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Turnabout Academy
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TurnaboutAcademy


Part 1 Part 2
October 25
Wright Anything Agency

Athena:
...Sorry, Boss. I couldn't do it. You know, that little bit of advice you gave me? "The worst of times are when lawyers have to force their biggest smiles"? I don't know exactly what you meant... ...but there was no way I could force a smile in that courtroom today.

Phoenix:
I'm just glad you remembered that. But now how about relaxing a little--

Athena:
R-Relax?! Not gonna happen!

Phoenix:
.........

Athena:
Junie... she asked me to defend her because she believes in me. But I... I... felt completely helpless. If it weren't for their confessions, I'd...!




Means:
But if this trial proceeds in the same manner and ends in the same way as the mock trial... ...would you not lose everything you've worked so hard to gain?

Athena:
Well, I'll just have to make sure that doesn't happen, then, won't I!




Athena:
(No, I can't lose it all! Not now!)

Apollo:
You okay, Athena? You're turning kind of pale.

Athena:
...I can't just stand around here! I'm going to finish the investigation!

Trucy:
Can't it wait? I just took a batch of freshly baked cookies out of my magic panties!

Athena:
Thanks, but I'd better get going! Save me one for when I get back. Apollo, you wait here! I need to see Junie at the Detention Center first right away!

Apollo:
No, wait! I'm going with you! Sorry, Mr. Wright, but I'd better go too!

Phoenix:
No problem. You two be careful.




October 25
Detention Center - Visitor's Room

Athena:
(There's so much I need to ask Junie. What happened in court today... Where we go from here...)

Means:
Well, now! Fancy meeting you here.

Athena:
Oh, Prof. Means. What brings you here?

Woods:
I asked him to come. He arrived just a little before you. I wanted to ask him something. But first, Athena... I want to apologize for my sudden confession after you worked so hard to defend me.

Athena:
(She was calling me "Thena" until just now...) No, I should be the one apologizing. The whole thing spiraled out of my control.

Woods:
Athena, I--

Athena:
Don't worry! I'll really bring it tomorrow! I'll find something to prove your innocence!

Woods:
About that............ Athena... I've been thinking of asking Prof. Means to defend me.

Athena:
...Huh?

Means:
I myself only just heard of this a moment ago.

Athena:
(Oh... So, she thinks Prof. Means would be... No! I can't let this happen! Not with the way he wants to do things!) J-Junie!

Woods:
I know, Athena, but will you please hear me out?



Athena:
Is there anything else you noticed on the night of the murder?

Woods:
...Well, I don't know if this will help, but... That evening, I went back to my dressing room to get something I'd forgotten there. It was well after the last bell rang... I'd say, maybe around 8:30.

Athena:
Around 8:30, huh? That's over an hour after when the crime supposedly took place.

Woods:
That's when I noticed that both stage statues were finished. They were quite large, and they were each covered with a white sheet, but I could tell. It made me happy to think that after all that hard work, they were finally finished.

Athena:
Oh, right... The statues that Robin made. So they were covered in white sheets...?

Woods:
...*cough*... *cough* *cough*

Athena:
J-Junie! Are you okay?

Woods:
*cough* Sorry. I'm a little tired, that's all.

Apollo:
Athena, I think this meeting is over. Prof. Means?

Means:
I will use any means possible to get the result I want in Juniper's case. But it will require considerable preparation, so I must be off.

Athena:
AA5 Holdit

Athena:
Junie! ...And Prof. Means! I have a proposal!

Woods:
...A proposal?

Apollo:
Wait, this isn't another one of your crazy--

Athena:
By sundown today...!

Woods:
Yes...?

Athena:
I, Athena Cykes, along with Apollo Justice...!

Apollo:
W-Wait a second. Don't drag my name into--

Athena:
We're going to discover the truth behind this murder mystery!

Woods:
......What?!

Athena:
And we're going to bring you solid evidence showing just what that truth is!

Means:
I see... So, it has come to this, has it?

Athena:
If we succeed in doing that... ...I want you to promise that you'll accept it, Junie, no matter how hard it is to hear.

Woods:
.........

Athena:
Then, you shouldn't need anyone else to defend you except me. Have we got a deal? ...I trust that's okay with you too, Prof. Means?

Means:
I have no objections, as long as Juniper is satisfied with this arrangement.

Woods:
............Okay. But only if it's the real truth. I'm sorry to put you through this, Thena. But thank you. I've been thinking only of myself this whole time.

Athena:
Junie, it's way too early to thank me. But you can thank me all you want once I get to the bottom of this!

Means:
...Very well, I will see you back here at sundown.

Apollo:
Sorry for all the trouble, professor. It's just, she's new to the agency, so...

Means:
Don't be silly. I find it all rather thrilling. Now, let us meet here again later!

Woods:
If you'll excuse me, I'd better go.

Athena:
Okay, see you later!




Means:
But if this trial proceeds in the same manner and ends in the same way as the mock trial... ...would you not lose everything you've worked so hard to gain?




Athena:
(Argh! This is no time to be thinking about that! I've got an investigation to do. I WILL find the truth by sundown, no matter what!)






October 25
Themis Legal Academy - Outdoor Stage

???:
Ah!

Athena:
Is it my imagination or did something just move?

Klavier:
Afternoon, you two.

Apollo:
Prosecutor Gavin. What are you doing here? Don't you think sneaking onto campus like this... is just slightly suspicious?

Klavier:
I'll have you know I'm continuing my investigation, in the strictest of confidence.

Athena:
I don't want to be caught napping again at tomorrow's trial. And that means a thorough investigation today. Think you can lend us a hand?

Klavier:
I'm not one to refuse a damsel in distress. But you needn't have asked, Fräulein. I'd intended to help from the start.

Athena:
You're the best, Prosecutor Gavin! (Okay, time for a thorough investigation. I bet we missed lots of stuff yesteday!)




Athena:
Whew! That was a whole lot of poking around in such a short time.

Apollo:
Does that mean you're satisfied?

Athena:
Actually, there was one more thing I wanted to check out. See that metal fence back there? There's just that one segment, so it seems out of place.

Klavier:
It looks like they were in the process of removing them after the stage was set up. But they were never able to finish on account of the murder.

Apollo:
We should take a look if you think it could be important.

Athena:
Hmm... This track looks man-made.

Apollo:
Hey, you're right. And it looks like it starts from behind the backdrop.

Athena:
Maybe a big muddy pro wrestler was hiding back there.

Apollo:
.........Well, that was totally random, but we'll never know until we take a look.

Athena:
Looks like something was being dragged through here, and this is where it started.

Apollo:
Yeah, but whatever it was, it's long gone.

Klavier:
Must've been pretty heavy. Perhaps it was used in setting up the school festival.

Athena:
Aww, then I guess it wasn't a pro wrestler. Still, this could be something important.




Apollo:
Well, that's about it for the stage.

Athena:
Right. I think we'd better search the art room next.

Klavier:
I think I'll hang around here for a while. But make sure to tell me once you find it, ja?

Apollo:
Find what?

Klavier:
What else? The Gavinners banner that disappeared from the stage. You never know -- it just might be connected to the case at hand.

Athena:
(Really? Or does he just want his banner back?)

???:
Sss, sss, sss. Don't tell me... So, in short, that's...

Athena:
Hm? Hey...

Apollo:
That box... It just took off running.

Athena:
I have a pretty good idea who that is, as I suspect you do, too. Come on! We can't afford to have any weird articles written about us!

Apollo:
The maintenance area's over in that direction. After that box!




October 25
Themis Legal Academy - Maintenance Area

Athena:
...Myriam, you're liable to get tossed in the garbage truck if you hang around here.

Scuttlebutt:
I'm just an empty box. And that's what you do with them -- you throw them away.

Athena:
Hey, did you change boxes? I like the new look.

Scuttlebutt:
What does it matter anymore?! I was a complete failure in court today! My work, my pride, my dream -- everything I've worked so hard for... Gone!




Athena:
Sorry, Ms. Scuttlebutt, but... ...doesn't believing you had a scoop when you really didn't make you a failure as a reporter?

Scuttlebutt:
A f-failure as a r-reporter?! Kahk-kahk-kahk. Kaaahk kahk-kahk-kahk-kahk-kahk! Ack! ...Ah!!!




Apollo:
Come to think of it, calling her a failure as a reporter might've been a bit extreme.

Athena:
Nngh...

Scuttlebutt:
Sss, sss, sss! Sss, sss, sss, sss, sss, sss! Scold me! Despise me! Pack me away where I'll never see the light of day! I've been cast aside to waste away into a big pile of mushy paper mache!

Athena:
(I kind of feel responsible for this, but...)

Apollo:
Now's our chance to prod her for information while she's vulnerable! I bet that's what you were just thinking.

Athena:
What kind of a person do you think I am? (He read me like a book...)


Scuttlebutt:
...Kahk-kahk-kahk. My laptop won't turn on. Never thought my life would end so soon. A mere seventeen years...

Athena:
(Now I really feel bad.) Oh, I know! Myriam, we have a laptop at the office. We'd be happy to lend it to you.

Scuttlebutt:
Huh? Y-You have a laptop I could use?!

Athena:
Sure, but on one condition. I want you to ask Junie, Hugh, and Robin if you can hang out with them.

Scuttlebutt:
What?! Like I could ever do that!

Athena:
Sorry, but that's the deal if you want to borrow our laptop.

Apollo:
You scare me sometimes, Athena. You're like good cop, bad cop all rolled into one.

Scuttlebutt:
Kahk-kahk-kahk-kahk. Fine! I'll do it! If that's all you want!

Athena:
Yay! I'll be by later to bring you the laptop!

Scuttlebutt:
W-Wait! It's not like I owe you anything, but here.

Athena:
Th-Thanks. Oh, it's a set of pictures.

Apollo:
Looks like they're setting up the stage.

Scuttlebutt:
Yeah, I took them when they were putting the stage's backdrop into place.

Athena:
Wow, you sure have an eye for photography! (...From what I can make out, anyway.)

Scuttlebutt:
There are the last two photos that didn't get deleted. They're all yours.

Stage Set Up Photos added to the Court Record.

Scuttlebutt:
Sss, sss, sss, sss! Well, see you around, Scary Lawyer Lady!

Apollo:
That was really impressive, Athena. What's next?

Athena:
Well... I'd like to talk to Hugh or Robin if possible.

Apollo:
Okay, let's walk around and see if we can find them!





October 25
Themis Legal Academy - 1F Hallway

Athena:
Hey! That's Hugh over there! Hugh, we wanted a word with you, if you don't mind.

O'Conner:
If it was Mr. Wright, then sure, but you two? Meh...

Athena:
(I knew it. There's a hint of discord in Hugh's voice.)

Apollo:
You're not getting off that easy. After all, you're a possible suspect, plus you actually confessed in court.

O'Conner:
Whatever. So, what do you want from me? But make it brief. I don't have a lot of time, and I assume you don't either.



Apollo:
Hugh, wait! .........He's gone.

Athena:
He doesn't care about her anymore? Why would he say that?

Apollo:
That didn't go so well. I guess we'll just have to pin our hopes on his testimony tomorrow. Athena, what do you say we head over to the art room. Might be a nice change of pace. Hopefully, the police have completed their investigation.

Athena:
All right. We don't really have much time left, anyway.




October 25
Themis Legal Academy - 3F Art Room

Fulbright:
Ha ha ha! Why, if it isn't my little lawyer friends again!

Athena:
Thanks again for lowering that school banner for us earlier.

Fulbright:
Don't mention it. Helping those in need is what my brand of justice is all about!

Apollo:
Right... So, this art room was where the murder actually occurred?

Fulbright:
That's right. You can't see it with the naked eye, but there's blood on the floor! That area roped off in the middle of the room marks the spot. The police investigation is done, so if you want to look around, knock yourselves out!




Apollo:
Well, I think we've examined pretty much everything we can. By the way, did Prosecutor Blackquill happen to tell you anything about tomorrow's trial?

Fulbright:
In justice we trust! It's no use trying to pry more information out of me! Having just learned that the clock had been one hour fast... ...means we're back to square one concerning the suspect's actions that day.

Athena:
Hmm... I wonder what the main argument will be about now.

Fulbright:
How the body was moved would be my guess, but Prosecutor Blackquill's got his own plans.

Apollo:
Oh? Does he now...?

Athena:
Um, Detective Fulbright--

Fulbright:
Try as you might, I won't say another word about the investigation!

Athena:
No, I wasn't going to ask about that. I was just wondering if you'd seen Robin.

Fulbright:
Oh, you mean Ms. Robin Newman? She was just here a moment ago! And she mumbled something about watching videos in the Lecture Hall.

Athena:
(Video? What video?)

Apollo:
Thanks, Detective. ...Athena, I think we should stop by the Lecture Hall.

Athena:
Right, let's go!




October 25
Themis Legal Academy - 3F Lecture Hall

Athena:
There she is! Robin! Hey, Robin!

Newman:
Oh, Athena, Apollo!

Apollo:
What are you watching there?

Newman:
Heh heh... Oh, it just so happens to be a video of the mock trial. I had to use a bit of coercion to get it, but the end justifies the means, right?

Athena:
(There it is again. Prof. Means sure has a lot of influence around here.)

Newman:
Care to look into the true connection between the murder and the mock trial with me?

Athena:
Sounds great, but do you mind if we ask you some questions first?

Newman:
Eh heh heh. Sure, I'll tell you anything you W-A-N-T.



Apollo:
Well, I think that about covers it.

Newman:
Okay, then how about watching the mock trial video with me? What do you say?

Athena:
Sure, sounds good to me. Er, so, how do you wanna watch it?

Newman:
Eh heh heh. All classroom desks at this school have their own built-in computer, you know.

Apollo:
Wow, this place is definitely a lot cushier than I thought!

Newman:
I know you guys are in a hurry, so I'll just fast-forward to the important parts. Let's start with the professor's pre-trial speech.

"Good afternoon. I would like to start by thanking you for coming here today."

Athena:
Oh, that sounds like Prof. Means.

