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Author's Note: What is being done with the Owen storyline could be brilliant or it could be tragic. For the purpose of this story he really did leave her. Also, Grayson is committed to not being Jane's rebound.
Jane's eyes flickered between the elevator door and her cell phone's screen. She wasn't usually bothered by being late to work, no one ever seemed to mind. Kim had made a remark once, something about being a partner and Jane having to do what she said, but she hadn't really meant it. Jane simply needed to spend as much time at work as she could. Her entire life seemed to be in a holding pattern since she and Grayson returned from Stanford. Owen was nowhere to be found, and frankly she didn't want to find him. He left her incredibly embarrassed and she was pretty sure that the resulting anger wouldn't subside in the foreseeable future. She was just going to focus on work and pull her life back together, it made everyday a little easier. The doors slid open.
"Morning," Teri handed Jane her coffee. "Have you heard of Tory Hurst?"
"Mmmm, no. Why?" Jane asked as they made their way to her office.
"Parker sent her to you. Her record company's suing her. She's in your office."
"What'd she do?" Jane asked, while nursing her cup of joe. She glanced inside and saw long, brown hair.
Teri took her position at her desk and handed Jane Tory's file, "she came out."
Jane arched her eyebrow, her curiosity had been piqued, for the first time in weeks. She entered her office quickly. Before she could introduce herself Tory stood and turned towards her.
"Yes, hi. I'm sorry I'm late," she said as she set her things down. She extended her hand. "I didn't know I'd be meeting with you. Tory Hurst?"
"Tor. Nice to meet you," she smiled as she shook Jane's hand. Jane motioned for her to sit.
"So how can I help you?"
"I need you to keep my record company from taking back every penny I've earned."
Jane took in Tory's form as she answered. She had a delicate heart shaped face, with stunning green eyes; she stood about three inches taller than Jane. Her dark wavy hair fell well past her shoulders and complimented her warm beige skin. She wore black skinny jeans with distressed ankle boots, and a teal blouse that was cut dangerously low. She wasn't terribly thin, if Jane had to guess she'd say Tory was a size ten.
"I came out six months ago and they weren't happy about it. They knew I was gay when they signed me, but now they're saying that I am misrepresenting the company and hurting their sales. So their suing me…bastards." She chewed on her lip and shook her head in frustration.
Jane processed for a moment. "Tory-"
"Tor." Tory asserted.
"Tor, I'm your girl," Jane fixed her gaze and smiled a confident smile.
The brunette sighed, relieved, and rose to her feet. "Thank you. You're an angel."
Jane walked her to the door and held it open for her. "I will call you when I know something."
"Okay," Tory patted Jane's shoulder with a look Jane could only identify as sympathy. "I hope you're brilliant, 'cause they're coming for me."
"I am." Jane half shrugged with mock self importance then giggled.
Tory beamed at the noise and let her hand fall to squeeze Jane's hand as a farewell. She strode away from Jane and a blatantly eavesdropping Teri.
"She can come to my window anytime." Teri said as she sat back down in her chair.
Jane looked at Teri incredulously.
"What? She's hot. I wanna look like that when I grow up."
"She's twenty four sweetie." Jane chuckled.
"Still. And don't think I didn't see how she laughed at your lame joke."
"What joke?" Jane asked.
Teri exaggerated Jane's confident shrug and imitated her response to Tory. "Yeah I am brilliant!" Followed by a wink and car salesman smile.
Jane looked at her for a moment, face expressionless. "Shut up."
She flipped her hair and walked back into her office.