nov 11 05

The Accidental Email, pt III

from: rbarba@manhattandaoffices.org 
to:  ewatts@manhattandaoffices.org
date: Wed, Nov 09, 2016 at 9:23 AM
subject: Courthouse shooting?        

Are you here today? Are you okay??

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from: ewatts@manhattandaoffices.org
to:   rbarba@manhattandaoffices.org 
date: Wed, Nov 09, 2016 at 9:28 AM
subject: RE: Courthouse shooting?

Was just emailing you…spotted you on the steps.

A little shaken, but okay. I joked that we should all stay home the day after the election. Not so funny anymore. Will be in questioning once they clear the courthouse.

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from: rbarba@manhattandaoffices.org 
to:  ewatts@manhattandaoffices.org
date: Wed, Nov 09, 2016 at 9:32 AM
subject: RE: Courthouse shooting?

We heard the shots from our courtroom. Saw Bartle’s name on the docket and wondered…

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from: ewatts@manhattandaoffices.org
to:   rbarba@manhattandaoffices.org 
date: Wed, Nov 09, 2016 at 9:35 AM
subject: RE: Courthouse shooting?

Judge Branson was a vocal advocate for the POTUS-to-be. They believe he was the target.

Fortunately, no one was seriously injured. Have to run. Being pulled for questioning now.

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from: rbarba@gmail.com
to: evewatts@gmail.com
date: Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 4:05 PM
subject: Apologies      

Eve,

I’ve gone too long without checking in given the sort of week we’ve had around here. Granted, it’s been madness for both of us, but there’s no excuse.

I hope you are coping with Bartle’s dismissal and the related circumstances as well as you can, particularly after the trauma of Wednesday’s events.

You have my ear if you need it.

Rafael

 

 

 

from: evewatts@gmail.com
to: rbarba@gmail.com
date: Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 4:48 PM
subject: RE: Apologies          

Rafael,

So nice to see you in my inbox. I was beginning to think that you were distancing yourself like EVERYONE else has been.

Bartle’s downfall was of his own making. I had no idea about his proclivities, and yet it seems that my proximity at the time of his demise may very well mean my own.

More than that…he was not only a colleague, but very nearly a friend. And I missed it. Whatever flags there were, I missed every last one and…

What does that say about me?

That I sat at this perv’s side for months and never once noticed anything?

I’m not entirely sure I want an answer to that question.

Sorry. Our emails have been entirely too serious lately. Perhaps I should take an email sabbatical until things are normal again.

Eve

 

 

from: rbarba@gmail.com
to: evewatts@gmail.com
date: Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 6:03 PM
subject: RE: Apologies          

Eve,

Nothing about what went down with Bartle is on you. AT ALL.

You know the DAs office is a lot of politics, so give it time. Keep your head down, keep being the amazingly capable person you are, and when the dust settles, any affiliation with Bartle will be forgotten.

I heard you’ll be working under O’Dwyer for a bit? That’s a step in the right direction.

If I can do anything, don’t hesitate to let me know.

Rafael

 

 

 

from: evewatts@gmail.com
to: rbarba@gmail.com
date: Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 7:59 PM
subject: RE: Apologies

You can help me edit the Ivy Leaguers Guide to Drinking, because I clearly left out TEQUILEA.

WOO!

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from: rbarba@gmail.com
to: evewatts@gmail.com
date: Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 8:10 PM
subject: Where are you? <eom>

 

 

from: evewatts@gmail.com
to: rbarba@gmail.com
date: Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 8:23 PM
subject: RE: Where are you? <eom>

Is BARBIE GOING TO DO TEQULIA SHOTS WITH ME?

 

 

 

from: evewatts@gmail.com
to: rbarba@gmail.com
date: Sat, Nov 12, 2016 at 2:44 PM
subject: Embarrassed            

Rafael,

I write this email, not even sure what I should say.

I only have a record of the last thing I said in writing, and while I’d like to say it was an exaggeration of the evening’s events, it was not.

I know I made it home safely, but the getting here is still fuzzy. The only clue I have is a handwritten note, left on my bedside table stating the following:

 Drink lots of water and take a couple aspirin when you wake up. Trust me. Tequila is nobody’s friend.

