Basically, in a nutshell, this is my attempt at a second Apollo Justice game. All the characters (well, almost all of them) belong to Capcom and the cases and scenarios (well, most of them) belong to me. Enjoy!

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September 7, 9:48 AM

District Court

Defendant Lobby No. 2

I'm going to lose today, Apollo thought miserably as he dragged his feet the defendant lobby. What was he thinking, making me defend some girl I've never even met before? A girl waited patiently for him in the Defendant Lobby. She seemed to be about Trucy's age, but her stance and the expression on her face suggested otherwise. She seemed unusually calm for someone who was on trial for murder. She stood in the corner of the room, gripping her arm and staring off pensively. She wore a black dress with a matching black coat, a pale purple scarf around her neck and a necklace with large beads and a strange blue pendant. Her brown hair hung loosely over her shoulders, except for some strands twirled into an intricate knot on top of her head. As she spotted Apollo she drew closer to him. "Hello," she greeted, smiling pleasantly.

"Hi," Apollo replied stiffly. "So you're Diamond."

"Pearl," the girl corrected immediately.

"Right…" Apollo mumbled. "Pearl… um… what was—"

"Fey," she added, smiling.

"Right," Apollo said a bit more strongly. "Pearl Fey. That was it. Yeah." She raised her eyebrows sympathetically.

"And you are?" she prompted.

"Fine!" Apollo answered immediately. "I-I'm fine, Ms. Fey!" Pearl giggled. "U-Um, I'm Apollo Justice."

"Are you all right, Mr. Justice?" she asked concernedly.

"Y-Yeah…" Apollo stammered. "Just a little nervous." Pearl smiled at him gently.

"I'm sure you'll be fine," she told him sincerely. Great… Apollo thought. My own client is comforting me. This is going to go so well.

"Listen," Apollo interjected. "Pearl. Are you sure you're ok with me defending you?" She raised her eyebrows, but continued to smile.

"Mr. Nick said that he'd trust you to defend him if he ever was accused of murder," she said. "If Mr. Nick trusts you, then I trust you too."

"Are you sure?" Apollo asked. "I mean, I stayed up all night looking over the case file and working on my Chords of Steel, but…" Pearl giggled.

"I'm sure you'll be fine," she said again. My name is Apollo Justice, and I'm a defense attorney working at the Wright Anything Agency, directly under Phoenix Wright, affectionately labeled "Mr. Nick" by my client. This is my first murder trial since Vera Misham's one year ago, so I'm kind of nervous… especially since Mr. Wright sprung this case on me last night. He told me that he'd fire me if I didn't take it on, and the scary part is that I think he was dead serious. If my client trusts him so much, then they have to have some sort of history together. Now what it is… I don't think I'm qualified to ask. The door to the Defendant Lobby swung open, and Trucy skipped in, followed by none other than Phoenix Wright.

"Hey Polly!" Trucy greeted cheerfully.

"Apollo," Phoenix greeted curtly. "Getting cold feet?"

"What do you think?" Apollo retorted bitterly. Phoenix chuckled.

"Don't worry," he assured him. "Pearls is innocent. She wouldn't hurt a fly."

"It's proving that that's going to be a problem…" Apollo grumbled.

"Hey, Pearls," Phoenix greeted the defendant casually.

"Hi Mr. Nick!" she greeted cheerfully. Phoenix's eyes widened as he exhaled sharply.

"Wow," he mumbled. "It's scary how much you look like Dahlia right now. You've grown so much since I last saw you." Pearl pouted.

"Mr. Nick, I told you yesterday," she said. "I look a lot like Iris. She's my sister too, you know." Phoenix chuckled.

"Of course," he agreed. "That's much better." The door burst open again.

"NIIIIICK!" a female voice hollered. A woman with long black hair wearing strange purple robes rushed into the room.

"Hey Maya!" Phoenix greeted cheerfully. "It's been awhile."

"I heard you got your Defense Attorney's badge back, so I just had to come and watch your first trial," she said, grinning at him. Phoenix raised his eyebrows.

"So the fact that Pearls is on trial for murder doesn't concern you at all?" he asked.

