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Phoenix Wright ([personal profile] darkageofthelol) wrote in [community profile] boxolawyers2015-06-14 01:59 pm

Down the rabbit hole...

Initiating neural handshake in 30 seconds. 29... 28... 27...

[They must be desperate, Phoenix thinks as he glances sidelong at Klavier. This is the third time they've thrown the pair together since learning they were drift compatible. (And boy, wasn't that a surprise, not least of all to Phoenix and Klavier themselves. Phoenix recalls their first sparring session, which he assumed would end in disaster, or at least mutual frustration. Instead, it ended in mutual bewilderment. The only other times Phoenix had been able to not only predict someone's every move with such accuracy but have his actions anticipated in equal measure were his training sessions with Edgeworth, who'd since climbed the ranks to Marshall.)

With two failed attempts under their belts, one would think the field division would be focusing its attention on pilots who at least get along, thus ensuring a chance at completing a neural handshake.

The fact is, though, they are desperate, and everyone knows it. The last battle came at a high cost, killing two and injuring several more. It would be ridiculous not to exhaust every resource, even at the risk of a third failure.

23... 22.... 21...

Phoenix lets out a lengthy sigh and turns to Klavier with a resigned smile.]

So... Here we are again.
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[personal profile] achtungbaby 2015-06-15 02:42 am (UTC)(link)
[ The smile Klavier returns is wry; it's dry and mocking and holds the farce of being similar to the kind of smile one friend would give another right before telling an inside joke. But there are no inside jokes between him and Herr Wright--

(And he is still, stubbornly, "Herr Wright". He is not "Phoenix", because "Phoenix" implies familiarity, the kinds of which Klavier is determined not to have with the man standing next to him.)

--but there can't be any inside jokes between him and Herr Wright, because they spend their alone time avoiding each other, and any time they're forced together, they're never alone. Which, sometimes, Klavier finds ridiculously funny -- that the PPDC is basing so much time and effort on the drift compatibility of two people they don't trust to leave alone in a room.

Perhaps this time those so-called "trust exercises" will have cured us, ja?

[ He doubts it. They didn't work the first time -- not that Klavier was expecting them to. Sure, they might look compatible on paper (which is baffling in and of itself. He'd expected to be compatible with Daryan, or with the new recruit with the large forehead. But they'd called his name and Herr Wright's name and Klavier had raised an eyebrow because surely the Marshall knew what putting the two of them together meant. Turns out, the only thing Klavier hadn't been able to predict was the two of them matching blow for blow.) but reality is often different than ideas written down on paper.

He wonders how many times they will have to do this before they prove their incompatibility.

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[personal profile] achtungbaby 2015-06-23 03:31 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Klavier does not have a lot of sway within the confines of the PPDC which, of course, only makes sense. He might be a rockstar, yes, and whatever sway he might possibly have within the confines of the law are sort of null and void when it comes to the PPDC.

That doesn't mean he hadn't tried, doesn't mean he hadn't made his way into the Marshall's office after the second failed drift, after they continued to put them through supervised trust exercises so that they could try a third time, so that he could ask why. Why are they continuing to push him and Herr Wright together when they know they're not compatible, he and Herr Wright could have told you that personally, why are you continuing this farce, Marshall Edgeworth you of all people should know why this isn't going to work --

But all that had gotten him was sent out of the Marshall's office and another round of trust exercises.

It wasn't until much later that he'd had it explained to him. That drift compatibility came in level of degrees and yes, he was compatible with Daryan as well as a number of other people, but he was the most compatible with Herr Wright and, after so many failed attacks with the kaiju, they can't afford to send people into Jaegers to fight if they're not under a certain comparability level.

Which, again, makes sense on paper, but perhaps not so much in reality.

Ja, [ Klavier holds back a sigh. It's clear he doesn't believe that the third drift will be any luckier than the second. ] So they say.