Big Inca

To: Bill

From: The Boss

Date: June 6

The locals? Tell ’em you needed to get away from everything to sort things out. Tell ’em them you’re broken hearted over a big love affair that went bust – which is true, right? Tell ’em your aunt died and left you a small inheritance. Take the enclosed cashier’s check to the corner bank and deposit it, saying it’s from your aunt’s estate. The word will get around very quickly. Then take part of it to buy the storefront – maybe even an office upstairs. Maybe you’ll move there in the fall. Buy, rather than rent, for added security. For now, you’ll need to find a real estate broker. Look carefully. We need someone we can trust. By the way, I know you’re lonely, but don’t get romantically involved with the natives – it gets too tricky. They’ll want to know a lot more than you can tell ’em. Just hang loose for now. I know it’s tough, but as they say, loose lips sink ships. For now, pick up the newspaper, look in the classified ads for estate auctions, and spend your Saturdays bidding, ostensibly to stock your new store. Just don’t overdo it.


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