"When Chains Begin To Break." This Is My Second Short Story Which Also Gained Me A 'very High Achievement.' This Story Includes A Good Twist.

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"On the count of tax evasion, I find the defendant not guilty as charged."The still courtroom exploded with noise. Chairs scraped back, papers shuffled, and voices filled the room. I remained sitting, relief flooding through me. This had seemed an impossible case, but my client and I had gotten through it by reminding ourselves that hope was not dead until the final verdict.Through the commotion, I could see a beaming Darren picking his way towards me, fending off the suits all eager to offer him their congratulations."Good job on your first win, Jenny," he said, coolly extending his hand for me to shake. "Keep this up and you'll go a long way with Grady & Grady. This only proves that I made the right decision signing you on to the upcoming Sydney Herald case."I was overwhelmed to hear such praise from a man I had revered for so long. Since I had watched him deal with the infamous O'Keefe case in the news back when I was in high school, I had admired Darren Grady's ability to balance business success and integrity."You've been working non-stop on this case, haven't you? You deserve a break. Why don't you come out with the team tonight to celebrate?"I left the celebrations early, citing my early flight tomorrow as the reason, but really feeling a bit drained from spending so much time with the stuffy lawyer types who I was forced to work with, yet who were so different from my fun-loving friends.I was almost home when I realised. My ticket for tomorrow... in all the activity, I had forgotten. It was still on my desk back at the office. Groaning to myself, I turned the car around and began the long drive back to the firm in the city. Every kilometre further meant valuable minutes shaved off my sleep time. I'd be a wreck tomorrow morning.I turned the key in the lock and opened the front door, flicking the light switch in the hall. The office was still. Darkened computer monitors stared blankly at me like unseeing eyes, reflecting the ball of light from the hall. The usual hive of activity had dwindled, the only noise the hum of the air conditioner.It was actually all a bit spooky.I made my way quickly over to my desk and collected the plane ticket from my desktop. As I turned to leave, a muffled noise stopped me. I moved towards where the sound was coming from, and I heard the noise again. It was Darren's voice - but he sounded very different to the smooth, unflappable Darren who breezed about the office every day. This Darren sounded frantic, and angry."Do whatever you can... I'll pay whatever you want. Just make sure she backs down! Without her story, they've got no case. This could ruin us!"I was so intent on eavesdropping that I didn't realise how close to Darren's office I'd edged... until I stubbed my toe against the filing cabinet by his door."Ouch!" I exclaimed.Immediately, I realised where I was, and staggered, wincing, into a nearby cubicle, fearing that Darren had heard me.His door remained shut.As my heart rate slowed, I suddenly...

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