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Number Six steps into the reviewer's chair as Season 6 FINALLY comes to an end with Psychonauts!
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You Still Can't Play

A One-Shot Ace Attorney Fanfic

Author's Note: This story takes place after the events of Apollo Justice, but before Dual Destinies.  Not many spoilers are involved, however, so enjoy.

The first thing the detective felt when she entered the place was cold--bitter cold that made her regret wearing a skirt.  She shivered and wrapped her white lab coat tighter around herself, but then took a deep breath of icy cold air and entered, finding a table and ordering a bottle of grape juice and a bowl of borscht.  The Borscht Bowl Club wasn't exactly a popular hangout, especially not to eat--unless you enjoyed cold beet soup, which she didn't.  But Ema thought that it would be rude just to snack on something you brought with you if you walked into a restaurant.  Of course, she hadn't come here to eat, but for now she sat there, looking across the table and waiting.  Thankfully, it wasn't long before she heard footsteps coming up from a stairwell in the back of the restaurant.  

"Good game," said one stranger as he turned back to shake the hand of another man who had climbed up behind him.  

"Same to you," said the other man, taking the offered hand and shaking it with a half smile.  It was this man that Ema paid attention to, though you would wonder why if you simply saw his appearance.  He was dressed in tattered black slacks, old sneakers, a rumpled blue and grey hoodie, and strangest of all, a pale blue stocking cap that sat perched on his head with a strange-looking button on the side.  But Ema knew the man instantly upon seeing him.  As the stranger walked off, the man she had her eye on walked toward the piano, but Ema cut him off.  

"Phoenix Wright!" she called out, a little louder than she'd intended, and the man in the hoodie stopped in mid-stride, turning to where the sound had come from.  When he saw her, a small smirk appeared on his face, and he turned toward her table, walking over to her.

"I'd recognize that lab coat anywhere...Ema Skye.  It's been a long time."

"Don't give me that!" Ema grouched.  "Do you have any idea how long it took to track you to this hole in the wall?!"  Phoenix sighed and rubbed his temples, but Ema was on a tear now.  "And to think--the man who helped me so much years ago is reduced to being the piano man in this...this...refrigerator!  I mean, have some dignity!"  Phoenix stood there listening to her tirade, taking it in as if he was used to being yelled at, until she finally stopped, glowering at him.  

"Are you finished?" he said simply, and Ema blanched.  Without waiting for an answer, he pulled up a chair to her table and sat down across from her, steepling his fingers.  Upon closer inspection, Ema could see that his chin now had a hint of stubble on it.  Had it really been that long?  Seven years--Phoenix had to be in his thirties by now, after all.  "Ema, I have a feeling you didn't come here just to gripe at me.  At least, I hope so."

Ema glared at him, then poured herself a glass from the grape juice, setting the bottle between them without a word as she drank deeply.  Phoenix took the time to pour himself a glass while he waited for her response, and when he sat the bottle back down, she continued.  "No.  I came here...because you wouldn't come to me."  

Phoenix raised an eyebrow.  "You mean, when I gave Apollo the fingerprint powder to give to you?"  

"Yes!"  Ema said.  "Or, anytime, really!"  She pointed a finger at him from across the table, a gesture Phoenix was all too familiar with.  "Ever since that hit-and-run incident, you knew I was back in town!  I tried my hardest to get in touch with you, but you just sat around and let the phone ring whenever I called you!  And then you send your little errand boy to give me back the powder--that's just insulting!"  

"Apollo is not an errand boy," Phoenix said defensively, in spite of how often he made him clean the toilet.  "That was his case, and I thought it best that he come to you during his investigation, not me."  He took a drink of his own grape juice before continuing.  "At the time, I wasn't a lawyer anymore."  

"About that," Ema said, stirring her drink with a finger absently.  "I heard that after the latest case, you were going to take the bar exam again."  

"News travels that fast, huh?" Phoenix remarked, chuckling.  "But yes, now that I have the freedom to do so, I want to go back being a lawyer.  But the next available bar exam isn't for three weeks, so until then, I'm stuck here doing this."  He gestured to the cold room around them.  "It doesn't pay much, but it's better than nothing."  

"And what exactly is your job here?" Ema asked, glancing at the stairwell.  "Playing cards in the basement?"

"Not officially," Phoenix remarked.  "Officially, I'm the piano player.  But word got around that I'm a good poker player, and every so often, people come to challenge me in the Hydeout.  Which is good, because honestly my poker playing is better than my piano playing."  

Ema took this in as Phoenix drained his glass, then poured another one.  "You know--you never answered my question."  Phoenix looked up at her, and she added.  "Why didn't you come to me?  You don't have to be a lawyer to say hi, you know...and I would have appreciated it."  

Phoenix took in a deep breath, then let it out in a long, slow sigh.  "You want the truth?"  Ema nodded, and he put his glass down.  "The truth is...I didn't think you'd want to see me."  

"Why not?  I mean, after all you did for me in that case years ago--"

"It wasn't enough!" Phoenix cut her off.  Silence hung in the air before he cleared his throat.  "I'm sorry...I didn't mean to shout.  But I thought you would be angry with me.  In that case...I was able to save you from a conviction, but your sister is still in jail because of me.  What kind of person could forgive me for that?"  

"That's not true!" Ema said, looking him in the eye.  "You did everything you could, and my sister...she may have done some bad things, but it was to save me.  If you hadn't stepped in...her sentence would have been much harsher."  Both of them remained silent for a few minutes, each taking drinks intermittently, before she spoke up again.  "I talk to her, you know."  

