“We need to hit the Banker. Right now, Kou’s using him to tear Balbadd apart with money. If we have him – or his contracts – then we have his leverage.” Whether or not that’d be enough to get Abhmad to back off, though… his oldest brother had an ego, and given that mess with the pirates ordered to attack Balbadd’s own ships, Alibaba feared common sense had left the building-
“Yes we do,” Sinbad mused, a devilish light playing in amber eyes. “After all, I doubt the terms say any funds to pay off the loans have to come from Balbadd.”
Erk. For a moment Alibaba felt his brain freeze up, because Sindria having a controlling interest in Balbadd had to be better than the Kou Empire taking over-
But I won’t be able to buy him off by playing with the Fan, Alibaba knew. And he knows it, and I know it.
Meaning once Sindria had their hands on Balbadd’s rights, it’d be a lot harder to get them back. In the long run.
Give Sinbad an inch, he’ll take a mile, King Rashid had said years ago. Never dice with him with anything you can’t afford to lose.
Damn it. Damn it to hell. If he just had time to think-!
Kou’s going to destroy us. Sindria probably won’t. Alibaba winced. So – everything’s still up in the air. If I can, buy back the rights myself. And hope to heck Sindria doesn’t publically add up the numbers on how much Fan we should have been able to get these past months. If I can’t… it’s an option. Even King Rashid would say it’s better than Kou wiping us out.
It was scarily interesting, seeing how Ja’far’s face wasn’t reacting to Sinbad’s proposal. As if his king floating the idea of taking over half a country by way of money was nothing to worry about. At all.
It’s a fake, Alibaba thought with a shock. He’s really, really worried. And if Ja’far’s worried about it – I’m not wrong. Sinbad would grab Balbadd, if he could. Not because he meant any harm. Just because he could.
Oh great. How do I keep that from going wrong on top of everything else?