I wanted to catch him and Windsong while they were feeling elated an in control. So before he could get a chance to disappear back into his bedroom I cut in the conversation with "I like the idea. Don't get me wrong but we are going to need some seed money." Yeah. That definitely got his attention. Especially as Windsong had been boasting up all the money pouring in now just a few minutes before. BIC lost that happy face and guardedly replied, not before shooting Windsong a quick look I noticed, "So what are you saying Mover?"
Afterward I looked back on this as a pivotal moment for myself and what came after. I always got a Happy Face feeling from it to. Why? Because I made it all up as I went along. I don't like doing that as a rule. I like a solid well thought out plan instead just bouncing around with decisions based on intuition. The Burners ended up with a reputation for "Listening to the Spirit." That was bullshit -- an opinion I kept to myself.
"This is what I have in mind. A school, actually a monastery, organized along those lines for people to learn a new way of life. The curriculum will be based around you and Windsongs writings." I paused to gauge their reaction. Yeah. They loved it. Just to make sure I looked at Windsong and said "I would really like your help on putting this part together." She hit that like a hungry large mouth bass would a night crawler. Yep. This was a done deal except for the details. I continued "I want to get it religious status in the eyes of the IRS. It will help with taxes and make the fed's back off a bit if they become interested in us. I doubted that but it sounded good. I added "We can also recruit from them the people we need for ops"
"So how much do you think you will need." Windsong asked.
I had no idea really. I just went with a number based on what my guess was in the bank account now. "Ten thousand dollars should be fine for us. I think we can be self sufficent in three months and tithing 10% back to you in a year. " I told her. She liked that.
BIC asked me before she could answer "Whose this 'We?'"
"Me and Fire. Maybe Eye if we need video work...at least until we find someone."
He looked at me, opened his mouth to "What about..." and then closed it. I knew who he was going to say and I know why he changed his mind. BIC liked having followers. Especially one who helped him out once in awhile when Windsong wasn't around with his stress levels. He nodded, then told me "Sounds good."
Windsong added "The best we can do is 7k. BIC and I are planning on opening a headquarters."
"Really! Outstanding idea." Actually I could care less but one has to be a team player. " The 7k should work for us." I told them.
BIC had something else he wanted to say "You know I like the curriculum idea a lot." He laughed an added "My new book can be the bible." He was trying to pass it off as a joke but I knew he was dead serious.
"Sure. Why not?" I replied.