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Cupcake Kissin’ 7 – Alex Ankarr
‘Your aunt, my boy, has left you a bakery business,’ Mayhewlinson says, plunging in with refreshingly little fooling or futzing around. And it’s news to Caspar, but certainly it sounds like good news, little as he can remember of the fine details from half an hour ago. Even if it’s not a good going concern, Caspar thinks hopefully, a skip of something approaching elation in his chest, then surely he’ll be able to sell it off and make some coin with it. Even at auction, if the place is a wreck with no established clientèle, even –
But Mayhewlinson cuts off his speculations pretty quick, and has some relevant information for him. ‘I take it that you don’t remember the terms and conditions of the bequest, then, if you were, ahem, tired during the reading?’ And here he bends a benevolent look upon Caspar, such a look that if it were any more avuncular Caspar would be living in hopes of a bequest even from him, at some sad and gloomy occasion far in the future. ‘I won’t bother you with the technical terminology, and every single clause and side-note that we’re forced to go through on more formal occasions, then. Suffice it to say that due to your dear aunt’s feelings about this particular business – one of many she owned, but one of very few that the dear lady took a personal interest in, and even worked in on occasion, to help cover for staff shortages now and then – she was not desirous that you be able to immediately make, ah, pecuniary use of the business.’
Caspar translates this in his head as best he is able. Gertie had her lawyers draw up his nice little windfall so that he can’t sell it. God damn the old bat, fond of her as he might have been. He can feel his face sour up with a little scowl, but then a thought causes it to lighten up considerably. ‘But I still get the income from the business, right?’ Which, Caspar thinks, is almost better. God bless Gertie, in fact! With the temptation to sell off a valuable asset for the quick bucks involved removed, he’s forced to make the smart move. And pull in a – yearly? Monthly? He isn’t sure how these things work – income from Gertie’s bakery. Which should go towards easing his current financial embarrassments a fair bit.
Hopefully, he thinks cautiously. As long as the business isn’t a dying duck. ‘So,’ he tries, ‘I have to put a manager in, then I can take, like, drawings out of the profits? There are profits, right? Where is this bakery, anyhow, beyond here in good old L.A.? How’s it doing? I’m not too sure how these things work, maybe you could enlighten me…?’
© Copyright Alex Ankarr 2014
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