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FF – The Final Sacrifice

Here’s my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. I’m a bit earlier than usual as I have a day off today! The photo was supplied by Marie Gail Stratford.

To read this week’s other stories, click on the blue froggy.

Copyright Marie Gail Stratford

Copyright Marie Gail Stratford

 

The city looked so beautiful, so peaceful from up on the ledge. Harry watched the people, ant-like, scurrying around, busy with their own lives. He felt strangely disconnected.

He had lost the house trying to prop up his failing law firm, the last straw for his long-suffering wife. She’d left with the kids. He had nothing left.

Hearing his law partner approach, pleading with him to come back off the ledge, he shook his head sadly.

“Here’s what you do. This roof has easy access, no locked door and no safety rail. Sue the owners. Save the firm.”

He jumped.

 

  1. March 30, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Dear Ali,

    Lawyers always have an angle, don’t they? Sad story. Well done although I was hoping he’d change his mind.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • March 30, 2016 at 11:03 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      Me too, but his lawyer’s mind saw only one solution.
      Thanks,
      Ali

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  2. March 30, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Good story, Ali. I was also hoping he wouldn’t jump. This was tragic but also realistic. I guess at that point he was so depressed his partner’s advice didn’t get through to him. Well written. —- Suzanne

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    • March 30, 2016 at 11:03 am

      He saw a way to kill two birds with one stone, so to speak. Thanks!

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  3. March 30, 2016 at 9:36 am

    I’m guessing we’re going to get a lot of jumpers this week. I was tempted that way myself but I couldn’t find a way of ending it. 🙂 This is what I like about lawyers, they always have a practical answer for whatever predicament, and they almost all work to their own advantage. Nicely done, And quickly too!

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    • March 30, 2016 at 11:07 am

      Yes, I almost commented at before my story that I was probably going the same way as many people’s first impression 🙂
      His finely-trained legal mind certainly deduced a practical, though tragic, answer.
      I still didn’t manage to beat you to the first slot!

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  4. March 30, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Pragmatic to the last drop of blood. Nicely done, even with that sad ending.

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  5. March 30, 2016 at 10:56 am

    That made me chuckle

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  6. March 30, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    😦

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  7. March 30, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Did she succeed? Sadly his where the actions of a desperate man.

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    • March 31, 2016 at 2:35 pm

      Who knows if the partner successfully sued. I expect he did!
      Yes, he was a very desperate man.

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  8. March 30, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Oh dear!
    Isn’t that too much of a sacrifice.

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    • March 31, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      He didn’t think so, but I guess he wasn’t in his right mind.

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  9. March 30, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Oh dear! So sad! The partner sounded like the typical lawyer.

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  10. March 30, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Bloody nora!

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    • March 31, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      I know!
      Your Gravatar correctly echoes your comment 🙂

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  11. March 30, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Well … I guess that decision was a bust on his part, huh? Fun to read story, Ali. What did Shakespeare say … kill all the lawyers? You did it well.

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    • March 31, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      It looks like they’re “taking care” of it themselves! Glad you liked it.

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  12. March 30, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    I am positive we’ll have lots of jumpers this week… However, not all of them will have the whole thing planned out to the others’ advantage…

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    • March 31, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      I’ve already read a couple…
      That’s lawyers for you!

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      • March 31, 2016 at 2:40 pm

        Yep…😉

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  13. March 30, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Uh-uh… was that choosing the easiest way out or the only way out? Too bad it had to end that way. P.S. Are lawyers that heartless?

    Great take, Ali!

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    • March 31, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      It was the jumper who spoke (it wasn’t totally clear), so he thought he was doing his partner a favour. I’m glad you liked it!

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  14. March 30, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Makes perfect sense in a totally daft way.

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  15. March 30, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    A true lawyer to the dying day. Good ending there.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail

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  16. Graham Lawrence
    March 30, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    I was going to say, Don.t jump. Too late 😦

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  17. March 30, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    As a fellow human being, I weep for his loss. Since he was a lawyer, I’ll get over it. (Oh shame on me for being so callous!) Guess this was a suicide photo prompt. Well done.

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    • March 31, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      Give us a picture of some tall buildings, there’s gonna be jumpers 🙂

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      • March 31, 2016 at 3:04 pm

        LOL… yeah, hard to pass that up.

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  18. mickwynn2013
    March 30, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Humour in the pathos. Brilliant

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  19. March 30, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Yikes. Typical lawyer!

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  20. March 30, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    A lawyer until the very end. Well played.

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  21. IfeomaO
    March 30, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Kind of sad cause I plan on becoming a lawyer myself, but nice to see we had a similar train of thought- different landings 🙂
    Cheers.

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    • March 31, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      Very different 🙂
      He had to be a lawyer in my story so he could work out the plan to save the firm, but it could have been anybody really 😦

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      • IfeomaO
        March 31, 2016 at 4:09 pm

        That’s dedication!

