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Here is an excerpt from Part 2:
Here is one
problem,” said Ferrash. “You are intending to make Brendan Stewart your
partner, aren’t you?”
wrong with it?” inquired Lennart.
know nothing about the whole business,” said Ferrash resolutely.
could be a great asset...” started Lennart, but the colonel interrupted him.
drinks. And when he drinks, he talks. The whole town knows the story of his
misfortunes with Elinor, or what-was-her-name. I’d prefer you to get rid of him
impossible,” said Lennart coldly. “Brent Stewart is my friend and we made a
business agreement. I can’t break my word. Besides, I need his money and I need
a good pilot. I can’t fly alone.”
case, it’s your responsibility to ensure that Stewart knows nothing about the
real nature of your work,” declared Ferrash, and the manner in which he said it
prevented Lennart from making any further objections.
moment a lonely figure entered the garden, looked around uncertainly, went
in the direction of the fountain,
stumbled and fell into it.
your business partner, captain,” said Ferrash. “If I were you, I’d take him out
of the fountain and bring home as soon as possible.”
He stood up
and Lennart did the same. The person in the fountain was making desperate
attempts to get out of the undeep water, but rather unsuccessfully.
an address on the card I gave you,” went Ferrash on. “ I expect you tomorrow at
ten in my office where we will continue our conversation. Good-bye.”
morning Brendan stayed in bed with a headache and it was not difficult for
Lennart to invent a story as to why he needed to go to the capital alone. He
said that he had to buy some things for his upcoming journey home and it was
enough. Mrs Stewart kept musing about her son’s propensity to get drunk and
Margaret was occupied with the thought of Lennart leaving them. Neither asked
for details and after a hasty breakfast Lennart left for the Northern Star.