"GOOD morning, Ma'am. Table for?" The staff greeted me.
I gave a small smile. "I'm here under the reservation of Lake Mancini."
"Allow me to guide you, Ma'am."
I nodded and followed the staff while my eyes is roaming around the restaurant. Trying to familiarize myself.
"This way, Ma'am." The staff smiled and pointed a door.
Ah, a private room.
"Thank you." I said, the staff thanked me as well before leaving.
Before I open the door, I overheard their conversation.
"Ang daming article's na sumasabog."
"Maganda ang naging flow. Ang angas ng Abogado na iyon."
"Naka-broadast pa naman ito sa TV. Kaninong law firm kaya siya nagtratrabaho."
"Pabida lang kasi 'yung Prosecutor."
"Life insurance, 3 million dollars."
They're talking about the case I'm representing. So it was broadcast, huh.
I'm about to enter, however...
"Sa tingin mo, ginawa niya talaga 'yon para sa pera??"
I'm about to throw fist when someone suddenly tapped me in my shoulder.
"Ciao, mio Fratello." 'Hi, my Brother.' I smiled widely and took off my shades.
"Sa'n libing?" He rolled his eyes. "You're late."
I'm wearing a sunglasses and full black outfit.
Ano ka namatayan ka sis?
"The main character always arrived late." I give him a kiss on his cheeks.
"You know, how to speak Italian now? huh?" He chuckled.
"Learning is a part of life." Natatawang saad ko. "Penge kong kape. Yaman-yaman ng firm ko ta's hindi ka manlamang magpa-starbucks."
I heard him laugh and immediately grab his phone to call his secretary.
"That's new, daming natutunan sa Italya ah?" Tsaka siya umupo sa harap ko. "At, ba't ganyan itsura mo? Did my mother died?"
Natawa ko sa sinabi niya pero mukhang seryoso siya. Tsh, hindi mabiro ang kumag. It's the latest fashion trend kaya.
"Hindi pa naman." I said softly while caressing my hair.
Mas lalo siyang natawa, nababaliw na ata. His secretary suddenly appeared before us, I just smiled a little.
Hindi kaya libre ang ngiti ko, duh!
"Yes, order for about 50 coffee."
"Yes, Sir. Have a pleasant lunch." His secretary smiled.
"Kumusta ang bakasyon mo sa Switzerland?" He asked while looking straight to me.
Tinitingnan ata pati kaluluwa ko.
I shrugged. "I just stay in Florence a couple of weeks and decided to stay for three years in Switzerland."
"Ba't ka nasa Florence?"
"I just helped a fucking friend of course." I smiled.
"So you just stayed at Florence for two weeks, then you manage to learn the language?"
I shrugged. "Well? Ako lang 'to Mancini." Natatawang saad ko. "Anyways, kumusta na itong Law Firm ko? Hindi pa naman ako nabaon sa utang 'di ba?"
"Nahh, hindi pa naman. Ako pa ba?" Mayabang na saad niya. "The mighty Mykel Lake Mancini, malulugi ang mina-manage na business? Dream on, my sister."
I rolled my eyes. "A famous Author, managing a law firm, how ironic."
He suddenly let off a cough.
"Why are we standing here? Can't we just enter?"
"You're right." He said as he opened the door.
The place suddenly have an eerie vibe. I slowly entered and smiled at them.
"ATTORNEY MIRANDAAA!!" Rinig kong sigaw ng iba tsaka dali-dali akong niyakap.
"Fayre, Elle, Myghad! Oreo! I missed you guyss, and Storm. It's nice to see you again!" Masayang saad ko habang kayakap sila.
Nang makita ko sila parang bumalik ang nakaraan. Ang mga paghihirap na dinanas ko bago ko makapunta sa kung ano'ng meron ako ngayon. I felt the pain and misery again.
Humiwalay sila sa pagkakayakap sa'kin dahilan para makita ko pa 'yung iba. Napako ang mata ko sa isang tao.
He seems familiar.
Before I drifted away because of my thoughts... I sighed, tsaka ko siniko si Mancini.
"I called you guys to introduce my sister. Attorney Elara Miranda, The owner of Pisces Law Firm."
Everyone clapped, they looked so amazed.
"Siya 'yung nasa broadcast kanina." Rinig kong bulong ng isang tao.
I guess he's new here.
"I'm looking forward on working with all of you." I smiled and sat down.
"Ahm, I'd like you to meet Thunder Centeno, twin brother of Storm a paralegal." Mancini introduce him to me.
I'm familiar with his brother, but I didn't know that he has a twin.
"Nice to meet you."
We both smiled with each other.
The, Mancini introduced another one. "This is Jaspher Lazaro the Investigator."
"Hi, nice to meet you."
He smiled. "Likewise, Attorney."
"This is Attorney Chastine Garcia the another Civil Attorney"
She smiled. "Hello, Attorney, I'll be in your care."
"Nice to meet you."
I can see her deadly stare, she's examining me.
Mancini deeply sighed before introducing another one. "Its Attorney Devon Selvantes, the new Criminal Attorney."
"Attorney Devon Selvantes?" It felt really familiar.
Where did I met him anyway? I forgot a lot since I've bee undergoing therapy for 3 years.
"I saw you again, Miss."
"Oh, I'm sorry... I'm having a hard time remembering."
"Don't worry, I'm your angel and savior."
My heart skipped a beat. I was struck by feelings of coldness, emptiness, and sadness. I can feel my fingers trembling.
Hinawakan ko ng madiin ang parehong kamay ko at nag-angat ng tingin.
That smile, I know that smile. I want to crush that hope.
"Well, then." I smiled. "I'm Attorney Miranda, looking forward to know you guys."