"No!" Maya yelled. "That's not it! But I'm sure Pearly will be fine, since you're defending her and all, even though you're probably a little rusty." Phoenix laughed nervously and scratched the back of his head. Since when is Mr. Wright so nervous? Apollo thought, frowning.

"You see…" Phoenix drawled out. "The funny thing is…"

"Mr. Nick isn't going to be defending me," Pearl finished for him. It was quiet, like the calm before a storm. Then…

"WHAT?" Maya shrieked. "Then who is—" Phoenix shoved Apollo in front of Maya.

"This is Apollo Justice, my understudy," Phoenix introduced. "He'll be defending Pearls today. Even though I got my badge back, I can't really practice until I sit in the defense's chair and watch five trials." Maya glared at Apollo.

"Listen Mr. Yoostis," she practically growled, harshly poking him in the chest.

"It's Justice," Trucy corrected. "You know… like justice for all?"

"All right, fine," Maya snapped. "Justice. You better get Pearly a 'not guilty' verdict, you hear? Otherwise I'll have the spirit of your dead mother haunt you for the rest of your life."

"Um…" Phoenix mumbled awkwardly. "Maya, Apollo's mother is alive."

"Then I'll have the spirit of your dead father haunt you for the rest of your life!" Maya amended.

"That might not be the best idea…" Phoenix whispered to her.

"Ok, fine!" she yelled. "I'll sick Dahlia Hawthorne on you!" Phoenix and Pearl gasped.

"Mystic Maya, you wouldn't," Pearl mumbled.

"Who's Dahlia Hawthorne?" Trucy asked. "Is she the same Dahlia you were talking about before, Daddy?"

"Yeah, Mr. Wright, who is she?" Apollo asked. "You mentioned her when you were visiting that one guy in jail before, but…"

"Well you're going to get to know her if you lose this trial!" Maya shouted.

"Ok!" Phoenix said loudly. "No one will be channeling any malignant spirits here."

"But if—" Maya protested.

"Apollo won't lose this trial," Phoenix insisted. "His career depends on it, after all." Great, Apollo thought miserably. If I lose this trial, not only will I have a malignant evil spirit after me, but I'll also be out of a job. I feel great about this trial…

"Wait, so Daddy," Trucy interjected, "who's this?"

"This is Maya Fey," Phoenix introduced. "She was my assistant back when I was a lawyer and is currently the master of the Kurrain Channeling Technique."

"She's also my cousin," Pearl added.

"Oh, so that's how you know the defendant," Apollo said with realization.

"Don't call Pearly that!" Maya yelled, smacking his arm.

"Well that's what she is, isn't she?" he asked rhetorically in response.

"It's all right, Mystic Maya…" Pearl assured her cousin.

"Mr. Justice," the bailiff called out. "It's time."

"Knock 'em dead, Apollo!" Trucy said. "You can do it!"

"And if you're ever stuck, don't hesitate to check the Court Record," Phoenix reminded him.

"It's absolutely vital that you check the Court Record!" Maya insisted.

"Examine every bit of information as thoroughly as possible," Phoenix told Apollo. "Basically, in a nutshell, the Court Record will be your best friend during this trial."

"I know all that already," Apollo grumbled. "You don't have to tell me."

"I know," Phoenix acknowledged, wearing a goofy grin on his face, "but you should know that I need to review all this information as well. So don't get too annoyed when I bring up stuff you should already know."

"Mr. Justice," the bailiff called. Palms sweating… Eyesight… fading… I mean, sure, I took down the great Kristoph Gavin last year, but there's no way I could have done it without Mr. Wright, Trucy, Klavier Gavin and Vera Misham. But still… That should promote at least some confidence, right? This is my first murder trial since last year… I need to focus. First murder trial in one year, here comes Justice!

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Don't kill me. I absolutely had to bring Maya and Pearly back… in the first case too! Let's just say they'll be making lots of appearances from here on out. Ugh, there's so many references to other cases in this chapter. So I hope you played all the Ace Attorney games before you started reading this. If you're in need of some music, for the beginning part of the trial, you should play the Defendant Lobby music from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, and then the Turnabout Sisters theme when Maya shows up. Then you should go back to the Defendant Lobby music when the bailiff calls Apollo. PLEASE REVIEW!