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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

All In A Days Work

I know...We were supposed to meet with a client charged with murder today....but first things first...Olivia had to meet with a client...a football player she was representing named Brian Sapp...A running back who had just signed with the Philadelphia Eagles..

On this morning...Olivia, Beverly .myself and our good friend...Lawrence Stevenson met with the young football star who had signed a three year contract for 24 million.....

He was well muscled and bout six foot four...fast as lightning ....and had good hands...Lawrence and I had watched him work out...His agent had asked Olivia to have a talk with him...even though the meeting was supposed to be with just him...His friend, T-Rock....his "personal manager" insisted on being at the meeting...

T-Rock had been Brian's best friend since childhood...but that was all he had been..What we strongly suspected was that T-Rock had been siphoning his money into his own account and basically just being a hanger on...He had barely graduated from high school and wasn't qualified to do anything...Yet he had a fancy condo, drove Brian's BMW around town ,filled with beautiful girls and denied himself none of the finer things of life, While Brian, recently had to borrow 30 K from his agent....His entire signing bonus was gone...

"Brian..I'm pleased that you would meet with me today....I have some serious business to talk to you about." said Olivia..

"Heyy when Olivia Bennett calls...Who can say no?" laughed Brian Sapp..

T-Rock interuppted...

"Well you need to make it fast...Brian and me need to be somewhere..But uh, you are welcomed to go with us little cutie." he said to Beverly....

Beverly ignored him...

"As I was saying Brian...Have you looked at your bank account recently?" asked Olivia..

Again T-Rock interrupted...

"He don't have to do that...That's what he got me for...I manage his money and affairs.."he said.

''Why don't you let him talk for himself?" I asked.

"Yo man...who is you? What you got to do with this?" he asked...

I looked at him and smiled...He didn't like that...

 ''Brian, you're nearly broke...and you haven't played one game yet...haven't taken a snap...Your signing bonus is gone...All you have to show for it is your condo and your car..."said Olivia..

''She lyin man...Don't listen to her Brian..I got you covered.."said T-Rock...

Olivia ignored him...

"Brian, this is my friend, Lawrence Stevenson...He's also an Attorney, but he's a forensic accountant too..He's been looking at your financial records...Along with my Husband, Donnie Ray Alexander..our firm's investigator.."said Olivia..

''Brian, here are your financial records..Apparently your money began being funneled out on these dates and funneled into the account of one Theodore Spenser." he said, showing him the paperwork..

"Here are receipts in your name for Jewelry, Alcohol, Food, a room rental in Atlantic City , A flight to Las  Vegas, A flight to Miami..."I said ,showing him the records...

He glared at T-Rock....

"Atlantic City...I aint been to Atlantic City....Vegas neither!!! And I didn't buy this Jewelry either...Theodore Spenser...That's you T-Rock, you been stealin form me?? Spending all my hard earned money man??"

"Nahh..Nahh babe..you got it wrong...I was managing it for you...You had to concentrate on the game and all and I was..I was you know...Hey man, how long we known each other? Aint I always had your back?, you gone listen to a fancy lawyer and some suits... and a white man at that??Come on mannnnn.."said T-Rock...

Brian gripped T-Rock in the collar and lifted him off the ground...

"You're done!!!!...I'm gone get you a one way ticket to Alabama tonight...I'm gone get all of my credit cards and my car keys ....pack your stuff...You're done...That apartment you in....it's mine now!!!...GET OUT!" he said..

"Aww man, you jive man...You aint right..All the stuff we been through...We had each other's back man...We always said we was gone make it out together man, what's up?" said T-Rock, nearly in tears...

"Yo Security...Take his ass out and clean his room out..Get him to the airport ..NOW!"said Brian Sapp...

Three burly security men grabbed him and dragged him out, cryin and screaming...

"Man they lyin...They lyin.....Awwwwwwwwwwww mannnnnnnnnnnn, come onnnnnnnnnnnn.."he wailed...

I smiled at him as he left......
He scowled at me...

"You think this is funny don't you? It aint funny man...That's my homeboy..my dog..yall done turned him against me.....Brian, you changed man!!...You changed!!...Man they lyin...They lyin.....Awwwwwwwwwwww mannnnnnnnnnnn, come onnnnnnnnnnnn..All the stuff we been through...We had each other's back man...We always said we was gone make it out together man, what's up? WHAT'S UPPP MANE?"he screamed as the three security guys dragged him out and into the hall way...
An attractive girl walked by...

"T-Rock...I've been callin you..You didn't answer my calls or my texts...We still on for tonight?  Drinks at Skybar??" she asked...

One of the security guards answered for him....

"Nah baby, he aint gone be able to make it...He's catchin a plane home."he said.

T-Rock was obviously embarrassed..

