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Turnabout Corner
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Episode 2
Turnabout Corner

As long as we draw breath, the Wheel of Fate turns...

Spinning big crimes and little crimes together.

And when the Wheel stops...

You die.




June 15, 9:12 AM
Wright & Co. Law Offices

Apollo:
(Two months have passed since Mr. Gavin's arrest. My first trial, and I lost both my mentor and my job. Yeah, I'll admit it. I was screwed. But even when I hit bottom, I told myself I'd never come here. Honest. Here being the legendary Wright & Co. Law Offices. OK, Justice, time to stop trembling.)

???:
Ah! You must be here for the interview. Right this way.

Apollo:
Huh?

???:
Hello there! You've found the Wright place! Welcome!

Apollo:
Uh... Ah... (What's with this girl!?)

???:
Well now, shall we begin?

Apollo:
Begin... what?

???:
Right, first things first... Any special talents?

Apollo:
Erm, talents?

???:
Yes, well, you must have at least one!

Apollo:
Well... Uh... I guess... Defending?

???:
"Defending"... An unusual talent, but it'll do. With a little jazzing up, of course.

Apollo:
Y-You think so...?

???:
Let's give it a go, shall we?

Apollo:
Huh?

???:
Go ahead! Show me! Defend! Just give it all you've got. Don't hold back now!

Apollo:
Wh-What are you talking about? I can't just "defend" here!

???:
First lesson: A professional can perform anywhere!

Apollo:
...Thanks.

???:
We want people to be laughing with us... ...not at us!

Apollo:
...Thanks. But I'm not sure why they should be laughing at all.

???:
What...? What exactly do you think you came here to do?

Apollo:
What? Um, defend... No?

???:
... Excuse me, but do you know where you are?

Apollo:
Huh!? The Wright & Co. Law Offices, right?

???:
...Oh. I was afraid of that. Don't worry, you're not the first.

Apollo:
Look, what's going on here? Who are you? I came here to meet with the person in charge...

???:
Well, you've apparently made no fewer than two mistakes.

Apollo:
Mistakes? But I got a call from Mr. Wright this morning!

???:
Perhaps you should go read the sign out front again?

Apollo:
What's there to read!? Look, it says right there... ...Oh. Why does it say "Wright Talent Agency"...?

Trucy:
Welcome to the Wright Talent Agency, where you've "always come to the Wright place!" I'm Trucy Wright, CEO. I'm a magician.

Apollo:
(It all came flooding back... The trial... That girl...)

???:
Hello, sir. Please, pick a card.

Phoenix:
That's right. She's my daughter.

Apollo:
Trucy... Wright.

Trucy:
Here, check out our flyer! So... what's your name?

Apollo:
Apollo... Apollo Justice, attorney at law.





(Clearing all "Talk" options leads to:)

Apollo:
OK... Which hospital is Mr. Wright in? I'll pay him a visit.

Trucy:
Oh, the Hickfield Clinic. It's quite close.

Apollo:
Right. Well, I'll be going now. And I'll, uh... give this showbiz gig some thought, OK?

Trucy:
Wait! I'll go with you!




June 15, 9:45 AM
Hickfield Clinic

Apollo:
(So... this is Mr. Wright's hospital...)

???:
Eh? Visitors are ya? Hrmm?

Apollo:
Uh, yeah. Are you the... doctor?

Hickfield:
Ayup. Dr. Hickfield's the name. Eh he he.

Trucy:
Good morning, Doctor!

Hickfield:
Oh, hiya there, Trucy. Cute as ever! Eh he he.

Trucy:
Is... this Daddy's room?

Hickfield:
Oh yah. 'Cept he's gone for a mornin' checkup. Be back soon. How're you, Miss Trucy? Got any places you'd like... examined? Eh heh...

Phoenix:
Doctor... the nurse was looking for you.

Hickfield:
Why, if it isn't the Daddy o' the cutest lil' thing in town! Hrm. Hrmm. Guess I'll be off then. Eh he? Later, Trucy.

Apollo:
Wow, what an odd bird that guy was.

Phoenix:
Good morning. Didn't expect you so soon, Apollo.

Apollo:
Mr. Wright...








June 15, 10:05 AM
Wright Talent Agency

???:
Hey hey hey! How long you planning on making me wait, eh!?

Trucy:
Ah! Good morning!

???:
Hey there, Trucy-doll. Sounds like your pops had a bit of a rough spot, eh?

Trucy:
All's well that ends well, I guess...

Apollo:
(This... is our client?)

???:
Hey! So this is that Pollo fellow, eh?

Apollo:
Oh, uh, y-yes? (The name's "Apollo".)

???:
Look at 'im there, arms all crossed-like. Ready to fight!

Apollo:
Yes, sir! ...You don't mean that literally, do you?

???:
The boss told you what I need, right? Don't let me down now, Pollo!

Apollo:
Don't worry about your defense sir, I'm on it!

???:
Defense...? Your noodle half-cooked? It's too late for defense! My castle's been stormed! My keep's been kept! My noodle stand's been stolen!

Apollo:
N-Noodle...?

Trucy:
You know Mr. Eldoon from the noodle stand, don'cha, Polly?

Apollo:
No nicknames, please. And no, of course I don't know him!

???:
You new in these parts?

Apollo:
Not really...

???:
Then you know the best noodles in town: Eldoon's Noodles!

Apollo:
Uh, whose noodles?

???:
My noodles! Er, help me out here, Trucy-doll.

Trucy:
This is Mr. Guy Eldoon... our client! Maybe you can tell us what the problem is, Mr. Eldoon?

Guy:
Anything for you, Trucy-doll!



Guy:
I'll be headin' home now. Remember, find my stand or there's an empty bowl in yer future, Pollo!

Apollo:
Er, right.

Guy:
And you help out Trucy-doll here, too, y'hear?

Trucy:
Things have certainly picked up, haven't they! We had no work yesterday, and now we have three cases!

Apollo:
I... I guess.

Trucy:
Let's see where we stand!

Apollo:
(Not in a courtroom, that's where.) Well, the first item on our list...

Trucy:
Phoenix Wright... Daddy's hit and run accident. We have to find the one who hit him!

Apollo:
...Who's going to pay us for this again?

Trucy:
And the second item... Mr. Eldoon's request.. to find his stolen stand.

Apollo:
For which we stand to gain... a bowl of salty noodles...

Trucy:
And the last request is mine! To find my stolen panties!

Apollo:
...That bowl of noodles is looking better and better.

Trucy:
Let's go, Polly! To the streets!

Apollo:
Aren't you enthusiastic.

Trucy:
How could I not be!? Let's crack these cases, you and me!

Apollo:
(*sigh* Guess we might as well get started... Let's see. A hit and run... a stolen stand... And last but not least... stolen panties.)







June 15
Hickfield Clinic

Apollo:
Huh? Mr. Wright's gone.

Trucy:
Maybe he's gone for an examination?

Apollo:
He'll probably be back soon. Let's wait.

Trucy:
I think it might take some time. Daddy always loves his examinations!

Apollo:
(Don't ask, Justice. You don't want to know.)

Trucy:
Why don't we come back later?

Apollo:
Yeah, I guess you're right.




June 15
Accident Scene

Apollo:
So this is where Mr. Wright got hit by that car?

Trucy:
According to the map, this is the place!

Apollo:
What a huge mansion... Feels like Chinatown.

Trucy:
Apollo! There's a nice-looking lady over there. Let's question her!

Apollo:
Um, OK. (I'm a little curious about the park over there, too...)

Trucy:
Excuse me! Um, can we have a few words with you?

???:
You want something?

Apollo:
(Whoa! That husky voice... Why am I suddenly sweating?)

Trucy:
That's quite a house you've got there! You must have a lot of money...

???:
Whoooh. "Money" sounds like something my son would call his friends. This is the Kitaki Family mansion, little girl.

Apollo:
Eh.

???:
You, kid with the hair. You want something?

Apollo:
Urk! M-M-Me? No, not a thing! Bye!

Trucy:
Apollo! We can't leave without questioning her! What if she knows something!

Apollo:
B-But th-the Kitaki Family...! (They're the biggest organized crime syndicate in town!)

???:
If you're going to ask something, ask it. If you're man enough.

Apollo:
Waaaaugh! R-Right!

Trucy:
Yay! Way to whip him into shape, ma'am!

Apollo:
(Does she know no fear!?)

Plum:
I'm Plum. Plum Kitaki. Wife of the fourth head of the Kitaki Family business. Friends call me Little Plum.

Apollo:
I-I'm l-little Apollo Justice, attorney at law. *gulp* (If looks could kill, this woman would be a mass-murderer by now...)

(Switching to People Park view leads to:)

Apollo:
Who's that!? She's looking at the park.

Trucy:
She's pretty. I bet she has a story, you know?

Apollo:
(There is something about her... Too bad she seems to be in a bit of a rush.)





(Clearing all "Talk" options leads to:)

???:
...

Apollo:
(...That girl from before!)

Plum:
Oh! Welcome home, sweetie.

???:
Ah, uh... hello, m-mother.

Apollo:
(She's a Kitaki, too!?)

Trucy:
Uh, um, Miss! Miss!

???:
...?

Trucy:
Here, our flyer.

???:
The... Wright Anything Agency?

Apollo:
A-Anything Agency?

Trucy:
Yeah! Do you like the new flyer? So, um, this is our defense attorney, Mr. Apollo Justice!

???:
Attorney...?

Trucy:
Drop by our office! We'll be waiting!

???:
Ah... Good-bye.

Apollo:
Why did you give her our flyer?

Trucy:
I dunno. She seemed like she could use some help.

Apollo:
She's the heiress to a gangster dynasty! She doesn't need our help!

Trucy:
...I wouldn't be so sure!

Apollo:
...?




June 15
Scene of the Stand Theft

Apollo:
So... what's this place?

Trucy:
This would be Mr. Eldoon's house, silly.

Apollo:
Oh, so this is where his stand was stolen from. I can see a piece of evidence lying on the ground already.

Trucy:
...Hey! Look, there's a police car parked over there.

Apollo:
You're right... What's with the sparkly... entrance? What is this place? A hospital? There's a sign... "Meraktis Clinic".

Trucy:
Hmm... Oh! That's where the thief went!

Apollo:
The thief...?

Trucy:
The one who snatcked my panties! He ran into this clinic last night! Wait, maybe that police car is here to find my panties!

Apollo:
I doubt it.

Trucy:
Well, there's only one way to be sure! Let's investigate!

Guy:
Ah, there you are, sonny! Well, you find anything yet!?

Apollo:
Er, um, no. Not yet.

Guy:
The longer you loaf around here the saltier your victory bowl gets, just remember that!

Apollo:
(This bowl of noodles is sounding less like payment and more like punishment...)









June 15
Meraktis Clinic
Garage

Trucy:
This is the place! This is where that panty-snatcher ran!

Apollo:
Are you sure?

Trucy:
Maybe! Let's look for clues! Clues... to a panty-snatching! Clues... like a pair of panties!

Apollo:
...Um, Trucy? Could you try not saying "panties" so many times?


(Examining tailpipe first or second leads to:)

Apollo:
(Something tells me we're not finished searching this garage, anyway...)

(Examining cell phone, tailpipe, and mirror leads to:)

Trucy:
Apollo!

Apollo:
Huh? What is it?

Trucy:
Now that we've solved this case, we should go report to Daddy! He'll mope if we leave him alone too long, knowing him.

Apollo:
Um, OK. ...He doesn't seem the type to mope, though. (And this is hardly a case worth reporting...)




June 15
Hickfield Clinic

Phoenix:
Yo! How goes it?

Trucy:
Daddy! How do you feel?

Phoenix:
Not bad, Trucy, not bad. It's good to have you young'uns on the case. Lets ol' Daddy-o get some well-deserved R&R.

Trucy:
The elderly need their rest!

Apollo:
(Uh... isn't he only 33?) ...Um, we've cleared up most of the cases...

Phoenix:
I was right about you. Competent. Capable. Tell me what you found out. If you want to.

Apollo:
(Your enthusiasm is over-whelming...)




(Clearing all "Talk" options leads to:)

Phoenix:
...Thanks, really. If I get tired of sleeping, maybe I'll head down to this Meraktis place. Maybe hit 'em up for some reparations... A little legal action would do me some good.

Apollo:
Um... I was wondering when I get paid? We solved the case of your accident, and um, found a missing article of clothing.

Trucy:
My panties!

Phoenix:
That leaves the noodle stand.

Apollo:
Eh.

Phoenix:
Feel free to drop in if you get stuck. I'd be happy to help with anything not involving money.

Apollo:
(Good-bye, quid pro quo. Hello pro bono. *sigh*)

Trucy:
Right! Back to the office to plan our next move!




(If Phoenix Wright is present at Hickfield Clinic)

June 15
Kitaki Mansion

Trucy:
Little Plum's not here. She's not finished cleaning, huh.

Apollo:
Maybe she went to get a paint scraper?

Plum:
OK! Who's the wise guy who spit gum out on the street!?

Apollo:
(Her voice carries all the way out to the street from inside the mansion...)

Trucy:
She's a neat freak! How cute!

Plum:
You there! It was you, wasn't it!? Fess up! I hope you've said your prayers. You're gonna need them...

Apollo:
Tr-Trucy? Let's leave. Now.

Trucy:
...?




(After talking to Phoenix Wright at Hickfield Clinic)

June 15
Kitaki Mansion

Apollo:
You... You're the woman from the Kitaki place!

???:
Y-Yes...

Trucy:
I knew it! Something's the matter and you want our help, right? Well, you've come to the Wright place! This way, please...

Alita:
Um... Thank you. My name is Alita Tiala. I... have a request.







(After getting Letter of Request)

June 15
Hickfield Clinic

Apollo:
Huh...? Where's Mr. Wright?

Trucy:
Maybe he's getting an examination again?

Apollo:
How many does he need!? (Wasn't it just a sprain?)

Trucy:
Too bad, Polly! You wanted to show off your request to Daddy, didn't you!

Apollo:
What? Me? No!

Trucy:
Oh? That's a surprise.

Apollo:
L-Let's just come back later, shall we?




June 15
Detention Center

Trucy:
Polly! You look as happy as a clam in its shell.

Apollo:
For a lawyer this is it, the place where the battle begins!

Guard:
...Ahem. You need something?

Apollo:
Aaah! Yes, we're attorneys. I was hoping we could see Mr. Wocky Kitaki?

Guard:
Sorry, he's in questioning right now. Could take a while.

Trucy:
Drat. Oh well, guess we'll have to come back later then.

Apollo:
So much for that battle...





(After getting Letter of Request)

June 15
Kitaki Mansion

Apollo:
(So this is it... My first murder crime scene!)

Officer:
Ah, it's you kids again. Look, can't you find some other place to play...

Trucy:
We're not playing! We're um, "investigating"! Aren't we, Apollo?

Apollo:
Sir, I have a letter of request here.

Officer:
Letter of... huh? Why does it say "Hit Request" on it?

Apollo:
(Ms. Tiala must have used the Kitaki's stationery...)

???:
Excuse me, coming through.

Officer:
Ah! It's you! Mr. Gavin!

Apollo:
...! (Who's this guy...?)

???:
I must say I'm used to being inspected by the ladies... But this is the first time I've felt this way with a man.

Apollo:
Mr.... Gavin?

???:
Ah, Fräulein. What is a sweet morsel like you doing in such a dismal place? Can I help?

Trucy:
... Y-Yes! The police man officer fellow here won't let us in! We even have a letter of request!

???:
You must be exhausted, standing out here! I will take you to the scene of the crime.

Trucy:
Oooh! R-Really!?

???:
...By your leave, Officer.

Officer:
Ya... Yes sir! Of course, sir!

???:
Ah ha. Very well. This way, Fräulein...

Trucy:
Whee!

Apollo:
... Hey! What about me!?




June 15
People Park

???:
...On that note, enjoy your investigation!

Trucy:
Thank you! Will we see you again...?

???:
Ask the wind, Fräulein. I'll be riding on it!

