“Briefs”, Part 3

To Recap: Josh Charles LLP. is hoping to become the youngest Supreme Court Justice in history. To do that, he needs to win a big case. However, he’s struggling to keep his own firm in order: Josh Charles LLP was nearly taken over by the evil Gustavo Solaveva. If not for the efforts of Octavian’s ex-fiancee and Junior Partner at Josh Charles LLP Ophelia Powers, the entire firm would have been lost!

“What is this?!” screamed Regan Josh at Junior Associate Danny Proust.

“I’m sorry sir-“ stuttered Danny.

“I don’t want your apologies, God Damnit. There’s no excuse for this. If you want to make it as a lawyer you can’t be making mistakes like this. I don’t know why you thought this would be acceptable,” screamed Regan.

“Yes sir. It won’t happen again.”

Danny pulled up his pants and scampered out of the room.


Octavian Charles burst into the conference room and greeted the client, Sun Kong.

“So how can I help you today?” asked Octavian lackadaisically.

“Are you ready for the biggest case of your career?” bellowed Sun.

“What do you mean?”

“From the appellate courts to the justices of the supreme court, this case could go all the way! I know you’re trying to make Supreme Court Justice, and this is just the case to put you over the top.”

“I’m listening.”

Sun stopped to clear her throat.

“I want to sue,” she paused for dramatic effect, “Ron Howard.”

Octavian laughed, “Ron Howard hasn’t committed a crime!”

“Isn’t being a fucking asshole a crime?!” screeched Sun.


“So you’re just going to let this continue? Ron Howard, not the actor, has been terrorizing Americans for fifty years now! How much is too much? Where is the line? This isn’t just a case for you, it’s for your children, and your children’s children, and any children we might have together!”

“Still, this seems a little far-fetched,” murmured Octavian.

“God Damnit, Charles! Take off your lawyer hat and be a man!”

Octavian Charles slammed the folder on the desk and, through gritted teeth, screamed,

“Fine, I’ll take the case.”

“And you’ll take me, too,” whispered Sun as she undid the clip on her hair.

The two immediately became locked in a passionate embrace just as Junior Law Partner Ophelia Powers, who was coincidentally Octavian’s ex-fiancee, happened to see the two from afar.


Ophelia Powers sat outside the gold-emblazoned door at rival firm Will Gardner LLP. and waited for her interview. She noticed Octavian calling and declined the call. A single tear rolled down her cheek.

“Mr. Will will see you now!” screeched the buxom receptionist, Tippy.


Regan Josh sprinted into Octavian Charles’ office, closed the shutters, and threw the evidence on his desk.

“What is this?” asked Octavian as he discreetly wiped the lipstick off of his collar.

“It’s evidence that Will Gardner is trying to poach one of our junior partners,” intimated Regan.

“My god! Who is it?”

“That’s what we need to find out,” growled Regan as he looked through the plexiglass floor at the associates working below.


Sung Kong laughed maniacally, plugged her Apple EarPods into her iPhone 5C, and dialled, Octavian Charles’ evil nemesis, Vice President of the United States Daniel Rydell Overstreet. Pay attention to him, he’s important.

“Did he take the bait?” growled Dan.

Sung heard Dan clearly over the excellent reception of the iPhone 5C. The audio was received cleanly by her Apple EarPods. She could hear the difference.

“Like a baby lost in the snow!”

“Perfect. Now he’s stuck with the loser case and I’ve gotten Bill to poach one of his best lawyers,” spake Dan, “And soon, with any luck, the Supreme Court spot will be not his!”

“You’re Vice President. Why don’t you just ask the President not to nominate him? She could nominate literally anyone else. Why the scheme? Like, I understand why I’m doing it,” scoffed Sung, “But why on earth are you a part of this conspiracy?”

Dan ignored the question and began to cackle menacingly while Sung played checked in on Apple iTunes Ping Connect, the only social network used by young professionals.

“Do you have anything more to add, Sung?” asked Dan, “Or are you going to keep saying dumb shit?”

“Fuck off,” Sung disconnected the call and pulled a picture of Octavian out of her pocket.

There was one more thing, thought Sung as she gently cradled the picture, I think I love him!

2 thoughts on ““Briefs”, Part 3

  1. Thanks, this was fun to read. Good idea to think about how you can use a law background–as you acquire it–to write murder mysteries (I’m thinking of work by Francis Fyfield a British lawyer).. The humour is slap-stick. I’d like to see you tone it down and see how that works. But laughs are always a gift.

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