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Bridge to the Turnabout
Transcript
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Part 1 Part 2
February 9, 3:43 AM
Hotti Clinic
Intensive Care Unit

Phoenix:
I'm still up at this hour, reading through the trial record of a certain case. It's the first case my mentor, Mia, had ever handled in a court of law. The horrifying truth that I refuse to accept is holding me hostage here within its pages. Dahlia Hawthorne... What I have read, I don't want to believe. What is written here... This wasn't the Dahlia I knew. After falling into the Eagle River, I was somehow miraculously saved... But I ended up catching a cold that seemed to knock me around the world and back. I feel dizzy, my ears are ringing, my throat burns, and my head is on fire. But I will recover! I have to recover by this afternoon... I have to meet with the most ill-tempered witness imaginable. But I know that he will be able to help me... somehow!




February 9, 2:43 PM
Dusky Bridge

Edgeworth:
Wright... Are you sure you're well enough to be doing this? You still look a little green in the face.

Gumshoe:
Or maybe "viridian", in artist-speak.

Phoenix:
Actually, my fever has gone down quite a bit.

Gumshoe:
How's your temperature now?

Phoenix:
Only 102.2 degrees... Nothing to worry about. *cough* *cough*cough*cough* Anyway... I read today's trial record. You weren't bad, Edgeworth... Pretty impressive despite the circumstances.

Edgeworth:
We're not in the clear yet. The main point of contention tomorrow is going to be the murder weapon.

Phoenix:
Yeah...

Edgeworth:
In the end, the Shichishito did not deliver the deadly blow. Which means there must be another sword hiding out there that we don't know about...

Phoenix:
(Another sword, huh...)

Gumshoe:
Don't you worry about anything, pal! I'll dig up the murder weapon myself, or I'll eat my coat!

Phoenix:
...Thanks again, Edgeworth. I'll handle things from here.

Edgeworth:
Heh... That is probably for the best. Actually, I was thinking about paying the old precinct a little visit. There's something I want to look into...

Phoenix:
And that is...?

Edgeworth:
Our client's background, naturally.

Gumshoe:
You mean Iris, sir...?

Edgeworth:
I have the feeling that we've met before.

Phoenix:
...

Edgeworth:
All I want is confirmation, one way or the other. And since I probably won't be getting that from you...

Phoenix:
I'm sorry, Edgeworth...

Edgeworth:
I bid you adieu, Wright. ...Take care.

Gumshoe:
Guess I should get moving, too.

Phoenix:
Why? Do you need to be somewhere?

Gumshoe:
Yeah, I've gotta get to work on this bridge, pal. I'm rigging something up so we can get across to the other side.

Phoenix:
(Ack! That's right! Maya is still stuck over at the Inner Temple...)

Gumshoe:
But don't you worry, pal! As soon as it's all set, you'll be the first to know.

Phoenix:
Th-Thank you, Gumshoe! *cough*cough* *cough* *cough*cough*

Gumshoe:
No problem, pal. Just try not to give me that cough of yours, OK? Alright, I'm off!

Phoenix:
(Hang in there, Maya. We'll get you out. I promise. But in the meantime... I've got to continue collecting evidence!)





February 9
Heavenly Hall

Phoenix:
... (Looks like no one's here...) Larryyy! ... Lauriiice! ... (I was sure he'd be hiding here... Guess I'll try again later.)





February 9
Hazakura Temple
Main Gate

???:
Come on! Pleeease! It's for art's sake! I swear!

Phoenix:
(There's only one guy I know who could be this persistent and high-strung...)

Butz:
I'm talking about the heroine here! The heroine in my book. It'll make you famous. Aaagh!

von Karma:
...Enough! A fool's fool fools fools who foolishly accept the foolishness of a fool's fool. Wouldn't you agree... Phoenix Wright?

Phoenix:
Eh...? Wait a second... I-I know you... You're... Um... Oww!

von Karma:
Your reflexes and mind need to shape up!

Phoenix:
(My brain's frying like a sunny-side up and you want to grill me over a name!?)

Butz:
Franzy! You can't do that! Even as we speak, Nick's on the brink of death! ...Or so I'm told.

von Karma:
"Whip a dead horse!" Isn't that one of your American sayings?

Phoenix:
No, it's not! And I'm not on the brink of anything.

Butz:
Come on, Nick. Tell her, would you? She must model for my picture book, "Franzy's Whip Lash Splash: Simple & Magnificent"! Gaaah!

von Karma:
Before you ask me to model, learn to give at least semi-coherent testimony.

Phoenix:
And before that, you'll have to learn how to live a semi-coherent life, Larry.

Butz:
... I don't care what anyone says! I'm telling the truth! I saw what I saw! She flew, I'm telling you! Whooosh! Just like that dude with the red underwear! Don't think I'm gonna forgive you guys when you come crawling back to apologize!

Phoenix:
(*sigh* Off he goes...)

von Karma:
Phoenix Wright, it's been a year since we last met. A pleasure to see you again.







February 9
Hazakura Temple
Main Hall

???:
Hmmmaaaaaaaaaaaaah...

Phoenix:
(...That was one long sigh!) Umm... Sister Bikini?

Bikini:
My my my! I didn't know you were here! How are you doing? Wa ha. Wa ha ha ha ha ha ha! Hmmmaaaaaaaaaaaaah...

Phoenix:
Um, you don't have to pretend to be in a good mood for my sake...

Bikini:
I... I suppose I've made a terrible mess of things, haven't I? I let Mystic Elise die, and then there's Iris as well...

Phoenix:
("Mystic Elise"...? Now that I think about it... Hmm...)

Bikini:
There's an acolyte stuck at the Inner Temple... ...and that poor little girl has gone missing, too.

Phoenix:
That little girl...? Y-You don't mean Pearls... do you?

Bikini:
Yes, I'm afraid I do! She hasn't been seen since the morning after the incident.

Phoenix:
Pearls? She's missing!? (Why didn't someone tell me about this earlier!?)







February 9
Hazakura Temple
Courtyard

Phoenix:
(This is where Sister Bikini witnessed the incident. It's hard to imagine she was lying on the stand, so... ...maybe there are some clues that have yet to be found.)





Main Hall

???:
Heeeeeeeeeey!

Bikini:
Wh-What was that jarring, inconsiderately loud yell...?

Gumshoe:
So this is where you've been! Keeping nice and warm, I see!

Phoenix:
Detective! H-Have you finished repair--

Gumshoe:
The bridge!? Yeah, I did! I told you I'd let you know!

Bikini:
Well well well! Then I'll come along with you and...

Gumshoe:
Sorry, ma'am! No unauthorized entry. Access is restricted to people involved in the case.

Bikini:
What was that!? I'm involved, aren't I? You couldn't get much more involved than me!

Gumshoe:
Well yeah, but that's not what I mea-- Aaah!

von Karma:
It's been a while, Scruffy...

Gumshoe:
Y-You're...! Ms. v-v-v-v-v-v-Von Karmaaaaaaah!

von Karma:
Sister. Please, leave the investigation to me.

Bikini:
My my my. Well, you certainly seem to have everything under control!

von Karma:
I am on your side. I won't do anything you don't want me to.

Phoenix:
(...As you work to pin the guilt on Iris.)

von Karma:
What are you daydreaming about, Phoenix Wright!?

Phoenix:
OWW! That hurts, you know!

von Karma:
Silence! I, Franziska von Karma, will personally guide you through your investigation. So you will follow me!

Phoenix:
(...She's not seriously going to follow me around, is she...?)




February 9
Inner Temple Gate

Phoenix:
Things have certainly become a lot livelier than before.

von Karma:
They must have commenced with the investigation.

???:
Oh! ...Mr. Nick!

Phoenix:
(Th-That voice...) Pearls!

Pearl:
...Mr. Nick... Mr. Niiick!




Phoenix:
So you were here... ever since that night...

Pearl:
I was so lonely, I thought I was going to die! When I woke up in the morning and saw that Dusky Bridge was gone... I... I realized I was all alone.

Phoenix:
(She was all alone...?)

von Karma:
It must have been very trying for you, little girl.

Pearl:
Ah! You're...

von Karma:
I am Franziska von Karma, the Prodigy. There's no need to worry now that I'm here.

Pearl:
You're the prosecutor who was so mean to Mystic Maya last year.

von Karma:
Well...

Pearl:
I... I don't like you. You're nothing but a little girl without your whip!

von Karma:
...!

Pearl:
Mystic Maya didn't do anything wrong, but you were so mean! I'll never forgive you!

von Karma:
I... I...!

Phoenix:
(It looks like Pearls's words are getting under her skin...)

von Karma:
............

Phoenix:
Yeowwww! Why are you whipping me!? I didn't even say anything!

von Karma:
You didn't have to. The smile on your lips gave you away!

Phoenix:
A-Anyway... Pearls...? Weren't you with Maya?

Pearl:
Ah! ... I'm sorry! It's... It's all my fault!

Phoenix:
Huh!? What are you talking about, Pearls?

Pearl:
I... I... Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! Mystic Mayaaaaaaa!

Phoenix:
Hey, wait! Pearls! (She just ran off!) Oww!

von Karma:
That was cruel, Phoenix Wright. To make a little girl cry like that is inexcusable!

Phoenix:
(What was that all about? Pearls acting like that... It's giving me the creeps. I guess I'd better take another look around since I've finally got a chance! Especially since something about this place seems different from two days ago.)





February 9
Inner Temple
Training Hall

Phoenix:
...

von Karma:
What's wrong? Why are you so quiet?

Phoenix:
Maya... She was supposed to be in here training.

von Karma:
Yet, it appears she's nowhere to be seen.

Phoenix:
... (What's that...? That strange lock...? It wasn't there two days ago. This whole room is really giving off some strange vibes...)


???:
What took you so long? I thought even you'd manage to get here faster than this, Mr. Trite.

Phoenix:
P-Prosecutor Godot! I didn't know you were here.

von Karma:
Prosecutor?

Phoenix:
How come you didn't show up at the trial today?

Godot:
Ha...! I could ask you the exact same question.

Phoenix:
Huh? But I was... I had a cold, so...

Godot:
I had something slightly more important than a common cold to deal with. The importance of which is something you have no hope of ever understanding.

von Karma:
Enough! I believe I have the measure of you. You are the very worst kind of prosecutor. What could be more important than a trial?

Godot:
... Who's the wild mare, Trite?

Phoenix:
This is Ms. von Karma. She was the acting prosecutor in your absence today.

Godot:
Ha...! Well, I guess I owe you one then. But you can go now, princess. It's time for the big boys to take the reins.

von Karma:
Just who do you think you are!? This case is my...

Godot:
Hey, Filly. Know your role, and shut your mouth. I can't stand women like you. I'm only going to say this once, Lady von Whippingberg. Go home!

von Karma:
... Phoeeenix Wriiight!

Phoenix:
Wh-What are you hitting me for!?

Godot:
Ha...! You deserve more cracks of the whip than that, Trite.

Phoenix:
Wh-What!?

Godot:
You still don't get it, do you? You don't realize that you've set something in motion that you'll never be able to undo.

Phoenix:
(There's something different about Godot today... I'm getting such a strong sense of... something from behind that mask of his. Is it anger? Or... Is it... sorrow?)



Godot:
... So. I should be getting back to work.

Phoenix:
Wait, Godot! How sure about Maya are you?

Godot:
... There's no doubt in my mind. She's in the Sacred Cavern somewhere. It's the only place she could be.

Phoenix:
...

Godot:
You'd better start praying. You'd better pray that friend of yours brings the accused back here soon.

Phoenix:
(Edgeworth?)

Godot:
Listen up, Trite. There's only one thing I want to say to you before I go. I'll never accept you. Never.

Phoenix:
...!




von Karma:
You should choose your friends more carefully, Phoenix Wright.

Phoenix:
That's what everyone says. (It looks like I don't have much of a choice... I guess I'll just have to do what I can for now.)




Inner Temple Gate

???:
... I dunno... Should I... Or shouldn't I...?

Phoenix:
(Sound like someone's talking to himself, but where's that coming from?)

Gumshoe:
Yeah. I guess I better wash that off. That's what I'll do. No, but I can't do that. I'm a detective... ...Argh! My brain! This is driving me nuts! Aaaah!

von Karma:
Is something troubling you, Scruffy?

Gumshoe:
P-Please don't whip me like that all of a sudden, sir!

von Karma:
It was merely a simple greeting. A friendly tap on the shoulder... with my whip.

Phoenix:
So what's up, Gumshoe? Is something on your mind?

Gumshoe:
H-H-How did you know, pal!?

von Karma:
Perhaps you were trying to decided if you wanted to wash "that" off or not...?

Gumshoe:
H-H-How did you know, sir!? Oh! Yeah! I nearly forgot. You can't go through that little gate there, OK?

Phoenix:
Um... You mean the one that says "No Entry" on it?

Gumshoe:
... I... um... kinda already snuck in there!

Phoenix:
(Is he trying to be clever or something...?)

von Karma:
So what's behind there, Scruffy?

Gumshoe:
Huh? A kind of... garden-like garden.

Phoenix:
A garden?

Gumshoe:
Yeah. Anyway, it's under investigation right now, so keep out! I'm not telling you, I'm asking you, pal! You got me?

Phoenix:
(Isn't it normally the other way around?)

Gumshoe:
Well, see you later!




von Karma:
So... shall we adjourn to this garden, Phoenix Wright?

Phoenix:
(Of course! What else would we do? I really want to know what Gumshoe was thinking of washing off!)




February 9
Inner Temple
Garden

Phoenix:
...

von Karma:
There's a strange feeling in the air. I wonder what it is...

Phoenix:
(Strange feeling? Forget about that! What's that strange writing on the stone lantern?)

Gumshoe:
Aaah! What are you doing here, sir!? I thought I said you can't come in here!

von Karma:
Don't you know, Scruffy? A Von Karma will always show up wherever there is a clue! And there are plenty of clues to be found here.

Gumshoe:
B-But...







February 9
Hazakura Temple
Main Gate

von Karma:
It seems you have a visitor.

Iris:
Mr. Wright!

Phoenix:
Iris! I'm really glad to see you!

Edgeworth:
Godot managed to mobilize the police by claiming a state of emergency.

von Karma:
Not him again.

Phoenix:
Never mind him! We've gotta hurry and unlock the Sacred Cavern...

Iris:
I'm sorry, Mr. Wright! It's my fault someone so important to you is locked in there... Mr. Edgeworth. Can we finish our conversation later?

Edgeworth:
...Alright. Let's hurry to the Inner Temple then. ...I'll see you later, Wright.

Phoenix:
Holdit

Phoenix:
Wait, Edgeworth! I'm coming with you guys!

Edgeworth:
... Sorry, Wright. I can't allow you to come with us.

Phoenix:
What!?

Edgeworth:
I hate to be the one to break it to you, but... ...Maya Fey is in a rather... delicate position.

Phoenix:
What do you mean by a delicate position...?

Edgeworth:
... This isn't simply a rescue operation, Wright. It's also an investigation. That being the case... we can't allow members of the public to interfere.

Phoenix:
C-Come on, Edgeworth...

Edgeworth:
If anything happens, you'll be the first to know. ...Please understand, Wright.

Phoenix:
But it's Maya!

Iris:
Mr. Wright! All that matters is that Mystic Maya is rescued, correct?

Phoenix:
I...

von Karma:
Listen to the voice of reason for a change, Phoenix Wright.

Edgeworth:
From now on, consider anything beyond Dusky Bridge to be off limits. We'll be going now... Excuse us.




Phoenix:
... Aaack!

von Karma:
This is no time to be standing around, Phoenix Wright! Aren't there other things that demand your attention?

Phoenix:
... (She's right...) ...Thanks. For reminding me.




February 9
Hazakura Temple
Main Hall

Bikini:
...

Phoenix:
Sister Bikini looks like she's shrunk some since I last saw her...

von Karma:
Don't be so rude, Phoenix Wright. What's wrong, Sister Bikini?

Bikini:
My my my! Hello, you two! How are you doing? Wa ha. Wa ha ha ha ha ha ha! Hmmmaaaaaaaaaaaaah...

Phoenix:
(From the sound of that sigh, I guess she's still pretty down.)

Bikini:
Iris was just here, you know. She was accompanied by that handsome, crimson-clad prince!

Phoenix:
(Is she talking about Edgeworth?)

Bikini:
It was just a courtesy call. I wasn't allowed to talk with her at all. Oh dear. It's all my fault that this has happened. Poor Iris. She was worried about my back, would you believe? What have I done to her...?

von Karma:
Only what you had to do, Sister. You bravely and truthfully testified about what you saw. There's no shame in that. And we'll see to it that your testimony wasn't made in vain!

Bikini:
... Well, I don't hear anyone else saying that. ... ...... Mr. Blue-Suits doesn't seem to share your opinion, I see.

Phoenix:
Huh? Me? ...Ack!

von Karma:
*glare*

Phoenix:
O-Oh, yes! You did great, Sister Bikini. ...Absolutely spectacular!

Bikini:
*sniffle* You two are the only ones who've said that to meeee!

Phoenix:
(I can't shake the feeling that I just became a shill to a shrew.)

von Karma:
Do you have a problem, Phoenix Wright?

Phoenix:
(Sure, she was brave to testify so truthfully like that. But I know she's still hiding something. Guess it's time to break that Psyche-Lock of hers...)




Bikini:
...

von Karma:
Wh-What's happening?

Phoenix:
(I-It can't be...)

Bikini:
E-Earthquake!

Phoenix:
Aaaaaaaargh!

Bikini:
Oh my goodness! The Inner Temple! This kind of tremor might...

von Karma:
The Inner Temple?

Bikini:
The Sacred Cavern in the Training Hall! It might very well cave in!

Phoenix:
WH-WHAT!? MAYA!!!




von Karma:
It... It seems to have... passed...

Phoenix:
Well, we can't just stand here and do nothing! Let's go!

von Karma:
What? Where?

Phoenix:
To the Inner Temple, of course! Where else!?

von Karma:
...!

Phoenix:
Sister Bikini! We'll finish this later, alright!?

Bikini:
Of course. You run along now! People may have been hurt. I must get some first aid kits ready.

von Karma:
Come on then, Phoenix Wright! They won't bar you from entering as long as I'm with you.

Phoenix:
Th-Thank you... (Right at that moment, I had the worst feeling in my gut. We just had an earthquake... I wonder if he's alright...)

von Karma:
You look worried. ...Are you thinking about Miles Edgeworth?

Phoenix:
... Come on. Let's go!




Main Gate

Phoenix:
(We've gotta hurry to the Inner Temple and...)

Edgeworth:
...Wright!

Phoenix:
Aah! Wh-What are you doing here?

Edgeworth:
Gurgh... H-How could I have...? ...

von Karma:
How do you expect us to understand if you don't speak up!

Phoenix:
Yeooowww! Hey! Why am I the one getting whipped!?

Edgeworth:
Sh-She's gone...

Phoenix:
(N-No...!)

Edgeworth:
The defendant... Iris... She's... gone...

von Karma:
Gone where?

Edgeworth:
She fled... She escaped!

von Karma:
WHAT!?




Phoenix:
So... it was just now... during the...

Edgeworth:
...

Phoenix:
(It's easy to see Edgeworth's one and only weakness. His fear of earthquakes...)

Edgeworth:
I should've known better than to escort the defendant alone! As soon as the ground started shaking, everything went dark before my eyes and... ...I stupidly passed out!

Phoenix:
That incident... haunts you to this day, doesn't it?

Edgeworth:
... That's no excuse for letting the suspect get away... I can't believe I let it happen. Wright, the Inner Temple area is a dead end, so she only could've escaped to this side.

von Karma:
We haven't seen her.

Edgeworth:
Then we need to get a manhunt underway now, and search Eagle Mountain from top to bottom!

Phoenix:
Wait, Edgeworth. Have you thoroughly checked the Inner Temple yet?

Edgeworth:
Don't be ridiculous! Why would I? The Inner Temple is like an island. There's no way to escape but to cross...

Phoenix:
No, that's not it... Iris isn't the type of person to run away, Edgeworth.

Edgeworth:
What are you talking about?

Phoenix:
Sister Bikini mentioned something when we were with her. She said that the Sacred Cavern might've caved in because of the quake.

von Karma:
Then you think Iris might've gone to the Inner Temple to check on the situation...?

Phoenix:
Listen, Edgeworth. I'm sure she's at the Inner Temple. A manhunt is not necessary.

Edgeworth:
Wright...

Phoenix:
Let's not waste any more time. We need to get to the Training Hall's Sacred Cavern now!

Edgeworth:
... Alright. Let's go!




February 9
Inner Temple
Training Hall

Phoenix:
(Fortunately, the Sacred Cavern didn't cave in. But... What we found... ...was something none of us would've ever expected.)

5 TRICK LOCKS

Phoenix:
H-How can there be...

von Karma:
...Even more locks...

Phoenix:
(Wh-What is the meaning of this...!?) Iris!

Iris:
...

Phoenix:
(Iris! Please tell me! What the hell is going on!?)

To be continued.




February 9
Inner Temple
Training Hall

Edgeworth:
Wright, is this what Godot was talking about?

Phoenix:
...Yeah. The trick locks.

Edgeworth:
Now then, Iris. Please remove these at once.

Iris:
Umm... Mr. Edgeworth... I'm afraid I can't... It-It's not possible for me...

Edgeworth:
What!?

Phoenix:
(During the earthquake, when the cavern was in danger of caving in, Iris escaped. And I know that there was only one lock when I last came here.)

von Karma:
So you're saying that you can't undo the new locks?

Iris:
...Yes.

Edgeworth:
If only I was stronger...!

Phoenix:
Edgeworth, how are you feeling? You look a little pale in the face.

Edgeworth:
Like you're one to talk with your face all green.

von Karma:
...Miles Edgeworth. Go and get some air. I'll watch over the suspect. You go and get a grip on yourself.

