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Title: Guten Morgen
Fandom: Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
Word count: 1,432
Characters: Klavier, Ema, Apollo
Rating: 13+
Warnings: Mentions of murder & violence, nothing explicit
Summary: Ema doesn't like Klavier. She has a very good reason.
Notes: Written for the Awesome Bingo I'm doing with [ profile] plutokitty, for the prompt "adrenaline rush". Even though I love Klavier in canon, and I think he's portrayed as very much a nice guy, I also like the idea of the possibility that he is, in fact, more like his brother than he seems--he's just better at hiding it. Which makes Ema's reaction to him very different from the "girl is annoyed by boy she really secretly likes" thing that it's often portrayed as. (Not that I have any problem with Klavier/Ema, I just like the idea that she could be right to dislike him.) Also, I read something related to this on the kink meme once, so even though I can't entirely recall it and have no links, I should say that this was a bit inspired by that. (Ha ha, and you can also read this story as Ema being totally paranoid, which I also think is funny.)

No one else thought twice about it, but Ema couldn't seem to forget. There were some very important questions that no one had seen fit to address.

If Klavier Gavin had presented the evidence during Mr. Wright's trial because of what his brother had told him, why hadn't he questioned how his brother had known about it? It seemed obvious that someone who would have known about such a thing would have likely had something to do with it. Using Occam's Razor as a guide, it made more sense to assume that the person who was coming forward with the forger was the one who was more suspect, especially considering the circumstances.

Except for Zak Gramarye himself, Klavier was probably one of the only people who had known and remembered that Kristoph was meant to be the defense attorney in that case. Klavier must have known that Mr. Wright had been assigned the case the night before. Therefore, he must have known for a fact that there hadn't been enough time for Mr. Wright to find a forger and have the forgery made. Not to mention the fact that a mere examination of Mr. Wright's bank records would easily reveal that he made hardly any money and hadn't made any significant payments to anyone before the trial. Logically speaking, it was impossible for Mr. Wright to have been the forger. She'd seen that in an instant. So had Mr. Edgeworth. Neither of them had doubted Mr. Wright for a moment. So why had Klavier believed his brother?

One might have said that fraternal trust had blinded him, but Ema wasn't so sure. For one thing, the brothers didn't seem to have been that close. For another thing, that idea didn't dovetail with Klavier's insistence on the fact that he valued the truth above all else.

If Klavier Gavin had been a stupid man, Ema would have given him the benefit of the doubt. Klavier Gavin, however, was brilliant. As respected as Kristoph Gavin had been as an attorney, it was almost universally accepted that Klavier was the genius of the family.

Ema wasn't fooled by his polished charm, his sweet words, or his too-perfect smile. Unfortunately, she didn't have any proof to back up her suspicions. That was the problem.

She'd thought she might be able to get some evidence when investigating the LeTouse case, but she'd had no luck. The evidence had all pointed to Detective Crescend in the end.

Ema was a detective. Ema knew Daryan Crescend. One very important thing she knew about him was that, for all his complaining and supposed "bad attitude", Daryan Crescend did everything Klavier Gavin told him to do. Ema wondered how Daryan had even gotten involved in international smuggling when his terror of flying was so severe that the Gavinners had to replace him with a session musician for their overseas tours. Why had he been moved to International Affairs when everyone knew he couldn't travel?

It was Klavier Gavin whose guitar had been used for smuggling. It was Klavier Gavin who had taken such great pains to bring Lamiroir and Machi Tobaye to the US. Klavier claimed to have been playing a guitar full of cocoons. What professional guitarist wouldn't have noticed the fact that his guitar contained foreign objects? Ema was not a musician, but it would have been easy for her to scientifically demonstrate that the change in tone would be obvious even with a few small objects placed inside the guitar. There was only one explanation: there hadn't been any cocoons in that guitar, because Klavier had already removed them.

Not that she could talk to anyone about it. It wasn't as if she could directly bring it up, considering the gravity of her accusations, but when she hinted at it, no one took her concerns seriously. Everyone seemed to have decided either that she had taken a professional dislike to Klavier due to their working relationship, or--even worse--that she had a crush on him. No, it wasn't entirely true that she couldn't talk to anyone. Lana would have taken her seriously, but she didn't want to worry her big sister. Lana had had enough to worry about for one lifetime.

Mr. Wright was content to blame everything on the older Gavin brother, as was Mr. Edgeworth. She would hate to be thought of as irrational or paranoid, especially by the two of them. Both of them would want to see something definite before they even began to believe her.

