samuraiprosecutor: (Brooding)
samuraiprosecutor ([personal profile] samuraiprosecutor) wrote in [community profile] boxolawyers2012-08-08 05:07 pm

[RL] In honor of the earthquakes we had over the past 24 hours...

Who: Phoenix, Edgeworth
What: Earthquaaaaaaaaake!
Where: Los Angeles, CA - The courthouse
When: DDD-verse, pre-relationship.
Warnings: None as far as we know!

Edgeworth lingered in the restroom during the recess, wasting what was for him an unusual amount of time on simple actions like washing his hands and rinsing his face with ice cold water. Unlike some people, he didn't find anything calming in the routine activities. If anything they only bought him a few extra minutes to perform the mental wrangling that was required to rein in his thoughts.

He didn't hate Wright anymore, but by god, there were days when he could remember all too well how it felt. Standing across from him in court was a singular experience. Some days it brought the most exhilarating feeling he'd ever known.

Other days, like this one, he ended up desperate for a way to bring Wright's endless arguments to a screeching halt at almost any cost. There would never be another opponent capable of burrowing under his skin with such vicious and completely unconscious efficiency.
attorneyatlol: (come again?)

[personal profile] attorneyatlol 2012-08-09 12:31 am (UTC)(link)
The feeling was entirely mutual.

With a sigh, Phoenix gave his client a weary smile and politely excused himself. Although things had been looking up for them, strange twists of fate had taught him time and again not to count his chickens before they'd hatched, so this current turnaround shouldn't have been wholly surprising.

Except for the part where it was.

Phoenix rubbed his temples in a vain attempt to alleviate his headache. His throat was dry from shouting, his hands aching from repeatedly slamming the desk, his whole body exhausted from waging war in the courtroom. This was one of the most trying cases he'd had in a while, and Edgeworth was in true form, beating down his objections at every turn. They were so close to uncovering what seemed like the truth before, he could taste it, and then his client had to open his mouth, had to say that one, little thing that only the murderer could have known...

And then all hell had broken loose. He and Edgeworth were on the front lines, on opposite sides of a bloody battle, and there was more yet to come.

Phoenix still believed in his client. In fact, there was no doubt in his mind that he was innocent. There had to be a reason he knew what he knew, but questioning him in the lobby hadn't gotten Phoenix anywhere but Psyche Lock City. Without that information, Phoenix knew more than anyone that, if he was going to prove his client's innocence to the judge, he was going to have to prove it to Edgeworth first, and so far, all of his efforts were proving futile.

With another sigh, he walked into the men's restroom. He didn't notice Edgeworth standing at the sink until he was halfway in, when he caught a glimpse of the prosecutor's weary face in the mirror.

He paused then, staggering for a moment as he thought about whether walking out now would be too foolish, and looked from the mirror to the door and back.
attorneyatlol: (Excuse me?)

[personal profile] attorneyatlol 2012-08-09 01:41 am (UTC)(link)
If Phoenix had the opportunity, he would have gladly chosen a different restroom. Why the courthouse supplied separate lobbies for the defense and prosecution yet insisted on a communal bathroom was beyond him. Didn't they know uncomfortable encounters like this were bound to happen? Geez...

He saw the glare aimed at him when his gaze landed on Edgeworth again, and he allowed pettiness to get the best of him by putting all his frustration into returning the look. Going so far as to afford the man an unnecessarily wide berth as he passed, he promptly headed to the first stall without a word.
attorneyatlol: (wh-huh??)

[personal profile] attorneyatlol 2012-08-09 03:29 am (UTC)(link)
By the time Phoenix got to the stall, he'd paused with an inward sigh. Maybe if he just talked to Edgeworth, they could put their heads together and come to some sort of conclusion without resorting to shouting matches again. Maybe they could return to the courtroom with cool, clear heads and solve this by working together, like they'd done the last few times, the way that always worked out best.

The way they both probably really wanted to solve it, even in this case.

He was about to turn and suggest as much, before Edgeworth's words effectively stopped his train of thought.

Brow furrowed, Phoenix turned to him with a questioning look instead. "What...?"
attorneyatlol: (Please don't do this...)

[personal profile] attorneyatlol 2012-08-09 04:01 am (UTC)(link)
Phoenix willed himself to relax, having braced himself for an argument. Not that he was thrilled to be having this discussion at the moment, but he was at least relieved that Edgeworth's accusatory tone had subsided.

He turned on his heel to face him, sighing. "Trusting them is all I can do, sometimes," he replied, echoing the words Mia had drilled into him. He cast his gaze to the floor. "How can we give them a fair trial if I don't? Even with the evidence stacked against them, if there's even the shadow of a doubt..." He trailed off and shook his head, leaning some of his weight onto the stall as he lifted his gaze again. "Besides, can you really ask me that without asking yourself the same thing?"
attorneyatlol: (well...)

[personal profile] attorneyatlol 2012-08-10 03:19 am (UTC)(link)
"Yes," was the emphatic reply. Perhaps a little too emphatic, Phoenix realized as soon as it left his mouth. He lifted his hands in an effort to smooth it over, before Edgeworth could respond. "I mean... Look, don't get me wrong. What happened in there was a major curveball. I don't think anybody expected it," least of all me, he silently added, "but we can't overlook the fact that virtually every other piece of evidence points towards that witness. I just..." He shook his head, frustrated, tired. "There's a reason he's not telling me why he knows what he knows. I just haven't been able to get it out of him, yet."
attorneyatlol: (sigh)

[personal profile] attorneyatlol 2012-08-10 03:26 am (UTC)(link)
"I'm trying," Phoenix assured him. "But there isn't enough time to gather evidence. I don't even know if there's enough time to hash this out in court."

Had he mentioned he hated the three day trial limit? Because he hated the three day trial limit.
attorneyatlol: (Hmmmmm...)

[personal profile] attorneyatlol 2012-08-10 03:51 am (UTC)(link)
That was what Phoenix wanted to hear. At once, he could feel some of the tension leaving his neck and shoulders, and his expression reflected the change. The look he gave Edgeworth was much less haggard and much more focused now.

He rubbed his chin thoughtfully. "If only we had some sort of diversion..."
Edited 2012-09-27 01:45 (UTC)
attorneyatlol: (is that a rabbit in your pocket)

[personal profile] attorneyatlol 2012-09-27 09:03 pm (UTC)(link)
"Well, not exactly, but I... er..." Phoenix trailed off when he felt the room begin to sway. At first, he thought it was his imagination (maybe he was more exhausted than he thought), but a quick survey of the stall doors swinging lightly back and forth disproved that theory. He knew then that it was an earthquake.

His gaze immediately snapped back to Edgeworth, eyes wide, just as the full force of the quake hit and shook the restroom from the ground up.
attorneyatlol: (what do you mean on my knees?)

[personal profile] attorneyatlol 2012-10-01 04:47 pm (UTC)(link)
"Edgeworth!" Phoenix dropped to the ground next to him, grabbing onto the sink for balance. Although he anticipated this sort of reaction--and, in fact, had been witness to it on at least two occasions--it never ceased to alarm him.

Unsure of what to do, he fisted his free hand into Edgeworth's jacket, if only to let the other man know he was there. The room continued to shake for at least twenty seconds, the stall doors to slamming shut repeatedly.