75 SOUTH (A Mini Series) Part 1

“Tommie.”

“I’ve got good news and bad news.”

“What’s going on Linda?  What do you mean good news and bad news?”

“Sit down Thomasina, please, stop what you’re doing and have a seat.”

“Oh, Oh, – did you say Thomasina?  This must be serious.  You only call me Thomasina when something is wrong.  What is it,  what is it Linda?  It can’t be the numbers, we’re at 97% occupancy, 97% Linda.  This property has never had numbers that high for three consecutive months, never, so it can’t be the numbers.”

“Thomasina, Tommie, let me try to explain, just listen.”

“Listen to what Linda, huh, listen to what?! (raising my voice).

“See, there it is Tommie, there it is – you have an anger problem – you”

“What! (I shouted).  What do you mean I have an anger problem?”

“Tommie, if you would listen for a minute and stop raising your voice.  You are a dynamic property manager, you have turned this property around in so many ways, nobody’s denying that.  Mr. Silver recognizes what you have done here.  He recognizes and appreciates your diligence and willingness to go the extra mile to keep this property profitable.  That’s the problem Tommie.  Paradise Apartments is doing so well that an offer has been made to Mr. Silver that he can’t say no to.  Tommie, what I’m trying to tell you is he sold the property.  The new owners are from New York and they’re bringing their own people to Detroit to manage the property.  To manage and run Paradise.”

“Ok Linda.  I get it.  I’m out because I helped to make Paradise a successful property.”

“No Tommie.  You made Paradise a profitable property.  You are the only manager that I’ve worked with who actually went to pick up prospective tenants because they didn’t have a car or bus fare to get here.  You made sure they got here and drove them to DHS – the Secretary of State office – to their children’s school to ensure they had all the paperwork that HUD and MSHDA require for this property.  You helped people obtain shelter in a better situation than most of them came from.  You ridded this property of the rift raft that we sometimes get in section 8 and tax credit housing.  You made it safer for the young and the old that call Paradise home.”

“So what’s the good news Linda?”

“The good news is that Mr. Silver has put together a nice severance package for you and an extra bonus for the excellent occupancy rate.”

“How thoughtful.  Make sure to tell Mort thanks for me Linda.”

“I will do that Tommie.”

“Tommie.  There’s one other thing.”

“You mean there’s more good news Linda?”  (sarcastic tone).

“Mr. Silver has a proposition for you.  Are you willing to consider it?”

“What kind of proposition Linda?”

“He and Mrs. Silver will be relocating to Florida.”

“And what does that have to do with me Linda, huh, what does them moving to Florida have to do with me?”

“The offer he got for Paradise is what he’s been waiting for to finally retire.”

“And.  Again, what does that have to do with me?”

“There’s some unfinished business that needs to be taken care of to get his real estate portfolio in order.”

“What kind of unfinished business Linda?”

“The Silver’s have property down south.”

“Down south.  Where down south – Florida?”

“Way, way down south – Thomasina.”

“There you go calling me Thomasina again Linda.  I thought Florida was as far south as you could go?  Where exactly is way, way down south that you’re referring to Ms. MBA?”

“Alabama.”

“Alabama?  Why do the Silver’s have property in Alabama?  Have they even ever been to Alabama?  Shit, I ain’t never been to Alabama.

“I can’t tell.  You sound like you from Alabama with I ain’t never been.  Where you get that word ain’t from Thomasina?  You sure you ain’t been to Alabama?”

“Ok Linda.  Enough about me and my vocabulary.  Remember, you trying to get me to do something for the Silver’s – what is it?”

“As I was saying Thomasina.  The Silver’s have property in Alabama that they need to sale.”

“You still haven’t told me where in Alabama Linda.  Where at in Alabama?  Birmingham,  Tuskegee,  Montgomery – where?”

“Three Notch.”

“Three who?”

“Three Notch Alabama Thomasina.  Three Notch.  A small town near Union Springs.”

“Union Springs, Union Springs.  You saying Union Springs like I should know that it exists.  What’s near Union Springs Linda?”

“Montgomery is about fifty miles away and Tuskegee is a bit closer – about thirty miles from Union Springs.”

“So what exactly does Mr. Silver need me to do?”

“Silver Streak Properties owns some real estate in Three Notch and we could really use a pro like you, Thomasina, to go down there and turn the property around – make the property profitable so that the Silvers can sell.  Believe me Tommie, it would be worth your while.”

“How much Linda?  How much is Mort willing to compensate Thomasina Powell to go down south – where – by the way, I’ve never been?”

“Never been?   (said Linda).

“You heard me.  Never been.  I’ve never been down south.”

“I thought you said you ain’t  (laughing)  never been to Alabama.”

“I ain’t been there either Linda.  I’ve never been down south.”

“What black person has never been down south Tommie?  Haven’t you been to Atlanta?”

“No.  And Atlanta don’t count.  Atlanta isn’t really the south anymore.  too many of us northerners live there now.  I don’t consider Atlanta the south Linda.”

“Well, it’s the south Tommie, whether you consider it the south or not, hot-lanta is the new south.  You should go sometime, you would enjoy it.”

“Ok Linda, the new south – again, how much?”

“Seven grand.”

“Umm, Umm  (I seemed to be lost for words).  Umm, did you say 7 g’s?”

“No, I said seven grand (Linda laughing).  Yes Tommie, seven thousand – that’s not counting your severance package or bonus – seven thousand dollars and your living expenses while you’re there.”

“What in Gods name do I have to do to make seven thousand dollars in Mayberry?”

“What you do best Miss Powell.  Manage property.”

 

To be continued.

 

B. Knox

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “75 SOUTH (A Mini Series) Part 1”

  1. OK Cuz I like it so far I read chapter I like it ok I will keep reading hat off to you good job you all was a writer I remember the poems you used to write do you still have them ? Love you Mz t.t.moody😘

    1. Hi Tracey.

      Thank you for being the first to respond to 75 SOUTH. I know you and Steph remember cause I was always writing poems about us and other stuff and making you and her read them. Yeah, I still got them in that same book. There are some poems on this site – if you scroll down after reading 75 SOUTH there’s poems there. Thanks again cousin – Love you too. Do you love being a grandma – I know you do.

      Keep Reading,

      Bridget

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