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    Title: May's Justice
    Rating: PG
    Genre: Drama
    Summary: May becomes a defence attorney to save her boyfriend, Ash.
    Disclaimer: I do not own any of the characters in this story and they belong to their respective owners. This story is written by a fan for fans. The story takes place some time after Ace Attorney: Spirit Of Justice. I wanted to make this suitable for people who are fandom blind, so hopefully you'll enjoy this story even if you don't know all the fandoms used. There will be characters from Naruto, Gravitation, and Digimon that will be clients and witnesses for some of the trials.
    Also availible on FF.Net, A03 and the older version is the shipping fic section.



    Chapter One: May's First Job Interview

    "I can do this!" May said to herself with her fists clenched together. "I've got to do this...for me and for Ash. I've never done anything like this before, but I know I've got to do it."

    It was May Maple's first ever job interview. May's father had a firm belief that she would get the job with relative ease. Getting into law was a long journey, but one she felt had to be fulfilled. She had passed all her exams and received her golden badge to prove that she was a qualified lawyer, but she knew that the interview would be tough. Not only did May have to perform well at the interview; she also needed to stand out from the crowd. Just like she had to do when she was a Pokémon didn't know how many people had applied to work at the firm: maybe five or even a hundred.

    She sighed heavily, feeling as if her heart was going to jump out of her mouth. "What if I mess up this interview? My parents would be so mad at me. Mom and Max have been working overtime just help me pay for my studying."

    The firm she was having her interview with was called The Wright Anything Agency. The current owner was a famous defence attorney known as Phoenix Wright. May knew that if she was successful, she would be working within a small team, but would be having her own cases. The concept of working for law both excited her and frightened her at the same time. She would be expected to believe in her client's innocence, but also be able to seek the truth.

    "This is an amazing oppurtunity," May whispered to herself. She didn't want to be too loud, but she couldn't help talking to herself. At the same time, she didn't want anybody to think she was crazy or somebody that came straight out of Arkham Asylum. "I want everybody to be proud of me, even though I haven't seem them in a while."

    Although she gave up her career as a Pokémon coordinator, her passion for Pokémon remained as strong as ever. She contemplated on whether to bring her Pokémon with her to the interview. She still had her Pokéballs attached to her belt, as she felt that they might bring her some good luck. Despite all the academic tips she received, she still felt under-prepared.

    "I'm so nervous..." May's legs began to shake like jelly. "Have I forgotten something? Are my clothes all right? Did I have enough to eat today?"

    It was a painful decision to change her career, but one she felt that she had to do. She had thrown herself into a whole new world and dived into the deep end. She felt that she owed so much to Ash. He had been everything to her; a mentor, a friend, and a lover. Five years ago, Ash had been sent to prison for killing his mother. May felt like she was the only one that believed in his innocence and the lawyers were useless. The prosecutor was allowed to do whatever she wanted whilst the defence attorney cowered at the sight of her black whip.

    "I hate that prosecutor," May snapped to herself. "I won't end up like her. I won't give up. I won't lose."

    The court of law had become a victim of corruption. Innocent people were being jailed whilst murderers were walking away. There were many lawyers out there that only cared about winning and judges who had become too soft. Trials were rushed and witnesses were put under pressure. Justice was like gold dust. Sadly none came to Ash when he needed it the most.

    Ash's trial had only lasted two hours. Although he confessed to the crime, May didn't believe a single word of it. Ever since the incompetent judge declared Ash as a murderer, May decided that she would stop aiming to be the top Pokémon coordinator and become a great defence attorney and she would not rest until Ash's name was finally cleared. Ash was not the only victim of injustice; so many defendants were getting the wrong verdicts that it caused outrage and chaos that was known as "The dark age of the law."

    Ash's cold and distant face burned in May's mind. It couldn't have been any different to the warm and kind loving Ash that she knew and grew to love. The court had failed Ash. But she swore to herself that she would not fail him. May remembered her family's reaction as if it were yesterday. They were shocked but immensely pleased. Countless hours and dollars had been spent to get May to where she was now, but the journey was far from over.

    Despite high stakes, May never gave up. A true Pokémon trainer would never give up on the ones they love. She felt blessed that her close friends and Pokémon were with her every step of the way. Each day that passed was another day closer to clearing Ash's name and finding the true culprit.

    May was concerned that a lack of education in her childhood might prove to be a disadvantage. She tilted her head as wondered if her good academic results would be enough. May had thought of a way to turn her Pokémon experience into a positive thing and to show that she is more than capable of doing her job. Every second felt like an eternity. Her legs wobbled like jelly and fingers were twitching. As she stood outside the office, she observed the surroundings trying to think away the nerves. Seeing the magic props around the office reminded May that Phoenix Wright's daughter was a magician. The plastic plate with floating spaghetti made her stomach rumble.

    She shook her head. She flicked her head and she was surprised that her palms were damp from sweat. Her heart jumped as a door swung open. A young brunette with a tall blue hat burst out of the door. May assumed that it was Phoenix's daughter. Her first impression of the girl was that she had some awesome clothes. She liked the girl's little black dress and the large cape she waved around her body. It seemed really fashionable and unique.

    "Come in, Miss Maple," The girl said. "Daddy will see you now."

    "Oh! Right!" May jumped from her seat and made her way into the small room. She took a deep breath. She knew it was no time to think of other people's passion and it was time to focus on the goal: to pass. She had high hopes that her nerves would melt away the minute the interview began. As soon as she saw Phoenix Wright, the person who would be interviewing her, the nerves multiplied. He looked just as he did in the newspaper with his famous spiky hair and blue suit. His gold pin flashed beneath an opal bulb. Phoenix and May shook hands and they both sat down. His daughter and two other people were also sat in the room.

    All of May's mock interviews were one-to-one. She had no idea what to expect from a panel interview. The four of them looked like judges for a talent show in their grand office clothes and paperwork in front of them. May was beginning to wonder if she was appropriately dressed for the interview. She wasn't sure if she was over-dressed or under-dressed.

    "Thank you for attending the interview Miss Maple," Phoenix said as he opened a notepad in front of him. "As you know, I'm Phoenix Wright. This is my daughter, Trucy. And this is Apollo and Athena. They are both defence attorneys that work for this firm. This is going to be a panel interview. We'll ask you questions about yourself and about the job and we'll make a decision from there. Is that okay?"

    "Sure," May said.

    "There's no need to be nervous," Trucy said with a big smile on her face. May tried her best to stop shaking and nodded. "I'll ask the first question. What do you know about our agency?"

    May looked around the room. There was something peculiar about Apollo's hair. The way it stuck out like a tail reminded her of a certain water-type Pokémon, but she couldn't think which one it was. She liked Athena's yellow jacket; it sparkled brightly like a Pikachu's thunder. May knew that Pokémon she was thinking off. Apollo's brown hair from the way it was styled made her think of a Poliwag for some reason. After a momentary lapse, she was ready to give her answer.

    "I know that the Wright Anything Agency was established by Mia Fey as Fey & Co. Law Offices. After her death it was renamed into Wright & Co. Law Offices and has been through several name changes over the years. But its main goal is to believe in the client and to seek the truth."

    "So can you tell us more about yourself?" Apollo asked.

    May nodded. "Before I graduated from Themis Legal Academy, I became a Pokémon coordinator when I was ten years old. I travelled to many places and entered many contests and won many ribbons for my efforts. During my Pokémon journey, I learned to work as a team with my Pokémon and how to become a good leader for them."

    "What do you think is more important as a defence attorney," Phoenix asked. "Winning the cases or the truth, even if it means losing the trial?"

    "Seeking the truth of course," May responded.

    "What made you decide to become a defence attorney?" Athena asked. "It must have been a really big step you took. I really admire you for it."

    May sunk her head and held back the tears that wanted to flow. She promised herself that she wasn't going to cry and let her demons win. "My boyfriend is in prison for a crime he didn't commit."

    May noticed that all four of them had bounced towards the wall. She wondered if she had said something wrong. Both of the women gasped as Apollo was the first to speak. "I'm sorry to hear that."

    "When your boyfriend was on trial, how did you feel about the process?" Phoenix decided to press on.

    "It made me very angry!" May responded as she threw her arms by her side.

    "Why did it make you angry?"

    "I don't believe my boyfriend had a fair trial," May announced. A few tears had crept out of her eyelids, and May hoped that it was discreet. "His trial only lasted for two hours and it felt more like a battle of wits between the lawyers rather than seeking the truth of what happened."

    "Do you hope that by becoming a defence attorney," Apollo said as he leaned closer to the table, "that you can eventually clear his name?"

    "Yes," May nodded. She felt a wave of confidence inside of her. "I wanted to join a law firm to gain experience and earn respect. I hope to gather enough evidence to clear my boyfriend's name."

    "May I ask, what is your boyfriend's name?" Trucy asked.

    "Ash Ketchum."

    "The Pokémon trainer that was found guilty of murdering his mother," Athena recalled. "Didn't he confess to the murder?"

    "There have been many occasions where people have confessed to murders they didn't commit," Apollo stated. "Things aren't always as they seem."

    "So May...When can you start?" Phoenix asked May.

    "As soon as possible," May replied.

    "In that case: welcome to the team," Phoenix announced with a smile on his face.

    "Oh that's great," May responded with a grin as she bowed to each of them. "I'm looking forward to working with all of you."

    "I'm glad you say that," Phoenix responded. "You'll be meeting your first client tomorrow morning."

    A female voice boomed from behind her. "Congratulations!"

    May twirled around and saw Phoenix Wright's daughter, Trucy with her hands together. "Thank you so much."

    "I knew you would get the job right the minute I saw you!"

