John Brown’s Body

“So how’s business over here, these days? Got a friend thinking about expanding this way.”

“Not bad, but he’s swimming against the tide right now. Most things are expanding your way now. I got a new store coming to Panama City Beach, in Pier Park, opening next year, if I can get all the permits and financing in place over there.”

“Shame all the bureaucracy involved,” said Terry, still friendly. “Bet you’re getting to know the movers and shakers pretty good. Trade favors to get things done.”

The jeweler and Terry looked at each other a minute. The jeweler turned away and said, “No, nothing like that.”

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Blackbeard and Terry sat in the Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant, working on lunch.

“You know we’re being played,” said Terry.





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