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A Second Chance was a virtual representation of one of Ezio Auditore's repressed genetic memories, relived by Desmond Miles in 2012 through the Animus 2.01.


Ezio and his brother were talking in the street when Federico pointed out Cristina Vespucci, and encouraged Ezio to talk to her.


Ezio and Federico were talking in the populated streets of Florence.

  • Federico: What about that one?

Federico gestured casually toward Cristina.

  • Ezio: Oh! She is beautiful...
  • Federico: Okay! Then go talk to her?
  • Ezio: Just like that? Talk about what?
  • Federico: It doesn't matter. See, little brother, most men are so afraid of beautiful girls that, anyone who actually talks to them has an advantage! Just make it up as you go.

Ezio took a deep breath, exhaled, and walked in front of Cristina. There, Ezio put on a big smile and stood there, frozen to the spot.

Ezio trying to talk with Cristina

  • Cristina: What.
  • Ezio: What?
  • Cristina: Why are you just standing there?
  • Ezio: Oh. Um... Because I... wanted to ask you something. Which is... What's your name?
  • Cristina: Pft! Not one you'll ever need to make use of.

Cristina walked away.

  • Ezio: Aspetta! (Wait!) I wasn't ready. I was planning on being really charming. And funny! Can I just have a second chance?

Cristina smiled, but still walked away. Federico burst out laughing.

  • Ezio: Oh well...
  • Federico: Ezio, all is not lost. You made her smile! She will remember you now.
  • Ezio: No, I can still fix this. I'll follow her a ways, see where she lives.

Ezio tailed Cristina to her house without being detected, where he discovered that Vieri de' Pazzi was waiting at Cristina's front door. As he watched, Vieri posed for her, showing himself off.

  • Cristina: I told you. I'm not interested.
  • Vieri: Sì. (Yes.) But I am.
  • Cristina: Get in line.

Vieri harassing Cristina

Cristina attempted to push Vieri aside and enter her house. Vieri however, lost his patience and restrained Cristina, pushing her up against the door.

  • Vieri: I think not, amore mio (my love). I've decided I'm tired of waiting for you to open your legs on your own.

Ezio stepped forward, making his presence known, following which Vieri turned around and spotted Ezio.

  • Vieri: Cane rognoso! (Shabby dog!) What do you want here? This has nothing to do with you.
  • Ezio: Nice to see you too, Vieri. I think you're disturbing this young lady's day.

Vieri let Cristina go, focusing on Ezio. From there, he took a couple of threatening steps towards Ezio, and the two began to fistfight.

  • Vieri: Finally, father will be forced to notice. To give me respect!
  • Ezio: Is that the best you can do?
  • Vieri: Shut your mouth. I'll kill you.
  • Ezio: Why am I not surprised to find you forcing yourself on a nice girl? Just like your father's banks treat Firenze.
  • Vieri: Fool. Your father is the one who needs to be taught a lesson.
  • Ezio: You Pazzi are all mouth and no fist. You've been slandering my family's name around this town for too long.
  • Vieri: No more than they deserve.
  • Ezio: Come on then, hit me! Give me a reason to break your neck!

Ezio eventually emerged victorious and Vieri fled. As Vieri ran away, he turned back.

  • Vieri: You will pay for interfering. Your whole family will!

Cristina kissing Ezio

Vieri spat on the ground and departed, before Ezio turned toward Cristina.

  • Cristina: Thank you. That was very kind of you.
  • Ezio: Are you alright?
  • Cristina: I am now... You asked for my name earlier. It's Cristina.
  • Ezio: Piacere, (A pleasure) Cristina! I'm Ezio.
  • Cristina: Well, Ezio. Looks like you got yourself a second chance.

Cristina kissed Ezio on the cheek and entered her home, while Ezio stayed where he was, staring dreamily into the distance with a smile on his face.


After having failed to impress Cristina initially, Ezio saved her from the unwanted advances of Vieri, earning himself a second chance with her.

Behind the scenes

Ezio is able to blend in crowd groups even though he has not yet been trained how to do so by Paola.

If Ezio taunts Vieri, his lines are unchanged from the standard ones used in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. As a result, he speaks with the voice of his forty-year-old self despite being seventeen in the memory.

Several members of Vieri's gang can be seen in the streets and are labeled red in Eagle Vision but approaching them will cause desynchronization.

This memory chronologically takes place before the events of the regressions in Assassin's Creed II, save the one which depicts Ezio's birth.

This is the only memory in which Ezio features without the scar on his lip.



Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood memories
Main memories
Sequence 1: Peace at Last
Mass Exodus - Homecoming - R & R - Horsing Around - Target Practice - Reunion - Vilified - Emergency Exit
Sequence 2: A Wilderness of Tigers
As Good As New - Well Executed - New Man in Town - Easy Come, Easy Go - Who's Got Mail? - Crepi il Lupo - The Halls of Nero - Roman Underground
Sequence 3: The Fighter, the Lover and the Thief
Double Agent - Between a Rock and a Hard Place - High-Stakes Negotiation - Collective Intelligence
Sequence 4: Den of Thieves
Castello Crasher - Femme Fatale - The Burdens We Carry - Guardian of Forlì - Man of the People - Serial Offender - Human Cargo - An Unexpected Visitor - War Plans - Outgunned - The Plan
Sequence 5: The Banker
Escape From Debt - Follow the Money - When in Rome... - In and Out - Paper Trail
Sequence 6: The Baron de Valois
Gatekeeper - French Kiss - Trojan Horse - Au Revoir
Sequence 7: The Key to the Castello
Patching the Leak - Calling All Stand-Ins - Exit Stage Right - Intervention - Ascension
Sequence 8: The Borgia
Requiem - An Apple a Day - The Apple of Eden - Demilitarization - Seeing Red - All Roads Lead To...
Sequence 9: The Fall
Pax Romana - A Seed
Secret locations
Wolves Among the Dead - Thrown to the Wolves - Leader of the Pack - The Sixth Day - A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing - Shopaholic - Liquid Gold
War machines
War Plans - Loose Cannon - War Plans - Flying Machine 2.0 - War Plans - Hell on Wheels
Templar agents
Down to Earth - Counter-Propaganda - Excommunication - Firing Line - Red-Handed - The Ringer
Cristina memories
A Second Chance - Last Rites - Best Man - Persona Non Grata - Love's Labour's Lost
Assassination contracts
Two's Company - Tactical Correction - ...And Three's a Crowd - Serf's Turf - The Three Amici - Red Letter Day - The Merchant of Rome - Bearers of Bad News - Cardinal Sin - Turning the Tables - Graduation - Brutes and Brutality
Thief assignments
Lost Pup - A Clash of Interests - Up to Speed - Class Warfare - Pointing Fingers - Eye on the Prize - Young at Heart - Downsizing - A Blanket Finish - For the Fans
Courtesan assignments
Property Dispute - Old Habits Die Hard - The Morning After - Running Scared - Live Bait - Malpractice - Closing In - Bad Politics - Troublemakers - Ghostwriting
The Da Vinci Disappearance
A Roll of the Dice - The One Who Got Away - Memento Mori - Bon Voyage - Last Minute Invite - The Ezio Auditore Affair - Decoding Da Vinci - The Temple of Pythagoras
Copernicus Conspiracy
False Censorship - Out of Orbit - Intelligentsia - Honorary Degree - Expedited Post - Man in Red - Sitting Ducks - Close the Book