"The mock trial, the crown-jewel event of the school festival will begin shortly!"

Apollo:
Is the camera like this the whole time?

Newman:
Yeah, it's in a fixed position in front of the stage.

"When I was a student, I, too, could hardly wait for this day to come."

Apollo:
How come teachers' speeches always make me so sleepy?

Newman:
Eh heh he. Let's just skip to the end of his speech.

"Now, let the mock trial begin!"

Athena:
Hey! What's the deal here? Why's Junie so large in this shot?

Apollo:
Looks to me like she cut right in front of the camera.

Newman:
Eh heh heh heh. Juniper was also in charge of the audio.

Athena:
Even though she was already playing a part in the mock trial itself?

Newman:
She had to do it to keep the script details secret. She was all over the place that day. When she wasn't in the trial, she was in the audio control room dealing with the music.

Athena:
Ooh, so this is what the Lecture Hall looks like.

Apollo:
Looks like there's a judge's bench back by the screen, and a witness stand up front. What about those balconies with the professors' names on them?

Newman:
Those are the faculty seats. Prof. Means and Prof. Courte were in charge of scoring the mock trial.

Lecture Hall Diagram added to the Court Record.

Newman:
Okay, let's fast forward this a bit.

"...And that's why the defendant is... DEFINITELY GUILTYYYYYY!!!"

Newman:
Ah, that was me! Could you tell?

"Objection! A frail coed used her bare hands to stab her professor with an arrow? I don't think so."

Athena:
You read that line in the mock mock trial, Apollo, but you made it sound kind of weird.

Apollo:
Cut me some slack. It was my first time reading that script.

Newman:
I think Juniper's going to speak next.

"I didn't do it! I had suffered a breakdown and pretty much lost it. It's true I shouted, 'You're a goner!' but I didn't mean it!"

Apollo:
Wow, what an emotional performance. She'd put a real actress to shame.

Athena:
Wait. Could you go back and play that scene again?

Apollo:
You really think that's necessary?

"I didn't do it! I had suffered a breakdown and pretty much lost it. It's true I shouted, 'You're a goner!' but I didn't mean it!"

Athena:
Stop! Did you hear that?!

Apollo:
I think you're on to something! Let's play that last part again!

Newman:
I don't follow. What are you guys so excited about?

Athena:
I think this piece of evidence should explain it. (Time to show Robin a piece of evidence that links the line we just heard to the case.)



Athena:
I'm sure you remember this. It contains a female voice shouting a violent threat. I'll play it for you.

"...You're a goner!"

Newman:
The voices and performance do sound similar, but... I can't believe this is happening!

Athena:
It's just a possibility, but if the voice on this tape is really a recording... ...one made from the mock trial video, then that means this evidence was fabricated.

Apollo:
They didn't get to do a voiceprint analysis in time for court today. That's why the gender of the voice became so important. And if the real killer had foreseen that gender would become key in today's trial...

Athena:
...He would've tried to deflect attention away from himself by making the suspect female. So basically, the only one with something to gain from doing this is our sole male suspect.

Newman:
Wait a second! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!

Apollo:
Prof. Means's credo is "The end justifies the means." So it makes perfect sense that a student who took those words to heart... ...would fabricate evidence. We need to get that tape analyzed as soon as possible!

Tape Recorder updated in the Court Record.

???:
......Allow me to assist you with that.

Athena:
Prosecutor Gavin! At least make some kind of noise so we know you're there!

Klavier:
It's go big or go home with rock star entrances, Fräulein. Timing is everything. Let me make a copy of that tape right now, and I'll get you the results as soon as I can. I trust that would be all right?

Athena:
Very much so! Thanks!

Apollo:
Well, Athena? It's almost sundown. Isn't it about time we head over to the Detention Center?

Athena:
I think Junie will agree that this is something that could prove her innocence. But... (Will her heart really be open to accepting it? She had to have known this was what I'd find!)




October 25
Detention Center - Visitor's Room

Athena:
...And that about covers the main gist of our investigation.

Means:
I see. Very interesting. You've been quite the busy beaver today.

Woods:
Thank you for all your hard work, Athena. Well, my time's about up. And it will be getting dark soon, so...

Athena:
Junie!

Woods:
You must be tired after being on your feet all day. You should go home and--

Athena:
No, wait! You have to listen to me!

Woods:
I don't... I don't want to hear any more. I know what you're going to say, Athena.

Athena:
Junie, you promised.




Athena:
We're going to discover the truth behind this murder mystery! And we're going to bring you solid evidence showing just what that truth is! If we succeed in doing that... ...I want you to promise that you'll accept it, Junie, no matter how hard it is to hear.

Woods:
............Okay. But only if it's the real truth.




Athena:
So please. Please just listen to what I have to say. Once you've heard me out, I'll let you decide what to do.

Woods:
.........



After perceiving

Woods:
I'm so sorry. I've talked about friendship so much, but I've been a terrible friend.

Apollo:
Juniper, I don't have that special kind of hearing that Athena does... ...but I don't need it to sense the pain you're feeling inside. And its intensity is directly proportional to how you feel about your friend. Am I right?

Woods:
*sob* Apollo...!

Athena:
Please, Junie, tell me why you suspected Hugh. I have a feeling that will be the key to getting to the bottom of this whole case.


Athena:
Junie... It must've been terrible holding all of that in. But it's going to be okay. I'll get to the bottom of this. And that's my promise from one good friend to another. I'll be defending Juniper tomorrow. If that's okay with you, Prof. Means.

Means:
My main concern is whether you can defeat that prosecutor. ...But I won't try to stop you. I will be watching from the gallery. And shall look forward to seeing what sort of results your methods can produce. Good luck tomorrow. Now, if you would excuse me.

Woods:
Thena... I'm sorry. I really mean it. I wish I had trusted you from the start. You have to uncover the truth tomorrow. I know you can do it.

Apollo:
Don't worry. We already know that the prosecution's key piece of evidence is a fake. And thanks to you, we figured out the motive, too. Let's give this our best shot, Athena. Let tomorrow be the day Juniper walks free!

Athena:
I wouldn't have it any other way! (We should be all ready now. What could possibly go wrong this time?! Still... There's this strange, uneasy feeling I can't shake... I'd better be imagining it.)

To Be Continued




October 26, 9:45 AM
District Court - Defendant Lobby No. 3

Apollo:
Were you able to sleep last night?

Athena:
Huh?! ...Oh, sleep! Sure, I slept! (For a grand total of zero hours.)

Klavier:
Guten Morgen, you two. You look like you're ready to put on a real show. But before you do, I have a good luck gift for you. The voiceprint analysis came back, and the results couldn't be more clear. The voice in the mock trial video and the tape recording are one and the same.

Apollo:
In other words, the recording's a fabrication.

Tape Recorder updated in the Court Record.

Klavier:
The lab is continuing their study of the tape. So far, they've found signs of overdubbing. But it's going to take a bit longer to recover the audio that was erased.

*thump*

Apollo:
! Wh-Who's there? Wait!

Athena:
Did you see who it was?

Apollo:
No. I got a quick look, but they got away. I think it might've been Hugh. I bet he was eavesdropping.

Athena:
I wonder if he saw our hand.

Klavier:
Oh, I'm sure he wasn't the only one just now. I bet Robin and Box Girl were listening in, too. I will make sure they don't make a run for it. That is my final gift to you.

Athena:
Okay, all that's left now is to reach out to the truth!

Apollo:
Time for a mini Chords of Steel workout! I'm Apollo Justice and I'm fine!!! ...Your turn!

Athena:
I'm Athena Cykes and I'm fine!!!




October 26, 10:00 AM
District Court - Courtroom No. 4

Day 2
Court Is Now In Session
All Rise

Judge:
Court will now reconvene for the trial of Juniper Woods.

Athena:
The Cykes Brigade is totally psyched... er, I mean, the defense is ready, Your Honor!

Judge:
The prosecution is ready as well... er, I mean, isn't that right, Prosecutor Blackquill?

Blackquill:
.........

Judge:
Yes, well, moving right along. Yesterday's adjournment was unexpected, yet necessary. But I'll be running a tight ship here today, so no funny business from anybody, understood?

Blackquill:
Your Baldness, Robin Newman and Hugh O'Conner have recanted their confessions. But later, I shall grill them at leisure to find whether I can charge them with perjury.

Judge:
Well, this sure complicates matters. Still, one must not overlook the facts. Now, about the school camera photo that was submitted yesterday--

Blackquill:
A pity, but that evidence is no longer relevant to this case. The art room clock runs fast. It cannot function as an accurate measure of time. As for the bungling detective who overlooked that, he is paying for his failure as we speak.

Athena:
(Poor Detective Fulbright. I hope he returns to work with all his body parts intact.)

Judge:
Hmm... But if that's the case, then what will we--

Blackquill:
The accused is the sole person who could have moved the body from art room to stage. And I mean to prove it here this day.

Athena:
(It's just like Detective Fulbright said. But what else does he have up his sleeve?)

Blackquill:
My understanding of this heinous crime is thus. The murder took place near the center of the art room, as evidenced by the bloodstain. Blood was also found on some pottery next to the window over the maintenance area. Which is to say the body was carried over to that very window. From there, it was dropped down to the maintenance area below. And though there was nary a scratch to the body aside from the fatal wound... ...that, too, was per the script. A high jump mat was employed to cushion the fall. Then, a ball cart was used to haul the body over to the stage.

Athena:
That's not very clever. I mean, it's the same exact body moving scheme as the script. Anyone could've moved the body that way.

Blackquill:
PWAADD Objection!

Blackquill:
Your propensity to spew forth words before you think is not very clever, either.

Athena:
Why you--!

Blackquill:
Moreover, the prosecution has a witness, which is most unfortunate for you. Witness! It's time for you to come forth!




O'Conner:
.........Heh.

Judge:
*ahem* Well, then, will the witness please state his name and occupation.

O'Conner:
Hugh O'Conner. I'm a senior at Themis Legal Academy, and I'm studying to be a lawyer. Yesterday, I told that lawyer there that I would testify to the truth. So, I intend to cooperate fully in today's trial. Happy now, Ms. Cykes?

Athena:
Nrgh... (What's he up to now?)

Judge:
The court appreciates your cooperation, Mr. O'Conner. Now, your testimony, please.




Witness Testimony
-- What O'Conner Saw --

O'Conner:
The Lecture Hall was packed before the mock trial, but the rest of the campus was empty.
That's when I saw Juniper dragging a large mat from behind the stage.
I was watching her from a vantage point between the stage and the maintenance area.
She was heading towards me, so I assume she was on her way to the maintenance area.
But I didn't have time to stand around and see what she did after that.




O'Conner:
The real truth hurts so much, doesn't it, Ms. Cykes? Or maybe you thought I was going to bring up something else entirely against your client?

Athena:
Ugh! (Never a snappy comeback when I need one!)

Apollo:
He's coming straight at us today, using any means possible.

Blackquill:
To protect the students who had to climb up high when setting up the stage... ...a mat was brought over to the stage from the storehouse.

Athena:
Our client is the Student Council President! What's wrong with her taking it upon herself to put the mat away after they'd used it?

Blackquill:
PWAADD Objection!

Blackquill:
Oh, there is plenty wrong. There is but one mat in the entire school that could cushion a fall from such lofty heights. Ergo, the mat in question was indispensable to moving the body!

Athena:
Arrrgh! (It sucks being the last to know everything.)

Apollo:
......I think I get it now. The drag marks we saw behind the stage were made by the mat.

Judge:
Hmm... If the only mat of that thickness was where the body is assumed to have been dropped... ...it would be hard to deny a possible link to this case.

Apollo:
We're off to a bad start again. You sure you're okay, Athena?

Athena:
...It's game on, Hugh. Game on. I'm gonna turn your arrogant perfect-score grin into a teary-eyed frown of failure!




Cross-Examination
-- What O'Conner Saw --

O'Conner:
The Lecture Hall was packed before the mock trial, but the rest of the campus was empty.


O'Conner:
That's when I saw Juniper dragging a large mat from behind the stage.


O'Conner:
I was watching her from a vantage point between the stage and the maintenance area.



O'Conner:
She was heading towards me, so I assume she was on her way to the maintenance area.


O'Conner:
But I didn't have time to stand around and see what she did after that.


Apollo:
Mr. Confidence sure goes all out when he tells the "truth."

Athena:
Well, I don't think he meant for any of that to be misleading, but it doesn't make it factual.

Apollo:
Careful now, Athena. A genius like Hugh could be leading you right into a trap.

Athena:
(I'd be surprised if he wasn't. But all I can do is charge forward with both eyes opened!)




Athena:
So, you saw the back of the stage from the between the stage and the maintenance area? Well, let's take a look at this photo taken by Ms. Scuttlebutt, shall we? This photo shows the students setting up the stage the day before the mock trial. Do you see the big construction screen to the right of the stage in the background here?

Judge:
Why, yes. In fact, there were a bunch of those next to my house until a few days ago, too. It was so noisy behind there, but I couldn't take a peek. Oh, how it piqued my interest!

Athena:
Exactly, Your Honor. You cannot see past such screens. That is their purpose. Now, let's see... How exactly is that screen positioned again...? Ah hah! Since it was to the right of the stage, it should be right here. And from this vantage point... ...the witness claims to have seen our client behind the stage backdrop.

Judge:
Oh, my! But the screen would've been completely in the way!

Athena:
That's right. Therefore, the witness couldn't have possibly seen our client from this point!

O'Conner:
Hrrrgh! ...Youch!

Judge:
Order! Order!!! Mr. O'Conner! Have you been lying to this court?!

O'Conner:
The screen... Right... It must have slipped my mind.

Athena:
What?! Are you telling me you, Mr. Genius, forgot something as literally big as that?!

O'Conner:
There are two kinds of memory lapses: the normal kind you mouth-breathers have... ...and the genius-level lapses of memory that people like me have.

Athena:
(Why don't you just admit that it was a normal, everyday brain fart already?!)

Judge:
Will the witness now please restate what he remembers minus the lapses of memory?

