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“Good morning,” Phoenix offered Edgeworth his hand.
“You call this morning? People are starting to eat lunch,” Edgeworth said. He walked ahead of Phoenix and led him up the courthouse steps. A few journalists and bloggers were there taking pictures and waving to try to get Edgeworth’s attention.
Phoenix was taken aback.
“Hurry,” Edgeworth said, “Pay them no heed.”
Inside the courthouse was crowded with journalists and camera crews trying to get information on whatever the ‘case of the century’ was this week. Edgeworth led him through the crowds and into a less traveled corridor. They went up a stairwell to the second floor and crossed an open gallery with statues and paintings celebrating justice and turned down another corridor where Edgeworth led him into a conference room.
Pearl was sitting at the
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“I have to see her!” Phoenix said.
“You will, tomorrow,” Edgeworth said.
They stood at the door to Phoenix’s building, Edgeworth ready to leave.
“You’re not lying to me, are you?”
“You have my word,” Edgeworth said.
“That doesn’t mean anything, you’ve been making and breaking promises all morning.”
“I will honor my word—but you have to give me a chance, Wright.”
Phoenix stared at him until he turned to go.
“Edgeworth,” Phoenix said, “Just how deeply is she involved with this?”
“That’s why we want to question her.”
“While she’s there…” Phoenix faded off. It was hard asking more from Edgeworth.
“I’ll look out for her Wright, I have been since this started.”
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"Daddy daddy daddy, all my life
Phoenix sat with his hands cupped over his mouth and nose. His eyes were still rimmed red with emotion. Edgeworth sat next to him on the woven bench, looking a little nervous—he wasn’t sure how to comfort his friend.
“Do you want coffee?” Edgeworth said,
Phoenix shook his head.
“I’m sorry,” Edgeworth said, “You know I have to take her into custody.”
“You said I could talk to her,” Phoenix said.
“She’s not talking to anyone anyway,” Edgeworth said.
Phoenix stared at him, angry, hurt, worried, and Edgeworth could only meet him with the same frown he normally wore.
Phoenix stood after a while and went outside to pace in the brisk air. He shuddered in the cold, having left his coat with Maya, but he seemed to calm down.
“Nick!” He paused and looked up to se
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“Wright,” Edgeworth said, “It doesn’t mean anything. I’m sure she’s fine.”
Phoenix shook his head, “Let me go!”
“Stop,” Edgeworth said.
Gumshoe dismounted and moved closer to the two lawyers.
“Wright,” Edgeworth said, “Calm down. This just means she’s near here.”
“NO!” Phoenix said, “You just want to arrest her! You don’t even know what’s happened and you want to throw her in jail!”
“WRIGHT!” Edgeworth said just before Phoenix pulled away from him and in doing so, knocked him down. Gumshoe went to pick Edgeworth out of the snow, while Phoenix ran down a narrow embankment.
He came around a bend in the path so fast he nearly fell off of the cliff. He had to grab a branch from the tree to stop himself from falling but now he was stuck on very narrow footing and the only thin
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The police had arrived in spurts and by the time everyone had gathered, the small village was overwhelmed with police cars and trucks, policemen, volunteers, horses and dogs. Phoenix stood back, watching as Edgeworth gave orders to a circle of men.
“Phoenix Wright, I presume?”
Phoenix startled and when he looked at his recent companion, he looked surprised.
“Yeah it’s me, Pal,” Gumshoe said.
“Didn’t recognize you with all that fancy talk,” Phoenix chuckled.
“I can be sophisticated, pal,” Gumshoe said slightly deflated.
“Oh okay,” Phoenix said and he turned and stared absently out into the crowd. He could feel the big detective’s presence nearby, but he was too worried to carry on an idle conversation.
After several minutes—
(it felt like hours)
—Edgeworth returned. He was scowling worse t
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“This is why you wanted to come to Kurain!?” Phoenix pointed a finger in Edgeworth’s direction.
“I don’t need you to come out here,” Edgeworth said, “But you asked me for a ride and I gave you one. That is all!”
“But Maya? Come on!” Phoenix said.
Edgeworth pursed his lips and started to pace, “I’m still investigating the matter,” he said, “Right now everything fits into the logical conclusion that Maya had a grudge against this acolyte and murdered her before running off.”
“But it’s Maya! You know Maya!” Phoenix said.
“I haven’t completely ruled out the possibility that the death was accidental or even suicide perhaps, but the more we find the more this screams ‘murder’. I don’t want to believe it of her, but people change Wright, and the truth isn’t always the thing you want t
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It was very early in the morning when they arrived at Kurain Village. Phoenix led Edgeworth toward Fey Manor unable to hide his concern.
Pearl was still awake, and she had dark circles under her eyes and her face looked drawn and weary.
“I only have one room left,” she said, so you’ll have to share.
She glanced at Edgeworth who was trying very hard to stifle a yawn, “I hope that’s acceptable.”
“It’s fine,” Phoenix said, “It’s only a couple of hours until morning.”
“It is morning,” Edgeworth said and he accepted a pillow and some blankets from Pearl.
She handed another pillow and more blankets to Phoenix, “It can get pretty chilly in that room. We use it for meditation, mostly.”
Phoenix took Pearl by her shoulder with his free arm and hugged her, “Don’t worry Pearls we’ll get to the bottom
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And I said to her
“Trucy you know I will always be there for you, no matter what. But life is something we learn on our own.”
Phoenix put the phone down after they said their goodbyes. Trucy was laughing again by the time the conversation was over. He was relieved.
By now it was ridiculously late, and Phoenix went into his room to dress down for sleeping, when the phone rang again.
Maybe it was Edgeworth finally answering his call. But then, of course it wasn’t.
Phoenix stared at the caller ID on the screen. Instead of a name, it read, ‘unknown’ and suddenly he was reluctant to answer.
“This is Phoenix Wright,” he said into the handset.
The voice seemed far away and was fading in and out in waves of static, but he recognized her voice anywhere.
“Pearls! Hey, kid! Ho
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Athena called in, she was going to a Psychology workshop with Simon. With Trucy and Apollo gone the place was quiet. He’d shoved his papers aside and leaned over his desk with his chin on the surface while he made his stapler attack another pencil.
He was so bored and so… empty.
It took several minutes for him to realize that he’d found the most ridiculous way to waste time. He sat up and picked up the phone.
Edgeworth didn’t answer.
Phoenix put his phone down. He loosened his tie and then pulled his jacket off and hung it over the back of his chair. He took off his vest next and then his tie. He took off his belt and undid several buttons from his white dress shirt.
He threw himself on the sofa and turned on the TV and after several minutes, fell asleep.
That night I called her and she said
It was late when he woke up bu