THE FIRM: Chapter 14 - A Christmas Carrot

AT THE OFFICES of Messrs. Venal & Grabbit, Solicitors, Edgar Venal has just arrived back from Mustique.

He was still relieved that the whole McCheap/Molotov thing had been just a dream, and was determined to show his thanks by doing something for those less fortunate than him, i.e. his staff.

Accordingly, he called an immediate meeting of all staff, in the firm's boardroom.

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Edgar sat at the head of the boardroom table. His partner, Ebenezer Grabbit, sat next to him, wondering what this was all about, as Edgar had said nothing to him.

When the staff had all gathered, Edgar stood up.

"In the spirit of Christmas," he announced with a smile, "I have decided to give you all a £10 voucher off of our fees when... er, I mean if, you instruct the firm to deal with your divorce."

Ebenezer Grabbit looked aghast at Edgar's generosity.

The staff, however, looked strangely underwhelmed, and Edgar wondered if perhaps it wasn't enough. He decided to give them something more.

"In addition," he said, "I've decided to close the office half an hour early on Boxing Day!"

Ebenezer Grabbit looked even more aghast.

The staff simply exchanged bemused glances with one another.

Edgar wondered whether this "joy of giving" thing wasn't all that it was cracked up to be.

After a few moments silence, however, someone at the back of the room murmured: "Thank you, Mr Venal" followed, somewhat grudgingly, by the rest of the staff.

"Excellent!" Said Edgar, looking at the clock. "Now, this will never do - back to your desks... oh - and Merry Christmas!"