She was on the verge of tears. She couldn’t answer, there were too many answers and she couldn’t pick just one. She sputtered wordlessly. Then she found some words. “Please understand. An exchange of words will not help us. Lolando is our biggest account. I have huge bank loans. I cannot lose this account; I put my best two years in this partnership.”

Evans looked levelly at her. “Madam, this is business, nothing personal.”

Please help me. Please.”

You want to talk about compromise.”

Atieno stared.

Evans continued. “At the board meeting, you wanted to talk about the good things your agency is doing and the high profits and you kept using the word my agency. Then you asked me to confirm that your agency had qualified to have your contract renewed for another five years.”

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