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Law Unto Itself by Charles Hansmann
The junior litigator sang “glass ceiling” when “glass onion” came up on the karaoke screen. It was a Wednesday-night gathering of low-paid interns and first-year associates. She had the most seniority of anyone at the bar and was the de facto hostess. But a partner had upbraided her work as junior, and “Junior” had become her sobriquet. She complained to me about the assignments she drew and that their low-rung status kept her from rising. She said she’d been promised heftier work. In this mixed metaphor of height and weight I first heard her voice sound a cord of vulnerability.
The SHORT TALE 100 – SEPTEMBER 2016