Sally took Zeke up on his offer for breakfast at the all-night café. As she got out from behind the wheel and started toward the entryway he noticed she had changed more attractive clothing. As he followed her to a booth he caught a whiff of her perfume. After they were seated he realized she had added a touch of eyeliner pale lipstick. A vast change from how he’d found her the day before. Again, however, he reminded himself he’d swung by to give her a hand, not stand around ogling.
“So what’s the plan?” she asked after the waitress had brought menus and coffee.
“We need to jump on that other inspection. If we don’t find any major problems we can knock it out before evening.”
“I thought about your suggestion of selling out.”
“It’s worth exploring,“ she said.
“Do you have any possible interest?” he asked.
“Maybe. I’d forgotten about a visitor a couple of months back. A corporation that sent an attorney by. I wasn’t much interested in talking to him, so we never got around to offers or much of anything, for that matter. I dug through my desk last night and found his card. I thought I might call and see if there’s still any interest. What do you think?”
The waitress brought their breakfasts and warmed their coffee. Zeke waited until she headed back for the kitchen before he responded. “It doesn’t cost anything to see if there’s any interest.”
“What should I say?”
“Just ask if his client is still interested. Do you have an attorney?”
“Yes. He’s represented me a few times when farmers claimed the wind had carried my chemicals onto their property.”
“Then he understands the crop-dusting business?” Zeke asked.
“To some extent. At least from the legal aspect.“
“Would he represent you reach an agreement with this corporation?”
“I think so …I‘m sure he would.”
They both finished their meals in silence and enjoyed two more coffee refills before heading back to the hangar.
Zeke set in on the second aircraft inspection while Sally spent some time exploring the possibility of selling the business.
They were having lunch when the corporation attorney arrived. Sally started to leave her meal, but Zeke suggested she should let him wait. “Don’t appear as eager as you feel.”
“Is there a place we can talk privately?“ the attorney asked.
“It’s okay to say what you need to say right here. I won’t be committing to anything today. I have an attorney who will be handling the details. I was just making certain your client is still interested,“ she said.
“Well, the corporation is interested. Of course, we need to establish what’s for sale – land, aircraft, vehicles, and equipment, or only a portion.” he replied.
“My attorney will be contacting you,” Sally said.
“There’s been some rumors of foreclosure. Allowing that to happen would only complicate matters. That’s why I’m here today.”
“I’m sure the rumors are running, but there is still time. My attorney will contact you as soon as we are prepared to negotiate.”
The corporate attorney was slow to leave, but he finally handed her a second card and then headed back to town.
“Zeke, my attorney will be here this afternoon to start an inventory. Can you handle the entire inspection by yourself?”
“I’m on it.”