from The Seamless Web by Joe Eliseon:
"the firm of-----(lawyers)-----occupied seven prestigious floors high in a prestigious office building on a prestigious block on Park Avenue, each successive floor more prestigious than the one below. Jack's office was on the forty-fourth floor, the top floor, the most prestigious floor of them all; the floor with the thickest rugs, the darkest panelling, the deepest chairs, the biggest offices and the most voluptuous receptionist in all Manhattan. Winded and almost breaking a sweat already, Pete stepped unsteadily from the top of the formal staircase onto forty-four reception and there she was- owl-eyed, raven-haired, wasp-waisted - Diane DeVito."
Read that a couple of times.
Right. Let's ignore the stunning receptionist completely and focus on Pete, who is winded and almost breaking a sweat after Jack's demand to "get up here now! NOW!"
Why is Pete winded and sweaty?
Why does such an outstandingly prestigious building not have a whole fleet of elevators?
Or even one elevator?
Several hours later: I've read further and discovered the building does have elevators, Pete's boss Jack is a whacko, but somewhere in his telling off of Pete he mentions the elevators and asks why Pete didn't use one, and of course Pete replies that he thought the stairs would be faster. So now I'm wondering if Pete is a little stupid and why is he a lawyer because aren't they supposed to be smart? To understand all that legal mumbo-jumbo that is designed to specifically confuse us more common mortals?
Anyway, I'm still reading because so far it's better than I thought the story would be. Pete is a junior in the firm and juggling the demands of two seniors who are both demanding he work exclusively on the cases they've presented him with and poor Pete barely gets time to blink, let alone work on the necessary research he needs to be doing to present his findings and/or reports "right now!"
It's a long tale with 84 chapters which are mercifully reasonably short.
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