Emma grabs Nick, and kisses him.
EMMA: Please... don't stop.
NICK: You like that? *grins*
Emma nods. She puts her hand up to his face, touching his face so softly. She kisses his tender lips. He rests his hand on her leg, sending goosebumps up and down her spine. Emma reaches down, and puts her hand over his. With his other hand, Nick pushes her hair out the way, and kisses her neck, his wet hair brushing against her cheek. It takes Emma's breath away. She wraps her arms around him, and rubs his back. She squints her head round, to kiss his ear. Nick looks up, and their lips meet again. Emma strokes his wet hair, while Nick nibbles her ear...
Emma's never done anything like this before. She's never kissed a man before, and she's certainly never felt excited by a man hugging her before. She pauses for a moment, overcome with new feelings and new emotions.
NICK: *stops* What's wrong? Is this too much for you?
EMMA: *shakes her head* There's nothing wrong.
Emma looks at Nick and strokes Nick's beard. Nervously, she leans forward, and kisses his chest. He takes her hand and their fingers intertwine. He kisses her, and gently pushes her down, so she is lying down on the bed, and he lies down next to her, still kissing. Emma can feel her pulse racing. She's both exctied, and terrified, both at the same time. He runs his fingers through her long hair, and she strokes his arm affectionately. They lie there for a moment, looking at each other. Then Nick kisses her lips. No words are spoken. She wraps her leg around his... almost playing footsie with him, as he kisses her. His hand slips inside her shirt... she doesn't resist.
Emma has never done anything like this before, so she's glad Nick is being so gentle with her. They kiss each other passionately, exploring each other. And just as Emma thinks it can't get any better than this... Nick blows her mind. He inhales sharply, shifts position, and slowly enters her. WOW!
Soterios Forensics Lab...
The investigator from the crime scene walks into the lab. In his hand, is an evidence bag containing a long hair.
INVESTIGATOR: Evening. I got something for you. *holds up the evidence bag with the hair*
FORENSICS SCIENTIST: Oh man, you gotta be kidding me! Have you seen the time? I'm just bout to go home.
INVESTIGATOR: Sorry, the new sheriff wants a rush job on this one. He needs results on this pronto... if not sooner.
FORENSICS SCIENTIST: NEW sheriff? What's that supposed to mean?
INVESTIGATOR: You haven't heard? Our beloved sheriff was killed. Shot 3 times. Not a pretty site, I can tell you. Sheriff Thompson has taken over, and he's out for blood. This hair is probably a clue to the killer.
The forensics scientists mutters something under his breath, and grabs the evidence bag from the investigator. Looks like he's here for the night!
It's morning. Emma opens her eyes, but doesn't move. She immediately thinks back to last night, and a huge smile spreads across her face. Her and Nick had made love! They had actually made love! It was such a wonderful experience. Emma is excited, just thinking about it. But in the cold light of day... how would Nick feel? Would he still want her? Or would he be disgusted that he slept with a monster? Would he even still be there, if she turns over? She takes a deep breath, and rolls over... and sees Nick lying beside her, watching her.
NICK: *smiles* You looked so peaceful sleeping, I didn't want to wake you.
Emma reaches out to stroke his face.
EMMA: I'm awake now. *smiles*
NICK: So... how was last night?
EMMA: Last night was... WOW! *bites her lip, trying to contain her excitement* I never... um, you know... I never did that before. But it was... WOW! *smiles*
NICK: I see your 'wow', and raise you a 'ZOWEE'.
Emma smiles, and kisses his lips.
EMMA: What is it about you, Nick Zarano? I've never felt this way before... about anybody.
NICK: Animal magnitism?
Nick looks at her, hoping she'll get the joke. She does.
EMMA: *chuckles softly* What do you want for breakfast? *strokes his chest*
NICK: *looks at the floor* Hmmm, I hear the pizza is good.
EMMA: I can vouch for that. Best pizza I ever had.
After another quick kiss, they finally climb out of bed. Emma puts on her dressing gown, and Nick pulls on his boxers. Emma picks up the plate of left-over pizza, and they both go down to the kitchen. Nick warms the pizza up in the oven, while Emma pours some orange juice for them both.
BBBZZZ BBBZZZ BANG BANG BANG BBBBZZZZZ BBBBBBBZZZZZZZZZZZ BBBBZZZZZZZZZ BBBBBBBBBZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
Emma jumps, dropping the orange juice onto the floor.
NICK: Someone sounds impatient! *looks at the buzzer*
The continous buzzing and banging makes Emma nervous. But something tells her, whoever's outside the door isn't going to go away. She gulps, and makes her way to the front door. She opens the door, and peeks outside.
MAN: Miss Lockhart? Sheriff Thompson. *shows his badge* We're looking for the whereabouts of one Nicholas Zarano. His last known address remains unoccupied, and since you were connected with him in the past, we believe you may know where he is.
EMMA: Um, well, Nick's here. But why do you...
Sheriff Thompson burst through the door, along with 2 armed policemen.
EMMA: *shocked* What...
VOICE FROM THE KITCHEN: Who was it, Emma?
