The Mischievous Nerd's Guide to World Domination
Author: Stephen Oberauer

Chapter 61
The call

On Monday morning I received a call from a company called Beyond Insurance. They wanted to meet with us to discuss our proposal, and so we arranged to have a meeting the following day.

At 10am we arrived at the four storey building in Southfield. It was completely the opposite of what I expected. I expected to be meeting with grey haired men in ties and suits, but instead we were greeted by two men who appeared to be only a little bit older than ourselves. Dave looked like a typical surfer, with long, blonde hair, and a Quicksilver jacket. Edward wore skate shoes and baggy jeans. ‘This idea of yours is awesome, bru!’ Edward began (‘Bru’ is a South African slang word, meaning ‘brother’, that men or boys often call their friends. In this case he had not actually spoken it to anyone in particular. It had just come out as a result of his excitement).

‘Fully!’ Dave added.

‘Thanks,’ I replied. ‘We haven’t had much positive response.’

‘You know why that is, dude?’ Dave asked rhetorically. ‘Those old fashioned, mindless drones have no idea how to do business in the 21st century. Business is about passion, having a goal, and thinking outside of the box,’ he added, as he raised his fist in the air. ‘You have the drive to survive!’

We weren’t sure if the strangeness of this business meeting was a good or a bad thing, but both of us played along, pretending it was completely normal and trying to fit in.

‘I had Bertie crunch the numbers, and this is what we’re offering you,’ Edward said, handing me a contract. ‘We’re offering you pretty much what you asked for. There are, however, some goals that you have to reach by specific dates. If you check out page 3, you can see we’ve listed the goals. Think of this as a draft contract, so you can check it out at home, and let us know if there’s anything you want to change, and when you’re ready, give Nadia a call, and set up an appointment. If you guys need help with any of this, just say so, and we’ll see what we can do. Here’s my business card.’

‘Sweet!’ I said, attempting to fit in.

‘Cool,’ Rupert added, ‘We’ll check it out and let you know, hey.’

There was a moment of uncomfortable silence, and then Dave asked, ‘So, is there anything else you okes want to chat about?’

We shrugged our shoulders. I looked down at my hand and noticed that the ‘business card’ that Edward had given me was a small CD with his details and the business logo printed on it.

‘Lekker! Meeting adjourned,’ Dave said, whacking the table with a book.

‘Okay, cheers then,’ I said, getting up from my chair.

‘Catch you on the flip side!’ Edward responded, giving me the thumbs up.

Rupert and I walked towards the elevator. We didn’t need to say anything. Rupert’s ‘Hmmm...’ said it all. It was a short and weird meeting.

‘We got a contract,’ I sang as the elevator passed the second floor.

‘We’ll need to read it carefully,’ Rupert replied.

‘I know,’ I sighed. ‘We got a contract,’ I sang again, holding the contract right in front of my brother’s face.

He smiled.

 

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