“How did it go, Dad? Is anyone willing to help us?” Matt asked tentatively.
“Fuck those bastards! They come wagging their tails as soon as they have something they want and call themselves my friends, but the moment they find out that our family is in trouble, they start running away! Those fucking fakes!” Phineas‘ face contorted with rage. He never thought that he, the head of the Laney family, would end up like this.
“Dad, everyone always says that misfortune shows you those who are not your real friends. Stop hanging out with them from now on. I’ll make them regret their choice after we pull through.” Matt swore solemnly.
“Matt, my contacts are useless now. You’re the only one I can rely on.” Phineas suddenly thought of someone. “Aren’t you close with Edwin Hummer’s daughter? Why don’t you ring her up and see if she can lend us some money?”
“Oh, right! I nearly forgot! The daughter of the wealthiest man in Swinton should be able to spare us three billion dollars easily. I’ll call her now.”
Matt pulled his phone out and dialed a number.
“My, my. If it isn’t Mr. Laney? How did you find the time to call me?” Someone grumbled over the phone.
“Don’t put it like that, Tina. I’ve been busy at work recently. I called you the second I got some free time,” Matt
said with a smile. He was a professional when it came to coaxing women.
“Humph! At least you remembered to call me. So, why are you actually calling?” Tina smiled.
“Because I miss you so much, of course! Why else?” Matt teased.
Tine chuckled mirthlessly. “Right. I’m hanging up if you won’t tell me the truth.”
“Hold on, hold on. I do have a favor to ask you.” Matt cleared his throat. “My business ran into some financial issues recently, so we need some money to turn things around. Would you like to invest in us?”
“How much do you need?” Tina asked back.
“Not much. About three billion dollars.” Matt answered with a smile.
“Three billion isn’t a lot? You’re Joking, right?” Tina’s voice went up an octave.
“To others, it may be a lot. But you’re the daughter of the Hummer family, the prettiest and most talented woman in Swinton. Three billion can’t be much for someone like you.”
Tina was pleased with all the flattery. After all, who didn’t like to hear their lover praising them?
“I don’t mind getting you the money, but you have to tell me why.” Tina stated.
“To tell you the truth, someone ruptured our capital chain, and I have a feeling that the Harmon family was the
one who did it,” Matt answered bluntly.
“You and the Harmon family had always kept a wide berth. Why would they do something like that to you?” Tina asked curiously.
“Because of Dustin Rhys!”
Matt briefly explained everything to her.
“What? You threatened that psychopath?” Tina shrieked.
“That’s right! That shameless bastard tried to humiliate our family, so I had to teach him a lesson. I’ll destroy his family with your investment!” Matt fumed.
“Are you a fucking idiot? Why would you try to piss that psycho off?”
“Why are you so afraid? He’s just a country bumpkin. I’ll get rid of him easily.” Matt declared confidently.
“In your dreams, you moron! Don’t drag me along your death quest!”
With that. Tina hung up the phone.