Episode 2.4: Clarke

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In the heart of Windenburg financial quarter stood the magnificent headquarters of Dolby Doh. The triple towers dwarfed every other building around them, including the impressive WindenburgSimmington office building. Size was very important to Cyril Dolby. He always to be the biggest and the best.

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This was a surprising turn of events for Cyril. This was the first contact Heathen had made ever since it was revealed that he could be Cyril’s son. As the young man walked in Cyril stood to greet him.

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This was of course a pack of lies that Cyril was telling the vulnerable Heathen for it was he who had hired Fred to con his way into the Simmington’s lives.

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Cyril considered this as he poured a drink.

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Cyril handed the drink to Heathen and then sat down behind his desk again. 

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Heathen set his empty glass down and put his hands in his pockets. The strong measure of Dack Janiels that Cyril had poured was giving him extra confidence.

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This angered Heathen and he immediately let rip at Cyril.

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Heathen stopped and stepped back. It was obvious that Cyril was in some sort of considerable pain as he clutched at his forehead.

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Something wasn’t right here and Heathen felt it. Cyril was not a well man. 

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The DolbyDoh jet had flown Texas down to the Simaribbean island of Sulani. She had sweet talked Cyril into loaning her the jet for a few days but had not revealed her true intention of visiting the island. 

After arranging a villa to stay in, all at DolbyDoh’s expense, Texas put on her best swimwear attire and made her way to Cobacapana beach for it was here that she would find the man she was searching for. 

And it didn’t take her long to spot him as he strutted along the jetty in his red lifeguard shorts. 

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With hands on hips Texas watched him from across the beach. Horgan Mess, the private detective she’d hired to find this man had done good work. When Texas did some digging into Brystle’s background and discovered that she had been married before, she k new that she wanted to find out who that man was. When Horgan Mess reported back that no divorce had ever been finalised between Brystle and her first husband, Clarke Hemmings, Texas insisted Mr Mess double down on his efforts and spare no expense in finding Clarke. And now as she stood on the golden sands of Cobacapana beach, Texas was positively delighted as she watched the handsome Clarke Hemmings strut around. She had big plans for him…

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As Clarke walked around the lifeguard jetty he scanned the beach for any signs of trouble. And to take in some of the breath taking views…..of the abundance of scantily clad ladies in their figure hugging bikinis. He had a reputation as a lothario , a self-styled local stud who would wine, dine and woohoo you before ditching you and moving onto the next lady. 

As he surveyed the beach around him he became aware of someone who was watching him intently. Whilst he didn’t know who Texas was, he’d spotted her almost right away as she stood out compared to all the other ladies on the beach. Not just because she was stunningly beautiful but also the fact that she was staring at him so intently. She meant business and that unnerved Clarke.

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Clarke got the feeling that this was not the average bimbo he would target. This woman was targeting him and he didn’t like it at all. With his dubious past, it could be any number of reasons why someone was after him he thought. So, in an effort for her to give it up and move on, Clarke put on a pair of sunglasses, got onto a jet ski stationed at the lifeguard tower and zoomed out across the bay. 

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After almost twenty minutes of zooming around Clarke noticed that his admirer was still on the beach. It was obvious she would not go away. Reluctantly he made his way back and decided to see what she wanted.

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He sure fancied himself Texas thought. But with that delicious body he’d every right to. Texas found it hard to believe that Brystle was married to this hunk.

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Lies rolled off Texas’s tongue with ease. To think that she and Brystle were friends! But sweet talking and schmoozing were what she did best and she knew how to get around any man…

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Clarke’s suspicions were immediately raised. He knew this woman was not being honest with him. You never try to kid a kidder he thought. 

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Clarke turned his back on Texas and proceeded to put on his life guard jacket and walk away. Texas realised that she was in danger of losing Clarke’s interest. He was agitated and on edge and considering his dubious dodgy past it was little wonder. But through what she’d learned about him, from Horgan Mess’s investigation, Texas decided on another tactic. One that would appeal instantly to Clarke.

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At the mere mention of money Clarke stopped. He took off his glasses and turned back to face Texas. 

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And instantly Texas knew she’d caught her man. 

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As Texas walked away satisfied that her plans were working out, Clarke took a moment to reflect on what had just occurred. 

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Back in Windenburg, Burke and Brystle had ventured out into the surrounding wilderness in an effort to spend some time together reconnecting after their time apart with Burke’s incarceration and court case. They’d driven to Mount Collins National Park and were enjoying a spot of fishing. 

Brystle loved this. For her it felt like a return to her roots from her humble beginnings in a small town before her life changed into a much more glitzier one. Burke loved seeing Brystle so happy and for them both to enjoy this outdoor activity together. Never in a million years would he have been able to do this with Texas.

