“I want us to be partners again, Jack. Only this time we are not going into the new project to make money. Our objective will now be to be a part of history. We will be on the cutting edge of scientific discovery. I don’t know how much money we’ll make, but we are sure to be famous. I can see us ending up with book deals and movie rights offers,” said Blake.
As Blake was making his pitch to Jack, Dr. Lionel Phelge arrived from the lower deck where he had just finished lunch with his students.
Blake introduced Lionel to Jack.
“I’m trying to talk Jack into becoming a partner with us on this expedition. I was just explaining to him the great opportunity for scientific discovery we have before us. Jack’s skill set would make him a valuable addition to our project,” said Blake.
“That’s all true but so far all we’ve managed to accomplish is to capture a very well designed replica of Ogopogo,” said Lionel.
Jack and Blake both laughed.
“This is a sort of inside joke but Jack played a key role in getting us the fake Ogopogo.
It’s a long story but I will fill you in on the details later, Lionel,” said Blake.
“What am I going to do about my crew if I agree to join forces with you and Dr. Phelge. With all the personnel on your crew we certainly won’t need the members of my crew,” said Jack.
“You are absolutely right,” said Blake. “Your crew will no longer be needed. However, to make their disappointment easier to bear, I will reward each one of them with a five thousand dollar severance cheque.”
“I believe that that kind of offer will go a long way to easing their angst,” said Jack.
“Lionel, I haven’t had the opportunity to tell you this yet, but Jack has obtained some amazing photo and video footage of a smaller version of Ogopogo,” said Blake.