| The Gladiator |
POD: Mid-20th Century
Earliest Known POD: October-November, 1962
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
|Nationality:||Italy (home timeline)|
Rocco was an employee of Crosstime Traffic in the Italian People's Republic. He worked for a front company called By the Arch Repairs, located in Rimini. Like Eduardo Caruso, Rocco and his colleague Giulio were stranded in an alternate where the Soviet Union won the Cold War. The two repaired the long-broken elevator in Annarita Crosetti and Gianfranco Mazzilli's apartment building. The repairmen also hoped to find Caruso, but just missed him.
In the summer, after school was out, both the Mazzillis and the Crosettis (Eduardo Caruso in tow) headed to Rimini for a vacation. This allowed Annarita, Gianfranco and Eduardo to slip over to San Marino. Unfortunately, after a brief exchange with the employees of the Three Sixes, Caruso realized that the store had already fallen into the Security Police's hands.
Annarita directed Caruso to By the Arch Repairs. Here, Caruso was able to connect with Rocco and Giulio. While they were glad to find someone else from their timeline, they still had the problem of how to get home: the transporter was still hidden in Three Sixes.
The Crosstimers, Annarita and Gianfranco decided that the best way to get into the store was to get the Security Police out. Knowing how fiercely San Marino defended its autonomy, Gianfranco informed his father that Three Sixes was spreading capitalism. Cristoforo Mazzilli brought this to the attention of the Sammarinese police. The Mazzillis and Annarita returned to the store with two Sammarinese officers. This blew the cover of the Italian Security Police, who were angered at the upstart Sammarinese officials. In turn, the Sammarinese were angered that their country's sovereignty had been so boldly violated by Italy.
In the confusion, the Crosstimers, who'd been "browsing" in the store, were supposed to sneak into the basement and escape. However, their presence was noted. When the Sammarinese moved to arrest them, Eduardo took Gianfranco "hostage". The Crosstimers and Gianfranco fled into the basement and transported back to the home timeline.