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  22. March 30, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    As someone who spends a lot of time watching lawyers in court, I just had to smile at how he approached this. Well told 🙂

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    • March 31, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      Always thinking, those lawyers… 🙂

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  23. March 30, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    That was really clever and initially I felt sad and then I “got it” and smiled at your cleverness.
    😀

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    • March 31, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      Thanks, feel free to feel sad anyway! He was a clever though tortured chap.

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  24. March 31, 2016 at 12:16 am

    Oh dear, he couldn’t come up with any other way. How sad for his family!

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  25. March 31, 2016 at 4:50 am

    I hope he wasn’t about to win the Publishers Clearinghouse first prize in the next five minutes. Sad and gripping story.

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    • March 31, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      That would be a bit of a bummer!
      I’m glad you liked it.

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  26. March 31, 2016 at 8:31 am

    He jumped into the deep…without a tail indeed, but anyway… Double Pawkiss for the day 🙂 ❤

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  27. March 31, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Oh! Your day off made you cheery Ali 😉

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  28. March 31, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Sad, I hope he left the wife and kids some insurance.

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  29. March 31, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Oh yikes! Tragic and genius tale.

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    • March 31, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      Thanks! Yes, very tragic that he felt that was the only option.

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  30. March 31, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    A law firm that can’t stay afloat in a world of outrageous lawsuits will probably not be able to win this case either. Another senseless lawyer death…. oh, wait, there’s no such thing! 😉

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    • April 1, 2016 at 11:48 am

      No, what are they thinking? Everyone is suing everyone these days, they must just be rubbish 🙂

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  31. March 31, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Sad. It’s just money Dude. Back away from the ledge.
    Nicely done Ali.

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    • April 1, 2016 at 11:48 am

      Yes, I guess he’s got a lot more going on and he hasn’t asked for help, poor chap.

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  32. March 31, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    That’s so sad. I was surprised that he was so thoughtful, thinking about saving partner and firm… Great story.

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    • April 1, 2016 at 11:49 am

      I guess it gave him a positive “reason”. Glad you liked it!

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  33. March 31, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Loved the black humour, that’s the best kind 😉

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  34. March 31, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    What a scary twist! I didn’t see it coming. Too bad they placed so much importance on the firm! (or weren’t more successful…)

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    • April 1, 2016 at 11:49 am

      Yes, it’s only money after all.

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  35. April 1, 2016 at 2:44 am

    Smart man – sad that he couldn’t think of simpler solutions to live.

    Well done story that brings out the complexity of the lawyer’s pysche.

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    • April 1, 2016 at 11:50 am

      A lawyer will always go for the most expedient and logical outcome. Glad you enjoyed it!

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  36. April 1, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Sad story, but realistic. Enjoyed.

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    • April 1, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      Thanks, it was a sad story. I’m glad you liked it!

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  37. April 1, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    We both saw ‘ants’ in the picture. I wonder how many others did too. Good story, well told. I liked the fact that his motives for jumping were clear and calculated – a different take on the suicide story. He wasn’t giving up, he was literally giving everything to save his firm. Neat.

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    • April 1, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      Lawyers always have a reason for what they do I reckon (this reasoning is based on too much TV!), even when they’re this far gone. I’m glad you liked it!

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  38. April 1, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    A sad story. It is a frightening thing when dying seems life’s best option.

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    • April 2, 2016 at 8:37 am

      It is a very frightening thought. No going back, it’s awful to think of what could drive someone to that place.

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  39. April 1, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    a team player right at the end. sad story.

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  40. wildchild47
    April 2, 2016 at 12:08 am

    Ohh definitely a twist that is interesting …. what an ending. Quite the clincher – and interesting idea in that in the end, last thoughts, even after losing everything, his true love was his work. Ultimate sacrifice or “stupidity”? (I’m not judging – but your story raises the deeper questions.) Good job 🙂

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    • April 2, 2016 at 8:38 am

      Yes, even though he feels there’s no way on he’s thinking of his law partner. I’ve often wondered at “sacrifice” or “stupidity” myself. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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      • wildchild47
        April 2, 2016 at 1:35 pm

        definitely well done 🙂

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      • April 2, 2016 at 2:33 pm

        Thanks 🙂

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  41. April 2, 2016 at 12:45 am

    Oh, no! I didn’t expect that end. Heartless and yeah, I guess he’s a team player. Oh, so sad, Ali.

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    • April 2, 2016 at 8:39 am

      Always thinking of others right to the end. A very sad ending though.

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  42. April 2, 2016 at 4:41 am

    Perfect “lawyer” persona, brilliant!

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    • April 2, 2016 at 8:40 am

      Some part of his training still survives in this situation. I’m glad you liked it!

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