Passion Overseas

By: Jennifer Fielding & J A Fielding

“Damn it, it’s the office. I really have to take it,” he said.

“I told you, it’s okay,” she said with a smile. Daniel climbed off the bed and walked out of the bedroom.

“Reese,” he said when he picked up.

“Mr. Reese, hi. It’s Proctor. We have a major problem.”

Daniel shook his head. “You people realize what being on vacation means, right?”

“Yes but there seems to be a problem with the new coffee maker model. The one endorsed by La Nacion de café,” Proctor said.

“What do you mean? La Nacion de café is our biggest project right now. You had better not screw it up,” Daniel said.

“Well, the model is a bit more complicated than I thought. We are going to need a bigger funding if we are going to make it work,” Proctor said.

“What do you mean?” Daniel asked and he heard Proctor sigh.

“Well, there was an unexpected…um…sir, is there a way we could video conference?” Proctor asked. Daniel sighed and reached for his own iPad and switched it on. He logged onto Skype and hung up.

“Okay, I can see you. What is going on?” he asked. Proctor had three coffee maker models on his desk.

“So the project aims at introducing two models. One is this, the regular coffee maker most people have at home and the other one, the fancy one which makes all the coffee beverages you can think of. Latte, macchiato, mocha, cappuccino…”

Daniel ran his fingers through his hair and sighed. “Proctor, let’s get this moving. Shall we?”

“This is the biggest commercial seller in the fancy machine category,” Proctor said pointing to the third coffee maker on his desk. “Now it has a number of tweaks we noticed that we will have to incorporate in our own model,” he explained.

“So what’s the big problem? Isn’t this a conversation you should be having with accounts and R&D?” Daniel asked.

“Well, I did talk to R&D and they are the ones who pointed this out. But I have to get accounts to approve it,” Proctor said.

“Then get accounts to approve it,” Daniel said matter of factly. He was fighting against his will to snap at him.

“Well, that’s the problem. After the whole thing with your uncle, you are the only one who can approve it,” he said.

“Simple. Draft the letter, scan it and send it to me and then I will sign it, scan it and send it back to you,” Daniel said. “Was that so hard to think of?”

“Well, there is the other little factor of you meeting with the designers for the new platinum model,” Proctor said as he typed something. “I just sent you a link to the number one platinum coffee maker. Check it out,” Proctor said. Daniel clicked on the link and looked at the screen. He had to admit, the coffee maker he was looking at was perfect. “That’s the van der Western Speedster. Twenty grand is the retail price,” Proctor said.

“Twenty thousand dollars?” Daniel asked. “Twenty freaking thousand dollars, really?” he asked in disbelief. “I can get a model S Tesla or a used Ferrari with that,” he said.

“I know. The Speedster’s that good,” Proctor said. “And there are only four hundred machines manufactured every year. I think the rarity of the product also has a lot to do with how high the price is.”

“Well, that still doesn’t explain why the hell it is that expensive. I mean does it come with a mommy coffee machine and make little coffee makers?” Daniel asked as he scrolled down the page looking at the pictures of the machine. He closed the page and shook his head. “How much is the platinum model supposed to go for anyway?” he asked.

“Seventeen grand. And for that price we are bound to make great sales especially since we will be making double what the Speedster guys do,” Proctor said.

“So eight hundred a year, right?” Daniel asked.

“Sure. But we have a little problem. The design we had is already in use so we have to repackage the whole thing,” Proctor said.

“Repackage? We have to launch in three months. R&D is going to spend about that long in a new design,” he shook his head.

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