Summary: After a series of events leave her life in pieces, Emma Swan finds herself hitchhiking out of Maine, her wallet empty and her heart broken. The best she hopes for is a driver who isn’t a pervert and takes her far away from the painful memories of Storeybrooke. But when she finds a ride with a quiet truck driver named Jones, Emma discovers that maybe a trustworthy friend is all she needs.
Note: This chapter was originally split up into two parts, and I was only going to post the first. But then I watched tonight’s episode of this @$%#ing show and i have such a major case of viewer’s blue balls that I figured it would be mean to do the same to my lovely readers. Please enjoy this monster chapter. Bless.
Don’t freeze out there, huh? Good
advice, but hard to follow, Emma thought sourly, as they left the warm,
comfortingly grease-scented air of the bar behind. It had already been cold
outside when they arrived, but the temperature seemed to have dropped even further
while they were inside, and a light snow was falling. She pulled her coat’s
hood up with one hand, then returned it to Jones’ arm, keeping a firm grip with
all ten fingers.
He wasn’t staggering anymore, although as they walked slowly across the
parking lot, threading through cars and trucks, his steps were slightly uneven.
Not that she was perfectly steady, herself; Emma could still feel the beer
pounding through her veins, making her a little dizzy. Their breath formed
clouds in the freezing air, and Emma longed to call a cab, even just for a
This is from one of the trilogy era fan books, an interview with Ace Attorney writer/creator/director Takumi Shu about Phoenix and Edgeworth. I posted it on the PW Kink Meme before but since I finally jumped on the Tumblr bandwagon, I figured I might as well put it up here too. Enjoy~
Interviewer: The profile that the fans came up with for Wright is published on page 46. What’re your thoughts on it?
Shuu: You all put a lot of thought into that, didn’t you? Personally when it comes to Wright, the more I try to unravel him, the less I understand. When it comes to Edgeworth, he’s a little more unstable in some ways than the average person, so that actually makes it easier to think up interesting replies for him. But with Wright, I feel like he’s the type who leads a relatively normal life with both feet on the ground. And he’s quite average. That actually makes it more difficult to imagine what his life style is like.
I: As you say, Inaba-san and Iwamoto-san both described Wright as “average.” (see page 48)
S: I suppose so. He gives the impression of having been raised in a very normal family. I think he probably grew up in municipal housing or apartment building with his family. I bet even now he’s renting a normal apartment. He probably commutes to the bath house and stuff.
I: When it comes to his mode of transportation between his place of residence and his office or the bath house, it seems that a lot of fans are of the opinion that he rides his bike…
S: Couldn’t it be like a granny bike [characterized by having a basket on the front for carrying a purse/groceries]? I don’t really think a mountain bike suits him (lol) Just so we’re clear, I don’t ride a granny bike (lol)
I: Train and bike were mentioned, but what about other modes of transportation?
S: It’s been established that he doesn’t own a car. I can’t picture him driving one, it just doesn’t fit his image (lol)
I: Does he have his driver’s license?
S: Probably not.
I: While we’re on the subject, what about you, Shu-san? Do you have your license?
S: I don’t, actually (lol). That might have influenced Wright in a way.
I: The next item on the player input survey is about “part time jobs he had in college.” In average Wright’s case, there seems to be a general consensus that it would’ve likely been something that had a lot to do with serving people’s daily needs or the hospitality industry, but since he was enrolled in the art department, I think it would be interesting if he’d done some artistic modeling.
S: He might’ve also been something like a manga artist’s assistant.
I: What exactly was Wright studying in the art department?
S: I actually have an established headcannon about that. He was hoping to become a Shakespearian actor. That’s why he was enrolled with the art department. Influenced by that experience, his gestures tend to be a little exaggerated
I: So did he plan on someday going to England to study acting, then?!
S: I think he did. But then while he was enrolled, a newspaper article about Edgeworth caught his eye. After that he changed courses and started studying to be a defense attorney so that he could meet Edgeworth.
I: I wouldn’t have expected him to pursue an acting career. So does this mean that he’s actually pretty capricious?
S: I wouldn’t call him capricious exactly; I think he’s more the type that once he starts thinking a lot about a certain thing, he becomes very single-mindedly fixated on that thing (lol). I already mentioned that in the “his ‘type’” section though, didn’t I?
