So I was inspired to write this after hearing the "If Tomorrow Never Comes" song by Ronan Keating.
This story will not focused on tell about AIDS, but focus about how Phoenix tried to spent time with his family and friends and how he tried to please everyone before he died.
I hope you like it, happy reading, anyway!
"Mr. Wright. I'm so sorry to tell you this, but you are positive."
"Yes... You get a virus that once you do a blood transfusion, Mr. Wright."
"Alright then. Thanks for telling me, Doctor."
Phoenix smiled, as if didn't anything happened. Though he had just been informed that he tested positive AIDS. AIDS.
A disease which has not found a cure.
A disease which kills almost all sufferers.
Suddenly, his daughter's face appeared in his mind. Trucy. How will the girl react if she knew this?
No. Phoenix shook his head. She is not allowed to know. I promised her I would never disappear since I adopted her.
Apollo and Athena?
No. Phoenix shook his head. They are also not allowed to know. They see me as their role model.
And suddenly, a thought crossed in Phoenix's mind.
What if I never woke up again in the morning?
I will be very sorry.
Will be very sorry if she, Trucy, and they, Apollo and Athena, Maya, Edgeworth, and all the people I know, never know how much they mean to me.
Phoenix then made a promise to himself, to say to all of his relatives, that he loved them, and how much they mean to him.
Phoenix walked out of the hospital unsteadily, his hand into the pocket of his pants. He walked slowly, observing all the beauty in front of his eyes. Songbirds, plants waving, wind blew softly, as if to comfort him.
My life will not be much longer.
I will love deeper.
I will speak sweeter.
I will give that forgiveness, I've been denying.
"Dad, you're finally home!" exclaimed Trucy excited when opening the door. Phoenix smiled at her, and kissed both of his daughter's cheeks, then looked at Trucy's face deeply.
Why I never realized it before? She's growing up so fast. So pretty. She has no blood relationship with me, but her face is so similar with me.
I wish I could know what will happen next.
If only I could appreciate my life better.
Will I be able to see her graduate from school? Wearing a gown?
Will I be able to see her become a famous magician, beat David Copporfield?
Will I be able to meet up with her first boyfriend?
Will I be able to dance with her on her wedding day later?
Maybe, I will not be able to know the answers to the questions I have.
And maybe I'll never know.
Trucy then prepare a meal for him, as she always did when Phoenix went home. Trucy cook his favorite food: Steak salmon. While they were eating, Trucy cheerfully told Phoenix about her experiences at school today.
How longer I can enjoy her delicious cooking?
How longer I can hear her chatter about her school?
If only I could know.
After they both finished eating, Trucy cleaning the warehouse, while Phoenix headed to his office to settle some cases files he have been handled. He stared at files with empty stared, when suddenly Trucy step in to his office.
"Daddy, look at this! I found this old photo! You're very handsome and I'm so cute! "cried Trucy while handed a photograph into Phoenix's hands. Phoenix stared at it deeply. It was a birthday photo of Trucy 9th birthday. In the photograph, Phoenix wore a black tuxedo, and Trucy clinging to his arm, looking very cheerful. "Time flies very fast, huh Dad? This photo is 6 years old. Suddenly I'm 15 years old now! Later, suddenly you and I will dance at my wedding!" said Trucy again, chuckling.
Phoenix smiled, and ruffled his daughter's hair. "You're growing up too fast, Truce. Daddy did not believe now that you're as big as this, "said Phoenix again, while tickling Trucy's body. Trucy giggled, and struggled. "Stop, daddy! You made me very amused!"
Phoenix laughed again. "Trucy, kid, you want to know a secret?"
"What's that, Dad?" asked Trucy confused.
"I love you so much. You mean a lot to Daddy. You're the best thing I ever had in this world."
Trucy was amazed to hear Phoenix's words. Indeed, she knows very well that Phoenix loved her, but it never occurred to her that the Phoenix will say it in words. Trucy put her arms around Phoenix's neck, and kissed his cheek.
"You're so funny, Daddy. It was not a secret, because I already know from the first!"
Phoenix went into his room, and lay on his back. He felt very tired and sleepy, but also very afraid.
Before, I was never afraid of anything. Even to a burning bridge.
Now I'm afraid to close my eyes.
What if I close my eyes, I could never open it again? What if I tried to open my eyes, I can only see darkness? No more light that illuminates me?
Now, after Phoenix notified that he positive for AIDS, he always sleeps together with Trucy.
Because he is afraid.
Afraid of the darkness that awaits him when he tried to open his eyes again.
If the darkness that I get. At least, I hugged my daughter in that darkness.
Although astonished at her father behavior, Trucy didn't ask anything. She was pleased to be able to sleep with Phoenix again, after so long.
"Mr. Wright, we have completed the paperwork for the case of Solomon Starbuck ... We will win this fight, Mr. Wright!" cried Apollo and Athena one day. They entered the office when Phoenix was standing at the window with a blank look. Phoenix turned around slowly, and then takes the files submitted by both his students. Phoenix looked at them deeply.
"Good work, Apollo, Athena. I want to say something to you, "Phoenix said seriously, looking at both his students face. Apollo and Athena exchanged glances with astonishment, and then sat down.
"How long have we worked together, Athena, Apollo?" asked Phoenix.
"About a year, Mr. Wright," said Apollo.
"A year. Means we've been like a family for a year? "asked Phoenix again.
"Uh ... .I think yes, Mr. Wright. Why do you ask? "asked Athena confused.
