"Yes, I'm a Colonel. I'm fabulously rich. I am a magnate of the restaurant industry, my dear, the king of an empire that I built with my bare hands. I took a sabbatical from my duties in order to see the world, see what else could possibly be out there, and on the course of my journey I found what I was looking for."
Her heart fluttered wildly in the space of his pauses. In spite of everything, she found herself hanging on his every word.