Adam understood every word.
Introductions were made and according to Peter and Mark they were also investors in the lottery and had done quite well with their investing.
More small talk by the new arrivals verbally dancing around the subject while trying to get a feel of just who Adam was and what kind of goodies he
could provide them with.
Finally the amount was once again brought up and Adam indicated he could do $10,000 now but would like to do much more if the payback was as he had
been told by his maid in Lagos.
Mark, the smaller of the two new guys said, "There are never guarantees but the lottery has done quite well for me. I invest $100 and get back $240 if
I am lucky....once I got back $700"!
Adam smiled knowing Mark was lying but he indicated he would be happy with 100% return on investment. Needless to say Adam acted very concerned in
dealing with people he really had not established a long term relationship with.
Mark with a big smile,"Of, course you are a very smart man and it is not wise to trust to quickly in Nigeria, but we are all friends and I can tell
you for sure we are all trustworthy and can help. You are very lucky to have met and talked with Ubie our cousin for there are people not as
trustworthy or as honorable as we three, for sure”.
Adam nodded and smiled trying to convey his naivete and goodwill which emboldened the three even more.
Adam brought up his maid again,"I was told by Sara my maid that a man by the name of Matthew Lagona was head of the lottery and for the right amount
of money to invest he could be persuaded to make sure a return on ones investment was made".
Warning signs in body posture struck like lightning in all three of the Nigerians. Adam had already computed the response he would get and forged
ahead with a conspiratorial air about himself, "Since we are all friends here let me tell you a little secret. I too have friends from all over the
world that would like this kind of return on their investment...... so I can probably contact a few and bring allot more money for the
Lottery...enough for all of to make some on the side...you know... handling charges"...
Ubie slapped Adam on the arm, "Man you sure you aren't Nigerian"?
Adam smiled and with his conspiratorial voice he said, "Ubie for the right kind of money I could be any nationality I need to be; just show me the
More laughing, which was mostly forced by the three cousins in a way to convey male bonding. They were trying to cement the groups ties to Adam as he
computed he had set the bait and would now have to wait until Mr. Matthew Lagona aka Vampire bit. As if on cue (which it was) Eve walked in the front
door and stopped with her hands on her hips. The sight of her struck the bar patrons in such a way that if a Grey Alien had walked through the door
they would not have been more surprised and certainly less pleased. The setting sun caused a halo around her that made her appearance more angelic
than mortal as she stood with the door open behind her. One of the patrons almost swallowed a fly that had flown into his open mouth..many patrons
were lucky there were not more flies.
Adam..."Ooops, gotta go guys..... here is my cell number, which was provided on his business card. Call me when you can set something up with Mr.
Ubie wanted Eve to come in for a drink "on the house" but Adam had already started for the door. Someone in the Group called after him wondering if he
needed any help, but Adam just said he could handle her himself, there was laughter from the group.
Once outside both Adam and Eve continued to listen to their new found friends via MDSR (Micro dot surveillance receiver) which Adam had placed in the
small crack between the bar counter top and the Bannister.
Ubie, like the good soldier he thought he was, had already said he was calling the "Boss" while Mark said he was sure the Boss was in Lagos at the
home of Mohammad, one of his Somali Captains.
With cell phones it mattered not where someone was; if there was a signal they could be reached.
Adam and Eve held hands looking to all the world as a beautiful couple in love on a stroll back to their hotel. But in reality they were also running
a complete crossover diagnostic check between all six of their processing centers...No faults and all were capable of 100% output. Good to go.
Ubie called twice trying to get in touch with the Vampire yet the man was unavailable and the phone went straight to voice mail.
First call, "Hey, Boss please call Ubie I got something for you"!
Call 2, five minutes later, “Hey, Boss it is me Ubie, I got something I think you will like very much, please man, when you can, call me back"!
"Never fails, when I got something to make everyone happy I can't get no help" Ubie lamented.
Mark and Peter chimed in with words to sooth Ubie's hot temper giving encouragement to the effect that the Boss would call when he had a chance.
Adam and Eve returned to the hotel as the bar conversation continued on the subject of how they could get Adam's money and not say anything about it
to the Boss if they had to.
Mark was the one that was heard to say, "Ubie you know if we do something.... for sure..... we will make more money! We could dump the bodies at the
mouth of the river where the sharks feed. But.......Man.... if Boss Matt finds out we crossed him..... all our families.... he can find will be
killed.... we will be wishing we were fish food before the Boss finishes with us. Besides I would dump that guy Adam even though he seems like a nice
stupid white guy to me..... I think we should keep the girl for awhile; man did you see her"!
The next morning at 10AM Adam's phone rang and it was Mr. Lagona.
"Hello, good morning," Eve answered with her best telephonic voice.
"And good morning to you; this is Matthew Lagona calling for Mr. Adam Sparks, is he available?"
"Yes one moment please."
Adam stood next to the mobile phone for a few seconds waiting an appropriate amount of time before he answered.
"Mr. Sparks this is Matthew Lagona I was told you wish to speak with me about investing in a subsidiary of the shipping company. I am in Lagos
presently and if you would like, I can arrange a meeting with you either in Opobo or another place of my choosing. I must say though I am a very busy
man and my time is limited for such things so as a kindness to me I hope you can make a meeting worth my time".
"Thank you for calling me Mr. Lagona and from what little I have heard about you I can only imagine how busy you must be; so again thank you for your
"I am V.P. of logistics and marketing for British Petroleum, based out of Houston, Tx. Myself along with several other world contacts have
discretionary income to invest in certain activities and certain well paying investment funds..... if the return is worth our 'time' …...so without
making any promises, I can only say, I would not have made the effort to contact you unless I thought you would be interested."
"Mr. Sparks I am not always someone who is pleased to make new acquaintances but based on Ubie's information about your character I will make an
effort to set something up with you this evening or tomorrow at the bar. Please keep you phone handy and I will let you know a couple of hours in
advance when we can meet, if that is OK with you"?
edit on 727thk16 by 727Sky because: ..