12:43 p.m. February 9
Wright and Co. Law Office
Maya: Nick! NIIIIIIICCCCCK!!
Phoenix: Ugh, what is it, Maya?
Maya: Watch this with me! The Steel Samurai is fighting Shou Golden-Claw, the diabolical Samurai-turn-rogue mastermind!
Phoenix: Huh, can't believe they still show this on TV. I guess little kids still like it.
Maya: *pouts furiously* Nick! This show has everything! Love, betrayal, suspense and high-octane action! This is not just some dumb kids show!
Phoenix: (Yeah, I got it, Maya... for the 30th time you said that...)
Maya: Oh, and look at this.
*Steel Samurai Event poster added to the Court Record*
Phoenix: A Steel Samurai event?
Maya: Yep! I try to make it to every event they hold.
Phoenix: Seriously, what's the point? They have the same activities every time. Not to mention you have tons of autographs from Will (the actor who plays the Steel Samurai).
Maya: *grins* You can never have too many autographs, righty Nicky?
Maya: Besides, it's a good distance away. You need the exercise.
Phoenix: *sigh* Well, I don't have any cases at the current moment. Guess it couldn't hurt.
Phoenix: (Not like I could talk her out of it, anyway...)
2:00 p.m. February 9
Sam Doulin Museum
Phoenix: So, this is where it takes place? This building is pretty huge.
Maya: Of course it's huge; it's a museum. But I thought there would be more people here. Maybe we're early?
???: Greetings, one and all! The Steel Samurai event will commence shortly, so please enter the room to your left to meet with the other Steel Samurists!
Phoenix: ("Samurists"? Who is this guy?)
Maya: Come on, Nick! Our chariot awaits!
Phoenix: (Maya sure is extra chipper today. Though her running around a museum with priceless artifacts like this probably isn't a smart idea...)
Phoenix and Maya enter the room; Maya stands in awe.
Maya: Look at this! The Red Kunai throwing daggers used in episode 37, the Orb of Lies, the emperor cloak, the Sword of the Seven Stars and the Platinum Samurai Armor used in the battle against the Dragon Mage! All displayed here in this room!
Phoenix: Wow... should I be impressed that you remembered all this? Or frightened?
Phoenix: *he notices a silver slip of paper on the floor and picks it up* It says, "Time Slot: 6:46 am (Feb 9) Sam Doulin Museum - access permitted -- Security Check"
???: I apologize for the wait. Now onto the event tour! However, I should let you know that Will, unfortunately, reported that he's unable to show up for today's event due to a last minute meeting with his producer.
Many people from the crowd groan out.
???: Do not despair, Samurais! I, Sandy Bridges, will be your loyal and humble guide throughout this tour!
Phoenix: It's getting pretty busy in here. Guess I'll hold onto this slip of paper for now.
*Security Check slip added to the Court Record*
Phoenix: *sigh* How do I always manage to get caught up in Maya's "adventures"? Speaking of which, where is she?
Phoenix spots a door to the next room cracked open. Opening the door, he sees Maya staring blankly at him. Glass littered on the floor, seemingly from the broken glass case on the stand. A man lay unconscious beside her.
Maya: *with a shaky voice* I... I didn't...
Phoenix: W-What happened here?!
A woman looks towards the room, curious, she steps inside*
Woman: Oh my...!
Maya stood there, perplexed, shaken and terrified. The life was drained from her face; nothing but shock and disbelief was left.
Sandy: What's going o-- Young lady! Did you do this?!
Maya: Huh? N-no, there was someone else here. He escaped through that window.
Sandy: *crosses his arms* But that window is too high up for a person to escape through.
Maya: I don't don't know how he did... Maybe he used a ladder?
Sandy: Yeah, right. Do you see any ladder here? Young miss, you stole the Incan Jar that was in that glass case! Didn't you?!
Maya: What? No, please, I didn't...
Phoenix: Hold on a minute. Maya couldn't have stolen the jar. Does she look like someone who would go on a robbing spree to you?
Sandy: Hmph, you should know better than anyone that looks can be deceiving, Mr. Wright.
Phoenix: You know me?
Sandy: Naturally. You've been all over the news in recent times. The great Phoenix Wright and his acute performance in the courtroom. But, I'm afraid you won't be able to defend this time. It is clear as crystal that she stole a precious artifact! I'm calling security.
Phoenix: This isn't right! You can't just--
Maya: Nick... it... it can't be helped.
Maya: There's no proof that I didn't take it...
Phoenix: (Proof... that's always what it comes down to in the end. Law cannot be upheld without substantial rules and evidence.)
Security guard: What happened here? Who did this?
Phoenix steps beside Maya, as if to prevent her from being taken away.
Maya: Nick... it's going to be alright.
Phoenix had not even noticed that he stepped beside her. Must have been a reflex, he thought. He couldn't let anything happen to her.
Sandy: That girl right there is responsible *he says as he looks at the guard lying on the floor* As well as assaulting an officer!
Security guard: Alright, miss, come with me.
Phoenix: I can't believe this...
He watched as the guard escorted Maya out of the room, and Sandy called for an ambulance.
Phoenix: (Mia... I couldn't protect her...)
The young attorney looked at his playground; the scene of the crime. Once everyone cleared out to join back with the Steel Samurai tour, he gained permission to search the room.