I: I see. Let’s talk about his taste in cell phones. What sort of phone do you imagine him owning? I’m betting that since he’s hopeless with technology, he has a very basic model that he’s used and loved for a long time. Is that right?
S: It’s probably one of those old basic straight phones [as opposed to a slider or flip phone which were more common in Japan when this was written]. But even as old as it is, he still hasn’t managed to ruin it with over use. I doubt he’d bother to replace it until it actually breaks… He doesn’t seem like he’d be able to afford an upgrade before that time (lol)
I: Wright keeps taking jobs that don’t end up paying much, so he doesn’t seem like he has much money.
S: And we probably shouldn’t underestimate the cost of maintaining that office of his. It’s in pretty good shape, and there’s a decent amount of room in there. But I think that for Wright, in contrast to wealthy Edgeworth, a poorer image suits him pretty well. If you think of him that way, he, how should I put this… it adds flavor to his character (lol)
Interviewer: Looking at the responses we gathered from the fans, we got some pretty nice comments, but it still feels like there are gaps here and there. What can you tell us about Edgeworth’s character?
Shu: Compaired to Wright, don’t you think Edgeworth’s details are easier to imagine? How should I put this… it’s easy to play around with different aspects of his character. Once I decided that he was rich, various inspirations about him just kept coming to me.
I: Speaking of his wealthiness, it looks like the fans, in regard to his living quarters, imagined him to have rather expensive tastes.
S: I wonder (lol). I think he might be the owner of a large dog. Its collar is white and has frills on it. If you’re going to keep a large dog like that indoors, I suppose an expensive apartment would be best. He’d be like, “Hey, Pess! What’re you barking at?!”
S: That’s the dog’s name (lol) Edgeworth doesn’t seem like the type who’d be good at communicating with other people or horses, Pess is the only one he can really communicate well with.
I: Pess is the only one, huh? (lol) That’s pretty blunt.
S: If Pess were to die, Edgeworth’s world might come to an end. He’s a man who lives in that sort of delicate balance.
I: Edgeworth’s emotional state really depends on Pess’s wellbeing, doesn’t it? So even though he puts up a strong front for the rest of the world, he allows himself to be vulnerable in front of Pess. Is that it?
S: Not only that, but Edgeworth is a very two-faced character. At first, I planned to write him as the type of man without any chinks in his armor. But then… in the strategy guide published by Futabasha, Suekane-san drew a comic in which Edgeworth was a Steel Samurai fan. Now that I think about it,that was what caused Edgeworth’s character to begin to crumble (lol). I began to think “he might actually be cuter if there were chinks in his armor.”
I: Between Wright and Edgeworth, which one do you view as being cuter?
S: Wright is heavily modeled after my own personality, so I can’t really think of him as “cute.” Maybe it’s because when I write from Wright’s point of view, I’m basically just writing what I would think in that situation.
I: So from Wright’s perspective, Edgeworth is…
S: He’s probably thinking that Edgeworth is a pretty cute guy (lol). The second game was when Edgeworth really began to come into his own as a character. So as I was writing it, I began to want to give him a little more development, and I came up with an episode where Wright’s it a really tough spot and Edgeworth helps him out.
I: You’re right; it was the fourth case of the second game where we really began to see Edgeworth as a good guy. It really gave credibility to the claim that he was Wright’s best friend. Now, returning to the topic of the profiles, I’m curious as to what you have to say about Edgeworth’s taste in music.
S: He might be a ppongjjak fan. [Pponjjak= Korean techno/disco music XDDDD]
I: P-ppongjjak?! That’s… rather unexpected…
S: What would be the fun in making him a classical music fan? So he’d be like, standing at attention, listening to ppongjjak. I think that style of music actually suits Edgeworth’s character pretty well.
I: According to the opinions of some players, they could imagine him “singing a passionate rendition of the English song 'My Way.’” Might he sing this song after a victory in court?
S: Sometimes he’ll do things in accordance with the Von Karma family tradition. That means if he wins a trial, he definitely sings “My Way.” (lol) Manfred Von Karma would hold the mic out to him and say, “Sing, Miles.” Franziska might also join him.
