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|Friend of the Family|
Help Maria with her errand.
28 December 1476
- Maria: Buon giorno (Hello), Ezio!
- Ezio: Buon giorno a voi, madre. Come state? (Hello mother. How are you?)
- Maria: Sto bene! (I'm good!) And you? Still recovering from last night?
- Ezio: I have no idea what you're talking about.
- Maria: Of course not. Anyway, I have an errand to run. I'd like you to join me.
- Ezio: Con piacere. (With pleasure.)
- Maria: Come. It's not far from here.
Ezio and his mother walked to their destination together.
- Maria: I know about your fight with Vieri...
- Ezio: What fight?
- Maria: Per piacere, (Please,) let's not play this game.
- Ezio: He spoke ill of us. I could not allow him to continue.
- Maria: I'm sure he's having a hard time dealing with the accusations against his father. Francesco de' Pazzi is many things – and none of them good. But even I never suspected he'd be capable of murder.
- Ezio: What will happen to him?
- Maria: I imagine there will be a trial.
- Ezio: Will father speak at it?
- Maria: He'll have to. He's the one with the evidence.
- Ezio: Still, I wish there was another way.
- Maria: You've nothing to fear. Everyone wants justice done. It is an unfortunate state of affairs, but it will pass.
They arrived at Leonardo da Vinci's workshop.
- Maria: Here we are.
Maria knocked on the door and Leonardo greeted them.
- Maria: Hello Leonardo.
- Leonardo: Madonna Maria!
- Maria: This is my son, Ezio.
- Leonardo: Molto onorato. (It's a pleasure to meet you.)
- Ezio: L'onore è mio. (The honor is mine.)
- Leonardo: Let me go and fetch the paintings. I'll be right back.
He went into the workshop, while Ezio and Maria waited for him.
- Maria: He's very talented.
- Ezio: Immagino. (I guess.)
- Maria: Self expression is vital to understanding and enjoying life. You should find an outlet.
- Ezio: I have plenty of outlets.
- Maria: I meant besides vaginas.
- Ezio: Mother!
Leonardo returned with a box containing paintings.
- Leonardo: Back to your house, then?
- Maria: Sì. Sì. (Yes. Yes.) Ezio, help Leonardo, will you?
Ezio carried the box all the way to his home.
- Leonardo: So, Ezio, what do you do?
- Maria: He's been working for his father.
- Leonardo: Ah! You're to be a banker?
- Ezio: For now. And you? Art, was it?
- Leonardo: Truth be told, it's been difficult for me to settle. Painting is nice, but I often feel like my work lacks... I don't know... purpose. Does that make sense? I'd rather contribute more practically. More directly, Architecture, perhaps. Or anatomy. I'm not content to merely to capture the world. I want to change it.
- Maria: Oh, Leonardo! I have no doubt you'll go on to do great things!
- Leonardo: Vi ringrazio, Madonna. (I thank you.) That's kind of you.
They reached the Palazzo Auditore.
- Maria: Thank you for the help, son. Don't let me keep you from your other duties.
- Leonardo: It was nice to meet you, Ezio. I hope our paths cross again.
- Ezio: Anch'io. (Me too.)
Maria Auditore introduced Ezio to Leonardo da Vinci, who was just starting his career as an inventor and artist.