O'Conner:
Heh, that's easy. I was on the other side of the screen. In other words, I witnessed Juniper from the stage side of the screen.

Athena:
PWAADD Objection!

Athena:
You are testifying that our client was behind the stage. But need I remind this court, the back of the stage is not visible from the front. To actually see our client behind the stage from the stage side of the screen... ...the witness himself would also have to be in the same area behind the stage! But in that case, our client would have definitely seen Mr. O'Conner!

O'Conner:
Hrrrrrrgh! ...Youch!

Apollo:
Nice one, Athena! Keep it up!

Blackquill:
PWAADD Objection!

Blackquill:
All right, Golden Boy, is this not your chance? Telling the truth will be like a weight lifted from your chest.

Athena:
The truth? What truth?

Blackquill:
The fact that Golden Boy here was where he initially stated. That is to say, he was between the maintenance area and the stage.

Athena:
PWAADD Objection!

Athena:
But then the screen would've blocked his view of--

Blackquill:
PWAADD Objection!

Blackquill:
On the ground, yes, his view would have been blocked, indeed. But consider how smoke always wants to rise up high.

Apollo:
A-Athena, look at the photo again! Do you think...?!

Athena:
Something on the other side of the screen... Something high enough to see the stage... No way! This crane right here? But I don't remember seeing a crane there on the day of the mock trial.

Apollo:
Me neither, but it's probably safe to assume it was moved before you found the body.

O'Conner:
AA5 Holdit

O'Conner:
That's far enough, Prosecutor Blackquill! Remember, you promised!

Blackquill:
...Hmph. I recall making no such promise. It was you who came blubbering to me about keeping quiet in exchange for information.

O'Conner:
Argh!

Athena:
What's this about a promise? Is this about whatever Blackquill is using against him?

Apollo:
And what's it got to go with going into the crane?

Blackquill:
Golden Boy did not go up in that crane for fun. ...He was working part time as a crane operator within school grounds.

Judge:
What? Do you mean to tell me a high school student was operating a crane?!

O'Conner:
PWAADD Objection!

O'Conner:
The witness... er... I mean, I object to the prosecutor's last statement! There's no proof I ever operated that crane!

Athena:
AA5 Holdit

Athena:
Actually... there just might be something that proves you did.

O'Conner:
What?!

Athena:
If this whole part time job thing is true, I doubt it would be limited to a single day. You were probably working at the same site the previous day, too.

Apollo:
Is this what you're thinking of, Athena?

Athena:
Yep. As the court can see, this photo captured the crane's operator. And if you look carefully, he bears a definite resemblance to Mr. O'Conner.

O'Conner:
Are you serious?! This is ridiculous!

Blackquill:
How very interesting. Let's ascertain whether this is as ridiculous as the witness maintains.

Athena:
The defense agrees with the prosecution. Let's bring the facts to light.

Judge:
Hmm... That's all very well and good, but just how do you propose to do that?

Athena:
(The person in this photo has one really distinguishing feature. I'm not a hundred percent sure, but it's at least worth a try!) We can clearly identify the person in this photo as the witness by examining...




Athena:
The figure in this photo is wearing a very unique object around his neck.

Judge:
Why, yes. You can see it right there. But then, are you saying you mean to...

Athena:
Mr. O'Conner's neck is almost entirely concealed by his tall collar... ...but that's exactly why I believe this warrants further examination!

O'Conner:
No! Not a chance! That would be a blatant violation of my privacy!

Blackquill:
Hmph. You are a disgrace of a man. Now start unbuttoning that collar before I hack it off!

Athena:
Yeah! What's the big deal? Now, let's see your neck!

O'Conner:
......... Guess I have no choice.

Blackquill:
.........Hmph.

Judge:
Hm? ...Oh, my!

Athena:
So, where did you buy that neckband, if I might ask?

O'Conner:
I didn't buy it. It's handmade, and there's only one like it in the world.

Athena:
Well, it sure looks like the neckband in the photo. Should we have the photo analyzed?

O'Conner:
Heh. You are one irritating lady. ...Fine. I admit it. I work a part-time construction job. It has nothing to do with our school. Operating heavy equipment's no big deal for a guy who can parallel park one-handed. But I never expected one of my jobs would take me to my own school.

Judge:
But when you factor in all of the required tests and apprenticeship period... ...wouldn't you have to be at least twenty to have a license for operating a crane?

O'Conner:
Oh, um... about that... You see, I'm a genius, so, you know...

Blackquill:
PWAADD Objection!

Blackquill:
Let us dispense with this inane charade, Golden Boy.

O'Conner:
AA5 Holdit

O'Conner:
No, Prosecutor Blackquill! Please, don'! [sic]

Blackquill:
High school seniors are nineteen at most, thus, they fail to complete the requirements. But that does not apply to you, does it, Mr. O'Conner?

Athena:
Why doesn't it apply? He's a senior, so he's around that age, right?

O'Conner:
No, don't! Please!

Blackquill:
Actually, Golden Boy here is twenty-five. He took a seven-year break from school.

Athena:
............Wait. Come again?

Blackquill:
Take a gander at the official school enrollment documentation. 'Tis all right there.

O'Conner:
Arrrrrrrrrgh! ...Youch!

Apollo:
T-T-Twenty-five? You mean he's older than me?!

Judge:
A twenty-five-year-old high school student?!

O'Conner:
AA5 Holdit

O'Conner:
Heh. A seven-year break... Seven years... I've just one thing to say. There are two kinds of seven-year breaks. The ordinary kind you mouth-breathers take... ...and the genius kind people like me take.

Athena:
PWAADD Objection!

Athena:
But a genius would quickly become a chore for a seven-year-break!

Apollo:
I think you have that backwards, Athena...

O'Conner:
Heh. Even geniuses make mistakes. I just happened to make mine only seven years in a row.

Athena:
(Only Hugh could get away with using "only" like that.)

Blackquill:
Enough of this jibber-jabber. Suffice to say, the witness was up in the crane when he saw the accused dragging the mat. The accused readied all she needed to move the body immediately prior to doing so. That much is clear. I see no need to deliberate the matter any further.

Judge:
Hmm... Considering that the body was moved in the same manner as in the script... ...I find Prosecutor Blackquills claim to be quite persuasive. Does the defense care to dissuade me?

Athena:
Ugh! As long as a mat was used to move the body, Junie's going to be under suspicion...!

Apollo:
...Athena. I just thought of something. What was Hugh doing in the crane right before the mock trial? He couldn't have been on the job at the time. I mean, he was waiting for the trial to start.

Athena:
Yeah, why was he in the crane? Wait, you don't think...?! Your Honor!

Judge:
Yes, Ms. Cykes?

Athena:
I've got it! I've got an amazing idea that will turn the prosecution's claim on its head! (A little conjecture has never stopped us before!)

Blackquill:
Interesting...

Athena:
Mr. O'Conner, you were using the crane to...




Athena:
The body was just like it was in the script, so it must've been moved like in the script, too. At least, that's what the prosecution believes. ...How simplistic, even foolish.

Blackquill:
.........

Apollo:
Those are pretty strong words, Athena. You sure about this?

Athena:
The witness is a licensed crane operator, so he could have used it to move the body!

Blackquill:
PWAADD Objection!

Blackquill:
...Hmph. Well, Golden Boy? Care to chime in? I intend to say no more on the matter, save that this does not bode well for you.

Athena:
(Wait, he's on my side this time? Or is this another trap?)

O'Conner:
Heh. Watch this! I can use a bow and arrow one handed.

Athena:
(Wow, that's a crazy level of dexterity.)

O'Conner:
I can even drive a crane with one hand. That's easy. But operating the crane itself is so complex, it requires both hands. Now, I would have the court look at this.

Athena:
Oh... Please tell me that's a ketchup stain.

O'Conner:
You wish. My hand was injured and required surgery. That's the reason I kept my hand in my pocket all this time.

Blackquill:
I have already verified this with the hospital of treatment. Quite a nasty wound, they say.

Athena:
S-So, how did you hurt it?

O'Conner:
I see no need to discuss that. It has no relevance to this case.

Blackquill:
Two hands are required to operate complex machinery such as a crane. Ergo, on the day of the mock trial, the witness was incapable of moving the body by crane!

Athena:
N-Now I'm the fool?!

O'Conner:
I'd planned on moving the crane the night before the mock trial, but then I got injured. Wanting to keep my part-time job a secret, I had to do it just before the mock trial instead.

Athena:
(Arrrgh! And here I thought this was the big break we've been waiting for!)

Blackquill:
Now that the defense's sophistry is laid bare, I would have the court recall my claim.

Judge:
The body was dropped out of a third-floor window to a mat near the maintenance area. Then, a ball cart was used to move it to the stage. See? I've been paying attention!

Blackquill:
Well done, Your Baldness. Now consider this! The accused was sighted dragging that mat. Ergo, it was she who moved the body!

Apollo:
Well, I think you were on the right track, Athena.

Athena:
You do?

Apollo:
Yeah, Juniper remains the prime suspect if we assume the body was moved as per her script. So, as the defense, you have to figure out how else the body could've been moved.

Athena:
B-But... (Oh, is he telling me to think of another way besides the crane?)

Judge:
Ms. Cykes. If you have a counterargument, this court would love to hear it. And if--

Blackquill:
If you do not, it is time for the verdict. Isn't that correct, Your Baldness?

Athena:
PWAADD Objection!

Athena:
No, not yet! All I have to do is show that the body wasn't moved like it was in the script, right?

Judge:
Well, that WOULD show that the mat had nothing to do with this case.

Blackquill:
There is a sword of great renown that cuts down sophistic lawyers. Its name is Evidence.

Athena:
Tsk, you don't scare me! (Force a smile, Athena! You can do it!)

Apollo:
What's wrong with your face, Athena? It's a weird mix of terror and creepy grin. Just focus on how the body could've been moved without it being dropped.

Athena:
(How could anyone lower it without just dropping it? It's not like it could fly... ...Or maybe it could. After all, there IS a way to zip between the art room and the stage! Someone could've easily used that thing!)

Judge:
Hm? ...Oh, yes, of course! Ms. Cykes, the court would like to see what you have for us.

Athena:
(All I have to do is show the tiniest shred of a possibility.) The mat and ball cart weren't used to move the body! This is what was used!



Athena:
The key here is the thing that ties the art room and the stage together.

Blackquill:
Might I propose an idea? It might do you well to tie your lips together, lest you further expose your ignorance.

Athena:
This isn't exactly the time for black comedy, Prosecutor Blackquill... Anyway! The court will recall the wire on which the school banner was hung. That wire was strung between the art room and the stage... ...which allowed students to run or reel in the school banner from the art room. The body could've easily been lowered down to the stage via this wire!

Blackquill:
PWAADD Objection!

Blackquill:
Spare me your armchair theories. This wasn't some kind of high-wire act. The body surely would have fallen, yet there are no signs of blunt force trauma!

Athena:
PWAADD Objection!

Athena:
Oh, you surprise me, Prosecutor Blackquill. You didn't actually think I failed to account for that?

Apollo:
I'm sure that's exactly what he thought.

Athena:
When we investigated the stage yesterday... ...the bottom part of the school banner had been tied into a pouch-like shape. And pouches are useful for carrying things. What do think [sic] this one could have carried?!

Judge:
W-Well, go on. Please explain!

Athena:
The body was bundled into the pouch-like section of the banner and sent down the wire. The body would've been down on that stage in a flash! And there'd be no need for a mat!

Judge:
Hmm... I've heard the phrase "carrying the banner," but the banner doing the carrying?

Blackquill:
PWAADD Objection!

Blackquill:
...Hmph. I've no patience for you and your cheap parlor tricks. Your claim is as shaky as a corpse performing that absurd high-wire act.

Athena:
If you have an actual objection, then just come out and say it!

Blackquill:
I trust you recall the bloodstains left on the art room pottery. If the wire had been used to move the body... ...it would have to ben via the window above the quad -- the one with the winch. However, the bloodstained pottery was next to the window above the maintenance area. Ergo, the wire and banner had naught at all to do with this case.

Athena:
Oh, um, ha ha. The bloodstained pottery... I remember that.

Apollo:
This doesn't look good. We'll be back to the mat theory if you don't do something.

Judge:
Well, Ms. Cykes? I hope you have something better this time than a circus act.

Athena:
(If my wire theory is true, then that blood on the pottery must not have been...)



Athena:
Maybe it's not the victim's blood. Did the police check to see from whom the blood on the pottery came from?

Blackquill:
Shame on you, Cykes-dono. Have a little more respect for the constabulary. ...Fool Bright.

Apollo:
Looks like they didn't check it.

Athena:
Ah, don't let it get you down, Prosecutor Blackquill! Everyone makes mistakes.

Blackquill:
Spare me your cheek. We will know not either way till the tests are run.

Athena:
(True, but in the meantime, I'm going to press my claim as far as I can!)

Blackquill:
Your Baldness. I demand that the blood on the pottery be analyzed this instant!

Judge:
Of course. It shouldn't take long to get the results back.




Judge:
Oh, my. That was quick.

Apollo:
We're history if it turns out to be the victim's blood.

Athena:
(Please, please let it be someone else's.)

Blackquill:
............Nngh. It seems the blood was not from the victim.

Judge:
Wh-What?!

Blackquill:
Furthermore, a comparison with other parties involved with this case reveals... ...that the blood belongs to one Hugh O'Conner.

Athena:
(Score!)

O'Conner:
.........




Woods:
*cough*... *cough, cough*

Athena:
Don't worry, Junie. Just try to relax.

Woods:
H-Hugh's hands... His hands were... dripping with blood...!




Athena:
Your Honor, as we saw earlier, the witness's left hand had suffered a serious injury. He sustained the wound in a struggle with the victim, and his blood got on the pottery. (Then, Junie saw his bloodstained hands as they passed each other in the first floor hall.) It's the only explanation that covers everything!

Blackquill:
PWAADD Objection!

Blackquill:
There is but one way now to turn aside her blade. But do not cast the blame on me. Your grudge is with Cykes-dono, for it is she who forces me to expose your secret.