Edgeworth:
Don't be ridiculous! I'm perfectly finngh!

von Karma:
There's no telling what sort of mistakes you could make in your current state. Go and get some rest! That's your only concern now, Miles Edgeworth!

Edgeworth:
...... ... Understood. I'll handle the investigation in the garden... You take care of things here.




Phoenix:
(Edgeworth...) He's got so much pride that he's probably off crying in a corner of the garden...

von Karma:
Pride is simply another trap that hinders us in our lives. That said... One must have pride to be effective on the job. At any rate, it seems that this is where we part ways, Phoenix Wright. I'm going to stay here and see if I can't help solve these bothersome puzzles.

Phoenix:
...I see. Well, thanks for your help. Now then... Do you mind if I ask you a few things, Iris?

Iris:
No, not at all...







February 9
Inner Temple
Garden

Phoenix:
The cops are still combing the place. They look pretty nervous... I'd be nervous, too. It's got to be a tough job. Especially with someone giving you the evil eye the whole time.

Edgeworth:
*mutter, mutter* How could I have done that...?

Phoenix:
(Wow. I can't believe it's still bothering him.) Edgeworth...?

Edgeworth:
Aaaah! ...

Phoenix:
... Hey! Don't you dare run away!

Edgeworth:
...What do you want, Wright?

Phoenix:
What do I want?

Edgeworth:
If you came here to laugh at me, then get on with it. Go on! Laugh away!

Phoenix:
(*sigh* I was ready to hug it out with him, but he's just the same, prideful Edgeworth.) You went back to the Criminal Affairs Department, right? You said you wanted to look into something concerning Iris.

Edgeworth:
Y-Yes... ...And thanks to what I found, I was reminded of something terrible.







February 9
Inner Temple Gate

Phoenix:
(I'm finally getting to the bottom of this case. I can count on Iris to break those locks, so I should try to gather more clues. From Sister Bikini, Edgeworth, Gumshoe... ...and Pearls...)





February 9
Dusky Bridge

Phoenix:
It's weird that there's no one around all of a sudden. It sure gets quiet up here in the mountains when you're all on your own. Speaking of alone... I guess I should go check out the shack just down this path... Maybe I'll find Larry there sulking again.





February 9
Hazakura Temple
Main Gate

Phoenix:
I wonder if Sister Bikini has gone back to the Main Hall already. I haven't seen Gumshoe around for a while, either. Maybe they're having a cup of tea together somewhere. I bet Gumshoe is Sister Bikini's type.





February 9
Hazakura Temple
Main Hall

Phoenix:
Looks like Sister Bikini is not here. She must be sorting things out after the quake. Must be hard on her with her bad back. There are a few things I really need to discuss with her. Guess I'll drop by again later and see if she's around.




February 9
Heavenly Hall

Pearl:
Oh! Mr. Nick!

Phoenix:
Pearls! What are you doing here?

Pearl:
N-Nothing... What about Mystic Maya!? Is she alright!?

Phoenix:
Um... Well... We don't know yet.

Pearl:
Oh... I see...

Butz:
Hey! What do you think you're doing here, Nick!?

Phoenix:
Larry...

Butz:
This is the losers' shack, where losers get together to lose themselves!

Phoenix:
This is the what...?

Butz:
Hey, we find comfort in each other's failures, OK? You got a problem with that?

Pearl:
Look, Mr. Nick. Mr. Laurice did a picture of me!

Phoenix:
That's, um... great, Pearls.

Butz:
We're going to gather firewood now. We'll be cooking some half-rotten potatoes over a miserable little camp fire. So stay out of our way!

Phoenix:
(I don't believe this... Why can't he try getting fired up over becoming a better man?)

Butz:
No one believes a word I say anymore. Listen to me, Pearl. You don't wanna trust this kind of guy, OK? He'll only let you down!

Pearl:
... Oh, Mystic Maya...






February 9
Hazakura Temple
Main Hall

Bikini:
Well!? What's the damage!? How is the Sacred Cavern!?

Phoenix:
It looks like it survived. But we have a bigger problem now.




Phoenix:
(I told Sister Bikini all about it... About the five locks that were stopping us from getting inside the Sacred Cavern.)




Bikini:
... But who... who could've done that...? The only people who know how to set those trick locks are those of the Kurain Tradition.

Phoenix:
We have Iris at the Sacred Cavern, trying her best to open them for us right now. Actually, there's something I've been meaning to talk with you about, Sister Bikini.

Bikini:
Oh, yes. We were in the middle of a chat, weren't we?

Phoenix:
Yes. You were telling me how the Master of Kurain disappeared 17 years ago. I want to know why Misty Fey suddenly appeared at this temple.

Bikini:
It was about a week ago when Mystic Elise... No, I mean Mystic Misty, arrived. After she showed me the talisman that proved she was the Master, she said... "Someone is trying to destroy the Kurain Tradition's main family line. I am here to put a stop to them."

Phoenix:
Someone was trying to destroy the main family line?

Bikini:
There is only one heir to the title of "Master" at any time, and it's usually the eldest. That child becomes the new Master of Kurain, and her daughters, the main family. All other mediums become branch family members, with no hope of controlling the clan. That's why nothing has changed throughout the history of the clan... Branch families always have and always will plot to erase those of the main family line.

Phoenix:
...! (Is the power of the Master worth this much bloodshed...?)



Phoenix:
... Thank you very much. You've helped clear up a lot of details. Pearls had two older sisters, huh...

Bikini:
Yes, that's right... No doubt it was all because of Mystic Morgan's anger towards the main family...

Phoenix:
Anger? What do you mean?

Bikini:
Her twin daughters were taken from her by her jeweler husband. But even that couldn't destroy her dream that a child of hers would one day lead the clan.

Phoenix:
(That's why she had Pearls?)

Bikini:
It seems that the incident here was a result of Mystic Morgan's anger. It was able to break free of the bars that confine her.

Phoenix:
(So Iris has a twin sister... The plot thickens... But this information will be useless unless I can flesh it out a bit. I need to ask more questions, and get some more info!)




February 9
Hazakura Temple
Courtyard

???:
............

Phoenix:
(Sounds like someone's happy. What tune is that they're humming...?)

Gumshoe:
*/No motive, no crime. No motive, no crime. Sing it with me - No motive, no crime! ...I remember, when we use to search... in the Channeling Room in Kurain...*/ Whoop! I love my job! Who cares if the clues I find are no good? That's not what investigating's all about! The investigator investigates for the love of investigating! It's a passion! */Good cases we have, good cases we've lost... Along the way...*/

Phoenix:
(...I would have never guessed that Gumshoe was into reggae.)

Gumshoe:
*/Every case is gonna be air tight... Every case is gonna be air tight...*/ Hey, pal.

Phoenix:
Huh? Who, me?

Gumshoe:
How long have you been there?

Phoenix:
... I just got here.

Gumshoe:
...Oh, OK.

Phoenix:
So what are you up to, Detective?

Gumshoe:
I'm investigating, pal. I made a promise to Mr. Edgeworth. I promised I would find the real murder weapon.

Phoenix:
(The real murder weapon...)

Gumshoe:
That barbed sword thing turned out to be a false lead, right? I'm giving it my best shot here, but I still haven't turned up any clues. I just found these weird scraps of paper. It looks like a letter or something. It doesn't seem to have anything to do with the case, though...

Phoenix:
(A letter?)





Gumshoe:
OK, I'm gonna run over to forensics. There's gotta be some traces of blood left, even if most of it has been wiped off. See you later, pal! */Every case is gonna be air tight... Every case is gonna be air tight...*/

Phoenix:
Holdit

Phoenix:
Wait up, Detective!

Gumshoe:
Huh? What is it, pal? I'm a pretty busy guy right now, you know.

Phoenix:
You're going to get that staff analyzed, right? Would you mind holding off for just a while?

Gumshoe:
Huh? What are you talking about, pal!?

Phoenix:
Please! Just until we find Maya...

Gumshoe:
Maya? What's this got to do with her?

Phoenix:
I don't know, but I'm starting to get a really bad feeling in the pit of my stomach.

Gumshoe:
Oh? How so?

Phoenix:
Look, Maya's trapped inside the Sacred Cavern right now and... Well, we don't even know if she's OK or not... The more evidence and testimony I hear, the more uneasy I feel.

Gumshoe:
Y-You don't think...? Maya's been murd--

Phoenix:
Please, Detective! Let's just wait until we can get inside the Sacred Cavern.

Gumshoe:
You're... looking kinda viridian there...

Phoenix:
...

Gumshoe:
OK, OK. Just stop it with that face, pal. One thing, though... This staff's secret trick... Let's keep it between you and me, alright? If it gets out that we knew about it and didn't say anything, we're finished.

Phoenix:
...I understand.

Gumshoe:
This is just a regular, run-of-the-mill staff, you got it? ...OK, now you take good care of it, pal.

Phoenix:
Thank you, Detective.

Gumshoe:
... Don't worry... She'll be fine.

Phoenix:
Gumshoe...

Gumshoe:
You know, there's a place at the base of this mountain that has some really good pasta. How about I take you there when you find Maya, huh, pal?

Phoenix:
Sure... Thanks...

Victim's Staff received from Detective Gumshoe for safe-keeping.

Phoenix:
(I can't help but wonder, though... What was Elise Deauxnim doing with a staff like this in the first place...?)





February 9
Heavenly Hall

Phoenix:
Hmm... I was expecting Larry and Pearls to be here. I guess they must've gone to collect firewood. I suppose I'll have to check back later.




Garden



Phoenix:
It seems you're not aware of one other connection yet, Edgeworth.

Edgeworth:
And what is that?

Phoenix:
It's about Iris and Dahlia Hawthorne's mother.

Edgeworth:
What's their mother got to do with any of this?

Phoenix:
She's Morgan Fey. A spirit medium from a branch family of the Kurain Channeling Technique.

Edgeworth:
... Did you say, "Kurain Channeling Technique"...?

Phoenix:
D-Do you know something about it?

Edgeworth:
Oh, yes. I know it's connected with that fraudulent spirit medium!

Phoenix:
(Fraudulent...?)

Edgeworth:
I was involved in another nightmare, 17 years ago. I was caught up in the middle of a murder investigation. The police didn't have any leads. They were stumped... And that's when they called her in. She was a very famous spirit medium and the "Master" of her channeling school. But you know what happened? As a result of her efforts, an innocent man was accused of murder! She and her powers! They were all fraudulent!

Phoenix:
...Edgeworth...

Edgeworth:
Go to the Police Records Room. It's all in there. All you have to do is check the DL-6 Incident case file and you'll know!

Phoenix:
(Of course... How could I forget... Edgeworth was the victim in that case.) Edgeworth... You'll understand someday... And then, you'll see that the Kurain Channeling Technique is real...




Training Hall



Phoenix:
(I think I'm finally beginning to see how the pieces fit together...)

von Karma:
...I have asked her everything I can in my capacity as a prosecutor. This incident... Everything related to it goes back to the history of the Fey clan.

Phoenix:
...That's what it looks like. Iris... There's just one more thing I want you to tell me.

Iris:
What is it...?

Phoenix:
During the incident in which your sister, Dahlia Hawthorne, poisoned a lawyer... ...she began relations with a certain college student in order to hide the evidence. That college student... Have you heard anything about him...?

Iris:
... Well... I did hear one thing... She said she hated his guts.

Phoenix:
... ...I see. Thank you for your help.

Iris:
You're welcome...

von Karma:
Hurry up, Phoenix Wright! There is still much to investigate!

Iris:
Leave these locks to me. I'll open them for you, I promise.

Phoenix:
Thank you. (I suppose I'd better continue my investigation. There's still one giant secret left to unlock... Pearls's Psyche-Lock...)




February 9
Heavenly Hall

Phoenix:
(Look at that! They really did make a fire, right in front of the shack...)

Pearl:
Oh! Mr. Nick!

Butz:
Hah! You're too late, Nick! If you came here for one of our potatoes, we've already polished them all off!

Phoenix:
(I think I've pretty much got all the evidence I need. Now I just need to find out what Pearls is hiding.)



Phoenix:
Thanks, Pearls. You really helped me out.

Pearl:
You're very welcome! My mother is watching over us! So I'm sure Mystic Maya will be alright!

Phoenix:
... (Look at that innocent smile on her face. What am I supposed to say to her?)

???:
Ha...!

Godot:
Finally figured it out, have you, Trite? You've finally realized how terrible of a crime being painfully oblivious is.

Phoenix:
G-Godot!

Godot:
The entrance to the Sacred Cavern looks like a freaking puzzle workshop.

Phoenix:
(I guess he's talking about Iris and the lock-breaking effort...)

Godot:
...But it's all a waste of time.

Phoenix:
W-Why do you say that?

Godot:
Because Maya Fey isn't coming back.

Phoenix:
What? You don't know what you're talking about! How can you say something like that?

Godot:
It was your job to protect her, Trite. Just like it was your job to protect Mia Fey... Two sisters, caught up in the worst circumstances.

Phoenix:
I... I realize that, but...

Godot:
And you were the only one who was by their sides. You were the only one who could have saved them.

Phoenix:
But I didn't know anything about what was going on!

Godot:
Ha...! What did I just say, Trite? Being oblivious is a heinous crime in itself.

Phoenix:
...!

Godot:
Tomorrow... We'll settle everything in court tomorrow. ...Once and for all.




Pearl:
M-Mr. Nick... Is... Is what that man just said true?

Phoenix:
It'll be alright, Pearls. I'm sure Maya's alive. You'll see for yourself tomorrow!

Pearl:
I... Yeah! That's right! I know I can trust you, Mr. Nick!




Morgan:
...My dear Pearl... ...You've done so well, my child. My Pearl... ...It's better that you don't know... ...I knew this day would come for you... ...The blood of the main family is no more... ...Now you... You are to take the place at the head of the Fey clan... ...My last, great wish... It seems I was just in time...

To be continued.




February 10, 9:39 AM
District Court
Defendant Lobby No. 1

Pearl:
Good morning! ...Oh? Are you by yourself?

Phoenix:
Ah... Morning, Pearls.

Pearl:
M-Mr. Nick! Please tell me! What's going to happen to Mystic Maya?

Phoenix:
I'm sorry... We don't know yet. The investigation is still going on, so I wasn't allowed into the Inner Temple.

Pearl:
Oh, I see... So is Sister Iris still trying to remove those trick locks in the Training Hall?

Phoenix:
No... She's the defendant in this case, so she can't be at the Inner Temple. She's required to be here in court.

Pearl:
Um... Then... How come she's not here in the defendant's lobby?

Phoenix:
(I have to admit it's kinda strange...)

???:
...If you're looking for Iris, she's in the prosecutor's lobby.

Phoenix:
...Ed-Edgeworth. What's Iris doing over there?

Edgeworth:
She's going over today's testimony with the prosecutor as we speak.

Phoenix:
Today's testimony...?

Edgeworth:
You heard me... Iris is going to be testifying as a witness for the prosecution.

Phoenix:
Wait, what!?

Edgeworth:
The prosecutor is squeezing her for a confession. ...Or so I heard.

Phoenix:
(Franziska von Karma... What are you up to...?)

Edgeworth:
I know what you're thinking, but Franziska isn't going to be the prosecutor today.

Phoenix:
What...!? Then who is?

Edgeworth:
Who else would it be but Godot?

Phoenix:
G-Godot...

Edgeworth:
...Franziska is engaged in some important work at the Sacred Cavern.

Pearl:
The Sacred Cavern...? You don't mean that she's...

Edgeworth:
Exactly. She has been out there all night, trying to remove those trick locks. With the head nun's assistance, naturally. We estimate that the last of the locks should be taken care of in about three hours. I hope everything continues to go smoothly and we receive some good news soon.

Phoenix:
Yeah... Thanks, Edgeworth.

Edgeworth:
Prosecutor Godot intends to nail this case shut today. Be prepared to fight like there's no tomorrow!

Phoenix:
...You don't have to tell me that.

Edgeworth:
I know. I can already see it in your eyes. You're not the same fever-ridden, frantic maniac you were yesterday.

Phoenix:
It's strange... On the way here, I decided that today would be the end of all this. Almost immediately after I made that decision, I felt myself getting stronger.

Edgeworth:
Interesting... Maybe you've passed your cold onto someone else, literally. And with that... I leave the rest in your capable hands... partner.

Phoenix:
Thanks...




Phoenix:
(...I still don't have answers for most of the riddles plaguing this case. The circumstances around the murder of Ms. Elise Deauxnim, no, I mean Ms. Misty Fey... The impossible flight Larry claims to have seen... And... What that woman is really after...) I will solve them all and bring this whole tragedy to an end!




February 10, 10:00 AM
District Court
Courtroom No. 7

Judge:
Court is now in session for the trial of Iris of Hazakura Temple.

Godot:
...

Phoenix:
... Umm... Your Honor...? Wh-What are you...?

Judge:
Who? Me? Well, my little brother came to visit me in my chambers earlier this morning. All of a sudden, in the blink of an eye, he developed a scorching fever and fainted! Therefore, I'll be standing in for him.

Phoenix:
I-I see, Your Honor... (So they're brothers! That explains a lot...)

Judge:
My poor brother. He looked a bit pale, not to mention sad that he couldn't be here.

Godot:
It is impossible to predict what the future has in store for any of us. This is precisely why people feel the need to judge the past. And we of the court have been charged with the solemn duty of passing such judgment.

Judge:
...Well said, Mr. Godot. I understood exactly what you said... at least up until the end, anyway. Now then, Mr. Godot. Please proceed with your opening statement.

Godot:
...Humans are fragile, fickle beings. Our hearts change with the shifting of the tides. There is only one thing that remains a constant in this crazy world... The bitter darkness that lies at the bottom of this mug.

Judge:
So then you mean...? Um... Forget it. What do you mean?

Godot:
During yesterday's trial, the accused refused to admit her role in the crime. But today, she has had a change of heart... Sister Iris of Hazakura Temple has a confession to make.

Judge:
C-Confession...! Th-The defendant...?

Phoenix:
(Iris... Why didn't she discuss this with me first...?)

Judge:
Very well. This court will now hear the defendant's confession!




Godot:
...Upon meeting a beautiful lady, always ask for her name and profession. That's one of my rules.

Iris:
...Um, my name is Iris. I am but a simple nun undergoing training at Hazakura Temple.

Judge:
Witness, is there something that you want to confess to?

Iris:
...Yes. But first, I want to apologize to Mr. Wright... I... I can't continue lying to everyone anymore.

Phoenix:
I-It's alright... What is it...?

Iris:
Mr. Wright, I have to admit that I... I did play a part in this terrible incident.

Judge:
Are... Are you actually confessing!? Are you saying that you were the one who murdered Ms. Elise Deauxnim?

Iris:
...No, I'm not, Your Honor. But I dealt with the cover up, after the murder took place. After her spirit left, I took the lifeless shell of Mystic Elise... ...and carried it to the Hazakura Temple Courtyard where I desecrated it.

Judge:
Wh... Whaaaat!? O-Order in the court! Order! W-Witness...! Are you... Are you saying you were an accomplice to the murder!?

Iris:
... Yes. That's correct.

Phoenix:
...Whaaaaaaat!? (Three minutes in court and I'm already covered in a cold sweat...)

Godot:
Ha...! Everyone on the planet is an accomplice to something. It just happens to be that in this case, it's to murder. Isn't that right... Mr. Trite?

Phoenix:
(Grrr, that Godot... So this is the confession they were conferring about! It pains me to say this... ...but it looks like Iris's testimony was all a lie.)

Iris's Testimony crumpled up and shoved into a pocket.

Godot:
Now then, little lady. If you don't mind, I've got a question for you. Whose crime were you trying to cover up by your actions?

Phoenix:
(Iris was covering for someone...? Nngh... Now I'm definitely up the creek without a paddle... or a lifejacket.)

Iris:
...I've been at Hazakura Temple ever since I was a little girl. Hazakura Temple is run by one of the branch families of the Kurain Tradition. One of our missions is to protect the main family.

Judge:
I'm sorry, but "main family"...?

Iris:
Yes, and that's why I would dirty myself, if need be, to protect her... The daughter of the Master of the Kurain Channeling Technique, Mystic Maya Fey!

Phoenix:
Huh...?

Godot:
Wake up and smell the coffee, Trite.

Phoenix:
Sh-She's naming... MAYAAAAAAAAA!?

Judge:
Order! Order in the court! So not only did you witness the murder... You know the name of the murderer!

Iris:
I'm terribly sorry... But it's true. I saw her commit the crime with my very own eyes... And then I cleaned up the area to try to protect her.

Phoenix:
Objection

Phoenix:
Th-That's ridiculous! Maya could never do such a--

Judge:
The defense will refrain from commenting until the appropriate time. Now, witness. Let's hear your testimony. What exactly happened on the night of the crime?

Iris:
... ...Yes, Your Honor.

Phoenix:
(I thought I was prepared for the unexpected... But I never imagined the case would wind up going in this direction...)




Witness Testimony
-- The Real Murderer --

Iris:
I went to the Inner Temple that night and I saw it all happen in the garden.
I saw Mystic Elise strike Mystic Maya with her staff!
While Mystic Maya was still stumbling, Mystic Elise moved in to deliver a fatal strike!
Mystic Maya tried desperately to defend herself and stole the weapon...!
It was only in self-defense! You can't blame her for it!




Judge:
So it was in self-defense?

Iris:
Yes. Mystic Elise was the one who attacked first!

Judge:
Hmm...

Iris:
That's why I tried my best to protect Mystic Maya!

Godot:
You moved the victim's body to the temple so that Maya wouldn't be suspected... Isn't that right? Not bad... You've got the instincts of a true criminal.

Phoenix:
(Something's not quite right. I'm sure it was established yesterday... ...that Iris never went to the Inner Temple that night. And that the person who did go was... that woman... ...Iris even admitted it.)

