“Okay girls,” said Billy, all dressed up in a suit and tie. “Russell has reservations for seven. We can’t be late.”
“Just give us a few more minutes,” said Suzie, from the bedroom. “We are just fixing our hair.”
“Okay,” said Billy. “But all you’ve got is a couple more minutes. The limo is going to be here very soon.”
“Okay,” said Suzie, poking her head out from behind the door. “That’s all we need.”
The girls quickly finished doing their hair and were just about to leave the bedroom when Mollie grabbed their hands.
“The Just Girlz pact,” said Mollie as the four girls shook each other’s hands.
“You girls look stunning,” said Billy, when the girls came out of the bedroom.
Each of the girls wore a long sequin gown that Billy’s wife, Dianne, had helped them pick out that afternoon.
“Thank you Uncle Billy,” said Suzie, putting her hand in the crook of his arm.
“Well,” said Dianne, coming into the hotel room. “Your limo is here.”
“Okay girls,” said Billy, giving Dianne a quick kiss on the cheek. “Lets go.”
Russell was about half an hour late getting to the restaurant but as soon as he sat down with them at their table, the whole restaurant was a buzz.
“Sir,” said one waiter. “Can I get you your favourite appetizers?”
“Sir,” said another. “Can I get you and your guests anything to drink?”
“Just make sure it’s non-alcoholic,” said Russell. “These young ladies are much too young for that nonsense.”
The dinner was excellent. The girls really got along great with Russell.
“Okay girls,” said Russell, once dinner was over and the waiters had found better things to do. “Lets get down to business. Now, I’m sure you all know that I’m Billy’s manager and have been for about five years now.”
“Yes,” said Suzie. “We are aware of that.”
“Also,” said Russell. “I want you to know that I only deal with the best and you four girls, as young as you are, have talent and lots of it. I was a little skeptical in wanting to get involved with you because of your age, until I saw you on stage. You girls are like magic on stage and with that said, here is what I’m proposing to you.”
Russell handed each of the girls a copy of the contract. Then he proceeded to go over the main points of it.
“I want Just Girlz to perform a minimum of twenty concerts per year,” read Russell. “I want Just Girlz to record at least one album per year. I want Just Girlz to make television and radio appearances and best of all, here is your base salary right down at the bottom of the last page.”
”Wow!” exclaimed Crystal , when she saw the figure. “That is a lot of money!”
“One more important thing,” said Russell. “You will notice on page fifteen, there is a special clause that I have added into this contract. Because you girls are so young, I want each of you to complete school. I will arrange for each one of you to have a personal tutor to travel with you. Education is very important. In fact, it is so important that if anyone of you girls don’t get passing grades, you will no longer be a part of Just Girlz. For those of you who get good grades, you will be amply rewarded.”
“That sounds good to us Mr. Solina,” said Suzie. “The four of us basically agreed to the same thing just this afternoon.”
“Good,” said Russell. “I’m glad to see that we are on the same wave length. Now, you will take the contracts with you, give them to your lawyer to look at and I hope to have them back in my hands within two weeks.”
“Great!” exclaimed Mollie.
“Does anyone have any questions?” asked Russell.
“No,” said Marie. “I don’t”
“Us either,” said Suzie, Crystal and Mollie.
“Great,” said Russell, getting up from the table and handing each of the girls a business card. “Just call me anytime and I hope we can see each other in two weeks.”
“Goodnight girls,” said Russell.