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Still posting from that “Steampunk Thing.” The first draft isn’t done yet and I’m hoping that this will keep me motivated to keep at it.
(Apologies for any language usage that’s anachronistic. I’ll deal with that once the first draft is done.)
This picks up from last week.
She chuckled. “You’ll be up close and personal with them soon enough, and may well wish you’d never heard of them by the time we’re through.”
She slid the paper across the desk to me. “Employment contract. Take some time to look over it and if there’s anything you’d like to discuss or change, feel free to ask me about it.”
I glanced at the paper, not quite sure what to do or say. I’d never had a job that was much more than day work, certainly not anything long term enough to require a contract, and all I could do was hope to not make myself look a fool. The pay rate was spelled out at the top of the paper, and I relaxed a bit; at least I knew what that was. But below it was a confidentiality notice and I paused to read it; never having seen one before I had no way of knowing if it was something normal or not, but it seemed pretty straightforward. Basically I was not to talk about any of the things I saw or worked on with the airship. That made sense, I supposed; I’d done enough reading about them to know that inventors could be quite secretive about their creations. At the bottom were two lines. She’d already signed on one of them.
“Might I borrow your pen, Mrs. Madison?”