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The Roommates – Fast Forward to 2019: Chapter 55
2007: Twelve Years Ago
Orange County, California
Kenneth Raymond Residence
Steven Kennard took a deep breath and placed a strip of peppermint gum into his mouth. His throat was dry, his nerves already shaky. Tracy looked at him as they stood together by their parked car.
“Don’t be nervous. Ken already likes you,” she said.
He nodded, his eyes squinting against the bright sunshine of the late fall afternoon. “I hope so. This could be huge for us. This guy is worth billions. He said his friends are also shopping for investment companies. If this works out, it’ll change our lives.”
Tracey smiled at him, walked around the car and took his arm. “Just be you. You’ll be fine. No matter how it turns out, we’ll be fine.”
Kenneth Raymond was having an afternoon cocktail party to introduce his circle of friends and investors to Steven Kennard. The couple was welcomed into his home and Kenneth’s wife whisked Tracey away the moment they were in the door. Steven could hear soft, classical music playing in the backyard as Kenneth led him to his home office.
The room was located on the second story of the expansive home. What stood out most to Steven was the giant white and black marbled cross hanging on the painted teal wall. Above it was a bible verse, written in black script:
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” – Proverbs 1, 7
Steven walked toward the wall, staring at the decoration and the words. “Very powerful proverb, Mr. Raymond.”
Kenneth Raymond smiled. He was a portly older gentleman with hardly any hair left on his balding head. There were wisps on the sides that he combed down every day. He was tall and broad, but thick and heavy. His voice was deep and warm when he spoke.
“Yes, it is. It’s a constant reminder to watch myself and wait on the word of the Lord.”
Steven smiled at him. “Amen.”
Kenneth moved to the brown leather couch in the room and sat down, motioning for Steven to join him.
“Thanks for inviting us down. Tracey and I have a daughter at UCLA. We always love the chance to go by and visit with her,” he said.