Sheriff Thompson and the 2 policemen follow the voice, and find Nick in the kitchen, tucking into the pizza. Nick looks at them, completely shocked. The 2 policemen aim their guns at Nick.
EMMA: What are you doing? You can't just burst into my home, and point a gun at someone. *upset* GET OUT! *stands between Nick and the policemen*
SHERIFF THOMPSON: Nicholas Zarano, you are hereby under arrest for the murder of our town sheriff last night. Anything you say can, and will be used against you in a court of law. Do you understand why you are being arrested?
EMMA: WHAT? Nick didn't do anything. He was here, with me all night.
SHERIFF THOMPSON: *ignores Emma* Mr Zarano, do you understand why you are being arrested?
NICK: What the fuck? If the old sheriff was killed, it's nothing to do with me.
SHERIFF THOMPSON: You had the means, motive, and opportunity to commit the crime.
NICK: So that automatically means I'm guilty? Like hell it does.
EMMA: You can't arrest him! You have no proof!
SHERIFF THOMPSON: Cuff him!
NICK: Can I at least get dressed first? Or are you going to drag me off in nothing but my boxers?
Sheriff Thompson indicates for Nick to go and get dressed, telling the policemen to stand outside the bedroom door. Emma stays downstairs, trying to reason with Sheriff Thompson, but he's having none of it. As far as he's concerned, Nick must be guilty. And by arresting Nick, he can file this case as 'Closed'. Upstairs, Nick pulls on the same clothes he was wearing yesterday. Well... that's the only clothes he has, since everything else is in storage. Minutes later, he is cuffed, and dragged downstairs.
The sheriff sneers at Nick.
SHERIFF THOMPSON: This is getting to be a habbit, isn't it, Zarano? Oh yes, I've read your police file. You've been out of jail... what... less that a day? And already you're going back where you belong.
NICK: Are you dear? I didn't kill the bloody sheriff! I was here all night.
SHERIFF THOMPSON: Yeah yeah. Sure you didn't. Let's go.
EMMA: YOU CAN'T ARREST HIM WITHOUT EVIDENCE, WHICH YOU DON'T HAVE!
The policemen drag Nick outside.
EMMA: Nick, where is Anna? She can help.
NICK: I don't know. I honestly don't know.
The policemen load Nick into the police car. Nick looks at Emma through the window, as the car speeds away.
Emma stands there for a moment, trying to think... trying to figure out what to do. How can she prove Nick's innocence? How can she prove he was in the manor all night, and not at the police station killing the old sheriff. Suddenly, she remembers something. She races upstairs, and opens her bedside cabinet. She pulls out an old box, and lays it on the bed. Inside the box is various personal effects belonging to her parents - their wedding rings, her mother's necklace, her father's watch etc, and a few other things... and... a business card. She grabs the card, and runs down to the phone, to dial the number.
RECEPTIONIST (OVER THE PHONE): Good morning, Davis Law Office. How may I help you?
EMMA: Hello, I need to speak to Mrs Davis, urgently.
RECEPTIONIST (OVER THE PHONE): One moment please.
Emma is put on hold.
MRS DAVIS (OVER THE PHONE): Hello. Alexis Davis. What can I do for you?
EMMA: Mrs Davis, my name is Emma Lockhart. You dealt with my father's will...
MRS DAVIS (OVER THE PHONE): And your father is...?
EMMA: Governer Lockhart.
MRS DAVIS (OVER THE PHONE): Ahh, yes. Governer Lockhart. I remember the case well. I'm truly sorry for your loss, Emma. How may I help you today?
EMMA: I need a lawyer. My friend has just been arrested for a crime he didn't commit. Please... can you help?
MRS DAVIS (OVER THE PHONE): Okay, I need you to calm down. Has your friend officially been chared yet?
EMMA: I don't know. They arrested him, and dragged him off to the police station. That's all I know.
MRS DAVIS (OVER THE PHONE): Okay, I want you to come down to my office, and we'll see what the best course of action is.
Emma hangs up. She quickly throws on some clothes, and heads down to Alexis Davis Law Office. Emma has barely been outside her manor for the past month... let alone when she knows there'll be a lot of people around... let alone into an office where she'll have to talk to strangers. But she doesn't have time to think about that now. She just wants to get Nick released.
Davis Law Office...
Emma arrives at the laywer's building, and is shown into Alexis Davis's office. Alexis greets her with a smile. Alexis is a middle-aged woman... attractive, with long brown hair.
Emma hasn't seen Alexis Davis for almost 3 years, but she remembers her as being a kind woman, although very shrewd in the courtroom.
Emma explains how Nick was arrested for murder, even though he was nowhere near the police station last night. Alexis Davis listens, asks questions, and takes notes.
ALEXIS DAVIS: This is an interesting case. I'm curious to know what evidence the arresting officer has against your friend. I'm also interested to hear your friend's side of the story. *grabs her briefcase* And there's no time like the present. Let's pay a visit to the police station.
Soterios Police Station...
Emma, and Alexis Davis arrive at the police station, and enter. Alexis looks up, and sees something very interesting, but doesn't mention it to Emma.
