The Sanction

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"I'm sorry, what?"

"The reason I've been so swamped with work lately is that it's not through this office. My husband and I own a small, yet very successful, firm just on the other side of town. I honestly haven't taken a case from this firm in a couple of years unless it's strictly a civil case due to the number of cases my husband and I have taken on. But, this is our secret, neither Bethany nor Aidan know."

I'm sure I looked like one of those blow-up dolls you see in adult stores because my jaw was on the floor from the information I'd just learned.

"So Jessica, will you join our team? I know you'd be able to start immediately." "How do you know that? I'd still have to send my letter of resignation to Bethany and Aidan." "Not necessarily, since I'm one of your bosses and you could easily notify me, I could notify my partners that you've, regrettably, decided to move on to another opportunity."

"You'd do that for an employee you just recently hired and hardly even know?" "You're a hard worker Jessica, and from the conversations I'd had with your past professors, you're also dedicated but know when you need to push rather than pull in a situation. That is exactly the kind of person we were looking for here, but it's also the qualifications my husband and I find make the perfect lawyers. So again, I ask you, Miss Blackwood, would you do me the honor of joining Edwards and Edwards?"

"Mrs. Edwards, I gladly accept your offer for the position at Edwards and Edwards. At the same time, I must inform you that I am officially resigning from the office of Edwards, Fawn, and Stone. May I have the rest of the day to gather my things and empty my cubicle?"

"Of course, it was an honor to have you here with us, but it'll be more of an honor to be able to work more closely with you. I'll email you formally about the position and see you Monday bright and early."

"You got it, boss."

I got up and practically skipped back to my cubicle. I'm sure I looked like a damn fool to everyone in the office since I was grinning from ear-to-ear while packing up my desk, but I didn't give a damn.

I was in and out of the elevator so quick, it felt like a blur. Once I was outside the building, it felt like the sun was shining brighter than I'd seen been seeing lately. For once in a long time, things felt right, and as if nothing could go wrong.

My phone dinged with a notification, I'd thought it was Christine's email with details about my new job. Instead, it was a text message.

Oddly enough, I found this one to be more helpful than anything.

'Congratulations on the new job. However, you know this doesn't help you get rid of Aidan'

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