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“So give it to me straight Marshall. What are my options here?” Wendy asked fidgeting uncomfortably in the seat across from Marshall’s desk. The realization coming down on her that she would not be able to get out of this without giving Bette something.
Marshall leaned back in his seat and clasped his head behind his head “No judge is going to dismiss this contract. And the suit claims she has made you quite a bit of money from investing your earnings and has the financial statements to prove it. The suit also claims she helped secure funding for your current warehouse. All these services she is asking for fair compensation which she believes five million is fair”
Wendy shakes her head “This is fucking ridiculous. I gave her everything. She never wanted for anything”
Marshall sighs “Wendy she quit her job and gave up her independence to be with you. You two had a domestic partnership for 10 years and you even registered it with the state which her lawyer has submitted paperwork to terminate. Tina Kennard is going to eat us alive if we go to court with this. Now we still have the motion to dismiss and the hearing has been set for next Wednesday but the judge will most likely dismiss the motion”
“So you are saying I should settle?..Is there anything else that can be done”
“I suggest we schedule a mediation and have them meet us here after the motion to dismiss hearing. We put everything out in the table and counter their figure”
Wendy sighs and sits back in her chair. “I’m fucked aren’t I?”
Marshall nods “Pretty much. Had this contract not been submitted we could have fought this out. But there really is no way in getting around this so the least you will be out is what was owed in this contract. We can negotiate the rest”
Wendy leaned back in her chair tilting her head to look up at the ceiling. She closed her eyes with her mind thinking how Bette stood by her side for ten years never asking for anything from her other than her love which she never gave her in return like she wanted. She made her an extremely rich woman by investing her earnings from her fashion line and never asked for anything in return. She did it out of love and devotion. Wendy knew Bette had always been faithful to her. Somewhere along the way Wendy fell out of love with her but kept her around for her own selfish gain. Bette at least deserved something out of all this so this was her chance to do something for Bette. She sighs as she looks at Marshall