Judge:
Now then, Mr. Wright. Please proceed with your cross-examination.




Cross-Examination
-- The Real Murderer --

Iris:
I went to the Inner Temple that night and I saw it all happen in the garden.


Iris:
I saw Mystic Elise strike Mystic Maya with her staff!


Iris:
While Mystic Maya was still stumbling, Mystic Elise moved in to deliver a fatal strike!


Iris:
She threw her staff away and pulled a dagger from inside her robe!



Iris:
Mystic Maya tried desperately to defend herself and stole the weapon...!


Iris:
It was only in self-defense! You can't blame her for it!


Phoenix:
(I'd like to avoid the whole spirit channeling thing if I can... Not only would it be inadmissible as evidence... ...but I think it might actually hurt our standing with the judge. First I need to pick her testimony apart and expose the unnatural-sounding parts... I don't know why Iris would tell a story like this... ...but there are two things I noticed that just don't add up!)




Phoenix:
Sister Iris... There's something strange about your version of events.

Iris:
Huh...?

Phoenix:
Ms. Deauxnim throwing her staff away makes no sense at all to me.

Iris:
B-But all you can do with a staff is hit someone...

Phoenix:
Naturally you wouldn't know this, Sister Iris, but... ...the victim's staff had a special feature about it. As you can see, it's a sword.

Iris:
Ah...!

Phoenix:
If Elise Deauxnim really had wanted to kill Maya Fey... ...she wouldn't have needed to use a separate dagger! Not when she already had a beautiful blade in her hands already! ...Well, Sister Iris? What do you have to say?

Iris:
Uhh, err, I...

Godot:
Objection

Godot:
...That was an impressive bit of investigating, Trite. I never would have thought there was a sword hidden in that staff. But even so... How should I put this?

Phoenix:
...!

Godot:
A long sword is unwieldy, and thus quite ineffective in close-quarters combat. Maybe that's why she chose a dagger over her blade.

Phoenix:
Um, well...

Godot:
Anyway, the type of weapon she chose to use isn't what's important. The important thing is that she tried to kill Maya Fey. As long as there's nothing strange about that, there's no problem with her testimony.

Phoenix:
(But there is something strange about this whole testimony!)

Judge:
Well, Mr. Wright? The prosecution has a point.

Phoenix:
...Very well, Your Honor. The defense will now present evidence to back its argument.

Iris:
M-Mr. Wright...!

Phoenix:
I have here another piece of evidence that shows that this testimony can't be trusted. Because Ms. Elise Deauxnim would never attempt to take the life of Maya Fey!



Phoenix:
...Elise Deauxnim would never have attacked Maya Fey.

Iris:
Ho-How can you be so sure...?

Phoenix:
Because the victim's real name was not "Elise Deauxnim". Her real name was... "Misty Fey".

Judge:
..."Fey"?

Iris:
Aaah! N-No...! N-Not Mystic Misty Fey!

Judge:
Wh-Who is this Misty Fey? Is she related to...?

Phoenix:
Misty Fey is the Master of the Kurain Channeling Technique. She is also... ...the mother of Maya Fey!

Judge:
A-Are you serious!?

Iris:
Is it... really true? Mr. Wright...!? Was Elise Deauxnim actually the great Mystic Misty!?

Phoenix:
There's no doubt about it. (It looks like Iris had no idea...)

Iris:
I can hardly believe it...

Phoenix:
The idea that she would try to kill her only daughter, one she hadn't seen in 17 years... Perhaps the prosecution can offer some explanation for why she would do such a thing!

Godot:
...Ugh...!

Judge:
Order! Order in the court! Upon first hearing the witness's testimony, it seemed natural enough. ...However. In light of some facts that have just been presented...

Iris:
...

Judge:
One, that the victim supposedly threw away a sword during a fight... ...and two, that the two people battling to the death were mother and daughter... Despite the facts being believable when taken on their own... ...when taken together, the entire story seems difficult to believe.

Godot:
...Listen. There's nothing in this world that is impossible. Except for one little thing.

Judge:
Yes? What is this one little impossible thing...?

Godot:
Ha...! You still don't get it. You think maybe my beans are under-roasted, but you have no idea gramps.

Phoenix:
Umm... Could you get to your point?

Godot:
I heard this witness's confession this morning... ...just as I had taken the first sip of my eighth cup of morning coffee.

Judge:
...You're going to ruin your health, my friend.

Godot:
Anyway, after hearing this woman's confession... I had a detective who loves to investigate sent to the scene of the crime. And... he discovered this little beauty.

Judge:
Is that the dagger the witness testified to seeing...?

Godot:
Obviously, Your Honor... But do you not notice something else?

Judge:
...Now that you mention it, if you look closely, there appears to be a bloodstain!

Phoenix:
Wh-Where did you find that? I didn't see that when I investigated the crime scene!

Godot:
...Did you investigate the pine tree at the crime scene?

Phoenix:
Huh? The pine tree...?

Godot:
This dagger was stuck in the back side of the pine tree. When the last blow was struck, ending the violent battle between the two women... ...this little baby was thrown in the direction of the back of the pine tree.

Judge:
Which means... the blood on this dagger belongs to the victim, correct!?

Godot:
Ha...! Were you even listening, old man? I first heard this confession this morning. Just as I had taken the first sip of my 13th cup of morning coffee.

Phoenix:
(Didn't you say it was your 8th just a few minutes ago!?)

Godot:
I didn't have enough time to get the blood analyzed on such short notice.

Judge:
In any case, the court will accept the dagger as evidence. Furthermore, I order that a blood test be performed on it immediately!

Godot:
This is my sweetheart. Make sure you treat her right.

Judge:
...Bailiff! Get this piece of evidence to the crime lab for testing immediately!

Dagger added to the Court Record.

Judge:
Now then... The testimony we've just heard had numerous unbelievable aspects to it. However! After having found the very dagger the witness spoke of... ...I believe we can consider her testimony to be credible.

Godot:
Cute girls never lie. Ever.

Judge:
In any case, witness... If you could please testify again to this court.

Iris:
Umm... About what, Your Honor?

Judge:
About the incident you saw... The battle between the two women!

Iris:
...Yes, Your Honor.




Witness Testimony
-- The Battle --

Iris:
Mystic Maya stumbled briefly after being hit over the head with the staff...
But then she dodged Mystic Elise's next attack and stole her weapon!
Suddenly Mystic Elise was the one on the defensive, with her back to the stone lantern.
That's when Mystic Maya stabbed Mystic Elise!
Mystic Elise managed to fling the knife away, but then... Then... she collapsed.




Judge:
...That was a very heart-breaking story.

Iris:
I don't know if there were any bad feelings between them, but... It had been 17 years since Mystic Misty's disappearance. ...Perhaps they simply didn't recognize each other anymore...

Judge:
Hmm... That seems reasonable. Now then, Mr. Wright. Proceed with your cross-examination.




Cross-Examination
-- The Battle --

Iris:
Mystic Maya stumbled briefly after being hit over the head with the staff...


Iris:
But then she dodged Mystic Elise's next attack and stole her weapon!


Iris:
Suddenly Mystic Elise was the one on the defensive, with her back to the stone lantern.


Iris:
That's when Mystic Maya stabbed Mystic Elise!



Iris:
Mystic Elise managed to fling the knife away, but then... Then... she collapsed.


Phoenix:
(It seems like a reasonable story at first... But... there's one thing that is completely impossible. The very idea of Maya stabbing someone... That alone is impossible! Which means... ...this faulty testimony must contain another contradiction in it somewhere.)




Phoenix:
...Something about you just isn't right today, Iris!

Iris:
Huh...?

Phoenix:
Until now, I didn't think you were the type to make such a careless mistake. However! The testimony you just gave contains quite a few contradictions.

Iris:
Wh-What do you mean? What's so wrong about my testimony?

Phoenix:
According to you... ...Maya Fey stabbed the victim, who had her back to the stone lantern... Correct?

Iris:
Y-Yes... That's right.

Phoenix:
But in that case, the victim would've been stabbed in the stomach, right?

Judge:
Y-Yes, I think so...

Phoenix:
But! According to the autopsy report... ...the cause of death was due to blood loss from a stab wound in her back.

Iris:
Ah...!

Phoenix:
This proves that the victim was stabbed from behind, not from the front! Sister Iris! It appears another seed of doubt has sprouted from your testimony!

Iris:
Aaaaaaaah!

Judge:
What...!? What is the meaning of this, Mr. Wright!?

Godot:
Ha...! It's simple. People are like books. We've all got a front and a back. You get my drift?

Judge:
... Umm, is that all you have to say?

Godot:
I can also say that darkness loves to play with the human mind.

Phoenix:
Objection

Phoenix:
Could you please knock it off with the cheesy proverbs and illogical metaphors already!? The point is, too much of this testimony just doesn't make sense! Throwing away a useful staff, the people fighting being mother and daughter... And now, she falsely claims the victim was stabbed in the stomach!

Judge:
Hmm... There certainly are some inconsistencies.

Phoenix:
Well, Iris... How about it!?

Iris:
... W-Well, it's just...

Godot:
If you ask me, you're just being too naïve about the whole thing.

Phoenix:
What do you mean...?

Godot:
There are 253 distinct types of bitterness in coffee... But to pick out each one requires total concentration and the use of all the senses. Were you really concentrating on what this witness actually said?

Judge:
Prosecutor Godot! Explain yourself!

Godot:
The witness was quite unambigious about her own ambiguities when she said... ...that the garden was dark and she couldn't see clearly.

Phoenix:
...!

Godot:
A human needs one thing to see clearly. And that is... light.

Judge:
Light...

Godot:
By the way, did you know? The Inner Temple has a rule that on nights when an acolyte is there training... ...the stone lantern in the garden is to always be lit.

Phoenix:
(Hmm... I did wonder what that stone lantern was there for...)

Judge:
Well if that's true... ...shouldn't the witness have been able to see the crime more clearly?

Godot:
...Normally yes, Your Honor. But according to the head nun, Sister Bikini... ...on the night of the crime, it was impossible to light that stone lantern.

Phoenix:
Impossible...?

Godot:
It hadn't been used in a long time and the wick was no good. In other words... It had to be nearly pitch black in the garden that night. There could have been a faint light coming from the Training Hall, but that's all.

Judge:
Most enlightening...

Godot:
Yes, that illuminating fact has chased all the contradictions away! ...If the staff was dropped, it would be difficult to see. It also explains why they didn't recognize each other. We can't see the demons that lurk in the night... That's why humans are weak. Isn't that right, Trite?

Phoenix:
N-- Nooooooooooooooo!

Judge:
Order! Order! Ordeeer!

Godot:
Here, Your Honor. Let me present the stone lantern into evidence. Maybe it will rekindle the flame of truth in your mind.

Stone Lantern added to the Court Record.

Judge:
............

Phoenix:
(Why is the judge just sitting there with that look on his face...?)

Godot:
...What's wrong, Your Honor? Was that flame too hot?

Judge:
Th-This lantern... There's something written on it!

Godot:
...?

Judge:
Wh-Why... It's written in blood!

Phoenix:
(Oooh boy...! So the judge didn't know about that yet...)

Godot:
Written... in blood?

Iris:
...

Judge:
It... It says...! It says, "Maya" upside-down!

Godot:
Wh-What the...!?

Iris:
Oh yes... That's right... After being cornered and then stabbed by Mystic Maya... Mystic Elise didn't fall down right away. She must have been writing that on the stone lantern behind her... ...with the blood that was draining out of her body!

Judge:
Hmm... It certainly looks that way...

Godot:
Objection

Godot:
Hang on... Hang on just a minute! What are you all talking about!?

Judge:
What do you mean, "What are we all talking about?"

Phoenix:
We're talking about the message written in blood...

Godot:
Hmph... Nonsense! This lantern... It's as clean as a whistle!

Phoenix:
(C-Could it be...? He can't see the bloody writing at all...!? Now that I think of it, he did say something to me yesterday...)




Godot:
My eyesight is pretty messed up. Even with these huge goggles on my head, I still can't see everything.




Phoenix:
(So that's what he meant by that...)

Judge:
...In any case, this is obviously an important clue. We now know that the crime scene was dark... ...and that the victim scrawled this message on the stone lantern! Well, Mr. Godot? Anything further?

Godot:
...

Judge:
M-Mr. Godot?

Godot:
...! Errr, umm... OK then... Let's move on.

Phoenix:
(Godot is literally shaking, and somehow, I don't think it's from caffeine overdose.)

Judge:
...I believe it has now been established... ...that Ms. Deauxnim was killed by Maya Fey.

Phoenix:
(Th-That's... just wrong!)

Godot:
...Now it's time to turn our attention to you.

Iris:
...Yes, sir.

Godot:
After the victim died, you did something, didn't you?

Godot:
Let's hear it. ...We're all ears.




Witness Testimony
-- Sister Iris's Cover-Up --

Iris:
After Mystic Elise died... I called out to Mystic Maya.
I thought it was my duty to protect the future Master of the Kurain Tradition.
So I removed the body from the Inner Temple by myself...
I dragged it behind me all the way across Dusky Bridge.
Then I used the snowmobile to carry it back to Hazakura Temple and...
...I used the Shichishito to alter the way the wound looked.




Judge:
...So you moved the body.

Iris:
Yes... I was raised at Hazakura Temple... I owe a great deal of thanks to the Fey clan. But even so... I never imagined... ...that Elise Deauxnim was actually Misty Fey! I've... I've committed a terrible sin!

Judge:
Hmm... A terrible trick of fate.

Phoenix:
(I believe you're looking for "twist of fate", Your Honor.)

Iris:
I intended to return to the Inner Temple after taking care of the body... But...

Godot:
You were spotted by the head nun, correct?

Iris:
Yes... And that's why I couldn't go back.

Judge:
...Your story makes sense, I suppose. Mr. Wright, go ahead with your cross-examination.

Phoenix:
...Yes, Your Honor.




Cross-Examination
-- Sister Iris's Cover-Up --

Iris:
After Mystic Elise died... I called out to Mystic Maya.


Iris:
I thought it was my duty to protect the future Master of the Kurain Tradition.


Iris:
So I removed the body from the Inner Temple by myself...


Iris:
I dragged it behind me all the way across Dusky Bridge.



Iris:
Then I used the snowmobile to carry it back to Hazakura Temple and...


Iris:
...I used the Shichishito to alter the way the wound looked.


Iris:
By the time the murder took place, the snow had already stopped.


Phoenix:
(I don't want to believe it, but I don't think my logic is failing me... ...Iris is trying to pin the murder on Maya! But why would she want to do that...? There's only one reason I can think of...)




Phoenix:
...You claim that the snow had already stopped when the murder occurred. But I'm sorry, Iris. That just isn't possible.

Iris:
What...!?

Phoenix:
This is the weather data from the night of the murder. According to this, the snow didn't stop until 10:50 PM. But you couldn't have crossed Dusky Bridge at that time.

Iris:
W-Why do you say that!?

Phoenix:
Because 5 minutes before the snow stopped... ...Dusky Bridge was struck by lightning and had caught on fire.

Iris:
What did you say!? Th-The bridge... It was on fire...?

Judge:
You don't mean to say... you didn't know about it? It was because of that lightning strike that the bridge burned down!

Iris:
Whaaaaaat!? But it can't... It can't be...!

Phoenix:
It looks like you still haven't figured it out. No matter how hard you try to deceive or conceal the truth... ...you can't pull the wool over the eyes of a real defense attorney!

Iris:
...Nooooooooo!

Judge:
Order! Order! Order!

Phoenix:
The bridge was already on fire when the incident took place. That's right! The Inner Temple was already totally cut off from the outside world! There's no way she could have crossed the bridge, body or no body!

Iris:
Uh... Aaaaaaaah!

Judge:
Witness! Even my patience has its limits. Any further lying and I will find you in contempt of court! Do you have anything to say for yourself!?

Iris:
Ugggh...

Godot:
Objection

Godot:
The only person here that is truly contemptible is you... ...old man!

Judge:
......... Me!? How dare you!?

Godot:
Whether this witness lied or not doesn't mean squat right now.

Phoenix:
S-S-Squat!?

Godot:
The important thing now is to find out the truth. ...Isn't that right?

Judge:
Y-Yes, of course. But...

Godot:
Whether it was snowing, or not snowing, or whether the bridge was burning or not... There are 2 facts that can't be disputed. First, the body of Elise Deauxnim was discovered in the Hazakura Temple Courtyard. And second, the head nun, Sister Bikini... ...witnessed Iris desecrating Elise Deauxnim's body!

Phoenix:
...! (H-He makes a good point... on both accounts.)

Iris:
Th-That's right! I'm not lying!

Judge:
What are you claiming this time!?

Iris:
I wasn't myself at all that night. ...So my memory is still somewhat hazy!

Phoenix:
Objection

Phoenix:
You have stood at that witness stand and testified this entire time! Are you telling us now that your memory of that night is hazy...?

Godot:
Objection

Godot:
It is only human to err. If you're so perfect, Trite, maybe you can explain this for the court?

Phoenix:
Wh-What is it...?

Godot:
When the murder happened, the bridge had already burnt down. But somehow the body traveled across the bridge and was found in the temple courtyard. Perhaps you have some kind of perfect explanation for this little magic trick?

Phoenix:
Ugh...! Well not exactly, no... (I know there must be some other way she got across that burnt-out bridge. But unless I can somehow demonstrate it... We'll never know the truth!)

Judge:
It looks like the defense is not prepared to offer a suitable explanation...

Godot:
You see what I mean? In other words... You're in no position to suggest that this lady's testimony isn't the truth!

Phoenix:
Aaaaaack!

Judge:
Alright then. Witness, let's hear your testimony once more.

Iris:
About what, Your Honor?

Judge:
You've admitted that you moved the victim's body. Nevertheless, your prior testimony contained a rather large inconsistency. ...Please add an explanation for that to your testimony.

Iris:
Yes, Your Honor.

Phoenix:
(...Will this be her final testimony...!?)

Godot:
...




Witness Testimony
-- Moving the Body --

Iris:
Other than walking over the bridge, there's no way to move the body.
So I... must have just... gotten confused, I guess.
Was the snow still falling or had it stopped...? Does it really matter that much?
Or are you saying that there is a way to cross a burning bridge?




Judge:
Hmm... So it was just a misunderstanding, I see.

Godot:
This is a photo of Dusky Bridge after it burned down from the lightning blast. It was taken on the morning after the incident.

Judge:
It certainly was burned to a crisp... And one of the suspension wires is gone... It's amazing the whole bridge didn't fall. Clearly it would be impossible to carry a corpse across a bridge in this condition.

Dusky Bridge Photo added to the Court Record.

Phoenix:
(Unless I do something to discredit this testimony... ...it's going to be deemed as the truth... ...and Maya will be accused of murder!)

Godot:
Trite. I'm only going to say it one more time.

Phoenix:
...!

Godot:
It is only human to err. And... ...only humans can spot the errors of our ways.

Phoenix:
(The more sense he makes, the less sense he makes...)

Judge:
Alright, Mr. Wright! Please begin your final cross-examination.




Cross-Examination
-- Moving the Body --

Iris:
Other than walking over the bridge, there's no way to move the body.


Iris:
So I... must have just... gotten confused, I guess.


Iris:
Was the snow still falling or had it stopped...? Does it really matter that much?


Iris:
Or are you saying that there is a way to cross a burning bridge?




Phoenix:
(I've come all this way, so I owe it to everyone to figure this out... But how do you transport a body across a burning bridge...? Even if I don't know the exact answer yet, it's OK. I'll start by examining all of my evidence, and see where that takes me... I've gotta be like a shark... If I don't keep moving, I'm as good as dead!)




Judge:
That's a photo of Dusky Bridge, correct?

Phoenix:
Yes. Now, compare the sketch and the photo for a minute. In the sketch, the wires appear to be above the guard wires. But on the actual Dusky Bridge...

Judge:
Jumping Jehosaphat!

Phoenix:
The wires are... below the guard wires!

Godot:
...Bwhaaaat!?

Judge:
Order! Order! Order! This sketch is somewhat different than what's depicted in the photo! However... Isn't it likely that the artist just saw it wrong?

Iris:
Or perhaps he just drew it wrong!

Godot:
Either way, it sounds like you're... just wrong!

Phoenix:
...With someone like Laurice, I admit a mistake is a definite possibility. But then that begs the question... "Why did he make a mistake?" What was the reason?

Godot:
...Are you saying you know the answer to that?

Phoenix:
Listen! Think back, alright? Remember what Laurice was doing when he witnessed this event. ...He was at Heavenly Hall waiting for a lover that was never going to come. He waited and waited, and finally he laid down. ...But then! Lightning shoots from the sky and sets the bridge aflame! Now ponder what sort of position Larry must have been in at the time... He was lying on his back, which is why he remembered the scene the way he did.

Judge:
... He was lying on his back...? I can't see how it relates...

Phoenix:
But it does, Your Honor. That is the reason why the wires in the sketch go up instead of down...

Judge:
Aaaaaah!

Godot:
Ugh... No way...!

Phoenix:
Laurice Deauxnim witnessed the event while he was lying on his back, face up. In other words, the scene that he saw... ...was actually upside-down!

Judge:
So then...! This sketch should actually...

Phoenix:
I think you finally get it, Your Honor. The correct way to view Laurice Deauxnim's sketch is like this! This is how it should actually look! The victim's body wasn't flying above the bridge! It was actually swinging below! ...That's right! Just like a pendulum!

Godot:
Bwwweeeediculous!

Judge:
Order! Order! Order--

Godot:
Objection

Godot:
Of all the things to say! A pendulum!?

Phoenix:
...The bridge was burning to a crisp. There was no way to get across it. But if the body had been found at the Inner Temple, it would have caused problems. This is where the criminal decided to take a gamble. They used the burning bridge to get the body across to the other side. And a pendulum was the only way to get it done!

