Jasinda: Was that your friend Mitch?
Thomas: Yeah, he and I had lunch today to talk about some business opportunities.
Jasinda: What line of work is he in?
Thomas: Well, I guess you could say he’s in the import/export business.
Jasinda: Hmm…Why are you being so shifty? Isn’t his business on the up and up? He doesn’t deal in the black market, does he?
Thomas: Let’s just say that he takes full advantage of a free market and there’s nothing wrong with the gray market.
Jasinda: You’re not telling me he deals in stolen goods, are you?
Thomas: No, no, nothing like that. Don’t be so naive. There is an entire underground economy in this country, which serves an important purpose. It gets people what they want.
Jasinda: Is he a smuggler? Does he deal in counterfeit or pirated goods? Is that it?
Thomas: I’m not saying another word.
Jasinda: You did say that you were having lunch to talk about business opportunities. You’re not thinking of going into business with him, are you?
Thomas: It was just talk. Nothing is set in stone – yet.