    "You did?" May was astonished. "How did you know I was going to get the job."

    "Of course I did," Trucy exclaimed. "You look a lot like Mia Fey: one of Daddy's friends. The dress you're wearing is almost exactly the same one that Mia wore."

    May opened her mouth in amazement. "You mean the woman who started the firm off?"

    Trucy nodded. "Since we'll be seeing each other a lot: let's be friends!"

    "Alright then!" From the moment May shook hands, she had a strong sensation from head to toe. She still couldn't believe that she actually managed to pass the bar exam. She didn't consider herself one of the brightest people in the world. When she was still a trainer, she always assumed that only nerds studied law. Nowadays, she felt that if she could do it, then anybody could.

    May was glad that the interview was over, and that the outcome was successful. However, the nerves never left her. The real work had only just begun. She knew that if she wanted to clear Ash's name, she would have to get more experience and take on any case that comes available. She didn't know how long it would take to set Ash free, but she knew she could not continue her Pokémon journey without him.

    She looked up to the sky and said to herself, "Don't you worry Ash. I'll save you."

    "Ash as in your boyfriend? May didn't realise that she was talking out loud again.

    "Yeah," May replied. "It's been really tough living without him."

    "I bet it is," Trucy said. "I lost my real parents a long time ago. Those were some of the toughest days of my life. Still, I managed to pull through." May couldn't believe how strong Trucy's smile was, and how lovely it was too.

    "I wish I could be as positive as you," May admitted as she followed Trucy to the nearest Starbucks shop. Both girls were greeted with fragrance of coffee travelling through their nostrils and relaxing jazz music.

    Trucy took a heart-shaped purse from out of her handbag, and beamed at May. "What drink would you like?"

    "I'll have a black coffee." May grabbed her purse out of her blazer as a small Glaceon charm dangled below the zip.

    Trucy pushed May's purse towards May's pocket. "I'll get it this time."

    May looked down on Trucy's purse again and noticed that she too also had a little Glaceon swaying below her purse. She gasped. "Hey! You've got a Glaceon on your purse too."

    Trucy nodded and cradled the charm. "Yeah, Glaceon is my favourite eeveelution."

    "Mine too!" May released Glaceon out of her ball and presented the ice-type to Trucy. "I've had her since she was an egg."

    Trucy crouched down to Glaceon's eye-level. "Wow, you look adorable. I'm Trucy Wright. I'm May's new friend." Glaceon only nodded and shook hands with Trucy. "Would you like anything from Starbucks?" Glaceon nodded and pointed to the poster above the barista's head. "Oh so you want a chocolate frappuchino?" Trucy stroked Glaceon's head as she nodded.

    "Glaceon loves chocolate," May informed Trucy. "I think she'll be happy."

    "What can I get for you?" the barista asked Trucy.

    "Can I have one large pumpkin spice latte, one large chocolate frappuchino and one large black coffee please?"

    May had decided that she had already fallen in love with Trucy already. May adored black coffee, it was one of her favourite drinks. She believed that coffee was she did so well at law school, because it helped her concentrate better in her schoolwork. She hoped it would help give her the same effect in her work too. Even though she had only known Trucy for a whole day, she felt extremely comfortable around her, as if she had known her all her life.

    After Trucy paid for her drink, she sat down on a cosy looking coach that appeared to be made out of leather. She jumped on it. "This seat is so nice," she said. "It reminds me of the sofa that Polly has at his house."

    "Polly?"

    "Oh, that's Apollo's nickname."

    "Reminds me of the Polly Pocket toys I used to have when I was younger," May added as she sat down next to Trucy. Glaceon climbed on the coach and sat in the middle.

    "I had them too!" Trucy cried out. "Such a coincidence eh?"

    "Here's your drinks ladies," the barista said, presenting the drinks on a round tray.

    "Thank you," Trucy said, grinning as she grabbed her orange drink. "So May, are you looking forward to your first trial tomorrow?"

    "I guess so," May said, clutching onto her cup. "Do you know anything about it?"

    Trucy shook her head. "Daddy said if he thought you were suitable, that the trial would start tomorrow."

    "Tomorrow?" May gasped. "But I don't know anything about my client."

    "He's planning on telling you tomorrow morning," Trucy explained. "He noticed how nervous you were and thought maybe you'd like some time to chill out before the real work begins."

    May gazed at her coffee cup.

    "No need to be ashamed," Trucy insisted. "Lots of lawyers get nervous on their first trial. And you're not an exception. I remember when Polly and Athena both had their first trials. They had the chills and they were multiplying."

    "I don't know how I'll get through it tomorrow," May admitted after taking a small sip from her coffee cup, leaving bright lipstick marks around the corner of the mug. "I don't know anything about the client or the crime."

    "90% of our cases are murders," Trucy told May. "So your client is most likely to be wrongly accused of murder and it's up to you to seek the truth. I'll helping you out of course." Trucy raised her cup at the level of her face and May did the same. "Here's the start of a wonderful working relationship and beautiful friendship!"

    May grinned and banged her cup against Trucy's mug. "To hard work and a great friendship!"
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    I've made a new commitment that I will review at least five other fics before posting new chapters from now one. I just think it would be a nice challenge to give to myself.

    Chapter Two: The State VS. Sakura Haruno

    The heavenly light began to fade beneath the dull clouds. It was too light to be called night and too dark to be called day. Beneath grey clouds laid the final resting place of Neji Hyuga. His cousin, Hinata sat in front of his tombstone and planted more sunflowers in the pot. She took a deep sigh and snatched her purple phone from her pocket. The phone greeted her with a screenshot of her with her husband and two kids. She couldn't help it, but she laughed for a few moments. It was one of her favourite pictures.

    Hinata flicked her dark hair behind her ear and called Hanabi, her younger sister. Tears rolled down her face as her heartbeat pounded in time with the beeps of the phone.

    "Hey Hinata," Hanabi said through the telephone, sounding surprised. "I thought you were going to see Fiddler On The Roof tonight?"

    "No," Hinata shook her head. "I'm not feeling very well."

    "Where are you?" Hanabi asked. Hinata could only just about hear her through the sound of the whirling wind. "I can barely make out what you're saying."

    "Hanabi... can you meet me by Neji's grave?"

    "Sure," Hanabi replied. "But... why there?"

    "It's where I feel safe. I've found something...terrible." Hinata couldn't tell who was crying harder, herself or the sky. "I don't know how to tell Naruto or the children..."

    "What is it, sis?" Hanabi yelled through the phone.

    "Ah!" Hinata couldn't stop coughing up red droplets on the grass. She felt pain all over her body as blood dribbled all over her body. She felt as if someone had stabbed her a dozen times in the stomach. She clutched onto the phone with all her might as she slowly grasped for air. She muttered, "I don't know how long I've got left...If you see father, tell him I love him too."

    The phone slipped out of Hinata's fingers as her body imploded against Neji's grave.

    "Hinata!" Hanabi screamed. "What's going on? Say something."

    The sky roared as thunderous rain continued to shower the land. Hinata's body lied lifeless in the cemetery.

    "HINATA!" Hanabi squealed. "What have they done to you?"

    "Hello?" A lady passing by had ran across to check if Hinata was alright and heard Hanabi's pleas as she approached Hinata.

    "Hinata?" Hanabi sobbed through the phone. "Is that you?"

    "No... it's Sakura."

    "What have you done to Hinata?" Hanabi yelled. She yelled so loud it was as if Hanabi was right by the grave.

    "I-I've only just got here," Sakura responded. She rolled Hinata over and could feel no sign of life in her. No pulse, no heartbeat. "Hanabi...Hinata's dead."

    "Sakura... what have you done? YOU MURDERER!"

    "No..." Sakura muttered as she shook her head. "Hanabi...It's not what you think."

    The authorities arrived quickly. A tall man in a trench coat marched towards the grave with a small army of policemen. The detective grabbed Sakura by the arm and lifted her up. "Sakura Haruno, you're under arrest for the murder of Hinata Uzumaki."

    "NO!" Sakura shook her head. Tears exploded from her eyes. "You've got it all wrong."

    "I don't think so," the detective shook his head as he continued to speak. "I think I've nailed the case. You were the last person to see this woman alive. You were the first to find her body. It makes perfect sense. You were close to the victim's husband. You killed her so you could have him for yourself!"

    "No!" Sakura continued to defend herself. "I'm innocent I tell you."

    "I hope you've got a good lawyer," the detective said. "Cause you're going down for your crime."




    May had arrived half an hour earlier than planned. She hoped being early would be beneficial to her case. She was greeted by both Phoenix and his daughter, Trucy. "Good morning, Mr. Wright," May said. "Good morning, Trucy."

    "Nice to see you up so early," Phoenix stated. "It means you have more time to look at the court records."

    "Of course," May responded. Phoenix presented May with a picture of a young woman with bright pink hair and green eyes. "Wow, she's really pretty."

    "That is Sakura Haruno," Phoenix explained. "She will be your client today." Phoenix also presented a photo of another woman. "She is accused of murdering her friend Hinata Uzumaki." Phoenix continued speaking as he passed over sheets of paper. "They have been unable to determine how the victim died. Since they don't know how she died, they can't determine the murder weapon. It's not going to be an easy case, but I'm sure we can turn things around."

    "Why was the defendant arrested?" May asked.

    "The defendant was the last person to see Mrs. Uzumaki alive, but also the first person to find her body."

    "Really?"

    "According to the court record, the victim wanted her sister to meet her at the cemetery."

    "Why a cemetery of all places?" May asked.

