new grooves (carve ‘em into your skin)
When a genetically modified dinosaur single-handedly presses pause on her life, Claire:
Confronts some truths;
Finds a hobby;
Strikes up a new (sort of) friendship;
Becomes a dog owner; and
Gets a second kiss.
In that order.
Or how the Indominus rex was actually a blessing in disguise.
I wish to formally notify you that I am resigning from my position as Senior Assets Manager of Jurassic World. My last day of employment will be ___________ as per my obligations under the terms of my employment contract.
I appreciate all of the opportunities and professional support given to me during my tenure at Masrani Global Corporation. It has truly been a remarkable and enjoyable ___________ years, and I wish you and the company all the success in the future.
If I can be of any assistance during this transition, please let me know. I would be more than happy to lend my services wherever they are needed.
Claire Elizabeth Dearing
She remembers drafting that letter, has a surprisingly vivid recollection of sitting hunched over her laptop at two in the morning (twelve hours after Simon had called to offer his hearty congratulations, his enthusiastic “You’re hired!” still ringing in her ears), clacking away at the keyboard as some inane infomercial played in the background, a mug of chamomile tea growing cold at her elbow.
It hadn’t been hubris or an inflated ego that had compelled Claire to write the letter when she had. As far as she knew, lucrative offers weren’t skulking in the shadows somewhere, waiting to jump her when she least expected it, seducing her with six-figure salaries and too-good-to-be-true benefits. Simon had already been taking a gamble by hiring her.
No, it had simply been part of a contingency plan (because preparing for worst-case scenarios is what Claire does best) should Simon’s vision for Jurassic World turn out to be a complete nonstarter. Not that she’d lacked faith in the venture.
(Okay, she’d had her doubts. But given the lousy track record of its predecessor, who wouldn’t?)