Chopp was excited, stunned to the point of nearly falling over himself. His own arms getting in the way because he didn’t know how to respond. Miss Jones still sat there, glaring, full of spite and resentment even though she had just been offered more than what her lawyer had ever hoped she would get.
The judge looked at Mr. Chopp. “Well Mr. Chopp, would you like some time to confer with your client?”
Chopp finally clued in. “Yes, yes, your honor, please, give me a moment to confer with my client!”
Chopp and Jones hunched toward each other, speaking privately for a moment.
Chopp approached his microphone “yes, your honor we would like to take that deal. That would be great!”
Almeida smirked and stood proudly in front of his microphone “In that case, Mr. Kovacs would like to get all the paperwork signed and drawn up today, before we leave.”
1 hour later.
Kovacs walked down the street, heading towards Almeida, already sat at a table on the outdoor patio of a trendy French restaurant. Almeida was accompanied by a young woman, seated across the table. Kovacs and the young woman exchanged bright smiles as he took his seat to her left side and Almeida’s right. The woman was Penny Hanson, Kovacs publishing agent. She was middle-aged, not overweight, but not fit; curvy. She wore a smart and practical three-piece business suit. Her dark brown eyes sat above a pointed, hawkish nose, framed with shoulder length chestnut hair. She looked at Kovacs, like he was insane, as he settled into his seat.
“What are you, nuts?” Hanson quizzed
“What do you mean?” Kovacs replied, good naturedly
“I was just talking to Arthur, and he said that you gave up 70 percent of your assets. You gave her more than she was asking for? You’re nuts!” his agent accused.
Calmly, Kovacs leaned forward and said “Penny, for the hell I’ve been through and the shit I’ve put up with, I am more than happy to give everything I have. Not just 70 percent, just to be free to move on.”
“That’s insane Darius,” Penny responded with indignation
“Penny the deal we are talking about right now is worth more than what I just gave up. If you have the paperwork here I can sign it right now, and it's not going to be part of that settlement. We already signed the divorce papers, so it's not included. I can rebuild everything I have given up, from this deal you brought me, if it’s legit” Darius responded
Penny looked up at Darius, retorting, “Well, it’s legit, I have it right here, but it doesn’t mean you should sign it. I want you and Arthur to read it over some more. I’m not pressuring you. I’m looking out for your best interests. There is obviously a lot of money on the table. I only want you to sign this if you are comfortable with it. You know in all the time that I’ve been your writing agent, I have never ever brought you anything that wasn’t legit.”
Darius looked at her and said “Penny, I know. I trust you, and this could be a really great thing for both of us.”
Penny returned a smile. Darius opened the contract and without reading it, signed it and handed it back to her.
“Thanks,” Darius said. “Now let’s talk about the future, not the past.”
Their business talk was interrupted by a French waiter taking their orders, then flowed into a conversation between three friends.
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