News Fight

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Other  |  House: Booksie Classic
Jasmine has worked hard to earn a rightful position in her job, until one day Mya joins the team. She manages to get four good reporters fired and a few others on edge. Mya seems to have everybody hypnotized, even Jasmine's only friend at work - Aaron. Will Jasmine earn her place in the office, or will she have to leave forever?

Submitted: October 06, 2012

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It was very hard for Jasmine to keep from screaming at the unfairness of it all.

She had been working at the newspaper for years. She wasn't always the best writer, and she certainly could have been a bit more social with the rest of the office staff, but she was good at her job, and she had become invaluable to the editor. Aaron had always valued her opinion for what it was, and he trusted her more than anyone else at the paper.

But that was before Mya.

Mya slammed into the newsroom like a Category 5 hurricane. She tore down everything Jasmine had worked so hard to build and left a trail of destruction in her wake. Within her first month, she'd managed to get four good reporters fired, and at least a few others were on the chopping block.

And Aaron seemed to love her immediately.

It didn't matter to him that Jasmine had given the paper everything or that he used to trust her implicitly. When Mya winked, complimented him, and broke things off with her fiancé to “get to know him better,” all of that went out the window. It was like Caesar and Cleopatra all over again.

She demanded Jasmine's resignation two weeks later.

It was sheer luck that Mya wasn't in a position to influence hiring. No matter how much she complained about Jasmine's work, she couldn't get her way.

And then came the last straw: Aaron promoted Mya to the job Jasmine had been promised, and that was it. A carefully crafted letter of resignation made its way to her direct supervisor's desk.

Truth be told, Jasmine still wasn’t sure whether it was the right decision. But she’d given her two weeks’ notice, and her desk would have to be cleared out by then. She had to focus on that.

When she walked back into the office that Wednesday night, there he was. She had hoped that today would be the day he’d decide he didn’t have to work all hours and let her clear out her desk in peace. But Aaron, who always seemed to have a sixth sense about her, picked his head up the second she made it across the room.

There wasn't much left: a calendar, a mug, a few notebooks, and a well-worn chemistry textbook lined the box she brought for her things. He at least had the decency to let her finish packing before calling her over.

This wasn't going to end well, and she knew it.

“Are you okay?” he asked once she was settled into the uncomfortable chair across from him. She nodded mutely, and he cleared his throat.

“Good. I, uh...you'll have to forgive the lack of professionalism here, but...”

She tilted her head. “But what?” she asked graciously, wondering briefly if he knew how thin a line he was treading. His eyes fixed on her, and it was like she was seeing the Aaron of three months ago. She couldn’t breathe.

“Please don't go,” he blurted. She blinked, working hard to keep her face blank. He leaned over the desk dramatically, and it was hard for Jasmine to keep from smiling. Whenever he pulled that move, she couldn’t help but think Aaron looked a bit like Cary Grant.

“I don't know why you're leaving, but we need you here. You're the best writer at the paper. And I need your advice. Please stay.”

And there he was, giving her that look again—the one that always got him an extra slice of cake at company gatherings, it could probably get him out of prison, and was very effective at melting a reporter’s heart. Jasmine felt her reasons for leaving starting to drift away. He needed her. And she had always been there for him. How could she leave?

She felt the corners of her mouth turning up and forced them back down again. No way could she cave now; she was right in the middle of packing up her stuff! “What about Mya?”

Aaron shook his head, sighing audibly. “Mya is…well, she’s something, all right.” He locked his eyes on Jasmine's, andshe felt herself unable to look away. “But you have something that she just doesn’t.”

Jasmine furrowed her brow. “And what might that be?”

He ran a hand through his hair (his beautiful, perfect, full head of hair, Jasmine thought in spite of herself), seemingly struggling for words. She waited, biting her lip in anticipation.

Finally he spoke. “You’re kind. You’re funny. You’re incredibly talented but so modest that hardly anyone knows how amazing you are, even though they should. You keep to yourself, but you’re easy to talk to, and I know you’ll be honest with me no matter what I ask. Basically, you’re one of very few people I look forward to seeing every day, and I would genuinely hate to see you go.” By the end of his soliloquy, his face had gone red, and Jasmine noticed that he was twisting his tie around in his hands—almost as if she were making him nervous.

She smiled at the thought. And then she had an idea that was so crazy and out of character for her she couldn’t believe it could have come out of her own rational, analytical brain. But this is my last chance, really, she realized.If I don’t do this now, I’ll never be able to.

So she blurted it out before she had too much time to convince herself it was a horrible idea.

“If you’d hate it so much, prove it to me. Take me to dinner tonight. You can give me more compliments,” she laughed, “and reasons you want me to stay.”

He opened his mouth, his lips forming the word “no,” then caught her eye again and shut his mouth. Jasmine’s breath was stuck in her throat. She stared at him, refusing to blink, until at last she heard the words she hadn’t known she was waiting for.

“You know what? It’s a date.”


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