Old Friend

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The sky over head was clear and blue, the birds were chirping and the summer flowers were in full bloom here. Phoenix looked away at the people that passed by with short glances, trying to ward away the uneasy feeling that drifted in the air here. He swallowed a lump in his throat.

"Sorry I haven't been to visit recently but things have been really busy lately, what with Kristoph being behind everything that's happened." he said, scratching the back of his head nervously, why was this so hard, "So I'm turning the agency back into Wright and Co, I go for the bar exam tomorrow."

It seemed like only yesterday he'd been a fledgling attorney and had met his longtime friend. He found beneath the court proceedings and crime scene meetings that he had gained more then just a friend. He had gained a best friend.

"I saw Maggey yesterday she said she'll stop by to visit you" the silence was unnerving to him, he bit his bottom lip and tried to think of something else to say. Nothing came to mind. Why was this so hard. He looked away and decided enough was enough, "I'm sorry I wasn't there when you needed me, no one told me you were sick until it was in the paper. I would have been there for you. You were my friend… my best friend… my only friend."

Yes he had stayed beside Phoenix after the others had moved on after that case seven years ago, the only one to stand by him with a cup of hot coffee on cold days and an ice cold beer in summer. He was there when he was needed and even when he wasn't just to be there. Phoenix finally let go and started to cry, the tears ran down his cheeks and fell to the ground. His legs started to quiver and shake until he fell to his knees and sobbed.

Visions flashed through his mind of them both, watching baseball at the corner bar on Friday nights, him coming to the apartment to clean while Phoenix was out job hunting. The long talks at the kitchen table, the warm summer air wafting through the windows as they drank beer.

When he finished Phoenix stood and wiped the stray tears away. He sniffed slightly and looked away, people were staring at him.

"I gotta go" he said and started walking away, if he looked over his shoulder he would have seen a figure sitting on the tombstone, smiling broadly.

"Can't wait for it pal" he said.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF RICHARD GUMSHOE

A GOOD FRIEND AND DETECTIVE

1986 - 2020

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I love Detective Gumshoe he's my favorite character. and i thought this could have been why he wasn't in Apollo Justice except in a flashback.

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