Apollo:
...Who was that?

Trucy:
Eeeeeeeeeek! Apollo! Look! A c-corpse!

Apollo:
Whaaaat!? ...Hey, it's just a mannequin.

Trucy:
Wow. It sure got me.

???:
Ahem. Might I ask exactly what it is you're doing here? Oh, it's you. How did you kids get in here?

Trucy:
Oh! This guy, well, he was more like a prince really. He let us in...

???:
Him again. That glimmerous fop, always getting in my way... Anyway! This scene is off limits.

Apollo:
Excuse me? We have a letter of request!

???:
...Hmm. One moment.

Apollo:
(Why is she holding that big magnifying glass...?)

???:
.............................. I'd recognize that handwriting anywhere. Scientific analysis says this was written by Alita Tiala.

Apollo:
...Thanks. (It took you thirty minutes to figure that out!?) So... what's up with the mannequin there?

???:
It's taking the place of the body, preserving the scene of the crime as it was found.

Apollo:
(The body... was pulling the stand!?)

Ema:
So, you're a defense attorney, are you? Detective Ema Skye. I'm in charge of this crime scene.

Trucy:
She doesn't seem that happy about it.

Apollo:
...She doesn't seem that happy about many things.

Ema:
I trust you know how to stay out of the way. I always carry two pairs of handcuffs... just in case.








(After talking to Ema Skye and examining noodle stand at People Park)

June 15
Hickfield Clinic

Phoenix:
Ah, you're back! Run into some problems?

Trucy:
Oh, Polly, didn't you want to tell Daddy something?

Apollo:
Who? Me? No! I'm fine. Really.

Phoenix:
What's this? So there is a problem?

Apollo:
No, no problem. Actually, I got a defense request.

Phoenix:
A defense request! That is a problem.

Apollo:
Huh...?

Phoenix:
I've given up the court. I'm not a lawyer anymore.

Apollo:
... The request was for me!

Phoenix:
Oh, right. You're a lawyer, aren't you?

Apollo:
(He's doing that on purpose! I know it!)


Phoenix:
...Now, what was the problem again? Having trouble investigating the crime scene in the park?

Trucy:
Yeah. That detective woman won't let us!

Phoenix:
...Go to the office. Under the silk top hat you'll find a bottle of white powder. Try taking that to this detective.

Apollo:
"White powder"...? (I hope it's not what I think it is.)

Phoenix:
Just take it to her. It'll be fine, you'll see. Oh, and tell her I said hi.




(After meeting Ema Skye)

June 15
Eldoon's House

Trucy:
Oh, Mr. Eldoon...! Hello?

Apollo:
Looks like he left.

Trucy:
And we found his stand and everything! What about our free bowl!?

Apollo:
Oh, too bad, looks like we'll have to wait a little longer for that bowl. So sorry.

Trucy:
Aw, what a bummer.




(Wright Anything Agency, after talking to Phoenix Wright about Ema Skye)






(People Park, after getting White Powder)





(Clearing all "Talk" options and getting all People Park evidence leads to:)

Ema:
So... have you met the defendant?

Apollo:
Ah. Uh... No.

Ema:
Visiting hours are almost over at the detention center. You might think about wrapping up here and heading over.

Apollo:
Good idea. (I don't know what good it will do. We have a witness, and a knife with prints... Have I mentioned I've got a bad feeling about this?)

Ema:
Don't worry, it's like a Wright tradition.

Apollo:
(Some traditions I can live without.)





June 15
Detention Center
Visitor's Room

Guard:
I'm sorry. Meeting hours for the day are all done.

Apollo:
B-But we still have three minutes!

Guard:
I'll put in your request, but don't expect anything. The father's talking in the private room with him.

Trucy:
The father? You mean like a priest?

Guard:
I mean the suspect's father, Mr. Winfred "Big Wins" Kitaki himself.

Apollo:
(Not someone I care to meet...)

???:
...Die you--!!!

???:
...You're the one on your way out, old--!!!

Apollo:
......

Trucy:
.........

Guard:
Ah. They're here.

Apollo:
(Whoa! This guy radiates power! Power.. with a cute apron?)

???:
You Wocky's lawyer?

Apollo:
Y-Yes, sir!

Big Wins:
Well, I'm Big Wins Kitaki, fourth head of the Kitaki family... capice?

Apollo:
Er... Actually, I came to speak to your son.

Big Wins:
... Mr. Justice.

Apollo:
Yes?

Big Wins:
My son's innocent. He killed no one. If he were found guilty... it wouldn't be good. ...Capice?

Apollo:
Y-Yes! I'm all about capicing! Capice'd loud and clear!

Big Wins:
You gotta do more than just understand to make it. You'll learn, though. Even if the lesson comes at the end of your short life.

Apollo:
(I don't feel so good...)

Wocky:
What's the big idea, old man! You can't treat me like a kid no more, not now! You know I... I... I wanted to go to the clink! I like it here!

Apollo:
You... must be Wocky?

Wocky:
A G's not a G till he does hard time! Bizzoooy! You'll see. When I get out of here, things'll change!

Big Wins:
Silence! My apologies, Mr. Justice... He's usually such a nice boy.

Apollo:
(Forgive me if I have a hard time believing that.)

Wocky:
Ha! You can't take me under your wing this time, old man! You heard me! I don't need no trial! I did it!

Big Wins:
...I think that's enough for today, Mr. Justice. Don't let me down tomorrow.

Apollo:
So much for talking to our client.

Trucy:
But we made so much progress today! We even found my panties! I had fun, at least.

Apollo:
Of course, the biggest mystery of all remains... (How am I supposed to build a case for the trial!?)

Trucy:
Oh, almost forgot, it's time for my show! Tonight I'm performing at the Wonder Bar! You should come check it out.

To be continued.




June 16, 9:46 AM
Distict Court
Defendant Lobby No. 2

Apollo:
Huh... Mr. Wright's not here today?

Trucy:
He said his old foot injury was acting up.

Apollo:
Old injury...!? He was all smiles yesterday!

Trucy:
Yes, he smiled when he said we'd be fine "as long as you're there, Trucy".

Apollo:
Yes... Fine... We'll be fine. Here comes Justice!!! I started my voice training at 5 this morning.

Trucy:
Oooh! Do some now! I want to see! ...Er, hear!

Apollo:
Huh? Oh, OK. ...Ahem. My name is Apollo Justice, and I'm fine!!!

Trucy:
...... That sounds more like a self-mantra than voice training.

???:
...I'm fine! I'm fine! You know what I'm saying!?

Apollo:
Ack! G-Good morning!

Wocky:
Yo, 'sup. Hit me with the guilty verdict, G! See if I care. You just hang loose and let things go with the flow. You know what I'm saying!?

Apollo:
Uh, not really.

Big Wins:
Wocky! Don't be running your mouth like that in here!

Wocky:
See, that's the difference between me and you, old man. I ain't afraid of no cops. Real G's can't keep it real till they spend some hard time in the pen.

Big Wins:
You have absolutely no idea what you're talking about.

Trucy:
Sounds like they've both been voice training too, Apollo.

Apollo:
(My worst fears realized... The trial's starting and I still haven't had a real talk with my client!)




June 16, 10:00 AM
District Court
Courtroom No. 4

Judge:
Court is now in session for the trial of Wocky Kitaki.

Apollo:
The defense is ready, Your Honor.

Klavier:
Ready to rock 'n' roll, Herr Judge.

Trucy:
Ah! It's him! The pri--guy from yesterday! He's a prosecutor?

Apollo:
(...It's Mr. Gavin's brother!)

Klavier:
...

Judge:
Long time no see... Prosecutor Gavin. Were you taking a leave of absence?

Klavier:
You know that little band I started in my free time? Thing is, we got real popular. Hard to say "nein" to your fans when three of your singles go platinum, ja?

Judge:
...I see. To be honest, I was a little concerned. I feared that you might still be distraught over that one trial...

Klavier:
Not to worry, Herr Judge. I wouldn't miss this day in court for the world. It's worth even more than VIP passes to one of my concerts, ja? How could I pass up a chance to see the true strength... ...of the little boy who bested my brother?

Apollo:
...!

Klavier:
It was worth canceling a show or two.

Judge:
Understood. You may give your opening statements to the court.

Klavier:
Before that, I was thinking... Is the air in this courtroom not a bit... serious?

Judge:
It IS a court of law.

Klavier:
That's no way to get the crowd jumping, Herr Judge.

Judge:
They're not supposed to jump! This is a courtroom!

Klavier:
Achtung, baby! Today, we play it my way!

Apollo:
(What's that... noise?)

Klavier:
Sometimes you have to get on up in order to get down... to prosecuting!

Apollo:
(This is crazy...)

Klavier:
The victim... Pal Meraktis, director of the Meraktis Clinic. The scene... People Park. He was found pulling a noodle stand.

Judge:
What in the world was a doctor doing pulling a noodle stand?

Klavier:
Yes, I believe... ...you will only find that out by asking the defendant, right here, right now. Because it's an undeniable truth that he shot the victim!

Apollo:
What do you mean, undeniable?

Klavier:
If you are to glare at anyone, Herr Justice, glare at the punk in the defendant's chair. His crime was witnessed quite clearly, you see.

Judge:
...Very well. Please admit this witness to the court.

Klavier:
...Nein! Not yet! First, there is a little matter to be cleaned up...

Apollo:
(Could you talk without the accompaniment?)

Trucy:
I swear I could see the guitar for a second!

Judge:
What is it, Prosecutor Gavin?

Klavier:
The "motive", Herr Judge. Why did the little punk do it? Why did he kill the director of the Meraktis Clinic?

Apollo:
Objection
Not so fast! The defendant doesn't have to explain that!

Klavier:
Oh? But what if the defendant specifically requests to do so? As he did this morning? I want to "give a shout out to all my homeys!" I believe he said.

Judge:
Whaaaaat!?

Apollo:
(What is right!)

Trucy:
They always say that, on stage, you should hit the crowd with speed and ferocity! Sounds like he got you good, huh, Polly?

Judge:
Well, this is highly unusual. But... The court will now hear from the defendant concerning his motive in the crime!

Judge:
So... You, son, are the defendant... Wocky, are you?

Wocky:
I ain't your son, old man! You step to a Kitaki, you best be prepared to step strong!

Klavier:
You "step" to a public official, you'd best be prepared to step into jail.

Trucy:
You got to hand it to him, Wocky sure has guts!

Apollo:
(It's not his guts I'm worried about...)

Judge:
Well then, the court will now hear testimony on the defendant's motive... ...from the defendant himself!




Witness Testimony
- - Wocky Kitaki's "Truth" - -

Wocky:
I'll tell you one thing, that doctor was a quacker!
Someone had to show him what's what!
I was in his clinic 'bout half a year ago. He messed up my op something bad.
And then he just lets me go, without a word. See ya later, bye!
So I gotta go in, get another doc to patch me up again!
That was the day I done figured it out. No O.G.'s gonna let that pass!
That's why I went to his pad that night, know what I'm saying!?

Judge:
You're saying you were one of the victim's patients...!?

Wocky:
Lotta stuff goes down when you're keeping it real on the street. Tru dat. I tell you one thing, that doc was wack!

Judge:
Hmm... Very well, the defense may begin the cross-examination.

Apollo:
(I can't believe this is the first time I'm hearing about all of this...)




Cross Examination
- - Wocky Kitaki's "Truth" - -

Wocky:
I'll tell you one thing, that doctor was a quacker!


Wocky:
Someone had to show him what's what!


Wocky:
I was in his clinic 'bout half a year ago. He messed up my op something bad.


Wocky:
And then he just lets me go, without a word. See ya later, bye!


Wocky:
So I gotta go in, get another doc to patch me up again!


Wocky:
That was the day I done figured it out. No O.G.'s gonna let that pass!


Wocky:
That's why I went to his pad that night, know what I'm saying!?


Apollo:
(Unngh... This sounds bad right from the get-go.)

Trucy:
Well, there won't be any get-go if we don't get some more information!

Apollo:
(Right. First, gather the facts. Time enough for despair later!)




(Pressing third, fourth, and fifth statements leads to:)

Judge:
Hmm... It seems that there were issues with this doctor.

Wocky:
Man, putting him down was like doing the world a favor!

Apollo:
Wocky! ...Please consult your lawyer before saying things like that...

Trucy:
Chin up, Apollo! Back straight!

Judge:
But, why did this mistake only come to light that day?

Klavier:
It was found during the Family health check-up.

Apollo:
The F-Family check-up?

Wocky:
That was the wackest thing of all! All us G's lining up, taking eye exams 'n' all that.

Wocky:
Better to die young than fade away, bizzzoy!

Klavier:
...A relief to hear.

Wocky:
Eh? Wh-What's a relief!?

Klavier:
Oh? Did your father not tell you? That bullet you carry so close to your heart... if not attended to immediately... ...It could kill you.

Apollo:
Wh-Whaaat!?

Klavier:
Yes, Herr Doktor Meraktis had knowledge concerning this ticking "time bomb" in you. Knowledge... that could have saved your life.

Wocky:
No way! Th-That's wacked!

Klavier:
There is proof. Your check-up report.

Wocky's Check-Up Report added to the Court Record.

Klavier:
...How ironic that you would kill the one man capable of helping you. You're almost as careless as he was! ...Ah ha ha ha.

Wocky:
......

Apollo:
......

Klavier:
Well, now that the place is hopping... Let's get this gig started!

Judge:
S-Started...?

Klavier:
We've had enough of a warm-up act, ja? Time to hear from the witness!

Trucy:
...Wocky sure is quiet all of a sudden.

Apollo:
I'm a little uneasy myself. (Is this Gavin's strategy...?)

Klavier:
So. You will tell us your name and occupation.

Stickler:
My name... is Wesley Stickler. By "occupation" I take it you refer to some labor that "profits" society at large, and supports a livelihood under which definition I must confess to being "unemployed" however, we mush acknowledge the meaning of "identity" which is commonly attached to this notion of "occupation", and once we have accepted this reality, we see that our confusion is not Gestalt, per se, but derives instead from the "vagueness" inherent in all representations of thoug--

Klavier:
By which he means to say that he is a student. A junior at Ivy University if I'm not mistaken?

Stickler:
Yes, in the Department of Science and Engineering. Filled with curiosity for all things, I spend my days in pursuit of truth, honing my...

Klavier:
Herr Stickler, please direct said curiosity to the case at hand today.

Judge:
Very well, Mr. Stickler. Please testify to the court about what you saw on the night of the crime.

Stickler:
You ask, quite simplistically, "what I saw". However, we must understand that homo sapiens possess two eyes, each of these designed to receive and interpret data, sending images in the form of signals to the...




Witness Testimony
- - A Night in the Park - -

Stickler:
That night, I passed through the park on my way home from shopping... when I saw them!
One man, pulling a stand. Another man, facing him.
I saw them quite clearly. The man facing the victim was the defendant.
In his hand he held... yes, a pistol! It was pointed at the man pulling the stand.
A shot! The bullet hit the man pulling the stand from the front, square in the forehead!

Judge:
Hmm... Was there anyone else in the park at that time?

Stickler:
I can say with 100% accuracy that there was not.

Klavier:
The pistol our witness refers to... is this.

Judge:
The court accepts this into evidence.

Pistol added to the Court Record.

Judge:
Very well. Mr. Justice, you may cross-examine the witness.

Apollo:
...Yes, Your Honor.

Trucy:
...

Apollo:
Uh... Trucy? Why are you staring like that at the witness?

Trucy:
That man... I can't help but feel I've seen him somewhere before.

Apollo:
...?




Cross Examination
- - A Night in the Park - -

Stickler:
That night, I passed through the park on my way home from shopping... when I saw them!


Stickler:
One man, pulling a stand. Another man, facing him.


Stickler:
I saw them quite clearly. The man facing the victim was the defendant.


Stickler:
In his hand he held... yes, a pistol! It was pointed at the man pulling the stand.


Stickler:
A shot! The bullet hit the man pulling the stand from the front, square in the forehead!