ALEXIS DAVIS: Hello, I believe you're holding my client here. Nicholas Zarano? I'd like to see him please.
Alexis's tone of voice is very 'matter of fact', and Emma is glad she isn't facing Alexis in a courtroom.
DESK SERGEANT: *looks up* Zarano's in interrigation with Sheriff Thompson. You'll need to wait. Sit down there. *indicates the seats at reception*
ALEXIS DAVIS: My client has a right to have his lawyer present when questioned. Should he not be given that right... then we have grounds to sue. Now... which room is he in? *opens the gate leading behind the desk, to the inner-workings of the police station*
DESK SERGEANT: Um... Interrigation 4.
ALEXIS DAVIS: Thankyou so much.
Alexis walks through the gate. Emma goes to follow, but the desk sergeant blocks her.
DESK SERGEANT: *to Emma* She's his lawyer. What are you?
EMMA: *turns red*
ALEXIS DAVIS: Don't worry Emma. We'll have this whole mess sorted out in no time.
Alexis walks off, leaving Emma behind at Reception.
Alexis soon finds the Interrigation rooms.
Inside Interrigation Room 4, Sheriff Thompson is laying into Nick.
SHERIFF THOMPSON: Why did you kill the old sheriff? If you tell us know, it may go in your favour.
Someone knocks at the door, and bursts in.
ALEXIS DAVIS: *to Nick* Don't say another word! *to Sheriff Thompson* Hello there. I'm here to represent my client. I'm Alexis Davis.
SHERIFF THOMPSON: You're... client? You're... representing...
ALEXIS DAVIS: Nicholas Zarano. Yes, that's right. Do you have a problem with that?
SHERIFF THOMPSON: I guess not.
ALEXIS DAVIS: Good. Now I'd like some time with my cleint, if you don't mind.
Sheriff Thompson does mind, but he doesn't have any choice. He leaves the room, leaving Alexis with a bewildered Nick.
Once alone, Alexis explains to Nick that Emma hired her to represent Nick. Alexis asks him why he was arrested, and he tells her the same story Emma did - that the police just burst into the kitchen, and told him he was under arrest for murdering the old sheriff, even though he hadn't known the sheriff was dead. When Alexis finishes interviewing Nick, she goes to find Sheriff Thompson.
ALEXIS DAVIS: Now when I was in Reception just now, I noticed a video camera on the wall, behind the desk. What did the survelance footage from last night show?
SHERIFF THOMPSON: What?
ALEXIS DAVIS: The survelance footage. I assume it's been checked? After all, a crime was committed right here in this building. That video footage could prove to be vital evidence.
SHERIFF THOMPSON: Well, um. We know who did it. He's right there in Interrigation. We don't need to see the survelance footage.
ALEXIS DAVIS: *sighs loudly* Arresting someone without sufficiant evidence? Not good, Sheriff Thompson! I suggest you roll that footage NOW, before I have you arrested for harrassing my client.
SHERIFF THOMPSON: *mutters under his breath* *barks an order to one of the policemen* Find that footage from the video camera from last night. Now! Or do I have to do everything myself.
POLICEMAN: Yes sir.
Five minutes later, Alexis Davis, Sheriff Thompson, and the policeman are sitting in front of a computer, watching the survelance footage from last night. They see someone emter the police station, but their face is hidden by a hood. As the person approaches the old sheriff, they draw their gun, and fire. Since the face is hidden, there's no way to tell who the person is.
ALEXIS DAVIS: Pause it a minute. Now it seems to me, this person, this... killer, is of average height. Notice their head is roughly the same level as the sheriff's head. My client is considerably taller! You can continue playing the footage now.
The footage plays. They watch as the cloaked person fires, and the sheriff collapses to the floor. Then the person fires twice more. They still can't tell who the person is, since the face is kept hidden. Then the person turns to walk out.
ALEXIS DAVIS: PAUSE IT! RIGHT THERE! PAUSE! *the footage is paused* Zoom into this area. *indicates an area on screen* Blue boots! Whoever shot the old sheriff was wearing blue boots. My client's shoes are black.
SHERIFF THOMPSON: So what? Doesn't mean squat, except that he changed his shoes.
ALEXIS DAVIS: My client doesn't have any other shoes. All his clothes are in storage, along with his other belongings. All he has, is what he walked out of jail with yesterday afternoon. Which includes black shoes.
Sheriff Thompson glares at the computer monitor showing the survelance footage. But no matter how much he glares, he can't make blue boots turn into black shoes. He sees his case against Nick slowly falling apart.
ALEXIS DAVIS: I'd like to see the evidence you have against my client now.
SHERIFF THOMPSON: He had the means, the motive, AND the opportunity.
ALEXIS DAVIS: So did you. If fact, you have more motive than my client does. He was already released when the crime was committed. He was already a free man. He had nothing to gain. You, on the other hand, have now been promoted to Sheriff.
SHERIFF THOMPSON: ... GOD DAMMIT! *slams his hand on the table* Okay, let him go.
Alexis smiles. She's good at her job... and she knows it!