Chapter One: "You're Fired!
A balding head pokes out the o
ce door. Bland expression.Typical drone."Mizz Grant, will you please come to the o
ce ?"A couple of folks glance up from their cubicles just in timeto see the target -- a mop of brunette hair framingimpossibly large hazel eyes that peer from behind a desktopcomputer."... be with you in a sec, Mike ... ﬁnishing up some factchecking."Surprisingly, that seems to annoy him a bit, so Mike Milanosteps further into the corridor."Sharee, I really need to speak to you right now ... that otherstu
can wait."More heads turn. A handful of producers andcorrespondents become curious. Rarely do they hear Milanoraise his voice. He is not called Mono Mike without reason ...generally keeping his monotone personality parked behind acluttered desk.Sharee stands up ... and up ... and up. Her tousled manedoesn't really match the custom-tailored gray cardigan thatwraps snuggly up her six-foot height.Make that six-feet-three as she slips her narrow foot intostylish heels.One of the gawkers, the news show's recently promotedfemale commentator, takes envious notice of her new rival'soutﬁt. Her mind checks o
the price tags. Gray cashmerecardigan cut long and cinched with a silk braided belt--$400.Underneath, a charcoal black, ﬁtted skirt and tunic with afaux turtle neck--$500. The skirt slightly above the kneesand hosed in black. This ensemble plus accessories musthave cost $3000."Are those Jimmy Choo heels," she thinks, "That's a-thousand dollars there at least."