"Hmm?"  

"My sister--I talk with her every chance I get.  She was actually the first person I went to visit when I got home."  She choked on the next few words as her eyes started to glisten with held-back tears.  "I told her then, that I failed my forensics exam...and I was so angry with myself.  I wanted...to use all of my scientific knowledge to stop people like her from going to jail.  And I couldn't even become a forensics investigator like I wanted to.  Just some Criminal Affairs detective to do the grunt work...but Lana--Lana seemed happy anyway.  She looked so proud that I'd been able to become a detective at all...it honestly made me happy just to see her smiling again.  And she told me this, too..." she added, looking up to meet Phoenix's eyes once again.  "She told me not to worry about you.  She was how I first found out that you lost your job...but even then, she told me, 'If I know Phoenix Wright, he'll do just fine for himself.'" She smirked ruefully at him.  "Of course, she didn't know you were stuck here playing piano."

"She said that, did she..." Phoenix said, a somewhat wistful tone in his voice, unsure of how to reply.  But he was saved the trouble when Ema slid a five-dollar bill across the table.  "What's this?"  

"Play something for me."  

"Like what?"  

"Surprise me."

Phoenix furrowed his brow as he looked at her, unsure of what her game was.  But Ema's face was unreadable for the moment, so eventually he shrugged and took the money, then walked over to the piano bench and began to play.  True to his word, he wasn't very good--even Ema could tell that.  Sour notes and chords were peppered throughout the sweet melody as he struggled to bang out "The Guitar's Serenade."  Though to his credit, the piano WAS out of tune to begin with.  

Before the song was finished, Ema cut him off.  "Stop--that was awful!  I should ask for my money back!"  She walked up to Phoenix, looking him straight in the eye.  "Phoenix Wright--you are terrible at piano."  

"I told you that," Phoenix shrugged.  

Ema sighed, then looked up at him, a new smirk on her face.  "You should really stick to being a lawyer, Nick.  It's what you're good at."  

Phoenix was nonplussed as Ema laid down a check, walking out without having touched her borscht--not that he blamed her for that part.  It wasn't until after she'd left, silence covering the restaurant, that Phoenix realized what she'd done, and burst out laughing.  "That girl has the strangest way to try and reassure someone," he remarked, reaching for the half-empty bottle of grape juice and taking a swig directly from the bottle.  Experimentally, he reached over to the piano with his free hand and plunked out a few chords, grimacing at how they sounded.  

She was right, after all--he couldn't play piano.  The Borscht Bowl Club was a miserable place to work, and the acoustics would have been terrible even if a professional piano player was tickling the ivories.  But he knew he'd only have to endure it for a bit longer.  After all, it was still pay, and he had a family to think about.  But he would take the bar exam with renewed vigor when he next got the chance to take it.  It was as Ema said: a lawyer was what he was meant to be.  
You Still Can't Play
When I was writing the Apollo Justice retrospective, one thing I was disappointed at (besides a lot of the older cast not being involved), was the fact that Phoenix and Ema Skye never interact.  I don't think that's fair, considering everything that Phoenix did for her in Rise From The Ashes.  So I decided to write what COULD have happened.

The Ace Attorney/Gyakuten Saiban series is property of Capcom. 
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Just so you know...I do still plan on writing things for this page.  I know I haven't written anything here in a long time, but I did just get a great new idea for a story.  Only problem is, it's a crossover between two stories I doubt my audience has read...but hopefully some of you will enjoy it anyway. 
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The Hero goes back to a game series many people underestimated...only to find himself confronted in the end.
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My name is Eli, I'm 22, and I'm a writer by trade. My dream is to one day write screenplays for Hollywood movies, and have them be successful ones.

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Happy birthday
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Happy birthday to the Cartoon Hero!!!
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Happy Birthday, Eli! Here's hoping it'll be a good one! :)
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Happy birthday!
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Happy birthday
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Happy birthday, Hero! :D
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happy birthday!
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Happy Birthday Eli! I hope you have a good one!
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Happy Birthday Eli! I really love your work.
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thepinkapocalypse Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I love your accent for some reason...you're from the south arent ya? umm Arkansas right? I am from Georgia. but yeah i hope to see more of your videos its too bad reviewers unknown got deleted because i still see the link to the site on your channel.
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TheWalrusclown Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
Episode 6 of walrus reviews is up,, thanks for all the help, you get mentioned in the credits : thewalrusclown.deviantart.com/…
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TheWalrusclown Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
I found a movie that you might want to take a crack at reviewing (I'd make a review video myself but my good computer blew up and now I'm using my old vista) Just six word, my friend, just six words "Tyler Perry's Madea: The animated movie "

I took the liberty of embedding the trailer in a journal so you can see if it's worth it or not: thewalrusclown.deviantart.com/…
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GearsX Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015
If you check out and review the anime, School Days, be forewarned, it will make you angry
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TheWalrusclown Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015
hey, hero
I'm almost at 50 subscriber milestone on the youtubes, hear take place in the 50 subscriber special vote to determan what MLP Episode gets the Walrus treatment next: thewalrusclown.deviantart.com/…
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TheWalrusclown Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
Hey, CH, hears a link to a special preview of Walrus Reviews: Maude Pie: thewalrusclown.deviantart.com/…
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Pixargirl Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
Hello Mr. Eli Stone.
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Well, this is Savage here. Interesting place you have.
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GearsX Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
did you catch the final episode of Legend of Korra on Nick.com?
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