    "That's for you to find out," Phoenix responded. He flicked through May's papers and brought out a picture of the murder scene. Hinata's head laid next to her cousin's name on the tombstone. If it weren't for the blood, she would look as if she was only sleeping. May noticed that Hinata's hand was open as if she was holding something important.

    "She looks like she was holding onto something," May said to Phoenix.

    "The victim was ringing her sister and died during the call."

    "That's so sad."

    "The prosecution and Detective Looker believe that Miss Haruno killed Mrs. Uzumaki, so that she could marry her husband."

    May browsed through the profiles and a paragraph stood out to her. According to the report, Sakura and Hinata were very good friends. "Why would Sakura want to kill her friend?"

    "Who knows," Phoenix said. "But hopefully today we can reveal the truth."

    "Where do we go from here?" May asked her mentor.

    "I think we should visit Miss Haruno," Phoenix suggested. "Her trial is today. Apollo and Athena managed to grab as much information as they could about the case, but they've got another trial on today. So it will just be you today."

    "That's alright," May responded with her fists clenched. "I can do this."

    May followed Phoenix and Trucy out of the office as they rode to court with their bicycles. After the somewhat short ride, they parked their bikes and made a longer walk to defence lobby 7 where the defendant, Sakura Haruno was waiting for them. The guards who stood as still as ever watched as May approached Sakura. "Are you Miss Haruno?"

    "I am," the lady replied.

    May opened her arm and shook hands with her client. "Pleased to meet you, Miss Haruno. I'm May Maple, and I'll be your lawyer."

    "You're my lawyer?" Sakura gasped. "No offence, but you look really young."

    "Miss Haruno..." May admitted that she was young and inexperienced, but she still had a good shot. "I don't have a lot of experience. But I truly believe that you're innocent. I'm going to find out what happened and clear your name."

    "Thank you, Miss Maple."

    "I have to go," Phoenix said. He looked at his daughter and smiled. "You'll look after May, won't you Trucy?"

    Trucy lifted her thumb up. "I sure will."

    Phoenix left the lobby, but May had a feeling that he would be watching the trial and keeping a close eye on her. As Phoenix left, May took a seat next to her client. She asked Sakura, "Miss Haruno, can you tell me more about yourself?"

    "I'm a Ninja medic from Konoha," Sakura replied. "I live with my daughter, Sarada."

    "What were you doing on the day of Mrs. Uzumaki's death?"

    Sakura lowered her head. "Hinata and I went out for lunch that day. The academy that our children go to were hosting their own production of Fiddler On The Roof. We were both looking forward to it as it had been the first time that the academy had done a musical production before. On the day of the show, I couldn't see Hinata so I went searching for her. I missed the show, but I found her at the cemetery. There was nothing I could do, she was already dead."

    "So you and the victim were great friends?"

    Sakura nodded. "We went to the same academy and I was on the same team as her husband. We were all really close."

    May wanted to cry with her, but there was someone or something in her mind telling her that it was no time to cry. She shook her head. Of course, it was the wrong time to cry. May felt stupid for a few minutes. "Where is Sarada now?" May asked.

    "She's got an exam coming up," Sakura replied. "I told her not to worry about me."

    "There's a few questions I have to ask you," May told Sakura. "They... might come across as hard, but try to answer them as best as you can."

    Sakura nodded. "I'll try."

    "Is there anything about Mrs. Uzumaki that seemed strange to you?" May asked.

    "What do you mean by that?"

    "Did she do anything that appeared to be out of character?"

    Sakura pondered for a few moments before she spoke. "Come to think of it, her chest has shrank."

    May gasped. "Excuse me?"

    "Well what I mean is that she's lost a lot of weight lately," Sakura explained. "She said she had a bad stomach. So she hadn't eaten much lately. She always used to be quite chesty."

    "So other than that? She seemed fine to you?"

    Sakura nodded. "Hinata said she was feeling a lot better."

    "And one more thing," May added. "I wanted to ask what your relationship with the victim's husband was like?"

    "We're quite close," Sakura admitted. "Naruto and I have been through a lot together since we were children. We went to the same academy after all. In our missions we were on the same team: Team Kakashi!"

    "So you've known the victim and her husband for quite some time then." May took a great interest in Sakura's body language. Her eyes were wet and her head was tilted towards her right shoulder. Her pink hair swayed behind her chin, covering the red marks on her neck. May only got to see them for a brief second, but she knew that they were hickeys.

    "That's right," Sakura admitted.

    "Do you have any idea who else would have killed Hinata?" May asked Sakura. "This could be our only lead." Sakura shook her head and had decided to remain silent. "What's the matter?" May asked. "You didn't kill Hinata, right?"

    "Of course I didn't!" Sakura shook her head and clenched onto her shoulders. "Everything is just so...overwhelming. Hinata was a gentle person and I don't understand why anybody would want to kill her." Sakura buried her fingers in her hands. "Naruto and Hinata loved each other: they were each other's first love. Besides, I loved Sasuke!"

    "The trial is about to start," Trucy announced. "Are you both ready?"

    May nodded at Trucy and then turned to Sakura. "You don't need to be scared," May insisted, feeling the great pressure herself. "All you need to do is tell the truth and you'll be fine."

    Sakura nodded and then stood up. May liked her red floral dress and white tight jeans, but she wanted to wait until after the trail to complement her client's clothing. In fact, she wasn't even sure if she should say it at all.

    "Focus May..." May said to herself in her head. "You have to concentrate to save this innocent woman."

    May was overwhelmed by the grand exterior of the courtroom. The smooth wooden decor was so polished, May could see mirror-like reflections of herself and its surroundings. From the golden bars to the leather seats, everything in the courtroom appeared to be luxurious. Apart from the simple plastic chair where Sakura was sitting on.

    Everybody took to their place in the court. Everyone rose when the presiding judge slowly made his way up the stairs. He was a bold man with a beard like Santa Claus'. He must have been at least in his eighties. As soon as he took his seat, everybody in the audience sat down too. The Judge banged his gavel against his stand and said, "The court is now in session for the trial of Sakura Haruno!"

    "The prosecution is ready, Your Honour," The man in the prosecution bench said. May recognized the arrogant man with slick black hair and sunglasses as Gaspen Payne. His older brother was also a prosecutor. Gaspen Payne did a speech for the law school she went to once. She always thought of him as a creep with the way he rubbed his hair like a puppy.

    "The defence was born ready," May said, flicking her fist against the bench.

    The Honourable Judge squinted at May. "That's nice." He glanced over to Prosecutor Payne. "Would the prosecution please give their opening statement to the court."

    "With great pleasure," Prosecutor Payne hissed. "The murder took place on 18th July this year." Prosecutor Payne began his statement. His voice oozing with arrogance with each word he spoke. "The victim was Hinata Uzumaki. Mrs. Uzumaki was a beloved mother, sister, daughter and wife. The prosecution believes that the defendant killed her out of jealousy. Her cause of death is unknown and the first autopsy was inconclusive. She had lost a lot of blood and was believed to have choked. There were also many bruises and bumps on her stomach. A second autopsy report is underway."

    "Can the prosecution please explain why Sakura was arrested?" The Judge requested.

    "Detective Looker shall take the stand and reveal all." Prosecutor Payne announced. Detective Looker was a tall handsome man with a large trench coat. "Please state your name and profession."

    "Detective Looker," He said. "I'm in charge of this investigation."

    "Please give your testimony."

    "As stated, the murder took place on the 18th July. Which was two weeks ago. The victim and defendant were seen having lunch together. The defendant's husband filed for divorce last year and it was finalized this year. The defendant is the only person with a motive for murder. She was also the last person to see her alive. Whilst the victim was on the phone to her sister, the defendant made her move."

    "A flawless testimony," Prosecutor Payne announced with such pride. "If I do say so myself. It makes everything fall into place. The defendant is a ninja after all."

    "I've had parrots and orcas in this court," The Judge retorted. "Ninjas aren't that shocking. I wonder if I get to see a Magikarp in my court." The Judge shook his head and cleared his throat. "Miss Maple, your cross examination if you please?"

    "So Detective Looker," May started. "You said in your testimony that you believe my client was having an affair with the victim's husband?"

    Detective Looker nodded. "That is correct."

    "Do you have any evidence to support your claims?"

    "I do indeed," Detective Looker announced as he submitted a picture of Sakura with a tall man with blonde hair and distinctive face marks. "This man is Naruto Uzumaki, the victim's husband. He is the Seventh Hokage of the village."

    "And on planet earth, what does that mean?" The Judge asked curiously.

    "He's what you would consider the town hero and leader. As you can see in this picture they look very close."

    "Objection!" May roared. She inspected the picture of Naruto with his arms around Sakura and with both their tongues out. "I don't see what makes this picture so suspicious."

    "You should have gone to Specsavers," Prosecutor Payne yelled at May. His sharp voice made her jump. "It's a very sexual picture."

    "Prosecutor Payne is right," The Judge said as he nodded his head. "This picture certainly looks suggestive. Look how close their cheeks are."

    "They look like best friends on a night out," May explained to the court. "I make selfies like these with my friends all the time."

    "Selfie?" The Judge muttered. His eyes widened.

    "To be fair Miss Maple," Prosecutor Payne snorted. "You're not exactly a woman of grace."

    "Please continue with your cross-examination," The Judge ordered.

    "How is my client's divorce related to this case?' May asked.

    "Keep going May," Trucy whispered. "You're doing a grand job."

    Detective Looker took out a piece of paper from his notebook. "Here I have the divorce papers of the defendant. Sakura and Sasuke had been married for fourteen years. They have a fourteen-year-old daughter, Sarada. I believe that the defendant wanted to kill Mrs. Uzumaki to marry her husband. It makes sense."