Godot:
Objection

Godot:
...Let's think about this for a minute, shall we? Dusky Bridge is about 20 yards long. Which means it's about that far from the Inner Temple to the opposite cliff.

Phoenix:
...Yes, that sounds right.

Godot:
In order to cover that distance with a pendulum... You'd need a rope at least 10 yards long. To get a rope that long, you have to plan ahead!

Phoenix:
Objection

Phoenix:
(The lightning strike that night can only have been an accident. So it doesn't make sense that the criminal would have prepared the rope beforehand. So then, the criminal...) They didn't have to get the rope ready... The rope was already right in front of the criminal.

Godot:
What!?

Phoenix:
I'm saying that it was just a matter of using what was already there.

Judge:
In that case, Mr. Wright, please give us an explanation to support your theory. What makes you think the criminal had the rope on hand to create a pendulum!?



Judge:
And the meaning of this is...?

Phoenix:
If you want to know where the rope came from... ...it's hanging right there in front of your glorious beard!

Judge:
Aaaaaaaah! This... This is one of the wires from the bridge!

Phoenix:
When the lightning struck the bridge and set it on fire... ...one of the suspension wires came loose from its anchor. The criminal didn't have any time to waste. So they tied the wire around Elise Deauxnim's body... ...because there was simply no other way to move the body!

Godot:
...... Ha......! *glug, glug, glug, glug, glug* *glug, glug, glug, glug, glug* *glug, glug, glug, glug, glug*

Judge:
Mr. Godot!? Hmm... It seems that Mr. Godot is more focused on his coffee than answering my question. It seems that the odds of a rope being readily available were very high. So I suppose that it's not an impossibility after all!

Godot:
Objection

Godot:
"Possible" or "impossible"...? That's not the question we need to ask! There's only one question. "Did that really happen?" Trite! I wonder if you can prove what happened to us. Do you have any actual evidence that the body was swung over like a pendulum!?



Phoenix:
Before I present my evidence, let me review what we know so far. According to this photo, one of the wires snapped. Looking at the map, we can see it's the one that was in front of the Inner Temple.

Judge:
So then, that was the spot where the criminal...!?

Phoenix:
Yes, precisely. Now let us consider the body's movement by looking at the overhead map again. If the body was pushed from this point here... ...it would drop on the opposite bank at approximately this point.

Judge:
D-Did you say drop?

Phoenix:
Well, they must have failed to catch the body on the other bank.

Iris:
What...!? What makes you think something like that happened!?

Phoenix:
Because I have evidence that suggests her body dropped some distance.

Iris:
Wh-What kind of evidence!?

Phoenix:
...Take a look at this autopsy report. It says here that her body fell about 10 feet after her death.

Judge:
Ten feet, huh...

Phoenix:
That's most likely the height difference between the two sides. The body over swung due to forward momentum but then came loose and fell about 10 feet. And then, as a result of the landing impact... ...this crystal sphere was knocked loose!

Iris:
...! That's...

Phoenix:
Yes, this blood-stained amethyst crystal... It's the one that came off of Ms. Elise Deauxnim's staff! And even more important is the place where this crystal sphere was found!

Judge:
In-Indeed... I believe it's already marked on this overhead map. The crystal was found... Aaaaaah!

Phoenix:
...Precisely, Your Honor. In the very spot where the pendulum would arrive if given the right amount of speed!

Judge:
This explains your theory quite well, Mr. Wright. You have provided us with a way the body could have been moved that night... An impressive deduction, Mr. Wright. ...Most impressive. M-Mr. Wright!

Godot:
I thought this cold coffee might help cool you down.

Judge:
Wh... What is the meaning of this, Mr. Godot!?

Godot:
That was a dark and bitter guess that you made, Trite. ...But you forgot about one thing.

Judge:
Oh? And what would that be?

Godot:
... The aroma.

Phoenix:
...Huh?

Godot:
A coffee's most reliable accomplice is its deep and profound aroma...

Phoenix:
Um... The rest of the court doesn't speak Coffeenese. Can you elaborate a bit more?

Godot:
If the criminal had sent the body to the other side like you say... ...then naturally, there must have been an accomplice laying in wait to catch it.

Judge:
An accomplice...!?

Godot:
...The criminal wasn't able to cross Dusky Bridge. So, who collected the body...? What do you have to say about that, Trite!?

Phoenix:
...!

Judge:
Mr. Godot is correct... This can't be the work of a single person! Well, Mr. Wright!? You know what you must do.

Phoenix:
...Yes, Your Honor. (The body couldn't have made it to Hazakura Temple without an accomplice!)

Judge:
...Very well then! If you please, Mr. Wright. Who was the person that received the body on the Hazakura Temple side?



Phoenix:
It can only be you... Sister Iris.

Iris:
Huh...? Aaaaaaah! But I... I...

Phoenix:
...I don't see why you're so surprised. The only way to transport the body from Dusky Bridge is by snowmobile. But with her bad back, Sister Bikini could never pick up a body like that. ...You're the only one that could have managed it.

Godot:
Objection

Godot:
Trite. Were you even listening to the witness's testimony...? On the night of the crime, this little cutie pie... ...was on clean-up duty in the Inner Temple Garden after the mother-daughter bloodbath.

Phoenix:
Objection

Phoenix:
I haven't forgotten. But have you, Mr. Godot? This witness was also seen at Hazakura Temple... ...desecrating the corpse of the victim.

Judge:
Hmm... Strange indeed... It's almost as if... ...on that night, the defendant was in two different places at the same time!

Phoenix:
...Sister Iris. Let me ask you something... Why didn't you mention it when you first gave your testimony?

Iris:
M-Mention what?

Phoenix:
The pendulum, of course. Using this sketch drawn by an eyewitness... I have established how the body was moved using the burnt-out bridge. Which means it's now a fact that this occurred, something you should've already known.

Iris:
N-No...! I... I had no idea! I-I didn't know anything about a pendulum!

Phoenix:
But the body couldn't have been passed along to the other side without your help! So you should have known about it! In fact, it'd be impossible for you to be clueless about this whole thing... ...unless you're not really Iris to begin with.

Iris:
What...!? H-How can you say that, Mr. Wright...?

Judge:
What...!? What kind of nonsense is this? You... You're saying this witness isn't Iris of Hazakura Temple...?

Godot:
Objection

Godot:
A-Are you serious, Trite...!? You... You mean... Th-This woman is...

Phoenix:
(There's no one besides Iris that could have received the corpse that night! Now I get it... Now I know why I've been sick to my stomach during this trial. Why her whole demeanor changed so suddenly from yesterday... ...and why she's trying to pin this murder on Maya...) The woman that's standing there at the witness stand... Her real name is...!



Phoenix:
I never thought I'd have to utter your name again... Let alone see you. ...It's been a long time, Dahlia Hawthorne.

Iris:
...!

Judge:
Hawthorne...?

Phoenix:
Sister Iris had a twin sister. ...And you're looking at her. Ms. Dahlia Hawthorne.

Judge:
...... That name rings some bells. Distant bells, but bells nonetheless...

Godot:
Ha...! It's just your imagination, gramps. This file contains all the relevant data about Dahlia Hawthorne.

Judge:
... Oh yes, I remember now... That case... 5 years ago...




Dahlia:
My name is Dahlia Hawthorne. I just want to say... It's an honor for me to be here in your noble presence.

Payne:
The honor is all mine!

Judge:
No... The honor is all mine.




Judge:
B-But... According to this... Dahlia Hawthorne... ...is already dead! ...It says her execution was carried out last month!

Godot:
... So what? Death has no meaning in this courtroom!

Judge:
Wh-Whaaaaaaaaat!? Order! Order! Order!

Iris:
W-Wait a moment! How can you...? My sister...! She's already dead! Wh-What kind of...?

Phoenix:
Objection

Phoenix:
...You of all people should already understand. After all... The blood of the Master of the Kurain Channeling Technique flows within that body.

Judge:
The Kurain Channeling Technique...? Now where have I heard that...

Phoenix:
...That's right. You're not Dahlia Hawthorne herself. You're the spirit of Dahlia, currently inhabiting the body of a spirit medium!

Godot:
What an exciting story. Exciting, but quite impossible. You're asking us to buy that Dahlia Hawthorne just happened to be channeled by someone... ...on the very night of the murder, to a temple where her twin sister, Iris was...?

Phoenix:
Well, if you're going to put things that way, then... Yes.

Godot:
Objection

Godot:
We're supposed to believe a coincidence like that just happens!?

Phoenix:
Objection

Phoenix:
Naturally it was no coincidence. The whole thing was part of a plan from the very beginning. It's all written right here in these instructions...!

Iris:
Ah...! Wh-What's that...!?

Phoenix:
These instructions were written by your mother, Morgan Fey! And part of the plan called for Dahlia Hawthorne to be channeled! That night... ...there were two Irises at Hazakura Temple.

Godot:
...T-Two of them?

Phoenix:
Even the time of the channeling was planned out. "As soon as you hear the lights out bell"... In other words, 10:00 PM. However, Iris was seen before dinnertime.

Judge:
That means the Iris that was at dinner was the real Iris.

Phoenix:
And the Iris who gave me this hood in the Main Hall was also the real Iris. Meaning that the Iris Sister Bikini saw at the Inner Temple... ...was someone else dressed as her! Namely, one Dahlia Hawthorne!

Godot:
Objection

Godot:
Do you even know what you're saying, Trite? This whole "channeling the spirit of Dahlia Hawthorne" business... Yes, it's true that you found plans that talk about it. ...However! There's one thing that's perfectly clear. The witness currently standing in the witness stand is the real Iris!

Phoenix:
Whaaaaat!?

Godot:
Calm down and remember what you know about the night of the crime. After meeting Sister Bikini, the Dahlia Hawthorne that had been channeled... ...would've been stranded at the Inner Temple due to the lightning strike. It was later that the body was moved by pendulum.

Phoenix:
...That's right.

Godot:
Naturally that would mean that the Iris that received the body was... ...the real Iris. Are you with me so far?

Phoenix:
...Yes.

Godot:
After being notified of what happened, the police came to Hazakura Temple's Main Hall. There they found Iris in her room and arrested her. And ever since, she's been under police supervision at the detention center.

Phoenix:
Y-Yes, I suppose... (I can't deny any of that...)

Iris:
Whew... Thank goodness. It looks like he's finally convinced...

Phoenix:
(But something still seems off... Way off...!) I'm still not convinced that the Iris here is the same one from the other night.

Godot:
Ha...! I suppose you're about to say something really ridiculous? Like, the real Iris and the spirit of Dahlia... ...somehow switched places?

Judge:
S-Switched places...!? To be perfectly honest... ...there are still quite a few things I don't understand, but I do know... ...that unless we confirm the witness's identity, we can't continue with this trial.

Phoenix:
(Iris doesn't have the spiritual power needed to channel Dahlia. Which means... ...they must have switched places somewhere.)

Judge:
Well, Mr. Wright? Since the time she was arrested at Hazakura Temple... ...have there been any chances for Iris to switch places with Dahlia Hawthorne?



Phoenix:
...Your Honor! I think there might have been one chance.

Judge:
Oh? Explain yourself...

Phoenix:
Yesterday for a few minutes, Iris's whereabouts were unknown.

Godot:
Unknown...? What do you mean?

Phoenix:
What I mean is... There was a span of time in which Iris was able to moveabout freely, unsupervised.

Judge:
Well, who was it!? Who would give a murder suspect time to move about freely like that!?

Phoenix:
(I'm sorry... I know you didn't mean to... It wasn't your fault...) The person who gave Iris the chance to freely move about was...



Judge:
Th-This is... Mr. Edgeworth, isn't it...?

Phoenix:
...Your Honor. There was a fairly large earthquake yesterday, was there not?

Judge:
An... earthquake? Hmm...




Bikini:
E-Earthquake! Oh my goodness! The Inner Temple! This kind of tremor might...

Edgeworth:
H-How could I have...? She fled... She escaped!




Phoenix:
We went to the Inner Temple right away. And it's true, Iris was already there. However... ...they had already switched places by that point in time. When I arrived at the Training Hall, I was met by none other than Dahlia Hawthorne!

Judge:
Th-That's quite enough already, Mr. Wright! Now see here! No judge in his right mind would consider the idea of "spirit channeling" and...

???:
...Be quiet. It's been a long time... Mr. Judge.

Judge:
...! Th-That voice...!

Godot:
Guess I'll have to ask again.

???:
...

Godot:
...Upon meeting a beautiful lady, always ask for her name and profession. That's one of my rules.

Dahlia:
Dahlia Hawthorne. And my current profession? Permanently retired.

Phoenix:
...

Godot:
Ha...! So you're not going to bother hiding your identity anymore, huh?

Dahlia:
...Why should I? After all, I'm dead. There's really nothing you can do to punish me!

Judge:
Wh-What is going on here...?

Phoenix:
(Dahlia Hawthorne... I never thought we'd meet again. And I never thought we'd meet like this... But this time, I'll end it! For her, and for myself...)

To be continued.




February 10, 1:06 PM
District Court
Courtroom No. 7

Judge:
...Now then, let's continue where we left off, shall we? Well, witness?

Dahlia:
Yes? How can I help you? ...Mr. Judge.

Judge:
Well... It seems that if we're to learn the truth... ...we'll need to hear your testimony.

Dahlia:
... I have no problem with that. But when you've seen what I have, sometimes the truth is better left unknown.

Phoenix:
...

Judge:
...In any case, let's hear your testimony! Tell us about the plan that was carried out that night!




Witness Testimony
-- The Plan --

Dahlia:
...The whole plan began with my death.
A stupid plan hatched by Morgan Fey to install her own daughter as the next Master.
But for it to work... Maya Fey would first have to die.
The idea was for me to kill Maya and then have the blame pinned on Iris.
The plan went wrong... but it seems to have succeeded anyway.




Judge:
S-So that means... Y-You really are...

Phoenix:
Holdit

Phoenix:
Wait a minute! Did you just say the plan was to kill Maya Fey...?

Dahlia:
Yes. You have a problem with that...?

Phoenix:
Don't give us that nonsense! There's no way that--

Godot:
Watch yourself, Trite! If you've got a problem, solve it during cross-examination! ...That's my rule.

Judge:
Mr. Godot is correct! And by the way... that's my rule as well!

Phoenix:
(To kill Maya...? Could it be true!?)




Cross-Examination
-- The Plan --

Dahlia:
...The whole plan began with my death.


Dahlia:
A stupid plan hatched by Morgan Fey to install her own daughter as the next Master.


Dahlia:
But for it to work... Maya Fey would first have to die.


Dahlia:
The idea was for me to kill Maya and then have the blame pinned on Iris.


Dahlia:
The plan went wrong... but it seems to have succeeded anyway.


Dahlia:
Do you understand why I would kill Maya Fey now? What my goal was?



Phoenix:
(I can't believe it! She meant to kill Maya... I've got to keep a cool head! And... I need to get more information out of her. It's the only way to understand this plan, and what she was after as well!)




Phoenix:
Could it be... ...that your actual goal had nothing to do with Maya Fey herself...?

Dahlia:
...As I said, none of you have the power to punish me anymore. Because I'm already dead. Well, I had the same problem, you see. You can't punish the dead... and you can't take revenge against them either.

Judge:
Y-You wanted to take revenge on someone?

Dahlia:
I was sentenced to die because of that woman... Mia Fey.

Phoenix:
(I somehow knew this was it...)

Dahlia:
...I wanted to send her a message. It was at her hands that I suffered my first humiliation... I wanted her to feel the same pain she made me feel! Sadly... when I realized revenge was impossible, I gave up.

Godot:
And the reason it was impossible...? Was it perhaps because Mia Fey had already died...?

Dahlia:
Yes. And I realized... there's only one way to take revenge against the dead.

Judge:
A-And how do you do that?

Dahlia:
Even when the body dies, the spirit, the ego, it lives on... forever. I wanted to take away the person that Mia Fey loved most. I wanted to kill her with my own hands! That would be the one and only way I could take my revenge against Mia Fey! That was the reason I helped out with that woman's plans!

Phoenix:
Just for that!? For that you would kill Maya!? Your goal was no different than that of Morgan Fey!

Judge:
... As they say, "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree." What a cruel plan... Cruel, cold, and heartless.

Dahlia:
...Hmph! Don't waste your time preaching to the dead. I've already told you, there's not a thing you can do to me.

Phoenix:
Grrrr...!




Dahlia:
That night... ...at about 9:30 PM, I materialized into this world. I quickly pinned my hair up and put on a demon-warding hood. Then I picked up the staff that was by my side and left Hazakura Temple.

Phoenix:
(So... it was Elise Deauxnim who channeled her after all.)

Dahlia:
...That ridiculous head nun never noticed a thing. She left Maya Fey at the Inner Temple... ...and wobbled back clutching her poor old back.

Judge:
Wh-What did you do then...?

Dahlia:
That kid was easier to handle than I had hoped... I caught up with her in front of the stone lantern. Then I took out the dagger I got from the storeroom and...




Phoenix:
S-So then you... Y-You're saying you s-stabbed Maya!

Dahlia:
............ It's strange, but... I don't have a clear memory of what happened after that.

Judge:
...What does that mean!? No clear memory...?

Dahlia:
I don't know... I think... I think I was stabbed.

Phoenix:
You were stabbed!?

Dahlia:
At the last minute, Maya Fey must have stabbed me. I'm sure of it.

Phoenix:
Objection

Phoenix:
That's not like her at all! Maya wouldn't stab a French fry with a plastic fork!

Dahlia:
Anyway, I suddenly lost consciousness... But before I did... I scrawled her name on the lantern. Just as I was passing out, I wrote "Maya" behind my back. I had hoped it would cast suspicion on her.

Phoenix:
(I-I can't believe she was thinking of that until the bitter end...)

Dahlia:
...That's where my memory temporarily stops.

Judge:
It-It stops...?

Dahlia:
I don't have any memory of actually killing Maya Fey with my own two hands. My very last memory was... ...Maya's terror-filled eyes. When I woke up after that... ...I was in the Sacred Cavern surrounded by darkness.

Judge:
You were in the Sacred Cavern?

Dahlia:
...The entrance was sealed with one of those trick locks. Somehow I had been trapped in there.

Godot:
But how did you wind up in there?

Dahlia:
...I'd like to know that myself. Anyway, I was worried... I didn't know whether or not Maya Fey was dead... And I swore I wouldn't return to the underworld until I knew I had killed her myself.

Godot:
Hmm... For a ghost, you're one tough cookie...

Dahlia:
I wanted to get out of there and make sure she was dead. But... I couldn't do it. I couldn't get out.

Godot:
The trick lock stopped you, huh?

Dahlia:
I didn't know how to remove it.

Judge:
So then you're saying... ...you were actually confined against your will inside this Sacred Cavern...?

Dahlia:
Yes! I wanted to get rid of that annoying lock as soon as possible... But it wasn't easy. I kept getting interrupted while I was working on it.

Phoenix:
Interrupted...?

Dahlia:
It was early in the morning, but someone came into the Training Hall.

Judge:
What!? Who!?

Phoenix:
Could it have been... Maya!?

Dahlia:
I thought the same thing. But I couldn't see.

Phoenix:
Why not!?

Dahlia:
If someone had spotted me, I would have lost my chance to take revenge. ...So I made sure to hide myself well at the back of the Sacred Cavern.

Phoenix:
(That morning... only two people could have gone into the Training Hall. Maya and... Pearls... Pearls went there to cover the hanging scroll in gravy.)

Dahlia:
Still, I finally managed to remove the lock. But... I was too late.

Godot:
What do you mean by that?

Dahlia:
...The flies had already started to gather.

Godot:
The bridge had been fixed and the police had started their investigation, correct?

Dahlia:
Naturally, I couldn't go out. So instead... I returned to the cavern and put the lock back on myself. I realized I wouldn't get a chance to see Maya's corpse as I had hoped... But just then... Lady Luck showed up.

Phoenix:
Lady Luck...?

Dahlia:
After that big earthquake... she showed up, all by herself.

Phoenix:
...The real Iris?

Dahlia:
She said she'd come to make sure the Sacred Cavern was alright... Stupid girl. I came out from the Sacred Cavern and got a feel for the situation. ...And I locked her away in my place. I had finally learned exactly what had happened... It was then that I learned that the plan had actually succeeded.

Phoenix:
What do you mean your plan had succeeded?

Dahlia:
I had misunderstood one thing, you see. That night, the one that had summoned me... I had assumed that it was Pearl Fey.

Judge:
W-Well of course you would've assumed that. It was written in the instructions.

Dahlia:
But... I was wrong. The person that had actually called my spirit back was... Misty Fey... The picture book author...

Judge:
Wh... Whaaaaaaat!?

Dahlia:
Well, that's really the only possibility, isn't it? After I lost consciousness in the garden... ...it was her body that was left lying there... Maya Fey... I wasn't able to kill her with my own hands after all. But even so... I made her commit the most vile sin a human can commit.

Judge:
And that is...?

Dahlia:
Matricide. The sin of killing her own mother!

Phoenix:
Ugggh... NOOOO WAY!!

Judge:
Or-Order! Order in the court! What is the meaning of this!?

Dahlia:
It's true that I was the one who attacked Maya Fey... But even so... ...the murderer who actually snuffed out Misty Fey's life was none other than... ...your darling little Maya!

Phoenix:
Objection

Phoenix:
R-Ridiculous! That's nonsense...

Dahlia:
Are you sure about that? ...Just think about it. There's even evidence supporting these facts, isn't there?

Phoenix:
What...!? What do you mean? Wh-What is this so-called evidence!?

Dahlia:
...The fact that Maya Fey has disappeared is evidence enough, isn't it?

Phoenix:
Huh...?

Dahlia:
The idea that she's still in the Sacred Cavern is just ridiculous. She wasn't able to escape from the Inner Temple, that much is obvious. In that case, there is only one place she could be.

