August 25, 2006

TSOTF, Part 10

“That is not the sort of news I was expecting to bring to my employers,” Coleman said calmly, staring out at the view from the bank of windows.

“There was no way to anticipate the funds available to this second bidder.” Martin swallowed the last of his scotch and glanced at the others. They seemed disinterested, as if they were merely spectators with nothing to lose. Employers? Martin looked briefly at Coleman. Had the man said his employers? What the hell was he talking about?

“You need to understand something. I have been trying to secure this formula for the last three years. I have no intention of allowing another party to interfere.” Coleman turned and stared at Martin.

“Then we will need to out-bid him,” Martin said quietly, suddenly aware that the others had rose from their seats.

“There will be no more money, Martin,” Coleman said, his voice equally low and threatening. “Call Vincenzo and tell him your bid is final. I will take care of the other problem.”

“How?” Martin asked, regretting it the moment the word left his mouth. Coleman walked to his side, and paused.

“Don’t ask questions, Martin.” Martin turned to face Coleman. The man was staring right at him, his onyx eyes cold and challenging.

“Who are these employers of yours, and why am I only now learning of them?” Martin asked angrily, not about to let Coleman intimidate him. He hadn’t risked his financial future lightly and unknowns were unacceptable. “Who the hell are you?”

Coleman smiled slightly. He patted Martin’s shoulder. “You’ll want to read and sign the documents I brought. The fee for your services is more than fair, and you will be compensated for your costs, including a generous bonus for securing the pharmaceutical company so cheaply.” Coleman leaned his mouth close to Martin’s ear.

“Don’t become a problem, Martin. Just think of what you stand to lose…starting with your pretty young wife, and your son, and it can happen with one call.” Coleman laughed and left the hotel room, slamming the door behind him.

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Oooo...a character I can really hate!

Posted by: Wanda at August 25, 2006 09:29 AM

Nasty sob he is!

Posted by: Karin at August 25, 2006 09:43 AM

Oh, I don't know, sounds like he knows all about Jack and Kate . . .

Posted by: oddybobo at August 28, 2006 10:30 AM

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