Ghost Marina on the Mississippi

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Chapter 49 – Back to the Quest – Modern Day

Jason arrived back at his boat late Monday evening and he was surprised to find a Ziploc bag attached to the door containing what appeared to be a hastily written message from Chuck. The note stated that David the jeweler has some news. Hopefully, it was regarding the sale of the jewelry or the currency, he would drive up to see him in the morning, before leaving for St. Louis and after visiting the boys at the café of course.

After exchanging pleasantries with Chuck and Archie, Bill wasn’t there today, he called the jewelers to let them know he would be there presently. He took the short drive up to the jewelers and he was welcomed at the door by David himself.

“Good morning Jason,” David said, “how are you?”

“Fine thank you,” Jason replied, “you wanted to see me?”

“Yes, I’m pleased to inform you that there has been progress on both fronts. There are two potential buyers for the jewelry and they are currently vying for the right to purchase. As for the currency, a local numismatist has come forward to purchase the money and has placed an offer of $23,500 for all the coins and notes. I told him I need to contact you to receive your approval before completing the transaction.” Jason just stood there dumbfounded, staring directly at David like a deer caught in headlights. After a few seconds, the pleasant smile disappeared from David’s face.

“Sorry Jason, I thought you would be pleased,” David said gently, “this is an extremely good offer.” Again, Jason merely stared catatonically.

“I will get back to the gentleman and tell him the offer is unacceptable,” David said with some resignation.

“No, no, no.” Jason finally said, emerging from his silence. “Sorry David, I can’t believe the cash was worth that much. My gast is flabbered to say the least. So, Dexter was right about its value!”

“You’d like me to proceed with the purchase then?” David asked, his smile now returned.

“Absolutely, yes,” Jason replied without hesitation.

“Well, there is documentation that has to be completed so by maybe, the middle of next week the transaction will be complete and I will have the payment for you. Hopefully, by then we may also know a little more about the sale of the jewelry.”

“Great, thanks David,” Jason said as he shook his hand and left to make a quick stop at the café to give the boys an update.

Jason fair burst through the door of the café to give the men the news.

“So that’s a nice windfall for you,” Archie said genuinely pleased for him.

“No, it’s not for me,” Jason said, “I’m going to give half to my dad, after all, he is the next in line, and the other half to Tony’s descendants, if and when we find them.”

“That’s not right.” Chuck said, “you’ve done all the work you should get something out of it.”

“Too right.” Archie agreed.

“O.K. Tell you what, I pay Chuck three grand for marina fees, $500.00 goes to Dexter and we have another meal next week, the rest is split as stated,” Jason suggested.

“I don’t need you to pay marina fees,” Chuck said, “this has been fun.”

“No, I have used hydro, water and other help. Pay some to young Charlie if you feel bad about it.” Jason said.

“That young whippersnapper doesn’t deserve it,” Chuck replied and they all laughed.

“So why don’t you organize another lunch for next Thursday. Let Dexter know and invite David.” Jason suggested.

“Why can’t you do it?” Archie asked.

“Well, I may not be back for a few days,” Jason said looking down at the coffee he had bought earlier, not wanting to look the others in the face.

“I told you, Chuck, I knew it,” Archie said, “it’s that Caroline Ashdene woman.”

“Whatever!” Was all that Jason could reply, wondering how everyone else can pick up on his tryst with Caroline when he hadn’t really recognized it himself, until now. The situation was also accentuated during his arrival at Caroline’s door that morning, yes, she had the coffee and the cookies prepared for him, but he was greeted first with a hug and a loving kiss.

“I missed you,” Caroline said.

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