The Sanction

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It's been about two weeks now since Aidan took me to dinner and somehow stole a critical part of my wardrobe, and for your information, no, I have not gotten my underwear back. I'm not even sure if I'm ever going to get them back.

Oddly enough, that hasn't been the main thing on my mind lately.

Lately, I've been worried about what could happen if we continue to see each other and what they might mean for my job here at the firm. It seems like he hasn't said anything, but it's only a matter of time until someone sees us coming to work together. It wouldn't be a good look on my resume to only work for a couple of weeks and then be fired for having relations with one of my bosses.

Even just sitting here in my cubicle, I feel as if everyone somehow knows. I haven't talked to Aidan today and, to be honest, I'm a little worried too. I'm only worried because he is one of my bosses and he could terminate my employment for any reason. I know that if he just stopped talking to me, I could move on from that.

I lived my life just fine before meeting him, and I could go on without him if it came to that.

I was shocked out of my thoughts when my phone started ringing.

Bethany's office number popped onto the small screen before I answered, "Jessica Blackwood." "Miss Blackwood, would you please come to my office? I have some important matters I need to discuss with you. Thank you."

Shit.

Walking to Bethany's office, I could feel my heart start to race, and my palms start to get sweaty. I slowed passing by Aidan's office and could vaguely see he was sitting at his desk, though I'm not sure if he saw me. I lightly knocked on Bethany's door and entered once instructed.

"Hello." That's all I could manage to say at the moment. "Hi there Jessica, please have a seat." She shuffled with some papers on her desk before looking back at me with a smile. "How're you doing? Any questions or concerns now that you've been with us for a couple weeks?" "I'm doing just fine, and no real questions or concerns at the moment. Rather, I hope I'm living up to your expectations so far." "Well, I can tell you that Christine and I are impressed with the amount of research you've been able to get for our current cases. And we both wish we could add you to those teams. But we both know there'll be plenty of time to see you in action." "I do personally hope that happens sooner rather than later if you don't mind me saying."

"Of course, which is why I asked to speak with you. Aidan had a client come in a couple of days ago, and he has suggested that you be part of the council. But, we weren't going to assign you to it without one of us talking to you first. So what do you say? You up for the challenge of working with Aidan?" I was stunned for a second, but then released the breath I didn't realize I'd been holding.

"I believe I am up for the challenge, is he the only primary council that will be on the case, or will that role be shared?" "He will be the sole primary council, which is why I now need to send you over to him to discuss the case further." I gave her a sweet smile and made my way to her door. Just before I crossed the threshold, I heard, "Good luck, you'll need it."

Just walking the couple feet to Aidan's door had my heart racing, or maybe that was the adrenaline of finally being fully involved with a case. I lightly knocked on his door and entered once instructed.

"Good afternoon, Miss Blackwood."

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