Having proved himself useless as an authenticator but passable as an emissary, the solicitors thought it best to keep Brad on the road, and dispatched him to an estate dispute at Mont St. Michel.
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How I came to write Pim
People often ask how I came to write Pim. It seems like a thousand years since I discovered Pim, or that Pim discovered me. Thankfully I kept detailed notes and saved photos from that time. While I can’t swear to the absolute accuracy of what you are about to read, I have done my best to capture the essence of how Pim entered my life.
The forgery revealed, the Well-Dressed Albatross canceled the deal. As Mr. Starbuck’s appetite for deception was equalled only by remorse at having the deception exposed, he was eternally conflicted and could oft be seen wandering the desert in wistful self-censure.
Just as Brad was relaxing into his new vocation he received an urgent call from Ukifune.
Armed with the data and diagrams the firm had supplied, and in the presence of both buyer and seller, it was incumbent upon Brad to assess the authenticity of the property.
Brad was hired by a team of solicitors to determine the provenance of an artwork in Bruges. For the first time ever Brad was required to conform with a dress code.
Ukifune escorted Brad to a freight elevator wherein they descended to a sub-basement and there she led him along concrete corridors to a solitary steel door. Ukifune did NOT accompany him into the interview.
Brad’s interview was on the 86th floor of the east tower. On stepping out of the elevator he was greeted by Ukifune.
Brad applied for a position with a ‘consulting firm,’ whose offices were located at the same address as Brad’s last job. He was getting to know the ferry schedule pretty well.
Not having Pim and Bim’s wifi password—and dubious of on-line postings from past experience—Brad eschewed the internet, and instead bought a newspaper to peruse the employment opportunities therein.
Minutes before Brad’s arrival Ukifune had dropped in. As it was late, Pim and Bim suggested that the uninvited guests stay the night.