Here’s another chapter of that story 🙂
“Listen, Alana, I really need to get running. Here’s my card, it has my cell phone number and email on it. I don’t think I’ll be able to speak with you tonight, but we’ll chat later this week all right?” Marcus handed Alana his business card.
“Of course, I understand. Here’s my card as well. Give me a bell, and I’ll start talking to Ren about flying out here instead of us going to her.” Alana smiled and gave Marcus a hug. “Welcome to the family, brother mine!” she giggled, before waving and leaving Marcus standing outside the law firm where he worked.
Bemused, he made his way inside the building and up to his floor before being immediately accosted by his secretary Kim. “Conference room B, Marcus. This is a big one.”
“Thanks Kim. Cancelled all the rest of my appointments for today?”
“On the big man’s orders, yes sir. Go go, this one could spell ‘Partnership’!” She waved Marcus into the conference room where one of the named partners of the law firm, John Townsend, was sitting at a large round conference table. All around the table, paperwork was scattered and several other of the lawyers higher up on the food chain than Marcus were sitting, murmuring.
“Ahh Marcus, come in. Just the young man I wanted to see.” John Townsend smiled. “Have a seat, and we’ll get started.”
“Sorry for being late, sir.”
“Not to worry, your secretary informed me that you were getting lunch. I hope it was a good one, because good food might be short on the ground for a while.” Marcus sat down and loosened his tie, picking up the case brief that was before him. “Gentlemen, we have been contacted by the representatives of Kai Hayden.” John turned a large tv that was behind him on. Marcus could see that it was a news report. “He was arrested just this afternoon for the murder of his fiancé, Suzanne Smith. I need one of you to go down to the police station and have a chat with Mr Hayden.”
All the other lawyers in the room began to shake their heads, giving up excuses as to why they wouldn’t be able to attend. Marcus sighed, knowing this is why he was brought in. “I’ll do it, John.”
“Excellent, Marcus. I was hoping you’d volunteer.” Marcus had made a name for himself around the firm in having an excellent rapport with their clients, sometimes getting them to confess to the crimes that they were accused of having committed. “I’ll also need you as my offside when this goes to trial.” Marcus nodded. There were a few grumbles about that. “Gentlemen, this has the potential to be very big. There will be work enough for all of us before this trial is through.” John stood up then. “First thing, let’s make contact with Mr Hayden. Marcus, take thorough notes, and make sure you get a toxicology report done on Mr Hayden.”
“Of course.” Marcus stood up as well and nodded at everyone in the conference room, taking the case brief with him. He went to his office and quickly gathered his briefcase, sticking the case brief in there. “Kim, have you been given a copy of the brief?”
“Such as there is, yeah. Melissa was able to get a bit typed up.”
“Thanks. Give me a ring while I’m driving down to County and catch me up. I need to walk in there with guns blazing, so to speak.
“Of course.” Waving at his secretary, Marcus made his way down to the parking lot and fired up his car before sighing. A high profile murder case with an even higher profile suspect was great for his career, but the dream he had last night and Alana’s visit today… well, he would prefer that this wasn’t the time that his career was going to go crazy.
Switching his phone on to Bluetooth and ensuring it was connected to his car, he quickly gave the Voice commands to ring Kim. “All right, brief me.”
“Kai Hayden is a 28 year old actor from Scotland. He made it big in Hollywood about 7 years ago, and for the first few years he was here he did the normal crazy thing – parties, women, clubs, alcohol and booze. Then, all at once, he stopped. Became a bit of a homebody, and took up with actress Suzanne Smith. Their publicists released news of an engagement about three weeks ago.”
“Any reason why he suddenly stopped the party life?”
“Popular gossip is that he had his eye on Suzanne and she’s a homebody and wasn’t impressed with his party nature. They met on the set of the movie Chase.”
“Right, I remember that one.”
“It was a rom-com, boss. You watch those?” Marcus groaned, and if he weren’t driving he would’ve put his head in his hands.
“I took a date to see it. It was pretty good.”
“All right then. Anyway, he fell for her, she rejected him, he cleaned up his act for her and she was touched. They lived together for a while, and he put a ring on it.”
“Sounds typical. What more can you tell me?”
“According to the reports that Kai’s representatives were able to give us, he woke up next to his fiancé and she had been stabbed to death. He didn’t remember feeling anything throughout the night and he appeared to be disoriented and drowsy when he spoke to police.”
“That’s interesting right there. Anything else you can tell me?”
“No sir. As soon as the brief was sent out to us, I immediately rang you.”
“Thanks Kim. I’ll need to see what I can do. Have a great night, I’ll have some dictation for you in the morning.”
“No problem boss. Have fun!” The sound of Kim hanging up echoed through the car and Marcus steadily maneuvered his way through the Los Angeles traffic to the Los Angeles county jail. Parking the car, he made his way into the reception of the holding area and greeted the officer on duty there.
“Hello, Marcus Gale from Smith and Townsend.” He handed over his business card. “I’m here to speak with Kai Hayden as his representative.”
The officer looked at the card, looked at Marcus and back at the card. “Right this way.” He led him through, after making sure that Marcus wasn’t carrying anything remotely dangerous. They placed him in a room with a metal table and two chairs. Accustomed to this type of room, Marcus sat down and busied himself, getting his notepad and tape recorder out. He heard the door open and the tell tale shuffle of someone being led in with cuffs on their legs before he looked up. Standing before him was a young man with red hair, brown eyes, and a pale complexion. It wasn’t Kai’s appearance that startled Marcus, however. He had seen him in a few movies throughout the years. It was the peculiar shock of recognition that flowed through him. It was the same one that went through him when he met Alana. He knew, without a doubt, he was looking at his brother.