She wondered if Apollo would listen to her. He knew Klavier, but they weren't exactly close. More than that, he had known Kristoph Gavin. He had worked closely with someone who wasn't what he seemed. If anyone would believe her, it was probably Apollo.

She wanted to ask him about it, but it wasn't the easiest thing to talk about, so she kept putting it off, waiting for the perfect moment. The perfect moment never came. One night, while they were staying up late together, talking about nothing in particular, she finally lost her restraint. She asked Apollo a question she couldn't hold in any longer. "What was it like, working for Mr. Gavin?"

Apollo didn't answer at first. He stared at her. His hand went to his bracelet, probably as a matter of habit.

She knew she had brought up a very sensitive subject, but this was a matter of research. It was important. She didn't want to hurt his feelings, but she plowed ahead. "Did you know what he was really like? I mean--you couldn't have, couldn't you? Or you wouldn't have worked for him, would you?"

"No, I didn't know," he said softly.

"My sister used to work for someone like that, but she didn't know what they were really like, either. I wonder why you never had any idea. You're so perceptive."

"I don't know," said Apollo. "I wish I did."

He looked so downhearted as he said this, she felt guilty about asking. "I'm sorry," she said. "I shouldn't have said anything about it."

"No, it's okay. I understand why you'd want to know. I never felt anything weird about him until the trial. He was just Mr. Gavin to me."

There was so much more she could have said, but those words made her hesitate: He was just Mr. Gavin to me. If Apollo did suspect Klavier, or if he simply sensed that there was an unusual tension in him, wouldn't he already have said something to her? She'd made her feelings about the prosecutor more than clear. If she brought up her doubts, she was willing to bet that Apollo would say It's just Klavier.

There was one final reason Ema suspected Prosecutor Gavin of wrongdoing, and though it was the least scientific, it was also the strongest, not that she would have admitted that fact aloud. When she walked past him, her heartbeat quickened. Her body tensed, and a strange chill prickled down her spine. She turned to look at him, and he smiled. Her pulse pounded in her throat, and she thought, I know this feeling. She had felt it in the past, before she'd even met Klavier.

"Guten Morgen, Fräulein Skye," he said.

Where the weather was concerned, it was a sunny, warm morning, but she didn't return his greeting. She grunted and shrugged.

"And what seems to be the problem?" he asked.

As if he couldn't see the bodies and the blood on the floor in front of them. "Double homicide," she said.

"What a beautiful start to our morning, nicht wahr?"

There was no one else within earshot. Not for the first time, she wondered if he knew what she suspected. Even she didn't know exactly what she suspected, except for the fact something was very wrong. Even now, she doubted herself a little. Maybe the words were an attempt to be cheerful in spite of the grisly scene, or to cheer her up. Maybe she was imagining it. No one else seemed to notice anything, after all.

Yet when she looked into his eyes, above the smile, she found them oddly blank. She turned away. "I'm trying to work," she snapped. She felt a surge of energy. Her instincts were telling her to flee. She stayed right where she was. She had to.

"My apologies," he said brightly. "Carry on. I don't want to disturb you."

It was too late for that.


Date: 2010-11-09 03:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Paranoid Ema is great <3 Or evil, blank, SOULLESS KLAVIER <3 Whichever way you choose, how could you lose???? (Well, I suppose a lot. Like your sanity. Or your LIFE!)

I sort of want to demand the world to create a chick flick of Ema and Polly sleepovers, because I would watch it and enjoy it ~to my dismayyyy.

cheesiest comment Y/Y
Edited Date: 2010-11-09 03:44 am (UTC)


Date: 2010-11-09 03:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Haha, thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed this. I kept wanting to write something along these lines after seeing that thing on the kink meme I have half-forgotten.

I do like both paranoid Ema and soulless Klavier, so I am happy with either interpretation of this story. They both have their merits.

ALSO, YES, THAT WOULD BE GREAT. Maybe I'll have to write that into something for your amusement, sometime in the future.

I love cheesy comments. ♥

Date: 2010-11-09 11:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh my god, this is great! I love Ema's theory. And I love the way you can read this story either way--as paranoid Ema or as evil Klavier. She *does* have many many good points!!!

We will have to meet and roll for the next square for Bingo!

Date: 2010-11-09 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks so much! I'm really glad you liked Ema's theory. Ha ha, I'd been wanting to write about that idea, but I can't seem to write any fanstuff unless it's for a prompt or request or gift. When I wasn't sure what to do for "adrenaline rush", I thought, oooh, I can kind of twist this so it fits the prompt! And then I just had to write it out.

