“Williams, you know everyone at this table, do you not?” Corbet looked bored.
“Yes sir!” Williams glanced quickly at the bedraggled men assembled at the table.
“And Williams, you understand that I just fired someone?”
“I suspected as much, yes sir.” Williams thought to himself that he would outlast the majority of people at the table and imagined himself being Corbet’s right hand man.
Corbet tapped on the table. “Do you all understand that if I need to ransack every one of the top New York agencies and steal their top people to replace each of you, that I will do it without hesitation?” Everyone at the table nodded.
“Then here’s what I need from you. I need you to find out what’s going on. I want to find out what Parker has got that suddenly made him so good. I want to know his every move. I want to know what he’s got and I want it by tomorrow. If someone doesn’t bring it to me by tomorrow afternoon, you’re all fired. But, the first person to bring it to me will receive a very large raise in pay, along with a guarantee of position. Do you all understand?”
They all nodded and mumbled their respective “Yes sirs.”
There was a brief moment of silence and then Corbet roared, “Then why are you all sitting here? Get going!”
The four men who had been at the table the entire meeting, stood quickly and ran out the door. Corbet looked, disapprovingly at Williams, who remained seated with a small smile and confident look on his face.
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