Judge:
Wh-Where...?

Dahlia:
Do I have to spell it out? ...The bottom of the Eagle River, where else?

Godot:
Ea-Eagle River...!?

Dahlia:
Maya Fey killed her long-lost mother. Can you imagine the guilt she must have felt when she realized that? That's why she threw herself into the Eagle River. Most bodies that wind up in there are lost forever. So, what do you have to say now... Feenie?

Phoenix:
Ooooh... Uuuuuhhhh...

Phone:
.........

Godot:
...Oops. Sorry, that's my phone.

Phoenix:
(What kind of ringtone is that...?)

Phone:
...*beep*...

Godot:
...Godot here. ......... ...OK. Thanks.

Phone:
...*beep*...

Judge:
W-Was it something important?

Godot:
They just finished removing the locks from the Sacred Cavern.

Phoenix:
That's great! What about Maya?

Godot:
... There was a woman in the cave...

Judge:
Was it Maya Fey...?

Godot:
It was the accused... Sister Iris.

Phoenix:
Huh...?

Dahlia:
Don't look so surprised. ...I locked her in there yesterday. I just got finished telling you that.

Phoenix:
So... what about Maya? Where is she?

Godot:
... There was no one else found inside the Sacred Cavern.

Phoenix:
N-No... It can't be...

Dahlia:
I told you, didn't I? She's dead.

Phoenix:
No... Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!




Judge:
It seems... ...that this case has come to an end... A tragic end... Sadly, it appears the killer of Elise Deauxnim, also known as Misty Fey... ...was her own daughter, Maya Fey. Overcome with guilt for what she had done... ...Maya Fey jumped to her death into the raging waters of the Eagle River!

Phoenix:
(It can't be...)

...Ha!...

Godot:
Trite... Have you ever heard this one? "Once you eliminate the impossible... ...whatever remains must be the truth." ...No matter how improbable it may seem.

Judge:
Wh... What is that supposed to mean, Prosecutor Godot...?

Godot:
According to this witness... ...Maya Fey threw herself into the Eagle River. However... is that really the truth?

Phoenix:
...!

Godot:
Remember, this woman testified earlier that... ...the bridge was already on fire when the murder was taking place in the garden. Which means if Maya had thrown herself into the river... ...it must have been from the Inner Temple side, near the bridge.

Dahlia:
That's right! That's where she jumped from...

Godot:
But that's impossible. It's impossible to jump into the river from there!

Phoenix:
...! (Wh-What...!?)

Godot:
Don't get your panties all twisted up, Trite. Just relax and think through the whole thing again.

Phoenix:
(So it's impossible...? Maya couldn't have thrown herself into Eagle River...?)

Judge:
...Well, Mr. Wright? Ms. Hawthorne claims Ms. Fey threw herself into the river from the Inner Temple side. Do you have any evidence that refutes this claim?



Phoenix:
It's impossible to jump into the Eagle River from the Inner Temple side... No one knows that better than this witness!

Dahlia:
What did you say...?

Phoenix:
Eleven years ago, you jumped into the very same river!

Dahlia:
...!

Phoenix:
Just take a look at this overhead map! As you can see... ...below the cliff on the Inner Temple side is a big rock shelf!

Judge:
Oh... Ooooh! Y-You're right!

Phoenix:
She wouldn't have reached the river if she had jumped off from there. In other words... If she had jumped, we should be able to see her body in this photo!

Dahlia:
Ah!

Godot:
Ha...! So you finally figured it out!

Dahlia:
You...! Nooooooooo!

Judge:
O-Order! Order!!

Dahlia:
You... You're just playing with me! Maya Fey's body is at the bottom of the Eagle River! There's nowhere else she could possibly be hiding!

Phoenix:
Ms. Hawthorne... Have you ever heard this one before? "Once you eliminate the impossible... ...whatever remains must be the truth."

Dahlia:
Yes, just a few minutes ago.

Phoenix:
...Maya Fey wasn't inside the Sacred Cavern. We now know that she didn't throw herself into the Eagle River.

Godot:
...Correct. That eliminates all the most likely possibilities.

Phoenix:
Now, although it seems improbable, there's still one other place she could be.

Judge:
Wh... What...!? What is this one possibility you are talking about...?

Dahlia:
Th-That's obviously a bluff! So where is her dead body then?

Phoenix:
(Finally... I think the pieces are falling into place... Normally the living have no way to punish the dead... But I think there is a way to give Dahlia Hawthorne the ultimate punishment.) ...Shall I tell you, Ms. Hawthorne? Shall I tell you where Maya is this very instant!? Maya Fey is...




Phoenix:
There's only one possibility left. Namely... she's right here in this very courtroom!

Dahlia:
Wh-What!?

Godot:
M-Maya Fey is here!?

Judge:
You say she's here in m-my courtroom!?

Phoenix:
...Dahlia Hawthorne. I seem to recall that you said... "I had misunderstood one thing, you see."

Dahlia:
So what!?

Phoenix:
But I think there's one more thing you misunderstood.

Dahlia:
What do you mean...?

Phoenix:
Tell me something. At this very moment... ...who is channeling Dahlia Hawthorne!?

Dahlia:
Wh-Why that... that's obvious! It's Pearl Fey! That pathetic, little, sniveling runt!

Phoenix:
...You're wrong. Pearls tried... but she couldn't do it.




Pearl:
I've never failed at channeling someone. This is the first time it's happened.

Phoenix:
Isn't there any explanation for why you couldn't channel a spirit?

Pearl:
... It could happen if someone else was already channeling the same spirit.




Dahlia:
Someone called me before Pearl did...? But who...?

Phoenix:
Pearls even tried again on the day after the crime. But she couldn't do it... What could that mean?

Phoenix:
I think the truth is becoming clearer to you right about now, am I correct?

Dahlia:
... Aaaah!

Phoenix:
It wasn't Pearls that channeled you! There was someone who called you before she could!



Phoenix:
...This is an easy one. Pearls couldn't do it, and Misty Fey is gone. There's only one possibility left!

Judge:
Come on already...! I can't stand the tension!

Phoenix:
Dahlia Hawthorne! The person channeling you right now must be... Maya Fey!

Dahlia:
Wh... WHAAAAAAAT!?

Judge:
B-But how could that be!? Remember what this witness, Dahlia Hawthorne, said about her goal!

Godot:
She said that her goal was to kill Maya Fey.

Judge:
Yes, that's right. But if Maya channeled the spirit of someone that was trying to kill her...! ...

Godot:
Ha...! Well, gramps? What would happen?

Judge:
... C-Could it be...?

Phoenix:
It looks like you finally understand, Your Honor.

Dahlia:
W-Well, I don't! What are you going on about!?

Phoenix:
What I'm going on about is the reason Maya channeled you... And there's only one reason. To protect herself from you!

Dahlia:
To... protect herself... ...from me?

Phoenix:
Yes. On the night of the crime, you were only interested in one thing.

Killing Maya Fey!

Phoenix:
The path to the Inner Temple was closed off and there was nowhere for her to run. So then the problem became... "Where would be thesafest place to hide?"

Dahlia:
Ah... Aaaaaaaaaah! Y-You mean... That's when she channeled me...?

Phoenix:
All along you thought you had been channeled by Pearls... That's why it never occurred to you... ...that Maya's hiding place... ...was you!

Dahlia:
N-No... No... DON'T SAY THAT! Y-You're saying that I... ...was played for a fool!? By that little whelp!?

Phoenix:
...

Dahlia:
Maya Fey killed herself! Isn't it obvious!?

Phoenix:
Objection

Phoenix:
Sorry, but no... It would have been impossible for her to jump into the Eagle River. ...This was the only avenue of escape open to Maya. The only way that Maya could disappear from the Inner Temple...!

Dahlia:
I-I don't believe you...! A stupid little girl like that who has never been out in the real world... She could never have come up with a plan like that! Who could have ever given her such a brilliant idea!?

Phoenix:
... Well...

...Me, of course...

Phoenix:
M... Mia!

Dahlia:
Mia Fey!

Mia:
It's been a long time, Dahlia Hawthorne...

Godot:
... ...So it's true... It was you.

Mia:
...Yes.

Godot:
Ha...! You're something else...

Dahlia:
B-But what... what are you doing here...!?

Phoenix:
That hair... It's Pearls, right?

Mia:
Tell me something, Dahlia... I want you to think back to that night one more time. You had just cornered Maya in the Inner Temple's garden. And then... in the final moments of the fight, you lost consciousness.

Dahlia:
I was stabbed! By Maya Fey!

Mia:
Actually... Maya lost consciousness at the same time as you.

Godot:
...She did?

Judge:
Not terribly surprising since she was about to be killed.

Mia:
...When she woke up, she was in the Training Hall. That's when Maya decided she needed help... So she channeled me. She explained in a memo the situation she was in. She asked me what I thought she should do.

Dahlia:
She did that...? I can't believe it...

Mia:
Of course, I didn't have all the details. But... One thing was perfectly clear.

Judge:
And that was...?

Mia:
I knew that you couldn't be allowed to wander free.

Phoenix:
Free...? What do you mean?

Mia:
It was a race against time, so I wrote down two things that Maya had to do. Channel Dahlia Hawthorne as soon as possible... ...and lock herself in the Sacred Cavern until help arrived.

Phoenix:
(So it was Maya who put that lock on there...)

Judge:
Yes, but why did you order her to do those two things?

Mia:
If she hadn't done it... ...Dahlia Hawthorne would've been channeled by someone else. By one Pearl Fey.

Phoenix:
P-Pearls?

Mia:
Yes. Pearl didn't properly understand the plan. So all she was trying to do was follow her mother, Morgan Fey's instructions. If she had succeeded in channeling Dahlia Hawthorne's spirit... ...things would have turned out very badly, to put it mildly.

Godot:
......... ...So that's how it was. Dahlia Hawthorne would have used the body of Pearl Fey... ...to kill Maya at all costs.

Judge:
Y-Yes, it certainly sounds like that was the intent all along.

Dahlia:
H-How dare you!? I-I won't forget this...!

Phoenix:
Why not just admit it? ...Dahlia Hawthorne. Your little plan was nothing but a big failure.

Mia:
Yes... Another failure to add to the pile of shame, wouldn't you say?

Dahlia:
Wh-What do you mean by another!?

Phoenix:
Think about it, Dahlia. Remember all your past crimes? Not a single one of them was a success. They all ended in failure.

Dahlia:
What...!? How dare you...!

Phoenix:
11 years ago... The fake kidnapping... Your very first crime. You got your hands on a 2 million dollar diamond. But... ...after Terry Fawles escaped and went to meet with Valerie Hawthorne... ...the truth was exposed.

Dahlia:
Sh-Shut your mouth! That wasn't my fault! It was because of that stupid oaf of a prisoner and that weakling of a policewoman!

Phoenix:
And then... one year later. You tried to kill me.

Dahlia:
...!

Phoenix:
Well... I'm still alive, but... ...you wound up killing someone else. As a result, you were sentenced to death. ...It's one stupid move after another for you. But it's no longer funny.

Dahlia:
You...! Wipe that smug, happy-go-lucky smile off your face...!

Phoenix:
And now this! You've messed up again! You let Maya Fey escape. Even though she was right there in front of you!

Dahlia:
...Grr...Mmm...Nnnn... Grrr... Ahh! M... M... Mia F... F... Fey Mia Fey! Mia Fey! MIA FEEEEY! You... You... spinster!! I was supposed to kill Maya Fey like I swore I would! And if only you had gotten this spiky-haired jerk the guilty verdict... ...I wouldn't have been hanged to death!

Mia:
...... True.

Dahlia:
...!

Mia:
But I think you finally understand, Dahlia Hawthorne. ...You will never defeat me.

Dahlia:
Wh-What...!? What did you say!?

Mia:
Whether you're alive, dead, or somewhere in between, you will never defeat me. As long as I'm around, you're destined to lose for all of eternity!

Dahlia:
Grrr... Grrrr... Grrrrr...

Phoenix:
...I remember what you said earlier in the trial. You said there was no way we could punish you... ...because you were already dead.

Dahlia:
What about it!?

Phoenix:
Then you said... "Even when the body dies, the spirit, the ego, it lives on... forever."

Mia:
...That's very true, Dahlia. And that's exactly the punishment you'll never be able to escape from.

Dahlia:
...!

Mia:
For all of eternity, you'll have to remain as Dahlia Hawthorne. A miserable, pathetic, weak creature who can never win at anything... And for you, there is no escape from that. No hope of freedom. Since the day you were executed... ...the narrow bridge that once stretched out in front of you has burnt to a crisp!

Dahlia:
...Y-You... OoOooOOh... ...Y-You'RE... wROnG... ...It... CAN'T... be... ...How... coULd... I... ...loSe... to... THe... ...likES... of... YOU...?

Phoenix:
It no longer matters! I don't care whether you win or lose anymore. The only thing I want... ...is for you to come out of Maya's body right now!

Dahlia:
...... ...... AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE ...I'M... NOT... READY... ...NOT... READY... TO... GO...

Maya:
...Nick... ...Sis...




Judge:
Now then... I assume you are the real Iris...?

Iris:
...Yes. I was just rescued from the Sacred Cavern.

Judge:
I must say you and your twin sister are indeed identical from what I can see. In any case... It appears that everything has finally been cleared up. Mr. Godot. ...What happened to Dahlia Hawthorne?

Godot:
If you ask me, Your Honor... ...it looks like she went back to the hell she came from.

Judge:
Hmm... It seems that Misty Fey wasn't the only victim of this crime. Maya Fey, as well as the young Pearl Fey... ...were also victims of this wicked and selfish plan.

Phoenix:
Yes, Your Honor.

Judge:
The tragedy of "Medium Valley" has finally come to an end, it seems. It would be best for everyone if no further attempt was made to channel that spirit again.

Phoenix:
............ Umm... Your Honor?

Judge:
Yes, what is it?

Phoenix:
About this whole "spirit medium" thing... It's almost weird how comfortable you seem to be with the concept now.

Judge:
... Well, to be frank, my younger brother is quite judgmental... He often criticizes me for not studying hard enough. That's why I made a concerted effort to study up on the Kurain Channeling Technique.

Phoenix:
(Hey! Isn't that the New Year's issue of "Oh! Cult!"!?)

Judge:
...I've seen quite a few things in my many years on the bench. And in all that time, I've finally learned this one thing. Each case is different, and takes place in its own world, if you will. In order to fully understand that world... ...first we have to immerse ourselves in it completely. And that's where... My brother and I used to differ.

Phoenix:
(Hmm, never thought of it that way...)

Judge:
...At any rate! It's time to pass judgment in the case of Iris of Hazakura Temple.

Godot:
Objection

Godot:
...You're a little too fast with that gavel, Your Honor.

Judge:
What do you mean by that, Mr. Godot!?

Mia:
This trial... It isn't over yet. ...That's what he means.

Phoenix:
W-What!?

Godot:
Trite... Remember what Miss Evil Spirit said in her testimony?

Phoenix:
Huh? Dahlia's testimony?




Dahlia:
I caught up with her in front of the stone lantern. Then I took out the dagger I got from the storeroom and...

Dahlia:
............ It's strange, but... I don't have a clear memory of what happened after that. I think... I think I was stabbed.




Mia:
...Just as Dahlia Hawthorne was about to attack Maya... ...she was stabbed and "killed" by someone.

Judge:
Y-Yes... That's right...

Godot:
The person that was ultimately killed was the spirit medium that channeled Dahlia... ...Elise Deauxnim, no, Misty Fey. But... who killed her? We still don't know who did it!

Phoenix:
Th-This isn't over!?

Godot:
Unless someone else is found guilty, the accused is still on trial. We can't let her walk until there is evidence that proves her innocence.

Phoenix:
N-No way...

Judge:
But... This court isn't prepared for any further testimony...

Godot:
The prosecution is ready to call our final witness!

Judge:
F-Final... witness!?

Godot:
This one will clear up the whole mystery... The mystery of "Who killed Misty Fey"!

Judge:
...Hmm, indeed!

Mia:
... Is it really alright... Mr. Prosecutor?

Godot:
... Of course it's alright... Madame Attorney.

Judge:
Very well then... Who is this final witness?

Godot:
Ha...! Isn't it obvious? There's one person who saw the whole event and will put the final dagger in this case.

Judge:
S-Someone who saw the murder take place...?

Godot:
...The very person who saw her mother killed in front of her own eyes.

Phoenix:
Y-You mean... Maya!? ...You can't! She can't testify after what she's just been through!

Godot:
We need to find the truth. The prosecution calls Maya Fey to the witness stand!

Judge:
...Very well. But first, we'll take a brief recess. ...We'll have to wait for Ms. Fey to recover before summoning her. Once we receive the doctor's permission, we will proceed with the trial!

Godot:
...Hey, Trite. I've got something to say to you, so listen up.

Phoenix:
...What is it?

Godot:
I don't think much of you as a lawyer. It's always the same with you. ...You somehow manage to just squeak by without even a faint understanding of the case. Some beautiful woman always seems to come dashing in at the last minute to save you.

Phoenix:
Y-You've got some nerve!

Godot:
...But that's not going to happen this time. This time... you're going to have to do this by yourself.

Phoenix:
...!

Judge:
That's enough! This court is now in recess!




February 10, 2:56 PM
District Court
Defendant Lobby No. 1

Iris:
I'm truly sorry about everything. You were working so hard to defend me... But I was missing all day, and we didn't even have a chance to talk...

Phoenix:
(...She's right. When I met "Iris" at the Training Hall yesterday... ...they had already switched places... and Iris was inside the Sacred Cavern.)

Iris:
...I wanted to at least be in the defendant's box today to root you on.

Phoenix:
W-Well, it wasn't you fault. You were locked up this whole time... There's something more important than that, though. I have to ask you... Why did you help your sister out as much as you did?

Iris:
Huh...?

Phoenix:
If you had tried to get help at the Sacred Cavern yesterday... ...you wouldn't have spent an entire day locked up in there.

Iris:
... My sister... I felt sorry for her. She was abandoned by our mother and never got any love from our father either.

Phoenix:
Yes, but... it was the same for you too, wasn't it?

Iris:
Yes, but at least I had Sister Bikini, who was like a mother to me. If only Dahlia had come with me to Hazakura Temple... I always... I always loved her... Dahlia was always so smart, so strong... She never complained about a thing. That's why I... That's why I promised her that I would help her.

Phoenix:
Are you talking about the fake kidnapping case 11 years ago?

Iris:
...Yes. I-I wanted to be useful to her in some way... B-But, as usual... I was too cowardly... At the last minute, I ran away. Because of that... Dahlia's half-sister, Valerie, ended up...

Phoenix:
(That was the case that wounded Mia so badly...)

Iris:
But... things didn't end there, of course. Some people suspected that my sister was involved in the murder.

Phoenix:
Some people...? You must mean...

Iris:
Yes, two defense lawyers. Mia Fey... and Diego Armando. After poisoning Mr. Armando, who was getting too close to learning the truth... ...Dahlia even tried to kill the person who had unknowingly hid the poison for her. You.

Phoenix:
(...That's right...) ...Iris. There's one more thing that I have to ask you.

Iris:
Yes, what is it?

Phoenix:
On the night of the murder... ...the person that cleaned up the corpse of the victim, Elise Deauxnim... Was it... Was it really you?

Iris:
... Yes... It was me. That night, after I rang the lights out bell... I went back to my room. At around 10:30, I received a call on my cell phone.

Phone:
......... ...*beep*...

"There's a problem... Come to the Inner Temple right away."

Iris:
I... I got on the snowmobile and headed for the Inner Temple. But...!

Phoenix:
The path to the Inner Temple was cut off... Right?

Iris:
Exactly.

Phone:
......... ...*beep*...

"We can't just leave the body here..."

"...Alright, let's do this as you said..."

Iris:
It was me... I was the one that received her body. The murder weapon had been left in her body so she wouldn't bleed too much. The staff that Mystic Elise always held...

Phoenix:
I knew it... So the actual murder weapon was the staff.

Iris:
...Yes, that's right. I brought the body back to Hazakura Temple on the snowmobile.

Phoenix:
But why... Why did you alter the body?

Iris:
...I didn't want anyone to know that the staff was the murder weapon. I didn't want to leave anything that would lead back to Misty Fey... So I dressed her in a robe and stabbed her with the Shichishito... I wiped the blood off the staff's blade and left it next to her on the ground.

Phoenix:
...Iris. Just tell me one last thing. Tell me the name of the person that called your cell phone. The real killer.

Iris:
... I'm sorry, Mr. Wright... I can't do it... I can't say who did it.

Phoenix:
... I... I see...

Victim's Staff updated in the Court Record.

Bailiff:
...Defendant!

Iris:
...Y-Yes...

Bailiff:
The judge is calling you! He wants you to see you in his chambers. He has some questions about Dahlia Hawthorne.

Iris:
...Alright. ... Well then... I'll see you later... There's something I want to tell you later.

Phoenix:
Oh, um... OK... ("Something she wants to tell me"?)




Phoenix:
(So it's true... Iris cooperated with the real killer... Maybe even from the very beginning!)

Mia:
...Phoenix.

Phoenix:
Mia...! Umm... H-How is Maya doing!?

Mia:
Physically, I'm not worried. She'll recover completely. But emotionally, she's been hurt very badly by this case.

Phoenix:
I-I see... ...! You don't mean...! She's learned who Elise Deauxnim really was?

Mia:
...Yes. I went to the medical office and talked with her. I told her everything I knew.

Phoenix:
...But why?

Mia:
Maya is stronger than you think... I knew she could take it... All of it.

Phoenix:
What do you mean by that?

Mia:
I want you to figure that answer out by yourself. ...The trial is about to restart. The real killer... Do you know who it is yet?

Phoenix:
(Iris wouldn't tell me who called her. But still... I think that just maybe... I know who it was.) That night, the victim was killed in the garden of the Inner Temple. And the criminal wasn't just there by accident. Which means... ...that the killer knew of Dahlia's plan from the very beginning.

