By Douglas E. Gogerty
King Thorbjorn had his permit as he began looking for someone to raid Princess Angelina's new kingdom. There were plenty of individuals willing to take the work in the Pirate Peninsula. However, the King had a particular group in mind; thus, he had some searching to do.
In the past, the King had dealt with a man known as The Shrub. He was a powerful and respected man. Further, he had many connections, and therefore went by a pseudonym to protect his legitimate business deals. The King did not know from where this name originated, but it mattered little. He was the man, who the king wanted to hire to get things done.
It took several days for the King's emissaries to find the men to whom he wished to speak. Eventually, the King's people arranged a meeting with The Shrub's people. In this way, the negotiations could begin. It was just the first step.
"There is a new kingdom forming," stated the King to the representative of The Shrub.
"How does this concern us?" asked the man.
"It is in my best interest that this kingdom fails."
"If my interests are realized, then benefits could flow your way."
"If the benefits are right, I am sure we could assist you."
"I will only discuss the details with the man himself."
"The Shrub is a busy man. He is not to be disturbed by trifling details."
"We have done business in the past. Face-to-face is the only way I will continue this discussion."
"Then we are finished here then?"
"I guess so."
"I cannot persuade you to deal with me?"
"No you cannot."
"In that case, I will take your proposal to the boss. Perhaps, someone will get back to you."
"That is all I can ask."
The meeting was short. However, the King was optimistic for the results. The pirate always ran his business this way. He always sent a representative to check things. If everything seemed fine, then a meeting could be arranged. Again, The Shrub was cautious. This is how he kept hold of his power.
The King met with others for backup. If the deal he preferred to make fell through, he wanted others in line to make new arrangements quickly. In this way, he would not be wasting the waiting time. He had spoken to several groups when he got word that negotiations could continue. He would meet with The Shrub.
However, he was informed that it was going to take several days to make the arrangements. Once again, instead of waiting the King met with a few more groups. He would not waste his time waiting. He thought that perhaps he could get the entire peninsula involved. The drawback on that would be that it would cost too much. However, the King thought that perhaps that would not be entirely bad.
Finally, the day came to meet with The Shrub. It was at this meeting that he would find out if a deal could be struck. If it could, then he could see to all of the arrangements.
"Glad to see you again," the man said.
"Good to see you," replied the King.
"I understand you would like to make some sort of arrangement."
"I would indeed."
"Let me hear the details."
"On the other side of the gulf from this peninsula is some land that used to belong to me. I was curious to how good are their defenses."
"And you do not invade because...?"
"I did not mention the part about no questions asked?"
"I beg your pardon. Please, give us some details -- whatever you are comfortable with."
"It is a new kingdom. The monarch is young, and may not consider defenses as a priority."
"You want us to make it fail?"
"I think a few excursions would make this young monarch ally themselves with a friendly and large kingdom."
"Who is this monarch?"
"I was sure I mentioned no questions asked..."
"Fine," responded the man with a bow. "What do we get in return?"
"I will double the payment I made last time," replied the King.
"It was a considerable sum. You do not find this sufficient?"
"This is a major undertaking..."
"I am not asking you to invade and take over the country. I would like you to test its defenses. Nevertheless, if you cannot handle it, I will find someone who will. In fact, I have lined up some alternatives already. However, I thought I would give you first chance because of our previous successful transaction."
"Do we keep the plunder?"
"If there is any, you may keep what you find."
"Where is my head? Do you have the proper permit?"
"Of course," the King replied showing the man his certificate.
"It appears that your paperwork is in order," replied the man as he looked over the document.
"As I have alluded to many times, I have done business here in the past."
"So, when would you like this transaction to be completed?"
"You can begin as soon as you like, but I do not expect you to finish until after the storm season. I will not pay extra for the risks."
"So, you want a couple of raids after the stormy season and we keep the plunder. Is that the agreement?"
"I do not remember saying any of that."
"Understood. We have a deal," the man said offering the King his hand.
"Thank you. I will send half the payment before the storm season ends, and the other half when the job is done."
"That will be fine. It has been a pleasure seeing and doing business with you again."
"I hope we can do this again sometime," replied the King with a slight bow.
The King and his party left the room, and walked to their waiting suncars. When they arrived, the King shouted, "Let's go!"
"What is it?" asked a member of the King's entourage.
"That was not The Shrub. We could be in big trouble if we do not get out of here fast."
The group of suncars started to head away, but some guards blocked their exit. The King ordered them to break through the blockade, so the entourage did not stop.
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