Swamped, a novel by Manolis Aligizakis

Posted: 20/05/2022 by vequinox in Literature

“Hello, Richard. What’s up?”

“You’ve been busy with your new venture and left our company to the wolves,” Richard complained, skipping the small talk.

“That’s not true,” Eteo shot back.

“I never expected my Golden Veins to trade at 21 cents after cutting a deal with the brokers in Calgary, but they haven’t started coming in since you left the stock.”

 “Why don’t they buy it now that it’s cheaper than it was when you met them? Don’t they like a bargain price?” Eteo asked sarcastically.

Richard went silent for a moment, giving Eteo an opportunity to cut the conversation short. “Sorry, Richard, but I’ve got to go. I’d like to see some new blood in your company. Why don’t you go and talk to the big broker at Canarim. He might have a lead on something good.” With that he put the phone down.

He checked his messages and saw that Spiro had called, a client who never liked to talk to anybody but Eteo. He dialed Spiro’s number and updated him on the Platinum Properties stock, and when Spiro started to wonder whether it would be a good idea to let go of a few shares, Eteo insisted they stay the course but keep a good eye on it. Spiro accepted Eteo’s suggestion and while they were still on the phone Susan walked in with a few documents in her hands. Eteo made his excuses to Spiro, got up, and closed his door. He hugged Susan and they kissed, hot and hard, before Susan suddenly broke off and said, “You’ve been avoiding me.”

“No. Why do you say that? I’ve been busy, that’s all.”

“I know you’ve been busy during the day, but what about the evenings when you go home …” She didn’t finish her sentence.

“Even at home I’ve been busy, sweet Susan. Alex and his choir and Jonathan in his last semester, they both need a lot of me and my time. Have patience, baby. Our time will come.”

Eteo wanted to soothe her feelings, but deep down he knew he had to let her go. He hated the idea of colleagues in the firm talking about him and Susan, which he knew would start very soon. At least two other women upstairs knew about his affair with Susan, and others would soon find out. Even though he liked Susan a lot, and knew she cared for him, he had to distance himself. He would tell her it was over this weekend. He would be firm and straight with her.

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