Sadly, it is easy to exploit plot holes in that game to cast suspicion on almost anyone. And also, fun. :D

Yes, we must! Yay, more Bingo!

Date: 2010-11-09 04:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, I'm thoroughly freaked out now. Probably not a good idea to read this while alone on a cold day, it was very chilling. As much as I adore Klavier I found myself really wanting to believe Ema here, and a lot of the holes you pointed out about the storyline in regards to Klavier were very thought provoking.

This is also more how I'd like to picture her views on Klavier, without any disrespect to those who prefer it as a romance. It just seemed to make a lot of sense that she'd regard him like this.

Soulless Klavier was a lot more addictive than he should be too, I like that theme.

Date: 2010-11-09 06:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, thank you so much! I'm really glad you enjoyed the idea and my take on it. Yes, though I love Klavier too, it was interesting to shift things in my mind and see how they'd look if there was actually something wrong with him.

Ha ha, and yes, I don't have feelings either way about Klavier/Ema, but I love the idea that she actually has a logical reason not to like him, whether she's right or not.

I think it's a fun idea to play around with. Psychopath Klavier might even convince himself he's doing good, as in the case of the smuggling, when the cocoon would be used to save someone's life.

It's also kind of fun to imagine Klavier and Kristoph as an evil duo. :3

Date: 2010-11-09 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's certainly a shift I wouldn't have thought of, but it seemed like such a natural change that it felt unnerving, in a good way.

For me, I never really got into Klavier/Ema like everyone else did. I love Ema, but I don't get into a lot of pairings involving her. To me she just seemed to genuinely dislike him, so it's nice to see you putting a reason to that.

Awww, now I feel bad for him because of the cocoon. ;_; But darn, those brothers would make such a pretty evil duo.

Date: 2010-11-09 08:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm really glad you thought it worked. I was hoping I could pull it off.

I'm not crazy about Klavier/Ema myself, but I think it has some potential for comedy. I do like the idea of him being flirty and her shooting him down, probably because I'm mean like that. :D

Yeah, damn those cocoons! They cause way too much trouble, ha ha.

And I can't say no to a couple of beautiful brothers! ;)


Date: 2010-11-09 04:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Daryan Crescend did everything Klavier Gavin told him to do.
Haha, oh I enjoyed this immensely! I love seeing Klavier from another perspective, and I particularly like that Ema's response/reasoning is made of Evidence and Science. <3

Bonus: though I do love Kreepy Klavier, I do like toying with the idea that the story could be read from the perspective of Ema's paranoia as well!:3


Date: 2010-11-09 07:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh god, that ICON. Hahaha. :D

Thank you!

I'm really glad you enjoyed my DARK KLAVIER story. It was a lot of fun to write. I do love Ema having some scientific reasoning behind her dislike of the REAL demon prosecutor. (I mean, his brother's the Devil, so it makes sense, right???)

Yes, even though I meant it to read as Evil Klavier, Paranoid Ema is an enjoyable idea, too. Considering her background, I wouldn't blame her for being paranoid!

All right, you two, now I'll have to write about a BIG STUPID SLUMBER PARTY with Apollo, Trucy, Ema, and Vera.
From: [identity profile]
Glad to see you being so productive lately, although it means I have even more catching up to do! :]

I admit, it was the title that caught my attention, and then I wanted to skip through a bit and before I knew, I was reading it closely and with interest.
I suppose you made use of canon facts to create Ema's theories, but even if I couldn't tell, it was quite thrilling! Both possible ways of interpretation have some appeal - although I do like the idea of Klavier having a darker, well-hidden self and him smiling with his blank eyes is pretty and creepy. <3

Unrelated to that, Alpollo seems to be a very likeable character. :3

Oh, and just because I know you'd probably want to know:
In German, adding "ja?" at the end of a rhetorical question is not a common practice (you'd rather use it if you want something confirmed or are repeating something you're not too sure about as in "You like milk in your coffee, yes?").
In this case, "nicht wahr?" or a more colloqial "was?" would be the common variant, "ja" sounds a bit awkward.

Date: 2010-11-09 08:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Aw, it's always great to hear from you! <3 I really hope you've been doing well lately.

Ha ha, I've gone into writing mode lately, I guess.

I'm very happy you enjoyed this story, even though you haven't played the games. That's definitely quite flattering. I did use some facts from canon to support Ema's theory--I'm glad it was absorbing even though you weren't aware of them! The idea of a seemingly sweet character being secretly empty inside really appeals to me. I love characters with secret dark sides.

And I do love Apollo, too. He's probably one of my favorite characters, even though he only appears briefly in this story.