"Uh yeah baby, somethin came up...I have to straighten out some business at home..I'm gone be gone for awhile.." he said.

Brian smiled and looked at Olivia and Bev...

"He gonna be gone indefinitely!! Thank you two,Olivia, Beverly...Thank you....I wondered why I was broke..I'm gone send all four of you season tickets to the Eagles games.."he said.

 He looked at Beverly...."You still got a boyfriend? he asked..
"Yeah...I'm afraid I do." she said..

He laughed...



"Lucky guy...If you ever break up...Give me a holler.....I'll send you an extra ticket for him though...I aint mad at him."said Brian Sapp..

Beverly just blushed and giggled like a school girl.

"Thank you so much for helping us Lawrence." said Olivia...

''Are you kidding?It was the least I could do Livy...I owe my life to you." he said..

"Thanks Lawrence." I said.

II-

It was all in a days work for a working Attorney...With that bit of work done..we were off to the Curran-Fromheld Correctional Center....CFC as Philadelphians called it..The city Jail...Where we met with Frankie Everett...

He was nothing like I expected...A thin man, about five feet ,nine inches...Bald head...Goatee..He wore a nicely pressed orange jump suit and walked with a pride and dignity befitting a king...He must have had a pretty tough street rep because the other inmates got out of his way when he came through...

He sat down and looked at us and smiled..

"I'm Olivia Bennett-Alexander."said Olivia...

"Oh I know who you are....And that's your niece, Beverly West."he said looking at Beverly...

"Have we met?" asked Beverly...

He smiled again...

"Not formally...but I remember when you two were both Public defenders...you both represented some of my uh former business associates..."he said with tongue in cheek..


"You mean your Hoppers and Touts!" said Olivia...

I was impressed that she knew the street lingo, but why wouldn't she? She hadn't been a lawyer all of her life and she was after all ...a West Philly girl...

He laughed again..

"Yeah..you got it...Yall two and maybe about two or three more actually won cases...Actually got people off...I was always impressed...I wasn't surprised that you gave that up to make some real dough...Yall both was smart...About a month ago...I saw you two on Television and I called my nephew...I told him to find yall and to pay yall to represent me..." he said.

"Okay...so let's cut to the chase Mr. Everett..Did you do it? Did you kill him?"asked Olivia..

''Would you believe me if I told you that I did not?  Well I didn't...I'm guilty of many things,but that I did not do.." he said.

''We read the reports...There was three people in his room before you got there...Ralph Cardon...He was repairing the air conditioning....a woman, Jennifer Logan....and Burt Haverford..." said Beverly..

"They must have left before I got there or one of them did it...because I didn't see em when I got there....He was already dead....I high tailed it out of there...I smelled it was a set up...And that lyin ass
snitch ,Noah Byrd they got to say I was there was no where around...I don't even know him...His name is in the court records...You should talk to him.." he said.

''We wanted to..but he's uh unfortunately no longer with us...Somebody shot him to death yesterday.."I said.

He sat back, then he shook his head and laughed...

"I'll be damned...The fix is in.." he said..  "This is Spain...Manny Spain."he said.

"Another gangster.Him,I know..."said Beverly...

"You know him?" he asked....

"I repped him once..I didn't win...I got him a suspended sentence though...He didn't have to do any jail time...He considered that a win."she said.

"Me and Manny were beefin over territory at the time...He brought in Big Tuna from Miami...Or so he said...I never believed it...One of Big Tuna's people called a meet with me, to talk about him...They didn't trust him.....I thought it might be a set up, but I went anyway..I took two guys with me....That's when I went to his hotel room and found him dead...I got the hell out of there...I get back down to the street, my two guys are nowhere to be found and by the time I make it back to West Philly...The cops is on my door.." said Frankie..

''Anonymous tip? " asked Beverly.....

"Of course." he said.

''And you like the others left your fingerprints on the door..Only thing is..They had tight alibis...YOU,My friend did not.They all told the exact same story...You did not." I said..

He looked at Olivia...

''Who is this guy?" he asked.

"He's our investigator and MY HUSBAND!" she said.

"You don't say?" he said...

"I do say....Right now...he's your best friend...You'd better hope he can dig up enough to keep you alive..and to free you." she said.

"I didn't mean nothin pal."he said, lookin at me..."Congrats on marrying her..She's beautiful.Both of em are." he said.

"Thanks." I said.

"You have a hearing coming up...I'm going to argue for a dismissal on the grounds that you were not given a speedy trial as is your right by the constitution..." said Olivia..

"That's what my nephew said."he said ,smilin....

"That argument is probably not going to win...It's a stalling tactic...While my husband looks up all of those other witnesses and goes over your phone records..Is there anything...and I mean anything you haven't told me..I don't like surprises."said Olivia..

"No mam..That is it...I give you my word...." he said....

