at one‘s peril
A Persistent Female Lawyer
The female lawyer I knew was perpetually pestering judges to have periodic lunches with her. I am sure she thought this was permissible, but everyone else was sure she was going heavy on the perfume and female persuation tactics to gain some extra favor at all of their peril. So my friends and I decided to gain some pertinent information about her case history to see if it might reveal if her persistent behavior had had any actual effect.
We were surprised to learn that it had. In periodical reports we found out that she was always winning cases with the judges she took to lunch. We knew our future as lawyers would blossom like the petals on a rose if we could prove this, but we also realized that our future could perish if we went after the judges and failed. So I decided to drop my case dealing with pesticide control and focus on a petition that would show all proof pertaining to what we had found. My work would have to near perfection if I wanted to succeed.
The case permeated my life for weeks. Whenever I was perplexed by what I had found I persevered to the perfection that I had sought. I did not want to persecute this female lawyer——I wanted to send her and the judges to jail. Then they would not call me a pest and know that it was their own actions that brought about their peril.
I won the case. The female was barred from practicing law and the four judges she had influenced all went to prison! I am, by the way, also a woman!