    "OBJECTION!" May roared at the top of her voice. None of it made any sense to May. Sakura had divorced her husband and if Naruto really wanted to marry Sakura, he would have applied for a divorce as well, but he didn't. He chose to stay with Hinata.

    Trucy clapped and smiled. "That was an awesome objection."

    "Miss Maple," The Judge sighed. "There is no need to shout. I might be old but I've still got my marbles."

    "The prosecution's argument is based on assumptions," May announced. "The defence demands hardcore facts."

    "Quiet you!" Prosecutor Payne hissed at May. "You're just a rookie."

    Trucy growled and clenched her fists together. "Oh he makes me so mad. Just ignore him, May."

    "You don't know the murder weapon, you don't know how she died and the autopsy was inconclusive. ..." May raised her left arm and pointed at him. "YOU HAVE NO CASE AGAINST MY CLIENT!"

    "YES I DO!" Prosecutor Payne shrieked as if he had been kicked in the groin. "The prosecution would like to bring its next witness. The victim's sister, Hanabi Hyuga."

    Detective Looker left the stand and returned to his seat. May was amazed at how much Hanabi had in common with her late sister. Her long hair and unique lilac eyes. May looked up and noticed in the front rows above Prosecutor Payne, a lot of men with the same eyes as Hanabi. May assumed that they were all related to the victim.

    "Name and occupation please, Miss."

    "Hanabi Hyuga, I'm a ninja and heiress to my clan."

    May had never seen a young girl so distraught. Hanabi's pale face and lilac eyes were a face of sorrow.

    "So Miss Hyuga, you're the victim's sister?"

    "That's right."

    "You were on the phone to your sister at the exact time she died."

    Tears rolled down Hanabi's face. "It still haunts me."

    "Miss Hyuga," The Judge gulped. "When you're ready please give your versions of events." Tears were beginning to roll down his face.

    "I received a phone call from Hinata the night she died. She said she had something to tell me and asked me to meet her by our cousin's grave. Then suddenly..." Hanabi paused. "I heard her making these sounds. Her last words were: Tell Father I love him." She buried her hands and burst into tears.

    "How incredibly sad," The Judge croaked. "Can someone please give the witness a tissue?" Within five minutes a bailiff gave Hanabi a box of tissues. "I urge the defence to be sensitive in the cross-examination."

    "Miss Hyuga..." May wanted to start her cross-examination, but there was something about the glares all around her that made her feel intimidated. "Why did she ask you to meet you in the cemetery?"

    "Neji and Hinata were really close," Hanabi replied, wiping her tears with the tissues. "He gave up his life to save Hinata during the war."

    "The war?"

    "17 years ago," Prosecutor Payne butted in. "Konoha was involved in the 4th Shinobi War. The victim played a very important role in stopping the war and bringing peace to their nation."

    "What a remarkable young woman," The Judge cried in amazement. "I don't know why the defendant would wish to kill her."

    "Hinata visited Neji's grave on a regular basis," Hanabi added. "But since February, my sister visits Neji's grave every day. She would sit for hours with Neji. She would start talking to him. She felt safe around Neji."

    "Can you describe what sort of sounds she was making?" May asked Hanabi.

    "It was hard to tell at first because of the weather," Hanabi sobbed. "Then when the thunder stopped I could hear choking noises as if she was being strangled. She sounded like she was struggling to breathe." Hanabi gulped.

    "The autopsy report showed that the victim had vomited and that there was lots of blood," Prosecutor Payne added. "A rather terrible way to go if you ask me."

    "Did you ever find out what the news was?" May asked Hanabi. "Did your sister leave any clues?"

    Hanabi spoke, but May couldn't fathom the words through the sounds of her crying.

    "Your Honour, if I may," Prosecutor Payne said. He brought out an old tape player from behind his bench and brought it to the court. "We have the witness' final call with her sister on tape."

    "Then play the tape," the Judge demanded. Prosecutor Payne did as he was told and listened to the tape with a huge grin on his face.

    "Hey Hinata, I thought you were going to see Fiddler On The Roof tonight?"

    "No. I'm not feeling very well."

    "Where are you...? I can barely make out what you're saying."

    "Hanabi... can you meet me by Neji's grave?"

    "Sure. But... why there?"

    "It's where I feel safe. I've found something...terrible. I don't know how to tell Naruto or the children..."

    Payne stopped the tape and pressed the rewind button. "Let me play this part again."

    "Hanabi... can you meet me by Neji's grave?"

    "Sure. But... why there?"

    "It's where I feel safe. I've found something...terrible. I don't know how to tell Naruto or the children..."


    Payne stopped the tape again. "The victim says that she doesn't know how to tell Naruto or the children. This statement from the victim clearly supports Detective Looker's theory that Miss Haruno had a sexual relationship with Mr. Uzumaki. Maybe Mrs. Uzumaki knew that her life was in danger. She couldn't consult her husband because of the affair, so she sought advice from her dear sister."

    "HOLD IT RIGHT THERE!" May shouted. "That statement proves nothing."

    "OBJECTION!" Payne screamed right back. "This tape is definitive proof that Miss Haruno is guilty. I shall continue playing the tape." Payne raised his hand above his head and pointed at May. He then slapped his left shoulder and tilted his head backwards. "Surrender now, Miss Maple. I promise that nobody will look down on you."

    "I'm sorry," May whispered without hesitation. "I don't quit. I became a lawyer for a reason."

    "We'll talk about that later," the Judge informed May. He rolled his head over to Payne. "Carry on playing the tape."

    "What is it, Sis?"

    The audience gasped in horror at the sounds of excessive coughing and coarse breathing coming through the tape. May could even hear sounds of vomiting. On her left, May saw Trucy with her eyes welling up. Nobody could deny the contagious chills spreading around the courtroom.

    "Ah! I don't know how long I've got left...If you see father, tell him I love him too."

    "Hinata! What's going on? Say something."

    "HINATA! What have they done to you?"

    Prosecutor Payne stopped the tape. "This is the part where the victim tragically dies. And where the defendant pretends to be a person passing by with her Oscar-winning acting."

    "Hello?"

    "Hinata? Is that you?"

    "No... it's Sakura."

    "What have you done to Hinata?"

    "I-I've only just got here. Hanabi...Hinata's dead."

    "Sakura... what have you done? YOU MURDERER!"

    "No...Hanabi...It's not what you think."


    "STOP THE TAPE," The Judge demanded. "I think we've put Miss Hyuga through quite enough now. This cross-examination is over."

    "Wait!" May cried out. "I've got one more question for the witness."

    "OBJECTION!" Payne cried out with his hands in the air. "I think you've asked enough questions for today, Miss Maple."

    "What question is that?" Hanabi asked May. She wasn't crying, so May was able to understand her. May thought that one would have to have a heart covered in icebergs if they didn't feel sorry for Hanabi. She was a brave woman standing before court and testifying about the time her sister died on the phone, and now she would have to go through the grieving process again.

    "Why did you accuse Sakura of murder?" May asked curiously. She walked up to Hanabi as she spoke. "Going through the tape, it just seems strange that you would suddenly accuse Sakura of killing your sister without any proof. Did you actually hear Sakura's voice as Hinata was dying?"

    Hanabi gazed at the floor and quickly raised her head. She stared at May with strong tension. Her lips trembled. "No..."

    "How dare you manipulate my witnesses," Payne snapped with red cheeks of cherry anger. He took a deep breath and his face quickly became a normal colour again. "I think we can end the trial now," Prosecutor Payne announced as he placed his hands in his pocket. "I believe that we've come to the end of the road."

    "Yes," The Judge nodded. "You're quite right. Should I deliver my verdict now?"

    "NO!" May cried out. She slammed her desk against the bench. "This trial is nowhere near finished. We still haven't determined her cause of death."

    "Weren't you listening?" Prosecutor Payne giggled. "Mrs. Uzumaki was strangled. You could hear it in the tape."

    "That's not enough," May pressed herself against the edge of the bench.

    "Alright then," The Judge squawked. "I shall allow the defence to call upon one more witness. Make your choice wisely, Miss Maple."

    It was only Sakura and Hinata that were in the cemetery at the time of the murder. What if there was a possibility of another person being there? What if Hinata was poisoned by somebody else before meeting Sakura? May had so many questions in her mind, that she was finding it hard to make the right choice. Could she bring Detective Looker or Hanabi back onto the stand?

    "If I were in your shoes," Trucy whispered. "I would bring Mr. Uzumaki up to the stand."

    A bright light sparked in May's mind. "That's it!" May muttered. "Thanks a lot Trucy."

    "Has the defence made their decision?" The Judge asked as he lifted his hand and was ready to slam his gavel.

    May nodded. "I would like to bring the victim's husband, Mr. Naruto Uzumaki to the witness box please."

    "Very well," The Judge said. "Can Mr. Uzumaki please step forward."

    "This is a huge waste of time," Prosecutor Payne moaned as he rubbed his hair. "I look forward to seeing the look on your face when you're defeated, Miss Maple."

    Naruto marched to the witness box as if he was walking to a scaffold towards his execution. His eyes never left the floor as his chin was firmly attached to his neck. May took one look at him and decided that he was a guilty man. Perhaps he's the one that killed Hinata.

    "Please confirm your name and occupation," May asked as soon as Naruto halted behind the stand.

    "I'm Naruto Uzumaki. I'm the Seventh Hokage. I never thought I would be standing here."

    "Mr. Uzumaki," May sighed and took a deep breath before she continued speaking. "I'm going to ask you very straight forward question."

    "Go ahead."

    "Oh my goodness," Prosecutor Payne muttered.