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Brystle had been thinking on telling Burke the truth about her own time she’d spent in prison prior to meeting him. As they were now at a new level of openness and understanding with each other, now was the time she decided.

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As they set aside their fishing rods Brystle began her tale. 

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Burke was outraged at what he was hearing about the man, this Clarke Hemmings. He didn’t know him but he already hated him for what he’d done to Brystle.

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Burke took his wife’s hand in his and spoke lovingly to her.

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They fell into each other’s arms and began to kiss passionately. 

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Later that day, Dr. Mick Broscanni was on edge. That pesky cop Marco Morelli was here again asking, no demanding that he speak with Malaudia with regard to the troubling phonecalls she’d been receiving that had led to her subsequent relapse and admittance back into the hospital.

Broscanni had no further reason to delay Morelli from seeing Malaudia. She was no longer under sedation. If he kept Morelli from seeing her and furthering his investigation then he would start to suspect that Broscanni was deliberately preventing him from seeing her. Which was in fact the truth…a very complicated truth.

As he looked on from the window in his office the once calm and collected doctor was himself getting very anxious. And with good reason.

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Outside the young detective was speaking with a still fragile Malaudia. The trauma of what she had been through mentally was still evident to see. 

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They sat down again and Morelli realised he may be out of his depth here in dealing with Malaudia’s anguish. She firmly believed that a demon, a literal monster, had been the one tormenting her over the phone and had been in the house with her. He spoke to her in the the gentlest voice he could. 

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Malaudia recalled what she saw in the attic that night. 

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From the window in his office, Broscanni didn’t like what he was seeing at all. It was obvious that cop Morelli would not let this go. He would keep digging and digging and eventually the truth would come out….

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Back outside in the gardens, Morelli was being honest with Malaudia. 

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Morelli hated to try this tactic because he knew Malaudia was fragile and vulnerable but he had to make her see reason. 

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Malaudia’s distress moved him. This was more than just another case for Morelli for he realised he had developed feelings for Malaudia. He moved closer and put his arms around her.

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Broscanni had seen enough. That cop was now comforting Malaudia! There would be no way he’d let this go. And eventually soon enough he would discover the truth about Malaudia’s prolonged stay at the hospital. Broscanni, in a state of panic, picked up the phone and called the woman responsible for this whole mess.

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Mother Drysdale was having a wonderfully relaxing afternoon knitting in the living room when her phone rang. 

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Mother threw down her knitting needles upon hearing this.

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Mother Drysdale, in the midst of her rant, was unaware that her grand-daughter Mimsy was listening in.

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This was the reason why Malaudia had been kept locked up and sedated for so long. By chance Mother Drysdale had discovered that the respected Dr Mick Broscanni was not quite so squeaky clean after all. She obtained proof of his cheating and shown him the pictures. With those photos as collateral she had him in her back pocket to do her bidding. So when she put her plan into action and dressed up in the costume to terrorise poor Malaudia into thinking there was a monster in her house, she called upon Broscanni to keep Malaudia locked up forever.

Broscanni had been compromised and he risked exposure. He knew his career would be over and his marriage also. He could even end up in prison. He should never have cheated on his wife and he should never have gone along with the vindictive Mother Drysdale’s plans. 

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After the call ended, Mick almost collapsed into his chair as he reflected on the huge mistake he’d made. 

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Whilst Mother Drysdale’s mouth was watering as he thought of what she intended to do with the good doctor that evening…

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Mimsy was shocked at what she’s heard and it dawned on her that her grandmother was up to no good. 

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At the hired villa, Texas brought some cocktails out onto the lanai to the waiting Clarke Hemmings who had recently arrived. 

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The pair of connivers sipped on their drinks and eyed one another with smiles. 

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Clarke was on to her Texas realised. Perhaps he wasn’t the dumb jock she thought he was. Texas tried a different lie to cover herself.

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Clarke chuckled at the nerve of the woman as he knew she was blatantly lying. 

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At the mention of Burke’s name Texas snapped. 

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Texas was revelling in all of this as she saw the man begin to squirm uncomfortably in front of her. She did enjoy her petty torments. 

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Meanwhile inside the house Dr Broscanni sat in the living room waiting on Mother Drysdale to come back. She’d disappeared off into the bedroom after letting him in. Soon enough the soft patter of her woollen slipper mules on the hard wood floor could be heard as she approached him. 

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Mother Drysdale practically threw herself with a plonk onto the sofa next to Dr. Broscanni. When he saw that she had changed into a bathrobe he visibly squirmed. 

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Broscanni didn’t like the sound of this.

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With a creak in her hips the vindictive Mother Drysdale got out of her seat and stood in front of Mick bending forward provocatively. 

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If she heard him or recognised his unease she paid no attention as she began to loosen the belt on her fleece robe….