O'Conner:
H-H-Heh. F-Fine, whatever.

Athena:
(Wow, how much dirt does he have on Hugh?)

Blackquill:
The court will observe this odd-looking envelope. It was inside this that Myriam Scuttlebutt's script was found.

Athena:
Ms. Scuttlebutt's...? But didn't the prosecution already claim that... ...this envelope is the one that contained her script?

Blackquill:
Circumstances have changed. You see, Golden Boy had hidden this from us all.

Judge:
Let's see here... My word! Talk about the world's most painful paper cut!

Blackquill:
Indeed. You can clearly see that if this envelope is not opened correctly... ...a powerful spring-loaded blade will shoot forth, leaving a horrible gash upon the hand. The only one who had been told of the correct way to open it was Constance Courte.




Scuttlebutt:
Sss, sss, sss. You really want to see my script that bad? Well, you better watch out. Read it without my permission and you'll wish you hadn't!




Athena:
(Yikes... Myriam wasn't kidding when she said that!)

Blackquill:
The blood on the blade is the witness's. Our genius here tried to sneak a peek at the wrong script and paid for his foolishness!

Athena:
Ouuuuuuuch! (This guy's the worst genius I've EVER seen!)

Apollo:
Don't worry, Athena. The wound isn't that deep. We've still got the wire theory.

Athena:
Y-Yeah... I've got it! Since the blood by the window overlooking the maintenance area isn't the victim's... ...there's no longer any basis for denying the body was moved using the wire and banner. Therefore, the defense once again asserts just that!

O'Conner:
AA5 Holdit

O'Conner:
You call yourself a lawyer? Heh. Don't you see the glaring contradiction in your thinking?

Athena:
Huh?

Judge:
The court would like to remind the witness that his role is not to point out--

O'Conner:
Heh. And you... How can you adhere to such outdated beliefs. But whatever. It seems you've forgotten the two statues that were onstage directly below the wire. A body sent sliding down that wire would've crashed into them. Care to explain that away?

Judge:
Why, I believe he's right. The statues and the wire are extremely close together.

Athena:
(Ugh... So the body would've collided with the statues? Hmm... What if they did collide? Wait, that's it!) Speaking of those statues, we still don't know how they were broken. But if we assume the body crashed into them... ...that would also explain that loud sound we heard while we were in the waiting room.

Judge:
Oh, now that you mention it... ...you and Mr. Wright went out to the stage after you heard that sound, correct?

Blackquill:
PWAADD Objection!

Blackquill:
Interesting... How very interesting. But may I ask just one question? When was it that you heard said sound?

Athena:
It was a little after the mock trial had started. Mr. Wright and I were practically bored to tears there in the waiting room, when-- Ah!

Blackquill:
Precisely. If that sound you heard did happen while the body was being moved... ...that would place it during the mock trial!

Athena:
(Oof. Which means the body wouldn't have been there before the mock trial started.)




O'Conner:
You see, right before the mock trial started... I saw the body.




Athena:
(He said he saw the body before the mock trial. If so... ...then my claim that the body was moved during the mock trial doesn't hold water! Stupid contradiction! It's going to get me and our case killed!)

Judge:
The focus was on just three suspects because the body was moved before the mock trial. That has been the major premise thus far. Your assertion, therefore, contradicts the very foundation of this case.

Blackquill:
PWAADD Objection!

Blackquill:
Both sides still lack incontrovertible evidence. So, should we not also treat Golden Boy's testimony with some level of suspicion?

Judge:
Hmm... Good point.

O'Conner:
Ack!

Athena:
P-Prosecutor Blackquill... is on our side! I bet he's figured out the truth behind this case!

Apollo:
Well, great, as long as he's not up to something else.

Athena:
(If the statues really were broken when the body hit them... ...then Hugh's statement about seeing the body before the mock trial is a big fat lie!) Okay, Mr. O'Conner! Let's get to the bottom of this contradiction about when you saw the body. Look me straight in the eyes and repeat your statement to me!

O'Conner:
Argh! L-Like I said before, uh... before the mock trial, the body was, you know...

Blackquill:
I shall only say this once, Golden Boy. You had best tell the truth, and do it now. That is, if your head wish to enjoy the continued companionship of your body.

O'Conner:
Yikes!

Blackquill:
Now, out with it! Did you truly witness the body?!

Athena:
Or were you just lying about it?! Well, which is it?!

O'Conner:
............I...

Blackquill:
You what?

Athena:
I...!

O'Conner:
I............ I never saw the body.

Athena:
!

Judge:
Are you sure about that? Lie to this court again and I'll charge you with perjury.

O'Conner:
There was no body on that stage! I've been lying about that this whole time! I'm... I'm sorry.

Athena:
(Yes! We've exposed Hugh's big lie for what it is! But why would he lie about this to begin with?)

Judge:
Order! The base premise that the body was moved before the mock trial has been overturned. I imagine that this has an impact on both the defense and the prosecution's case.

Athena:
Well, first I'd like to thank the prosecutor. This brings us one step closer to the truth. Now, at least we know the body was moved using the wire and school banner.

Blackquill:
...Indeed. That much I shall concede, Cykes-dono. The body was moved as you stated, and in the midst of the mock trial.

Judge:
Hmm... So both sides are satisfied then?

Blackquill:
Hmph. If the body was moved before the mock trial, we have our three suspects... ...but if the move took place in the midst of the mock trial, it is an entirely different story.

Athena:
Right. All three suspects were in the mock trial. That gives them solid alibis.

Blackquill:
PWAADD Objection!

Blackquill:
...Hmph. How simplistic. Did you forget about the student in charge of the audio? Amidst the mock trial, she was the one soul who could leave and reenter the Lecture Hall.

Judge:
Wh-What's this?! Who is this person in charge of the audio?!

Athena:
(Oh, no! How could I forget! It was...!)




Athena:
Hey! What's the deal here? Why's Junie so large in this shot?

Newman:
Eh heh heh heh. Juniper was also in charge of the audio. When she wasn't in the trial, she was in the audio control room dealing with the music.




Blackquill:
Indeed. The one who could enter the art room amidst the mock trial to move the body... ...was none other than the accused, Juniper Woods, for she was in charge of the audio!

Athena:
Eee... Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek! Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Judge:
Why, yes! I see! That DOES make perfect sense!

Athena:
(This can't be happening. Instead of exposing Hugh's crime, Junie's in even deeper. No matter how you slice it, we're cooked! And here I thought Prosecutor Blackquill was on our side, at least on this issue.)

Apollo:
The Twisted Samurai strikes again.

Athena:
Tsk, twisted?! It's more like dirty rotten!

Blackquill:
Hmph. Your Baldness, it is time to put an end to this farce.

Judge:
Hmm... The prosecution has presented a quite convincing case. But the defense has one last chance to voice any remaining objections. Well, Ms. Cykes?

Athena:
Apollo! What are we going to do?! I've got nothing left! Nothing! Nada! Niente!

Apollo:
I've been trying to think of something, but I'm drawing a big blank, too!

Athena:
(Ugh... Poor Junie. Unless we figure out something, she'll be...) O-Objection... Objection... Umm... well... I object to...!

O'Conner:
AA5 Holdit

O'Conner:
Heh. Heh heh heh. Ha ha ha ha ha! Stop right there! All ears to me! It's time you heard about the rare genius of Hugh O'Conner! Listen and you will hear the secret behind my perfect crime!

Athena:
P-P-P-P...

Apollo:
Perfect...

Judge:
Criiiiiime?!

Athena:
Wait, this is some serious déjà vu. Didn't we just go through something like this yesterday?

Apollo:
Yes, yes we did... This had better not be another one of his enraging traps...

O'Conner:
The murder, the moving of the body, the cover up! It all sprung from my brilliant mind! Well, go ahead, arrest me! The real killer is right before you!

Judge:
Order, Order, I say! M-M-Mr. O'Conner! You already confessed yesterday, then earlier today recanted your confession!

O'Conner:
As if you mouth-breathers could comprehend my genius! The end justifies the means! Now, bow down and kneel! Kneel before my great and maddening intellect.

Blackquill:
PWAADD Objection!

Blackquill:
Enough! The only thing maddening is the ignominy you bare for all to see. For it is impossible for you to have been the perpetrator behind this crime.

Athena:
Ah!

Blackquill:
There is no perfect crime, only a perfect alibi, for you were at the mock trial. And it is silly that I must remind you of this, but you were a participant the entire time. There shall be no mercy if you persist in hindering this trial with your silly little act!

Athena:
(Hugh doesn't seem the least bit shaken by Blackquill's threat.)

O'Conner:
Listen, Mr. Prosecutor. Calling that a perfect alibi is beyond contempt. Your Honor, I'd like to take this opportunity to offer further testimony. I will now demonstrate the very moment of genius that transcended even perfection!




Witness Testimony
-- Hugh's Confession --

O'Conner:
You won't believe this, but I used a body double!
That wasn't the real me at the mock trial!
That means I didn't almost lose! My body double almost did!
I slipped out stealthily while my double took care of the trial.
I had the run of the campus. In short, I'm the killer. Juniper's innocent!




Judge:
Hmm... I have a question I was hoping the defense and prosecution might help answer. Is it just me or does the witness's testimony make no sense at all?

Athena:
No, it's not just you, Your Honor. All I got from listening to that was a headache.

Apollo:
Yeah, that was just plain weird, especially the whole thing about a body double.

Judge:
Well, I'm relieve it's not just me. ...And the prosecution?

Blackquill:
Your Baldness, summon an ambulance this instance [sic]. The witness is stark, raving mad.

Judge:
Hmm... Yes, I think that would be for the best. Now, then, let's pretend that never happened and move on to my verdict--

O'Conner:
AA5 Holdit

O'Conner:
You people don't believe me?!

Athena:
It's not a matter of believing you. It's more along the lines of questioning your sanity.

Apollo:
Yeah, the funny farm just called. They want their "genius" back.

O'Conner:
PWAADD Objection!

O'Conner:
Shut your pie holes! The intellect of a genius transcends even logic! Besides, don't you guys have that weird device for testimony like this?!

Athena:
PWAADD Objection!

Athena:
Widget's not a weird device and I don't waste him on ridiculous testimonies!

Apollo:
Easy there, tiger. Think of it this way. We don't want a verdict to be passed just yet. So how about we give Widget a try?

Athena:
Well, this is against my better judgment, but I'd like to conduct a short therapy session.

Judge:
Your better judgment? I'm a judge, and it's far beyond mine, yet I find it hard to say no. Prosecutor Blackquill, I trust you have no objections? ...Um, Prosecutor Blackquill?

Bailiff:
The prosecutor said, "Rubbish! We will be out on a stroll!" then left with Detective Fulbright.

Athena:
(How does he get away with stuff like that?)

Judge:
...Then I'll interpret that as meaning he has no explicit objections. All right, Ms. Cykes, you may proceed with your therapy session.

Apollo:
I've seen my share of crazy trials, but this one takes the cake!




O'Conner:
You won't believe this, but I used a body double!

That wasn't the real me at the mock trial!

That means I didn't almost lose! My body double did!

I slipped out stealthily while my double took care of the trial.

I had the run of the campus.

In short, I'm the killer.

Juniper's innocent!


Athena:
I don't get it. His confession is overflowing with happiness.

Apollo:
Maybe he enjoys thinking how us mouth-breathers can't comprehend his genius.

Athena:
But this goes way beyond normal happiness. He seems to take an insane level of delight in his confession!

Apollo:
Hmm, even a normal level of delight would be weird for a confession. Then again, he's not what I'd call normal.

Athena:
(Hugh... Why are you confessing? Who is this really for? I feel like that's the key to his out-of-control emotion!)




Athena:
Mr. O'Conner, yesterday you said that you didn't really care about Ms. Woods anymore.




O'Conner:
I already told Juniper, so I might as well yell you. I don't really care about her anymore.

Athena:
What? Why?




O'Conner:
Yeah, well, Juniper reported my secret to Prof. Courte.

Athena:
(His secret? ...Oh, the bribe.)

O'Conner:
She wanted nothing to do with me because I had disappointed her. That's why I don't care about her anymore. I was never trying to protect her. My confession was always about one thing and one thing only: the truth!

Athena:
PWAADD Objection!

Athena:
Mr. O'Conner, you felt great happiness in the fact that you might help set Ms. Woods free. So much that it overshadowed all of your other emotions.

O'Conner:
What are you...

Athena:
I can hear it clearly now, Mr. O'Conner -- the discord you've been trying to suppress. People don't normally feel like you do when you confessed.

Apollo:
So, Hugh really was trying to protect Juniper?

Athena:
Yes, I'm sure of it. Hugh's feelings for her are the real deal.

NOISE LEVEL
90%

Athena:
(But that means his confession is...)

???:
...Finally figured out the obvious, have we?

Judge:
Why, Prosecutor Blackquill, you're back.

Blackquill:
The confession was naught but lies, save for the part about being in the mock trial. Can we all agree now that the killer is the one in charge of the audio, i.e. the accused?!

Athena:
Gaaah! (Why couldn't you have taken a longer stroll?)

O'Conner:
N-No! You haven't unraveled the genius of my body double trick yet!

Apollo:
You can't be serious. Do you really expect us to believe you had a body double?

O'Conner:
Yes! Yes I do! But if you think I didn't, then prove it! Heh!

Apollo:
Either we quit here and Juniper is found guilty, or we play along with Hugh's delusion.

Athena:
Let's go with the least worse choice. But first, let me update his testimony.




O'Conner:
You won't believe this, but I used a body double!

That wasn't the real me at the mock trial!

That means I didn't almost lose! My body double did!


I slipped out stealthily while my double took care of the trial.

I had the run of the campus.

In short, I'm the killer.

Juniper's innocent!

Apollo:
A body double...? What a bunch of baloney.

Athena:
I know, but I can hear the noise. It means there's a contradictory emotion somewhere.

Apollo:
Contradictory emotion? Everything he says is one big contradiction.

Athena:
Right, and that's why I can hear his inner voice loud and clear! If we just think about Hugh and his competitive nature... ...we should be able to figure out the root cause of his discord!