Apollo:
(He seems pretty confident in his testimony.)

Trucy:
We always make the biggest mistakes when we're our most confident! He's got a weak point somewhere, Apollo! Find it!

Apollo:
(...Right! Better give that testimony another listen.)




Apollo:
(Whew... If that's all of it, I think I have a chance.)

Klavier:
Is that you... relaxing, I see, Herr Justice?

Apollo:
Huh? Oh, er... Ahem! Objection!!!

Judge:
...Once is quite enough, Mr. Justice.

Trucy:
Apollo! Pace yourself! This trial's not over yet!

Apollo:
Urk! Eh, right! Ahem, um, look at this!

Judge:
The... autopsy report? Is there a problem with the autopsy report?

Apollo:
Um, right, a problem... Problem... problem... Yes!!! The problem is the location of the entry wound!

Judge:
The location...?

Apollo:
You testified that the killer shot the victim "square in the forehead", did you not?

Stickler:
Ah, I have already determined your "angle" of inquiry. ...Allow me to explain. It is quite simple, really: First, understand that when I say "square", I speak not of geometrical absolute. What do I mean by this? For example, the defection of a "meter" is 1,650,763.73 times the wavelength of the light emitted by a krypton particle, as we all know. In addition, it is a well known fact that krypton particles are rare, and invisible to the naked eye, which points to a basic fallacy in your line of reasoning, namely, that wh--

Judge:
Mr. Justice.

Apollo:
Yes?

Judge:
Was your objection to these, er, krypton particle things?

Klavier:
This is the big time, and you are obsessed with something so small? You disappoint me.

Apollo:
N-N-No! I'm obsessed with something big! I mean, there's a bigger, less nitpicky problem here!

Judge:
Do tell...

Apollo:
Just look at the autopsy report! The location of the entry wound was... ...the right temple!

Stickler:
T-Temple...?

Apollo:
Mr. Stickler, you said quite clearly that the victim was shot "square in the forehead"! That's a contradiction! ...Isn't it? (It is, right? Finally!)

Klavier:
Objection
Herr Justice... Oh, Herr Justice...

Apollo:
Yes...?

Klavier:
Your tactics are outdated. Trying to shake the witness by objecting to trifles? Surely you haven't forgotten the fatal wound your master suffered seven years ago? Phoenix Wright... was it?

Apollo:
...! Look, I know the wound was in the wrong place according to this testimony!

Stickler:
Nyurk...!

Klavier:
Hey, Herr Forehead...

Apollo:
...! (F... "Forehead"!?)

Klavier:
Let us imagine you are walking through the park. You see two men facing each other. One with a pistol trained on the other. ...What would you do, Herr Forehead?

Apollo:
Well, I... I guess... I would try to stop them. I'd probably shout, "Stop!"

Klavier:
And you, Fräulein?

Trucy:
M-Me? Well... I'd probably scream, "Eeeeeek!"

Klavier:
And you, Herr Stickler? What did you shout, I wonder?

Apollo:
Ack...! (If the victim turned his head at the last moment...*gulp*)

Stickler:
...Ah yes. Thank you for jogging my memory.

Judge:
It sounds like an addendum to the testimony is required.




Witness Testimony
- - A Night in the Park 2 - -

Stickler:
As soon as the killer raised his pistol, I took action.
"Cease this at once, you two!" I cried... with composure.
The victim turned in the direction of my voice... and a shot rang out.
Whereupon our cowardly killer, the defendant, appeared to have become frightened.
Tossing the pistol aside, he fled from the scene.

Judge:
I see... So you attempted to stop the crime.

Stickler:
Indeed. ...With composure.

Trucy:
Well, maybe the criminal wouldn't have fired if he hadn't shouted like that.

Apollo:
Th-That doesn't really matter now, unfortunately.

Klavier:
Let us consider this new testimony, shall we? ...Observe the diagram, if you would. The witness... Mr. Stickler, was it? Stood here. He shouted, "Oh stop! Please!" or something of this nature. And the victim responded by looking in the witness's direction! If the killer were to have fired at just that moment... As we can see, the bullet would have struck the right temple, as in the report.

Judge:
That does seem to be the case.

Stickler:
Witness the power of a Junior in Ivy University's Department of Science!

Judge:
Very well, Mr. Justice, you may cross-examine the witness.




Cross Examination
- - A Night in the Park 2 - -

Stickler:
As soon as the killer raised his pistol, I took action.


Stickler:
"Cease this at once, you two!" I cried... with composure.


Stickler:
The victim turned in the direction of my voice... and a shot rang out.


Stickler:
Whereupon our cowardly killer, the defendant, appeared to have become frightened.


Stickler:
Tossing the pistol aside, he fled from the scene.



Trucy:
I liked that contradiction. Kinda sad to see it go.

Apollo:
Not as sad as I feel. What do we do now?

Trucy:
At least the testimony's getting a little clearer.

Apollo:
(She's right! Maybe I can find something to use in this new testimony.)




Apollo:
Wait a second!

Sticker:
Tsk, tsk, another misleading request. Yet you're so beholden to your own mode of "discourse" you can't see how it affects you!

Apollo:
Um... come again?

Stickler:
Wait a "second", you say? A "second"? Are we intended to wait just that, a single second, one sixtieth of a minute? That's hardly enough time to draw a breath, let alone make a statement in court! Now, had you asked for a longer period of time, say, 3 minutes, 35 seconds, th--

Judge:
Mr. Justice.

Apollo:
Yes, Your Honor?

Judge:
Am I to understand you are objecting to the length of a second?

Apollo:
Yes! I mean, no! Here, just look at the pistol! It doesn't have a single fingerprint on it!

Stickler:
Ah, a common ploy, made all the more common, I fear, by the prevalence of television. Criminals these days are loathe to leave fingerprints.

Apollo:
Wait! But you said the killer tossed the gun and ran!

Trucy:
That's right! He didn't have time to wipe the gun for prints!

Stickler:
...!

Klavier:
Ah, the little girl sticking it to the university student. There's a song in there...

Trucy:
I'm not little!

Klavier:
A ha ha ha... Then let's think like adults, shall we, Fräulein?

Trucy:
Eh...?

Klavier:
What if the killer... the defendant, was wearing gloves?

Trucy:
... Gotta admit, I didn't think of that, Apollo.

Judge:
Well, Mr. Justice?

Apollo:
(Could the killer have been wearing gloves...?)






Apollo:
The record of the murder weapon is very clear about one thing: The fingerprints were "wiped" which means some trace of prints remained! Which contradicts your testimony! If everything happened as you say it did, he wouldn't have had time to wipe the pistol!

Stickler:
...That may be. But it does not change what I saw. The killer... the defendant... He threw down the murderous weapon from his hand and fled.

Judge:
Hmm...

Stickler:
And this pistol was found at the scene of the crime. Strongly suggesting that this was the weapon he disposed of!

Klavier:
That sounds solid to me. Well, Herr Forehead? Any of your precious "objections"?

Apollo:
...

Trucy:
What gives, Apollo!? Let's see that voice training go to work!

Apollo:
You know, I've only recently realized something. No matter how much you train your voice, it doesn't matter if you have nothing to say.

Trucy:
What do you mean, "nothing to say"!? Isn't it obvious from what the witness just said?

Apollo:
Huh? Isn't what obvious?

Trucy:
When he re-stated what he saw just now, he said he saw Wocky drop a "murderous weapon". But that's not the same as being 100% sure of what Wocky threw away!

Apollo:
You're right!

Trucy:
He's just confused because a pistol was found at the scene! Poor Mr. Stickler... It must be hard to be so perfect, and yet so wrong.

Stickler:
W-Well! It can be said that I'm quite offended! While it is, indeed, true that once, in my youth, I wrote a love letter in my own blood that was seized by the teacher and posted on the blackboard for all to see, and for this the appellation "poor" might as well be prefixed to my name, yet as for the issue at ha--

Judge:
What we can say for certain is that the witness saw the killer throw "something"... Does the defense have anything to say about this?

Trucy:
Well, if what he threw wasn't a pistol...

Apollo:
Then it had to be something else!

Klavier:
At least one person on the defense team seems to be thinking.

Apollo:
(Grr... I'll wipe that smile off your pretty face, Gavin!)

Judge:
Perhaps you can inform the court as to the nature of this "something else"? What did the killer throw away before fleeing the scene?





Judge:
Is that... a sword? I saw one of those on the late night movie last night!

Apollo:
(Great, a sleep-deprived judge...) This knife was found at the scene of the crime... with the defendant's prints on it.

Judge:
His prints!

Apollo:
This single piece of evidence proves two important things: One, that what the defendant threw down wasn't a pistol. Two, that the defendant wasn't wearing gloves!

Judge:
Hmm... Indeed!

Klavier:
Oh, Herr Forehead? You're forgetting two other things you've just proven.

Apollo:
Huh?

Klavier:
One, that the man the witness saw was the defendant, Mr. Wocky Kitaki. Two, that the defendant was holding a knife, with the intent of harming the victim!

Apollo:
Oh.

Judge:
Hmm... Indeed!

Apollo:
(Grr... Never underestimate a Gavin is the lesson here.)

Judge:
This court is of the opinion that our witness is fond of making assumptions. In that light, I believe it would behoove us to hear about what really occurred... ...with less assuming, please!

Stickler:
It is always the same with you people. "Mark left the house on foot, and five minutes later, his brother left after him. How long would it take for Mark's brother to catch up to him... ...assuming that Mark never had to stop for a traffic light!" "Assuming"... Yes, that's what I said. "Assuming"! As if that were a probable situation at all! Yet here you are "assuming" that my "assumption" is no better!

Judge:
Ahem. What this court "assumes"... ...is that the witness will testify as to what happened after the shot was fired!




Witness Testimony
- - From Shot to Call - -

Stickler:
I could not prevent the killer from leaving the scene.
Nor could I simply leave the scene in good conscience.
Ergo! I used my cell phone to call the police.
Until the police arrived at the scene 10 minutes later, I saw no one else.

Apollo:
Why didn't you chase the killer?

Stickler:
He was, as you say, a killer. Of course, I could have run him down, yet what would he have done when cornered? Sadly, it takes more than an aptitude for solving quadratic equations to know that.

Judge:
Hmm...

Klavier:
Did the testimony earlier not prove the defendant's presence at the scene? And do we not also now know that there was no one else there? ...It seems clear that we have our killer. Does it not?

Judge:
Does it not, Mr. Justice?

Apollo:
(I'd better find a way to take this testimony down quick!)




Cross Examination
- - From Shot to Call - -

Stickler:
I could not prevent the killer from leaving the scene.


Stickler:
Nor could I simply leave the scene in good conscience.


Stickler:
Ergo! I used my cell phone to call the police.


Stickler:
Until the police arrived at the scene 10 minutes later, I saw no one else.


Apollo:
(This witness is way too self-assured! There's got to be a weakness somewhere in this testimony!)

Trucy:
...




(Pressing all statements leads to:)

Apollo:
(Argh! I can't find a single problem with that testimony!)

Klavier:
...Had enough at last, Herr Forehead?

Apollo:
(Maybe it's time to back off a bit...?)



(Pressing any statement again leads to:)

Apollo:
(Maybe there isn't anything left to unravel in this testimony after all...)

Klavier:
Some of us have glamorous careers we'd like to get back to this month, Herr Forehead.

Apollo:
(...They don't have enough to put Wocky away yet. Should I back off for now?)



Apollo:
Nnk...! (Argh! There's nothing fishy about that testimony at all!)

Judge:
It appears there are no objections to the witness's current testimony.

Klavier:
There are any number of ways to explain the lack of prints on the pistol, I assure you. Perhaps the killer really was wearing gloves which wiped the previous user's prints off. Then, after the deed was done, this fell out of his pocket as he was throwing the gun away. A mistake befitting of a small-time punk, in my opinion.

Apollo:
No... Nooooooooooo!

Judge:
It seems we've come to the end of the line here.

Apollo:
(No... that can't be all!)

Klavier:
How unfortunate. It seems that you weren't cut out to stand on the same stage as me. Were you, Herr Forehead?

Judge:
I believe this brings the cross-examination to a close. This court will now declare a verdict for the defendant, Wocky Kitaki.

???:
Holdit

???:
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!

Apollo:
T-Trucy!?

???:
Nobody move!

Judge:
Wh-What's the meaning of this? Who are you!?

Klavier:
...

???:
There'll be no verdict in this court... Not yet!

Apollo:
Wait... Are you... one of the Kitakis!?

Judge:
The Kitakis!? You mean the notorious gangsters!?

???:
If you don't want to see me give the pretty little girl a new smile, do as I say! Adjourn the court for twenty minutes!

Judge:
Wh-Whaaat!? Th-This court will not bow to pressure from the likes of...

Klavier:
...Herr Judge.

Judge:
...!

Klavier:
I see little point in further aggravating this gentleman.

Judge:
Urk! Hmm...

???:
Recess, twenty minutes. Or I promise you, you'll regret it.

Apollo:
W-Wait! (How'd he disappear so fast!?)

Trucy:
...Come to the defendant lobby, Apollo!!!...

Judge:
...I suppose I have no choice but to adjourn for a twenty minute recess! Bailiff! Catch that mysterious man!

To be continued.




June 16, 11:17 AM
District Court
Defendant Lobby No. 2

Apollo:
Trucy! Trucy!?

???:
...You move quick, Apollo. Good show, good show!

Apollo:
T... Trucy! You're OK! I-I thought... *sniff* *sob* *bawl*

Trucy:
D-Don't cry, Apollo!

Apollo:
Grr... Those good-for-nothing gangsters! There are some things you just don't do! I'm pressing charges!

Trucy:
Wait! Just calm down, Apollo! Or else...

Apollo:
Aaaaaugh! Wh-Wh-What the heck is that!?

Trucy:
Surprised? This is one of my best tricks! The Amazing Mr. Hat!

Mr. Hat:
You look mahvelous, dahling!

Apollo:
...

Trucy:
He's a big hit on stage at the Wonder Bar!

Mr. Hat:
Yes. I am a big hit. Ha ha ha.

Trucy:
Well, what do you think? Do ya like it!?

Apollo:
You mean you... Trucy! There are some thigns you just don't do! I... I'm pressing charges!

Trucy:
Apollo! Now is not the time to be threatening me! It's you who's being threatened here!

Apollo:
Huh...?

Trucy:
Remember what you said to Wocky's father yesterday? You promised you'd save his son!

Apollo:
B-But that testimony was rock solid! What are you suggesting I do?

Trucy:
Look, once the judge declares a verdict, it's all over. If I can use my talent to stop that from happening, I will!

Apollo:
Trucy, no more staged abductions, please...

Trucy:
I'm not talking about magic, Apollo! I know when the witness isn't confident... I can perceive what he's feeling! It might not mean anything, but it's all we've got...

Apollo:
You can see... what he's "feeling"?

Trucy:
Think back, Apollo. Think back to the times when there was a contradiction in his testimony! All the times!

Apollo:
All the times there was a contradiction...?



Trucy:
There were two times when he made statements he wasn't confident in. And each time, there was a contradiction.

Stickler:
In his hand he held.. yes, a pistol! It was pointed at the man pulling the stand. Tossing the pistol aside, he fled from the scene.

Trucy:
He said the man tossed aside a pistol... But it turned out he wasn't sure, and sure enough, there was a contradiction.

Apollo:
Well, that's true, but how does that help us?

Trucy:
Didn't you notice anything? Whenever he made a statement he wasn't confident in... ...he displayed a certain habit!

Stickler:
In his hand he held... yes, a pistol! It was pointed at the man pulling the stand.

Trucy:
Did you see it? The very moment he said the word "pistol"... ...his fingers got all tense, and he fiddled with the corner of a page in his book!

Apollo:
How'm I supposed to see that!?

Trucy:
Well, I could see it. How else do you think Daddy went seven years without losing a game of poker?

Apollo:
Wha--!?

Trucy:
I always sat next to Daddy during big matches. I could see what his opponents were feeling!

