Disclaimer: I do not own the ace attorney series or any of its characters. All elements belong to Capcom.
Notes: This is my first attempt at a multi-chapter story as well as my first attempt at something M rated. Just to be perfectly clear, this is NOT a lemon, but the M rating is warranted, especially for later chapters. Probably going to be five chapters when all is said and done. It is AU, slightly at first but gets more so as the story progresses. There may also be a little OOC. Also, I'm going to try to be less vague this time around, so please forgive any gaping plot errors I may make. First chapter is a little fluffy, but I assure you that will change. Review if you feel like it. This is not for the younger set.
Chapter 1: Jailbreak
"What do you mean he escaped?!!" Lana Skye shouted, slamming her hands onto her desk as she bolted from her seat.
"Just what I said ma'am." Said the police officer who had given her the bad news. "Sometime last night, he managed to escape his confinement with several other inmates. Those others were later re-apprehended, we believe that he only used them for their numbers and muscle, then lead them to be captured to distract us while he made his escape."
"Well, don't just stand there, go find HIM!!!"
"We have every available man scouring the city as we speak, but the man just seems to have fallen off the face of the earth. He may have even left the country." Lana gave a sigh and fell back into her chair.
"Keep on the look out for him and notify me immediately of any developments." She said calming.
"Yes ma'am." The officer turned to leave.
"Oh, and do try to carry out this investigation as discreetly as possible. God knows we don't need the media to get wind of this." She added. The officer nodded and took his leave. "Dammit!!" Lana growled when she was alone. "This could be very bad."
With another win in the books, a tired Phoenix opened the door to this office/apartment and removed his coat and shoes. To his surprise, the office wasn't empty. Maya's sandals were neatly placed it their usual spot on the mat, and he could hear the sound of the tv from inside.
"Strange." He thought. "She shouldn't be home yet." He went around the corner that separated the porch and the living room to find her laying on the couch, an uninterested look on her face as she clicked through the channels.
"Talk show... Talk show... Game show.... Man there's never anything good on in the afternoon!" She muttered. "Oh, hi Nick."
"Hey Maya, I thought you had a check up with the gynecologist today. Is it over already?" He waited for her to shift on the couch allowing him room before he joined her.
"I had one but she called just before I was gonna leave and told me she had to cancel all her appointments because someone broke into her office last night. Can you believe it?!"
"Th-that is strange." Phoenix replied.
"Yeah I know, and I got up early and everything!" Maya huffed.
"Hmmm." Phoenix couldn't help but chuckle.
"You think that's funny? You know I need my beauty sleep after my Steel Samurai marathons! You want your assistant looking pretty, don't you Nick?" She teased. Phoenix laughed and so did she.
"It's weird though for someone to break into a doctor's office like that. Did you ask her if anything was stolen?"
"A few little things, some jewelry and about fifty bucks she had in her desk. Nothing that valuable." Maya replied.
"Probably just some crack addict that needed a few bucks to get his fix." Phoenix sighed. "I'm telling you, this world."
"So how'd the trial go?"
"I won of course." Phoenix replied proudly.
"Wow, that means you actually can pull one off without me there." Maya said, feigning shock. "You didn't hurt yourself, did you Nick?"
"Oh come on, knock it off Maya, I've been winning cases since before I even met you."
"Yeah, like what, two?" She asked.
"M-More like one." He muttered lowly.
"See! Yeah you got a few wins on your own, but you never got your streak going until I came into the picture now did you?" Maya said with her arms crossed acting as if she was deep in thought.
"That's just because..." Phoenix began before Maya cut him off.
"Face it Nick, without me around you'd be like a lost puppy." She playfully pushed his nose in with her finger.
"Do you really think that?" Phoenix asked leaning in closer to her.
"Yeah I do."
"You want to know what I think?"
"What?" He didn't answer her, instead his arms darted out and he furiously began to tickle her sides.
"N-Nick wh- ha ha ha, what're you doing?!"
"Take it back." he ordered with a playful smile on his face. He kept tickling her as she fell back on the couch, laughing all the way.
"I-I won't!" she gasped out between giggles. She rolled over onto her back as Phoenix's fingers traveled around her rib cage, her back and her neck.