Oh, and thanks so much for the language lesson! I greatly appreciate it.

It's a silly part of the English localization that Klavier says "ja" a lot, as well as "German" things like "Achtung baby", so it's fun to play around with that. I would much rather have it be correct, though, so I'll have to change it to satisfy good grammar. That's really interesting to know. I'll have to keep it in mind in the future. I like German a lot, but I don't know a lot about it. :D

(Also, I quite like your icon.)

Date: 2010-11-09 09:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks for asking - I'm doing fine, university keeps me busy as I changed my subjects from English and German to English and History - but I do enjoy studying History very much so far! It was a good choice, I think. :]
Hope you're doing fine, too!

Actually, I'm quite fond of a bunch of characters of these games, just from what I've heard and read (which might be largely your fault) and the cute and pretty fanarts floating around. But as I am completely incapable of playing games (and then, there's the money issue), I'll have to enjoy this fandom quietly from the sidelines.

As I'm very happy to talk about it, it always makes me happy how you're interested in German - and in other languages. (I was thinking of your heartbreakingly cute two Russian brothers and the coffee when I finally got to take a few Russian language classes this term. X3)

I thought that "ja" might be something re-occurring in Klavier's speech - I didn't know about "Achtung baby", though. It sounds hilariously sexy - it makes me like him even more! <3
Is that where "Achtung baby" originates from?


Date: 2010-11-09 10:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I can understand that--university is a lot of work. I'm glad you're happy with the change of subjects. I'm very fond of history myself! Are you planning to focus on a specific era of history at some point? Though of course, it might be a little early for that, since you've only just switched, but I imagine you probably have favorites.

Thanks again for the German help! Feel free to correct my German anytime. I guess "nicht wahr" is the same as "n'est-ce pas", now that I think of it, so that will help me to remember it. I always wished I could study German in school, but we were limited in the number of languages we could take, unfortunately. And I hope you enjoyed your Russian classes! My own Russian classes definitely inspired me to write my novel about the brothers.

Ha ha, I'm glad I could make you more interested in the game characters. I'm so weak for silly and ridiculous over-the-top stories like the ones in Phoenix Wright (and especially murder mysteries). There is a lot of lovely fan art for the series, it's true--that's not a bad thing to base your ideas about the series on. And there's nothing wrong with staying on the sidelines, in my opinion.

"Achtung, Baby" originates from the band U2--it was one of their album titles. But since Klavier is a famous rock star lawyer (ha ha), they have him say various rock star things like that. In that case, since it was both German related and rock related, apparently the writers couldn't resist.

I very much empathize with you on the "can't play games" front. I can't afford that many video games, and most of them aren't fun for me to play, even if I like the storyline. The reason I liked the Phoenix Wright games is that they're more like interactive novels than traditional video games, so I could actually play them! It was very exciting for me to discover.

If you ever REALLY want to know more about any of the storyline for some reason, they have all the cases up on YouTube, so you could watch them there. I was thinking of doing that for the Professor Layton games someday, since I like the characters but hate puzzles. :D But--watching video games on You Tube certainly isn't for everyone and takes up a lot of valuable time.

Anyway, sorry for RAMBLING at you so much. Again, it's very nice to hear from you. <3

Date: 2010-11-09 11:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Right now, I enjoy having several courses for all eras from the ancient world to modern times at the same time, so I can fill up the gaps in my overall knowledge of history.
Ancient Greek and Rome is fascinating, but I suppose I'd go for 1500-2000 - and although I'm highly interested in German and European history, I want to gain some knowledge about other parts of the world.

Lovely fanarts and silliness are so hard to resist. C:

Why, you're right of course! I could always watch the games on youtube. Problem solved!
(So now I have something to do when I'm awfully procrastinating. And Professor Layton looks so cute and seems interesting enough to watch it someday, too!)

Aw, you can ramble at me as much as you want! I'll ramble at you in return.
It is nice talking to you again, too. <3 I'm glad to have time to read your posts again.

Date: 2010-11-10 04:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, that's great! I wish you luck in your history studies. I envy you, because it sounds like fun. I'd probably want to focus on the modern era, if I were a historian, but I've always been interested in Ancient Greece and Rome, too (especially Rome, because I love the Empire).

Haha, maybe I learned my PROBLEM SOLVING ABILITIES from YouTube video game walkthroughs! See, that's a pretty good advertisement for them. ;)

And I'm very glad you don't mind my rambling. Feel free to ramble at me as much as you'd like in the future.

Date: 2011-11-02 08:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Plain and simple! I like your work!

Date: 2011-12-14 08:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I really loved this fic. :D


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