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Syeesha smiled. “We haven’t discussed pay.”
Jade leaned back in her chair. “Of course. The position pays between thirty and thirty-five. How much are you making now?” “I’m sorry, but Ray said...” Syeesha paused.
Jade followed her eyes to the glint from her ring bouncing off the silver service tray and casting another rainbow. She’s uncomfortable talking about money, Jade thought. Especially with someone who appears to have so much of it. She’ll just assume when Ray said fifty a year that he was mistaken.
“I’m willing to go high,” Jade said. “Thirty-five annually?”
Syeesha locked her eyes back on Jade’s. “Ray said the job pays between seventy and seventy-five.”
“I could’ve sworn.” Syeesha frowned. “Pretty sure I don’t remember hearing thirty to thirty-five.”
Jade swallowed hard. “Forty.”
“I’m no good at this whole negotiating thing,” Syeesha said, “but I just think with all the flexibility that I’ll need to have, working for possibly two people instead of one, and all the... assets I bring—you know, education level, professional experience. I think sixty-five is appropriate.”
Jade sucked in a deep, measured breath. If she hadn’t already sifted through three dozen résumés and endured interviews with completely inept candidates, she would’ve called Syeesha’s bluff and told her to hightail it back to East Flatbush. But the girl was as close to perfect as she’d ever find.
“Sixty,” Jade snapped. “And I won’t discuss it further.”
About the Author:
Formerly a security police office in the U.S. Air Force, Rhonda exchanged her M16 for a laptop. When she is not writing, she enjoys playing with her Chihuahua, practicing Zumba, eating dark chocolate, and reading unabashedly romantic books!
She is currently writing a family drama and a romance novel.
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