Friday, April 7, 2017

Three Lovers on the Grift - 24

Nigel was hard pressed not to laugh at Vaughn's description of what they did. It was true, but not the way he knew Lyman and Silas would take it. "The only drawback, of course, is the amount of traveling Vaughn, and sometimes all of us, have to do as part of that," he commented.

Lyman nodded. "That would be hard. So even though you're freelance from what he said, you're still part of it, I take it."

"When he needs my help, yes. I know nothing about investments but I'm fairly knowledgeable about certain real goods, as he puts it, primarily cars and jewelry."

"So you buy and sell?"

Nigel shook his head. "No. In general I'm the one who convinces someone that parting with a specific item would be advantageous to them. For instance, grandmother's heirloom bracelet might have emotional significance but keeping it locked in a safety deposit box doesn't pay the mortgage or put food on the table."

"Good point, I suppose, especially in this economy."

Silas, who had been listening with interest, asked, "What made you decide to move here? It's hardly centrally located if you travel a lot."

Page fielded that question. "With the twins, we wanted to put down roots and give them a real home. We also needed a city that was gay-tolerant. As adults, we can deal with things but I do not want my children to have to feel ashamed of who and what their parents are."

"You picked a good place then," Silas told her before patting Lyman's thigh, saying, "We shouldn't outstay our welcome. I'm sure they're tired and ready to collapse."

Lyman smiled at him. "You're right, as always. It's a pleasure meeting the three of you and if you ever have any questions or just want a friend to talk to, we're on the other side of the alley, as I'm sure Silas has already told you."

"Thank you," Page said, getting up to give both men a hug, which obviously surprised them from the looks on their faces.

Vaughn chuckled as he and Nigel stood as well. "She's very touchy-feely. You'll get used to it."

"You will come to supper one night, I hope, once we're settled in," Page said as she walked with them to the back door.

With a smile, Lyman told her, "It would be our pleasure."