    "Have you ever passionately kissed or made sexual contact with Miss Haruno?"

    "Huh?" Naruto gasped. He folded his arms and pursed his lips. His cheeks were a strong shade of pink. "I withhold my right to remain silent."

    "This is serious," May yelled at Naruto. "If you don't co-operate with me then Sakura is going to jail. You need to understand that if Sakura is found guilty then she'll be sent to death row. Is that what you want, Mr. Uzumaki?"

    "OBJECTION!" Prosecutor Payne wailed. "Miss Maple, Mr. Uzumaki has the right to decline your questions. Perhaps Mr. Uzumaki can testify where he was on the night of the murder?"

    "That sounds like a good idea." The Judge coughed to clear his throat. "Mr. Uzumaki, please tell the court where you were at the time of your wife's death in your testimony."

    "I was at the academy watching Rumble In The Bronx." Naruto announced. "It was a great show with lots of full of action. During the interval, I noticed that Hinata wasn't at the academy. I used my Shadow Clone Technique to help Sakura look for Hinata whilst I enjoyed the rest of the show."

    "Hmm..." The Judge pondered. "What does the prosecution think of this?"

    "Once again," Prosecutor Payne mouthed. "Another flawless testimony."

    "We've yet to have any flawless testimonies," May muttered beneath her breath.

    "Miss Maple, can we please have the final cross-examination."

    "There's bound to be contradictions here," Trucy told May. "You gotta catch 'em all!"

    "Mr. Uzumaki can you explain to the court what this Shadow Clone Technique is?" May requested.

    "It's one of my specialities," Naruto explained. "I'm a very busy man nowadays. So I often clone myself so I can do all the things that I want to do."

    "I see," May replied. She raised her hand in the air with her index finger pointing at Naruto. "But hold it right there, are you sure that musical you watched was called Rumble In The Bronx?"

    Naruto shrugged his shoulders. "Of course. What's wrong? I have a solid alibi."

    "I want to believe you," May admitted. "You seem to be a very nice guy: you remind me of my friend, Brock Harrison."

    "Brock Harrison as in the creepy gym leader?" Naruto asked. Suddenly, Naruto's face appeared very purple for some reason. His lips quivered. "How am I like that pervert?"

    "A one woman's man is what you want to be," May said as she remembered Brock's song about Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny. "But there's two perfect girls for you!"

    "WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?" Naruto yelled, straining his throat. "Hinata was my first love. She'll be my last love too. I will never love another woman the way that I loved Hinata."

    Naruto's words about Hinata were lovely, but they came too late. May shook her head, smirked a little bit and pointed at Naruto. "You've just made a very big contradiction in your testimony."

    "WHAT!" Naruto blared out again. "Where is my contradiction?"

    "Can the prosecution please play the first five seconds of the tape," May announced.

    "Hey Hinata, I thought you were going to see Fiddler On The Roof tonight?"

    "You did it, May!" Trucy said at the top of her voice. "Now finish him!"

    "It's a little too early to celebrate," May responded. "Just got to hang in there a little bit longer."

    "What's just happened?" Prosecutor Payne popped with his mouth wide open.

    "Mr. Uzumaki has testified that he saw Rumble In The Bronx," May repeated. "Though in the tape and previous testimonies clearly state that the play at the academy was Fiddler On The Roof. Mr. Uzumaki cloned himself to make it look like his real self was watching the play. Also when the tape was played out in full, there was not a single dry eye in the courtroom. Except for one..." May's finger sharply pointed at Naruto. "That's you, Naruto."

    "Are you trying to pin Hinata's death on me?" Naruto snarled at May.

    "If that is the truth, then yes," May replied. "I am close to pinning it on you. I know you still have an alibi... but that's not the one you've submitted to the court."

    "If you know what's good for you," Naruto snarled at May, "You will stop telling lies about me."

    May didn't feel intimidated in the slightest. She brushed Naruto's comments away. Then she thought of something, she remembered Sakura saying that Hinata had lost a lot of weight and was complaining of stomach ache. What if Hinata wasn't murdered? What if there was a third party involved? What if she died of natural causes? Pinning the murder on Naruto would make the case become an easy win, but after hearing what Naruto said about Hinata, May felt that there was no way that he would have murdered his own wife for another woman.

    "May," Trucy cried out. "What are you doing? We're so close to finishing this case."

    May sighed. "Please trust me, Trucy."

    "Miss Maple," The Judge banged his gavel to promote order in his court. "I must confess that I am really confused right now. I don't know what you're trying to achieve."

    "I'm going to get to the bottom of all of this," May replied. "But first I want to get down to why Fiddler On The Roof and Rumble In The Bronx got mixed up."

    "What's the difference?" Naruto asked.

    "Fiddler On The Roof is a musical about a Jewish guy with five daughters," May replied. "Whilst Rumble In The Bronx is an action movie with Jackie Chan in it."

    "Daddy loves Rumble In The Bronx," Trucy added. "Coincidentally, the film was on air on the night of Hinata's death."

    "So Mr. Uzumaki," May said. "Can you tell us what you were really doing that night?"

    Naruto gulped. "No comment."

    "Alright then!" May snapped with her arms folded. "I'll tell them for you. While I do believe that you did look for your wife, it wasn't the first thing you did. When you found out Hinata wasn't there, you said that you get your shadow clones to look for her." May pointed directly at Naruto's face, marched over to Naruto and slammed her hands against the wooden frame. "But that's not what you did."

    "What's your point?" Naruto barked. His arm dug into his chest with clenched fists. He looked as if she was ready to attack May.

    "My point is, that it shouldn't have taken you long to find your wife."

    "Shut up!" Naruto yelled at May. May decided to run back to her post, before she ended up being a victim. "You don't know anything. You noob!"

    "Okay then," May snapped back as she flicked her fringe. "I might be a rookie attorney, but I know for a fact that you didn't even look for Hinata."

    "Oh yeah?" Naruto shrugged his shoulders and leaned over towards May. "AND WHAT MAKES YOU SAY THAT?"

    "Because Mr. Uzumaki, it was my client that found your wife's body. And if you wanted to look for your wife, all you needed to do was look for her in the cemetery." May picked up a photo of the crime scene and presented it to Naruto. "Neji Hyuga's grave!"

    "That's just ********!"

    The Judge slammed his gavel with a strong wrinkled frown. "Mr. Uzumaki! The court does not accept foul language."

    "Sorry..."

    "Mr. Uzumaki is really heating up," Trucy said, commenting on Naruto's red skin and the fire-like aura circulating around his body.

    "Mr. Uzumaki, have you even been listening to the trial?" May asked the witness. "Your sister-in-law testified that Hinata spent a lot of time by Neji's grave."

    "I didn't know that!" Naruto spat with his arms folded.

    "Well if you hadn't have been cheating on your wife, you would have known that the graveyard was the only place she would be. And whilst one of your clones stayed on to watch the play, the real you went off and had sex with my client!"

    "You can't prove that," Naruto yelled playing the act of a broken man well. "You have no authority to throw these accusations at me." He hand crashed onto his chest as he steered his head towards May. "I've just lost my wife! Show some compassion!"

    "You weren't showing any compassion when you cheated on her!" May yelled. She looked up in the gallery where members of the Hyuga Clan had taken up all of the rows available. "Don't you think Hinata's family deserve the truth?"

    "I've already told the truth," Naruto spat out, struggling to compose himself in court.

    "I can't stand men like you, Naruto Uzumaki!" May's voice became louder and louder. "Flashy men with lots of power and sleep with women then dump them when they're done."

    "You've never been in love!" Naruto barked at May. "You can only imagine the pain that I've been through."

    "I am in love," May snapped back at Naruto. "My boyfriend is in prison for a crime he didn't commit. I don't know what happened to make Ash think he was guilty, but I'm determined to get to the truth behind what happened five years ago. Just how I'm determined to get to the bottom of this!"

    Naruto shrieked with his hands in the air. He took a few steps back and ran over to the Judge. "Do something about that mad woman!"

    "Sakura told me something really interesting before the trial," May said quickly interrupting the Judge.

    "She did what?"

    "I asked her if there had been any changes in Hinata lately," May explained to Naruto. "Her response was quite interesting. She mentioned that her chest had shrank due to losing weight."

    "So?" Naruto shrugged his shoulders. "Hinata was fine the way she was, she didn't need to lose that weight."

    "I think it seems pretty odd that her boobs shrinking are the first thing that came to mind."

    "I agree," the Judge added his words of humble wisdom. "It sounds quite odd indeed."

    "It sounds something that only a guy would say," May added. "I can just picture you two in bed right now. You both had an amazing session, then you kill the mood by complaining about how Hinata's boobs have shrank."

    "OBJECTION!" Payne roared. "That's too much information. This conversation is highly disrespectful."

    "Please change the subject," the Judge requested.

    "Miss Maple!" roared the Judge as he steered over to May's direction. "Can you prove that the witness and the defendant were an item?"

    May grinned. "Yes I can! May I please have a look at my client's divorce papers." Detective Looker passed May the divorce papers and May flicked through all the pages until she found what she was looking for. "I got it. My client's late husband has listed 'infidelity with my best friend' as one of his reasons for divorce."

    "I don't like where this is going," Prosecutor Payne admitted as cowered behind his desk.

    "Mr. Uzumaki," May called out. "How come you never divorced your wife?"

    "I took my wedding vows seriously," Naruto announced. "I loved Hinata with all my heart. I wanted to grow old with her."

    "Mr. Uzumaki...you had sex with my client," May announced. "That gives you both a solid alibi. And if you really wanted to grow old with Hinata, why have sex with a friend?"

