"Good morning, sir."
"Hi, Howard. What's up?"
"Can't help noticing the tension, sir. Anything I can help with? I was with Special Dark Forces in the military."
"Could you – "
"Yes, sir I could. Quick but not painless."
"I'll pay handsomely."
"Not you, sir. Your wife has already paid me. She wants me to let you know what's coming. You've got about five minutes to think about it." Howard took an automatic from his jacket, pointed it at Gerald's stomach. "I'm afraid this is going to hurt – a lot."