Swamped, a novel by Manolis Aligizakis

For the rest of the day Eteo only had to handle a few phone calls. One was from Herbert, urging him to “stay cool” with the Platinum Properties stock and not sell too much too soon. Herbert was sure the shares still had a long way to go before they peaked. According to “information received” Herbert assured him, “the big guys haven’t come in yet.” Eteo understood him very well and agreed to stay in for now. His next call was from Mario. He was also bullish about Platinum Properties and added that he had on hand the subscription forms for him and Robert to fill out and collect the subscribers’ cheques. Richard then called him to inform him all the papers for his oil deal had been signed, which meant that within two weeks they would start drilling their deep well in Texas. Eteo congratulated him and wished him success with the drilling, advising Richard to keep him in the loop no matter what. Richard promised he would. 
Finally Helena rang on Eteo’s private line.
“The boss wants you in his office pronto,” she said without any of the usual pleasantries.
Eteo put on his jacket, fixed his tie, and walked to Bradley’s office. The boss was on the phone and gesture to Eteo to have a seat. Eteo’s eyes travelled around the office until his boss put the phone down and addressed him.
“John tells me you’re onto a good one.”      
“As good as any, Brad.”
“Pacific Trends has made some good dollars trading it, and John told me it looks steady and up-ticks almost every day.”
“Yes, that’s right,” Eteo confirmed. “I’ve put some good money in it, and I’m hoping for the best. As always,” he added with a sly smile.
“Specifics?”
“Well, the latest I’ve heard is that the big boys haven’t started coming in yet, as the phrase goes almost every time.”
 “Okay, then, we’ll go with that, my strange Cretan.” Bradley laughed and got up to shake Eteo’s hand, “Listen, you want to go to the football game on Saturday? Meet us at the stadium. What do you say?”
 “Sure thing, Bradley. Can I bring a friend as well?”
“Of course.”
“Thanks, boss,” Eteo replied and took his leave.
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