Continual Resort – #9|Stepping Stones

Finally! Installment #9 is done. A combination of a busy week and a good bit of research for this installment was the reason for the humongous gap between posts, but better late than never – hope you enjoy! 🙂

Continual Resort #9|Stepping Stones

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Linda arrived at ‘Sweet Styles’ early Friday morning with excitement and a new outlook. Her secret meeting the week before with the agent from the Angel Investment company produced a reasonable amount of hope for her awaited dream of starting her own business just that much more tangible. She knew that she would also need to take out a loan to go along with this particular source of funding to make up for the expected high return on the investment, but this aspect would be discussed with Donny once she was sure that she would actually move forward. “All in due time.” she thought to herself as she set up her station. Despite the  possibility of a small business falling apart within its first year, Linda knew that she would be a success because of her skills and yearning to further her ability in the industry of her craft. A mark would be made in the state of Missouri, and her name would be on it. She had also been researching the ins and outs of running a business long before her discussion with this agent, but she was anxious to learn more from him.

Thinking back on this secret meeting being the cause of Donny’s suspicious questioning and her loss of temper, Linda was still determined to be discreet until she was absolutely sure about beginning this endeavor. She was not sure of how to keep Donny at bay…her only hope was that he would not see her again with that agent or anyone else that she would be having discussions with and that she could hold everything together without looking suspicious in any way.

Many thoughts went through Linda’s mind as one of her regular clients made her way from the shampoo bowl and into her chair. She was glad that she would be able to get some rest that evening by her only having seven heads lined up for the day. This would enable her to be fresh and ready for the upcoming week when she would have her next meeting with the agent…but her cell phone rang just as her client was caped and comfortable.

Linda excused herself from her customer by pointing to the break area to indicate that she had to take the call…she rushed away to answer the phone.

“Hello?”

“Well, hello Linda! This is Steve your agent from the Angel Investment Program…do you remember me?”

Linda’s excitement grew. “Of course, of course! I’ve been waiting on your call…I’m working right now, but I was just wondering when I would hear from you. Are you calling to set up an appointment? Oh – I’m so sorry Mr. uh…-

“Oh don’t worry Linda.” Steve feigned an honest little laugh. “Actually, that is exactly why I am calling. We need to talk about your options along with your plans in the case that you are willing and ready to get this ball rolling. Call me Steve, by the way. Also, I wanted to let you know that your credit check came out as clear as a bell. After all, no credit is better than bad credit – right?”

Linda was a bit embarrassed of the fact that she had no credit although she did have several cards. No more than two years ago when Brianne was born, she and Donny had decided that they would not run up a pile of bills that they were not sure they would be able to pay despite Linda’s acceptance of the cards that she held. On the other hand, Donny wanted no part of being a credit card holder. “If I can’t get it right then and there, I don’t need the shit.” This was his apparent motto pertaining to the issue, but he had no problem with Linda’s choices on how she controlled her finances as long as she took both of their budgets into consideration.  Although their finances were basically separate, they both provided for their daughter and paid regular bills collectively.

Bringing herself out of her thoughts and back to the conversation, Linda thanked Steve for his help, but also reminded him that she was still in the process of sorting things out such as finding affordable companies to buy equipment and products, etc., as well as hiring her staff.

“Well, Steve, I’m actually glad to hear that…you are right about the credit. I try not to go overboard with those cards because you can get yourself into a heap of debt that way, and I do not need that especially with what I intend to do. I’ve thought really hard about where my equipment will come from, and I know that I’ll have to start out pretty small at first – the hiring situation is a little rough too, but – ”

“Oh, you have to stop worrying so much my dear! That is what we’re here for. I will be the one to help you get these aspects together and the Angel Investor program will also give management advice and even helpful contacts if needed. Keep in mind that this is not a government program as you cannot actually get a grant from the government for a small business start-up. Funding and help from the Angel or should we say ‘personal’ investor program comes from people who have the experience and expertise to I guess you could say – ‘bring in new generations’ of business men and women – for a price of course, but what’s most valuable is the knowledge that you’ll receive to keep your business going successfully. That in itself will pay off in the long run. I know you’re anxious – maybe even a little scared, but I’ll be by your side every step of the way, so you don’t have to worry your pretty head about any of this. As a matter of fact, I was actually calling to set up an appointment with you so that I can give you more information about the program and what it involves, but I can tell that you’re kind of nervous about it all, so instead of meeting me at my office next week, how about having our meeting in a more relaxed environment saaay, over dinner – tomorrow? I really believe that you’ll be able to take the information in much better over a nice meal – my treat! So whad’ya say…do we have a date?”

***

Friday morning at Robertson’s looked to be a day of ease for everyone at work – except for Donny who had already given the staff their directions for the day. Customers were still coming in to try the new dish which was apparently good enough for a party of twenty to make reservations for an alumni celebration in the establishment’s special events area; the dish being everyone’s entrĂ©e.

