365 Ficlets – #167 ~ “The Cartier Affair”

The cable car was swinging gently from side to side in the breeze as the dessert course was served; a finely prepared cheesecake, drizzled with caramel and garnished with whipped cream. The diners applauded and turned to their host, directing their appreciation at him for having organised this sumptuous feast, hanging in space halfway up Table Mountain. As the applause started to die away, their host Roger Fingliss took to his feet and began to speak;

“Friends, thank you for answering my invitation and for all of your support and business over the years. You know that I am about to embark on an incredible speculative investment, by buying the technology to create much higher quality synthetic diamonds than ever before.”

There were scattered mumblings in the crowd and one man looked as though he were getting up out of his chair to leave; the Chairman of DeBeers, so no surprise.

Still there was a general sense of consent, so Fingliss went on;

“Anyone of you that wants to join with me can. Think about it, please.”

This does not yet appear on ficlets.com due to a technical problem with that site and its OpenID login, i.e. I can’t get on the site, logged in.

This is the usual Wednesday Ficlet (based on the three things poll), but on a Thursday, and the three things were suggested as a team submission by Chiara and Morgan; cheescake, a cable car, and speculative investment.