BLACKMAIL

Alex slowly pushed his rolling trash receptacle from desk to desk, stopping at each one to empty the small trash containers, dump the ash trays, and give each desk top a quick dusting if necessary! "Boy," he thought to himself, "they all got MBA's, but they still don't know enough not to toss half filled cups of coffee into their trash cans!!!" Alex was in charge of cleaning three offices on the twenty eighth floor, one an insurance brokerage firm, another an import export company, and finally, the largest one, an investment banking company, which happened to be the one he was working on right now! It was easy work, and by working nights he didn't have the hassle of bad traffic, and he could also spend his days doing what he really loved, which was to paint!!! After coming to the end of the row, he ducked into a small private office and was in the process of dumping the trash when a memo written in red caught his eye! He picked it up and read, "Bolling Industries being sold within 60 days, stock currently at selling at 33 1/2, for sure price will double, maybe even do better than that. My advice is to buy in small lots using off shore and foreign accounts, if we do it right, we can make a half a million easy. Be careful. V." Alex stared at the memo for a minute or two, letting the magnitude of what he was reading sink in!!! If, and this was a big if, if this was true, V was taking part in a little insider trading, a definite no-no!!! Alex shoved the crumpled note into his shirt pocket and continued with his rounds!!!

He got home at around six thirty in the morning, and as was his custom, he put on a pot of coffee and sat down at the kitchen table to read the morning paper, but his thoughts kept coming back to the memo he had found in V's garbage!!! He sat down at his already booted up computer, went into his e-mail site and typed, "Am intrigued by your interest in Bolling Industries, let's meet and see if we have anything else in common. Today at two p.m., at the coffee shop in your building. Don't be late!!! A." After hesitating a moment, he hit the send box, and his message was gone!!!

Nervously Alex sipped his cup of cappuccino while he waited for two o'clock and V to arrive!!! He kept looking at his watch, while wondering if this wasn't a big mistake, and maybe he should just get up and leave when she appeared inside the front door and started surveying the crowd!!! "Here goes nothing," he said to under his breath while standing up and motioning her over to his table!!! He had seen her before in her office when she was working late, and to say that she was a stunning woman would not have done her justice, with her short blonde hair, a beautiful face, and a figure to die for!!! When she reached his table she sat down and immediately tried to dominate the conversation!!! "I should have known," she said while shaking her head, "the janitor, I never would have figured that, and by the way, you have nothing, who would ever believe you!?!" He leaned back in his chair after having let her vent a little and replied softly, "Oh, I don't know, maybe someone down at the SEC might be interested!!!" "Humph," she snorted, "all you have is a scribbled note, not a whole lot of proof, it's nothing but air!!!" "Well," he said smoothly, "maybe you're right, but since Friday was a holiday, and your note was written on Thursday, and I didn't find it until early Sunday morning, I think we can assume that your compatriot has already done the dirty deed, it shouldn't be to hard for SEC boys to find out who's been buying up Bolling shares over the weekend!!!" She looked at him hard for a moment and replied more softly, "How in the hell did a janitor get so smart?!?" "Oh, I don't know," he said smoothly, "maybe since he has an MBA in business he's just a little sharper than the average janitor!!!" She slumped down in her chair a little and in a defeated voice asked, "Okay, what do you want!?!" He looked at her for a second and said to himself, "Gottcha!!!"

...CONTINUES IN THE MEMBERS SECTION