It was signed by someone named Sonny, who simply appended “a friend of Barba’s” to his signature.

Normally, I’d make a joke here about your clandestine mafia connections, as that’s the only explanation I can come up with for someone with a name like that to be one of your associates, particularly one doing you favors.

But I’m a little too exhausted from heaving my insides out in the wee hours of the morning, and a little too humiliated that you had to see me, even virtually, in such a state.

I hope this doesn’t color whatever image you’ve pieced together of who I am.

Regretfully yours,

Eve

PS – Now I remember why Tequila wasn’t part of the Ivy Leaguers Guide to Drinking. Tequila is from the devil and should not be touched. Ever.

 

 

from: rbarba@gmail.com
to: evewatts@gmail.com
date: Sat, Nov 12, 2016 at 9:32 PM
subject: RE: Embarrassed    

Eve,

The only regret to be had here is that I had to send someone in my stead to help.

Go easy on yourself. The week you’ve had would be more than most could bear, and from the sound of it, you’ve done it without the support system you deserve.

For my part, I’m sorry that I didn’t realize that sooner.

If anyone should be embarrassed here, it’s me.

Incidentally, Sonny is not mafia. He’s NYPD, and a trusted detective. I hope you know me well enough to know I wouldn’t send just anyone to rescue you.

Raf

 

 

 

from: evewatts@gmail.com
to: rbarba@gmail.com
date: Sun, Nov 13, 2016 at 10:11 AM
subject: RE: Embarrassed

Rafael,

I think it’s funny that you should say that you hope I know you well enough…

The reality is, I don’t. And yet, it feels like I should?

I’m feeling considerably better today, both physically and emotionally, so thank you for the concern. At this moment, I’m sitting in one of my favorite brunch spots in Manhattan, and the promise of buttery croissants, bacon, and the freshest coffee is enough to nearly make me transcend the events of the past week.

Are you a brunch person?

I don’t know that I could truly understand anyone who doesn’t enjoy an indulgent brunch from time to time.

Perhaps we should start there. If I were to know you well enough, I would know your thoughts on breakfast foods.

And coffee. I don’t need you to tell me about your affinity for the stuff, as I’ve seen you around with a coffee cup in hand on more than one occasion, but I am curious – how does the illustrious ADA Barba take his?

Inquiring minds and all that.

Must go. Food’s arriving…

Eve

 

from: rbarba@gmail.com
to: evewatts@gmail.com
date: Sat, Nov 12, 2016 at 9:32 PM
subject: RE: Embarrassed    

Eve,

I enjoy breakfast food, but I don’t know that I would consider myself a fan of brunch. Then again, what I do with a leisurely morning off is probably more dependent on the company I’m keeping.

Coffee – varies. In the morning, I prefer café con leche, but generally settle for a latte with sugar. In the afternoon, espresso. Sweet. If it’s an especially high quality blend, I’ll take it black.

How is it you’ve seen me around enough to know of my coffee “affinity”, yet I don’t recall ever meeting face to face?

Raf

 

 

 

from: evewatts@gmail.com
to: rbarba@gmail.com
date: Sun, Nov 13, 2016 at 9:47 PM
subject: RE: Embarrassed

Raf,

I’ll keep this brief, as I have an early morning meeting with O’Dwyer that I’m still prepping for…

To answer your question, very simply put, I’m not the sort of person you’d take notice of.

Good night.

Eve

 

 

 

from: rbarba@gmail.com
to: evewatts@gmail.com
date: Mon, Nov 14, 2016 at 8:01 AM
subject: Thank You    

Eve,

Imagine my surprise when I arrived this morning to find a gift box on my desk, tied in dark blue ribbon, with a shiny Yale tumbler full of coffee beside it.

The tie is lovely, and I was even more surprised to find it was a tasteful design made of shades of green rather than blue.

I’m curious as to the change of heart on color, but also grateful.

Hope your morning meeting went well. I’m sure O’Dwyer was impressed with whatever you prepared. Something tells me when you speak, people listen.

Raf



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