I: Speaking of the Von Karma family, it’s amazing how he had all those Von Karma-isms carefully hammered into him since around his middle school years.
S: He received special accelerated education for gifted children, so by the time he was around 20 years old, he fit in pretty well at the Von Karma family dinner table. By the way, the old housekeeper that currently tends to Edgeworth’s fancy appartment has been with him since back then (lol)
I: The old housekeeper left the Von Karmas so that she could be with Edgeworth, huh? (lol)
S: But I think of Edgeworth as being the type of man who really appreciates time to himself, so on such occasions the housekeeper won’t disturb him. I wonder what it is about Edgeworth’s character that makes him so easy to play with (lol). It’s strange.
Six Senses prompt: "Nothing ever goes the way I think it's going to."
Taking a little bit of creative license here.
He’s supposed to pick her up in a few minutes, and Regina
can’t find the shoes she wanted to wear tonight. They should be right here,
third pair from the wall, but there’s an empty space where her hand comes down
in the closet.
She’s already been enough out of sorts over this date that a
missing pair of shoes is probably going to send her into a tantrum. Why
couldn’t this be easier?
Her shoes might be under her bed, or they might have been
kicked into the front hall closet. Either way, she’s not about to go digging
about on all fours. She feels around until she finds another pair that she
hopes will work just as well.
He’s a man. Since when did men ever notice shoes?
He notices everything,
she hears Mary Margaret’s voice echo in her head, but she quashes the thought.
Tonight, she’s been left to her own devices for their date. Nobody pointing out
which underwear she should wear, or asking her if she might want to pick a
different shade of lipstick. She loves her extended family, she does, but she doesn’t
want them whispering in her ear when she’s already so unsure about what she’s
doing with the good doctor. She’s already read him the riot act earlier this
week; Emma and Mary Margaret standing over her shoulder when she opens the
door would probably send him running straight for the hills.
Never mind that if they were there, she’d at least know
where her goddamn shoes are.
She eases into the shoes she’s chosen and guides herself
down the stairs, counting steps along the way. According to the Amazon Echo
Emma gave her for her birthday, she still has a good eight minutes before Robin
picks her up. Enough time to settle herself on the couch in her living room,
enough time to get her breathing back to something resembling normal.
Enough time to pick at her skirt and shift back and forth on
the couch. God, she shouldn’t be this nervous. Their first date had gone well
enough; why was she still panicking like a teenager?
The woman on the radio was reporting on the
infamous Fox River Nine. It was a catchy name, you had to admit, but it was a
little on the nose. Your ears perked up when the lady said Abruzzi’s name.
Apparently, he’d been gunned down in a Washington DC motel room after an
anonymous tip. Who would’ve sent in that?
“The other eight
escapees are still at large and considered dangerous,” she completed the news
story then started another, and Michael switched off the radio.
The first thing you feel upon waking up is exhaustion. Your muscles are sore, heavy, and it takes great effort to do any more than roll over. Legs that feel like lead. Your face is raw, your eyes blurred, throat hoarse and scratchy. The dreamless sleep you had at night was more than needed but it left you feeling more tired, more vulnerable. With shaky arms, you raise yourself up to sit up.
The second thing you feel upon waking up with confusion. Why were you in your bed? You fell asleep on the couch with -
Despite your fatigue, you immediately stand. He would be gone, he would be gone and you couldn’t have that - you couldn’t. Stumbling around on half-asleep legs, you race out of your bedroom.
He was sitting at the table, his head in his hands, a very far look in his narrowed eyes. When you call to him, he looks up and blinks, as if to wake him from his reverie.
Lower Manhattan’s Financial District early skyscrapers. View looking east from Jersey City’s Hudson river shoreline. Circa, 1916.
The Municipal Building (McKim, Mead & White, 1914) and Woolworth Tower (Cass Gilbert, 1913) are at left, with the Woolworth dominating the skyline. The Singer Tower (Ernest Flagg, 1908) and Equitable Building (Ernest Graham, 1915) are at center. The 32-story Whitehall Building tower annex (Clinton & Russell, 1911) are at right.
Photo: Irwing Underhill.
Source: “New York Standard Guide” New York.Foster & Reynolds Co. 1917.