Athena:
Hmm... "I didn't almost lose," you say? Very odd... You exhibited happiness the entire time, except during this statement.

O'Conner:
Argh! You don't know when to give up! ...Wait, now that I think about it...

Athena:
(No, don't! Stop making stuff up!)

O'Conner:
When I left the Lecture Hall... ...it was during Prof. Means's pre-trial speech. That's when I moved the body. I then slipped back in just before the verdict.

Athena:
So, you're saying you were there the moment your double was about to lose?

O'Conner:
Yes, I was! Naturally, I wasn't happy when I saw that. In any case, I was at the far end of the Lecture Hall behind the screen. I figured no one would see me if I came and went through the doors there.

Blackquill:
PWAADD Objection!

Blackquill:
Cykes-dono. How much longer will you indulge him in this charade? While it's true that none in the audience might see him go through either of those doors... ...the faculty seats on the balconies are a different story, and have a splendid view!

O'Conner:
...Heh. I thought you could do better than that. The lawyer's bench is on the right side when facing the front of the hall. I used the door on the right side near the lawyer's bench. That means my movements were only visible to someone in the left balcony seat. But that seat was empty at the time, which is only natural. After all, it belonged to Prof. Courte, and as we all know, she was already dead by then.

Athena:
......... (That can't be right. An empty balcony seat on the left side contradicts this piece of evidence!)



Athena:
(I've no idea where this contradiction is going. But I don't have any other moves at this point. Guess I'll just have to follow it and see where this takes me!) You said the left balcony seat was empty. But was it really?

O'Conner:
I saw it with my own eyes! It was definitely empty!

Athena:
But what about this diagram? According to this, Prof. Means was supposed to be seated in the left balcony seat. But if you left the Lecture Hall during his pre-trial speech... ...he would've been standing there at his seat addressing the students and faculty!

O'Conner:
Gah! No, this can't be right!

NOISE LEVEL
80%

Blackquill:
Hmph. You do no one any favor by exposing the falsities of his confession.

O'Conner:
I've told plenty of lies so far, but this part is true, I tell you! There was nobody in the left balcony seat. You gotta believe me!

Athena:
(Hmm, it doesn't seem like he's lying this time.) Okay, Mr. O'Conner! Let's have you testify again, but this time, don't spare any details!

O'Conner:
You got it! I'll repeat it as many times as you like! I mean, my ingenious escape act warrants repeating, considering I'm the real killer!

Athena:
(All I really care about is whether that seat was empty or not.)




O'Conner:
The second floor was deserted!

Why won't you believe me?! It's true, I tell you!

I went out the back door without anyone noticing.

Then, all I had to do... was go through the empty audio control room!


It leads into the hallway. So I was perfectly capable of moving the body.

Athena:
Whoa, talk about a change in tone! It reads like a totally different testimony! It's like he realized something terrible the moment he opened his mouth.

Apollo:
If it's something he realized himself, this unease might also register in how he speaks.

Athena:
Right. I'll focus on places where he hesitates or stammers, then!




Athena:
I detected powerful sadness and fear right after you said this part. It's as if you'd said something you shouldn't have.

O'Conner:
What's wrong with you?! You shouldn't reveal a person's inner feelings for all to see!

Athena:
Mr. O'Conner, it's you who is revealing your inner emotions by the way you speak. Plus, I have a good idea about why you're feeling sad.

O'Conner:
Argh! You're a horrible person! Can't you just leave me be?!

Athena:
You said that you went through the "empty audio control room," but that's not true, is it? There was someone who returned from there once Prof. Means finished his speech. And that someone who was in the audio control room was...



Athena:
I know you realized there was a problem with your statement as you were saying it. That's why you felt so uneasy. If the audio control room really was empty... ...that would mean Ms. Woods was roaming around the campus.

O'Conner:
Aaaaaaaaagh!

Athena:
Mr. O'Conner, if you really want to protect Ms. Woods, just tell the truth. If you believe in her, revealing the truth is the same as protecting her.

O'Conner:
...Juniper's innocent. That's the truth. But in this dark age of the law, the truth can be easily twisted to serve anyone's needs. When the end justifies the means, your only choice is to fight back with lies!

Athena:
(Hugh's heart won't hold out under this battle between truth and lies. Is there something I can do to make him recant his false testimony?)

O'Conner:
Heh heh heh. I fear nothing now that I have lost everything! Go ahead, Prosecutor Blackquill. Cut me down if you wish!

Blackquill:
...Hmph. I thought you'd never ask. With you gone, we may swiftly proceed to a verdict. Hrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh! ............Yah!!!

Judge:
Aaaaaah! H-He broke out of his shackles agaaaaaaain!

Apollo:
I don't want to be the poor accountant down at the Detention Center...

Blackquill:
Hugh O'Conner, in deference to your valor, I will limit your suffering with one clean blow.

Athena:
AA5 Holdit

Athena:
Could you wait just one moment before you cut him down?

Blackquill:
Silence Official

Blackquill:
Do not come between a samurai and his foe, Cykes-dono!

Athena:
Eek! (I never learned about this in law school!)

Apollo:
Careful, Prosecutor... Remember that shocking experience you had last time!

Blackquill:
...Hmph. Very well, Golden Boy may live.. for now.

Athena:
Enough already, Mr. O'Conner. Ms. Woods would never want you to protect her this way. She values the friendship between the three of you more then anything!

O'Conner:
PWAADD Objection!

O'Conner:
That's where you're wrong. She doesn't feel anything for me now. Heh. But what does it matter anymore? I might as well tell you everything. This is, no doubt, news to you, but I am not and never was a genius.

Athena:
Sorry, but I already knew.

Apollo:
Me, too.

Judge:
And don't forget me! ...Though, in all fairness, it was pretty obvious.

Woman:
I thought he was genius at first, but...

Man:
The stuff he said was crazy.

O'Conner:
Arrrrrgh! No need to rub it in! Just shut up and listen! It all started several days ago. I accidently [sic] learned that my parents have been paying good money for my grades.

Judge:
B-But that's...! That's bribery!

Athena:
(So the bribery wasn't Hugh's idea?)

O'Conner:
All of my perfect scores were the product of cold hard cash, not genius. Even worse, when I confronted my parents about it over the phone... ...Juniper overheard me.

Judge:
Oh, my... What a terrible misunderstanding.

O'Conner:
I've been living a lie! I don't know what else there is to say! I'm no genius. I'm completely worthless... A perfect zero.

Athena:
Hugh...

O'Conner:
Even so, I still wanted to make it up to Juniper for disappointing her like that. That's why I wanted to clear her name by pinning the blame on me! I mean, she probably hates me now, so it'd be a relief for her to see me locked away.

Apollo:
If you were trying to help her, then why did you testify against her?

O'Conner:
You were the ones who told me to tell the truth yesterday! So, I thought if I did, it would help her.

Athena:
(He wasn't trying to provoke us?)

Apollo:
It looks like we seriously misunderstood him, in more ways than one.

Athena:
(At the detention center yesterday, Junie was in tears when she opened up to me. But the truth is, the friendship between the three of them is still rock solid! If there were something that could help me prove that to Hugh...)




O'Conner:
Heh. We even have proof of our friendship.

Newman:
Yeaaaaaah!!! As long as our friendship lasts! You can bet we'll be carrying them around!




Athena:
(I know! What about that proof of friendship they mentioned?! Hmm... I wonder where or what it is.)




... I didn't buy it. It's handmade, and there's only one like it in the world.




Athena:
(Maybe it's... No, that's definitely it! That band around his neck!) Mr. O'Conner! That band around your neck! That's your proof of friendship, isn't it?

O'Conner:
!

Judge:
Proof of friendship? Is that anything like a proof of purchase barcode?

Athena:
In court, evidence is everything. That's why the three friends created friendship bands. It's the evidence that proves their friendship.

Judge:
Ho ho. How very interesting... and chic!

Athena:
If they have doubts about their friendship, they can look to the proof they have on hand. That's why Mr. O'Conner's hand always goes to his neck when he is pressured. It proves he still has feeling of friendship towards the other two.

O'Conner:
It doesn't matter if I wear it if those two...

Athena:
PWAADD Objection!

Athena:
But they feel the same way, too. I know they wear their friendship bands somewhere. (Junie and Robin must both feel the same as Hugh. I just know it! Everything Hugh has said leads me to believe that. In fact, he may have also just told me that the others wear their proof of friendship...)




Athena:
All we have to do is think back to their testimonies. Ready? Ms. Newman holds her arm when pressured. And Ms. Woods holds her wrist. I know Ms. Woods very well. She would never abandon her friendship with you over something like this. And taking the blame for her will only succeed in making her terribly sad!

O'Conner:
Argh... Arrrgh... Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!




O'Conner:
I... I didn't kill anyone. And I didn't have a body double. I didn't move the body. I didn't even see it. And it may look like I'm speed reading... ..."Zen and the Art of Mastering the Bar Exam," but I haven't read a single word!

Judge:
Hmm? Well, you could've fooled me! In fact, you did!

Athena:
Hugh...

O'Conner:
...So, Ms. Cykes, can I place my trust in you?

Athena:
I'm going to save Junie. So yes, you can place your trust in me.

Judge:
Then, am I to understand that the witness is recanting his confession?

O'Conner:
.........Yes.

Blackquill:
Hmph, a most roundabout trial. I much prefer the turnabout variety myself. Now we are back to the fact that there was but one suspect who lacked an alibi. Which is, in the end, the truth you've been seeking this entire time.

Apollo:
So, we're back to square one? Now I'm exhausted and depressed.

Athena:
It probably doesn't matter at this point, but I might as well update the Mood Matrix. (...Huh? Does this mean...?)

Blackquill:
Further resistance is futile. The time for a verdict is nigh!

Athena:
PWAADD Objection!

Athena:
Please, wait!

Blackquill:
What sort of devilry are you up to now?

Athena:
What if our client wasn't the only one without an alibi? The trial would continue, right?

Judge:
W-Well, yes, I suppose it would. But after such a thorough investigation, does such a person really exist?

Athena:
Yes, we've found someone. It may have seemed like a major roundabout... ...but Mr. O'Conner's testimony has cracked the case! (There's no more noise. Hugh is telling the truth now. During the mock trial, the balcony seat opposite him really was empty! Which now means there is one person unaccounted for!)

NOISE LEVEL
0%

BYE BYE

Athena:
(Besides Junie, the only other person without an alibi during the mock trial is...!)



Athena:
The balcony seat was empty. That much IS true, isn't it, Mr. O'Conner?

O'Conner:
That's right. How many more times do I have to say it?!

Athena:
So, basically, Prof. Means wasn't where he was supposed to be during the mock trial!

Blackquill:
Silence Official

Blackquill:
Need I remind you, every last soul in the Lecture Hall heard him deliver his speech?

Athena:
PWAADD Objection!

Athena:
I know. And that's not in dispute here. Now, let me explain how a speech could be given from an empty seat. It was...




Athena:
What if the speech was pre-recorded? That's the only way the speech could've been delivered from an empty balcony seat!

O'Conner:
DD Objection! animated

O'Conner:
Wait... Are you accusing Prof. Means? That's insane! I mean, he's the one who gave me the tape recorder! "Take this to the police," he said, "and tell them you found it."

Athena:
What? Really? (Wait a second!) Mr. O'Conner! Did you just say that Prof. Means gave that phony recording to you?!

Judge:
Phony? The defense will refrain from hurling unsubstantiated allegations.

O'Conner:
Well, I said he gave it to me, but what do you mean it's phony?

Athena:
(Wow, who could've seen this development...?)

Tape Recorder updated in the Court Record.

Athena:
The voice shouting, "You're a goner!" as recorded on this tape... ...was dubbed onto it using a line our client said in the mock trial video!

Judge:
Why, this... this is an extremely crucial piece of evidence!

Athena:
(Prof. Means gave Hugh the phony tape. If that's really true, then Prof. Means has guilt written all over him!) Your Honor! The defense moves to call Prof. Aristotle Means to the stand!

Blackquill:
Silence Official

Blackquill:
Hmph. The seat was never empty. 'Twas but an oversight by our dullard of a witness. An inmate who was formally [sic] a surgeon once told me something. He said it's often all too easy to overlooked [sic] critical symptoms!

Athena:
PWAADD Objection!

Athena:
Well, we're not going to overlook this oversight! If the speech was pre-recorded, the basis for suspecting our client would be shattered! Let's check with Prof. Means and see whether the empty seat was a witness oversight. A verdict without first looking into that would be inconceivable!

Judge:
That's enough, both of you. ...Now, here's my opinion on the matter. While a surgeon overlooking critical symptoms is a problem... ...a witness's oversight, too, must not be overlooked. Thus, as to the matter of whether Prof. Means was or was not in his faculty seat... ...I believe we must ask the professor himself.

Athena:
I agree. Prof. Means should be here in the gallery today.

Blackquill:
Hmph! Do as you please!




Judge:
Will you please state your name and occupation for the record?

Means:
Certainly. I am Aristotle Means. I teach the lawyer course at Themis Legal Academy. And let me add that while... ...I welcome any opportunity to assist with the trial, I don't care for this undue suspicion.

Athena:
Don't worry, Professor, we're just interested in the mock trial video right now. We just need to take another look at that speech you gave. Can we count on your cooperation in this?

Means:
Very well, if that's all you're interested in. Please proceed, Ms. Cykes.

Apollo:
We need to find some sort of evidence that shows this speech was pre-recorded!

Judge:
All right, I believe we're ready. Let's roll the video.

"Good afternoon. I would like to start by thanking you all for coming here today. The mock trial, the crown-jewel event of the school festival will begin shortly! When I was a student, I, too, could hardly wait for this day to come."

Athena:
(Oh, no, I'd forgotten how long and boring his speech was.)

Widget:
Zzz...

Blackquill:
...Hmph. Wake me up once this is over.

Athena:
(Hey, no fair!)

"The experiences of our youth have a powerful and profound effect on our adult--"




"Ah, you there! Wake up! Pay attention!"

