Thursday, January 2, 2014

New On The Job

 
Catherine had only been a legal aid at a small law firm for a short time and already the pressure was building. Try as she might to get along with her coworkers, she could tell they'd been talking about her every time she entered the room; lowered voices and guilty glances game them away.  Once she overheard two of them whispering about how standoffish she seemed to be, and that she didn't have anything to say about her last job or her family. 
 
Catherine knew her time with the firm would be short when she overheard her supervisor telling the boss "I just have this feeling that something's not right about her; I think there's something she's hiding from us." 
 
How could she possibly explain to them that she'd just completed parole after serving seventeen years in prison for killing her husband?  She knew it had been justified, but if the judge and the jury didn't believe her surely no one here would either.
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14 comments:

  1. Very done. Nice twist...I love those!

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    1. Thanks Gail! I think that life is a lot like this, the plot always has some twists we aren't aware of or weren't planning for! :-)

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  2. Well, I didn't see that one coming! Hard to believe these thoughts come out of such a sweet lady as yourself. :)

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    1. Hehe Christine, every now and then one slips out from my dark side. :-) Seriously though, I don't think she was a bad person, I think that he maybe gave her good reason to do what she did. That happens, sometimes people act out of desperation and not being able to see a better way to free themselves from a nightmare.

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  3. The truth is nobody really knows us. They may judge us without having the full facts but that is their mistake. In such an office environment there is no reason for her to spill the beans but merely to say that she is recovering from a broken marriage or whatever, which makes her a bit shy or reticent. It is important however for her to relate to other people or her life will be hell. The law is an ass and is no yardstick to live by. Somehow she has got to drag herself back to normality, reinvent herself and smile. Old Egg has spoken!

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    1. Wow, Robin, you definitely stepped on the soap box in fine style here, and I agree with you all the way! We don't owe everyone explanations in our life, but we do need to find a way to get back to "normalacy" or something like it. When you've lived in an upside down world for a long time, restarting your life can be very hard. I hope she finds her way soon!

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  4. It's so difficult to be in such a situation. You painted the drama well.

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    1. Thank you Mimi, yes it is. So often people who know nothing about someone else are quick to make erroneous judgments. It makes me laugh when the young people at work always think I am just a dowdy, mild-mannered old lady who's never been around the block. Little do they know. :-)

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  5. New beginnings are hard to build, esp. after so much pain.

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    1. They sure are Susan, she's got a lot she's holding in, and the other staff are reading that all wrong, convincing her all the more that she doesn't fit in. Hopefully she'll adjust and begin to relax a little, or she'll find a working environment that's a little kinder to her weary soul.

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  6. Overcoming our past is hard, though very human. Everyone makes mistakes, and people tend to judge. All we can do is try to set things right and move on, in spite of others judgment, as well as our own.

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