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Broscanni was horrified at what was happening. This spiteful evil old woman had flung off her robe across the room and was now trying to seduce him wearing some sexy lingerie coupled with her thick brown stockings and woolly slippers.

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Mick swallowed hard. If he did this, if he slept with this old crone, then she would give him back the photos. His wife would not find out about the affair with Nurse Charles at the hospital. But still, could he actually go through with this? 

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Broscanni couldn’t believe he was actually going to go through with this. But it was the only way. 

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As the old woman made her way teasingly to the bedroom Dr Broscanni began having a panic attack resulting in him rushing to the bathroom to throw up.

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After wiping himself down Broscanni took a deep breath and made his way to the bedroom where  Mother Drysdale was waiting for him. 

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Broscanni was sweating profusely as he saw the spectacle strewn across the bed in front of him. He had no other choice other than to do the deed with Mother Drysdale. Slowly he removed his clothing and slipped under the covers with the wrinkled old crone.  

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But Clarke had his doubts. 

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With a confident parting smile Clarke made his exit leaving Texas alone with her thoughts on the moonlit beach. 

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A few days later Brystle was surprised to receive a call from Devonique requesting they meet for lunch. She agreed to meet her in San Myshuno city. 

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They both sat down. Brystle remained neutral as she was unsure as to why Devonique had reached out to her. However, Devonique remained warm and gracious. 

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Making their way back to Windenburg aboard the DolbyDoh jet, Texas and Clarke sat opposite one another in the luxurious leather reclining chairs. 

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Clarke settled back into the chair and smiled. It was so easy to rattle Texas. And besides, she sure was hot….

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Texas had decided to give into temptation. She HAD to have Clarke. They both stood at he same time and she moved closer to him. Having her press herself up against Clarke and the smell of her perfume drove him wild. 

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Neither could resist each other any longer and they quickly began tearing off one another’s clothes as they made wild passionate woohoo with one another  thousands of feet up in the air as they soared to new levels of ecstasy. 


Back in Burke’s office, Heathen had arrived to see him. Burke was concerned for his son. He looked scruffy, unkempt. He wasn’t the young man he was a few months ago. But a lot had changed since then. And he was insisting on Burke taking a paternity test to prove that he was his father. Burke however was very nervous about doing it. 

Burke resigned himself to the fact that he had to go through with this for his son’s peace of mind. 

Heathen slowly nodded before quietly leaving with his head lowered. 

An emotional Burke made his way over to his bar. The thought of what could happen was weighing heavily on his mind. For whilst he mostly believed he was Heathen’s father, given how much Texas had cheated on him there was a tiny part of Burke that believed that he may not be Heathen’s father. 

Texas. That damn woman had caused all of this misery and Burke hated her for it. 

Texas better pray that she was wrong and that Burke WAS Heathen’s father not Cyril. Because if it turned out that Burke wasn’t the daddy then he would make her pay for all that she had done. And she would pay with her life….



CREDITS

This episode of Simasty was was made possible by the poses created by the following artists who I feature throughout:

 

https://katverse.com/

https://joanneberniceposes.weebly.com

http://www.sims4studio.com/thread/4220/sims-4-cc-princess-paranoia

A huge thank you to Breeze Motors for the use of the Porsche car, the private jet and it’s interior set. I urge you to check out their fantastic creations at:

https://sims4cars-breezemotors.tumblr.com/

Another shout out to one of my favourite Sims builders Simprehend who created the amazing beach villa ‘Coastal Dream’ I used (but not nearly enough) for Texas’s stay in Sulani. You can download this from the gallery:

https://www.ea.com/en-gb/games/the-sims/the-sims-4/pc/gallery/9B95F3578BBE11EA8C976B07E7FA6E3B?category=all&searchtype=ea_origin_id&sortby=newest&time=all&searchquery=simprehend&max=50&maxis=false

Selected CC clothing featured:

Texas’s white jumpsuit by DarknighttSims: https://www.thesimsresource.com/downloads/details/category/sims4-clothing-female-teenadultelder-everyday/title/ds-design-new-year-sparkle-jumpsuit/id/1472397/

Brystle’s blue jumpsuit also by DarknighttSims:

https://www.thesimsresource.com/downloads/details/category/sims4-clothing-female-teenadultelder-everyday/title/ds-design-two-layer-jumpsuit/id/1473000/

Devonique’s yellow dress by Sifix:

https://www.thesimsresource.com/downloads/details/category/sims4-clothing-female-teenadultelder-party/title/ashley-dress/id/1476023/

Ladies fingernails by S-Club :

https://www.thesimsresource.com/downloads/details/category/sims4-accessories-female-rings/title/s-club-ts4-wm-nails-201909/id/1450200/