    Naruto quickly became silent afterwards.

    May looked up to the Judge. "Your Honour, not only does it give them a solid alibi, but it also proves that my client did not kill Mrs. Uzumaki."

    "Then who killed Mrs. Uzumaki?" the Judge asked.

    "Nobody," May declared to the court. "Mrs. Uzumaki's death was a tragic accident."

    "But the defendant is clearly guilty," Prosecutor Payne gulped. "You said so yourself that she was having an affair with Mr. Uzumaki, and then she killed his wife."

    "No Prosecutor Payne," May shook her head. "That's not what I said at all. Mrs. Uzumaki died of natural causes. And when the updated autopsy report comes back, it will tell us the same thing."

    "He's always trying to twist things," Trucy added.

    "You have no proof," Prosecutor Payne sneered at May as she shook his head. "She was covered in blood. There was no way she could have lost that much blood through natural causes alone. The defendant now has a solid motive for crime. The defence is digging a very big hole for herself."

    "And the prosecution has yet to determine the murder weapon."

    "She's a ninja," Prosecutor Payne retaliated. "She strangled Mrs. Uzumaki with her bare fights of course."

    "Then she would have left fingerprints," Trucy told Payne. "But they found no fingerprints on Hinata's neck!"

    "The reason we have failed to determine the murder weapon is because it doesn't exist," May confirmed. She looked up to the Judge. "Your Honour..."

    "Yes, Miss Maple."

    "I would like to bring one more person to the stand."

    "Not another one," Prosecutor Payne groaned.

    "Alright then," The Judge said. "Just one."

    "The defence would like to bring Himawari Uzumaki to the stand," May announced.

    "MY DAUGHTER!" Naruto said. A small girl with blue hair and with Naruto's cheeks ran towards the witness box next to her father.

    "I'm Himawari Uzumaki," Himawari said. "And my father is not a killer."

    "I no longer consider your father a suspect," May admitted. "I wanted to ask you a couple of questions."

    "Oh..." Himawari seemed nervous. She held onto her father's hand. "Go ahead."

    "Have you ever noticed anything strange with your mother before she died?"

    Naruto shook his head in disbelief.

    "Actually... I have," Himawari admitted.

    "Can you be more specific?" May pressed.


    "Hey Mom!" Himawari cried out. "You've barely even touched your food. What's wrong?"

    Hinata shook her head. "I'm fine, I'm just not very hungry." Eating was a daily struggle. Even the smallest of portions would make her feel bloated. She looked up to her husband and son. She predicted that Boruto and Naruto would often fight over the leftovers. "You either of you two like to finish it off?"

    "Sure!" Boruto cried out, sliding the heavy plate over to his direction.

    "Hey!" Naruto pulled the plate towards him. "Save some for me, son!"

    Hinata did her best to carry on with her daily routine, but she found even the most simplest of tasks hard to get through without coughing up blood and the medication only made her feel ten times worse. She knew that she was going to die, but she just couldn't bring herself to tell her family. The only person that knew was Neji's spirit. Hinata knew that Neji was watching over her, protecting her whenever possible.




    "When Daddy was away she would cough lots and lots," Himawari explained. "Sometimes she would cough so much, blood would come out. She was burping more often, worse than Daddy and Boruto combined. Three months ago, she wasn't eating, drinking or sleeping that much. She kept giving most of the food and drink away to us. She would only have a fraction of her meal, and then say she was full."

    "How did I miss this?" Naruto asked himself.

    Himawari looked up at her father. "Mom was putting on a show for you, insisting she was fine. I knew she wasn't but Boruto, my brother didn't believe worst thing was that she wouldn't go out any more. Only to buy flowers for Uncle Neji's grave. If I ever wanted to find Mom, she would either be at home or at my uncle's grave."

    "Does the prosecution have any medical history on the victim?" May asked.

    Prosecutor Payne closed his eyes and ignored May.

    "Prosecutor Payne, I'm asking you a question."

    "No, I don't!" Prosecutor Payne snapped.

    "Then you won't mind if I have a look at your records for myself then," May snorted. She marched over to the other side of the court and browsed through all of Prosecutor Payne's paperwork.

    "OBJECTION! Prosecutor Payne yelled, but it was too late. May had waved a piece of paper in the air. Prosecutor Payne tried to snatch it off May, but she passed it over to a bailiff, who then went on to pass it on the Judge.

    "What's this then?" The Judge asked curiously. "Hmm... Medical Records for Hinata Uzumaki and a testimony from her doctor, Hiroshi Nakano." The Judge skimmed through the medical records out and opened his eyes wider in shock. "It all makes sense now," The Judge announced. "Mrs. Uzumaki was diagnosed with stomach cancer on the 18th February. Exactly six months before her death. Her last appointment was on the 18th July... The actual date of her death. Cancer: what a terrible disease. I hope there comes a day where cancer is just a star sign."

    "We'll never know what Hinata knew about her husband's affair," May announced. "But we do know that she didn't want her family and friends to worry about her, that's why she never told anybody. Let's play the tape again."

    "Hey Hinata, I thought you were going to see Fiddler On The Roof tonight?"

    "No. I'm not feeling very well."

    "Where are you... I can barely make out what you're saying."

    "Hanabi... Can you meet me by Neji's grave?"

    "Sure. But... Why there?"

    "It's where I feel safe. I've found something... Terrible. I don't know how to tell Naruto or the children..."

    "What is it, Sis?"

    "Ah! I don't know how long I've got left... If you see father, tell him I love him too."

    "Hinata! What's going on? Say something."

    "HINATA! What have they done to you?"

    "Hello?"

    "Hinata? Is that you?"

    "No... It's Sakura."

    "What have you done to Hinata?"

    "I-I've only just got here. Hanabi... Hinata's dead."

    "Sakura... What have you done? YOU MURDERER!"


    "When she was told she didn't have long left to live, she would seek confidence in Neji. She distanced herself away from the family as she didn't want to become a burden. Meanwhile, Mr. Uzumaki becomes close to my client, Miss Haruno. The two became so close... That they made love not just once, but many times. Mr. Uzumaki and Sakura did not look for Hinata straight away, it wasn't until after she had sex, did they try to find her."

    The courtroom doors swung open as another bailiff came in with a piece of paper to hand to the Judge. "Your Honour, Mrs. Uzumaki's 2nd Autopsy report."

    The Judge opens the envelopes and skims through the letter. "You're right, Miss Maple," The Judge said. "The autopsy confirms that Mrs. Uzumaki's cause of death was indeed natural causes. The cancer in her stomach had spread all over her body..."

    "Having sex with a married man as his wife dies of cancer..." Prosecutor Payne spat. "It's disgraceful."

    "Making love isn't a crime," May reminded Prosecutor Payne. "Withholding evidence is."

    "You are right there," The Judge heartfully agreed. "The Chief Prosecutor shall be informed about this. The court finds Sakura Haruno... NOT GUILTY!" He slammed his gavel and confetti and a round of applause poured over Sakura like cherry blossoms across the courtroom. "That is all, this cause is adjourned." The judge raised from his chair and left the courtroom via a small door. May was pleased to have won her first case, but even happier for Sakura to be found innocent. The way that Sakura smiled at Naruto after her verdict made May well up in tears.
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    Chapter Three: A Special Request

    The blonde novelist never opened his eyes the entire time that his friend came to visit. Before his arrest, the world knew him as the charming romance novelist, Eiri Yuki. His smart suits and exotic looks were an epitome of a modern day prince charming. He appeared to be in a happy relationship with singing sensation Shuichi Shindou. To the ones that were close to him, he was Eiri Uesugi, a vulnerable man with a dark past.

    As his brother-in-law and best friend since childhood, Tohma Seguichi knew and understood more about Eiri's past more than anyone else. Tohma held himself responsible for the devastating events in his past. Now that Eiri has been arrested, Tohma felt that it was his duty to protect him and to hire a lawyer.

    "You're wasting your time," Eiri told Tohma. "This is my karma. I deserve to be here."

    "Eiri... What happened all those years ago is not your fault," Tohma whispered.

    "I killed them all," Eiri moaned.

    "No you didn't," Tohma responded. "You should know by now that I'm not too proud to beg. I will hire a lawyer and clear your name in any way possible."

    May's first case had been successful. Even though her client, Sakura bowed her head in shame, she could tell that she was happy deep down. Both of Naruto's little ones glared at him like he was a murderer. They may have been young, but they were old enough to understand what was going on.

    In the corner of a room, May saw the transparent figure of a tall beautiful brunette with large breasts and long hair. The figure was wearing the same black skirt and jacket as May. The lady smiled and waved, but nobody seemed to notice her. By the time May blinked, the woman had vanished. It reminded May of the dreams she had had since she left her hometown at the age of ten. The mysterious figure she saw resembled the comforting ghost of her dreams. The one that told her not to cry and to laugh at her worst times.

    "Thanks a lot," Sakura muttered. She blushed, but she still lowered her head in shame.

    "Miss Haruno," May patted Sakura's back and smiled at her. "You don't need to feel guilty anymore. You're free." When May saw the tears roll down on her client's face, she hugged her. Prosecutor Payne made May's blood boil with his sexist remarks against Sakura. Besides, lots of people cheat on their partners, so May felt that Sakura had nothing to worry about. "At least now, you can start your future with Mr. Uzumaki and the kids."

    May could understand why the affair happened. Their actions were not justified, but May could see that none of them were bad people. The affair shouldn't dent the amazing services that Naruto and Sakura gave to their village. With Sasuke being away all the time and with Hinata distancing herself to hide her illness it left Naruto and Sakura to spend more time together. It allowed them to do things that they hadn't done with their partners in a while. She could also see why Hinata hid her illness for so long, she didn't want to become a burden to her family.

