mine-turned-illicit-brewery.
[subs say ‘Corteo…What are you doing here?’ but novel says ‘Corteo! …What are you doing here?’ which is a lil cute]
‘Corteo looked at Avilio with a slightly worried expression.’
‘It was Corteo’s recipe. To think it had become such a big operation in the blink of an eye……’
On Avilio’s smile after Nero bumps him lightly: ‘Corteo froze, looking on in amazement.’
‘When they were alone together, Avilio relaxed. Now that the trip was over, there was finally somewhere he could breathe easy.’
[subs say ‘Nero’s one of your revenge targets, right?’ but he’s also kind of emphasised, like, ‘Nero’s one of your revenge targets too, right?’ Don’t forget! Even him! kind of thing.]
[Avilio doesn’t say anything until Corteo turns away from him. Personally I feel like this is…He’s doesn’t want to hurt Corteo (plus it would be bad for his revenge schemes) but he doesn’t want to give Corteo more information than strictly necessary - whether this is because Corteo doesn’t lie well, or because he wants to keep him innocent for his safety - probably a mix of both.]
‘Both were troubled by the change in their best friend.’
[I also have a lot of feelings about Avilio loosening up enough to bop Corteo on the elbow and be all ‘might not be too long before I kill that guy too’ with a smile]
Tigre is disappointed when he sees Frate because he was waiting for Nero and Frate is not his older brother
‘At a glance, the man named Volpe exuded a lazy air, but he was deeply trusted by Nero to keep watch on Ronaldo, among other things.’
Even though Tigre is breathing heavily because of his wound, he’s still happy that Nero thanks him.
Frate wants his decision to be acknowledged as the correct one, but his father’s words aren’t words of affirmation. He’s not happy.
Ganzo really doesn’t like Ronaldo. He thinks he’s impudent.
The place Nero etc are hiding out at has cold floors, but at least there are blankets!
‘When Corteo woke, he realised Avilio wasn’t in the bed beside him.’ [sleeping order there is Corteo - Avilio - Nero - Barbero. It’s another thing that links into how Avilio is the first thing Corteo looks for when he wakes up in ep10 though]
On Avilio’s ‘revenge is the only thing I have’ line: ‘Avilio spoke with an unusually gentle, quiet expression. Corteo, unable to find a way to save him from that dark path, gnashed his teeth at his own powerlessness.’
On Avilio’s look after Nero shakes him for suggesting going to the island: ‘It was a cold gaze, with a strong resolve.’
The moment Avilio says he’s leaving: ‘Corteo smiled happily. He hadn’t been able to explain properly the night before, but it seemed Avilio had somehow changed his mind.’
Volpe decides not to shoot because it’s hard to see and the greater danger is in attracting others to their location with the sound.
[It’s really cute that Avilio holds his chin when Fango talks about Serpente cutting his beard??]
'Corteo had seen Fango’s strange behaviour once before, but at the rapidly changing theatrics, he recalled Cerotto’s words. Fango truly was even madder than he had thought.’
Both Barbero and Volpe are shocked by Corteo’s appearance. Nothing on Nero, who had watched them go with a ‘grim’ expression. [Hard to tell what he’s thinking…]
‘Perhaps as a habit he did while thinking, Barbero pushed his glasses up with his fingertips.’
On Corteo: ‘He was strangely open and full of confidence. You wouldn’t have believed it from his usual self.’ It turns back to fear when Volpe approaches him, though.
[subs say ‘you can do what you like with him’ re: Avilio’s offer to Fango but the literal phrase is ‘you can cook him up however you like’……and he does.]
Barbero understands what Avilio did in preventing Fango from getting revenge for his dead underling. ‘It hurt to admit it, but Avilio had made and executed a plan he couldn’t have thought of. Barbero was a little afraid of Avilio. Though at the same time, he was grateful.’
‘Avilio’s words weren’t wrong. If they couldn’t have him assessed by a doctor soon, Tigre could lose his life as early as tomorrow. And then Volpe and Barbero, too, would be soon killed by the Vanettis under Frate’s control. Because they had sided with Nero. It wasn’t in him to let that happen.’