Apollo:
You mean that's how Mr. Wright won all those games?

Trucy:
It's not cheating, officially. I wasn't looking at their hands or anything. And I wasn't there all the time, either. Daddy's quite good at poker, after all. But not good enough to go undefeated that long!

Apollo:
Great, so he cheated. But what does that do for us? (I don't believe this...)

Trucy:
You have to listen to his testimony one more time! No... scratch that! You have to watch his testimony! Perceive the truth!

Apollo:
"Watch" a testimony? "Perceive" the truth? The only thing I'm perceiving is that I'm going to lose.

Trucy:
Not true!

Apollo:
...!

Trucy:
Daddy said so. He said you have the power, Apollo.

Apollo:
Mr. Wright said that? (Watch the testimony... Perceive his true feelings... Is she serious!?)

Trucy:
Time's up! Sorry I can't think of any other way out of this one, Apollo.

Apollo:
(What was that she said before the trial started?)

Apollo:
Huh... Mr. Wright's not here today?

Trucy:
He said his old foot injury was acting up. Yes, he smiled when he said we'd be fine "as long as you're there, Trucy".

Apollo:
(Is this what he meant by us being "fine"...? Well... methods aside, she did avoid one guilty verdict already today. Time to show this court what I'm made of! Get ready for Justice!) ...Let's do it.

Trucy:
Apollo...

Apollo:
You know, I'm starting to think I can do this.

Trucy:
...I knew you could do it all along! Oh, one more thing.

Apollo:
?

Trucy:
Try to cover for Mr. Hat as best you can!

Mr. Hat:
I just flew in from the coast, and boy are my arms tired!

Apollo:
Right... (*sigh*)




June 16, 11:40 AM
District Court
Courtroom No. 4

Judge:
Court is now back in session.

Apollo:
Right! We're fine!

Judge:
...... Ahem. I'd like to say to the young lady standing next to you, Mr. Justice...

Trucy:
Oh, you mean me?

Judge:
Don't you have anything to report? Anything... concerning the mysterious phantom in the silk top hat?

Apollo:
Ah! Right! Him! Don't worry about him. I settled that.

Judge:
You "settled" that...?

Apollo:
Erm, yes, it was an... out of court settlement! Right.

Klavier:
Perhaps Fräulein would have us believe it was nothing more than a passing dream... ...a fantastic illusion, now you see it, now you don't. Am I right?

Trucy:
...I think he's on to me.

Apollo:
I wish he would stop being so... so cool.

Klavier:
Let us dispense with these niceties and get straight to the matter. What are your plans for our gifted witness?

Apollo:
R-Right... The defense would like to request another cross-examination! B-Because... Because I forgot to ask something.

Judge:
There was no issue with the witness's previous testimony. I will grant your request, however. But this court will not permit stalling for time!

Apollo:
...Understood, Your Honor.

Trucy:
Don't forget, Apollo! When he isn't sure about something, he has a habit of fiddling with his book!




Witness Testimony
- - From Shot to Call - -

Stickler:
I could not prevent the killer from leaving the scene.
Nor could I simply leave the scene in good conscience.
Ergo! I used my cell phone to call the police.
Until the police arrived at the scene 10 minutes later, I saw no one else.

Apollo:
(I'm not sure I'm qualified to "watch" testimonies after all...)

Trucy:
Focus, Apollo! Find his weak spot!

Apollo:
(Focus... If only it were that easy! My ears hear what he says, my eyes see his expression. Do I have to do something more? What other senses do I have!? W-What's this...? My bracelet...? What's going on? My bracelet feels different somehow...!)

Trucy:
I think Daddy was right! You can see it, can't you, Apollo? You're almost there! Find the weak spot in his testimony!

Apollo:
(I know this sounds crazy... But my bracelet is trying to tell me something!)




Cross Examination
- - From Shot to Call - -

Stickler:
I could not prevent the killer from leaving the scene.

Stickler:
Nor could I simply leave the scene in good conscience.

Stickler:
Ergo! I used my cell phone to call the police.


Stickler:
Until the police arrived at the scene 10 minutes later, I saw no one else.

Trucy:
Don't forget, Apollo. You have to focus to perceive the truth!

Apollo:
(I'm not sure I entirely understand this just yet. But I have "perceived" one thing... My bracelet is reacting to his testimony... this has to be the key!)




Apollo:
............ (I... I saw it! Just now... I could see it!)

Judge:
M-Mr. Justice? Do you have something to say?

Stickler:
A-all this b-banging of desks! I-It's quite bad for my circulation, you know.

Apollo:
Mr. Stickler... Allow me to ask you a simple question. Why did you fiddle with the page of your book just now? ...The very moment you mentioned your cell phone!?

Sticker:
Wh-Wh-What are you talking about!?

Apollo:
I'm curious now about this cell phone of yours... Mind if I ask a few questions? (Hmm... What to ask, What to ask...)







Judge:
Wait a minute! What is the meaning of this!?

Apollo:
This cell phone was found yesterday... ...in the Meraktis Clinic garage!

Judge:
The Meraktis... Why, that's where the victim lived!

Stickler:
Yeeeeeerrgh! Th-That's impossible!

Apollo:
Mr. Stickler, you lied to the court, didn't you? If your cell phone is here, how could you have called the police!?

Stickler:
Weeeeeeeeeeeeeouk! It... It's true. I didn't have my cell phone that night. That is why it can be said that I called the police from a public pay phone.

Judge:
A pay phone! So you didn't call on your cell phone after all...

Apollo:
Just where was this pay phone located, Mr. Stickler!?

Stickler:
Well, to indicate it with a startlingly high degree of accuracy... ...it was right around here.

Judge:
That's... quite a ways from the park. But... But why did you lie?

Apollo:
There can be only one reason. He didn't want the court to know he had lost his cell phone. Because it was found... ...in the victim's garage!

Stickler:
Wh-Wh-What are you saying!?

Apollo:
Mr. Stickler... You broke into the Meraktis Clinic garage on the night of the murder! This cell phone tells all!

Stickler:
B-But that's ridiculous! That makes it sound like... Like I snuck into this fellow's garage to commit some crime! As though I were trying to kill him!

Judge:
Well, Dr. Meraktis was killed that night.

Stickler:
W-Well y-yes, but no! This line of reasoning has to be against the rules! Yes, it's true! I lost my cell phone! But you can't prove that I lost it that night!

Judge:
Hmm... Well, Mr. Justice? If that cell phone was dropped the night of the murder... ...it does raise considerable suspicions as to a connection with the crime.

Trucy:
Now's your chance, Apollo! Connect Mr. Stickler to the crime!

Apollo:
Oh, he's already connected enough. I just have to prove it. (Well... Do I have a piece of evidence that can do the job? Can I prove the cell phone was dropped on the night of the murder?)



Apollo:
The evidence that proves the cell phone was dropped on the night of the murder is:





Judge:
That's... a side-view mirror?

Apollo:
As it so happens... Dr. Meraktis's car was in an accident... ...that took place the night of the murder!

Stickler:
An accident!?

Apollo:
An accident. It happened a little after 9 PM, just outside People Park... our murder scene. Dr. Meraktis's car hit a pedestrian!

Stickler:
Wh-What are you trying to say?

Apollo:
From the absence of a mirror, it's clear that the car was parked after the accident. Which means it was parked there after 9 PM on the night of the murder. If your cell phone had been dropped before the car was parked in that garage... ...then it would have been crushed. After all, it was lying on the ground, right under the wheel!

Stickler:
Urk...

Apollo:
Ergo, Mr. Stickler! The only time you could have dropped this in that garage... ...was after 9 PM the night of the murder in the park!

Stickler:
Weeeeeeeeoooorrgh!

Apollo:
Mr. Stickler! You know what this means? You did break into the victim's garage that night.

Judge:
This is most unexpected! Mr. Justice... Are you naming the witness as a suspect in the murder of Pal Meraktis!?

Stickler:
N-No, stop! This is too much! This can't be happening! P-P-P-P-Prosecutor! Say something!

Klavier:
I suppose it is worth saying this: No connection has been found between Wesley Stickler and Pal Meraktis. That is, other than this.

Judge:
I believe our next testimony will be most... revelatory. Is the witness prepared?

Stickler:
Y-Y-Yes, Your Honor!!!

Apollo:
(I know that face... That's the face of guilt!)

Trucy:
...




Witness Testimony
- - Stickler's "Truth" - -

Stickler:
That night... Yes! I went to the supermarket.
I must have dropped my cell phone on my way back.
And when I was walking through the park, I happened to witness the crime!
...I saw the killer, the victim, the stand... all as clear as day!
It was him! I saw the defendant at the scene!

Judge:
Yes... but your cell phone was lying in a garage.

Stickler:
Ah, yes, well, as you can see my model of cell phone has a defect... It is given to rolling! It's quite a pain when I drop it alongside the road, you know.

Judge:
...Looks like a normal cell phone to me. In any case, Mr. Justice, the cross-examination, please.

Apollo:
(That's funny... My bracelet didn't react at all during that testimony.)

Trucy:
His nervous habit must not be acting up... I didn't sense anything either, actually. Looks like you're on your own this time around!

Apollo:
(Right, no problem... I hope. Here comes Justice!)




Cross Examination
- - Stickler's "Truth" - -

Stickler:
That night... Yes! I went to the supermarket.


Stickler:
I must have dropped my cell phone on my way back.


Stickler:
And when I was walking through the park, I happened to witness the crime!


Stickler:
...I saw the killer, the victim, the stand... all as clear as day!


Stickler:
It was him! I saw the defendant at the scene!


Trucy:
His habit isn't acting up... which means he isn't lying.

Apollo:
(Hmm... I was kind of relying on my bracelet to get me through this one...)

Trucy:
But he's pretty unsettled! The odds are really high that you can get something out of him!

Apollo:
That gleam in your eyes... You're a gambler's daughter through and through.

Trucy:
I'm a magician, thank you very much!




Stickler:
Why, I even remember the sign on the stand the victim was pulling! It said "NOODLE"!






Apollo:
And you're absolutely sure the sign read "NOODLE"?

Stickler:
Why, just last week, my professor offered me this praise: "At least you have good eyesight, Stickler. I'll give you that." ...It read, without a doubt, "NOODLE".

Apollo:
I see...

Stickler:
What? Why are you looking at me like that? Is that... pity I see in your eyes!?

Apollo:
Let's take a look at our map, shall we? So, you're claiming that when you saw the sign, you were standing... Here, was it? ...Although, it would've been a bit hard to read the sign from this spot.

Stickler:
Y-You think so?

Apollo:
Mr. Stickler. I'd like you to please take another look at the stand. ...and to carefully read what the sign says. See? That sign actually states the name of the stand's owner. ..."ELDOON'S".

Stickler:
E... El... Eld... Inconceivable! I'm certain it was definitely "NOODLE" for sure! Positive!

Judge:
I'm afraid your professor was wrong about that eyesight.

Apollo:
I wouldn't be so quick to jump to that conclusion. (The sign he saw changes everything!) The witness says the sign said "NOODLE"...



Apollo:
What would you say if I told you... ...that there is one spot from which the sign would be read the way Mr. Stickler claims?

Stickler:
What...?

Judge:
Mr. Justice! Show us this spot!

Apollo:
The witness actually viewed the stand from this location!





Apollo:
The witness was standing... Here! On the opposite side!

Judge:
H-How do you know that?

Apollo:
When viewed from the south... ...the sign on the stand reads "ELDOON'S", as we know. ...However! Observe the other side of the stand!

Judge:
Oh! This side says "NOODLE"!

Apollo:
Exactly! The name of the stand is split between the front and back signs! Mr. Stickler, you lied to the court! You witnessed the crime from the northern side of the park, not the south!

Stickler:
Yeeeow! Y-You got me!

Klavier:
Objection
...So what.

Apollo:
S-So what!?

Klavier:
What does it matter if he saw the killing from the north or the south side? It makes no difference at all!

Stickler:
H-He's right! Travel far enough to the south, and you will end up going north! Viewed on a global scale, directions are utterly without meaning!

Apollo:
(...Actually, maybe he's right. What does it change?)

Trucy:
It changes everything, Apollo!

Apollo:
Trucy?

Trucy:
Remember his testimony from before... Though to be honest, I'm a little scared of where this is leading... The killer and the victim are facing each other here. Then, at the moment the killer raises his weapon... ...Mr. Stickler shouts! At which point, the victim turns his head to look... ...and the killer fires his pistol. That's why the bullet hit him in the right temple. No contradictions, right?

Apollo:
Right... But if Mr. Stickler was standing on the north side of the park... ...that reverses the whole scenario!

Trucy:
Completely! If Mr. Stickler shouts from where he is now... ...and the victim looks in his direction... ...the bullet would have to hit his left temple!

Judge:
Ah... Aaaaah!

Trucy:
In other words, someone standing at point "K"... ...couldn't shoot the victim in his right temple. It's impossible!

Judge:
Th-That's right!

Trucy:
So, now that we know that Mr. Stickler was standing on the northern side... ...the wound location takes on an entirely different meaning!

Klavier:
Indeed... You are absolutely correct, Fräulein.

Judge:
Wh... What meaning!?

Trucy:
The entry wound was on the right side of the victim's head, correct? Well, the right side of the victim's head... is north.

Judge:
North... Ah!!! But that's where the witness, Wesley Stickler was standing!

Trucy:
Correct. So, if he was standing to the north... ...then the only person here who could have shot the victim in the right temple... ...was Mr. Stickler himself!

Stickler:
Yeeeeeeeeeeeeooooooowwwrgh!

Judge:
Order! Order! Order!

Apollo:
(Wow... The apple didn't fall far from the tree! She's flipped this whole case on its head while I was still figuring it out!)

Klavier:
Objection
...Clarify one point for me if you would, Herr Forehead.

Apollo:
What now?

Klavier:
Are you truly accusing this college student... ...of murder?

Apollo:
...! (Well, I can't say he exactly looks innocent... But... something still doesn't feel right. I just can't picture him as the real killer!)

Stickler:
No, please! Looks aside, I'm really a nice guy! All my friends say so!

Judge:
Let's hear what the defense has to say.

Apollo:
(What are you going to do now, Justice!? Should I really accuse Mr. Stickler!?)







Apollo:
The evidence... is this!

Judge:
What!? Is that... women's underwear!?

Trucy:
Hey! Those are mine!

Stickler:
D-Don't look at me like thaaaaaaat!!!

Judge:
Order! Order! Order!!! ...Mr. Stickler. While I can't say this comes as a shock...

Stickler:
I-It's not what it seems! By Pythagorilla's Theorem, I swear it!

Apollo:
On the night of the murder, just past 9 PM... A young girl catches a panty-snatcher red-handed! Bravely, she gives chase, but the snatcher flees... ...and hides himself in no other place than the Meraktis Clinic garage!

Judge:
Ah ha!

Apollo:
Incidentally... ...these panties were found in the exhaust pipe of the car there. Presumably, he was trying to hide the evidence of his crime. Ergo! While you may not be a murderer... ...you are guilty of panty-snatching in the first degree!

Stickler:
Please! Here me out! It's not what it looks like!!!

Judge:
Order! Order! Order!!! Mr. Stickler. You should be ashamed!

Stickler:
It's... not... what... it... seeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee... ...eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee... ...eeeeeeeeeeeeeems... *gasp*

Judge:
So, are we to understand that you were silent not because you were guilty of murder... ...but because you lacked the courage to admit your theft of this girl's undergarments?

Stickler:
Ahem. Perhaps you are not aware that my school's name was originally written "IV"! "I" stands for "Intelligent", "V" stands for "Valiant"! See!?

Judge:
...Your point?

Stickler:
I'm not done! Now, I'm a major in the Science Department... ...and what does science teach if not curiosity!? Yes, we of the Ivy U. Science Department are valiantly curious! No challenge is too daunting, and what greater challenge to science than a mystery!?

Apollo:
Objection
C'mon! You're talking about a girl's panties here!

