presence in Vienna didn't stay a secret to S. and her father
for very long. The moment they saw that my belongings were
missing from the club, they feared for their lives. S. no
longer dared go out in the street. Her father could no longer
exploit or rent the local that he had stolen from me because
of the rumors that circulate about the crazy Turk who was
back and was spoiling for a fight. They couldn't pay the rent
any longer and wanted to get rid of the club at all cost.
L. got wind of this state of affairs and proposed that we
take the place off her hands in return for the cash stolen
and title to the club. They were happy to oblige after having
bitten off a lot more than they could chew. Daddy was not
a businessman. The only trouble was that S. was still very
frightened of me and didn't want to talk. L. convinced her,
after a long telephone conversation, that I could have avenged
myself any time since my return and hadn't. Later, I too let
her know that I wasn't interested in getting even, I just
wanted what was mine. She agreed and asked forgiveness
yet again and promised to be at the meeting point in twenty
minutes to Graben..
I arrived she was already there! Everything was new; glasses,
hairstyle, hair color and she'd aged ten years! Over coffee
we were talking like old friends in no time. I didn't mention
her betrayal, but my silence on the subject was eloquent. She
understood that all was forgiven and I left her a telephone
number of a "Gasthaus" near where I lived were she could
leave a message. I didn't live there. Even though she kissed
me on the lips as we parted, our new-found confidence in one
another was a little reminiscent of a recent reconciliation
that had turned sour.
potential lease takers presented themselves to her father early
the following week. They had all come on my behalf.
Things went as planned, the local was back in my hands and things
would start up soon just as before.On this everyone bottom was in
agreement. Well on his father knew not of nothing. S., in her free
time, would continue secretarial courses at the Schvarzenberg
She waited for me every evening after classes and
we often went back to my apartment together.