The Sanction

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It's been a few days since Aidan told me to quit, thankfully he's been busy with his caseload, so he hasn't been at the firm much. I've been racking my brain for any reason why he would've said that, considering his opinion was a big factor in me getting this job.

And now, he's trying to tell me to give up on the job of my dreams.

Since my office computer would be down until after the weekend, I'd brought my laptop to the office to finish up what I could. A big plus to using my laptop was that I could search online for any firm in the area hiring without anyone being able to look back at the search history. I don't want to leave, but it appears that working with Aidan has become a problem.

On more than just a personal level.

It turns out, there is one firm looking for someone new with the possibility of promotions and to be active in all major cases. Of course, this sounds too good to be true, but then again so did my current job. Something in my gut was pushing me to go for it, and that's just what I did. I sent in my cover letter and resume, I included a short paragraph in the email that felt like I was begging for a life preserver. I didn't include information about my current job because I didn't want Bethany or Christine to get a phone call or email asking about my performance. Immediately after sending the email, Christines' name popped onto my phone screen.

"This is Jessica." "Good afternoon, Jessica, would you mind coming to my office?" "Of course." "Great, see you soon." After she hung up, I was slightly shocked because that was the shortest conversation I've ever had with Christine, which was odd.

As I walked down the hall to her office, I rushed past Aidans' office even though I knew he was out for the day. I could hear Bethany yelling at somebody over the phone, but I couldn't make out what she was saying since her door was fully shut.

I knocked then cracked Christines' door open, "You wanted to see me?" "Come on in Jessica. Please, have a seat." I'd never heard Christine be so formal with a coworker, so of course, my nerves start to set in. "Is there something wrong, I feel as if I'm about to hear some bad news." "No, I'm sorry, I've been swamped with a difficult case for a few days and I haven't had a moment to slow myself down. But, nothing is wrong, I just wanted to see how you're holding up, I know a lot of unfortunate bad luck has seemed to head your way lately." "I'm doing pretty okay, as usual, things could always be better." "Well, how have things been outside of work? Aidan told Bethany and me that he feels you've had too much pressure put on your shoulders recently and that you've confided in him that you weren't sure this was the right place for you anymore."

"I'm not sure where he got that idea, unless he made that assumption after he removed me as co-council on the case he's working on. I enjoy working here with all of you, and I apologize if anything I've said or done has been taken out of context. But, he's the one that's ever said anything about this not being the right place for me." "Excuse me?" I hadn't realized what just came out of my mouth until I saw Christine's face.

"Jessica, you can tell me." "A few days ago, Aidan was giving me a ride to my apartment, and once we'd pulled up to my building he told me he thinks I should quit my job here at the firm. I was too shocked to think of any kind of response, so I got out of the car and ran up to my apartment." "And now that some time has passed, have you given his words any further thought?" "I hate saying this to you Christine, but yes, I have. Before you called me in here, I had just emailed my resume to another firm in the area."

"Do you mind telling me which firm?" "Edwards and Edwards. The job offer claimed there was a possibility to be involved in major cases if offered the position. I'd planned to only turn in my resignation notice if I was offered the position, if not, then I was going to stick it out until something else came along. I'm so sorry Christine." She was quiet for a minute, before turning to her computer, she seemed to be searching for something and then quickly began to smile.

"Well Jessica, I'm more than positive that you're going to be offered the position." "What makes you so sure of that?" "Because I'm offering it to you right now. So, what do you say Miss Blackwood, would you honor the team of Edwards and Edwards with your acceptance?"

What. The. Fuck?

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