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In reality, it also
meant divorces. In return for cold, hard cash up front, Rory documented the
evidence that was already there, or, if the money was really good, ensured the
evidence was provided.
His current client,
Lawrence Rumswitz III, was a new direction in this career.
Rumswitz was, as he
reminded Rory every time they spoke, Connected (you could, Rory swore, hear the
capital “C”). After a successful career as a thrusting Senator – Florida
(Republican) – he had negotiated his way into a series of lucrative military
contracts before expanding into the four Season leisure real estate empire
splashed all over the Globe and Mail as a major new force in B.C. finance and
politics. Rumswitz was therefore powerful, influential, very “now”, very useful
and very, very rich.
Rumswitz was also, in
Rory’s considered opinion, a mad, paranoid, lecherous old coot.
The current (and
fifth) Mrs Rumswitz III. MuMu to her friends.
MuMu was a blonde,
26-year-old former dental hygienist who, whilst scraping the plaque from
Rumswitz’s expensive, 87-year-old smile, had seen something she liked. Rumswitz
had also seen several things he liked. The rest – as well as the fourth Mrs.
Rumswitz – was history.
snowboarding and was in town to ride. And that was the problem. Rumswitz did
not. It was “too damn cold”, he was “too damn old”, and he was off “negotiating
a deal with some big shot local developer”. Rumswitz had heard, however, of
what might happen between attractive, very wealthy women with older husbands
and young boarding instructors over, as he understood it, martinis in the
Mallard Lounge or beers at Merlin’s.
That, Rumswitz said,
could happen at a moment’s notice, but was, quite definitely, not to happen.
Rumswitz therefore had
Rory would return to
instructing. Rory would be, as Rumswitz put it, “a big draw for big money”.
Rumswitz had money and it was big. Rumswitz would treat MuMu to some glamour
lessons with the Olympian. In return, as well as being paid for the lessons,
Rory would be paid to “run interference” - interposing himself by whatever
means possible between MuMu’s many charms and any candidate instructor on the
basis (so MuMu would think) that Rory wanted MuMu for himself.
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