Athena:
Huh? ...Eeek! I'm awake, I'm awake! Isn't that right, Your Honor?!

Judge:
Huh?! What?! I-I'm awake, too! Wide, wide awake, see?!

Blackquill:
............Zzz.

"Once again, our pure white Lady Justice will be watching over all of you today. Pay attention now and you may make a difference one day. Now, let the mock trial begin!"

Means:
That is about it. One of my better speeches if I do say so myself. I even saw some of our students with tears in their eyes.

Apollo:
He's obviously not familiar with the phrase "bored to tears."

Blackquill:
Liste, Cykes-dono. If you have subjected me to this epic study in tedium without purpose... ...Taka will feast on your tongue after I've cut it out!

Athena:
Eeeeeek! (But you were asleep the whole time!)

Judge::
Well, Ms. Cykes? Did you notice anything strange about that speech?

Athena::
...Could I please hear that last part again?

"Once again, our pure white Lady Justice will be watching over all of you today."

Athena:
AA5 Holdit

Athena:
(There! I finally found what we needed!) Prof. Means, I have only one question about your speech. Why does that last part we just heard contradict with this?!



Athena:
The professor said the pure white Lady Justice would be watching over them. But the Lady Justice in the video isn't even close to being white. It's as gold as gold can be!

Means:
.........

Judge:
I-I'm not sure I can wrap my jaw around that to test its authenticity...!

Athena:
I didn't say it was MADE of gold, Your Honor! Now, it's true that this statue is pure white... ...but it broke before the mock trial began. The one you see here is its replacement.

Judge:
Oh, well, that's a shame on every count!

Athena:
Ironically, this golden statue sticks out like a sore thumb compared to the white one. Meaning the professor wouldn't have made a mistake in its color if he'd been present!

Means:
It seems that I have caused some confusion, but it was merely an oversight on my part.

Athena:
PWAADD Objection!

Athena:
The statue was in the middle of the room. How could you not know what it looked like?!

Means:
Well, I was in a balcony seat. Furthermore, the statue had previously been white.

Judge:
Hmm... I'm afraid this isn't sufficient evidence of the speech being pre-recorded.

Blackquill:
We had our answer long ago. The accused was the only one to leave the Lecture Hall.

Athena:
No, wait! (There's got to be something that can prove that the speech was pre-recorded!)

Apollo:
According to the mock trial video... ...the speech started here... ...and ended here. It was a little over ten minutes, but I doubt anyone wants to be tortured again.

Athena:
(It was only a little over ten minutes? It felt like it went on forever.) How'd you figure out how long it was?

Apollo:
Easy. There's a timestamp in the top right. All you have to do is... ...subtract the time the speech started from the time it ended.

Athena:
(The speech goes from 10:00-minute mark to 20:35. Wait a second... I could swear I've seen this same interval of time listed among the evidence... Maybe there's a way for me to use the speech time to show that it was prerecorded.)



Athena:
I would like the court to take a look at this.

Judge:
And this is...?

Athena:
The voiceprint analysis that proves the voice on the tape recorder belongs to our client.

Judge:
Yes, but didn't we just establish that the voice on the tape recorder was a fabrication?

Athena:
We did, but what I'd like to focus on is the noise that is also there.

Blackquill:
Noise?

Athena:
Yes. The defense believes it resulted when the tape's previous recording was erased.

Blackquill:
Hmph. And what do you hope to prove by that?

Athena:
The length of the noise is what's important. It's ten minutes and thirty-five seconds in all. And what did the timestamp read at the moment Prof. Means began his speech?

Judge:
Hmm... That would be exactly 10:00.

Athena:
Now, let's fast forward this long-winded exercise in boredom to the end. Okay, stop. The video timestamp now reads 20:35. Based on this, we know the time it took for the speech alone.

Judge:
Right, subtract ten minutes and you get 10:35. Hm? Ten minutes and thirty-five seconds?

Athena:
Right, ten minutes and thirty-five seconds -- the same as the noise on the tape recording. I assume you all understand what this means. Prof. Means's pre-recorded speech had been where the noise is now!

Blackquill:
Silence Official

Blackquill:
You seem rather confident considering this is a mere happenstance match of numbers.

Athena:
PWAADD Objection!

Athena:
But is it really just numbers?




Klavier:
The lab is continuing their study of the tape. So far, they've found signs of overdubbing. But it's going to take a bit longer to recover the audio that was erased.




Athena:
The police are analyzing the noise as we speak. It won't be long until we know what was originally there. (Now I'm sure of it. The professor was trying to create an alibi with the recording... ...by pinning the crime on Junie. Well, he's not gonna get away with it! Not on my watch!)

Means:
...Ms. Cykes. I believe you are well aware of my methodology. Even if Juniper were the perpetrator, I would vigorously defend her as per my word. And to that purpose, I offered to be her lawyer. Alas, look what's happened.

Athena:
All I've stated are obvious deductions derived from evidence and testimony.

Means:
Truth be told, I had no intention of testifying. I had been keeping quiet for Juniper's sake. But now that you cast this blame upon me, I have no choice but to reveal the truth...

Athena:
(Uh-oh! This doesn't sound good...)

Means:
I will now reveal the truth behind why I had to pre-record my speech before the mock trial. I, Prof. Means, always say what I mean and mean what I say by all means!




Witness Testimony
-- Prof. Means's Testimony --

Means:
The defendant came to me with what she said was very important, and by necessity, secret.
She asked me to pre-record my speech and come to the audio room during the mock trial.
Juniper confessed to the murder and asked that I get her declared innocent in court.
She also said I'd become an accomplice after losing my alibi due to the pre-recording.
But when I said I would protect Juniper, I meant it because it's the humane thing to do.




Judge:
Oh, my! So, you're saying the defendant threatened you?!

Apollo:
This has to be a lie... I mean, everything about it lines up too perfectly to be true.

Means:
On this most consequential of occasions, let me be completely frank with you. Juniper has truly taken to heart my teaching that states the end justifies the means.

Athena:
I don't believe you!

Means:
When she asked me to defend her, she said I must also prove her two friends innocent.

Judge:
Her two friends? The witnesses?

Means:
Correct. Hugh O'Conner and Robin Newman. I was to ensure all three walked free. All three were to achieve their dream. That was the result Juniper was seeking. And she was even willing to threaten me, her own professor, to that end.

Blackquill:
...Hmph. You, no doubt, had high praise for her ruthless tactics.

Means:
Yes, well, that is why I vowed to vigorously defend her despite her threatening me. There was a time when lawyers merely sought the truth if they wished for victory in court... ...but, alas, those days are over. Now, in the defense of justice, order, and all that is good, the end justifies the means.

Athena:
(I am so sick of hearing that phrase!)

Means:
Though it truly grieves me so, I must tell you this. Forsake the truth if it's victory you seek. Steel yourself for this new courtroom reality.

Athena:
(That does it! He's gonna regret dragging those dismal, depressing ideas in here! Since he's already surrendered to the dark age of the law, it's up to me to fight it!)

Blackquill:
Why so silent, Cykes-dono? Something the matter?

Athena:
This... This is a court of law. It's no place for longwinded talks about idealistic principles. That's why I'm going to let the evidence do the talking.

Means:
...Let's not get carried away, now, Ms. Cykes. It will not do to have you attempting to discredit my doctrine. Do not force me to rectify this situation.

Athena:
No, go ahead and rectify it! ...Only if I lose and you win, that is!




Cross-Examination
-- Prof. Means's Testimony --

Means:
The defendant came to me with what she said was very important, and by necessity, secret.


Means:
She asked me to pre-record my speech and come to the audio room during the mock trial.


Means:
Juniper confessed to the murder and asked that I get her declared innocent in court.


Means:
She also said I'd become an accomplice after losing my alibi due to the pre-recording.


Means:
But when I said I would protect Juniper, I meant it because it's the humane thing to do.



Apollo:
Even though he's rotten to the core, he's a total pro. I mean, that all made perfect sense.

Athena:
Yeah, but you can't believe a word he says! (He's making this up as he goes along. He'll trip up on his own words yet! Time to see how consistently the professor's testimony matches up with his actual actions.)




Athena:
So let me get this straight. You were trying to help Ms. Woods? Ha! That's nothing more than a bald-faced lie -- no offense, Your Honor!

Means:
Such defamation of my character and your hair follices, Your Honor! It is an outrage!

Judge:
Hmm. Ms. Cykes will clarify her statement, but leave my hair follicles out of it this time.

Athena:
Yes, of course, Your Honor. Now, please take a look at this. The witness gave this tape to Mr. O'Conner. Then he slyly whispered, "Take this to the police and tell them you found it."

Means:
There was no whispering, slyly or otherwise involved. I simply did that out of kindness.

Athena:
PWAADD Objection!

Athena:
The tape contained our client's voice. In short, it is incredibly damaging evidence. Why would it even exist if the witness wasn't trying to pin the murder on our client?!

Means:
...........

Athena:
They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions, but not yours! You never had good intentions, only lies to protect yourself with while blaming another. You, professor, are the embodiment of the dark age of the law!

Means:
PWAADD Objection!

Means:
Wh-Why you little--! You dare call my teachings and methods lies?! Themis Legal Academy is a proud institution! It's the most powerful in the world! You'll never forget what true education and lawyering means once I'm through with you!

Athena:
Huh? Um, Prof. Means? What's with your hair?

Means:
Quiet!!! No talking in class!

Athena:
Ow!

Means [on blackboard]:

Homeroom
October 26

Means:
Eyes and ears up here, everyone! Homeroom is now in session! We will begin with roll call! ...Athena Cykes!

Athena:
Huh? ...Oh, uh, here?

Means:
Apollo Justice!

Apollo:
I'm fine! Er, I mean, here!

Means:
Fool! The proper response is "here" without any extraneous information!

Apollo:
Ouch! I mean... Here!

Means:
Next, Your Honor!

Judge:
Here!

Means:
See, class? That's the proper way to answer! ...Simon Blackquill!

Blackquill:
.........

Means:
I said, Si-mon Black-quill! Are you here or not?!

Blackquill::
.........

Apollo:
There's always one, isn't there?

Means:
Well, then, I'll just mark you absent. Now, get out of my class this instant!

Blackquill:
Get out? Very well, if that is your wish. Who am I to deny my homeroom teacher?

Judge:
I-Is that such a good idea? Prosecutor Blackquill IS free of his shackles...

Blackquill:
Uuuwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagh!

Fulbright:
Ha ha ha! It just so happens I was a member of my high school's Disciplinarian Committee! But is that really so shocking?

Blackquill:
Hmph. Constabulary lapdog to teacher's pet. What a malleable mutt you are, Fool Bright.

Means:
Very good, Bobby! You just earned a gold star and a promotion to Head Disciplinarian! All right, class is now in session!

Apollo:
Argh... Why do I have the sudden urge to go to the nurse's office with a stomachache?

Means [on blackboard]:

Main point: Juniper is the killer. I am innocent!

Means:
Pay attention! I am not the killer! Juniper is! This will be on the next test, so you had better be listening!

Athena:
PWAADD Objection!

Athena:
But Professor, you created the phony tape to pin the blame on Juniper. Plus, you were the only one who could've moved the body during the mock trial.

Means:
PWAADD Objection!

Means [on blackboard]:

Please note: I was not at school!

Means:
...Athena, you disappoint me so. To think you would label me a murderer! Now, pay attention! The murder occurred on the 23rd between 6:00 and 8:00 PM! But I was already at home by that time! So, how could I have been involved in this crime?!

Athena:
PWAADD Objection!

Athena:
Prof. Means, can you really prove you had already gone home by that time?!

Means:
PWAADD Objection!

Means:
Can you prove that I was still at school?!

Athena:
......... No... No, I can't.

Means:
Heh heh heh! So you admit it! Well, you just earned extra credit for your honesty! But you have also earned yourself lavatory cleaning duties until you graduate!

Athena:
Eeeeeeeeeeuw! (I do enough of that at the office!)

???:
PWAADD Objection!

Newman:
No way, maaaaaaaaaaaan! I totally OBJEEEEEECT!

Athena:
R-Robin?!

Newman:
I can't believe I fell for the professor's silver-tongued lies!

Means:
Why you--! How dare you talk about your teacher like that!

Newman:
I'm not listening to you anymore, maaaaaan! No way, no how! Now, I have a confession to make! You know those two statues that were onstage?! I didn't make 'em all by myseeeeeelf!

Athena:
The statues onstage? (Do I want to know where this is headed?)

Newman:
I was able to finish one of them, but the last bell rang before I had time for the other one. So, I asked Prof. Means to make it for me.

Athena:
In other words, the professor was there on the stage after the last bell?

Newman:
Right. And it would have been way past 7:00 PM before he could've finished.

Judge:
Prof. Means was still at school?! This is... Well, this is incredibly important testimony!

Newman:
The professor told me, "I'll take care of it." I thought my parents would let me be an artist if I said I'd made both statues myself. *sob* I'm sooo sooo sorry for not telling the truth!

Athena:
(Robin...)

Means:
PWAADD Objection!

Means:
Quick! Somebody get this juvenile delinquent out of my sight! Simon! You're head honcho among the delinquents. Do something!!! Gyaaaaaaaaaaaah! And who's in charge of the class pet around here?!

Blackquill:
...Hmph. Not interested. But if you want a class in swordsmanship, I'm your man. Of course, only real blades will do.

Means:
No swords at school! All weapons will be confiscated! Gyaaaaaaaaaaaah! Nurse! Nurse!!! Where's a school nurse when you need one?!

Blackquill:
It would seem Cykes-dono seeks a showdown, Professor. In which case, you would do well to draw your staff, quick as lightning!

Means:
Very well. Then I will just have to prove my innocence myself! The real lessons begin in second period. Prepare to be served, old-school style!

Judge:
What does that...? Oh, never mind. Your testimony please.




