The Sanction

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"I don't understand how anyone could take your information out of our system, the only ones with permission to do so are Aidan, Christine, and myself. Unfortunately the only thing I can do is ask I.T. to look into what could've happened. It'll take a few days to hear back so feel free to bring your personal computer to work on for the time being." Bethany had been checking my login information for the last hour, I hated having to bring this to her at the end of the day, but I felt better now knowing I wasn't the only one confused. "Thank you, Bethany, I'm sorry you had to finish the day with an issue like this." "It's not your fault, Jessica, I'd rather deal with it now rather than you come to me when it may be too late. Now go home, have a good evening, and I will see you tomorrow."

I left her office with a smile, and while making my way back to my cubicle, I couldn't help but recall what the person on the phone said. Just knowing that they knew so much about me working with Aidan and about where I work made this situation even creepier.

All my coworkers were filing into the elevator by the time I'd reached my cubicle, and I was more than ready to get home and try to put this day behind me. I'd finished packing away my papers and was making my way toward the elevator when I heard my name called from down the hall.

"Jessica! Are you doing ok, Bethany told me you had a rough afternoon with some computer issues." Christine asked as she made her way to me, I'd honestly thought she'd left already. "I'm doing ok, it's just been a long day, and I'm ready to go home and hopefully relax the rest of the night." "Of course don't let me keep you, I saw you and just wanted to see how you're doing." "Thank you, I'll see you tomorrow Christine." I walked into the elevator and hoped that I'd be able to walk home, instead of having another awkward moment with Aidan.

Nope, no such luck.

Aidan was sitting in his car right in front of the elevator, "Get in Jessica, there's something I need to talk to you about." I gulped down my nervousness and climbed into the car. He drove off immediately after I shut the door and headed in the opposite direction of my apartment.

"I'm not going to beat around the bush, things are happening with the case right now that you don't need to be involved with and after talking with Bethany and Christine, we think it's best that this not be the first case you work on with our team. I know this is sudden, but with every facet involved becoming more precedent after more research, we just don't think this case is a good fit for you. At least, not at this time."

I didn't know what to say, all I could do was sit here in his car and listen to everything he was saying. But, none of it made any sense because he had personally requested for me to work with him on this case, and now he's telling me it's not going to work out after all.

"There's more to this that you're not telling me, because, the fact of the matter is, you requested me for your team with this case and now it's not in my best interest to be involved at all. Are we strictly speaking about the case, or is there another reason for this conversation?"

His silence spoke for itself.

"Understood, now if you'll please take me home Mr. Stone, I'd like to spend the rest of the evening attempting to put this day to rest." I squared my shoulders and stared out the window for the next few blocks, fully recognizing my surroundings.

"You're right, there is something else I needed to speak to you about, but this is strictly my opinion." "And what might that be?" We pulled up in front of my apartment building, but I was too overwhelmed by what he said to notice.

"I think you should resign from the firm."

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