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Fire and ice Episode 2

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Episode 2
“I’d assume you’ve gotten everything sorted
out?” questioned Blayze.
“Yes, Mr. Norman,” Mr. James reassured,
handing over the paper folder.
“That’s good to hear. It’s good to know you
take your work seriously, and ideas on a
solution?” asked Blayze as he flipped through
the pages.
“Well sir, I do not believe the Carter family can
pay us back anytime soon, with their sales
versus their spending with personal matters, I
don’t believe that we can get even a reasonable
fraction of our money back any time in the
near, or distant future.”
“Mr. James, what exactly are you saying? That
we’ve just lost ten million dollars to our
highest, advancing competitors? What could
you possibly have in mind?”
“Well since, money isn’t currently available,
we’ll have to go with non-price factors.” Mr.
James trailed off, suddenly feeling unsure
about his idea.
“Yes, Mr. James go on,” urged Blayze,
suddenly interested in what could possibly
amount to ten million dollars.
“Well, you see Mr. Carter has two daughters.
When kingdoms have financial troubles, there
will be a kind of agreement to join hands to
strength the bonds between them. A marriage
to be precise, prosperity would reign and their
troubles would fix….” Mr. James recollected.
“Are you suggesting a marriage between I and
one of Carter’s daughters?” Blayze asked with
a cool demeanour, catching on quite fast.
“The youngest is still in high school but his
eldest is a beacon for the press. Not only will
our company be shown in a more positive light
than ever but also, when her father passes, you
will be in part ownership of the inheritance.
This can include a partial ownership of their
business and more than the money they owe.
Thereafter, you can do whatever suits you with
the company plus you get to avoid having to
pass through the strenuous court process of
claiming back your money.” Mr. James ended
with an intake of breath. It was a last minute
idea and there were no other options. Blayze
wore a mask, and under it was the layer of
questions: Is this really a beneficial fix? Is it
even a viable solution?
“So you’re saying that a marriage should
amend his debt therefore furthering us by free
advertisement, part ownership and inheritance?
How are we sure they will agree to such an
offer?” Blayze inquired.
“Well sir, if we bring in the facts, this is Mr.
Carter’s best option.” Mr. James confidently
replied. After staring at Mr. James for quite a
while, Blayze took in a deep breath.
“Call and set up an appointment. I think this
could possibly do us good Mr. James, well
done.”
***
“I’d assume you are well aware of the topic for
today’s meeting, correct Mr. Carter?” Blayze
directed his question at the slightly shorter,
middle aged man. His frosted hair framed his
oval shaped face. His hazel eyes sat upon his
slim, yet long nose, while his moustache laid
underneath. It was merely both of the men in a
boardroom that was meant for at least thirty.
“Mr. Norman, I’m not exactly sure what you
speak of.” Mr. Carter lied through his teeth.
Blayze, tired of the time wasting small talk,
handed the man a file containing the day’s
matter.
“So it seems that you and your company owe
my company a rather plump sum of money.
It’s been years, yet absolutely none of it has
been paid back. Not only do you owe the ten
million, but the interest of it sitting in your
care. Do you realise how much money that is,
with a signed legal document binding you to
this?” Blayze kept a professional tone, not
letting personal emotion interfere. Although
internally, he was boiling. How dare some
scumbag try to take advantage of his father’s
goodwill?
“Mr. Norman, my company is still in a crucial
state… I don’t believe we will be able to give
that kind of money now, or in the near future!”
Mr. Carter exclaimed.
“I don’t understand, how on earth are you
possibly thriving as a company, yet unable to
make simple payments back on a loan. I am
not afraid to play repossession. I am well
aware of the fact I have the opportunity to take
your company for all it’s worth and I am ready
to take legal action on this matter, Mr. Carter,”
Blayze threatened. Their success shall not
come from his downfall, that was one thing he
was sure of.
“Mr. Norman, I’m not sure what I have to offer
you, my company has no financial room to pay
you back at this point,” Mr. Carter defended
some more.
“You read the contract, correct? The agreement
was clearly stated, that is what you legally
bound your name to.” Blayze added
determined to put him in the wrong.
“When I agreed to that your father was still in
charge! He was benevolent and understanding.
He fully understood the situation and how
desperate we were!”
“So you took advantage of him!” Blayze
snapped.
“Well, now it’s different. He’s not here and you
will find a way to pay us back.”
“What do you mean by that? I’ve explained
that’s next to impossible.” Mr. Carter
exasperatedly spoke. The atmosphere felt
suffocating as Mr. Carter stared at Blayze
trying to figure out what the greedy business
man had in mind but it was hard to read his
face as he had no expression on his face. His
eyes on the other hand were cold.
“I shall take your eldest hand in marriage.”
Blayze finally blurted out and waited for a
reaction from the elderly man. Mr. Carter’s
eyes slowly widened in surprise. His pulse
slowly heightened at this new proposal.
“Not happening! No way am I going to put the
life of my little girl in the hands of a cold
hearted and self centred man like you!” Spat
Mr. Carter.
“Don’t flatter yourself Mr. Carter. I do not take
any personal interest in your daughter. In fact, I
know nothing of her other than the business
benefits that comes with the union. But Mr.
Carter, this cold hearted and self centred man
is giving you the opportunity to redeem
yourself and your company. You can either
hand her over, or your company,” Blayze
reasoned.
“It’s your choice. The deadline is the end of
this week.” Getting his stuff together, he stood
to his feet. Blayze stretched out his hand to
Mr. Carter for a simple business handshake
but Carter looked from his hand to his face
then shifted his eyes away from him entirely.
He hated his new found position.
Blayze on the other hand wasn’t the least
bothered about the elderly man’s emotion or
what he thought of him. To him, this was just
pure business and he was ready to go to the
extremes to get what he wants.
“Very well Mr. Carter. Till we meet again.”
Blayze stated as he withdrew his hand before
turning away to leave the room, his assistant
following behind him.
Mr. Carter loved both his company and his
daughter very much. He didn’t want to give
either of them up to the Devil himself. He
didn’t want to.
To be continued

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