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Monday, September 5, 2022

Terror Dome: A Short Story (Part 5)

    Traffic was light as Jake cruised on the Dan Ryan Expressway in the direction of the Chicago Loop Monday morning. He wanted to get the jump on preparing for his 9:30 am deposition with his client, so he made sure that he arrived at work an hour earlier. He had a voicemail from the managing partner George Winn of the firm when he checked his messages―George wanted Jake to stop by his office as soon as he got in. George was typing an email when Jake knocked on his door to get his attention moments later.

    “Good Morning, Jake,” George said.

    “Good Morning, George.”

    “Please, shut the door and have a seat.”

    “Okay.”

    Jake sighed and asked, “What do you want to talk to me about?”

    “First off, I just want to say that you’re doing a fantastic job at the firm, Jake.”

    “Thank you, sir.”

    “You’re very welcome. We believe that you’re one of the top young attorneys here, and the partners all took a vote and feel that you would be a valuable asset to the company moving forward.”

    “Thank you, sir…it means a lot hearing you say this to me.”

    George nodded and continued, “I’d like to offer you a partnership and double your salary contingent on you getting the RFID chip implanted in your forehead…”

    “I’m sorry, George,” Jake interrupted him, “I don’t know if getting the chip implanted in my forehead is an option for me.”

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    “I understand what you may be thinking right now, and that’s why I’ll give you some time to consider our offer and decide what you may want to do in the weeks to come, Jake. We’re putting together a team of super lawyers who we believe will be able to do twice the work in half the time once they get the microchip implanted in their brains. We also hope that you’ll continue to be a part of our team.”

    Jake pondered on George’s pitch for a brief moment and said, “I need some time to think about this. I’m not saying yes or no to your offer at this time, but I’ll definitely give you an answer by the end of the week.”

    “That’s fine. Take as much time as you need.”

    “Can I ask you a question, sir?”

    “Sure, what is it, Jake?”

    “How many attorneys are already on board with this?”

    “Every attorney who was presented with an offer on the table is on board except of you and Courtney.”

    “Okay, thank you, sir. I’ll talk to you later…I have a deposition in an hour.”

    “Okay, have a great day, Jake, and keep up the good work.”

    Jake left George’s office completely stunned as he quickly headed back to his office on the opposite side of the floor. He knew that his tenure at the firm has come to an end, but he needed to bide himself some time to figure out his next move. He also wanted to talk to Courtney Bradley and find out what she thought about what was going to take place in the near future.

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