Mia:
...And one more thing. The victim was moved to the Hazakura Temple side by pendulum. In other words... the criminal couldn't cross the bridge. That means they were stuck on the Inner Temple side for almost an entire day.

Phoenix:
(Exactly. So the criminal... ...was someone that wasn't in Hazakura Temple the following day...!)

Mia:
... That's as much help as I can give you. The rest of the battle is yours to win... or lose.

Phoenix:
OK, I've got it. ...Thank you, Mia. (Finally... It's almost time to bring this case to an end. What exactly did Maya see anyway...? And who was it that actually killed Misty Fey? Whoever it was, I have to prove it... Me. All by myself.)

To be continued.




February 10, 3:36 PM
District Court
Courtroom No. 7

Judge:
Now then, before we proceed any further... ...I'm going to announce the results of the tests we had performed earlier.

Phoenix:
Tests...?

Judge:
Yes, tests. On the bloody dagger that was found stuck in the pine tree.

Phoenix:
Oh yeah! That! (I totally forgot about it.)

Godot:
That's the weapon that Maya Fey used when she fought with the victim.

Phoenix:
So what are the results!? Was it the victim's blood, or...?

Judge:
Due to time constraints, a full test wasn't possible. However... There's one thing we can say with certainty. The blood that was on this dagger was not the victim's blood! ...That is all. Now then, let's restart this trial.

Phoenix:
(So it wasn't Misty's blood on the dagger... Then whose was it...?)

Dagger updated in the Court Record.

Judge:
I'm sure both the defense and the prosecution know this, but... ...this trial is rapidly coming to a close. Both sides will need to show some firm evidence with their claims.

Phoenix:
I understand, Your Honor.

Godot:
From what I've heard... ...the witness is dangerously weak, physically speaking. So, let's finish this quickly.

Phoenix:
...Agreed.

Judge:
Very well! Please bring in the last witness!




Godot:
...Witness, please tell us your name and profession.

Maya:
Maya Fey. My profession is... Umm... I'm the assistant manager at Wright & Co. Law Offices.

Phoenix:
(Maya...)

Judge:
According to the magazine I have here... ...you're a spirit medium of the Kurain Channeling Technique...

Maya:
... I... I'm frightened. The Fey clan... I don't want any more to do with it.

Phoenix:
(Oh, Maya... The pain the Fey bloodline causes must be unbearable...)

Judge:
...Very well. Now then, Ms. Fey. When the event occurred... you were in the garden of the Inner Temple. And... You witnessed the moment of Ms. Elise Deauxnim's murder. ...Is this correct?

Maya:
... I, umm... I... I didn't see anyth--

Godot:
Objection

Godot:
Straighten up this moment, young lady!

Maya:
Huh...?

Godot:
Pick your head up and speak clearly. There's always time for crying later.

Maya:
B-But I...

Godot:
Your mother was killed right in front of your eyes! There's nothing you can do to change that fact.

Maya:
...!

Godot:
But there's something you can do... You can finish this. You've been watching the whole thing right? You've seen the witnesses come out and you've seen us squeeze the truth out of them. Now it's your turn. ...Let's hear your testimony. On the night of the crime... what exactly did you see happen!?

Judge:
Witness. If you please.

Maya:
...Yes, Your Honor.




Witness Testimony
-- At the Inner Temple --

Maya:
I was passing through the garden on the way to a spare prep room when it happened.
Suddenly, someone struck me over the head...
I stumbled... and ended up against the stone lantern.
I think I screamed, "Help me!"
Then something warm splashed over me...
That's when... I lost consciousness.




Judge:
Hmm... So you were struck on the head... I suppose it must have been this staff.

Phoenix:
Maya! The person who hit you... It was Dahlia Hawthorne, wasn't it!?

Maya:
I-I'm sorry, Nick. I just... I couldn't see... I don't know who it was...

Phoenix:
Maya, think hard...

Maya:
Sorry, Nick, but I really couldn't!

Godot:
Ha...! Can't say it was an especially good night for young ladies to be walking around alone.

Judge:
It seems that it will be hard to determine the criminal through testimony alone. Very well then, Mr. Wright. Please begin your cross-examination...

Phoenix:
... (Maya... Hang in there... She doesn't look well at all...)




Cross-Examination
-- At the Inner Temple --

Maya:
I was passing through the garden on the way to a spare prep room when it happened.


Maya:
Suddenly, someone struck me over the head...


Maya:
I stumbled... and ended up against the stone lantern.


Maya:
I think I screamed, "Help me!"


Maya:
I could see a man behind my attacker by the light of the stone lantern.



Maya:
Then something warm splashed over me...


Maya:
That's when... I lost consciousness.


Phoenix:
(I've worked side by side with Maya for 3 years now. When she hides something, I can tell by how she acts. And right now... I'm absolutely certain she's hiding something!)




Phoenix:
...So there was a man standing behind your attacker?

Maya:
Umm... yeah.

Phoenix:
That man... He's the killer. He stabbed her from behind. He's the one who killed Elise Deauxnim... Otherwise known as... Misty Fey, your mother.

Maya:
The killer...!

Phoenix:
Maya... You know who killed your mother, don't you.

Maya:
Umm...

Judge:
Wh-What is the meaning of this, Mr. Wright!?

Phoenix:
To be frank, Your Honor, I think she is in shock and quite confused. That's why she hasn't noticed the huge problem with her testimony.

Maya:
H-Huh? What do you mean? What problem...?

Phoenix:
...Maya. On the night of the crime... that stone lantern was out of commission.

Maya:
Huh... What!?

Phoenix:
...It's true. There was no light anywhere in the garden that night.

Maya:
N-No!

Judge:
Order! Order in the court! M-Mr. Godot! Explain this!

Godot:
...Add the pureness of milk to the perfect, clear darkness of coffee. Stir. That is the state of the witness's mind right now -- a cup of café au lait.

Judge:
C-Café o' Lay? Is that even legal...?

Godot:
Mr. Trite's words are the milk and you are the spoon, Your Honor.

Judge:
I-I'm a spoon!? I'm no spoony bard, I'll have you know!

Godot:
You must have noticed it too, Trite. ...This witness's mental state is highly unstable right now. It's not hard to understand why she would make a little mistake like that.

Phoenix:
Objection

Phoenix:
Sorry, but that's not going to cut it!

Godot:
...What did you say!?

Phoenix:
If there truly was no light in the garden... ...then there's a fatal contradiction in the witness's last bit of testimony!

Maya:
N-Nick...

Phoenix:
...May I?

Phoenix:
Recall the witness's statement about her attacker. She said that she didn't know if it was a man or a woman, an adult or a child. ...And yet! The witness could describe a person that was standing behind her attacker... And she quite clearly described him as a man!

Maya:
Ah...!

Phoenix:
...In other words! That would have to mean that Maya actually saw our mystery person! Despite it being so dark that she couldn't see the face of the attacker in front of her!

Maya:
N... NOOOOOOOOOO!

Judge:
Or-Order! Order! Order! What in the world does this all mean, Mr. Wright!? Are you saying Ms. Fey saw the real killer under pitch black conditions!?

Godot:
Objection

Godot:
Trite! Do you have any idea what you're proposing? How could she have seen in the dark? There was no other light source at the scene!

Phoenix:
Objection

Phoenix:
There are some things that you can only see in the dark, Mr. Godot.

Godot:
...!

Phoenix:
Maya, you did see who the killer was in the dark. And now... you're trying to cover for him.

Judge:
C-Cover...!? For the man that killed her mother...!?

Phoenix:
There's only one conclusion I can draw from this... You know who this man is!

Maya:
...... ... Please... Nick... I don't know anything... Please... I'm begging you...

Godot:
...Ha! You talk a good game, Trite. But let's see if you can walk the walk. It was pitch black. So what could the witness see? I'm calling your bluff!

Maya:
N-No, Nick! Don't...! P-Please! Stop...!

Phoenix:
(Maya is dead set on protecting this guy... The man who murdered Maya's long-lost mother...! But... I can't let him get away with it. I'm a lawyer. An officer of the court. I'm here to find the truth!)

Judge:
...Alright, Mr. Wright. Time to show us what you've got. Who was this person that you say Ms. Fey saw in the darkness...?



Phoenix:
Because it was pitch black, Ms. Fey was able to recognize the killer easily. I'm sure the court would like to see for itself how this is possible, yes?

Judge:
What!? B-But how do you propose to show us something like that!?

Phoenix:
...It's easy. We just need to recreate the conditions of that night.

Judge:
C-Conditions...?

Phoenix:
Your Honor! The defense officially requests... ...that all the lights in this courtroom be turned off!




Judge:
... Wh... Wh... This is... ...But it can't be...!

Godot:
...Ha... That was a nice bit of deduction... Trite.




Phoenix:
Well, everyone...? This is the man Maya saw on the night of the murder!

Judge:
Order! Order! Order! Prosecutor Godot! What is the meaning of this!?

Godot:
...

Judge:
Surely you must be shocked to hear yourself accused of such a thing! Why aren't you denying it!?

Godot:
Ha...! Your Honor. You're asking the wrong person.

Judge:
Wh-What do you mean by that!?

Godot:
If you've got a question, ask the witness... That's one of my rules.

Phoenix:
Well, Maya!? How about it? What you saw that night... Was it 3 glowing red lights?

Maya:
...

Judge:
Well, witness? Answer the question.

Maya:
... Y... You're wrong! I-I... I never saw that!

Phoenix:
M-Maya!

Maya:
I thought the person that stabbed my mother was a man... ...for a totally different reason!

Phoenix:
Wha-Whaat?

Judge:
W-Witness... M-Mr. Wright, what the...!?

Godot:
Objection

Godot:
Stop your chattering, Your Honor.

Judge:
Ch-Ch-Chattering...?

Godot:
If it's worth asking, ask the witness. That's one of my rules.

Judge:
...... Alright. Well then, let's continue with the testimony. Please tell us how you knew the killer was a man!

Maya:
...Y-Yes, Your Honor. I didn't realize it until after I woke up, but...




Witness Testimony
-- The Killer --

Maya:
...When I came to, I was just lying there on the Training Hall floor.
By the time I got back to the garden, the place had totally changed...
The torches were lit... And the body was gone.
And all of the snow around the stone lantern had been carefully cleaned up, too.
Since the person did all that work alone, I just assumed it was a man...




Judge:
Hmm... So it was after the crime took place that the witness came to think the killer was a man.

Maya:
Yes... That's right...I'm sorry, Your Honor, I...

Judge:
No need to apologize. It's as Mr. Godot said... You're utterly exhausted. It's only natural that you would be a little confused.

Godot:
...

Judge:
Also, if you consider the situation you described... ...it doesn't seem too much of a stretch to assume the criminal was a man. Mr. Wright. Proceed with your cross-examination.




Cross-Examination
-- The Killer --

Maya:
...When I came to, I was just lying there on the Training Hall floor.


Maya:
By the time I got back to the garden, the place had totally changed...


Maya:
I think it was for my sake that the killer cleaned up the evidence of what had happened.



Maya:
The torches were lit... And the body was gone.


Maya:
And all of the snow around the stone lantern had been carefully cleaned up, too.


Maya:
Since the person did all that work alone, I just assumed it was a man...


Phoenix:
(The killer certainly went through a lot of trouble... Moving the body by pendulum, manipulating the crime scene... But for what purpose...? Why do all that? Maybe Maya knows more than she's letting on...)




Phoenix:
The body of Elise Deauxnim was carried all the way to Hazakura Temple's courtyard. Then at the garden, the real scene of the crime... ...the snow that we suspect was covered in blood was scooped up and removed. It's reasonable to believe all this was done in an attempt to hide the true crime scene. However... There's still one matter that still seems somewhat odd.

Godot:
Oh? And what would that be?

Phoenix:
You must have figured it out by now, Mr. Godot... It's the message written in blood on the lantern.

Godot:
...!

Phoenix:
It was written very clearlyon the white stone lantern. "Maya"...

Maya:
Ah...

Phoenix:
If the killer was so motivated to protect Maya from suspicion... ...then why didn't he wipe the writing off the lantern?

Judge:
Aaaaaaah! You're right! Order! Order! Order! B-But, Mr. Wright! Isn't it a fact that the killer was trying to cover up the crime scene...?

Phoenix:
Indeed. But it doesn't make much sense to move the body and remove the bloody snow... ...then not wipe off the most incriminating thing of all -- the bloody writing!

Godot:
Objection

Godot:
But if that's the case... ...do you have an explanation for the killer's mysterious behavior? Why would this killer move the body and remove all that snow... ...but then leave the bloody writing on the lantern...?

Phoenix:
(I don't know what the killer's plan was... ...but it's a fact that the killer left the writing on the lantern. There must be a reason for it!)

Judge:
Well then, Mr. Wright! Let's hear your opinion. Why did the killer leave the message written in blood on the lantern?




Phoenix:
...Prosecutor Godot. Earlier in this trial, you gave me some good advice. "Once you eliminate the impossible... ...whatever remains must be the truth."

Godot:
Maybe you're not as dumb as I thought.

Phoenix:
The real killer wanted to disguise the fact that a crime occurred there. If that's the case... They wouldn't have left the bloody writing on the stone lantern on purpose! Therefore, it must mean that they didn't notice it...

Maya:
B-But... That doesn't make any sense! The torches were all lit and everything... There's no way any normal person would miss something as glaring as that!

Phoenix:
You're right... There is no way any "normal" person would.

Judge:
What...? What are you trying to say, Mr. Wright!?

Phoenix:
There's only one person involved in this incident... ...who could have missed seeing the bloody writing altogether.

Judge:
And who would that be!? Who is the person that could have failed to notice the bloody writing!?



Phoenix:
Mr. Godot... This is what you said yesterday...




Godot:
My eyesight is pretty messed up. Even with these huge goggles on my head, I still can't see everything.




Judge:
You can't see everything!? Is that correct, Mr. Godot!?

Godot:
...

Phoenix:
This lantern was submitted as evidence today. I would like the court to think back to the moment it was first presented.




Judge:
Th-This lantern... There's something written on it! Wh-Why... It's written in blood!

Godot:
Hmph... Nonsense! This lantern... It's as clean as a whistle!




Phoenix:
...Mr. Godot. Just admit it. There are certain colors you can't see... Correct?

Godot:
...

Phoenix:
You can't see red on a white background, can you? ...That's right. We went through this once before. During the poisoning case at Trés Bien...




Godot:
This is the apron the delightful Ms. Byrde was wearing at the time. And somehow spilled coffee on.

Judge:
There's something still bothering me, Mr. Godot. Why have you not explained the bloodstain to the court?

Godot:
Bloodstain? What bloodstain would that be?

Judge:
Don't play games, prosecutor! The blood-colored stain that's smeared all over the apron!

Godot:
That's ridiculous! No one told me anything about a bloodstain!




Phoenix:
You could see the coffee on the white apron... ...But you couldn't see the ketchup. Because it was red.

Godot:
... Ha...! It's strange... In a black and white photo, those letters would have appeared black to me... I wonder... Why am I the only one that can't see them...?

Judge:
S-So then... Mr. Godot! Are you admitting it!? Are you admitting that you couldn't see the red writing on the lantern!?

Godot:
...Hey, gramps. Didn't you know? That's the reason why I don't drink red tea!

Phoenix:
(I wasn't sure about it until now, but... I just can't believe it... Prosecutor Godot is the murderer! But... There's no going back now. I've finally figured out the truth...!)

Phoenix:
...Mr. Godot. The defense at this time formally accuses you. You are the murderer of Ms. Elise Deauxnim, also known as Ms. Misty Fey!

Judge:
It's hard to believe this may be true. However... ...once again Mr. Wright has brought up a disquieting fact about you!

Godot:
Ha...! Just make sure you don't fill out the indictment in red ink, gramps. Come on... How does a little graffiti make me into the killer?

Phoenix:
...!

Godot:
Besides, it's not like it's my name that's written there.

Phoenix:
Objection

Phoenix:
I'm certain that the killer wasn't able to see the color red!

Godot:
This is rich. Do go on, Trite.

Phoenix:
The answer is right there at the crime scene. In the snow...

Judge:
The snow? How so?

Phoenix:
Well, for example, why did the killer move all that snow...? Your Honor, you said it yourself. If they wanted to hide the bloody snow, why not take out just that area?

Judge:
Yes, why didn't they take just that area...? Ah! C-Could it be...!?

Phoenix:
Yes. The killer couldn't see the red blood that had seeped into the snow. And so, he had to remove all of the snow! He couldn't be sure of where the blood had landed, so he removed the whole area!

Godot:
Objection

Godot:
Isn't it more likely that the killer couldn't see the blood because it was dark?

Phoenix:
...Not a chance. The torches were all lit. They would have been able to see fine.

Judge:
......It seems... ...that once again, this trial has taken an unexpected turn, to say the least. Can you explain this, Mr. Godot!?

Holdit

Maya:
W-Wait! Just wait a minute!

Phoenix:
Maya!

Judge:
Wh-What is it, witness?

Maya:
M-Mr. Godot... isn't the killer...! After all, he didn't even come to the Inner Temple... ...until 2 days after the murder took place! He didn't show up until after that old bridge got fixed up!

Godot:
Objection

Godot:
Maya...

Maya:
...!

Godot:
You can't testify to something like that.

Maya:
Why...? What do you mean!? I may not look it, but I'm-- Eeeeeeeek!!

Godot:
After the murder happened... you didn't even exist.

Judge:
She didn't...? I'm afraid I don't follow...

Godot:
Are you senile, old man? We established this just a little while ago. After the murder, this witness was unconscious for a long time. Because she was channeling Dahlia Hawthorne.

Judge:
Oh... That's right...

Maya:
P-Please, Your Honor! Let me add to my testimony! ...Nick! Please listen to me...!

Phoenix:
...... (Maya... Do you plan to cover for Godot no matter what the cost...? If that's the case, then I've got no choice.) ...Your Honor! Let's hear her testimony. If it means we're going to hear the whole truth, I say we should not silence her.

Godot:
Ha...! Nicely done, Trite.

Judge:
Very well, let's hear the witness's testimony. Please tell us what happened at the Inner Temple after the murder.

Maya:
Yes, sir. After I woke up, I began channeling and my spirit "left me", as it were. But that little girl was there at the Inner Temple, too!




Witness Testimony
-- After the Incident --

Maya:
Pearly was also stuck on the Inner Temple side that night!
The next morning, she looked around, but couldn't find anyone.
The next day, when the bridge was finally fixed, she was in the spare prep room.
That's when Mr. Godot arrived at the Inner Temple for the first time!
He found Pearly first, and cheered her right up!




Judge:
Who is this "Pearly"...?

Maya:
That's my little cousin! Pearl Fey.

Judge:
Hmm... So when did you hear about this?

Maya:
Oh, just a while ago... When I was in the medical office.

Judge:
I'm terribly sorry... But what you heard from someone else is simply not admissible as testimony.

Maya:
Whaaaat!? Come on! Pearly would never tell a lie! She's a way more honest person than I'll ever be!

Phoenix:
(Real smart, Maya. You always know the best things to say when you're under oath...)

Godot:
Ha...! The prosecution has no objection. We believe the witness.

Judge:
M-Mr. Godot!

Godot:
Let's just move on to the cross-examination... If the defense has no objections...

Judge:
Th-This is highly unusual, but... Well, Mr. Wright!?

Phoenix:
... Let's get this cross-examination started.

Godot:
...




Cross-Examination
-- After the Incident --

Maya:
Pearly was also stuck on the Inner Temple side that night!


Maya:
The next morning, she looked around, but couldn't find anyone.


Maya:
The next day, when the bridge was finally fixed, she was in the spare prep room.


Maya:
That's when Mr. Godot arrived at the Inner Temple for the first time!



Maya:
He found Pearly first, and cheered her right up!


Phoenix:
(There's only one thing of any importance here... Where was Godot when the murder was taking place? He must have already been at the Inner Temple when it happened. Otherwise, he couldn't have killed Elise Deauxnim!)




Phoenix:
...Mr. Godot. The first time you crossed Dusky Bridge and went into the Inner Temple... ...was long before the murder took place.

Godot:
...

Maya:
Wh-Why do you say that!?

Phoenix:
Because he just made one fatal slip-up. The hanging scroll in the Training Hall...

Judge:
Hanging scroll...?

Maya:
B-But! Mr. Godot is right! That scroll shows a picture of my mother!

Phoenix:
Maya... I know you know who it is, but here's something you didn't know. By the time the bridge had been repaired, two days after the murder... ...the hanging scroll in the Training Hall looked like this.

Judge:
What's that wonderfully delicious smell!?

Phoenix:
The morning after the crime, someone covered it with gravy.

Maya:
Gravy...? But why gravy, Nick?

Phoenix:
Because gravy was much more than a condiment to the culprit. Well, Mr. Godot!? If you really hadn't seen the hanging scroll until after the murder... ...you wouldn't have had any way of knowing that it was Misty Fey!

Maya:
Holdit

Maya:
W-Wait a minute, Nick!

Phoenix:
...Yes?

Maya:
T-Take another look at the hanging scroll! Look! At the top...! There's a crest there!

Phoenix:
Ah, that. It's the mark of the Master, correct?

Maya:
Exactly! So if you know the meaning of the mark...

Judge:
...Then you could guess that it was a picture of Misty Fey on there!

Phoenix:
True, but Mr. Godot described what was underneath like this. "Clad in her stunning Japanese garb surrounded by the hue and aroma of Western tastes."

Maya:
Oh...

Phoenix:
Yes, it's possible that he knew what the crest meant. ...However! He couldn't have known that she was wearing Japanese clothing! Mr. Godot! On the day of the murder... ...you were hiding at the Inner Temple, long before the crime took place!

Godot:
Can I ask you just one little thing, Trite?