"Okay Frankie...sit tight...I'll see what I can do.." said Olivia..

We all said goodbye and headed out..

III-
 Back in our room, I sat on the bed and watched my wife read through crime scene reports and court records...She was wearing the pink nightie I liked that came to her hips..and a matching pink bikini panty...He pretty brown legs glistened...

''Stop staring at me Donnie Ray...I'm trying to concentrate on this..." she said..

"Okay...I'm sorry..I must be staring loudly" I said..

She smiled..

"You are...and breathing heavy too...And the next thing you know...you'll want me to sit on your lap and we'll start kissing  and one thing will lead to another and...well you know.."she said..

"Yes indeed.I do know..."I said smiling...

"Stop smiling at me like that..."she said..

"Okay..Okay...I'm going to go out and get some air." I said and hugged her and kissed her on the cheek.

"Go to Josies...Have a few beers...Don't you get tired of being up under me all the time?" she asked...

"Actually I love it  better when you're up under me.." I joked.

She laughed...."You're soooo nasty.." she said.

"I tell you what...Give me about two hours and we can uh...well....you know..." she said...

I got up kissed her on the cheek...

''I'll look forward to that." I said...I put on my shirt and slacks and headed toward the door...

''Donnie Ray?" she said.

''Yeah baby?" I replied.

"You know I love you right?" she said.

"Of course... I love you too."I said.

She walked over to me and kissed me softly...I pulled her to me and we kissed for about five minutes..

"Just don't forget..."she said seductively...

"Keep this up and I won't be able to leave..."I said...I was already getting aroused and trying hard to fight it...

"Maybe..I don't want you to leave now.."she cooed...She was changing her mind too, but I wanted her to get her work done...

"You gotta do your work...I'll be back.."I said. It took all of my will for me to say that,but her work was important..I wanted her to be successful..
She smiled as I walked out...

For the beginning of the week, Josie's was packed...I managed to get a seat at the bar and order a beer...I had been in Josie's about an hour when Gus walked over to me with my third beer...

Gus, the bartender smiled..

"Funny seeing you here tonight...You aint playin tonight and you by yourself...What happened..Livy throw you both out?" he asked..


"Both?" I asked..

He pointed...

Beverly was surprisingly , sitting by herself..sipping a drink..

I got up and walked over to her...

"Ya gonna drink that thing or babysit it?" I joked..

She smiled..

"I came out to get some fresh air...I was tired of studying case files...ADA Wallace was right about that detective , Dominic Evans...He left out a lot and appears to have missed a lot of  obvious questions he should have asked before making an arrest...A first year Public Defender could have taken this case apart piece by piece..but enough about that...What are you doing here ,and by yourself?" asked Beverly....


"Because your auntay wanted to study some more...And I would just be a distraction...By the way..I could ask you the same thing.?" I asked.

"Nelson is prepping for a trial..and I couldn't find Josie tonight...So I guess it's just me and you." said Beverly....

''Yup...Shortcake...Just me and you." I said.. "How long you been in here I asked..

"About an hour and a half." she said.

"You guys got room for a third person?" came a voice..




It was Olivia...She sat on my lap and put her arms around me...

"Of course we do." I said and kissed her passionately for a minute....

"I read until my eyes felt like they were falling out...And I missed you two...I had no one to talk to....To bounce any ideas off of....The hearing isn't for two days...We have plenty of time to study." she said...Then she looked at a waitress...

''A round of drinks....on me " she said.

The drinks came and the three of us smiled.....All in a days work.

(TO BE CONTINUED)



10 comments:

Toni said...

At first I was confused...I thought I was reading the wrong story..But I got it...Very realistic to show that Olivia and Bev are constantly working other cases and not just the ones you spotlight...

Angie B. said...

Nelson better not act up..A lot of guys want to peel the "Beverly Onion!"-LOL!

Sunflower said...

Nice episode...A set up episode...

Rita said...

Livy was getting horny in that room and about to change her mind...Donnie Ray showed restraint and flipped the script on her...I liked that...Very erotic scene..

Lisa said...

A lot of guys do want to peel the "Beverly Onion! Larry North, that football player...It's a testament to Beverly that she stays loyal to her man...I like that you show positive images of Black love...

Halo said...

Black Love reigns supreme on this blog...That's why I love it!

Vanessa said...

A very good story...Setting us up for what is to come...Love this story!

Cheryl said...

The part with the Football player and T-Rock cracked me up...The conspiracy part is becoming more interesting..

Brenda said...

The scene in the room where it looked like Olivia and Donnie Ray were going to have sex and they didn't was one of the most erotic scenes you've written in awhile and I know you didn't intend it that way...but it was..

Grover Tha Playboy said...

The part with The football player and his leech of a hanger on was funny,but so on point..