Stickler:
No! You do not understand! A mystery is the unknown, and the unknown is unacceptable! And, my friends, when it comes to mysteries, those panties are the promised land! From the moment I first laid eyes on them, I was compelled to investigate... for science! A full-sized car tire was only the first mystery those panties revealed!

Apollo:
A... tire?

Stickler:
Yes! I saw her do it! She pulled a tire out of those panties! But that's not all! First, there was the tire, then a stewpot, and a frozen chicken! One mystery after another! It was... It was magic!

Trucy:
Oh, I remember now! He's one of the regulars in the audience at the Wonder Bar!

Apollo:
Huh...?

Trucy:
He's talking about my Magic Panties trick!

Stickler:
I just don't understand... A broom... from a pair of panties? It mocks the very laws of physics...

Apollo:
A broom... and a frozen chicken, Trucy? What ever happened to doves and bunny rabbits?

Judge:
M-Mr. Stickler! You stole this girl's panties to understand a magic trick?

Stickler:
You say "panties" but they are so much more than that! For me, they are an object for serious study!

Klavier:
...I wonder... There has been a recent rash of panty-snatchings in the area... ...Were they all you?

Stickler:
I... I am sorry. But I did it for science! Each time I spied a pair of panties flapping in the breeze, I thought maybe! Maybe this would be the pair that would elucidate the mystery... Even that night as she chased me through the streets, I wept tears of joy! Perhaps this is the night that I will seize the truth that lies within those panties! Yet woe was I! For once again the lacy heart-patterned truth slipped through my fingers a--

Judge:
Still, that leaves one thing unexplained.

Klavier:
Ah, you refer to our witness's other lie, yes? The witness claimed he saw the crime from the south, but was in fact, in the north.

Judge:
Indeed. Would anyone care to explain why he lied about that?

Stickler:
...

Klavier:
Be my guest, Herr Forehead.

Apollo:
...Me!?

Klavier:
Did I not hear you correctly? Did you not say you "do not accuse the witness of murder"?

Apollo:
...!

Klavier:
Why, then, did the witness lie about his location at the time of the shooting? ...Or have you no idea?

Trucy:
Apollo... There's something about the way the diagram is arranged right now... When you think about it, right near where Mr. Stickler was standing... Isn't there a...?

Judge:
Well, Mr. Justice? What say you? Do you have any evience to show why the witness lied about his location?





Apollo:
The evidence that shows why he lied... is this.

Judge:
What!? More panties!?

Klavier:
How many panties are you carrying in your pocket, Herr Forehead?

Apollo:
These are the last!! Honest!! These were found in a trash can at the park. Looking at the diagram... ...we can see that the trash can was right next to where the witness stood.

Judge:
Mr. Stickler... You didn't...

Stickler:
Alas! I'm a failure as a scientist! I can't unravel the mysteries of the universe! I can't even unravel a pair of panties!

Judge:
So... these panties are you handiwork as well...?

Stickler:
Th... That night, I had been chased, hounded into the Meraktis Clinic garage... Weeping in frustration, I was forced to abandon my prize! Don't you see how I felt!?

Apollo:
...Believe me, I'd rather not.

Stickler:
I hid in the garage for a short while... Then, abandoning the panties, I made for home. To avoid the office where the girl works, I went towards the south entrance... ...when I saw them hanging there on a clothesline by a giant mansion... ...A giant pair of panties!

Apollo:
(Apparently he didn't know those bloomers belonged to the mob...)

Stickler:
I had them, safe in my pocket, ready to take home... ...when I stumbled upon a murder.

Apollo:
The murder of Dr. Meraktis.

Stickler:
I reported what I had seen, but as I waited for the police to arrive... I got scared. What if they searched me!?

Apollo:
That's when you disposed of the bloomers?

Stickler:
Yes... it was a severe blow to the progress of science, but one that had to be born.

Judge:
A fascinating, if disturbing tale. I believe this brings today's proceedings to a close. And I'm more than pleased to dismiss this witness for the remainder of the trial.

Klavier:
One last thing, if I might.

Judge:
Yes, Prosecutor Gavin?

Klavier:
Regardless of where we ended today, some vital points were made. Namely, that the defendant, Wocky Kitaki, was at the scene of the crime. And... he was pointing a weapon at the victim. ...One more thing. Wocky Kitaki has a clear motive.

Judge:
Indeed, the defendant Wocky Kitaki is still the prime suspect in this case. The only suspect, in fact. Assuming there was no one else on the scene at the time. Yet, a mystery remains... The location of the wound in the victim's right temple has yet to be explained. The court requests further investigation from both the defense and prosecution.

Klavier:
...Ja, baby.

Apollo:
...No problem!

Judge:
Very well. This brings the trial for the day to a close. Court is adjourned!

To be continued.




June 16, 2:23 PM
Wright Anything Agency

Apollo:
...What a train wreck that was. I'm glad we made it out of that trial alive.

Trucy:
Really? I had fun! And Wocky made it through the day, too!

Apollo:
...Everyone was too obsessed with panties to bother with the real case.

Trucy:
But it was good publicity! Imagine the crowd at my show tonight! You should come, Polly!

Apollo:
Yeah...

Trucy:
The Amazing Mr. Hat will be making an appearance!

Mr. Hat:
Hi, folks! I'll be here all week!

Apollo:
That's about enough of him.

Alita:
Hello...?

Trucy:
Ah! Ms. Tiala!

Alita:
Thank you for today. The trial... went well.

Apollo:
Oh, right! No problem!

Alita:
Do you think Wocky will be OK?

Apollo:
(Well, he's not guilty... yet.)

Alita:
Please, you have to help him! We're supposed to get married next month...

Apollo:
Oh, congratulations! (Gah, way to put the pressure on a guy...)

Alita:
Please let me know if there's anything I can do to help!





(Clearing all "Talk" options leads to:)

Alita:
I should be getting home now. Wocky's in your hands, Mr. Justice.

Apollo:
R-R-Right! L-L-L-Leave it to me!

Trucy:
Apollo, I think you're only making her more nervous...

Apollo:
Sorry! I'm new at this, OK?

Alita:
Tee hee. It's alright. I believe in you.




(Hickfield Clinic)





(Kitaki Mansion)






(People Park)





(Eldoon's House)






June 16
Detention Center
Visitor's Room

Trucy:
Hmm... Looks like Wocky's out for questioning.

Apollo:
I really need to talk to him. I guess we'll come back later.

Guard:
Excuse me.

Apollo:
Yes?

Guard:
The other suspect is all through with questioning, sir.

Trucy:
The other... Ah! You mean the panty-snatcher!?

Apollo:
...Wesley Stickler. (So they arrested him, too?) Alright. Let's have a little chat with Mr. Stickler. (I hope I don't regret this.)

Trucy:
He is a valuable witness!

Apollo:
(He is a bit "precious", I'll give him that.)

Stickler:
Please, keep this brief, if you would. I'm quite busy. I need to finish this paper... Nyurk! I-It's you!!!

Apollo:
...Mr. Stickler. We'd like to have a few words with you.

Stickler:
...... ...Very well. As long as they're few.

Apollo:
(Nothing would make me happier, believe me.)






(Detention Center, after talking to Wesley Stickler)

June 16
Detention Center
Visitor's Room

Apollo:
Um... I was hoping to meet with my client?

Guard:
Wocky Kitaki's just finished questioning. I'll bring him out.

Trucy:
Great! Finally!

Wocky:
Yo, 'sup, my little imposter!

Trucy:
Eeek! Wh-What did you call me?

Wocky:
Dizzam! It's you!? Sorry, G, thought you were Alita.

Trucy:
"My little imposter" sure is a strange nickname.

Wocky:
It's a clink thang. You wouldn't understand. D-Did I say "imposter"? I meant "poster"... like "poster girl", 'aight?

Trucy:
If you're going to drop part of that, why not drop "poster" and just call her "girl"?

Wocky:
Cause she's so much more than that, G. She's like... She's like an angel. A fallen angel. ...So. What can I do you for?

Trucy:
...You don't look so chipper today, Wocky.

Apollo:
Worried about your, um, heart condition, maybe?

Wocky:
That was the wackest thing of all! All us G's lining up, taking eye exams... Better to die young than fade away, bizzzoy!

Klavier:
...A relief to hear.

Wocky:
Eh? Wh-What's a relief!?

Klavier:
Oh? Did your father not tell you? That bullet you carry so close to your heart... if not attended to immediately... ...It could kill you.

Wocky:
M-Man... I ain't trying to hear that! A man fights to protect what's valuable to him, you know what I'm saying? ...I miss my fallen angel! Hey, you go get Alita for me. You're my lawyer, aren't you?

Apollo:
(Lawyer, not gopher...)






(Wright Anything Agency, after talking to Wesley Stickler)







June 16
Kitaki Mansion

Apollo:
(Yipes! She's back!)

Plum:
Hey. You two. Over here!

Apollo:
U-Uh, us?

Trucy:
Yo, Little Plum! Wassup!?

Apollo:
(I think all this gangsterese is a negative influence on Trucy...)

Plum:
I heard you retrieved my bloomers!

Apollo:
W-Well, I was j-just doing...

Plum:
Bah! A man speaks clearly, and takes credit where it's due! You caught the thief, didn't you?

Apollo:
Uh, y-yes! Sorry! I caught him!

Trucy:
You're cute when you're nervous, Polly!

Apollo:
...I'll deal with you later.

Plum:
But enough about bloomers! What about my son, Wocky!?

Apollo:
W-Wocky? Er, well, he's, um...

Plum:
Clearly!

Apollo:
Y-Yes, ma'am! (This is why I was kind of hoping we could avoid coming back here.)






June 16
Eldoon's House

Trucy:
Hey, it's Mr. Eldoon! Oh Mr. Eldooooon!

Guy:
...Hrmph.

Trucy:
What's wrong?

Guy:
...So, you found my stand. That's why I'm here. To thank you.

Trucy:
Ah.

Guy:
But now it's a crime scene and they won't let me have it back!!! That's also why I'm here. I got no other place to go.

Apollo:
Ah... I see.

Guy:
How can a noodle stand be a crime scene, that's what I don't get, Trucy-doll! Even in death he's after my neck, I tell ya! Bah! Can't even cook an honest noodle...

Apollo:
"He"...?

Trucy:
"Even in death"... You mean the victim, Dr. Meraktis?

Guy:
I tell ya. It's enough to drive a man to make his soup even saltier.

Apollo:
(Remind me never to eat his noodles when he's in a bad mood...)

(Switching to Meraktis Clinic view leads to:)

Trucy:
Well, we've got to check out this clinic, that's for sure.

Apollo:
Yeah, but what about the guard?

Trucy:
No harm in asking! Um, excuse me!

Officer:
Hey, it's you two from yesterday!

Apollo:
(That's the same officer that was standing out by the park yesterday!)

Officer:
Your business is over in the park, isn't it? The clinic's off limits. It's not involved.

Trucy:
B-But...!

Officer:
What part of "off limits" do you not understand? Show me proof that the clinic is connected to the incident in the park, or beat it.

Apollo:
(No harm in asking... No gain either. No point in sticking around here, I guess.)






(Kitaki Mansion, after talking to Plum Kitaki and Guy Eldoon and being turned away from the Meraktis Clinic)

June 16
Kitaki Mansion

Trucy:
...Look at that crowd over by the park!

Apollo:
Probably people trying to get a glimpse of the crime scene.

Trucy:
But... why are those girls screaming? I think I just heard one say "Omigod, it's him!"

Apollo:
(Wait, that motorcycle...)

Klavier:
Ah! If it isn't Herr Forehead.

Apollo:
...Prosecutor Gavin.

Klavier:
Some fans found me on my way out... Just my luck.

???:
Omigod! Omigod! He's so cool!

Apollo:
Thus the screams...

Klavier:
New album just came out, you know. Try waving to them. They love it.

???:
Oooh! Oooh! He's so cute!

Klavier:
Ah ha ha. They're so excited, it doesn't matter who waves to them, see?

Apollo:
(This is surreal...)

Trucy:
Um, so you were here investigating?

Klavier:
And I was on my way home... when my hog gave up the ghost.

Apollo:
Your hog...?

Klavier:
My motorcycle won't start. A clogged exhaust pipe...

Trucy:
Too bad! It looks like such a nice bike, too. Hard to believe that it could break just from that!

Klavier:
Ach, it's my fault. I think I was using the wrong oil. Cars, motorbikes, they're all the same. Clog the exhaust, and they won't run. Ah, machines. Tell me you share my angst, Herr Forehead!

Apollo:
...I ride a bicycle, actually.

Klavier:
Ah. Heh. In any event, I'm off to the shop to get her fixed. The detective in charge of the scene isn't fond of me, in any case.

Apollo:
The detective... You mean, the one in the lab coat?

Klavier:
Ja. She's in a foul mood, too. Be gentle. ...Auf Wiedersehen, baby!

???:
Omigod! Omigod! There he goes!

Apollo:
And the forecast for the park today... Gloomy Skyes.

Trucy:
Well, nothing to do but head on in. Let's hit the park, Apollo!





June 16
People Park

Apollo:
Huh? Does something about this scene look different to you?

Trucy:
The blue tarps are gone! Maybe that's it?

Apollo:
Yeah, I think you're right. Look over there.

Trucy:
The white-frocked detective from yesterday. She seems to be apologizing reverently... to the trash can.

Apollo:
She's... under a lot of stress. The investigation's probably not going so well.

Ema:
Hey, you there! If you're going to talk about someone behind their back, do it more quietly, please!

Apollo:
Oh, Detective Skye. Hello.

Trucy:
You seem as gloomy as ever.

Ema:
This is miserable! Miserable! I just got a new kit, and I can't get the stuff to work. And everyone's all smiles for that glimmerous fop.

Trucy:
Glimmerous...? Does she mean Prosecutor Gavin?

Apollo:
More to the point, doesn't she mean "glamorous"?

Ema:
When he walks his shiny chains catch the sun and glimmer in my eyes! It's distracting. MUNCH MUNCH MUNCH MUNCH MUNCH MUNCH MUNCH MUNCH

Apollo:
(Speaking of distracting...)

Ema:
*sigh* I guess I just have to accept the fact that I lack talent.

Apollo:
(Sounds like she's trying out some sort of new forensics technique...)








June 16
Hickfield Clinic

Phoenix:
Ah, the prodigal attorney returns! Welcome, Apollo. I heard you did well in the trial today. Here to discuss something? I could use a little diversion...

Apollo:
(What did Detective Skye say? If you want to know something, you have to investigate it yourself...) Mr. Wright! Tell me what happened seven years ago... please. I want to know. I need to know!

Phoenix:
You certainly didn't waste any time getting to the point.






June 16
Eldoon's House

Officer:
Ah, you two again. When, oh when will you learn. Look at me however you want, you're not getting in today.

Trucy:
I wouldn't be so sure if I were you! Look what we have!

Officer:
What's this? ...Detective Skye! ... Yesterday, it was Prosecutor Gavin, today it's Detective Skye. Who are you two? Really.

Apollo:
(Now he's suspicious again...)

Officer; ...Well, you got the orders, I gotta let you in. Have fun.

Trucy:
Thanks, Mr. Officer! Let's hit it, Apollo!





(Detention Center, after getting access to the Meraktis Clinic)

June 16
Detention Center

Trucy:
Well, the time of the decision is upon us! Which one of our two jailbirds do we want to talk to?

Guard:
Excuse me! Both detainees are currently in questioning to corroborate their accounts.

Apollo:
Mr. Stickler and Wocky? Both of them? (I pity the questioner...)

Trucy:
I guess we'll be back then!




June 16
Meraktis Clinic
Reception

Trucy:
Huh, kind of an at-home sort of place, isn't it?

Apollo:
This place has a connection to the murder in the park... I'm sure of it!

Trucy:
The police guy out front wasn't so sure.

Apollo:
Beyond it being where the victim lived. (Looks like the police team's gone home for the day.)

Trucy:
There might be some clues lying around! Let's get cracking, Apollo!





(Meraktis Clinic - Office)

Apollo:
A break-in! They left through that window!