    "I should have known something was up," Sakura admitted. "I wonder if she knew..."

    "I don't know if she knew," May replied. "But if she was as kind and as sweet as others described her, then it's safe to say that she's forgiven you, already."

    Sakura lips had curled slightly. "I guess you're right."

    "S-Sakura..." Naruto mumbled with his chin to his neck. "I'm sorry for making you go through this."

    "I guess it can't be helped." Sakura told Naruto as she squeezed his hands.

    "I think a lot of people in the village hate me at the moment..."

    "I'm sure you can easily regain the village's trust again."

    "You know what?" Naruto rubbed his stomach. "I'm hungry. Let's go and grab some ramen."

    "Okay then."

    "Dad!" Himawari cried out bursting into tears as she stood by her brother. "IS FOOD ALL YOU EVER THINK ABOUT? I SEE WHAT BORUTO MEANS WHEN HE SAYS YOU DON'T GIVE CARE ABOUT US!"

    "Himawari?" Naruto ran towards his daughter and tried to pick her up, but she stepped back behind her brother. "What are you talking about? Of course I care about you both."

    "Then why would you cheat on Mom?" Himawari roared. "You should have known she was sick!"


    Visiting Neji's grave suddenly became a daily task for Hinata. Whenever somebody wanted to look for Hinata, they would always find her in the cemetery, sitting by Neji's grave. Himawari found her mother and ran towards her.

    "You should go to a doctor," Himawari told Hinata. She knelt by her mother and grabbed onto her skirt. "This isn't right!"

    "I will see him tomorrow," Hinata promised her daughter. She patted her head and smiled. "Don't worry, I will be just fine."

    "Mom!" Himawari yelled. "You're not okay! You never eat. You're always coughing up blood and you're always here. We never do family things anymore."

    "I'm having lunch with Sakura tomorrow," Hinata informed her daughter. "I think it will be good."

    "You should go out more often instead of sitting here all way," Himawari suggested. "You can't stay here all day when it's raining or if it starts snowing."

    There was nothing Hinata could say. All she did was hug Himawari as if her life depended on it. She really wanted to tell Himawari the truth, but she just couldn't bring herself to say it. She didn't want to add any stress to her and her family. She saw the doctor the next day just as she promised. There was nothing the doctors could do for Hinata now.



    "She was facing cancer all by herself," Himawari sobbed in her brother's arms. "If everybody had done more to help her, then she might still be here right now."

    "Himawari," May approached her. "I don't think your mother was ever truly alone."

    "Why is that?" Himawari asked. Hot stream of tears rolled down her face. "Show me proof that she wasn't alone."

    May presented a picture of Neji, Hinata's beloved cousin. "Hinata kept you all in her heart. She was ready to die knowing that she would be reunited with her best friend soon."

    "Oh mom..." Himawari continued to weep. "She was always so selfless and kind. Thinking of others before herself."

    "Why don't you two go with your father?" May suggested. "It's been a long day. I'm sure you're both hungry."

    Sakura and Naruto left the courtroom, holding hands. Naruto's kids quickly followed them. They all waved at May and she waved back. May hoped from the bottom of her heart that Naruto and Sakura could get their relationship to work.

    "Congratulations," a voice spoke from behind them. It was Phoenix's voice. "That was a truly great turnabout."

    "Thanks, Mr. Wright!" May looked over and smiled at Trucy. "But I wouldn't have been able to have done it without Trucy."

    "Me?" Trucy giggled. "Sure I was there for support... But you did most of the work on your own."

    "Anyway May," Phoenix said. "I've got a new case for you."

    "A new case?" May then noticed that there was another man behind Phoenix. The man had white hair partially concealed in a fluffy black hat and a blue coat the same shade as Phoenix's suit. Both his coat and hat were equally fluffy. The man resembled a keyboard player that May remembered seeing on her mother's wall once. May thought that the man was Tohma Seguchi from Nittle Grasper. The band did occasional reunions, but Tohma had been busy running his own major music label.

    "Pleased to meet you, Miss Maple," The man said. There was pride in his broad shoulders, but the tone of his voice resembled a beggar man. "My name is Tohma Seguchi. I'm the president of N-G Records. I'm in desperate need of your assistance."

    "I thought it was you," May smiled. She shook Tohma's hand. "What can I help you with?"

    "I need you to defend my friend," Tohma whispered. "My wife's brother... Has been framed for murder."

    "It's been all over the news," Trucy told May. "That novelist Eiri Yuki has been arrested for the murder of Taki Aizawa."

    "Why don't we discuss this over lunch?" Tohma suggested.

    "Sounds like a good idea," May nodded. Then she lowered her head when she remembered her nearly empty purse. "I haven't got a lot of money though..."

    "Not to worry, Miss Maple," Tohma responded with a warm smile. "It will be my treat."

    "Oh!" May felt a huge wave of relief had been lifted from her shoulders. "Thank you very much."

    May never expected her morning would end with a trip to Kozue restaurant, one of the finest restaurants in the Shinjuku District of Tokyo. It was a perfect summer's day, so Mt. Fuji could be seen from the window. Tohma was even paying for her, Phoenix and Trucy. May was starving, but she didn't want to take advantage of Tohma's good will. She reminded herself that this was still a business venture.

    They all mingled on fresh sushi, hearty miso soup and yummy yakitoris. If May's mum had known where she was right now, she would have been very jealous. Her mother was a big fan of the bands that were signed to N-G Records and had a great admiration for Tohma's talents. She was surprised at how Tohma was just as sweet and polite as he was on the camera.

    "You really care for Mr. Yuki don't you?" Phoenix asked Tohma.

    "Yes," Tohma announced. "More than anything in this world."

    "Can you tell us more about Mr. Yuki?" May asked.

    "Of course," Tohma nodded. "Eiri Yuki and I have been friends since childhood. I'm married to his sister, and his boyfriend's band is signed to my label."

    "That's Bad Luck isn't it?" Trucy asked. "Klavier joined the band two years ago."

    "Indeed," Tohma responded. "Two of the members left the band. Leaving only Shuichi, so I hired Mr. Gavin and Mr. Ishida. The Chief Prosecutor has assigned Mr. Gavin as the prosecutor of Eiri's trial. I've failed Eiri once," Tohma admitted. "I would never live with myself if I failed him again."

    "Mr. Seguchi," May said curiously. "What do you mean when you've said you've failed Eiri once?"

    "Eiri was gang-raped by our tutor and other paedophiles," Tohma whispered. "A tutor that we both highly looked up to. It's all my fault."

    "Why is it your fault?" May asked.

    Tohma lowered his head. "I was the one that hired him."

    "That's not your fault," May shook her head as she spoke. "You were tricked."

    "Wasn't this already resolved?" Phoenix asked. "Eiri was arrested for killing his tutor, Yuki Kitazawa and his accomplices. But he was found not guilty for numerous reasons."

    "Eiri was very young when it happened," Tohma mumbled. "Then they discovered the statue of limitations had expired. They were able to see the truth and deliver a Not Guilty verdict. So the court ruled in his favour once, but I fear the prosecution will use this against him."

    "That sounds so sad," May thought. "Don't you worry Mr. Seguichi. I will do everything in my power to clear his name."

    May's words had turned Tohma's frown upside down.

    "After lunch, I think it would be a good idea to go to the detention centre," Phoenix told May. "And after that, go to the crime scene to gather some clues."

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    Chapter Four: Detective Gary Oak
    From dazzling views from a fancy restaurant to the dull walls of the detention centre, May had grasped a sense of reality. For May, a trip to the detention centre had become a part of her routine. She wouldn't be seeing her boyfriend this time, but instead her client, Eiri Uesugi. She still wondered how Ash was getting on, but she felt bad for not being able to see him. When the guard escorted them to Eiri's cell, May noticed a tall brunette sitting down and three children leaning against the glass in front of Eiri.

    May recalled that Tohma had two children: one of each. He went on to explain further that Riku was Yuki Kitazawa's orphaned son. Riku had been living with his transsexual aunt, Yoshiki Kitazawa until she left him with Eiri and Shuichi to look after. Eiri ended up adopting Riku, which surprised May. Eiri didn't appear to be the kind of man who would be interested in children. From what she had seen of Shuichi in the media, he wouldn't have had the time nor place to look after a child.

    The boy's biological aunt, Yoshiki Kitazawa was found outside Eiri's house. Eiri was the prime suspect, but he was released without charge. Her killer was never found and the case was eventually closed. The deeper May got into Eiri's life story, the more she realized how much she was getting herself in for. She wished she was back in her childhood, and on her Pokémon journey. She used to travel around the Pokémon regions without a care in the world. Times had changed. She was an adult and she had a job to do: She had to seek the truth at all costs. If Eiri was innocent, then she would defend him at all costs. If Eiri was guilty, she wouldn't hide it, but she wouldn't give up on her client.

    It was a lot to take in, but May felt she knew enough about Eiri to help him out. She could see that Tohma was a dedicated family man who worked his butt off for his family to live in comfort. Eiri was a huge part of the family that Tohma.

    "Uncle Eiri," The little blonde girl said. "I thought only bad guys go to prison."

    "Your uncle has done something terrible," Eiri responded. The pain he showed in his voice made May's stomach churn. She gulped as she watched Eiri hide his face in his hands. His fingers crawled all around his face. May was startled of how deep and soft his voice was. "I am a bad guy… I have to be punished."

