Teresa, aka, The Haunted Wordsmith, challenged us to “open a book — any book — to page 62 (physical or ebook) and copy line 6. Then use it in a short post.”
The book I chose is The Neon Lawyer by Victor Methos. I read this book, a free Kindle download, about three years ago and, to be honest, I barely remember it. But following Teresa’s instructions, I opened the book to page 62 and copied line six below:
“We just wanted to talk to you about a case you did the prep work on.”
So here’s my short post. Ready?
Barry was nervous when he was told to report to the senior partner’s office at 1:00 sharp. It was rarely a good sign to be what was commonly referred to around the law firm as being “called on the carpet.” But Barry knew he had to repress his anxiety and deal with whatever consequences faced him.
At precisely 1:00, Barry approached the senior partner’s office. He was surprised to see two other senior lawyers, along with the senior partner, awaiting him. He knocked on the glass door and the senior partner motioned for Barry to enter the office. Pointing to a chair opposite his desk, the senior partner said, “Have a seat, Barry.”
Doing as he was told, Barry sat down in the chair, and despite his efforts to maintain his composure, he could feel the beads of perspiration forming on his forehead.
“Thank you for your promptness, Barry,” the senior partner said. “We just wanted to talk to you about a case you did the prep work on.”
“Are you referring to the McDaniels case?” Barry asked. “Let me explain….”
“No need to explain,” one of the other lawyers said. “Your work speaks for itself.”
“Yes,” the other lawyer said. “The entire McDaniels case hinged on your prep work.”
Barry felt like he was about to pass out. “Is there a ‘but’ coming?” he asked.
“There is, indeed, Barry,” the senior partner said. He reached his hand across his large desk. “But for your prep work, we might have lost the case.”
Did you see how I also snuck my one-word prompt, “repress,” into this post?