Phoenix:
...What is it?

Godot:
This whole theory of yours... It all rests on a certain assumption. That I knew beforehand that a crime was going to be committed.

Maya:
Th-That's right! Otherwise there's no reason for him to sneak onto the crime scene...

Phoenix:
... Of course Mr. Godot knew about the plan.

Maya:
Huh...?

Judge:
Wh-What did you say!? Is it really possible that another person knew of that plan!?



Phoenix:
...This crime was actually planned over a year ago. Morgan Fey authored the plan for her daughter's future... ...and these instructions were hidden somewhere in Fey Manor for a year... However, by the time little Pearls found these instructions... ...they had already been unsealed.

Judge:
Unsealed...?

Phoenix:
Yes. The killer had read these instructions long before Pearls ever found them. That's how he knew the crime was to take place at the Inner Temple!

Godot:
And you're saying this crafty killer... is me?

Phoenix:
You bet I am.

Godot:
But you just said that the instructions were hidden...

Maya:
Th-That's right! Mr. Godot couldn't have known where the instructions were hidden!

Phoenix:
If he really wanted to know, he had one great chance to find out.

Judge:
Y-Yes, and when was that...?

Phoenix:
...During a visit.

Maya:
A visit?

Phoenix:
Morgan Fey told her daughter, Pearl, about where the instructions were hidden... ...during one of her visits to the detention center. That would be the only time for someone to have learned where they were hidden.

Judge:
Ea-Eavesdropping on a visit at the detention center!

Phoenix:
Yes, it could be arranged if you were someone with easy access in and out of there. Like for example, a prosecutor such as Mr. Godot!

Godot:
...!

Judge:
Order! Order! Order! M-Mr. Godot...! You're under fire again!

Phoenix:
...This murder could not have been carried out without prior knowledge! And you...! You were the only one that could've acquired this information before the murder.

Godot:
...Humans are afraid of the dark. And yet... At the same time, we're fascinated and bewitched by it. Maybe that's why humans drink the darkness that is coffee.

Judge:
......

Phoenix:
Umm... Sorry for always asking, but what does that mean?

Godot:
It means there's a reason for everything. According to your theory, the killer in this case eavesdropped... ...on a conversation during a jail visit where he learned of a hidden plan for a crime. After discovering the plans, he hid in the Inner Temple and waited for the crime to occur. Then he ultimately took a person's life. ...And he did all of that just to protect this witness?

Phoenix:
That's right.

Godot:
If you're accusing me of this crime, I have to ask you... Why would I do this? This girl is nothing but a stranger to me. I've got no reason to go through that kind of trouble to protect her. I am what you see. I am certainly not the type to rescue the damsel in distress.

Judge:
Hmm... The killer's behavior is... certainly... extreme... for lack of a better word. Even considering that the killer wanted to protect this witness's life... ...his behavior is still a little too unnatural!

Phoenix:
Objection

Phoenix:
However... ...you had a good reason didn't you, Mr. Godot? An unshakable reason that forced you to protect this witness at all costs!

Maya:
...... I knew it... You've figured it out, haven't you, Nick...?

Phoenix:
(Maya... I guess you were doing your best to cover for Godot... ...for the same reason, huh?)

Godot:
OK, Trite. I'm all ears. ...Let's hear it.

Phoenix:
It's very simple... Maya Fey is a lot more than just a stranger to you.

Judge:
Wh-What's this...!?

Phoenix:
There's one person who lies at the very center of this whole story. One person that ties you and Maya Fey together inextricably!



Phoenix:
There's a very good reason why Maya Fey's life is so precious to you! After all... She is Mia Fey's only sister.

Maya:
...!

Godot:
Mia... Fey.

Phoenix:
You once worked alongside her. That was when you... were a defense attorney.

Judge:
W-Wait a second here! Mr. Godot is... is a defense attorney!?

Phoenix:
With Your Honor's piercing intellect, you must have figured it out by now... The real name of this man who calls himself "Godot"... His real name is... Diego Armando. Isn't that right?

Godot:
The last time someone called me by that name... ...was over 6 years ago.

Judge:
Diego Armando... That name rings a bell...

Phoenix:
It should, Your Honor. All of this is related to a single case... A case in which a convict named Terry Fawles killed himself... Mia Fey's first time in court. The tragic outcome left a deep wound in her heart. She knew that behind it all was a heartless, scheming demoness in disguise. But in the end, Mia couldn't tear off that disguise. However, there was one man who reached out to help her. ...Diego Armando, a senior defense lawyer at the office where Mia worked.




Mia:
It's my fault! It's all my fault that Mr. Fawles killed himself!

Armando:
............... Mia... You can't cry yet. The only time a lawyer can cry is when it's all over.




Godot:
... I was moved by her... The way she put all her faith in her clients... That pure, sweet heart of hers... That's why... I could never forgive Dahlia Hawthorne. Mia and I thoroughly investigated that fake kidnapping incident. Then one fateful day, Dahlia wanted to meet with me... It had been 6 months since the trial... We met in the courthouse cafeteria.

Judge:
Ah...! I just remembered! 6 years ago! Right here in this courthouse! You were poisoned...!

Godot:
Even I didn't see it coming. Dahlia Hawthorne slipped some poison into my coffee.

Judge:
Some newspapers at the time called it a murder. But very little information about the case was released to the press...

Phoenix:
But you weren't dead at all!

Godot:
No official reports ever actually called it a murder. I was just in a deep, deep coma...

Phoenix:
I see...

Godot:
...My body shut down, and my life became nothing but a long, deep sleep. That woman's poison did a real number on my central nervous system... I lost my sight, and all of my hair turned white due to the damage it caused.

Maya:
That's terrible...

Godot:
Apparently it was a miracle that I ever regained consciousness. Five years had passed since I drank that poisoned brew... Then one morning, my eyes flew open... from the smell of a doctor's cup of coffee.

Judge:
F-Five years...!? You were asleep for 5 years!?

Godot:
And the worst possible news was waiting for me... ...Mia Fey was dead. From the very moment I opened my eyes... I had already lost everything I thought I had. The woman I loved had been murdered... And the woman I loathed had been sentenced to death.

Judge:
The woman you loathed...?

Godot:
The woman who had spiked my scalding hot coffee... Dahlia Hawthorne! Ha...! Good ol' Mia. She didn't let me down. She got her revenge before she checked out. In the end... There wasn't anyone waiting for me when I woke up.

Maya:
Th-That's so sad...

Godot:
For someone like me... For someone who had slept away their best days... ...there were only 2 reasons left to live. And it was for those 2 reasons that I decided to become a prosecutor.

Phoenix:
If I may ask... What were your 2 reasons to live...?

Godot:
The first was you, Trite.

Phoenix:
Huh...!? M... M-Me?

Godot:
If I hadn't drank that stupid poison... ...Mia Fey never would have died, much less the way she did.

Phoenix:
...!

Godot:
You were the only one who was there to protect her! But you let her die. It was all your fault.

Phoenix:
I... It wasn't like that...

Godot:
I wanted to see for myself what kind of a man you really were.

Judge:
S-So that's why you became a prosecutor?

Godot:
My other reason for living... She goes by the name of Maya Fey.

Maya:
Huh? You mean me...?

Godot:
You were the only way I could make up for the sin of not saving Mia. One year ago, when the Kurain Village incident was resolved... ...it was obvious that Morgan Fey was planning something. Whatever her evil plan was, I was determined to stop it. My role as a prosecutor put me in the perfect position to do something about her.

Phoenix:
That's how you overheard Pearls's visit with Morgan at the detention center.

Godot:
I knew that the time was drawing near. Since I knew the plan, I thought I could foil it. My goal was to outwit the plan. I thought if I could do that... ...I could keep that girl from being caught up in it.

Phoenix:
(That makes sense... If Pearls had known that the actual purpose of the plan was to kill Maya... ...she never would have helped out.)

Godot:
Finally, the day of the plan was drawing near... I contacted both of my accomplices.

Judge:
Accomplices...?

Godot:
Iris of Hazakura Temple and... Misty Fey. I especially needed the help of Iris... She was to take the fall in my back-up plan in case we couldn't control Pearl Fey.

Maya:
B-But...! How did you contact my mother!? She had been missing for almost 20 years!

Godot:
Officially, yes...

Maya:
What!? What do you mean, officially!?

Godot:
You've heard about it, haven't you? About the strong ties between the main family and the government...

Phoenix:
(Now that you mention it... Bikini did say something to that effect... She said that the Master of Kurain had great authority...)

Godot:
Even without her official position, Misty Fey still wielded great influence... The police have been keeping an eye on her movements all this time. That's how I was able to contact her... Again, because of my position as a prosecutor.

Maya:
So my mother... was cooperating with you?

Godot:
Don't ever forget... ...no matter how far away from you she was, she never stopped thinking about you.

Maya:
Sh-She was always...

Godot:
That's why... I knew she would do anything to protect you. If you want to know how strong her resolve to protect you was, look at her staff.

Judge:
Her staff...? The one with the sword in it?

Godot:
The day the plan was to be carried out arrived soon enough... We met for the first time at Hazakura Temple. That's when your mother showed me her special staff... I realized it then... Just how far she was willing to go... She was ready to use that sword to protect you from Morgan Fey, if necessary. ...Yes! Even if it meant paying the ultimate price.

Maya:
M-Mother...

Godot:
That night... The night of the crime. There was just one way to stop Morgan's evil plan.

Phoenix:
You mean Pearls, don't you?

Godot:
We had to make sure she didn't channel Dahlia Hawthorne...




Elise:
...Well, Pearl? What are you going to do tonight?

Pearl:
Well, umm...

Elise:
If you'd like, you can come to my room. Perhaps we can read some books together.




Godot:
We thought we could prevent her from playing her part in Morgan's plan. But... She never showed up.

Maya:
She was worried and followed me to the Inner Temple...

Godot:
That was the thing we were most afraid of. And that's why... Misty Fey had to do the channeling herself. She channeled Dahlia Hawthorne into her own body.

Judge:
What...!? What do you mean!?

Phoenix:
If she channeled the spirit first... ...then Pearls wouldn't be able to do it herself.

Maya:
...!

Godot:
As Master of Kurain, Misty Fey's power was supreme. So that's how it went down. She channeled Dahlia Hawthorne so that Pearl Fey wouldn't be able to!

Maya:
Ah...! Whaaaaaaaat!?

Judge:
What...!? Is this true!?

Godot:
My role in the plan was to make sure no one was going to hurt Maya Fey. That's why... I hid myself at the Inner Temple. Just in case you needed to be saved from Dahlia Hawthorne.

Phoenix:
Godot...

Godot:
Anyway... That's all I'm going to admit to... Trite.

Phoenix:
Huh...?

Godot:
There's no doubt about it. You're a great defense lawyer. But... you're going to have to do the rest yourself.

Judge:
The background leading up to this incident has been laid bare. There's just one question remaining, Mr. Wright. "Who killed the victim?" There are only two possible suspects right now. Maya Fey... And I'm sad to say... you, Mr. Godot!

Godot:
Well, Trite... If you're the real deal... ...then finish this thing once and for all. Show us beyond a shadow of a doubt that you can finish this on your own!

Maya:
N-No, Nick...! P-Please don't!

Phoenix:
M... Maya...

Maya:
I... I heard the whole thing. From my sister... In the medical office...! That's why! That's why... I have to protect Mr. Godot...

Phoenix:
...

Maya:
I can't do it... I can't testify against him... After all... ...he's the man who put his life on the line to protect Mia... and me, too!

Phoenix:
Maya... I know that!

Maya:
N-Nick...

Phoenix:
But even so... It doesn't absolve him of his crime! ...Please, Maya. Testify.

Maya:
...!

Judge:
Ms. Fey. Your testimony please.

Phoenix:
This is the final testimony. Don't bother trying to hide anything, because I'll know. I want to hear the truth from your own lips...

Maya:
...... I understand. I'm sure you're right... I'm ready now, Nick...

Judge:
Alright, young lady... Tell us about the moments before you lost consciousness. What exactly happened at the time of the murder!?




Witness Testimony
-- The Time of the Murder --

Maya:
...Just before it happened, I think I saw some red lights. Three of them.
I thought I'd ask for help, but... just then I was splattered with blood!
She wasn't dead though... And she struck back at the enemy behind her.
Suddenly, the red lights went out and the whole area was dark.
...Just at that moment, there was a horrible scream!
Right after that... Dahlia collapsed and I lost consciousness.




Judge:
These red lights... I thought you said you don't remember seeing them!

Maya:
I-I'm sorry... I thought I saw them, but then they disappeared all of a sudden...

Godot:
Ha...! Things break, Trite... Even the best of theories.

Phoenix:
...

Godot:
Who was it that stabbed Misty Fey? It looks like you still can't prove it.

Phoenix:
(Maya is telling the truth this time, I know it... The rest is up to me!)

Judge:
...Well then, Mr. Wright! Proceed with your final cross-examination of the witness!




Cross-Examination
-- The Time of the Murder --

Maya:
...Just before it happened, I think I saw some red lights. Three of them.


Maya:
I thought I'd ask for help, but... just then I was splattered with blood!


Maya:
She wasn't dead though... And she struck back at the enemy behind her.


Maya:
Suddenly, the red lights went out and the whole area was dark.


Maya:
...Just at that moment, there was a horrible scream!


Maya:
Right after that... Dahlia collapsed and I lost consciousness.


Phoenix:
(I've got to use this testimony to prove that Godot committed the murder! I really wish I didn't have to do it... But for some reason... I get the feeling that some part of Godot actually wants me to...)




Phoenix:
Naturally, the dagger the killer brought to the scene of the crime.

Judge:
Oh...! That's right! I forgot about that...

Phoenix:
This dagger was found at the crime scene, stuck into a pine tree.

Godot:
Yes, the detective found that this morning and brought it to me.

Phoenix:
Dahlia Hawthorne struck back at the killer with this! And she managed to wound him as well!

Godot:
Objection

Godot:
Just because he let out a scream doesn't mean that he was wounded. For all we know, the blood on the dagger could have been from the victim!

Phoenix:
Objection

Phoenix:
Have you forgotten that the blood has already been tested?

Godot:
...!

Phoenix:
Since we learned it wasn't the victim's blood, it must be the killer's blood! The killer must have a wound somewhere on his body!

Judge:
So you're saying the blood on this dagger belongs to the killer...?

Phoenix:
Exactly! A DNA analysis of the blood would prove it beyond a shadow of a doubt! And yes, Mr. Godot. It would prove that it's your blood!

Godot:
Nice theory, Trite.

Judge:
Order! Order in the court!

Phoenix:
(Is this the end...? Have I done it...? Even he won't be able to change the results of a scientific test!)

Godot:
...Ha! Let me ask you something, Trite. Let's just say that it turned out that I was the killer.

Phoenix:
...!

Godot:
Do you really think I would be stupid enough to leave evidence like that?

Phoenix:
What...?

Godot:
Just think for a second. This dagger was found this morning by a detective and brought to me. There was already a bloodstain on it, correct? But even so... I was the one who brought this dagger here to the courtroom.

Judge:
Y-Yes... What does that prove?

Godot:
Well, if I really were the killer... ...I could've washed the blade off and then planted another person's blood on it.

Phoenix:
Th-That's... It can't be...!

Godot:
In any case, there's one thing I can guarantee, Trite. That blood... It doesn't belong to me. Not a chance!

Phoenix:
Whaaaat!?

Judge:
In any event, it seems to be established that the killer was wounded. Alright then, witness. Continue your testimony.

Maya:
Holdit

Maya:
W-Wait a minute...!

Judge:
...What's the problem?

Maya:
Umm, I... I know I probably shouldn't say this, but... ...there's a big contradiction in Nick's explanation!

Phoenix:
M-Maya!

Maya:
Th-This dagger... You said that it wounded the killer.

Phoenix:
...That's right.

Maya:
But... But, but...! If Mr. Godot had really been cut with the dagger... ...his clothes should be bloody or have a rip in them, right!?

............

Phoenix:
...Umm, Maya? Maybe he just changed his clothes? That'd solve the contradiction pretty easily.

Maya:
What are you talking about? It's not that simple at all! Remember back to the day of the murder! Everyone that was on the Inner Temple side got trapped there!

Judge:
Ah! Th-That's right! And once the bridge was fixed and the police headed for the Inner Temple...

Maya:
...Mr. Godot was already there waiting for them! He never had a chance to change his clothes!

Phoenix:
Aaaaack!

Judge:
Order! Order in the court! What the witness says is true--

Phoenix:
Objection

Phoenix:
W-Well, maybe he brought a change of clothes with him!

Judge:
B-But... No one could have predicted the lightning strike that shut down the bridge! Why would anyone have brought a change of clothes!?

Phoenix:
Nngh...! (Did the judge take smart pills during the last recess?) Well then! Maybe the killer took off his clothes before he committed the murder! That way he wouldn't get any blood on them!

Godot:
Objection

Godot:
That's impossible, Trite. You know how cold it gets up there late at night!

Phoenix:
Eh...

Godot:
After a few minutes with no clothes on, you'd be frozen solid!

Phoenix:
Aaaaaaaaah!

Judge:
Hmm... Hmmm... Hmmmm...

Godot:
Ha...! So that's all you've got... I knew you weren't tough enough to finish this.

Phoenix:
Urk...

Godot:
Right now... if Mia Fey were here...

Phoenix:
...!

Godot:
If Mia Fey were here... She would have closed the book on this case already.

Phoenix:
(If Mia Fey were here...?)

Godot:
So come on, Trite! Can you do it or not!?

Phoenix:
...

Judge:
How about it, Mr. Wright? You've accused Mr. Godot of being the killer. But can you prove it? Have you got even one piece of evidence!?

Phoenix:
... (The question isn't whether I can prove it or not... The fact is, I have to prove it! That's the only choice I have. I was taught that it's one of the rules of being a lawyer!) ...I can prove it. I'm going to bring your magnificent vengeance to fruition, just as you want it.

Godot:
Ha...! That's good... A fighter till the bitter end, Trite...

Phoenix:
...

Godot:
Since there's just one piece of evidence that can prove your point... ...why don't we go for the unlimited penalty?

Phoenix:
Are you trying to pressure me, Mr. Godot? Because it doesn't matter to me. I've got the one piece of evidence I need.

Godot:
G-Give me a break! You've got nothing, Trite!

Phoenix:
(So what do I do at a time like this...? It's simple! I've gotta think outside the box and approach this from a different angle!)

Judge:
Alright then, Mr. Wright. Let's hear what you've got.

Phoenix:
...There's one thing I've demonstrated in the previous cross-examination. The killer was wounded. That was proven by the blood on the dagger.

Judge:
B-But... We decided it was impossible for him to have hidden such a wound! If he had been cut by a dagger, there should have been a bloodstain on his clothing.

Phoenix:
There's one place... One place the killer could have hidden his wound.

Judge:
Wh-What did you say!?

Maya:
H-hidden...?

Godot:
...

Phoenix:
(This is it! My last stand! I need to think about this from a different angle! I don't need to think about why there were no bloodstains on his clothing... I need to show how he hid the wound!)

Godot:
It's the end of the line! The final stop, Trite! Let's hear what you've got! Where's this location where you say the killer hid his wound!?



Godot:
...Ha! I don't know what you're talking about... And frankly, I don't need to know. What I do know is that you'll never be half the lawyer she was! Isn't that right, Trite...? ...! (Wh-What was that just now?)

...Mia?

Godot:
(It-It can't be! You're living on... through him...!?)

Phoenix:
Even as we speak, you're still hiding the wound! It's beneath your mask! During the fight, the red lights given off by the killer suddenly disappeared. Seconds later, the killer let out a scream. That's right. Your mask went flying off your face! Mr. Godot! Would you mind removing your mask? If you have a dagger wound under there somewhere... ...then I'd say this whole case is solved!

Godot:
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!!




Godot:
Just now... I saw her spirit in you.

Phoenix:
...?

Godot:
...... I never liked you. Six years ago... ...you helped the woman who put me to sleep by hiding her bottle of poison. And then... While I was sleeping... ...you let Mia die. But you didn't care. You just kept living your pathetic, happy-go-lucky life. You even had the nerve to follow in her footsteps as a lawyer. I could never forgive you. That's what I thought.

Maya:
Mr. Godot...

Godot:
But... I was wrong about you. I knew it from the very beginning. The truth is, the only person I could never find it in my heart to forgive... ...was me.

Judge:
Y-You, yourself...?

Godot:
I was the one that failed to protect Mia... ...Me and no one else. I tried to avert my eyes from the truth... to escape from the harshness of reality. I just couldn't face Mia's death head on, so I ran! I hid behind a mask. I threw away my true name. I couldn't even deal with being a defense attorney anymore, so I quit.

Phoenix:
But, but! You saved Maya!

Godot:
Yeah. That was my plan... Up until just now, anyway.

Maya:
Wh-What do you mean?

Godot:
Are you listening, Maya? If I had really wanted to save you... ...then there's one person that I should have gone and talked to right away.

Maya:
Wh-Who would that be...? Are you talking about Nick?

Godot:
But I didn't do it... I tried to get the help of Iris and your mother... But I closed my eyes to the most important man involved. Do you know why? The real reason?

Maya:
No... Why?

Godot:
I suppose... I wasn't really interested in saving you at all.

Maya:
Huh...!?

Godot:
I think I was just trying to salvage what's left of my own broken soul... I was trying to make up for the fact that I couldn't save Mia. Nothing more. That's why I let you walk right into a situation that I knew was dangerous. Forgive me...

Phoenix:
Y-You're wrong! You put your life on the line to save Maya!

Godot:
Was it really for Maya's sake...? Even I'm not really sure.

Judge:
Wh-What do you mean by that...?

Godot:
That night, in the darkness of the garden, when I saw her silhouette... A part of me must have known the truth... The truth that it wasn't really Dahlia Hawthorne standing there in front of me.

