Stacey couldn’t imagine a more intense scenario. With hard feelings on both sides of the aisle, everyone was taking sides over past events. It felt like the Hatfield and McCoys all over again.

Sheryl’s Daily Prompt

Stacey couldn’t imagine a more intense scenario. With hard feelings on both sides of the aisle, everyone was taking sides over past events. It felt like the Hatfield and McCoys all over again.

On one hand, it was hard to believe it could have come to this. On the other, feelings of rancour and bitterness still remained some fifty years after the take over of Hardens by Broadway. Although the current group of shareholders and even management staff were toddlers if not babies at the time, it had been easy for someone to sew seeds of discontent.

For her part, Stacey could care less. It was about the best interests of the company and moving forward, not becoming bogged down in what might have been, could have been, should have been.

After delving into the problem as delicately as possible to better ascertain what was involved, she’d learned that Arden Broadway and George Harden had been the closest of friends, like brothers, more than friends, compatriots. Harden hit upon a difficult patch, required a little investment capital to tide the Company over and Broadway had offered to put up the funds, then upon doing so, took the company from Harden and the feud became vile if not violent.

For a time it had divided the town; you were either a Harden or a Broadway supporter and as a result, the venom even seeped into other families working for one or the other. Most of the town had long since gotten over the problem; time moved on, and so did they, but at this particular juncture, the past had reared its ugly head once again.

Someone was trying in earnest to dredge up old hatreds in order to lower the value of the stock, ensuring a steal of a deal. It required calm heads to delve into the meat of the problem and solve it before any further damage could be done.

Consequently, Stacey hired a private investigator to dig into the situation. She’d provided as much information pertaining to the stocks and shareholders as was available, and now it was up to Timothy Shultz to figure out who the guilty party or parties were and stop the mayhem.

Stacey Whitcomb was awaiting Mr. Shultz arrival for an update on what he’d learned. No doubt about it, she was on edge. She hoped he had god news.

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