A response came, sooner than I expected. Part of me is surprised, and yet…better the devil I know than to have to seek out one I don’t.

It said,

Mz Eionell,

I completely understand that there is a separation between personal and corporate dealings. I am more than happy to do business with an individual who is generally speaking, held in good financial standing.

Please find an invoice attached. I will do my best to procure this item for you within the next week. Further instructions for transfer will follow shortly.

If you have any further queries, please let me know.

Regards…

The invoice was large, but after I considered who I am dealing with and what I have asked for, as well as what could have happened instead of this response, it’s not unreasonable. I’m actually quite pleased…and even a bit relieved. I might actually get my hands on this thing…

It’s a frightening prospect. But…he deserves it. He does.

All I can do now is wait and prepare.