"As you can see, Mr. Batten, this is quite the exquisite estate, isn't it?"
Turning from his contemplation of the house before him - which is, as the realtor says, exquisite - he lets his eyes wander the grounds. The small guest house off to the side, and in the back - not visible from here, but he had seen it on the tour - a pool that seemed to have been not so much built as carved out of what was naturally already there. The stone had been white marble, something that he liked - not only for its look but also for its strength.
All in all, he likes the place - he had noted some things on the inside that could be fixed up, but that can be dealt with easily enough. Still, he has the feeling that this place will mostly be for showing off. Staying in a place this big all by himself...it'll be enough to give him the willies.
Which is funny in and of itself, when one considers his profession.
Of course, there are lots of things he can do with a place this size. She'd already given him a rundown on one of his neighbors, one apparently well-known Admiral Wolvinator, whose residence just across from his own was known to be a high-tech training compound.
The agent hadn't said all of that, of course. But then, he's been doing his research for a while. His choice of this place for a purchase is not solely coincidence.
Completing his look around, his eyes come to rest on the agent. A pretty blonde, in her late twenties, smart and shapely, her hair done up just enough to make her look professional and yet with just enough stray strands to suggest a touch of wilderness. Just his type, in other words.
Clearly meant to sucker him into an easy sell.
"So...what's de askin' price?"
At that she bites her full lower lip, an almost hesitant expression on her features as she looks up at him through her lashes and names a price.
One that's well within his price range, but more than this place is worth. On the outside it's beautiful, but on the inside...
He frowns slightly, his brow furrowing. "Ah'll tell ya, darlin, dis place...it be magnifique
on de outside, but de inside, she gon' need a bit o' work."
She almost looks like she'd been waiting for that, her face smoothing and her lips curling upwards as her eyes brighten again. "If you'd like we can arrange for any renovations to be performed before you move in...and it would be included in the asking price."
She must really want this sale. Or she likes him. Maybe both. He's going to make her very, very happy before the day is through. "Y'all have yerself a deal, mon cher
, for dis beau manoir.
Now, lemme bend yer ear a bit, petit
, and Ah'll tell ya what else Ah'm gon' be needin'."
An hour later, they're standing within the walled grounds of a house just west of a huge castle. To his eye it looks as if the castle, like the property before them, hadn't been used in some time; despite that, both appear to have been constructed of strong stone by expert masons, places that can stand the test of time and some other equally destructive forces.
As she leads him around the property, chatting away lightly and pointing out various features of the property - the architecture, the walled lush grounds around them, the view - they come to the rear of the property and he gets a look.
Overlooking the harbor from atop a cliff, he doesn't need to see any more. It's perfect. With a grin as he turns to the girl - Julie, her name was, he remembers now - he holds up a hand and cuts her hsort as she's coming up next to him. "Dis is gon' do jus' fine fer me too, darlin. Ah got a couple more thangs Ah'm gon' be needin', if Ah c'n take up a bit more o' yer time...an' den Ah'd be more'n happy t'buy ya dinner, if y'all're gonna be up fer it."
With a pretty, perky little smile and enthusiasm marking every bouncy step, she lets him explain what he's needing, and before the day is out has located just what he's looking for - an industrial property and a housing complex - much to his satisfaction.
And - after the deal was concluded, her commission calculated, dinner bought, and other appetites sated, she found she was quite as satisfied as her client.