The Grand Worthington Hotel 5
An Important Meeting ...
It is later the next day when Nathan finally arises from slumber. When he looks at the time—the chastises Buffy for not getting him up sooner.
“You just let me stay in bed until 11:30 am?” Nathan admonishes Buffy.
“Hey, you looked like you could use the extra hours. Mr. Abernathy called from the bank. Said that Mr. Brewster would be ready to finalize your transactions with father at 2:30 pm. I would have gotten you up in plenty of time. You need to be fresh when you meet with those men—not yawning.” Buffy defends.
“You are right as always, honey!” Nathan replies, giving his wife a swift kiss.
“Now, tell me what happened with your meeting last night?”
Nathan begins in detail to Buffy what transpired with Abbie Wilkinson aka Black Widow. Buffy listens carefully as he explains about the forthcoming threats and the need for caution. He also makes her aware that it is of natural origin.
“I wonder who would gain more from the hotel not being constructed.” Buffy says, feeling the detective rising up in her. She has always been enchanted by the novels of Agatha Christie and especially the main character Hercule Poirot. For no other writer in history would pen a character like Christie and no other detective to solve a case like Poirot.
“What are you thinking my pet?” Nathan inquires—identifying his wife’s familiar gaze. “Putting on your detective cap again?”
“Just wondering, love. There has to be a distinct mystery in order for it to be investigated.” Buffy laughs.
“My word—you and that Friends of Christie Book Club. If there isn’t something going on, you will invent it.” Nathan laughs.
“You’ll see. Now, I’ll get Stella to prepare your bath. Let’s find the most impressive business attire for you.” Buffy grabs her husband by the arm, and they enter his walk-in closet. Nathan possesses many striking suits however, the two-piece brown Giorgio Armani ensemble with a Brioni Men’s Printed Silk tie are at the top of the charts.
“Now, this is guaranteed to make a positive statement.” Buffy remarks. “I remember when dad gave it to you on your last birthday.”
“It is smart and definitely perfect for the occasion. Buffy, you have impeccable taste and style.” Nathan tells his wife, giving her an affectionate hug.
“Nathan, the things you desire in life mirror my own. I have enjoyed being married to you and I just want you to know it!” Buffy says misty-eyed.
“I have never met a woman as passionate, intelligent and beautiful as you! It makes everything prior seem like a wasteful dream.” Nathan returns.
“Ah—better get some brunch into you so that your stomach won’t be louder than the meeting.” Buffy retorts and the two of them head for the kitchen to see what Jenny has prepared.
A New Board of Directors ...
At precisely 2:30 pm, Bank President Conrad Brewster, Historian Dr. Connie Alexander, Entrepreneur William Henry Harrington, Japanese Businessman Yamada Akio and Nathan meet in the City National Bank’s Conference Room. The air is ignited with excitement. Conrad speaks—
“The first order of business is to sign the paperwork regarding the transfer of ownership of the original Grand Worthington Hotel from Nathan Worthington to the National Historical Society of New York President, Dr. Connie Alexander.”
“Let me say that it is an honor to obtain such an edifice. The history behind this hotel will definitely make it a tourist attraction. And, Mr. Worthington—we will unquestionably be recommending the New Grand Worthington Hotel as the place to reside—free from the antics of its predecessor.” Connie states, shaking hands with Nathan.
“Thank you Dr. Alexander. My family will be pleased to know that the hotel will be in the capable hands of an individual such as yourself.” Nathan states and he can’t help noticing how Connie is admiring his suit as the paperwork is being finalized.
“Now—if you gentlemen will excuse me, I am going to take a few of the board members over to the hotel to ascertain what we need to do to have it ready for a grand opening.” Connie replies.
“I think it would be a great idea if it coincides with the opening of the New Grand Worthington Hotel.” Bill suggests.
“That would be a great idea. Bill, why don’t you coordinate that with me as soon as things near completion.” Connie suggests.
“I’ll do just that Connie!” All the men rise as Dr. Alexander leaves the room.
“And now to the next bit of business, the signing of the construction site for the new hotel from William Henry Harrington to Nathan Daniel Worthington.” Conrad states.
The two men sign the necessary forms and a dollar bill is exchanged between Bill and Nathan. They each smile and shake one another’s hand. Nathan looks proudly at the forms and then retire them to his briefcase.
“Our final piece of business is to set up a Board of Directors for the newly formed Grand Worthington Corporation. Nathan Worthington is of course CEO. The Corporate Directors are William Harrington, Yamada Tarō and yours truly, Conrad
Brewster. The charter will be created by members of City National Bank’s Legal Team and we will meet again to finalize the corporation. In the meantime, you have the okay to begin the preliminary designs for the New Grand Worthington Hotel. Our business meeting is at an end.” As the men leave the conference room, Dr. Alexander is heading toward a waiting car to proceed to the original hotel site.
“That was a very satisfying undertaking.” Bill tells both Nathan and Mr. Yamada Akio.
“I completely agree.” Nathan retorts.
“I also share an interest in the original hotel. I would like to have a meeting with Dr. Connie Alexander, if that can be arranged , Bill” Mr. Yamada requests.
“Hold on a minute—let me see if I can stop her before she enters the limo.” Swiftly Bill moves toward the waiting car just in time to stop the driver before he pulls away from the curb.
“Hey, is there a problem Bill?” Connie asks.
“No.” Bills replies slightly winded.
“Yamada Akio is interested in speaking with you regarding the renovation of the original hotel. He is very interested in putting his hands in both projects.” Bill tells Connie.
“I would very much like to hear what Mr. Akio has to say.” Connie replies.
“That’s Mr. Yamada or just Akio. Surnames are used first and the given name second in Japan.” Bill corrects.
“That’s good to know. Let me finish this bit of business and we can then set up a time for Mr. Yamada to meet with us. Nathan won’t have to be in on this because he’s going to be very busy with the new construction.” Connie adds smiling.
“This is so true. Besides—I definitely believe he’s relieved to be rid of this business. According to the will, the hotel can never be sold but it doesn’t say anything about giving it away. I don’t think Chester Worthington foresaw that event ever happening.” Bill relays.
“And, it’s the National Historical Society of New York’s good fortune that he did not. I hate to say this—but that thing about the curse both past and present is going to really draw crowds and donations.” Connie acknowledges.
“Just try to keep everything in perspective, Connie.” Bill reminds her.
“Of course, you know me Bill.” Connie retorts.
“That’s why I said it. See you later.” Bill nods and the limo begins to merge into traffic.
To Be Continued ...
The Grand Worthington Hotel 6
- The Grand Worthington Hotel 6
While things seem to be progressing smoothly at the site of the New Grand Worthington Hotel—there could be a gathering storm at the original site. The likes of which will be revealed later!
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