Antonio's story deepens.
By George Kingsnorth
On Udemy this week I gave a recap of how the story was developing.
Maybe Antonio left her a long time ago and he has a new girl friend now, but the Ex doesn't know about her and the Ex is a bit psychotic and controlling (which is why he'd want to get away from her) and she still doesn't accept the breakup. The new girl friend could be oblivious to everything and Antonio wants to keep it that way, but in addition to threatening Antonio the bookie has implied he'll leverage the new girl friend against Antonio too by either threatening to do something to the new girl friend directly or indirectly by letting the ex know about her. By involving a new girl friend this also makes it so Antonio can't just skip town. Wanting to give his new girl friend the good life might be added motivation for why he wanted to start his own business. A good setting/location for this could be Las Vegas. This could give several options for building the background story. A common connection for some of the characters (showing how they met) could be a club or a casino.
Options for getting money could be expanded to include visiting conventions (maybe rob a jewelry convention) or just a rich tourist. This gives more urgency because you're not just running from a bookie but now have a time deadline as he has a limited window for his plans to be carried out (he can rob a bank anytime unless there's a big shipment involved).
Has the bookie given him a dead line or is Antonio always just trying to avoid running into the bookie (and maybe some of the bookies underlings)?"