Trucy:
Wait, Apollo! You're too late to catch them now!

Apollo:
(That must be her experience as a panty-snatcher chaser talking.) Well, we should tell the police!

Trucy:
Let's check the room out, first, Apollo! If we call the police now, we'll lose our chance!

Apollo:
Y-You're right. (She's better at this than I am!)

Trucy:
Well, one thing's for certain. This clinic and our murder case are looking pretty related now!





(People Park, after getting all evidence in Meraktis Clinic)

Ema:
I know that face. That's the face of someone who's made... a discovery!

Trucy:
Hey, how did you know?

Ema:
You can't fool someone trained in the ways of science!

Apollo:
(Next she'll have us analyzing face prints...)

Trucy:
Let's ask Detective Skye to help us, Apollo!





(Detention Center, after talking with Phoenix Wright and Ema Skye's toe print analysis)

June 16
Detention Center
Visitor's Room

Wocky:
Don't cry angel, Daddy's back and Daddy's... ...Oh. You again.

Apollo:
Do you always have to announce your entrances like that?

Wocky:
Man, my old man, he... Man! Now I'm all in a funk, and it's his fault.

Apollo:
(One can only assume that his father tried to teach him a lesson. And failed, clearly.)

Wocky:
You two got your work cut out for you, straight up. Course I don't care if they lock me up. I'm ready to go!

Apollo:
(Some days, I wonder why I do what I do.)






(Eldoon's House, after talking to Wocky Kitaki the second time)

June 16
Eldoon's House

Trucy:
Mr. Eldoon! We've been looking all over for you!

Guy:
What's the matter, Trucy-doll?

Trucy:
Apollo! Show him what we found! Nothing like expert advice!

Apollo:
(I... suppose he is a doctor still...)

Guy:
... *sniffle*

Apollo:
Mr. Eldoon! Is everything OK?

Guy:
I'm just *sniffle* so happy! I just thought my doctor days were gone for good. *sniffle*

Apollo:
Mr. Eldoon...



To be continued.




June 17, 9:52 AM
District Court
Defendant Lobby No. 2

Trucy:
This is it, the big day! Did you get any sleep?

Apollo:
Yeah, I went to bed at 1:00 AM or so.

Trucy:
Oh? What time did you wake up?

Apollo:
...3:00 AM.

Trucy:
That's only two hours, Apollo... But, at least you have me! ...And the Amazing Mr. Hat!

Mr. Hat:
Here's looking at you, kid.

???:
Good luck today, Apollo.

Apollo:
Th-That voice...

Phoenix:
Heya. Get any sleep?

Apollo:
...Mr. Wright!

Phoenix:
I was going out of my mind with boredom, so I signed myself out earlier today. Somehow, that place makes fake piano playing at the Indochine pasta joint seem almost fun.

Trucy:
Daddy! Do you know who Prosecutor Gavin's witness is today?

Phoenix:
Take a guess!

Trucy:
Hmm... How about Little Plum?

Phoenix:
Ah ha ha! That Sherman tank of a mom? Nope, guess again.

Trucy:
That's too bad. You know, speaking of moms... You need to find me a new mommy one of these days, Daddy!

Phoenix:
It's barely morning and you're at it already, Trucy! Ah ha ha ha ha ha!

Apollo:
(OK, see, this is why I don't buy their "father-daughter" relationship.) So, Mr. Wright! Do you know who the prosecution's witness is?

Phoenix:
...Alita Tiala. Your client's fiancée.

Apollo:
(She's going to be a witness!?)

Trucy:
But that seems odd... Why would she testify against her own fiancé?

Phoenix:
You have to wonder what Gavin's up to.

Apollo:
(Something's going down today, that much is clear!)

Trucy:
Well, not to worry. I've got my panties back. If we can't find a killer, I'll pull one out of there!




June 17, 10:00 AM
District Court
Courtroom No. 4

Judge:
Court is now in session for the trial of Wocky Kitaki.

Apollo:
The defense is ready, Your Honor.

Klavier:
...Prosecution is warmed up, and it's a sold-out house.

Judge:
Very well, to recap... While yesterday's witness seemed more guilty than any other party...

Trucy:
Guilty of panty-snatching!

Judge:
We did find out one thing for certain. There were three people in the park at the time of the murder: The witness, the victim, and the defendant.

Klavier:
...Correct, Herr Judge. And today, I'd like to do something a little new age. I'd like to look at this horrible crime... from the outside.

Apollo:
The "outside"...?

Klavier:
The acquisition of the murder weapon... The preparation for the act... Our poor defendant told all, you see. ...To his betrothed.

Judge:
His... bee trove?

Klavier:
...His fiancée, Herr Judge. His partner for life... with no chance for parole.

Judge:
Very well, you may show the erm... "lucky" lady to the stand.

Klavier:
...Your name and occupation, Fräulein.

Alita:
Alita Tiala. My occupation... is future wife.

Judge:
Ah, traditional values! I respect that. Too many brides these days can't even weave baskets blindfolded... underwater. Yet you're here today as a witness for the prosecution?

Alita:
To be honest, I didn't want to testify at first. But... I couldn't hide the truth.

Judge:
Hmm. Honesty! Another admirable trait.

Klavier:
...Fräulein, is it true that, on the day of the crime... ...the defendant, Wocky Kitaki confessed his plans? His plans... for murder?

Alita:
...Yes.

Judge:
The witness will please give her testimony to the court!




Witness Testimony
- - Wocky's Plan - -

Alita:
It was the day that the family health check-up results came back.
When Wocky found out that Dr. Meraktis had lied, he flew into a rage.
"I'll teach him!" he said. He took one of the Family's pistols...
...And, you already know what happened that night.
I... just don't see how anyone but Wocky could have done it.

Judge:
So, the pistol did belong to the Kitaki Family, then...

Klavier:
Yes. With regards to this, an investigation is underway at the Kitaki mansion... ...on charges of the possession of illegal firearms.

Judge:
And the bullet that took the victim's life? Was it...

Klavier:
...Fired from the pistol the defendant procured? Yes, this has been proven.

Trucy:
How can you prove something like that?

Apollo:
Bullets carry marks from the barrel that fired them, called "rifling marks".

Trucy:
Rifling marks...?

Klavier:
Think of them as being a gun's fingerprint, left on every bullet it fires.

Apollo:
And when did you first hear about Wocky's plan?

Alita:
It was the day of the murder. I... I should have stopped him! I just didn't think he would actually do it!

Judge:
...Very well. The defense may begin the cross-examination.




Cross Examination
- - Wocky's Plan - -

Alita:
It was the day that the family health check-up results came back.


Alita:
When Wocky found out that Dr. Meraktis had lied, he flew into a rage.


Alita:
"I'll teach him!" he said. He took one of the Family's pistols...


Alita:
...And, you already know what happened that night.


Alita:
I... just don't see how anyone but Wocky could have done it.


Trucy:
Poor Ms. Tiala... I can't imagine what it would be like to be in her position!

Apollo:
(...I'm a little more concerned for her fiancé. Why would she testify against him like this...?)




Apollo:
Well, of course, I mean you, Ms. Tiala.

Alita:
...! M-Me...? But why...

Apollo:
You were quite clear when you told the court: You heard about the pistol from the defendant on the day of the murder. In other words, you knew what he was planning.

Klavier:
Objection
Let me get this straight... You intend to tell us that this lady stole the pistol from her fiancé... ...and killed a man in cold blood on his behalf? I've heard of people doing strange things for love, but this...

Judge: It does seem a bit... unfathomable, to be sure. I'm all for romance, and for supporting your partner in life, to be sure. But I think I would hesitate at murder!

Apollo:
(I'd hope you'd do more than hesitate!) But what if a different connection could be proven? A connection between the witness and the victim? We might find that she had a personal motive beyond wanting to help her fiancé.

Klavier:
Hmm, that would put things in a slightly different light. What possible connection are you suggesting here?

Trucy:
You know what I'm starting to think? I'm starting to think that the police never looked inside that safe.

Apollo:
I have evidence showing a connection between the witness Ms. Tiala and the victim!





Alita:
... Well, now we see your true colors. I was wrong to cooperate with you from the beginning! I just wanted... I just wanted you to help get Wocky back on the straight and narrow.

Judge:
Hmm... This court thinks you need to worry less about Wocky and more about yourself. It sounds as though we need to hear a bit more about your story.

Apollo:
Your sandals were found in the entrance to the clinic... Which means you went there on the day of the murder!

Alita:
Well, there's little point in denying it.

Judge:
Very well. The witness will tell us about this visit. Why did you go to the Meraktis Clinic that day?




Witness Testimony
- - The Meraktis Clinic - -

Alita:
I did go to the clinic that day. My first time in half a year, since I quit in January.
I went to warn him. After all, I knew Wocky had the pistol.
The doctor always was a timid man... too timid to admit his own mistake.
Why else would I have gone? I'm not hiding any dark secrets.
I wanted to tell him to be careful, as an old friend.

Judge:
By "mistake", you mean... ...the mistake we heard about from the defendant? The botched operation?

Alita:
He was a timid, small man... but I never wished him harm. I just thought I should let him know, you know?

Judge:
Hmm... That does make sense.

Klavier:
Yes, but there is still one thing which does not.

Judge:
What's that, Prosecutor Gavin?

Klavier:
The sandals left in the lobby, of course. We can assume she wore these sandals to the clinic, ja? Then why did she not wear them home? If it were me, I would have worn them home.

Judge:
I would have worn those sandals home, too.

Klavier:
So, why were the sandals left behind?

Alita:
...!

Apollo:
(Ack! He pointed out the contradiction before me!)

Klavier:
...There's probably a good explanation for this. Right, Ms. Tiala? ...Say, for instance... There happened to be a similar pair of sandals there which you wore home by mistake?

Alita:
... Actually, that's right. I'm impressed, Mr. Gavin.

Klavier:
Oh, it is nothing. There is, after all, no other possible explanation. Ja, Forehead?

Apollo:
(Oh, what the...! No fair! He's filling the holes in her testimony...)

Judge:
The defense may begin the cross-examination.




Cross Examination
- - The Meraktis Clinic - -

Alita:
I did go to the clinic that day. My first time in half a year, since I quit in January.


Alita:
I went to warn him. After all, I knew Wocky had the pistol.


Alita:
The doctor always was a timid man... too timid to admit his own mistake.


Alita:
Why else would I have gone? I'm not hiding any dark secrets.



Alita:
I wanted to tell him to be careful, as an old friend.


Apollo:
(There's no way she went to that clinic just to "warn" him!)

Trucy:
Do you know why she went, Apollo?

Apollo:
(Time to figure out what really happened at that clinic... and fast!)




Apollo:
This chart was found inside a safe in the doctor's office.

Alita:
...Yes?

Apollo:
Why would this one chart be in that safe? Ms. Tiala, you know why it was, don't you?

Alita:
...!

Judge:
Mind filling me in?

Apollo:
Dr. Meraktis didn't have the leisure of making "mistakes". That's why he wrote up a false report, and kept the truth locked away.

Klavier:
...Bad Herr Doktor.

Apollo:
And this is where you come in, Ms. Tiala.

Alita:
...

Apollo:
The nurse who filed this chart was you, which means... ...you knew about Wocky's failed operation!

Judge:
Interesting...

Apollo:
You were in the same position as Dr. Meraktis! Kind of makes it hard to claim "no connection", doesn't it?

Alita:
You're bold for a novice, I'll give you that.

Apollo:
...!

Alita:
Mr. Justice, you must know I was only a nurse. The doctor is responsible for the chart's contents.

Judge:
Hmm... This chart business seems to be quite important. Please amend your testimony accordingly.

Alita:
Too bad, little attorney.

Apollo:
...! (My bracelet's reacting again!)

Trucy:
What is it, Apollo?

Apollo:
I felt my bracelet vibrate just now...

Trucy:
Your bracelet...?

Apollo:
Just like yesterday. Like you said!

When a witness is unsure of something, their nervous habit gives them away!

Trucy:
But... I can't see anything, Apollo.

Apollo:
Eh...? (Then what's my bracelet reacting to?)

Trucy:
Wait, maybe... Yes, that has to be it!

Apollo:
What has to be it?

Trucy:
Your senses, Apollo... They must be sharper than mine!

Apollo:
Huh...?

Trucy:
I can't see it, but you can sense it!

Apollo:
I don't know about that, Trucy! I don't have some kind of special power or anything.

Trucy:
Listen to me, Apollo! There's a weak point somewhere in Ms. Tiala's testimony! But we don't know what her nervous habit is.

Apollo:
Well, then what do we do!?

Trucy:
You have to perceive it yourself, Apollo! With your eyes... and your senses!

Apollo:
(Then it's up to me and my bracelet... I don't know why, but the bracelet helps. Somehow, touching it helps me focus. Let's give it a shot and bring down that testimony!)

Leads to:"
"Why would I go to the clinic now for a half-year-old chart?"




Alita:
Why would I go to the clinic now for a half-year-old chart?






Apollo:
Why go to the clinic for a half-year-old chart now, you ask? But, you know why you would go "now", don't you.

Alita:
I don't know what you're talking about.

Apollo:
It was quite clear, Ms. Tiala. You have a nervous habit. The moment you said the word "now"... ...you used your right thumb to fiddled [sic] with your ring.

Alita:
Wh-What?

Apollo:
(She was unsure... I saw it! "Now"... That's the key word!) The chart wasn't a part of your past... It was a clear and present threat!

Alita:
That's ridiculous, why if that were the case... ...I would have had six months to do something about it!

Apollo:
Indeed.

Alita:
Eh...?

Apollo:
Which means something happened quite recently... Something to make that chart a problem for you now.

Alita:
...!

Apollo:
(I've got her on the ropes now, I can feel it! Time to strike the killing blow... with evidence!) ...Ms. Tiala. There's no use trying to hide it. The chart became a threat to you now... because of this!





Apollo:
A health check-up report.. belonging to the defendant. The Kitakis are trying to get out of the business. The health check-up this month was their first ever... ...What did you think when you heard about this?

Alita:
Eh? Oh, n-nothing. Why should I think anything?

Apollo:
Oh? I would think you were positively beside yourself. Because you were afraid. You knew what Wocky's chest X-ray would reveal!

Alita:
...Urk!

Apollo:
A full half year had passed since the operation. You thought you were home free... ...when the chart came back to haunt you!

Alita:
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!

Apollo:
That's all, Your Honor.

Judge:
...... Wh-What just happened? Did... the witness just admit to lying?

Alita:
...!

Klavier:
I sensed it. There was a great "aura" emanating from Herr Forehead. ...Very cool. So, the lady was lying, it seems.

Apollo:
That's correct. She said she had no connection to the Meraktis Clinic. But her connection was deep indeed... A bit too deep. If the Kitakis got a hold of this chart with her name... ...she'd be finished. Isn't that right, Ms. Tiala?

Alita:
... You guessed it.

Judge:
Order! Order!!!

Apollo:
(I-I did it! I broke her testimony!)

Trucy:
Amazing, Apollo! I didn't see it at all! Daddy was right about you!

Alita:
Wait!

Apollo:
...!

Judge:
Ms. Tiala?

Alita:
It's true, that chart was bad news for me. That's why I went to meet the doctor that day! But that's all! I told him about Wocky and went home!

Klavier:
...It appears this cross-examination is far from over.

Apollo:
Wh-Whaaaat!?

Klavier:
She hid the truth from us, this is clear, yet... It is not clear that this truth has anything to do with the case at hand!

Judge:
Hmm... Very well. The witness will add this to her testimony. And... we'll have a bit more cross-examination.

Apollo:
(Grr! I was so close!)

Trucy:
You're still close! Keep on her, Apollo!




Alita:
Nothing happened at all. I warned him, and left.






Apollo:
You say "nothing happened" in the doctor's office. I disagree. Take a look at this.

Alita:
What's that? It looks like a squished-up ball of clay. Kind of like you, actually.

Apollo:
This bullet was found in the Meraktis Clinic office. Something did "happen" in that office, Ms. Tiala!