"Take it back." He repeated.
"NO!" She shouted defiantly. Phoenix kept at it for another couple of minutes. Maya's breathing became heavier and her laughing more strained, tears forming in the corners of her eyes.
"Ni-Nick, c-c'mon s-stop, please, I take it back, I take it back!!" She gasped completely laughed out. Victorious, Phoenix pulled his hands away, then leaned over and softly kissed her forehead. "Wh-what was that for?"
"Just for being you Maya." He answered softly. Maya smiled and wrapped her arms around his neck.
"God Nick that was SO cheesy." She sighed.
"Yeah and you loved it." He smirked.
"Yeah." Phoenix lifted her petite frame off the couch and positioned her so she was seated on his lap. Once settled, Maya wiped the tickle induced tears from her eyes and kissed him. "So, when are we going for burgers?"
"Don't you 'huh' me Phoenix Wright, we always go out for burgers when we win a case." Phoenix began to speak before Maya silenced him by putting her finger to his lips. "And don't give me any of that 'I don't have any money,' stuff. I know perfectly well you got paid for this case. And besides, you haven't taken me out in ages."
"Alright, alright." He chuckled. "But give me a couple of minutes okay? I've got to fill out some papers for that last trial."
"'K." She got off him and allowed him to stand. He went over to his desk and removed his papers from his briefcase, Maya spread out on the couch again and went back to channel surfing. There was silence for a few minutes while Phoenix did his work, though that didn't last long.
"Nick, there was a jailbreak a couple of nights ago!" She exclaimed sitting up on the couch.
"Yeah, it's on the Early News right now." She motioned toward the tv.
"Turn it up so I can hear it."
"....four convicted felons managed to escape from their cells before all were re-apprehended by police within hours of their escape. Officials say there were no reports of any damage caused by these four during their brief escape."the anchor reported.
"Well at least they're back in jail now." Maya chirped.
"Yeah, and no one got hurt." Phoenix signed one last paper and dropped his pen. "Well, I'm finished, ready to go?"
"You're joking right?" Phoenix smiled, Maya was always ready for burgers. After putting on their coats and shoes, Phoenix and Maya were out in the hall outside the office.
"Hey Nick, what's this?" Maya asked, grasping a yellow envelope that had been wedged into the mailbox outside their door.
"Hmmm, that's strange, didn't notice that when I came in." He took it from her and looked it over. It was pretty small and crudely taped shut. There was no return address but the handwriting looked vaguely familiar.
"Aren't you gonna open it?"
"N'ah, I'll do it when we get back." He reopened the door and tossed it into the office. "It's nothing important anyway." Maya wrapped her arms around Phoenix's and they were off.
After a quick trip to the bank to deposit his cheque, and to give Maya her pay; along with a stop at a nearby video store so she could spend some of said pay on a new Pink Princess DVD; the two entered their usual burger joint.
"Geez, it's packed!" Maya complained, looking around at the mass of humanity that was spread out before them.
"Yeah, I guess everyone's in the mood to clog their arteries today." Phoenix muttered. "Well nothing to do now but get in line." The line was long and nearly reached to the door of the restaurant, it was a good thing this was fast food or they'd be there all night. Maya took her new DVD out of its bag and looked it over. "Attention span of a gnat." Phoenix thought to himself, shaking his head.
"Hey pal, that you." He heard a familiar voice behind him.
"Hi Gumshoe." He smiled, halfway turning so he could face him.
"Oh, hi pal." Maya chimed in.
"Takin' the little lady out for dinner eh pal?" Gumshoe grinned.
"Pretty much." Phoenix replied. One of the many benefits of finally being in an official romantic relationship with Maya was the fact that they didn't have to pretend anymore that they didn't have feelings for one another.
"Man am I hungry." Gumshoe said. "Oh, did you hear about those four guys that broke out of jail?"
"Yeah." Phoenix answered stepping forward, at least the line was moving
"We saw it on the news before we left to come here. The cops around here are really good they caught all of 'em in like an hour." Maya added.
"Yeah." Gumshoe said warily.
"Something wrong Gumshoe?" Phoenix asked, picking up on the tone in his voice.