Witness Testimony
-- Prof. Means's Work of Art --

Means:
Now, pay attention! Robin took over half a day to complete one statue.
I, however, finished most of the other statue between 7:00 and 8:30 PM.
The defendant Juniper saw the two statues with her own eyes at 8:30 PM.
Completing a statue so quickly meant I could not leave the stage for a single second!
How could I have possibly had the time to go to the art room and commit murder?!




Judge:
You're saying the defendant saw the finished statues?

Means:
Precisely. She said so herself at the Detention Center yesterday. Her defense team was there and heard her say so, too. Don't try to deny it now!




Woods:
That evening, I went back to my dressing room to get something I'd forgotten there. It was well after the last bell rang... I'd say, maybe around 8:30. That's when I noticed that both stage statues were finished. They were quite large, and they were each covered with a white sheet, but I could tell.




Athena:
(Oh, right. The professor was there when that matter came up.) ...Before I address the professor's charges, I have a question for Robin. How hard would it be to complete a statue like that in one and a half hours?

Newman:
It would probably take me at least twice as L-O-N-G. So personally, I think it would be incredibly difficult to finish in that short a time.

Athena:
(Gah! That didn't exactly help our case! But he won't get off that easy. He's bound to stumble over his own slippery means!)




Cross-Examination
-- Prof. Means's Work of Art --

Means:
Now, pay attention! Robin took over half a day to complete one statue.


Means:
I, however, finished most of the other statue between 7:00 and 8:30 PM.


Means:
The defendant Juniper saw the two statues with her own eyes at 8:30 PM.


Means:
Completing a statue so quickly meant I could not leave the stage for a single second!


Means:
How could I have possibly had the time to go to the art room and commit murder?!


Apollo:
What's the plan? All I can think of is pressing him like crazy.

Athena:
That's all I can think of, too. We'll just have to seek out a hole to exploit!




Athena:
(I've tried everything, but I still can't prove anything!) Tsk! I guess I... I concede...

Means:
Hm? I couldn't hear you. Say it louder this time.

Athena:
Ugh... I concede that Prof. Means never left the stage.

Means:
Gah hah hah hah hah hah! That's right! But what took you so long?! I was there at the stage the entire time! I couldn't possibly have committed that crime!

Athena:
(I'm not gonna give up here!)

Judge:
I'm afraid I have to side with the witness, Ms. Cykes. And unless you have any further objections, I'll have to put this issue to rest.

Athena:
DD Objection! animated

Athena:
Not yet! The defense... still has an objection!

Apollo:
Athena... You've thought of something?

Athena:
...Well, as I said, not yet!

Apollo:
Oh, so it's time for legal smoke and mirrors?

Athena:
(Not yet, Athena. It's not yet time to quit! It's at times like these, when it seems like there's no way out, that you have to... Yeah! I have to turn the case upside down! Instead of focusing on whether Prof. Means could've gone to the art room... I should focus on how he could commit murder without going there!)

Means:
It seems our young lady has a real bona fide idea! I must use any means possible to distract her! See if she can think while I cast these stones! Aaagh! Who brought the bird to school?!

Blackquill:
Cykes-dono, if I hear one word of your usual jibber-jabber, I shall have your head! The murder occurred in the art room, yet the witness was on the stage. How do you propose to fill the vast gap between these two key facts?

Athena:
(If I accept the premise that the professor was on the stage the entire time... ...the only other answer is that we got something else wrong... Wait... That's it! Every last one of us made a huge mistake! We were totally wrong about the...)




Athena:
If Prof. Means was on the stage the entire time... ...then he must be the killer!

Means:
PWAADD Objection!

Means:
Ridiculous! The defense has become utterly incoherent.

Athena:
PWAADD Objection!

Athena:
No. It's just, the murder wasn't committed where we thought it was.

Blackquill:
.........Continue, Cykes-dono.

Athena:
Okay. The murder was actually committed here!



Athena:
The greatest riddle of this case has been how the body was moved from the art room. But if the murder occurred on the stage, that means the body was never moved at all.

Means:
PWAADD Objection!

Means [on blackboard]:

The murder occurred in the art room!

Means:
Silly girl! When the body was found, there wasn't a drop of blood on the stage floor! Surely there would have been some blood if that's where the murder was committed!

Athena:
(There wasn't any blood on the stage? Really? But there WAS something at the stage at the time of the murder that's now bloodstained.)



Athena:
It's true, there were no bloodstains on the stage floor. But there WAS something on the stage that did have a bloodstain. And that would be this: this school banner. No blood would've gotten on the floor if this were under the victim when she was killed!

Judge:
Oh, my! That's quite a compelling theory!

Blackquill:
Silence Official

Athena:
What is it noooooooow?! (My theory makes perfect sense!)

Blackquill:
That was a pathetic attempt. You must put every inch of your body into your attacks. The autopsy states the cause of death was loss of blood. Yet only a trace amount was found upon that banner. Where did the rest go? Blood getting on there when the body was moved by wire makes more sense than not.

Means:
Gah ha ha ha! Very good, Simon! Tell me, what's your first choice for higher education? I'll write you the ultimate in recommendation letters! You're all but guaranteed to get in!

Athena:
PWAADD Objection!

Athena:
Actually, the defense has something to explain that, as well.

Means:
Y-You do?!

Athena:
(If there was only a trace amount of blood on the school banner... ...then there must've been something else the killer used to soak up the blood. All I have to do is figure out what!) This is what soaked up most of the victim's blood!



Judge:
Why, it looks like there's some other piece of fabric on top of the school banner!

Athena:
It's the Gavinners banner that had been specially made for the school concert. Since it's on top of the school banner, the blood would have hit it first. It could have easily absorbed most of the blood, like a dishcloth... ...and only a small amount would've soaked through to the school banner below. So, it makes total sense for the school banner to only have a little blood on it!

Means:
...Argh! Hrrrgh!

Judge:
So, that banner absorbed the blood like a dishcloth! Yes, that would explain it!

Apollo:
The Gavinners banner was like a dishcloth...? Surely it was at least towel quality...

Means:
PWAADD Objection!

Means:
Simon! Don't just stand there! Do something!

Blackquill:
Silence Official

Blackquill:
Cykes-dono, you are learning to wield a blade quite well. But how will you respond when I come slashing at you like this? The remnant of a large bloodstain was detected in the art room. But why would there be blood there if the murder occurred on the stage as you claim?

Athena:
PWAADD Objection!

Athena:
The bloodstain in the art room was faked. How? I'll tell you how. All that was needed was something that could transport the blood upstairs. And that something was... a piece of evidence we've just finished discussing! The killer used this to bring the victim's blood up to the art room!



Means:
To think you'd stoop so low as to present mere garbage to this court.

Athena:
It's only garbage because someone tried to destroy it by tossing it in the incinerator. That someone was most likely the killer seeking to get rid of crucial evidence. The killer used the wire to bring the blood-soaked Gavinners's banner to the art room. Then, the blood was wiped onto the floor to complete the ruse! It makes perfect sense!

Means:
Gah... Gwaaah!

Judge:
Order! Order! This is quite a development! To think the body was never actually moved!

Means:
PWAADD Objection!

Means:
Hold it right there! The body must have been moved! How else do you explain that loud crash you heard during the mock trial?! If it wasn't caused by the body crashing into the statues, then what was it?

Athena:
Ugh... I hadn't thought of that. If that loud crash wasn't the body hitting the statues... ...then what was it indeed? (The knot in the school banner shows that something was carried along the wire in it. So if that's true, I know what I have to find! Something that was in the art room before the murder and on the stage after! The object that was sent down the wire to crash into the statues was...)



Means:
Aaaaagh! Th-That statue?!

Athena:
Yes, I believe it was this statue that broke the other two, not Prof. Courte's body. The unique statue you see on the right, that's the pure white Lady Justice from earlier. Prof. Courte accidently [sic] broke it while she was polishing it the day before the mock trial. But she used her own unique artistic sense and technique to repair it as you see here. Nobody would have guessed that it was originally Lady Justice.

Blackquill:
Silence Official

Blackquill:
...Hmph. Perhaps you are on to something. But why, pray tell, would anyone move that scrapheap relic in such a tedious manner?

Means:
Excellent question, Simon! Keep them coming!

Athena:
You know why. But the fact that you won't acknowledge it, shows how twisted you are. Lady Justice was moved during the mock trial. During that time, Prof. Means was fabricating an alibi with his pre-recorded speech. If we consider the facts, then Lady Justice was moved in order to...




Athena:
Prof. Means used his pre-recorded speech to fake an alibi during the mock trial. He wanted to make it look like he couldn't possibly have moved the body. Moving Lady Justice was his way of pointing us to the body and cementing his alibi.

Means:
Gaaah!

Judge:
That's quite a persuasive argument. For a while there. I thought you weren't taking the trial seriously. Well done!

Means:
PWAADD Objection!

Means:
Heh heh heh heh! You should never underestimate me, Athena Cykes! Prof. Means always means what he says and says what he means by all means!

Athena:
Fine, then. Say it already. I'm waiting...

Means:
The murder occurred the night before, but the body wasn't found until late the next day. Countless students passed the stage till they met in the Lecture Hall for the mock trial.

Means [on blackboard]:

The body would absolutely be found.

Means:
So, answer me this -- why didn't anyone see the body that entire time?

Athena:
...That can be explained by, uh... Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Blackquill:
If the victim was murdered on the stage and left there... ...the body would inevitably have been discovered. And, of course, there was nowhere to hide a body upon that stage.

Apollo:
This is not good, Athena! Our claim is this close to being beaten to a pulp.

Athena:
I know... (But we've come so far...)

Means:
Gah ha ha ha ha! Consider yourself schooled! I couldn't have possibly killed anyone! The killer is none other than Juniper Woods! It always has been and it always will be!

Athena:
Arrrgh... J-J-Just wait a minute...!

Means:
Poor Juniper. She must seriously regret having asked you to defend her.

Athena:
Ugh!

Means:
And to add insult to injury, you nearly had Hugh convicted for murder. Surely, you haven't forgotten that little fiasco?!

Athena:
Aaaaaagh!

Means [on blackboard]:

Athena Cykes's attorney's badge is just for show!

Means:
Not only did you fail to defend your client, you also raised false charges against her friend. You have no right to call yourself a lawyer!

Athena:
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!




Means:
But if this trial proceeds in the same manner and ends in the same way as the mock trial... ...would you not lose everything you've worked so hard to gain?

Athena:
Well, I'll just have to make sure that doesn't happen, then, won't I!




Athena:
(Don't tell me I've failed once again -- failed to save someone near and dear to me... I've worked so hard to become a lawyer, and even studied psychology. Has it all been for naught? Am I just doomed to relive that all over again?!) Unnghh...! A... Aaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

Apollo:
A-Athena! Wh-What's wrong?!

Athena:
Breathe in... Breathe out... Breathe in... (Relax, Athena, breathe...!)

(It's not working... Everything's going... dark. After all I've done, is this how it ends? Forgive me, Junie. I couldn't protect you like I said I would.)

???:
PWAADD Objection!

Newman:
YOU LEAVE ATHENA ALONE, MAAAAAAN! SHE'S THE ONE WHO SAVED MEEEEEE! It was because of Athena that I could stop hiding and start living my life as a girl again. And she saved the friendship between Hugh, Juniper, and I! I think you're an awesome lawyer, Athena. One of the best!

B-But, I raised false charges against Hugh! And that's not all... I've done some seriously unforgivable things.

???:
PWAADD Objection!

O'Conner:
Heh. What's the big deal? False charges are nothing to be scared of. And I'm not even mad at you -- I should really be thanking you. You used legitimate means... ...to expose my wrongdoings and give me a chance to reexamine what's important.

But... but what does it matter if I can't save Juniper?! I mean, the whole reason I've come so far is--!


???:
DD Objection! animated

Woods:
It's not over yet, Thena. Even now at this very moment, I still believe in you!

Athena:
J-Junie...

Woods:
I know you better than most people, Thena. And I know you'd never surrender to the dark age of the law like the professor did!

Athena:
Thank you, Junie. But I feel like I can barely breathe. I don't know what to do.

Blackquill:
Silence Official

Blackquill:
Stop your bleating this instant. You look an utter fool.

Athena:
Prosecutor Blackquill?

Blackquill:
There is one who awaits you, is there not? And that is the reason you have studied so very hard. Are you prepared to give up on all you have worked for thus far?! It would not do to have you disappoint you-know-who!

Athena:
I... I...!

Means:
PWAADD Objection!

Means:
Gah ha ha ha ha ha! You're wasting your time! You have nothing on me! No evidence or anything else to establish my guilt! You are helpless before the might of lawyers for whom the ends justifies the means!

Apollo:
PWAADD Objection!

Apollo:
Don't worry, Athena, you're doing fine. The truth will always wins [sic] against people like him.

Athena:
B-But, Apollo, what am I supposed to do now?

Apollo:
Listen, all you have to do is take a deep breath and look back over the entire case. If there's truth to be found -- and there always is -- you're sure to find it. Now, let me see you smile. Remember what Mr. Wright said? The worst of times are when lawyers have to force their biggest smiles.

Athena:
.........

......... ...Thanks, everyone... You don't have to worry about me now! The worst of times are when lawyers have to force their biggest smiles.

Athena:
Athena Cykes is psyched and ready to rock. Prepare for your utter defeat!




Athena:
Prof. Courte wasn't killed in the art room. She was killed right where her body was found. We know because there wasn't any time to move the body there from somewhere else. That means the body had to have been hidden somewhere onstage until it was found. Let's think along these lines and see where it takes us. First up... When did Prof. Means remove the body from its hiding place? Well, let's see. What was he doing right before the body was discovered? He was using the span of time his fake alibi created... ...to move the body to where it would be more easily spotted. Therefore, the only time Prof. Means could've removed the body from its hiding place is...




The body was moved during the mock trial

Athena:
It was during the mock trial, specifically...



The body was moved during the speech

Athena:
Prof. Means moved the body to an easily seen location during his long, pre-recorded speech. The professor also moved something to the stage that wasn't there before, specifically...