Klavier:
Objection
Enough of this joking around. The police investigated that clinic.

Apollo:
Objection
Ah, but this was stuck inside the doctor's safe.

Klavier:
Inside the safe...?

Trucy:
I guess the police didn't check that far.

Klavier:
Objection
...But there is a problem. How can you say that bullet was fired on that day?

Apollo:
Objection
Weren't you the one who explained rifling marks to us?

Klavier:
...!

Apollo:
The pistol was taken from the Kitaki Mansion that day. If the marks on this bullet match the murder weapon... ...then that proves a firearm was discharged in that office on the day of the murder!

Klavier:
... Not bad, Herr Forehead.

Judge:
Bailiff! Have this bullet analyzed immediately!

Thirty minutes later... A report arrives: "The rifling marks on both bullets are identical."

Judge:
Well... It seems as though the bullet in the safe was fired from the murder weapon.

Klavier:
...

Judge:
Perhaps the defense would like to state their position?

Apollo:
...The bullet in that safe proves one fact: A pistol was fired in that office on that day. And at the time of the firing, the safe was open. The safe which contained the top-secret chart.

Judge:
Do you think someone was threatening Dr. Meraktis? In order to open the safe?

Apollo:
Only one person was in a position to do such a thing. Our witness, Alita Tiala!

Judge:
Order! Order! Order!!! Mr. Justice! Where are you going with this? Are you accusing the witness!?

Apollo:
Alita Tiala knew about Wocky Kitaki's botched operation! She got engaged to him without telling him about it! As long as that bullet remained in his chest, his days were numbered. What if she married him, and then the bullet finally reached its destination!

Judge:
Wh-Whaaaat!?

Klavier:
That reminds me. Apparently, the Kitakis have been asserting themselves in lawful business practices... They're making quite a great deal of money... a fortune, if you will.

Judge:
Nefarious! So she planned to marry him just to get her hands on this fortune?

Wocky:
Objection
You keep talking trash about my Alita... ...and I'll sue you, lawyer-man!

Apollo:
...Huh? Me!?

Wocky:
Yeah! You said... You said you'd... You'd... You'd abuse my Alita!

Apollo:
Um, I think you mean "accuse"...!

Wocky:
Same difference! Well you can't have her! She's mine! It was me! I shot that doctor! Me! He left me to die, so I left him to die, too, there in that park!

Apollo:
W... Wocky!

Apollo:
Just cool down a second, please!

Wocky:
You keep your hands off my Alita! Or I'll...

???:

...Tee...

Alita:
Tee... hee hee ha ha ha ha!

Judge:
M... Ms. Tiala?

Alita:
I-I'm sorry. I just... It's been so long since I've laughed so hard.

Apollo:
Something funny?

Alita:
...Wocky. Wake up and smell reality!

Wocky:
A... Alita-baby?

Alita:
The signature on the chart, the engagement... I mean, come on! It's so obvious. Even for a brainless, spoiled brat such as yourself.

Wocky:
Alita...

Klavier:
Your honesty is like a breath of foul air, Fräulein.

Alita:
Hey, I wasn't getting out of this clean, anyway.

Apollo:
So... The Family fortune is what you're really after!

Alita:
That's right. I wanted the money.

Wocky:
No way! That's wack! I ain't trying to hear that!

Alita:
Should have done the wedding earlier. Oh well. ...By the way, can I ask you a question?

Apollo:
Who, me?

Alita:
I believe you said you were going to abuse me?

Apollo:
...Accuse.

Alita:
Of what crime, might I ask?

Apollo:
Huh?

Alita:
Oh, I'm a bad girl. Sure. I got close to that brat because I wanted his money. But he was the one with the pistol. He could've fired it into the safe after I'd already left the clinic.

Apollo:
What...?

Alita:
I would never do a thing like that. It was definitely that silly brat.

Apollo:
Wait, but...

Trucy:
What are you talking about!?

Apollo:
T-Trucy...?

Trucy:
You had the most to lose if that chart was found!

Alita:
...But I didn't have a pistol, now did I?

Trucy:
W-Well, you could have taken Wocky's!

Alita:
You'd think he'd have mentioned that, no? All I've heard him say is, "It was me! I shot him!"

Apollo:
Objection
That's only because he's trying to protect you!

Klavier:
Sorry to intrude in this lovely conversation...

Apollo:
...!

Klavier:
But the two of you are forgetting one critical point.

Trucy:
What... What point!?

Klavier:
Certainly, the Fräulein wanted that chart. You assume she threatened the doctor into opening that safe. But then... ...wouldn't she have taken the chart?

Trucy:
Oh...

Klavier:
You see? That chart wouldn't have been left in that safe!

Trucy:
Ack!

Apollo:
(He... He's right!)

Judge:
...Ms. Tiala.

Alita:
...Yes?

Judge:
It is clear to this court that you are not a very good fiancée.

Alita:
Oh, I'm flattered.

Judge:
Perhaps it's time you told us the truth? Tell us about yourself, including your actions and whereabouts on that day.

Apollo: Don't forget! We've proven that you were at the Meraktis Clinic on the day of the crime!

Alita:
......




Witness Testimony
- - The Meraktis Clinic 2 - -

Alita:
Yes, I went to the clinic that day to speak to the doctor.
I wanted that chart, but I failed to get it. So I went back to the clinic later.
In any case, I didn't shoot him. You don't even have proof I stole that pistol, do you.
And that brat was spotted in the park at the moment of the crime!
Frankly, I don't think it matters if Dr. Meraktis was shot in the temple or not.

Judge:
You went back "later"...?

Alita:
That chart was dangerous, you understand. I needed to get rid of it, that's why I went that day...

Klavier:
But you couldn't get the chart then, could you?

Alita:
...And later that night, Dr. Meraktis was shot. I heard about the shooting, waited a day, but then I had to go back... ...No easy feat with the cops all over the place.

Apollo:
...Ah! Th-That was you!?

*thump*

Trucy:
......! Ah... Apollo! That sound... It came from behind this door!

Apollo:
(...Someone's in there!) A break-in! They left through that window!

Apollo:
So you were the burglar...

Alita:
That was you two? If only I had one more minute... ...then I could have opened that safe and gotten the chart!

Judge:
What!? That's trespassing! And brazen, at that!

Alita:
Oh, is this a trial for trespassing now? Besides... You can't blame a girl for wanting to protect herself... They are gangsters, you know.

Judge:
In any case, Mr. Justice, your cross-examination!

Apollo:
(Admitting the little crime to avoid the big one, eh?)




Cross Examination
- - The Meraktis Clinic 2 - -

Alita:
Yes, I went to the clinic that day to speak to the doctor.


Alita:
I wanted that chart, but I failed to get it. So I went back to the clinic later.


Alita:
In any case, I didn't shoot him. You don't even have proof I stole that pistol, do you.


Alita:
And that brat was spotted in the park at the moment of the crime!


Alita:
Frankly, I don't think it matters if Dr. Meraktis was shot in the temple or not.


Apollo:
(I think we're seeing her true colors now...)

Trucy:
She's trying to push all the blame on Wocky! And she's getting away with it!

Apollo:
(My bracelet didn't react to anything this time... I guess that means there's nothing worth perceiving... Time to get old school!)




Apollo:
I believe we all owe a debt of gratitude... ...to Ms. Alita Tiala.

Alita:
Wh-What do you mean?

Apollo:
Thanks to you, we had a chance to review the crime... ...and this time, we were prepared. We know that Wesley Stickler was telling the truth! We should have listened to him from the beginning. Wesley Stickler was standing next to the trash can when he saw the two men. ...He shouted, just as he told us in his testimony. ...And the victim turned to look in his direction. A shot was fired! The victim was hit in the right temple.

Judge:
Oh no...

Apollo:
Oh yes! Which direction was his right temple facing at that moment? That's right! Toward the noodle stand!

Judge:
Order! Order! Order!!! S-So you're saying... ...the killer was inside the noodle stand!?

Klavier:
Objection
...Let's think about this a bit more, shall we? You say the killer was "inside the noodle stand". Which would mean the victim, Dr. Meraktis came to the park... ...wheeling his own murderer in the cart behind him!

Alita:
This is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard! I'd think you'd notice if you were pulling someone along!

Apollo:
Objection
There's something we should worry about before that! Why was he pulling the noodle stand in the first place!?

Klavier:
Objection
Let's deal with our problems one at a time, shall we? Someone was hiding in the stand... We have not come this far to talk about "possibilities". ...Let's talk about "proof", baby. Show us evidence that proves someone was in that stand!

Apollo:
(Can I prove that...?) You want evidence that someone was in that stand...?



Judge:
Show us proof that someone was hiding in the noodle stand!





Apollo:
"The Meraktis Clinic"... And they're covered with paint. These slippers were found in a trash can near the crime scene.

Klavier:
And...?

Apollo:
A single slipper print was found at the scene... ...Right next to the noodle stand!

Alita:
Ack...!

Apollo:
Oh, and Ms. Tiala. Your toe print was found in the left slipper!

Alita:
Urk...!

Apollo:
In other words... ...this is proof you were inside that noodle stand!

Alita:
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!

Klavier:
Objection
Yet there was only one slipper mark found at the scene... ...Can this be called a footprint, in good faith?

Apollo:
Objection
...Observe the diagram! A park pathway runs right next to the slipper mark! A slipper wouldn't leave a trace on a cobblestone path!

Klavier:
Objection
...Yet you still cannot say this is a "footprint", ja?

Apollo:
Why not!?

Klavier:
You have an impression left by a single slipper... What if it was on the stand and simply fell to the ground?

Apollo:
Objection
That's... That's just dumb!

Klavier:
One more thing. A noodle stand is typically cluttered with the tools of the noodle-making trade. There's no room for a person to ride in there!

Judge:
Hmm... You have a point. Could someone have hidden in that stand?

Trucy:
Apollo! I think I might be on to something!

Apollo:
...?

Trucy:
I think I've figured out one of our pieces of evidence! In order to make room in the stand, some things would have to be...

Judge:
Well, Mr. Justice? Do you have proof that someone could have hidden in the stand?

Apollo:
I can prove one thing. Someone did scheme to clear space in that stand!





Apollo:
This is a noodle bowl from the stolen Eldoon's Noodles noodle stand.

Judge:
Yes, and what about it?

Apollo:
We discovered a large quantity of these bowls yesterday... ...in the lobby of the Meraktis Clinic!

Alita:
...!

Judge:
A large quantity of noodle bowls in the victim's clinic?

Apollo:
Mr. Eldoon was very clear about those bowls.

Guy:
Well, I don't care who did it! Without that stand, I'm finished! All my noodle bowls were in there, too.

Apollo:
Yet the bowls were removed! That night, there was space inside that noodle stand! Space created at the Meraktis Clinic, no less. Right around the time that you were there, Ms. Alita Tiala!

Alita:
Stooooooooooooop! I won't listen to any more of these wild fantasies! No... not fantasies... They're worse lies than that spoiled brat's pickup lines!

Judge:
I would like to remind the witness of her current status. This court does not consider you entirely innocent.

Alita:
Show me an innocent... I'll show you a fairy tale.

Judge:
...In any case. The defense has, somehow, made its point. The witness had both a motive and an opportunity to kill Dr. Meraktis.

Alita:
More fairy tales! This whole trial is a fairy tale!

Judge:
Then please, pull us back down to reality, Ms. Tiala. I'm giving you one last chance to explain yourself.

Apollo:
(This is it! Why was Dr. Meraktis pulling that stand that night...? ...And what was Alita Tiala doing inside it? Time to get to the bottom of this case!)




Witness Testimony
- - Tiala's Explanation - -

Alita:
That night, I went to ask Dr. Meraktis for the chart.
I had no intention of ever letting that chart fall into the Kitaki Family's hands.
But Dr. Meraktis didn't understand...
For some reason, he thought the Kitakis had sent me!
So I gave up and went home... All I did was talk to him!

Apollo:
You knew about the botched operation... So you tried to get rid of the chart, to save yourself!

Alita:
I won't make excuses. ...And I did warn the good doctor. I gave him a chance. I told him that brat got his health check-up report. ...And that he was coming to settle the score.

Judge:
Hmm... I see. Very well. Mr. Justice, begin your cross-examination.

Apollo:
...Yes, Your Honor. (This is the last testimony! Either I perceive the truth, or it's over!)




Cross Examination
- - Tiala's Explanation - -

Alita:
That night, I went to ask Dr. Meraktis for the chart.


Alita:
I had no intention of ever letting that chart fall into the Kitaki Family's hands.


Alita:
But Dr. Meraktis didn't understand...


Alita:
For some reason, he thought the Kitakis had sent me!


Alita:
So I gave up and went home... All I did was talk to him!



Apollo:
(...This is my last chance!)

Trucy:
Apollo... any word from your bracelet?

Apollo:
Yeah, actually... (I felt it respond...!)

Trucy:
I couldn't see a thing! It's up to you, Apollo!

Apollo:
(Time to perceive the truth! ...Here comes Justice!)




Apollo:
"All I did was talk"... and lie.

Alita:
Wh-What? Show me proof!

Apollo:
(I'm pretty sure about this one... I think I'm getting the hang of this. A little slip in confidence, and they give it all away.) The proof... is you, Ms. Tiala.

Alita:
...!

Apollo:
"All I did was talk to him", you claim... Yet you can't hide your own nervous twitch when you say those words!

Alita:
My "twitch"? What are you talking about!?

Apollo:
You have a habit of scratching the area of your neck around the edge of your scarf.

Alita:
Wha--! Wh-Wh-What!?

Apollo:
(This is working better than I'd hoped! Her unconscious actions tell the truth she won't say. Habits and lies... Two dots... Connect the dots and find the truth!)

Alita:
D-Don't look at me like that! I t-told you the tr-truth...

Apollo:
It seems that when you recall what really happened in that office... ...you can't keep your hands off your neck, can you?

Alita:
...!

Apollo:
(Hmm... It seems that nervous habits... ...are unconscious reactions that manifest when someone is trying to hide something!) You can't hide behind your scarf, Ms. Tiala! Something happened between you and the victim in the Meraktis Clinic office!

Alita:
...

Apollo:
And I've got proof that shows exactly what happened!





Alita:
Wh-What's that...?

Apollo:
...You're touching your scarf again.

Alita:
...!

Apollo:
...There's something unusual about this lamp. The bulb is broken... and there's a red splotch on the cord.

Alita:
Eh...

Apollo:
Seeing how you hide your neck... I think I can come up with a plausible explanation for the lamp's state.

Alita:
Well spit it out! This talking in circles nonsense is killing me!

Apollo:
Very well. The answer is very simple. Ms. Alita Tiala... Please remove your scarf!

Alita:
! ........................ Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!

Klavier:
Objection
This is a trial to determine what happened in that park. Yet we seem to have drifted off target.

Apollo:
Objection
We'll find out soon enough if we're drifting... As soon as the witness removes her scarf.

Alita:
I... I won't do it! This is insane! I'm a... an unrelated third party! You can't order me to remove my clothing!

Judge:
...Ms. Tiala. I'm afraid you've forgotten what's already been proven.

Alita:
What...?

Judge:
You're hardly "unrelated". ...Please remove your scarf.

Alita:
No. Nooooooooooooooo!

Apollo:
...I knew it. So I was right, wasn't I, Ms. Alita Tiala!

Judge:
Your neck... That isn't what I think it is!?

Apollo:
Something did happen that night at the Meraktis Clinic! You needed to get that chart back, no matter what it took. Even if you had to steal your fiancé's pistol to do it!

Judge:
B-But wait! Looking at this lamp, and the witness's neck... It looks like the very opposite happened!

Apollo:
Exactly. The victim in the clinic that night... ...was this witness! Specifically... ...you tried to threaten Dr. Meraktis and he attacked you! That's what happened that night at the Meraktis Clinic!

Alita:
Urk......!!! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek......................................................

Judge:
Order! Order! Order!!! Will someone please tell me what really happened!?

Alita:
I told you the truth already! I went to the clinic that night to warn Dr. Meraktis!

