“She isn’t aware of any of this yet. I would appreciate it if you kept her in the dark.” I wanted to be the one to tell her. This time I will be in the room. “You’re free to tell her we spoke.”
“Whatever happened between you two, Sir, I want you to know she has always acted in your best interest.” Bob is loyal too. I am really liking this guy.
“Monica is my second favorite woman on this planet, Bob,” I chuckled . “I am just making her sweat a bit. She deservedly put me in my place, but she never envisioned the results.” I smiled at Mia and she patted my arm. “I owe her a lot more than she knows. I just have to be in the room when she finds out.”
“Okay then, silence it is. She is going to press, of course. I hope you’ll let her know that I was under direct orders.” Bob seemed a bit more relieved.
“I will be happy to let her know. Your loyalty is impressive Bob.” He was quickly becoming another favorite person of mine. “Mia and I are going take short trip this weekend. When we return, I want you to set us up as beneficiaries of each other’s wills and gather whatever signatures you need to make sure that Mia has the same access to our assets as I do.”
“Mia Perez or Mia Tomlinson?” He was on the ball.
“Tomlinson.” Mia answered. She wrapped her hand around my waist.
“Congratulations to the both of you. I will have everything ready on your return.” He didn’t even mention a pre-nup again. I like people who don’t try to beat a dead horse.
“Bob, from now on my name is Dale.” I hung up before he argued that one. I pulled Mia in close and kissed her.
“You know he might be right about the pre-nup. It would make everyone else feel better.” Mia was trying to be realistic. I was done being realistic.
“Nope, I am all in. If you murder me for my money it’s on me.” I smiled pulling her closer.
“And pass up on nude painting. Do you think I’m insane?” She gave me a passionate kiss.
I called up Brian Fitzgerald at Gem Works. “Mr. Tomlinson, I was rather surprised when your associate called.” He sounded a bit non-trusting.
“Please, call me Dale. I understand I can buy 30% of Gem Works for five million. I am interested as Bob must have informed you.” I was going to let greed take its course.
“It was the speed of the transaction the concerns me, Dale. These things usually take months. You want to move in hours.” Damn, I got a non-greedy one. Time for truth.
“I have a two stipulations to the purchase. They are the real reason. If you agree, the company has the funds it needs to grow. I will hold for a minimum of ten years. No other strings attached.” This was a no-bullshit guy.
“Name them.” Yep, no bullshit.
“Kyle Gladstone will get a 20% raise.” I forestalled the next question. “His actions allowed someone I love to avoid a horrible outcome. He needn’t know where it came from.”
“He’s a good kid… Done. What’s the other?” That was easy.
“The other concerns Thomas Patterson.” This one might be bit tougher.
“What do you want with that pompous ass?” Might not be as tough as I thought.
“He was going to be the horrible outcome.” I let that sink in. “I want to be able to fire him, and I want you to let him know I can do it.”
“Well that’s an easy yes. May I ask what the horrible outcome was?” That went better than expected.
“It’s better that you don’t know. You might fire him on the spot.” Brian sounds like a guy who might have him beaten first. “He will either quit or become a model employee when I am done with him.”
“He must have really pissed you off to spend five million to get a hold on him?” He was chuckling. “I would have let you have him for a lot less.”
“Oh, I still consider this an investment, Brian. If your expansion works as expected, I win twice.” I didn’t want him to think I just throw money down the drain.
“It will work. I’ll double you in five years.” He was extremely confident. “My lawyers are talking with yours. I trust we can sign by the end of the week.”
“I will give my lawyer power to sign and distribute the funds immediately. As soon as your lawyers are happy, it’s done.” I should have just given him a check and shook his hand.
“Great, I’ll have Patterson in my office at 3:00. Call me at 3:10, and I’ll leave you two alone.” He was chuckling again. “Sure is good doing business with you, Dale.”
“Same here, Brian.” we disconnected.
Mia and I went shopping. We let the store clerk talk us into way too many painting implements, and we picked paint for two rooms. Mia had a terrible time trying to pick the colors. She finally narrowed it down to five and made me a pick the winner. I made it look like I was considering them carefully. I actually did “eeny, meeny, miny, moe” in my mind. Two of the colors were so close, I couldn’t even tell the difference. That choice made, she picked accent colors. I couldn’t wait to paint.
We spent a few hours at a travel agent. Mia wanted this part to be perfect. I couldn’t believe she even suggested it. She hit a homerun as far as I was concerned.
The grocery store was a lot more fun. We got to find out a lot about what we like and dislike. We were totally compatible in the meat department, polar opposites when it came to vegetables. We both loved ice cream although we had to compromise on mint chocolate chip. I snuck some chocolate syrup into the cart. When I thought we were done, she took me back to the vegetables and grabbed the broccoli that I had poo-pooed earlier. I was told it was good for me, and if she had to serve it off her breasts to get me to eat it, she would. Broccoli was looking better all the time.
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