Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Lawyer vs. The Writer

Lawyer : The parties executed a separation agreement on June 25, 2009, approximately two years from the commencement of the action for divorce.

Writer: Paul grasped his pen as if it were a bayonet. Across the conference table, Elaine leaned her chin on her hand and suppressed a yawn at the sight of her husband's consternation.  What's the big deal, she wondered?  After two years, just write your goddamn initials underneath mine. Every page, just like the lawyers had instructed.  She heaved a theatrical sigh as he finally scribbled his name under hers on the last page.  Finally.  All  the lawyers had to do was not smear the ink from their notary stamps all over the page.   And fill in the date: June 25, 2009.  The hemorrhaging was about to end.

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