Phoenix sucks his smiles. "It's okay, Apollo, Athena. I just want to say, you two are like my own children. Both of you are meant so much to me. I really love both of you like I love Trucy."
Athena and Apollo dumbfounded, never the slightest thought in their mind that Phoenix would say that. Of course, for them, Phoenix is a father figure, considering they're both not having a father. Unexpectedly, suddenly they both hugged Phoenix very tight.
"Boss, we also love you very much, for us, you're more than a boss, for us, you are the ideal father!" cried Apollo and Athena simultaneously.
Until when will I be able to guide them? How long will I be able to meet them? The disciples were so smart, so promising, that would be a very great lawyer someday.
If only I could know.
"Wow, Nick! You bought me a burger this much? Usually you always grumbling if I asked you to buy a burger, "said Maya, surprised. "And you bought me a special burgers size too! You have not been struck by lightning, right?" said Maya again, giggling.
Phoenix chuckled. "Here, I got you all this burger, because ... ..I love you, Maya. You are the woman I love," murmured Phoenix stammered, didn't dare look at Maya's face. Maya dumbfounded, and stared into Phoenix face, deeply, to make sure he was not joking. Maya amazed to see seriousness on Phoenix face. Unconsciously, Maya hugging and kissing Phoenix.
"I really love you too, old man," said Maya, smiling. They both then walked hand in hand toward the People Park. Arriving at People Park, Phoenix and Maya sit, eat their hamburgers, while enjoying beautiful sunset views.
Phoenix kissed Maya's forehead, and stroked her hair.
Although I probably will not ever get a chance to marry you, have children with you, but at least you know that you are the woman I love, Maya Fey.
Perhaps, this is the last burger I will eat with you.
Maybe tomorrow, I can't eat any burgers again with you.
- Flash forward.-
"Wright?" asked Edgeworth astonishment. "What are you doing here? Strange to see you are in the Prosecutor's office."
Phoenix chuckled. "I just wanted to give a little gift for you, Edgey."
"Gift?" Edgeworth's brow furrowed. "My birthday is still long, and Christmas is still very long, Wright. You still have a calendar, right?"
Phoenix laughed again. "Of course, I still have a calendar, Edgey. It's a gift from me because you are my best friend. Take this."
Phoenix handed an envelope to Edgeworth's hands. Edgeworth frowned deeper.
"Open it, Edgey."
Edgeworth opened the envelope. The contents turned out to be a piece of paper that has been painted by Phoenix. The picture was caricature of Edgeworth and Phoenix, hugging each other, with the caption: "Best friends forever!"
Edgeworth chuckled and ruffled Phoenix hair straight. "Nice, Wright. I did not think you could draw as well as this. But, why you suddenly gave me this picture?"
"As a token of my gratitude because you have become the best friend I ever had," Phoenix shyly mumbled, his face staring at the floor. Edgeworth laughed again.
"Without you give me this, I know that, idiot," he muttered with amused.
"Happy birthday, love of my life!" cried Phoenix, holding up two pieces of Steel Samurai movie tickets and a birthday cake that looks very bad in the front of Maya face. Maya stunned and giggled.
"Nick... What happened to you? Do you seriously want to ask me to watch the Steel Samurai movie date?" asked Maya, still with a chuckle.
"Of course. Why do you think I'm joking?"
"Because you hate Steel Samurai! You're not running a fever, right, Nicky-boy?" Maya giggled again as she pressed her hand to Nick's forehead.
"Of course not! I wanted to give the most special gift for the woman who I love on her birthday, what's wrong with that?" He asked, frowning.
"Nick, you don't have to pout like that! I'm just kidding!" cried Maya again as she kissed Nick with exasperation.
Nick smiled a little, then feeding cake that he has made by himself into Maya's mouth.
"Awww, Nick, it's not as bad as it looks! Very delicious!"
Nick and Maya then go to the theatre and watch Steel Samurai movie. Throughout the film, Nick continuous Maya's hand and won't releasing her hands.
When the movie was over, Nick and Maya walked back to the house when suddenly rain begin to fall.
"Ah shit, I forgot to bring an umbrella!" complained Maya. "You bring umbrella, Nick?"
Nick shook his head. "No, because I think the rain will not go down."
"Argh, our clothes will be getting wet!" complained Maya again.
"Don't worry, my angel." said Nick, smiling. He then took off his outer shirt over and dropped it in the top of Maya's head.
"Well. Now we can go home!"
"But Nick, you'll be rained on and you can get sick!" protested Maya. Nick chuckled.
"It's okay. Let's go home, before rain fall heavier."
Together, hand in hand, Nick and Maya walked towards the house. The rain that had just dropped a drizzle, now down more swift. Nick and Maya accelerate their pace, when suddenly Nick splashing rain to Maya's face.
"Nick! What the hell are you doing! See, my face is getting wet!" complained Maya.
Nick laughed out loud. "You're very beautiful with wetness face like that, my love," said Nick again, playfully returned splashing the rain to Maya's face.
"Nick! You're so annoying, old man! Here, waiting for my revenge!" grumbled Maya, she then ran after Nick, while Nick dodge. In an instant, Nick and Maya chase each other under the pouring rain. Nick laughing until tears came to his eyes.
"And you're also annoying, little girl. Sorry to upset you," Nick chuckled, then raised Maya and carried her with bridal style.
Maya shook her head. "No, Nick. That was very romantic!" She giggled.
"You're happy today, Maya?" asked Nick.