Ton, somewhat confused by Chairman’s tone, responded, “Well, yes, sir! We know Zara is here in New York, and she has tried to fence the diamond necklace, but no one will touch it without the proper documentation. That is as far as we have gotten however.
“She has fallen off the grid and doesn’t seem to be in any of the usual places, which is to be expected, since she didn’t get any of the cash from the anticipated sale. If she is back with her former team, they have relocated as that building was vacated. Frankly, we are at a dead end, sir.”
Chairman, now recovering from the earlier discussion, suggested, “Then how about we arrange for a showing through Dmitry? Dmitry indicated that he was brokering the diamond necklace for someone. A clever broker would not tell the buyer or the seller of the other’s identity, lest they be cut out of the transaction. Thanks to your efforts, we now know it is in fact Zara who has the diamonds, but we can’t approach her directly.
“Let’s have Dmitry arrange a viewing of the merchandise. I will ask him to withhold my identity and will have the meeting arrangement with my third party agents, namely you two. That way we can get close enough to get everything.”
Ton asked, “Won’t she decline based on the possibility of it being a trap? If I were her, I would expect a possible double-cross and probably my loss of freedom without a guarantee.”
Chairman studied the situation a moment and added, “You’re right, so this will only be a showing not the purchase. I will indicate to Dmitry that I now have a buyer for the diamond necklace. I will suggest I am prepared to pay now three million Euros, if my expert can inspect the merchandise in person. The location and the security of the diamond necklace will be under their control, and after that we can discuss an actual transfer.”
Ton puzzled even more as he asked, “You are willing to pay cash for the return of the necklace? We thought you were only interested in its return as well as the Russian thief?”
Chairman was now pleased to instruct as he clarified, “I have no intention of paying anything. Once she shows herself, or the diamonds are shown, you two will follow to capture and bring back what is rightfully mine. Now do you see?”
Now both smiling at each other, Ton replied, “Oh, of course, sir! Now we understand. But who will be the diamond expert? She already knows both of us, and if we show up on the scene she will know immediately it is for you, and our element of surprise will be lost.”
Chairman thought for a moment then suggested, “I can dispatch Major Guano to act in the capacity of our diamond expert. He can be our point person, while you observe the participants to arrange the return of my property. In the meantime, keep up your surveillance efforts in case she does surface along with the diamonds. I will call the Russian cyber-thug, Dmitry, and make the arrangements. Keep hunting, gentlemen.”
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