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One of Every Color
Phoenix got in a few extra hours of sleep before deciding it
was time to go.He showered, cleaned up
the whiskey glasses, and after some scrounging unearthed clean sheets to cover
the bed with.He felt a little guilty
about eating Miles' food, though, and finally decided on just a ripe banana to
take with him.I'm sure he won't mind if I borrow an umbrella, too.It's still pouring.
He paused at the kitchen
table, staring down at the extra key that had been left for him.He picked it up with hesitant fingers.
It's just a key,Phoenix told himself.It's not supposed to mean anything.But he couldn't help but feel it was a
gesture of some kind, the way Miles had let him stay.As if they were already a couple, catching a
few moments of pleasure in between their busy lives….
Phoenix shook his head as he headed for the door.Edgeworth was right--I
don't know what to expect.But so
what?We're together now.
Phoenix received plenty of scolding from his female guests
upon his return.They were already
rummaging through his cupboards for snacks, quite disappointed with his
selection of instant dinners and stale chips.He managed to escape them just long enough to change his clothes, but
then they were at him again, determined to continue their "cheering
up" from the day before.When he
mentioned he would have to leave again for lunch that afternoon, they would
have none of it.
"We came all the way out
here to see you, you know," Maya told him, her fists balled at her
sides."So you ditch us all night
and now you're leaving again?No way--we're coming with you."
boring," Phoenix tried to persuade her otherwise."Grown up food.Work talk.I'll take you and Pearl out
when I get back."
Pearl pursed her lower lip, looking wounded."But we want to be with you, Mr.
can I argue against that?
At last Phoenix gave in."All right, all right.You can come with me."
The girls cheered, and busied
themselves with finding the umbrellas at the back of his closet.Phoenix sighed.So much for our romantic
It took an extraordinary
amount of courage to step through the doors of the police station that
day.Even with Maya and Pearl at his side Phoenix couldn't help but feel nervous.Several pairs of eyes swiveled toward the
guests with uneasy reproach.I guess I can't blame them, Phoenix thought glumly as a uniformed officer glared at them
as they passed.I caused a lot of trouble for the police.
One of the side rooms seemed
inordinately busy, and his curiosity drove him to glance through the open
door.A glimpse of orange prison
jumpsuit made his heart skip before he saw the identity of the thin woman wearing
was seated at the center of the room, surrounded by officers and several
flashing cameras.She seemed to be
giving some kind of interview.
Her wide dark eyes darted
away from an unnerving question, and there caught sight of Phoenix in the hall.He froze, as if transfixed by the accidental contract.Seeing her now didn't bring up the anger and
injustice he thought he should have felt in seeing her again.He only felt…tight, and
Chassie bowed her head in wordless apology.
One of the reporters
noticed.He swung his camera toward the
defense attorney, but before he could get a single shot the door suddenly
slammed shut.Phoenix and the girls jumped at the percussion.
sorry, Pal," Gumshoe said with a shrug.He took his hand off the handle."Let's not get you mixed up with them today, huh?"
It was just nearing when Gumshoe ducked into the makeshift office to
report visitors.Miles quickly waved for
them to be brought back.He had spent
that morning up to his ears in papers, trying to make some kind of sense out of
the tiny space he'd been given as a temporary office.Much of the paperwork concerning his recent
cases had been lost in the fire, but he had backups and copies of all his older
cases.It was those he was most
Voices lifted in the hall,
murmuring anxiously, just before Gumshoe appeared in the door with Phoenix and his friends in tow.The defense attorney looked a little
rattled.It probably wasn't the best idea, asking him to come to the precinct at
a time like this, Miles thought with a frown.No one
on the force is happy with him right now.
But then their eyes met, and Phoenix straightened with a pleased smile, as if seeing Miles
made up for it.It was a little embarrassing.Miles cleared his throat."Thanks for coming."
"We're not letting Nick
out of our sight today," Maya informed him determinedly.She and Pearl each had a firm grip on one of his arms."He's been bullied enough--we're looking
out for him, at lunch or wherever else."
Their devotion was charming,
at least."That's fine," Miles
assured."You're all invited.You, too, Detective."
thing.You ready to go now,
about."Miles glanced down at his desk, and the
papers covering it.He hadn't expected
to have to do this with such an audience, and for a moment he considered
putting it off.No, I've wasted too much time already."Maya, do you mind if I borrow Wright
for a moment?It'll only take a minute."
