ALONE ONCE AGAIN
day softly mellowed, and the cheery new morn brought with it both happiness
and dreadfulness. T. G. Taft sat back in his beautiful custom-made chair in
his custom-made office, and stared at the wall. Something was bothering him,
and he could not figure out what it was. Suddenly Bob XXIII buzzed in on the
intercom. "Someone's here to see you, sir!"
where's my secretary?" Sceamed an angry Taft.
did not feel too well this morning, sir. I am taking her place."
grumbled to himself. "You can't find good help nowadays." "Sir:
Send them in." Taft snarled. Through the doors of his office came a
Quische, with a set of siamese twins on top of it. Taft was quite startled to
see them, especially the Quische, since it was in the form of a Sworshk.
"Sir, you are hereby invited to serve as attorney persecuting one Adena,
the Enchantress of Furanose." Announced the twin on Taft's left.
jumped up. "What'd she do?"
is accused of killing one Iffley, the Wizard of Bandoc."
slowly grinned, and then laughed meanly. "Will Blue be there?"
you are referring to 'Blue' Ledic, he is the defending attorney."
I gladly accept."
"Very good. The ceremony will take place on
Aldery, in one week from today." With that, the group left.
G. Taft slowly walked into the courtroom, and a herd of applause surrounded
him as he entered. It felt great to be hailed as he had always worked to be.
He looked to his right and to his left: There were newly installed
Guardsworshks, a few Guardplimpkins; there was Bronson Randolf, sitting near
the exhibits. Jonathan Pierce was there, along with his characters, and
then... of course... His eyes settled upon the front left: On to the being of
the defendant, Adena, the Enchantress of Furanose, and her newly acquired
husband. Yes: Her new husband. A snarl came to Taft's face, and then a smile
slowly arose as he began to think the power that he now had.
a man came from behind him. "Mr. Taft. I am Constable Nai, and I would
like to thank you for attending the proceedings. You, sir, will sit in that
seat over to your right."
Nai, who are the jurors? I think I've seen them somewhere before."
from Left to Right, That's Mr. Mejasno, Mrs. Snemajo, Mr. Senajom, Ms.
Onamesj, Mrs. Nomasej, M. Asenojm, Ms. Jesanom, Mr. Esonajm, Mrs. Ojeamns, Mr.
Mnosjea, Ms. Sjoanem, and Mrs. Esamojn.
who is the Judge?"
Jamesno, of course. But please: Be seated." With that, T. G. Taft
took his seat on the prosecuter's bench, and opened up the briefcase that he
carried with him. He glanced over at the defendants, where Adena was crying,
and Blue was trying to comfort her. Just as he snickered to himself, Blue
looked up at Taft, staring into his large eyes. Taft took advantage of this
opportunity, and stared right back. Then he laughed.
rise, please." All imediately rose, and Judge Jamesno took his seat on
the bench. "I've read over the case, and it seems to be open and shut:
But nonetheless, Mr. Blue will have a shot at defending the defendant. Will
the prosecuting attorney please state the case?"
stood up. Glancing over his shoulder to laugh at Blue, he called his first and
only witness. "Constable Nai, will you please take the stand?"
the constable took the stand and was swore in, Mr. Taft began. "What
leads you to believe that our wily defendant, Ms. Enchantress of Furanose,
who, I might add, is married to that stiff-necked blue-livered Archimedes
Ledic, killed one innocent, pure, and helpless Iffley, Wizard of
screamed Blue. The judge stared at the tiny creature that had interrupted the
great Taft and screamed "Overruled! Go on, Mr. Nai."
there I was; I found that poor helpless body, lying there so innocent, and
there right down its innocent little heart, there was a partially melted ice
Ice Dagger! If it pleases the court, I would like to mention that that
'lady'"--he pointed at Adena--"once before killed one of my own
characters, one innocent Bob XVII, with such an evil weapon as that." The
audience gasped, along with the judge and the whole jury.
screamed the judge, "And shut up!"
snickered evily at Blue and went on. "What did you find next, Mr.
Exhibit A, of course. It was sitting only a foot away."
yes. Exhibit A." Taft walked smoothly over to it, glancing at Blue as he
did. "What exactly is this?"
a holograph type of machine." Answered the Constable.
holograph? You mean, like produced by Exhibit B, The Amulet of
Amulet of Wisdym belonged to who? I mean, only days ago?"
her, of Course."--He too pointed at Adena--"Adena: The Enchantress
honor," Taft smiled, "the prosecution will now rest its case."
As Taft skimmed across the floor to his desk, he turned to snicker at Blue.
Instead, he found Adena's tear laden face staring at him. He turned quickly
judge looked up and rested his eyes on the defense stand. "Mr. Blue, as
if you had a chance, you may now present your defense.
good, Your honor. For my first witness I would like to call..."
