Text wall. The dialog had me up all night,
Rosa: This is a separate deal. I just saw an opportunity to get someone to watch over my building and see it get some use.
Aoi: And the cards for free merchandise?
Rosa: I've had to live on a shoestring, so I know how quickly things can get worn and threadbare. I have appearances to maintain. Even through them. So naturally I want them to have the housewares and furnishings they need to get comfortable in their new home. We're not in competition to see who can give them the sweetest deal.
Aoi: Of course not.
Aoi: I'm really impressed with the work you've done on my car, but you seriously undercharged me. Honor requires that I ask for a revised invoice as soon as possible. And, incidentally, I plan to donate that same amount to Mercy Corps. I understand you like them and I like the work they did after the big quake near Fukushima. So the more you ask for, the more they get. I can even advance you some money on a verbal estimate right away. That should help with any immediate cash flow problems. Barbi's carrying five grand, but we could do lunch while I have her run by the bank.
KC: Really, Robert and Rocky should be paying you. They loved every minute of working on that car.
Bob: Tell you the truth, I'd be hard pressed to ask for even five grand more than what we've gotten from Carly. I got my hands on a similar car for parts, and sold the body, after we cleaned it up some, at a pretty good profit.
Aoi: Alright. We'll call it five grand and lunch. As a matter of fact, I'm starting to feel hypoglycemic, so we should wrap up quickly.
Rosa: We'll have to throw a huge blowout grand opening for your new site. Hang a few “Co-sponsored by Cartmart” banners and the whole thing is justified. I'm sure I can fill the front lot with classic cars and bikes. I'll ask Walter to look into arranging prizes. We'll send engraved invitations to all of your prior customers of course. That'll drum up some new business.
Aoi: Speaking of new business, I'd like to be the first to commission a custom motorcycle out of your new shop, for a charity auction. Go nuts. I want something that could potentially pull in six figures. I'll need you to attend the pre-show and auction, as well as doing possible interviews and talk shows. All expenses paid and a stipend, of course. You'll be a guest of my family since it will be my father's construction company sponsoring the bike. Then maybe a couple of days to see the sights of Japan. It's certain that a few people will ask about getting their own custom bikes shipped over.
Rosa: I was going to save this for later, but a producer I know was talking about covering a custom car or bike shop that's not full of dysfunctional people.
KC: OK. Stop. We'll take the five grand. We'll take a raincheck on lunch. My shift starts in an hour, so Robert will have to be the one to look at the building. I'll trust his judgment and we'll sleep on it.