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 Moving on fast, Krys/Grant
Julie Annabella Callahan
 Posted: Sep 29 2017, 12:11 PM
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The only thing getting her through this week was that she had two consecutive days off with nothing to do and then Monday she had an interview with another network. She still wouldn’t be anchoring anytime soon, but her position would be a little bit different with a little more responsibility and who knew what could happen in a few months or even a year. Julie was just sick of living her life on hold. She told herself that she was done feeling sorry for herself and she was done letting others decisions affect her decisions. She hadn’t talked to Grant and she wasn’t sure if she ever would again honestly. There was part of her that still thought about him, yearned for his touch on those lonely nights, but she couldn’t allow herself to be consumed by that.

If he wanted time to figure out his next move, Julie could have respected that, but she wasn’t going to sit here waiting for something that as months passed, she wasn’t even sure was going to happen. She cared about him a lot. She maybe even let herself believe that they might have had a future together if things didn’t get messy, but even against the best of efforts it had come out that way and she just didn’t know what else there was to do. She started on her usual tasks of making sure the reporters had what they needed, that she had gotten the coffee and doughnuts and stuff all set up. “Another glorious morning…”, she mumbled to herself.

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Grant McDolley
 Posted: Oct 10 2017, 05:42 PM
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Life had been a bit of a rollercoaster for Grant. First, his marriage fell apart, then he screwed up the one good thing left in his life, then he got himself checked into rehab for one hell of a drinking problem, and finally finalized his divorce. And all in the span of a couple of months. That had to have been some sort of record. But rehab brought him some clarity. And oddly enough the divorce he had been avoiding was what set his free. In the month he was there he learned how to cope with a number of things like people's opinions of him and the urge to control everything. It didn't matter what people thought of his failed marriage, and it shouldn't. If they had issues with it, then that was their problem. It had nothing to do with his ability to do his job, and he finally was able to compartmentalize those thoughts and keep them separate. Though he didn't think he would ever stop drinking entirely, he was happy to say he didn't drink to cope any longer.

After being gone for over a month, Grant was pleased to hear he still had his job, though he knew they couldn't really fill it when the boss told him to go to rehab... His anxiety was on overdrive, despite all the breathing and other techniques he was trying. Seeing Julie again had him all worked up. Purposely, he got to work earlier than usual to avoid a scene. He didn't want to be noticed yet so he sat in his office, door closed. Shuffling through paperwork could only last so long before he grew bored and curious, and decided to venture out. Only one person had seen him, and they looked surprised and immediately stiffened up. It was only a matter of minutes before the entire floor was buzzing. The energy completely shifted and he could feel it. Did he really put people on edge this way? He knew he had a certain presence about him, and he used to like being feared, but now it was a bit uncomfortable and painfully noticeable. He retreated back into his office, a bit rattled at that point. His eyes landed periodically on the bar in his office, but he resisted. "You don't need it," he mumbled to himself.

Two hours passed and the tension was still evident in the air. But all he could focus on at that point was that he hadn't seen Julie walk by his office, he hadn't heard her sweet voice down the hall. It was enough to break a man, and Grant broke, caved completely. The text he sent her was short and he hoped sweet: Having one hell of a first day back... but hearing your laugh or seeing your smile would make it better. Was it too much? Before he could truly second guess it he sent it. After reading it once more it dawned on him how completely wrong it was to send that after what happened with them. He couldn't just jump back into things the way they were, that wasn't how life worked.

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Julie Annabella Callahan
 Posted: Oct 12 2017, 03:05 AM
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Julie had gotten through the harder part of her morning before she disappeared to catch a breath. She had been too busy running about to pay much attention to the buzz. Once she sat down in the chair, she looked at her phone, scrolling through her Facebook feed when all of sudden she looked out the window and that’s when she saw it. She was so close to dropping her phone but she managed to hold onto it. She saw the familiar car in the spot that had been empty for the longest time and that was when it hit her. He was here…He was back. She felt her chest beginning to tense up a bit when she heard her text notification go off. She looked down at her phone and saw the number. While she had deleted the contact, she had seen that number enough times to know that it was him.

She read the message and about threw her phone at the wall. She calmed herself and debated whether to text him back or not. She wanted to ignore it, but she also wanted to tell him off too. She looked at the phone and started typing. [i]‘Can’t. Busy. But have a good first day back.’[/b] She lingered for a few moments more before getting back to work. Her friend Becky came to her in the midst of her scrambling to do things and asked her if she would take these forms in to Grant’s office for her and if she’d see what he wanted to do about lunch. Before Julie could protest, Becky was on her way. She brought the envelope over her face, taking a deep breath and letting it out. Maybe she could just drop them off and he’d be on a call or something and she could just get in and out.

Julie headed towards his office and knocked on the door. “Becky got busy and asked if I would drop these updates off to you and if you wanted to have us get your lunch or if you were going to?” She kept minimal eye contact and her words were short and to the point. She could feel herself starting to get upset all over again but she wouldn’t show it. Not to him.

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