"Oh forget it," Judge Jamesno cried,
"It's useless anyhow. The jury will now make its decision, and Court will
resume in one-half an hour."
happily walked out of the courtroom, shaking hands with the congratulating
audience. As soon as he was outside, he found himself walking next to a small
What do you want? My Island? My Note? Me? Please don't take Adena..."
laughed in his face. With that, the man ran off crying. Taft sat down next to
an old oak tree, and closed his eyes as he began to more fully enjoy himself.
Suddenly, as his mind rested more and more, a strange feeling entered his
head. What was that? What was that that seemed to be nagging him, right
underneath his skull? Hmm. maybe he should see a doctor after all this is
over. It was then that a voice came from behind him. "Mr. Taft." It
jumped up, startled to find out that someone had sneaked up behind him.
"What do you want!" He screamed.
want to talk to you." It was Susan Smith III, and she had a scared look
on her face. "Something's bothering you, and I think I know what it
funny," thought Taft, "How did she know?"
paced once and stared at The great author. "Why are you accusing
come on. Deep down, you know that's not true: You know that this is all a
.then just why am I doing it, smarty?"
it apparent? It's simply this: You want to win. I mean: It's obvious, isn't
it? You really want to win. That has always been what you have always wanted:
You want to win. Winning. Think about it. That's it: You don't care if your
powerful or not, just as long as you win. And let's face it: The Ledic
Marriage to you was a loss; Blue was the victor and you were the loser. And
Blue is why your doing all this. That's what this whole court scheme is to
you: This is your chance: Your chance to beat Blue. Your chance to kill his
wife and make him cry. And you love having the power to do it."
a light in Taft's head popped on. "Of course, that's why I..."
G., you must stop it! You can't kill an innocent girl because of your lust for
I must win... I must win... How can I win if I don't kill..."
"Because Blue..." murmu1red Susan, and
then she whispered something in his ear.
Jamesno sat down on the bench and prepared to ask the jury to give their
verdict. Suddenly T. G. Taft stood up. "Your honor, I have one more
witness to call to the stand."
Judge stared at the attorney and stammered, "No, I think that will be
I think that this will have much to do with the case." After a long stare
at him, the Judge gave the okay. "This better be good." He mumbled
would like to call Susan Smith IV to the the stand, please." Taft looked
over at the defense stand and grinned at the now blushing defense attorney.
After taking her oaths, Susan was asked a couple of things by Taft.
you please assert for us that Adena, the defendant, was with Iffley the night
of the murder?"
looked at her boss for a puzzled moment. "No sir, I cannot. In fact, I
can do just the opposite: Adena was with Blue at the time of the
audience gasped. Taft sarcastically spit out the next few words: "How do
you know this?"
because I was on Phire Island the time of the murder. I saw everything from
the marriage to when the police came."
his best at acting innocent, Taft stressed his next words. "Why were you
on the island?"
turned his head from Blue, where he had been watching him sweat, to stare at
Susan. "Go on."
well... he"--She pointed a thin finger at Blue--"had asked me to
come last week." Blue became very nervous and began wiggling in his
did he want you to do?"
didn't know, at the time... I'm not sure he did... But after she had left
we... It was only momentary... passion..."
room gasped, and Adena jumped back from her husband: That husband who was
wiggling beside her. Blue put his head down in his face and mumbled something
to Adena. All she could do was sit there, numb.
started talking louder. "It was only because I... uhhh... She seduced me.
It was late at night... And she seduced me... I still love you more than
her... I promise it won't happen again... Oh please..."
looked up at everyone in the room, stunned to find everyone staring back at
her. Still acting marvelously, Taft began to talk. "I did not know that
Susan was there! I am afraid that I have lost the case, and the prosecution
now has no recourse but to drop all charges." Mumbling began to take
place in the audience, but the smiles were evident as all eyes settled upon
kindly thanked the judge and got out of her seat. She walked over to the
exhibits, took her amulet and reached for the belt. Bronson, though, sitting
near the belt he desired grabbed it before she could and rushed out of the
courtroom. Adena showed no signs of emotion; she merely began to walk to the
back door, not looking at anybody or anything. Blue, seeing that his wife
could be well walking out of his life, rushed up from his seat and ran after
turned around to see him running toward her. "Stay away from me!"
She screamed. She took off her ring, the ring that Blue had given her when
they became engaged, and threw it at those big, blue, crying eyes.
dear," Blue cried, "I... well... I was seduced... but... I love
Up!" Adena screamed, turning toward the door. But before she could leave
she heard some last few words, coming from Susan Smith the IV:
is she worried about? At least her baby isn't going to have blue
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