She frowned at him, looking
rather put out, but when Phoenix
gave her hand a little shake she relented."I suppose so.Pearly and I
will wait outside."She released Phoenix's arm and turned to go."But don't think you can escape
"We'll be out in a
second," Phoenix promised."Look after Detective Gumshoe, won't you?"
Gumshoe grunted as he
followed the girls out of the office."I don't need lookin' after."
He closed the door behind
him, leaving the two lawyers alone in the office.You
asked for this, Miles told himself.Don't back down now."I'm sorry," he began."I know it must be a hassle for you,
braving the reporters just to meet me for lunch."
"It's okay," Phoenix quickly replied."I've got to get used to them some time."He smiled nervously."I think…I'm going to talk to them.I know you said not to, but I want them to
know the truth.It sounds stupid, but…."
Miles shook his head.He actually had been hoping Phoenix would come to that decision."The truth is for everybody.They have a right to know."
Phoenix nodded, grateful for his understanding.He stepped closer as Miles leaned back
against the edge of his desk."Gumshoe told me they've scheduled Chassie's
execution already," he said quietly.
"I don't know
yet."Phoenix shoved his hands in his pockets as he stopped just in
front of Miles."I've…never been to
few."None of them had been pleasant experiences,
of course, but Miles knew the importance of closure."I'll come with you, if you want."
"You will…?"Relief showed in Phoenix's face."All right."
They both paused, hesitating
awkwardly.Miles cleared his throat
again."The truth is," he said
slowly, "I asked you to come by because…I need your help.Do you remember a couple months ago, at the
train station?"The subtle
straightening of Phoenix's posture indicated he did."You told me that you'd changed."
"Yeah…."Phoenix watched him curiously."What about it?"
"I've been thinking
about it," Miles related."Among other things.And I've decided that it's just not true."He met Phoenix's gaze seriously, daring him to contradict."You haven't changed at all, not since
we were kids.And that's why you're the
only one I can trust with this now."
Phoenix stared back at him, confused but a little awed by his
declaration.Miles continued before he
could reply."You see, I was still
wrong," he confessed softly."I may have won this case, but that doesn't change the fact that I
wasn't able to find the truth back then.You were right about me--I would have put innocent people to death if
not for you.Honestly…I don't know that
I haven't already."
"Edgeworth…."Phoenix bit his lip, struggling to respond."It's not entirely your fault, you
know.With the police, and…and von
"I know, but it's still
my responsibility.And that's why I need
Miles reached back, sliding a
pile of folders to the front of his desk."These are records of my cases over the last few years," he
told Phoenix.He could see
the man's eyes widening in surprise as he gradually caught on."I already told the Chief that I can't
take any new cases for a while--not until I've gone through these, and made
absolutely sure that I was right.I…."He lowered his eyes
with a twinge of guilt."I can already
think of a few."
Phoenix shifted on his feet."You want me to reopen your old cases?" he asked
incredulously."Appeal another one?"
comes to that."Miles took a deep breath and lifted his gaze
once more.He didn't expect Phoenix to understand how hard this was for him, but he
hadn't been lying--Phoenix was the only defense attorney he trusted to work
through his atonement with him.He
hadn't been able to put it out of his mind since Phoenix accused him in his front hall the week before.Even if he was an honest attorney now, it
meant nothing if he chose to ignore the mistakes of his past.
"I know it's a lot to
ask," Miles went on."It'll
mean a lot of extra attention on Wright & Co. Law Offices for a while.But some of these people really are innocent,
and…at least I can pay you well."He smiled grimly."It's something
I have to do."
Phoenix nodded vaguely as he mulled over the proposal.He looked a little tired already, but slowly his
face took on an expression of understanding.Before giving his answer he leaned in, touching a gentle kiss to Miles'
right."He smiled, just as uncertain but also just as
determined."I'll help you, Edgeworth.We'll
make up for your past together."
Miles tensed; he hadn't
expected the rise of emotion Phoenix's acceptance created in him, and he wasn't sure how
to react.He lowered his head as his
voice grew thin."Thank
you…."It wasn't until then that he
realized just how much it meant to him after all.
Phoenix reached out, giving his hand a gentle squeeze."Come on," he said with a tug."Let's worry about lunch first.I'm sure if we explain it to them, Gumshoe
and Maya will want to help, too.Right?"
"Yes…."Miles pushed away from the desk.His hand was tight around Phoenix's right up until they reached the door.It was a small gesture, but something about
the thought of eating lunch all together like this, so casually with their
friends…it made Miles feel that they were each stepping, bit by bit, deeper
into each other's world.
He smiled to himself as they
finally let go of each other, and joined their friends in the hall.