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Nice To Meat You

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“Milan,” he says, “I’m sorry. I really am.”

“No,” says his contact, leaning an elbow on the table, “you’re not. But you will be.”

“I can explain!” He’s desperate, clearly, but still waits for a nod of approval before continuing. “My nephew needs a car, for his job - his mom and dad said they’d give him one but they… he came out, you know, he said he was a - he was gay, and they were mad. So I did it. That’s why, with the money… but I’ll get it back, I promise. You won’t miss it. Two days. One day! I can get it. I can get it, I promise .”

Milan thinks, for a painfully long moment. “You’re wrong,” he says finally. “I won’t miss the money, you said? I’m already missing it.” He taps the table. “It’s not here .”

“One day, Milan, I can get it.”

“You have 24 hours. Come back to me tomorrow - not earlier, please. I will be busy until then.”

“Of course.”