The white Lady Justice was also moved

Athena:
During the mock trial, Prof. Means wrapped the white Lady Justice in the school banner... ...and sent it zipping down to the stage with a crash, killing two birds with one stone! He drew attention to the body and made it look like the murder occurred in the art room! But was there anywhere to hide a body on that stage? It doesn't seem likely... ...No, there had to be someplace! .........! Wait a second! How about something that should've been finished but was only mostly done? Something was used to cover the body up... ...but it didn't draw undue attention because it looked like it belonged there onstage. In that way, no one would suspect there was a body hidden inside! What was already on the stage and capable of concealing a body?




THE BODY WAS HIDDEN BY WRIGHT'S STATUE

Athena:
Oh, I know! The Mr. Wright statue was never actually finished! The body was wrapped under some cloth to hide what was really inside... ...cleverly disguising it as the boss's statue!




Athena:
Ms. Newman gave up on the Wright statue, yet Prof. Means finished it in a single night.

Judge:
Yes, what an impressive feat that was!

Athena:
PWAADD Objection!

Athena:
No, his so-called work of art deserves none of our praise. That's because it was only a façade to hide his real work -- the murder of Prof. Courte!

Judge:
Come again? I'm afraid I don't follow.

Athena:
He hid the body by making it look like the statue of Mr. Wright. With the body wrapped under a piece of cloth, it looked just like a statue!

Judge:
WH-WH-WHAAAAAAAAAT?!

Apollo:
I second that "Whaaaaaaaaaat?!"!

Blackquill:
...Hmph! Now, this is getting interesting!

Means:
PWAADD Objection!

Means:
N-No! This is getting preposterous! H-H-How would such a thing even be possible?!

Athena:
PWAADD Objection!

Athena:
We'll never know until we try!

Apollo:
Uh-oh... I think I know where this is going.

Athena:
Okay, Apollo! Time to turn me into a reasonable likeness of Mr. Wright! I'm going to pose like the statue, like so... And now I want you to wrap me up in a cloth so that I look like a statue!

Apollo:
Um... I hate to ask the obvious, but where am I supposed to get this magical cloth?




Judge:
I'm afraid that isn't the right color, Mr. Justice...

Apollo:
Well, given how sudden the request was, it's kinda the best I could do, Your Honor... All right, I think that about does it!

Athena:
Well, what do you think, everyone?! Do I look just like a statue of Mr. Wright or what?!

Man:

-- Looks like some random person to me.
-- Weren't the statues a pair of busts?

Woman:

-- Phoenix Wright has that spiky hair on the back of his head.

Athena:
Forget the hair. The statue's head is way bigger than your average person's anyway! (You gotta hand it to me for trying, anyway. ...Wait, that's it! The hands!)




Athena:
Umm... Her arms are raised over head head and there are dark bruises around her wrists.

Phoenix:
Yeah. The professor was probably tied up with something.




Athena:
(The marks on her wristed [sic] indicated she'd been tied up!) Apollo, tie me up in a new pose! ...Wait, you're not into this kind of thing, are you?

Apollo:
What? No! Besides, it was your idea! ...Just tell me how to tie your hands, already!

Athena:
Prof. Courte's wrists were tied together, and I can't help but think that's related! (How should I arrange myself to match the shape I want, given her hands were tied?)




Athena:
Apollo, tie both of my hands behind my head!




Athena:
See! This makes it possible to fake the spikes on the back of Mr. Wright's head!

Apollo:
Sure, but then what about the statue's arm? With both arms behind your head, you can't exactly complete the pose...

Athena:
(Yeah, it would be awfully hard to make the objection pose like this...)

Apollo:
Hmm... I can't help thinking you've forgotten something, Athena. Something on the body that you don't have right now...

Athena:
(What did the victim's body have that I don't?)



Athena:
Oh, right! There was an arrow sticking out of her side! Okay, Apollo, take that and plunge it into my side!

Apollo:
Wh-What are you crazy?!

Athena:
Fine, then go get some duct tape! Rapido, schnell!

Apollo:
All right, all right! I don't need to know other languages to know "bossy" when I hear it.




Athena:
The fatal arrow to the side! Spiky hair created from two hands! A masterpiece in the making! Now, cover me with that cloth! But remember to make the arrow stand out, okay?!




Woman:

-- Mommy, the arm's too short!
-- Shhh. Remember your indoor voice, dear.

Apollo:
Nobody's buying it! The arrow's nowhere near long enough!

Athena:
B-B-But! (What else could you use for the arm?)

Means:
Still won't give up, eh? I must commend you, if only for your spirit and determination.

Judge:
Of course she's not giving up! After all she's put me through, she owes me an explanation -- and one that makes sense! Now, disappoint me again and the penalty will be doubly painful!

Athena:
Yikes! I guess I'd better get it right this time! (Think, Athena, think! Prof. Courte was murdered when she stopped by the stage to see Prof. Means. If it wasn't premeditated, he must've used something close at hand in his little ruse.) ...Apollo. Show me those stage set up photos again.

Apollo:
Like that? Right now??? O-Okay, hold on!

Athena:
(Please, please, please... Please be in this photo! It just has to be!) The arm on the Mr. Wright statue is really this right here!



Athena:
Got it! I know what he used for the arm on the statue of Mr. Wright!

Means:
This is absurd! There is no such thing in this photo!

Athena:
Heh heh heh. Don't play dumb with me, Professor. It's the staff you have right there!

Means:
S-Staff?! This is the spear of a great legal warrior!

Athena:
Whatever, just hurry up and lend it to me! The length is perfect! Mr. Wright couldn't possibly object to such an awesome arm! Okay, go for it, Apollo!

Apollo:
Sure, I'll give your arm a hand! Cloth and binding coming right up!




Athena:
PWAADD Objection!

Athena:
.........

Judge:
.........

Blackquill:
.........

Woman:

-- It's Phoenix Wright!
-- Look, it's that famous lawyer!

Man:

-- That's definitely him.
-- I'd know that pose anywhere!

Apollo:
We did it! ...Didn't we?

Athena:
Ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Well?! Am I not the spitting image of the legendary Phoenix Wright?! The man who will bring us out of these dark ages and into an era of brilliant golden light!

Blackquill:
Golden light? All I see before me......... is the pink specter of a man!

Athena:
Ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! That's just because Mr. Wright likes his statue! He's positively tickled pink! Get it, Apollo? He's tickled pink!

Apollo:
Blah, that joke deserves a pink slip.




Judge:
Hmm... It seems the gallery is quite impressed with the defense's sharp thinking. And the witness?!

Means:
Bah... The resemblance is nothing more than a coincidence.

Athena:
PWAADD Objection!

Athena:
Not so fast there, buster! Unfortunately for you, I can prove my theory to be more than mere coincidence! (To prove that his spear was thrust into the victim, all I have to do is...)




Athena:
We had assumed the victim's jagged wound came from the arrow being forcibly shoved in. But if the wound was from this spear instead... ...then we should be able to detect traces of the victim's blood on it!

Means:
Ack... Arrrrrgh... Your Honor, a b-brief recess, if you will! By any means possible. What if I get rid of my spear... Wait, what if I burn it...?!

Means [on blackboard]:

What's wrong with a non-guilty verdict?!

Means:
If I do that I'll be found innocent... Yes, I'm innocent I tell you!

Athena:
PWAADD Objection!

Athena:
Hmph. Surely you don't expect us to take lectures from you now? Now, I ask you in the gallery! Help me decide the professor's fate!

Means [on blackboard]:

Bathroom detail
Retake bar exam
30% salary cut
Dismissal
G




Judge:
Prosecutor Blackquill, what has become of our witness, Aristotle Means?

Blackquill:
It is as Cykes-dono suspected. Blood was detected on his staff. He has admitted to this heinous crime. All of it. He shall join us in the clink tomorrow. His teaching skills can be put to good use there.

Apollo:
Great. He'll teach felons that the end justifies the means. So much for rehabilitation.

Athena:
Can I ask what the professor's motive was?

Blackquill:
...Hmph. I could barely make out a word he said on account of his shattered teeth.

Athena:
(One of Blackquill's fellow inmates was once a surgeon. Why not a former dentist, too?)

Blackquill:
I eventually had him put pen to paper. It turns out, Prof. Means was the one taking bribes. The victim has suspected him after a report from the class snitch. That led her to question him at length the day of the killing -- right there on that stage. The result? The heinous crime that was brought before this court. The fool, like Newman, had come to know of the script's contents via the victim's note. It seems he came up with a plan to stab the victim with her own awl in order to... ...make the killing look like the one in the script and thus frame the defendant.

Athena:
But that scrap of paper with Hugh's name had the same mark as Prof. Courte's planner--

Blackquill:
Yes, about that... Those planners are bestowed upon all students graduating at the top of their class.

Athena:
Really?! So, then...

Blackquill:
Indeed. Once upon a time, Prof. Means was also awarded the same notebook. The handwriting is being analyzed now, but like as not, the scrap belonged to him. This too, was evidence of the bribery scheme that the victim had obtained. Know that Constance Courte was clean and that only Aristotle Means took the bribes.

Judge:
Hmm... To think a professor would murder a colleague, then try to pin it on a student. If this is the dark age of the law, then we can only hope that a brighter future awaits. And the first step is to hand down my verdict for a promising young lady. This court finds the defendant, Juniper Woods...

Woods:
.........

Not Guilty

Judge:
I wish you all the best on your road to becoming a courtroom judge. We will need young people like you... ...if we ever hope to restore the law to its former glory.

Woods:
Y-Yes, Your Honor! I'll work as hard as I can. Maybe, one day, I'll be able to work with all of you to make a difference!

Blackquill:
Proudly serve Prof. Courte's memory. Do not let her death be in vain.

Athena:
(That's the last thing I expect to hear from him today...)

Judge:
Court is adjourned!




October 26
District Court - Defendant Lobby No. 3

Woods:
Thank you, Thena! I really mean it!

Athena:
Ha ha ha ha ha! It was nothing, really! I can take the biggest tangled mess of a case and unravel it just like that!

Apollo:
I dunno... You looked pretty wound up there at the end -- literally and figuratively!

Athena:
You look pretty hungry for a knuckle sandwich, buster!

Woods:
I... I wanted to thank you, too, Apollo.

Apollo:
Ah ha ha. Don't mention it.

Woods:
The way you were always there for Thena when she was in a bind... And at the Detention Center, when your smile gave me hope when there was none... It was like the warm rays of the sun shining down on peaceful woodlands. I think you're an absolutely amazing person!

Apollo:
Thanks, Juniper. That means a lot to me. But I still have lots of work to do! And I can't wait until we see you on the judge's bench!

Woods:
Ha ha ha ha! I promise you I'll get there someday! That's why until that day, I'll... I'll--

Trucy:
Guys, I've got some big news! I mean, this is huge! ...Oh, am I interrupting something?

Athena:
N-No no, it's okay... I think. So, what's the big news?

Trucy:
The school festival! It was supposed to have been canceled after what happened, but...

Phoenix:
...We just got a call. In memory of Prof. Constance Courte, who worked so hard to make it happen... ...the festival is being extended one extra day until tomorrow.

Athena:
Really?! All right!




October 27
Themis Legal Academy - 3F Lecture Hall

Athena:
Wow, that what [sic] SO much fun! School festivals are amazing!!!

Woods:
Tee hee hee. I think you and Robin are getting a little carried away.

Newman:
Aaaaaah! Your singing voice, Juniper! It could melt my H-E-A-R-T!

O'Conner:
...Mr. Wright. Thank you for that training seminar.

Phoenix:
Ah ha ha. Just remember, the "Objection!" pose is all about attitude. Oh, and congrats on your mock trial win. Although, Robin had you for a while there.

Newman:
I did, didn't I! But I'm just glad we're back to how we used to be, thanks to Athena. And you know what? I think I'll stick with become a prosecutor after all. I'm going to make up for my mock trial loss by winning the real deals in court!

Athena:
(Mock trial loss? What loss? Wait. Did they reprise the trial and Hugh won?!)




Athena:
"Level-headed lawyer course genius and hot-blooded prosecutor course student... ...will go head to head in a mock trial battle for the she-devil's black heart!"




Athena:
(So... does this mean it's really gonna happen?)

O'Conner:
.........J-J-Juniper! There's something I've been wanting to say to you!

Woods:
Huh...?

Trucy:
Oooooh! Is he going to do what I think he is?!

O'Conner:
J-Juniper... Can we still be friends? You know, best friends like we've always been?

Athena:
Huh? Best friends...? Hugh, weren't you going to profess your love for Juniper if you won the mock trial?

O'Conner:
No, I was going to confess... ...that I'm not a genius, and that I'm really twenty-five years old. But you already dragged it out of me during the trial.

Athena:
Whoops!

Woods:
Listen, Hugh. You, too, Robin, Myriam.

Scuttlebutt:
M-Me, too?

Athena:
(Myriam's got this tactical espionage action stuff down to a science...)

Woods:
...I've been thinking. It's up to us to put an end to the dark age of the law if we can. Let's all work together to usher in a new age where winning only results from the truth... ...and the end never justifies the means.

Newman:
Count me in!

O'Conner:
I wouldn't have it any other way.

Scuttlebutt:
Sss, sss, sss, sss, sss!

Apollo:
Best friends forever, huh... No matter what anyone says, nothing beats true friendship.

Athena:
You bet! And what about your BFF, Apollo?

Apollo:
Aren't you a bit old to be using that word? But yeah, he's the best friend a guy could have. Which reminds me, we're supposed to meet up and gossip about the new girl in the office.

Athena:
Hey! No talking about me behind my back! ...So, what kind of guy is he, anyway?

Apollo:
Well... If I had to describe him in one word...




Athena:
And so, after some slight arm-twisting, Apollo promised to bring me to meet his friend. Unfortunately, that promise was never meant to be fulfilled. For not long after, their friendship was mercilessly severed by Fate... ...and the bonds between us began to fray and unravel as well.

"Sorry, but I'll be taking a leave of absence."

Athena:
Even now, those words continue to ring in my ears. The discord in our ever-cheerful Apollo's voice made him sound so cold... and distant. Why, Apollo? Why? Why would you leave us all behind?

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