That Sinister Thing

#36

Going back to when Daniel was sitting waiting for an appointment with a man.
Theo finished his call with his brother.  Their conversation a bit of business  and catching up.  Theo was not pleased about the conversation on many levels.
Theo sat and waited while the many thoughts turned in his head.  He watched his nephew sit sweating and nervous in the adjoining room.  Theo had agreed to learn what he could from his brother’s son.  He had hoped that given time, Daniel would rethink his mission and make a better choice.
Daniel sat contemplating other ways of turning the business his father had established into cash to maintain his addition.  The labor and slow turnover of value into cash concerned him.  He needed more that what was readily available at any one time.  He had believed when he first learned of the prognosis that taking over his father’s control and ownership would assure him his need would be filled.
Daniel’s father took him under his wing, took his youngest child, his only son at his word that he was ready to step up and take over the role of a son as should be in his father’s eyes.  Danny was so proud of Daniel, a son who he had watched weaken in character each year.  Making choices out of spite and rebellion at first, then out of desperation to support his addiction.  Having spent money and time on program and rehabs until finally he realized he couldn’t fix his son.  Daniel’s interest in taking over for his father during treatment was thought to be  a sign that he had turned the corner.
Danny was not blinded by his joy to see his son’s interest was merely for his own personal agenda.  His decision and attention to details lacked and the business began to suffer.  The family Danny had worked hard to build with both his employees and customers suffered.  Daniel never looked to himself as to why the decline in profits, he just wanted to get rid of the sinking ship for as much money and as quickly as he could.
Daniel began to look to competitors willing to purchase the territory his father had carved out.   No one wanted to buy him out.  Not with his father still alive, and most all believed that in the end Margie would be the one to inherit and all would be made rights.  Daniel was just not his father’s son, so they bided their time with the foolish son.

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