Nagsimula na kaming kumain pero dahil madadaldal sila nadaldal na rin ako. Since there are a lot of new faces here, might as well blend in.
"Kumusta ang Switzerland, Elara?" Nakangiting saad ni Fayre, siya ang pinakamatanda sa amin. I guess she can talk casually to me.
I chuckled and answered. "Switzerland pa rin."
Magulat kayo maging Pilipinas 'yon, tss.
"Kala ko, hindi ka na babalik simula no'ng nangyari 'yon." Nakangiting saad niya.
Napatigil ako saglit tsaka napatingin sa gawi niya. Nakita ko ang titig ni Mancini, agad naman akong tumingin kay Fayre para sumagot.
"May inayos lang ako ro'n, medyo napatagal nga lang." I calmly said.
"Bakit umalis si Attorney?" Tanong ni Jaspher.
I saw Attorney Garcia smirked. "Oh you didn't know?"
"Attorney, stop." Biglang singit ni Elle.
"There's an issue, 3 years ago. A very proud Attorney, made a complete mess inside the courtroom by slicing her wrist."
She looked at me.
Mancini suddenly stood up. "Attorney I have to stop you befor-"
"You're right, that's me." I stood up without any emotion. "I'm the proud Attorney who attempt to commit suicide inside the courtroom.
I looked at Chastine. "Will that satisfy your curiosity?"
"You look proud saying you're suicidal."
I scoffed. "I'm not trying to come clean unlike you, Attorney."
I grabbed my bag. "Well, this is a pleasant lunch... Thank you for welcoming me."
I was about to leave when Chastine also stood up.
What now? Do I even know her that deeply for her to interrogate me like this.
"Your license to practice should be revoke."
I turned my back to face her. "Why are you so invest with my life?"
"I just want to know how you escape the law so easily."
I smirked and slowly leaned to her. "I am the Law."
I laughed and turned my back once more to give some reminder.
"Remember, you're working under me. I'm not gonna raise an unfaithful dog who will bite her own owner."
"GOODmorning, Attorney!" I smiled and greeted them too before going to my office. I looked like shit but presentable naman, but minabuti kong mag-shades muna kase tinamad ako mag-full make-up at ayoko ma-late sa first day ko sa firm. Galing ko talaga mag-English! Kaya ko binagsak ng professor ko eh. "Good morning, Attorney!" "Morning!" I keep walking until I reach my destination. Bagong renovate ang lumang office ko, mixture of gray and white. "Ganda ba?" Pagsulpot ng isang demonyo sa tabi ko. "Yeah." "Nemaiah, designed it. Maarte ka kasi sa design." He laugh. "It's perfect, but my coffee maker is missing." I calmly said and sat down to read some cases. "Give me two months." I looked up. "Are you serious?" "In two months
"I have an appointment at 4 p.m., make sure to note that." "Yes, Attorney." "Thanks, you may lea- wait! Give me 10 copies of this, 7 of this and 15 of this categorized them. You can go home by 7 p.m." I smiled at him. "Yes, Attorney." He smiled and immediately went out of my sight. I started reading while sipping my coffee. Today is the last trial, I wish it will be a good successful. I packed up my things and get my car keys. Binigyan ako ni Mancini ng sasakyan pagka-uwi ko dahil mahihirapan daw akong sumakay. Well good for me. I went straight to the court for my trial. Pinasa lang sa'kin 'to dahil last naman na. Babasahin lang naman ang magiging sintensya. "Is this the mighty Attorney Miranda?" When I heard my name called, I turned around right away. "Prosecutor Han!"
"After reading this, I was thinking... Can my daughter really survive this?" He broke down into tears, I immediately grab some tissues and give it to him. Sakto naman ang pagdating ng sekretarya ko dala ang kape, aba'y kay tagal naman magtimpla. May halo bang golden powder `yan? "I thought, you could help us. My daughter is innocent! She was abused and raped by that man! My daughter, mean no harm!" He started shouting. I sighed. "We can work this out, Sir. No need to panic, just tell me everything you know." He immediately shook his head. "I wasn't able to watch her properly because, I was so busy with my businesses. But, I know someone who knows what is my daughter is doing." "Can you tell me his/her name then?" I asked. "Safiyah Castro, my daughter's best friend." Our meeting took mu
"CLOSEfriends sila nung biktima pero walang motif sa pagpatay. Madalas silang nakikitang magkasama pero wala namang nakiktang ibang kinikilos si Ms. Santiago." Bungad ni Jaspher. "Na-contact mo na ba 'yung kaibigan niya?" I asked. "Yes, sasama ko na lang dito kapag okay na 'yung schedule niya." I nodded and started reading. Naka-schedule na ang second trial ni Maple by Thursday, kaya pilit kong hinahanap ng butas 'yung kaso niya dahil Martes na ngayon. "Pagtimpla pa kita, Attorney?" Rinig ko saad ni Iñigo.
KINAUMAGAHAN, nag-aayos na ko para pumasok sa trabaho. Tinamad ako mag-skirt kaya nag-slacks na lang ako at double V-neck white long sleeve blouse, tinack-in ko lang 'yung sa harap tsaka kinuha 'yung gold moon necklace ko, kumuha ng coat tsaka stilettos at ang lagi kong ginagamit na bag. Nag-spray ng perfume kinuha ang susi ng kotse at dumaan muna sa Starbucks para sa kape. "Good morning, Attorney!" Maligalig na bati ni Oreo at Chizkeyk. "Morning!" Pagpasok na pagpasok ko sa office nadatnan ko na si Iñigo sa table niya, may sinusulat sa sticky notes ta's may dinidikitan siya. "Morning!" Bati ko agad naman siyang tumayo.
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