Friday, August 13, 2010
In Their Own Words -- Robby
My name's Rob. Genovase. I'm Genna's cousin. I'm not sure what you want me to say here. Genna's a good girl. Always has been. It was my job to make sure she stayed that way.
When Aunt Linda and Uncle Joey died, my Pop told me I had to watch out for her. Make sure she didn't do anything stupid. The shrink we all went to said so too. We had to watch her like a hawk, make sure she didn't O.D. or get into booze or even try to, God forbid, take her own life. I knew she wouldn't, Genna wasn't stupid, she was just sad. Unbelievably sad. Her whole life changed in the blink of an eye.
I remember that night we came home from the hospital, it was a long night, and my mother asked Genna if she wanted to sleep downstairs, or have her sleep upstairs with her, and Genna said no. She'd be all right. But my father insisted someone be with her so I went up. I slept on the couch. Genna went into her parents room. I left her alone, I figured she'd just needed to be with them, you know. But then I heard her crying. I didn't want to bother her, truth be told, I didn't know what the hell to do, but she sounded so broken, so damned heartbroken. So I went in.
I got on the bed with her and held her while she cried. I've never seen anybody cry so much. It was to be expected I guess. I thought she was asleep but she wasn't. She said to me, and I'll never forget this as long as I live, "Tony saved me tonight." I didn't know what the fuck she was talking about. And she said, "Tony and me were making out in his father's truck. I was supposed to go home with Mommy and Pappi. If I had, I might be dead. Tony saved me."
Yeah. That's when it started. She loved him right from the get-go. Hero worship if you ask me but what could I do. Nothing was ever going to change her mind about him. So for all the time they were going out, I never said a word. I never told Genna he cheated on her, I never told her what a real asshole he was. I never told her he played the ponies and how much money he lost. Did he really think I wouldn't find out? Christ he was placing bets with Uncle Nino. But I never said a word.
Until he broke Genna's heart by marrying Debbie. Don't tell her I told you this, but after Genna left town, I tracked him down and beat the fucking shit out of him. I put him in the hospital too. Broken ribs, punctured lung, his pretty face wasn't so pretty when I got done with it, that's for sure. Ask Benny and Pauly, they were there. I was going to kill him. I'll tell you what, Testa was lucky they were there because I just might have.
Anyway, Genna's got a life now. Ten years without the bastard did her good. She's got a good job, a nice place down in Delaware, right on the water too. And old Nana Rocco dropped a nice chunk of change in her lap so she's got a good security blanket.
I swear to God though, if Testa decides he's going to try and get back with her, I'll fucking kill him this time for sure. Mark my word, I will. Although I think Pete'll have a better time with him. He's got a sweet Glock. He could use Testa for target practice.