Maya:
...!

Godot:
It could have been Misty Fey... Or even that little girl. But I still picked up the blade... It was like I was dreaming! I'm not sure exactly what was going on in my mind at that point... Was I really motivated by the pure desire to protect Maya Fey? Or was it something else...? Was it my hatred for a woman who had stolen everything from me 6 years earlier...? Could it have been simply a desire for revenge? And now, I don't know anything anymore! I did learn something today, however. I finally realized that I was the arrogant one. I was just... chasing an illusion, a fantasy. The stupid fantasy of defeating you in the courtroom...

Phoenix:
...

Godot:
You were the one who made me realize my folly. You never ran away from Mia's death. Instead, you picked up where she left off, as a true defender of the people. In that one moment... I understood everything!

Phoenix:
Mr. Godot...

Godot:
I think you already know this, but if you don't... My name is... Diego Armando.

Maya:
M-Mr. Armando! I believe in you! I know you were trying to save me!

Armando:
Hmm... Thanks.

Phoenix:
Y-Your wound...! It's bleeding!

Armando:
...Ha! Did you forget already? In my world, the color red doesn't exist.

Phoenix:
...!

Armando:
These must be... my tears.

Judge:
Tears...?

Armando:
Ever since I woke up from my coma... ...I think I've been waiting for this very moment.

Maya:
M-Mr. Armando...

Armando:
You'd do well to remember this, Maya. The only time a lawyer can cry is when it's all over.




Judge:
This time... It really is all over, isn't it. ...Defendant.

Iris:
Yes, Your Honor.

Judge:
Although you weren't directly involved in the murder... ...tampering with the body and the crime scene is a serious offense in itself.

Iris:
I understand, Your Honor. Mr. Armando explained that to me very carefully... I knew the risk and I willingly cooperated anyway.

Judge:
...Very well. Before I hand down my verdict, is there anything you'd like to say?

Iris:
...... Well, there is one thing. I'd like to say something to Mr. Wright.

Phoenix:
...!

Iris:
I want to... I want to apologize to you.

Phoenix:
Apologize? To me? For what?

Iris:
For the case 6 years ago, of course.

Judge:
I just remembered... Weren't you poisoned by your own lover?

Phoenix:
...Not exactly, but yeah, something like that. Even now... 6 years later, I can hardly believe it. She was going to do it... She was planning to kill me...

Iris:
...... It's not all that surprising. The two of you... You hardly knew each other.

Phoenix:
Huh...? What do you mean?

Iris:
You and my sister... You only met twice.

Phoenix:
...... Huh. W-We only met t-twice?

Iris:
The first time you met was on that fateful day... The day she poisoned Mr. Armando in the cafeteria of this very courthouse. The next time you met her was... six months later. You met her again on the day that she stole your cold medicine... ...and Doug Swallow was killed.

Phoenix:
N-N-No way! It just... It can't be true! I mean, during our whole relationship, we were...

Iris:
...... For those 6 months... ...the woman that you thought was Dahlia Hawthorne... ...wasn't actually my sister.

Phoenix:
(Huh? It wasn't Dahlia...?)

Iris:
... I hope one day you can forgive me... Feenie.

Phoenix:
You... Y-Y-You mean...?

Iris:
That's right... I lied to you... for 6 months.

Judge:
B-But why...!? Why would you do such a thing?

Iris:
Ever since she gave you the bottle that day... ...my sister was trying to get it back as soon as she possibly could. Because of the police investigation and their surveillance... ...she couldn't move about freely.

Phoenix:
So that's why you...?

Iris:
My sister... From the beginning, she was prepared for the worst.

Phoenix:
P-Prepared for the worst?

Iris:
She thought that you might somehow discover the truth. That's why she was always ready to deal with you at a moment's notice...

Phoenix:
(You mean she was ready to kill me, don't you...?)

Iris:
She already had so much to answer for, I didn't want any more sins on her soul. I begged her not to do it, and she agreed to give me a chance.

Phoenix:
And that's why... you came to me? You came to get the bottle pendant back from me in her place?

Iris:
But I couldn't get you to give it back... I failed at something even as simple as that. Six months passed and I still couldn't get it back from you. Finally, my sister couldn't wait any longer. She didn't consult me about her plans for you that day. ...It was the first time that had ever happened.

Phoenix:
That was a bit strange, wasn't it? Up until that day, you two were partners in crime, and she would confer with you...

Iris:
I think... she must have noticed.

Phoenix:
...? Noticed what?

Iris:
My feelings for you. If I had found out she was planning to kill you... ...I would have done whatever was necessary to stop her. Even if it meant her life... or mine.

Phoenix:
I-Iris...!

Iris:
After spending half a year by your side... ...my feelings towards you... They changed.

Phoenix:
...... I have something to say to you, too.

Iris:
Y-Yes?

Phoenix:
You really are the person I always thought you were. Even after Dahlia Hawthorne was found guilty... I still believed in you.

Iris:
...... Thank you.




Armando:
How many cups of darkness have I drank over the years? Even I don't know... I'll tell you though... Right now, this one here is the greatest cup I think I've ever had. Don't you think so... Phoenix Wright?

Phoenix:
Yeah... I think you're right.

Judge:
The purpose of this trial was to rule on the murder of the victim, Elise Deauxnim. At some point, I expect you will be tried for your role as an accomplice in this case.

Iris:
...I understand, Your Honor.

Judge:
Very well! On the charge of murder, I hereby find the defendant...

Not Guilty

Judge:
Court is now adjourned!




February 10, 4:51 PM
District Court
Defendant Lobby No. 1

Phoenix:
(So I guess it's all over... The way everything ended... Was justice really served...? The man who risked his life to save Maya is being sent to prison by my own hand...)

Mia:
Of course justice was served.

Phoenix:
M-Mia!

Mia:
...I'm proud of you, Phoenix. Your defense was... truly brilliant.

Phoenix:
B-But I couldn't save Mr. Armando! The man who cared so deeply for you...

Mia:
You're wrong, Phoenix. You did save Diego. You saved him in the only way possible.

Phoenix:
You mean... with that verdict...?

Mia:
... I think one day, you'll understand, too. Phoenix, I want you to remember one thing... You were as good out there today as any defense lawyer could ever hope to be. There's nothing more you can learn from me.

Phoenix:
M-Mia...!

Mia:
You've accomplished something I wasn't able to. I owe you a great deal. ...Thank you.

Phoenix:
Mia...

Mia:
I'm sure we'll meet again... someday... Phoenix.




Phoenix:
(I've handled lots of cases and seen a lot of things... And along this journey, I've found myself asking just one question... What does it really mean to defend someone? ...I suppose today's case produced one possible answer.)




Maya:
...Nick...

Phoenix:
M-Maya...

Maya:
I guess it's just like my sis said...

Phoenix:
Your sister...? Mia...?

Maya:
That night, when I channeled Mia to get her advice on what to do... This is what she wrote back in my notebook. "Don't worry. Phoenix will save everyone in the end."

Phoenix:
B-But...

Maya:
Come on! Cut it out with that gloomy face! Can't you see? Me, sis, and I'm sure Iris, too... We owe you for everything you have done for us, Nick!

Phoenix:
(Maya... How? How can you be so bright and chipper after all that's happened...? You were brutally attacked... You even saw your mother murdered...)

Phoenix:
Yeeeowch! F-Franziska!

von Karma:
Still a softy as always, Phoenix Wright...

Edgeworth:
Excellent work, Wright.

Maya:
Huh!? Mr. Edgeworth!? When did you get back?

Phoenix:
(Oh, that's right... I guess no one filled her in on that.) Edgeworth and Franziska have actually been helping me.

Maya:
Helping you...!?

Phoenix:
If these two hadn't been here on the first day of the trial... ...the defense wouldn't have gotten anywhere.

Maya:
Wow... But where were you, Nick?

von Karma:
I heard he fell into a river and caught a nasty cold which forced him to sleep all day.

Edgeworth:
Yes, he laid in bed shivering from his fever with Iris's hood pulled over his head.

Maya:
Oh, ouch! Talk about embarrassing, Nick. You definitely need more training! Anyway, thank you, Mr. Edgeworth! And you too... um... Franziska!

???:
I don't suppose...

Butz:
...there's room for me in this group hug, is there?

Maya:
Oh! Larry!

Phoenix:
What's with the, uh... longer than usual face?

Butz:
I realized something when I was reborn... ...I realized that Larry was never of any use to anyone. Not even once.

Maya:
Th-That's not true! Right, Nick!?

Phoenix:
What? You're asking me!?

Butz:
Well, Nick!? Is it true!? I've got a place in this world, right!?

Phoenix:
Huh? Oh, um... Y-Yeah, of course. ............

Butz:
I knew it. Everyone would be better off if I were gone for good.

Phoenix:
No, no, no! Umm, I... Oh yeah! Those portraits you painted! They were... really good. Isn't that right, Edgeworth!?

Edgeworth:
What!? M-Me?

Butz:
Why are you making that face!? Huh, Edgey!?

Edgeworth:
Oh, well, um, yes, indeed... I certainly can't say that it's lacking resemblance.

Butz:
Do you really mean it!? What about you, Franzy? Did I draw you well, too!? Waaah!

von Karma:
My beauty can't possibly be captured by a mere crayon!

Maya:
...*glare*

von Karma:
... Nevertheless, I recognize the effort you put into it and that's worth something.

Butz:
So then you'll do it!? Like you promised!? You're going to model for my next picture book, "Franzy's Whip Lash Splash"? Aaaaaah!

von Karma:
Don't get carried away!




Butz:
Well, how about that! I guess painting portraits is the only thing I'm good at. The painting of Pearl was pretty darn good too, if you ask me! Huh...?

Edgeworth:
Now that you mention it... I haven't seen her around.

Phoenix:
Pearls... (Where could she have gone? Normally she would have made a beeline for Maya...)

Maya:
Oh... I'll go look for her! Be right back!

Hey Pearly...!




Edgeworth:
...Wright. You seem to be uncharacteristically puzzled. I suspect you are wondering how Maya can be so cheerful despite all that has happened?

Phoenix:
Y-Yeah...

von Karma:
To be honest... I can't understand it either.

Phoenix:
(Franziska... That's right... She lost her father fairly recently as well...)

Edgeworth:
I think I understand how she feels. Maya is a much wiser person than she appears, and I think she realizes something... Now is exactly the time when she needs to be as strong as she can.

von Karma:
Wh-What do you mean by, "Now is exactly the time"...?

Edgeworth:
Maya wasn't the only one that was badly wounded by this incident. In fact, there was someone that was hurt far more deeply than she. I believe it's for that person that Maya is trying her best not to cry.

Phoenix:
(Someone who was hurt more deeply than Maya...) Edgeworth... I think I'm starting to understand, too.

Phoenix:
Owwwww!

von Karma:
Then tell me, Phoenix Wright! Who is Maya Fey being strong for...?



Gumshoe:
Oh, hey! So this is where you all were! Wow, looks like we've got quite the bunch here toda-- YEOWCH! Wh-What was that for, sir!?

von Karma:
Sorry about that, Scruffy. ...My whip just seems to have a mind of its own.

Phoenix:
What's up, Detective Gumshoe?

Gumshoe:
Oh, you know. This and that. Anyway, congrats on your win! Let's go out tonight, pal! Dinner's on me! My salary's just sorta kinda gone down by a teeny-weeny bit, but it's alright! I made reservations at a first class French restaurant tonight! AAAAAAH!

von Karma:
Pretty good work, Scruffy. That whip was your reward.

Phoenix:
Umm... Detective Gumshoe. You said a first class French restaurant... You don't mean...?

Gumshoe:
Trés Bien, where else!?

Phoenix:
(I knew it... We're doomed.)

Gumshoe:
Come on! Let's go, everyone! Can't keep Maggey waiting, pal! Hey! You! Crybaby! You're invited, too!

Butz:
Oh... Forget about me. Pearl and I will be at the losers' shack eating potatoes.

Phoenix:
(You know... Maya is taking an awfully long time to get back... She's still out looking for Pearls...)




Phoenix:
Oh... Maya... What's wrong?

Maya:
Nick... What do I do...? Pearly... I can't find her anywhere!

Phoenix:
Huh...?

Gumshoe:
I'll bet she just went back home. Th-That's all!

Maya:
I thought so too, so I called the village... But no one has heard from her! This has never happened before!

Edgeworth:
As I figured... She has been badly hurt by this incident. She feels responsible for the tragedy that has befallen you, Maya.

Maya:
B-But... None of this was her fault! What... What should I do...?

Phoenix:
...... Detective Gumshoe.

Gumshoe:
Yeah, what is it, pal?

Phoenix:
Could you guys go on ahead?

Gumshoe:
But... But what about you!?

Phoenix:
Maya and I will... We'll join you guys once we find Pearls.

Maya:
Nick...!

Phoenix:
Don't worry about us, Detective Gumshoe. We may be a little late... But we'll definitely be there. We have a lot of celebrating to do tonight, and I wouldn't miss it for the world.

Gumshoe:
Y-Yeah, but you're the... AAAAAAAAAAAH!

von Karma:
Very well, Phoenix Wright. We'll go on ahead.

Edgeworth:
Don't keep us waiting, Wright.

Phoenix:
We won't...

Maya:
B-But where should we look!? Where could Pearly have gone...?

Phoenix:
Let's go, Maya. There's only one place I can think of that Pearls might have gone to...




February 10
Hazakura Temple
Main Gate

Maya:
Hazakura Temple...

Phoenix:
For Pearls, I bet this is a very important place. After all, it's where this whole incident started.

Bikini:
What's this? You're all back again so soon?

Maya:
Sister Bikini?

Bikini:
I thought we'd be eating mashed potatoes alone tonight.

Maya:
S-So she's here? Pearly is here...?

Bikini:
She's in the Training Hall. Why don't you hurry along and go see her?

Maya:
O-OK!




Maya:
Pearly's not here...

Phoenix:
Ah...! Maya! The hanging scroll!

Maya:
Ah! Someone cleaned it off...

Phoenix:
(It's got to be Pearls...)

Pearl:
Aaaaaaaaaah! Mystic Maya!

Maya:
P-Pearly...! Why... Why did you just leave like that?

Pearl:
Mystic Maya... Mystic Mayaaaaaaaaaaaaa!




Pearl:
I swore... I swore that I would never trouble the two of you ever again. Because... It's all my fault that... Mystic Maya's mother...!

Phoenix:
That's why you came here?

Pearl:
It's the least I could do... To pray for your happiness!

Maya:
You don't have to do that, Pearly. It wasn't your fault. You didn't do anything wrong. Of course I'm sad that my mother is gone... But... how do I say this? I... I'm still happy.

Pearl:
Y-You don't have to lie just to make me feel better!

Maya:
No, really... It's true... The only reason I'm still here at all is thanks to everyone who was there for me.

Pearl:
...!

Maya:
My sis, my mother, Mr. Armando, Nick... And... you. If even one of you weren't there, I'm sure I wouldn't still be alive right now. That's why... I have to be strong. For all the people that were there for me when I needed them. That's all I can really do.

Pearl:
M-Mystic Maya...

Bikini:
I'm impressed... You truly are the daughter of Mystic Misty.

Maya:
Sister Bikini...!

Bikini:
Your mother, Mystic Misty, was a strong woman indeed. I want to tell you what she said to me that night.




Misty:
After dishonoring the good name of Kurain, I don't have the right to face my daughter. But still... Maya is always in my thoughts. It's true... She'll always be with me, until the day I die...




Bikini:
Your spirit was with her... That's why your mother was so strong. Even at the end... I'm sure she had no regrets.

Maya:
......

Phoenix:
"She'll always be with me, until the day I die", huh...

Maya:
...?

Phoenix:
There's a rule or something all Masters are to follow, isn't there? To never take the charm off until the day you die...

Pearl:
Th-That's the Master's Talisman...

Phoenix:
The thing that Misty kept by her heart and would never take off... It wasn't the container that was important. Rather, it was the contents.

Bikini:
Th-That's...!

Pearl:
A photo?

Maya:
Ah...! M... ...Mother...




Phoenix:
(It's only natural for living creatures to fight to protect their own lives. But what makes us human is that we fight for others. But who do you fight for? How hard must you fight...? That's the true measure of what human life is worth. We defense attorneys are warriors who are constantly challenged by that question. Even when the battle is over, and the bonds that connect us are severed... We always return... Time and time again. Mia, Maya, Pearls, Mr. Armando... ...and Maya's mother, too... I learned that... from all of them.)




Phoenix:
Well... Shall we get going? Everyone is waiting.

Pearl:
Ah...!

Phoenix:
This is a day to remember. A day when a lot of things were finally put to rest. I think we should celebrate what we've overcome today.

Pearl:
B-But... I-I still can't...

Bikini:
...Oh, go on, sweetie. You can come back for training anytime.

Pearl:
Um... OK!

Maya:
Alright! I'm going to make a brand new start, too! Sister Bikini! I'll be back for more training! I promise!

Bikini:
I know, and I won't go easy on you just because you're the future Master. I'll make sure to prepare reservations for three for when you come back! Wa ha ha ho ho ho hee hee hee!

Maya:
Alright! We're going to have a great feast today, Pearly. You know why? Because training is a battle of endurance!

Pearl:
OK, Mystic Maya! I... I'll eat lots and lots of food tonight!

Phoenix:
...Um, you know. There's one thing I don't get... and probably don't want to, but...

Maya:
What is it, Nick?

Phoenix:
Reservations for training is fine and all... But why for three?

Maya:
Come on! What do you think? You're one of us, Nick! Next time you can train right alongside us!

Phoenix:
Huh?

Bikini:
I'll be waiting for you. Sister Bikini will take special care of you!

Phoenix:
Huh? Huh?

Maya:
It'll be great, Nick! We're going to do the Special Course, naturally!

Phoenix:
Huh? Huh? Huh?

Pearl:
That's a great idea! After all, Mr. Nick... ...you'd do anything for Mystic Maya, wouldn't you? Even walk on hot coals, right?

Maya:
We'll have a nice, big meal before we come next time! Right, Nick!?

Phoenix:
...... ...You know... I was wondering if I can say just one little thing...

Maya:
Sure! Of course you can!

Pearl:
Oh, I love this part! I can't wait to hear it...!

Bikini:
I'm getting goosebumps, too!

Phoenix:
Well then... Here goes nothing...

Phoenix:
Objection




Maya:
I'll really have to work extra hard now! Master of Kurain and the office manager of Wright & Co. Law Offices. And I have to be a good big sister to Pearly and Nick, too! Well, as long as I'm not locked up or captured or something like that.




Pearl:
So it's true! Mr. Nick really is Mystic Maya's knight in shining armor! He went through with the Special Course, all the way to the end! Actually, I heard there's a legendary, extra-special Ultra Course here, too. I think I'll surprise the two of them by making them a secret reservation...




Gumshoe:
Maggey bought me a brand new coat as a present, pal! I feel 10 years younger! I'll never take it off!

Byrde:
Yes, but somehow you just don't seem the same! I guess a dirty, shabby old overcoat is just more detective-like, sir.

Gumshoe:
Don't worry about it! In the name of love, a man will soil himself silly!




Andrews:
Mr. Wright, I am once again in your debt. Thanks to you, the Treasures of Kurain exhibit was a great success! I even got to see Ms. von Karma, who I hadn't seen for almost a year. She taught me how to use a whip, and said that I must show you what I've learned...




Ron:
Dessie and I started a company called, "Mask*DeMasque Consulting".

Desirée:
We're dedicated to stopping the evil plans of all the criminals in the city!

Ron:
Our motto is, "Cut it out, pleeeeeeeease!"

Desirée:
Pretty cute, huh!?

Ron:
Well, we also sell plans to the criminals as a kind of side-business... ...I wonder if that's OK. Sometimes I think maybe we're the worst criminals.




Viola:
Mr. Wright... I want to thank you for... exterminating... Don Tigre... I returned the $500,000... along with a tea set. A special thick tea... One I mixed with... my own two hands... I bet he's drinking it now... Win Through Compromise... Hee... Hee... Hee...




Kudo:
I'm just old and in the way! A wrinkly, grumpy, clown-nosed waste of flesh! At least, that's what I thought... But my grandkids had a birthday party for me the other day. Talk about embarrassing. 69 years old and I cried like a baby with a dirty diaper!




Basil:
As usual, we have an abundance of work to do. We've hired a new programmer to replace Glen Elg. I do hope everyone will get along. His name is... Adam Mada. As soon as I heard his name, I knew our brain circuits would align perfectly.




Bikini:
My, my, my. More reporters? Since the murder, we've made so much money, I hardly know what to do! I think the magazines like us because I provide such a nice visual. Especially in Spring. I can hardly wait for Iris to come back. Wa ha ha ho ho ho!




Iris:
...You've turned into such a respectable man, Feenie. It was so sweet of you and everyone else to come and visit me here the other day. Of course I was happy that you constantly had your eyes on me, but... ...I felt kind of bad when the little one slapped you so hard you got a nose bleed.




Oldbag:
What's this!? I'm back from a long and tiring vacation and no one is here to greet me!? I guess while I was gone, my little whippersnapper buddy quit and now I've got no one! And what kind of lonely, crazy security room is this supposed to be anyway!? What with all the flashing lights and switches, I feel like some sort of space alien! And now what am I going to do with all these macadamia nuts I brought back for everyone!? If I bring them over to Edgey-poo, I know exactly what he'd say the instant he saw them. "I really can't accept these, I'm afraid," or something just as painful to this fragile heart. Oh, when will I ever find a gentleman who will treat me like a refined lady?

Ray Gun:
*rata-tat-tat-tat-tat...*




Butz:
I finally found something I love to do! "Franzy's Whip Lash Splash" is gonna turn the art world on its head! I should have realized it sooner. Self-centered, lazy, anti-social... I'm an artist. A really good portrait artist! I'm not a loser after all!











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