"H-Hey listen you guys." he began in a whisper. "I-don't know if I should tellin' you guys this but there's a rumor goin' around back at the precinct that there was a fifth guy with them that they couldn't catch. They say he was the ringleader of the entire thing."
"Oh, I'll have two doubles and a triple with bacon, large fries and a large drink What do you want Nick?" They were at the front of the line.
"I'll just have a single with fries and a drink." He answered. "Let's get it to go Maya, we're not going to get a place to sit here."
"Oh, okay." Maya agreed. Phoenix took a fifty dollar bill from his wallet and handed it to the cashier.
"So another convict might still be at large, eh? Any idea who Gumshoe?" Phoenix asked, turning back to his conversation with the detective. He just shook his head.
"Not a clue, but the higher ups at the precinct and the Prosecutor's Office seem kinda stressed about something." The cashier handed Phoenix some paper bags with their food in it. "Well, guess I'll see you later pal."
"We can wait for you." Maya said.
"N'ah, thanks anyway, but I gotta get back to work as soon as I eat, so you can go on ahead." He smiled.
"Aright, see you later Gumshoe."
"Yeah see you pal"
"Bye pal." Maya called as they stepped back outside. "You think that stuff about there still being another crook running around is true Nick?" Maya asked, grabbing one of her burgers from the bag and taking a bite.
"Doubt it." Phoenix said simply. "It would have said on the news, the police would be looking for help from the public to get him."
"Yeah, that's true." Maya chirped happily.
"What do you want to do now?"
"I dunno, those jerks kinda ruined our dinner plans didn't they?"
"They weren't 'jerks' Maya, just hungry people like us."
"Yeah well, they should have had more sense than to interrupt MY plans with MY Nick; people can be so inconsiderate" She huffed. Phoenix chuckled to himself. "Hey I know, why don't we just go back home and watch some of this." She suggested holding her newest prize possession out to him.
"Come on Maya, you know I don't like that stuff."
"Please Nick, just a couple of episodes. Pretty please." She batted her eyelashes like only she could. A rarely used technique for getting what she wanted from him, but effective nonetheless.
"Erggh, alright, but just a couple."
"Yay!" Maya exclaimed and cuddled up to his arm again. "You'll see I'll make you a fan yet."
Several hours and TEN Pink Princess episodes later, Maya mercifully pushed the button on the remote to shut down the DVD player. They were lying together on the couch with a blanket over them, Maya was crushed against Phoenix's chest her hair down from its usual style.
"Wasn't that just the best thing you've ever seen in your life?!" She gushed.
"Yeah, whatever you say Maya." Phoenix replied, rolling his eyes. The things he did for her.
"I-I know Nick that you don't like watching these shows with me..."
"That's not entirely true Maya. It is true that I'm not that enthusiastic about these Samurai shows, but they seem better when I'm watching them with you. I'd do anything if it makes you happy." He said.
"Geez Nick, two cheesy lines in one day, that's a new record." Maya smiled and kissed him. When she pulled away, he kissed her back, holding the back of her head to deepen it. Then he moved his lips to her cheek, down the length of her neck, her throat, her collarbone. His hands caressing her back and sides. Suddenly Maya pulled away. "N-Nick."she said hoarsely, a furious blush on her cheeks. "I-I'm sorry, I-I'm still not ready yet." Phoenix sighed and smiled.
"That's okay, I told you I'd wait as long as you needed." Maya wrapped her arms around his neck.
"Thanks Nick, I'll be ready soon, I promise." She whispered into his ear. He kissed her cheek and they separated. "I'm going to bed now." She smiled.
"Okay, see you in the morning."
"Goodnight Nick." She kissed him again before heading off to her room.
Once he hard the sound of her door closing, he sat up and let out a long tired sigh before running his fingers through his hair. Needing a distraction, he grabbed the envelope from earlier from off the nearby coffee table, where he had placed it after he and Maya got home. Inside, he found a single piece of paper, he turned on a nearby lamp in order to read it:
You never kept your word. You lied Wright, you're a liar.
Lying isn't good for such an otherwise outstanding citizen as yourself.
Unfortunately for you the world has a way of punishing those who go against their word.
Karma's a bitch Wright, see you soon.
"Wh-What the hell is this?"
To Be Continued