“Word of mouth is getting around, y’all. We gotta work it this evening, so let’s get set up!” The staff was still congratulating Donny on yet another great creation and were glad to be playing their own roles in this success. They all cared for and looked up to Donny; knowing that his passion was solely to create. They were also aware that he was an aspiring writer and supported him completely…everyone except Derrick.

“Dude, its fish and some damn fruit.” Unbeknownst to Derrick, his brother overheard the statement and saw the ‘big deal’ gesture as he spoke to one of the waiters who nonchalantly shook his head, shrugged and walked away. Donny refused to be negatively phased by his brother’s remark. He even felt a tad victorious in that he knew that Derrick was jealous and still had to follow his orders despite the fact that Derrick would practically throw himself full view into the spotlight for unearned credit – all with the support of their father. “Little shit.” Donny muttered as he made his way to the office to write plans for his next  dish. He had gotten no further than a short list of ingredients for a side when an abrupt knock on the door interrupted his thoughts.

Frustrated now, Donny hurriedly unlocked and opened the door to see his father standing there.

“Hello, son.” “Hey, dad…what brings you here so early?” Donny was surprised to see his father after his long absence at work. ‘Payback time…damn! Here we go…’ Keeping his thoughts inside, he stepped back to let Donald in. A ball of nervousness now accompanied Donny’s initial frustration as his father pulled up a chair to sit directly across from him at the desk… staring straight at him.  Determined to keep eye contact in spite of his inner jitters, Donny thought, ‘Whatever it is, I still ain’t kissin’ no ass, so go for it!’ 

“So…how has this Friday gone for you so far? I heard about the success of your new entrĂ©e, so I came by to congratulate you. You may not realize it, but I do know that you work your ass off here…even though you’re not interested – right?” Donald’s genuine looking yet sly grin spread across his face; contemplating an answer.

“Well, yeah…I guess you could say that since you put it that way. I do feel pretty good about how everybody’s taking to the dish.” Donny decided to refrain from mentioning his brother’s reaction to the praise he was receiving from Robertson’s workers…he would stand on his own two feet.

“Good, good! I’m glad to hear that. Looks like you’re already working on something new, huh?” Donald bent and slid the paper over to his side of the desk; looking at what was written. “Hmph! I must have interrupted you, so I apologize for that. Always working, my son…I’ll bet you can’t guess my real reason for coming to speak with you, can you?” He smiled again.

“Nope, not really dad. No harm, but I really was into a new plan, but since you’re here – shoot.” Donny forced himself to control the impromptu visual scenario of his father raising a pistol to  his forehead  with that grin and pulling the trigger. He was in complete shock at his father’s next words.

“All right, son…I’ll get to the point, and I hope that you go with the flow with me on this because you really deserve it. My thought this morning is that you’ve been busting your ass for a business that you really don’t want to be a part of, but you still need a paycheck until your writing career takes off. Your loyalty shows. Though I don’t agree with the life choices that you have and are still making, I still appreciate all the work that you put in here. If it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t be able to keep this thing up like I did as a younger man. Your father is getting up in age and I truly depend on you to teach your brother the ropes for the future, but you’ve been at it so hard lately that I thought you should have a little break. How does taking the rest of the day and Monday off sound to you? Just relax, do whatever you please, especially since you’re getting your new system set up next week, so you’ll need that day off too. Now, how does that sound? Oh yeah, and on Saturday, I would also like for you to come and visit your mom and me…you can actually check out my new system and save your um…your work – just for old times sake – I’ll even come and pick you up! It’s got to be a hell of a lot on you to be writing and working like you are. Who knows…you may even want to attend Sunday service with us…your mother will be giving the Sunday School summary and I will be doing the prayer for service.” Donald gave his older son a questioning look.

With much reluctance and a bit of comfort also, Donny agreed to all of his father’s suggestions. Overcome by a ‘just get it over with’ outlook on the situation, he was altogether sure that his father feigned wanting to spend time with him because he knew that this was exactly what Donny could do without, and for an extra added torture – church? ‘Yeah, right!’ Donny thought to himself while giving his father a goodbye hug. He felt that all of this would be worth the trouble come the following Monday.

***

Thanks for reading! If you would like to see installment #8, here it is >> Continual Resort #8

 

 

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. buildingalifeofhope
    Nov 05, 2013 @ 07:52:45

    Hmm … Daddy is up to something, isn’t he? Seems like all the characters have secret plans

    Reply

  2. dragonscaleclippings
    Nov 05, 2013 @ 19:56:26

    you write about intriguing characters ! hmmm – I’m not sure that everything is as it seems… good stuff!

    Reply

  3. Christy Birmingham
    Nov 16, 2013 @ 03:38:18

    I wonder what Dad is hinting at here… Hmm… And awesome about the Angel Investor coming through… I’m deep into the characters now!

    Reply

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