    "Daddy! That's not true," The tall blonde boy said. "Uncle Tohma is going to get a really good lawyer to save you." When the three children saw Tohma and May's reflection through the glass, they turned to face them. They all scurried towards Tohma and embraced his coat. The tall boy cried in happiness as the other two children called for their father. "It's great to see you, Uncle Tohma. Have you hired the lawyer?"

    "Yes, Riku..." Tohma told his nephew. He nodded as his arm reached out towards May. "Here she is."

    "Daddy..." The girl muttered. "She's the lawyer? But she looks so young."

    "She is young," Tohma nodded as he spoke. "But she's the just the kind of lawyer we're looking for."

    "I think it's time to take you all home," The woman said. May assumed that the woman was Tohma's wife, or at least the mother of both of the kids. That would have meant that she was Mika, the defendant's sister.

    "Home?" Riku said. "With Daddy Shuichi? He's not in the best of moods right now."

    "Then why don't you stay with us?" Mika offered as she patted the top of Riku's head. "Your cousins could do with your company right now."

    "Okay Aunt Mika," Riku said with a smile on his face. Riku and his cousins followed Mika out of the room, which left Tohma and May alone with Eiri.

    "So you hired this brat to represent me in court?" Eiri hissed. "You know I'm going to be guilty anyway."

    "Eiri," Tohma raised his voice. "Don't talk like that. That was in the past and it's been resolved. I know you didn't kill Mr. Aizawa and Miss Maple will prove that."

    "But I'm a killer," Eiri stated with his hands over his ears, his eyes wide open and his lips shivering.

    "That was a long time ago," Tohma roared with his hands pressed against the glass. "You shouldn't have to suffer for a crime you didn't commit because of your past."

    "Tohma's right," May nodded. "He told me about your old tutor. They can't bring you to trial over that anymore because of double jeopardy. It seems to be that the prosecution wanted to tie you in with something else."

    "I'm the only suspect," Eiri snapped. "Everyone knows I'm a killer. Band members get shot, one of them dies and they think it's me cause I'm a killer."

    "Did you actually kill Taki Aizawa?"

    Eiri glared at May and remained silent.

    "Either you did or you didn't."

    "No..." Eiri whispered.

    May believed in him. "Then you don't need to suffer from your past anymore."

    "Where's Shuichi?" Eiri asked. "How is he? Does he think it was me?"

    Tohma shook his head. "Shuichi is crying a lot, but that's nothing new."

    "Is that why Riku didn't want to stay at Shuichi's house?" May asked.

    Both men nodded.

    "Shuichi's a fun guy," Eiri admitted. "But he can sometimes get too hot to handle."

    "What do you mean by that?"

    Tohma chuckled as he hugged his cloak. "Mr. Shindou can be a very difficult person to work with."

    Eiri banged his fist on the table as pressed his forehead against the table. "Try living with him!"

    "Mr. Uesugi... Please don't take this the wrong way." May gulped before she continued to speak. "But if Mr. Shindou gives you so much misery, why are you still with him?"

    "Because I love him," Eiri responded. But May couldn't detect any sense of emotion in his plain tone. If anything, May could almost detect a sense of sarcasm. He didn't even smile when talking about Shuichi. Conversations about loved ones are meant to make one smile. On the other hand, May realized that she was in Eiri's position, smiling would be the last thing on his mind.

    "Your relationship with Shuichi could be an important part of this case," May announced. "We'll get back to Shuichi later. Right now I need to talk about that happened on Taka Aiwaza's death. Do you remember what you were doing?"

    "I was taking a walk around the cemetery," Eiri admitted. He pulled himself up and straightened up his shoulders.

    "Were you with anybody at the time?"

    Eiri shook his head. "I was alone."

    "I was afraid of that," May admitted. She lowered her head for a few moments then lifted them back up. "I was hoping that there would be some witnesses to give you a solid alibi."

    "Well," Eiri hissed. "What you want and what you get are two very different things, Darling."

    "What were you doing walking around the cemetery?" May asked.

    "I had to clear my mind," Eiri snapped.

    "Eiri and Mr. Shindou were meant to be going out on a date," Tohma told May. "They quarrelled, and Mr. Shindou ended up eating alone."

    "How do you know?" Eiri barked.

    "Remember what I said? I am always watching over you," Tohma proclaimed to Eiri. His black gloves crushed against the glass and his face wasn't so far. "I failed you once," He suddenly whimpered. "I can't fail you again." Tohma had so much passion in his voice that May felt that Tohma was madly in love with him.

    "You won't fail," May told Tohma. "Because Eiri is innocent."

    "NO I'M NOT! Eiri yelled.

    "You are," May declared. "You've been set up to believe that you're a serial killer. That's not the case."

    "Can ya prove it?" Eiri snapped. "I bet you can't."

    "I don't have any evidence on me right now," May confessed.

    "That means you can't prove it?"

    May shook her head. "Well, I've heard a lot about the real you from Tohma." Why would Tohma go all this way just to hire a defence attorney? Why is Tohma covering all the legal fees and extras? Why did Yoshika leave her nephew with her brother's supposed killer? Why would Shuichi stay with you? Why do fans all over the world proclaim your innocence and still love you regardless of your past?"

    Eiri shrugged his shoulders. "Because it's a mad world."

    May stood up. Her chair slid off and crashed on the floor as she slammed her hands so hard against the table it hurt. May sneered over to the glass and roared at the top of her voice, "BECAUSE YOU ARE INNOCENT! YOU KILLED NOBODY!"

    "KEEP THE NOISE DOWN!" The prison guard demanded.

    "Oops..." May whispered. All three of them remained silent. "I'm sorry for that. I didn't mean to scare you."

    "Someone out there still has it in for Eiri?" Tohma asked.

    May nodded. "I'm pretty sure whoever tried to frame Eiri this time, is the same person that tried to frame him for Yoshika and Yuki's death." May pursed her lips and her mind hovered for a few moments. "I'm going to go to the crime scene," May decided. "I'm going to speak to the detectives and see where we are heading."

    "Okay," Eiri muttered. "Bye."

    May was going to defend Eiri and clear his name: whether he liked it or not!


    The crime scene was the cemetery three streets away from N-G Records. Tohma had decided to go home, but as he left May, he had a warm smile on his face. May had a feeling that he was going to sleep well tonight. It didn't take her long to find the crime scene in the cemetery as she followed the sounds of flashing cameras and police jargon.

    "I'm sorry Miss," A young man said behind her. May jumped as she felt a hand on her shoulder. "Only authorized personnel are allowed past this point." May swiftly turned around. It was a tall man with a white coat and large spiky brown hair. He looked very familiar and so did the sound of his nasal voice.

    "Oh I'm looking for the detective in charge of this case," May responded.

    "That would be me," The guy nodded. "Hey!" He cried out. "I remember you. You're Ash's girlfriend."

    May was able to remember him. "Gary Oak, right?"

    "Detective Gary Oak at your service. Mr. Wright was right; I thought he was pulling my leg when he said you joined his agency. So what made you become a lawyer?"

    "I'm going to clear Ash's name," May told him with a huge smirk on her face. "But I need the experience first."

    "That's the same reason why I became a detective," Gary admitted. "I know Ash is innocent, but I need to get the evidence and experience to convince the Chief of Police to reopen the case. So you're Mr. Yuki's lawyer?"

    "I am indeed." May nodded. After the meeting with her client in the detention centre, it felt strange for people to call Eiri by his pen name. "So what have you found so far?"

    "It's a triple murder," Gary announced. "Ma-Kun and Ken-Chan passed away in the hospital."

    "They're the other band members?"

    "Taki, Ma-Kun and Ken-Chan formed the band, A.S.K. in the 90's. Their popularity has gone up and down over the years but their music was always pretty solid. They were first signed to N-G Records, but after a dispute, they were dropped."

    "What was the dispute about?" May asked, thinking she could find some clues.

    "Do you know about Mr. Yuki's previous trial?" Gary asked.

    "Yes I do," May replied. "And I also know about his past too. I believe that he was framed for all the murders."

    "You do?" Gary asked. "Sorry to break it to ya but he's known to the police as a killer. You won't have much a chance in this case."

    "The evidence is out there," May retaliated. "And the truth will speak for itself in the trial."

    "Anyway, your friends are over there," Gary pointed over to a man in a blue suit and a girl in a big blue hat. May knew from a distance that it was Phoenix and Trucy.

    "Hey!" Trucy shouted out with her palms pressed upon her face. May heard her and decided to run towards her. "I don't think this has anything to do with the case, but take a look at this!"

    "What have you found?" Phoenix asked.

    "Take a look at who's name is on the stone," Trucy shrieked.

    "What is it?" May asked curiously.

    "No way!" Phoenix shrieked. "It's..."

    May crouched over towards the small white grave as the words engraved with gold sent shivers down her spine. She gasped with twice as much horror in their faces as Phoenix and Trucy. "That's...That's my name."

    May Maple

    Beloved Daughter Of Norman and Caroline

    Forever missed

    "Maybe it's a coincidence," Trucy muttered with little conviction. "Maple is a common surname, right?"

    "Maybe," May shuddered. "But Norman and Caroline are the names of my parents!"

    "Hey guys!" Gary yelled across the graveyard. "That's the cemetery for the babies and children. There's nothing to see there!"

    "Is it really appropriate to be shouting in a place like this?" Trucy asked.

    "Nope," Phoenix quickly responded. He looked over at May. "I wouldn't worry about the grave. Like Trucy said, Maple is quite a common surname. And Norman and Caroline are very common names. Must be a coincidence."

    May carried on with her investigation, but she took a picture of the grave on her phone. For some reason, she couldn't believe Phoenix when he said it was just a coincidence. May felt that the image of her grave would burn her mind for the rest of her life.

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