Alita:
...That gangster knows everything! He's coming for you!

Meraktis:
...Looks like my clinic's seen its last patient.

Alita:
We have to get rid of that chart! Quick, open your safe! Give it to me!

Meraktis:
...So you can save your own skin?

Alita:
What...?

Meraktis:
I know what you're up to. You want in with the Family... And if they see that chart, you're finished.

Alita:
......

Meraktis:
...Leaving me holding the short straw. But if I'm going down... I'll want some company. You!

Apollo:
And what happened next!?

Alita:
He jumped at me, and knocked me to the floor! Then, he took that cord... ...Pal Meraktis was serious. Deadly serious. He really tried to strangle me. I... I must have blacked out.

Judge:
So... you were the victim!

Klavier:
And the red splotch on the cord... was your lipstick.

Alita:
I... I didn't want to remember that night. That's why I didn't bring it up. There... Are you happy now?

Apollo:
Eh...

Alita:
I was out cold, almost killed! And you claim I then snuck into that noodle stand... But how could I!?

Apollo:
Aaaaaaack!

Judge:
Well, one thing is clear. We now know what really happened at the Meraktis Clinic. And it would seem that our victim was not entirely without blame himself!

Alita:
I... I'm sorry. I get so nervous just thinking of it, it's hard to breathe. I've told you everything. Can I go home now?

Judge:
Hmm... You bear some responsibility for events that day, true. Yet, if you were also a victim... ...this court would owe you some sympathy. ...Well, Mr. Justice? I believe this clears up the remaining questions for Ms. Tiala.

Apollo:
(When did this happen!? Suddenly, everyone's sympathizing with her!)

Trucy:
I don't know what to think anymore, Apollo... I mean, is that it? Do we know everything we need to know about Ms. Tiala?

Judge:
Very well! This finishes the cross-examination of this...

Klavier:
Objection
Heh. Heh heh heh. Not so fast. This party's just getting started! Now, we rock!

Apollo:
W-What!?

Klavier:
Those spikes on your head are softer than they look... Or do you not have the stomach to go all the way?

Judge:
Prosecutor Gavin...?

Klavier:
Pal Meraktis choked Alita Tiala... ...She fell unconscious. But what happened next?

Trucy:
He's right! There is more we don't know!

Apollo:
But... she was choked hard enough to leave that mark! She would have been out for a while!

Trucy:
Even still, what if it was her in that noodle stand!

Apollo:
...! (Alita Tiala, half-dead... Dr. Meraktis pulling that stand... And a bullet fired from inside the noodle stand...)

Trucy:
What if it's all true!? We might have already figured out what truly happened that night!

Apollo:
Ms. Alita Tiala, as you can see... ...we're not through with you just yet.

Alita:
...You really want to blame me for this murder, don't you? You, too, "Prosecutor" Gavin.

Klavier:
Me? Fräulein, I only wish to know the truth.

Apollo:
Well, let's go back over what we've learned up till now. On the day of the murder, Wocky saw his check-up report. ...From which he learned about the bullet still inside him. So, he took a pistol from the Family stash... ...with the intent to give Dr. Meraktis some of "his own medicine".

Trucy:
And Ms. Tiala heard about this from Wocky. So she went to the Meraktis Clinic ahead of him! ...In order to get rid of the chart with her signature!

Apollo:
But then... something happened.

Alita:
...Sounds like you've figured it all out. But remember, I was the victim! I was out cold.

Apollo:
But, what about Dr. Meraktis?

Klavier:
That does seem to be the problem... He had just strangled Alita Tiala, perhaps, he thought, to death. What did he do after his crime?

Alita:
I was just knocked out! Not dead!

Klavier:
From the state of his clinic, and the scene in the park... ...I think it's clear what the good doctor did next. Well, Herr Forehead? Care to guess?

Apollo:
...!

Judge:
Well, Mr. Justice? What did Dr. Meraktis do!?

Apollo:
(Maybe he did think he killed Alita Tiala... Do I have evidence to show what he did next...?)





Apollo:
...As his next move, Dr. Meraktis... ...stole Guy Eldoon's noodle stand!

Alita:
What, "killing" me disturbed him that much? So much he randomly stole a noodle stand!?

Apollo:
It wasn't so "random". Remember all the bowls in the clinic's foyer? Bowls that belonged inside that stand? I think it's pretty obvious, don't you? That stand was at the clinic. However, the question is why did he remove the bowls?

Trucy:
Maybe... because the stand was heavy?

Apollo:
Or he wanted to put something in the stand in their place...

Judge:
Ah... Wait, you don't mean...!

Apollo:
I do. Dr. Meraktis did replace those bowls with something... ...your "corpse", Ms. Tiala!

Alita:
M-My "corpse"!?

Apollo:
Dr. Meraktis panicked. He thought he'd killed you...

Klavier:
...His next move would be to dispose of the body!

Alita:
Th-That's crazy talk! You're all crazy!

Apollo:
Objection
Then let's think about it... logically. The doctor had a place to dispose of you in mind... ...But on the way there... ...who should he run into but the defendant, Wocky Kitaki!

Klavier:
Objection
...I question your "logic".

Judge:
What's this, Prosecutor Gavin?

Klavier:
The park is a dead end. Why would he head in that direction to begin with?

Alita:
That's right! He had no reason to go there! ...Oh, now I get it! It was a trick! That spoiled brat made him do it! He made the doctor steal the stand!

Apollo:
Objection
Tell me... Why would someone go to a "dead end"? ...Unless the park was his destination!

Alita:
Wh-What...?

Judge:
Apparently, the defense has an idea. Tell us where Dr. Meraktis was heading with the stand! Here, please show us on this diagram. To where exactly was the victim dragging that stand?





Judge:
There? That's a... a river!

Apollo:
Yes, Your Honor. I scarcely need to explain why.

Klavier:
...A perfect place to dispose of a body.

Alita:
H-He was going to throw me into that river!?

Klavier:
He didn't have many other options, Fräulein.

Alita:
...

Apollo:
I believe this clears up all of the remaining questions. The victim pulling the stand, and the defendant before him. ...And inside the stand, you, Ms. Alita Tiala.

Alita:
Urk...

Apollo:
And then, the denouement. Wesley Stickler, of panty-snatching fame, walks up. Seeing the two men, he shouts! In that instant...

Alita:
So... I shot him?

Apollo:
You were the only one who could have stolen Wocky's pistol. It had to be you!

Judge:
...Well, Ms. Tiala?

Alita:
...... Hmph. ...Nice work.

Apollo:
...You mean, I'm right?

Alita:
I mean you've done a fine job dreaming up a story... ...to get that spoiled brat off the hook!

Trucy:
You're the one who's dreaming! Apollo's backed up everything he's said with facts! If you're so sure he's making it up, give us another reason! Why was Dr. Meraktis pulling that stand through the park!?

Alita:
Who knows? But there's one gaping hole in your logic. I think Mr. Gavin knows whereof I speak!

Apollo:
Whereof what!? (I can't believe she's still trying to deny this!)

Judge:
Is this true, Prosecutor Gavin?

Klavier:
...Must I always be the one to point out Herr Forehead's errors?

Apollo:
...! (Ack, maybe there really is something!)

Klavier:
I believe the Fräulein speaks of... Herr Doktor's car.

Apollo:
His car...?

Alita:
That's right! The Meraktis Clinic has that big garage!

Judge:
In which sat... a green sports car, was it?

Alita:
Why would he steal the stand in the first place!? If he wanted to carry a body, he would have used his car!

Apollo:
Ack...!

Klavier:
And so we find our victim without probable cause to steal that stand... ...and our defense without a case.

Trucy:
Objection
Um... I have an idea! You know that green car? I bet it wouldn't run! It was broken!

Klavier:
Ah, what an excellent counter-argument, Fräulein. Too bad you're quite wrong.

Trucy:
Eh...

Klavier:
Don't tell me you've forgotten what happened to your daddy?

Trucy:
Daddy...?

Apollo:
Th-That's right...! That night, the car that hit Mr. Wright... ...was that green sports car!

Judge:
Oh, yes! I-I'd nearly forgotten about it!

Klavier:
Afterward, he drove it back to that garage. It ran fine.

Alita:
...That's right. So why didn't he use his beloved sports car, hmm?

Apollo:
Urk...!

Klavier:
A glaring contradiction, to be sure. More glaring than your forehead.

Apollo:
No.. Nooooooooooo!

Judge:
Order! Order! Order! Well, Mr. Justice? Why didn't Dr. Meraktis use his car to carry the "body"?

Apollo:
Uh... Umm...

Klavier:
Is that a groan of surrender I hear?

Apollo:
......

Klavier:
Some advice: Now's a good time to review all you know. ...Everything you've learned over the last two days.

Apollo:
(Everything I've learned...?)

Jduge:
Mr. Justice, this contradiction casts doubt on your entire case! This is truly your last chance! The defense will explain to us what happened that night!







Judge:
Let's see now... Panties!? Again!?

Trucy:
All sorts of things come out of my panties! ...Even the truth.

Alita:
...?

Apollo:
Another crime was committed the night of the murder. The theft of these panties! The latest in a string of similar thefts, actually. But that night, the snatcher was caught in the act! A brave young girl chased the thief until the hid... ...in the Meraktis Clinic garage.

Alita:
Wh-Whaaat!?

Apollo:
The snatcher hid the panties there before running... ...Perhaps someone in this court remembers where he hid them?

Judge:
Why... weren't they found in the car's exhaust pipe?

Apollo:
...Exactly. By the way, I learned something yesterday... ...A very important piece of information. ...And I learned it from you, Prosecutor Gavin!

Trucy:
Um, so you were here investigating?

Klavier:
And I was on my way home... when my hog gave up the ghost.

Apollo:
Your hog...?

Klavier:
My motorcycle won't start. A clogged exhaust pipe...

Trucy:
Too bad! It looks like such a nice bike, too. Hard to believe that it could break just from that!

Klavier:
Cars, motorbikes, they're all the same. Clog the exhaust, and they won't run.

Alita:
My, how interesting.

Apollo:
While Ms. Tiala and the doctor were struggling... ...the panty-snatcher snuck into the Meraktis garage. From that time, until the time we found these... ...that car wouldn't start.

Alita:
Wh...What...!?

Trucy:
That's why Dr. Meraktis had to use the noodle stand! It was the next closest thing he could think of!

Apollo:
...Well, Ms. Tiala? This wraps your doubts up quite nicely, I think!

Alita:
... So it does.

Alita:
(Where... Where am I...? So dark... Can't see... ...Cramped...! The pain... my throat's burning...!)

Meraktis:
Wh-What's your problem!?

Wocky:
You, Doc! I know what you did!

Meraktis:
Ah...!

Alita:
(...Wocky?)

Wocky:
...You lied to me! So you know what I'm gonna do? I'm gonna give you a taste of your own medicine, man!

Meraktis:
W-Wait! Let me explain!

Wocky:
F-Fine. I'll give you your last request.

Meraktis:
Listen, you're being tricked! But not how you think! It's not just me...

Alita:
(No...! He'll ruin everything! ...I have to stop him!)

Stickler:
C-Cease this at once, y-y-you two!

Alita:
Funny. This isn't the way it was supposed to turn out. Oh well. Too bad.

Judge:
There's still one mystery... How did you manage to disappear from that stand?

Alita:
In the silence after the shot, I heard the witness running...

Klavier:
I believe we heard as much from Wesley Stickler. He went to use a public phone to inform the police.

Alita:
...Which is when I made my escape.

Apollo:
...Which is when you left that slipper print!

Alita:
Dr. Meraktis didn't bother taking my slippers off. I threw them out after I stepped in that paint, though.

Apollo:
...That was your mistake.

Alita:
No. My biggest mistake... ...was coming to you for help, Mr. Justice!

Apollo:
Eh...

Alita:
I believed in you! You and your "Anything Agency"... If anyone would get Wocky declared guilty it was you!

Apollo:
...

Judge:
I believe we've reached a conclusion of sorts. ...Prosecutor Gavin. How is Ms. Alita Tiala doing?

Klavier:
She's confessed to everything. We're processing her arrest now.

Trucy:
Prosecutor Gavin sure seems calm for someone who just lost...

Apollo:
(I think he already knew... He'd figured out she was the killer a while ago...)

Klavier:
Some advice: Now's a good time to review all you know. ...Everything you've learned over the last two days.

Apollo:
(He lost... but I didn't exactly win, either.)

Klavier:
...Hmm? Something the matter, Herr Forehead?

Judge:
Looks like it's time to announce a verdict...

Not Guilty

Judge:
Court is adjourned!




June 17, 4:12 PM
District Court
Defendant Lobby No. 2

Trucy:
Great job, Apollo! You did it!

Apollo:
Yeah, we did, somehow...

Trucy:
Wocky's off the hook... ...free to become the gangster he's always wanted to be! And he has you to thank...

Wocky:
Hey! Attorney-man! You're gonna pay for what you did to my Alita, homes!

Trucy:
...Or to blame, I guess.

Wocky:
You give my Alita back! Stupid pointy-head attorney with a death-wish!

???:
Enough, Wocky!

Apollo:
Ah! Mr. Kitaki...

Big Wins:
...It's high time you opened your eyes, Wocky.

Wocky:
What do you know, old man! I think it's 'bout time you opened yours! Givin' up the life, tryin' to become some kinda businessman!

Big Wins:
Don't talk about what you don't understand, Wocky!

Trucy:
...I'm afraid the guard is going to throw them both out.

Apollo:
...If not in jail. Wouldn't that be a happy ending.

Trucy:
Hey, maybe we can help them out! We know why Mr. Kitaki needs to make so much money... Maybe we should tell Wocky. Oh, Wocky? Apollo has something to tell you!

Apollo:
Huh? I do? (Way to put me on the spot...)

Wocky:
Eh? Whazzat?

Trucy:
Show him the reason why, Apollo!

Apollo:
(Why is Mr. Kitaki trying to become a business man...?)


Big Wins:
...I searched the globe. And I found one. A doctor who can take that bullet out of you, Wocky. But it's an expensive procedure.

Wocky:
M-Man! B-But you got plenty of money already, don't you?

Big Wins:
I won't use it.

Wocky:
...!

Big Wins:
It was the gangster life that did this to you, Wocky. ...I want to help you, and I want to do it clean. Please understand. Wocky...

Wocky:
D-Dad... M-Man, I see how it is, old man! Always you looking out for... out for...

Trucy:
Wocky...?

Wocky:
Listen good, old man! One day... One day... I'm gonna take you out! Then we'll see who's the O.G.! You try to hide in your business suit, I'll find you! Stupid ol' geezer!

Trucy:
My! Wocky!

Big Wins:
...No, it's as it should be.

Apollo:
Mr. Kitaki! (I liked him more without the puppy dog eyes.)

Big Wins:
I'm glad... to have met you. I'm not so good with words... But I know a professional job when I see one. Thank you.

Apollo:
Who? Me? I don't think...

Big Wins:
Someday... I'll bake you one of our latest... The Kitaki Lime Pie.

Apollo:
(...He's opening a pie shop!?)

Big Wins:
...So long.

Apollo:
(And he was gone...)

Trucy:
Well, let's head back, Apollo! To the Wright Anything Agency!

Apollo:
Hey, since when do I work at your agency!?

Trucy:
Aw, we make a good team! Don't just stand there, let's get going!

Apollo:
(Huh... Why not. She did help me out. And there's a few questions that still need answers... Like this power of mine that she showed me... And my bracelet... If anyone can help me figure it out, it's her. Though I can't say I care much for what her father has become...)

Trucy:
Oh, that's right! We have to go someplace first!

Apollo:
Huh? Where?

Trucy:
Why, to claim our reward from Mr. Eldoon!

Apollo:
...Ah, salty noodles. Right. He got his stand back already?

Trucy:
Oh, and after that, you can come see my show! With a special appearance by the Amazing Mr. Hat!

Mr. Hat:
Oh, it's special alright!

Apollo:
Please... anything but him.

THE END









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