Heathen’s outfits by Darte77:

https://darte77.blogspot.com/

Texas’s beach ensemble by Sentate:

https://sentate.tumblr.com/springsummer2019

Selected high heel shows by Madlen:

http://madlensims.tumblr.com

Lifeguard set by DanSimsFantasy:

https://www.thesimsresource.com/downloads/details/category/sims4-sets/title/dsf-swimwear-lifeguard/id/1453917/

Male body hair by LummiaSims:

https://luumiasims.com/post/160374208324/body-hair-v5-body-hair-is-back-and-even-more




 

Episode 2.3 “The Verdict”

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It was the last day of the trial and the media frenzy was showing no signs of abating. It had reached fever pitch following the testimony from Texas against her former husband and this of course had been her plan. She had delivered the performance of a lifetime and not only damaged Burke’s reputation even more but had also raised her public profile again. She was now the talk of every internet gossip column and the darling of the tabloid press. Texas felt adored and she loved every minute of it much to the disdain of her daughter Fathom. Burke meanwhile was focused on clearing his name and wanted to do it on his terms. This meant not cross examining his ex-wife for to do so, he believed, would be to play straight into her hands. He would not get drawn into some media circus battle with her and nor would he allow his attorney Andre Wayward  to cross examine Heathen when he was forced to take the stand for the prosecution. It pained Burke to see his son suffer so and he would not permit any further questioning of him much to the chagrin of Andre.

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Inside the courtroom prosecutor Ann Thrax had been grilling Burke for almost an hour on the witness stand. Andre Wayward had tried to talk Burke out of taking the stand but Burke insisted upon it as the only way he could prove his innocence. But so far it was not going well for Burke.06-16-20_10-46-37 PM

Ann Thrax was a top notch lawyer with a reputation of a viper. She’s been known to grind down the hardest of criminals and had only ever lost one case in her entire career. There was no way she was going to let billionaire Burke Simmington get away with this crime.

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Burke was getting restless as Ann kept going over and over the same accusation. It would only be a matter of time until his anger would spill out.

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Texas sat glaring daggers at her ex-husband from across the courtroom.

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There was an audible gasp from the spectators in the courtroom as billionaire Burke Simmington all but admitted that he had in fact administered a beating on his former groundsman as Texas had said. Would this admission go against him in this case? His wife Brystle thought so. As did his lawyer Andre Wayward. He knew Burke to be volatile and this was why he had wanted to keep him from taking the stand.

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Judge Doodie ,however, disagreed.

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Ann Thrax acknowledged the judge with a nod before raising her voice as she directed a forceful statement at Burke in an effort to rattle him. Which it did… 

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Fathom felt helpless as she watched her father react to this questioning  on the witness stand. It was quite clear Ann’s tactics were getting the better of  Burke.

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Burke took a deep breath to calm his thoughts and his voice. He could see what that Ann was trying to rattle him and he needed to calm down. Eventually he spoke in a calm collected way.

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When she saw that Burke was not responding in the manner she hoped Ann decided upon a different approach to break him.

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This was new information in the courtroom as Burke had never revealed publicly what Fred had told him which then resulted in their physical altercation.

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Burke stared directly at Cyril Dolby as he spoke and Cyril stared back as he considered inwardly what Burke had just said.

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Around the courtroom those closest to Burke had their own thoughts and opinions about what was being revealed about Fred.

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Tammy Flo could see that Heathen was hurting through all of this and did her best to console him.

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The truth was Heathen still loved Fred despite of everything he was hearing and it was killing him inside.

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Ann continued grilling Burke for close to another hour by which time he looked exhausted and beaten. She knew she had the jury convinced of his guilt and it was time to wrap things up.

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Ann rested her palms on the witness stand and leaned close to Burke as she spoke.

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Burke was silent. He was exhausted and felt that he was beaten. He could say no more.

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Ann stepped away and Judge Doodie excused Burke from the witness stand. Burke stood and looked over at his family as he took his seat. He felt dejected when he saw the look on each of their faces for it looked to them that he was indeed guilty of killing Fred Rimmard….


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Burke felt dejected and humiliated as he  took a seat next to his lawyer Andre Wayward. Luckily Andre had received a text during Burke’s testimony from someone willing to testify for them. But t could be risky. Nevertheless Andre felt it was the only shot they had to convince the jury of Burke’s innocence. 

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Burke could not believe what he was hearing. Was Andre seriously considering putting Fred’s mother on the stand to testify for them??

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Burke had not time to respond as Devonique made her entrance into the courtroom. All eyes were on her as she confidently strutted to the witness box. Journalists from the press who were allowed into the courtroom were frantically updating their social media websites with the latest revelations.

Andre walked towards Devonique to swear her in. 

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Devonique paused as she reflected on how things had worked out with her son. 

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Devonique’s moving testimony pained Burke to hear.

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Devonique glanced over towards Heathen and gave him a reassuring and comforting smile. Heathen felt tears building in his eyes and he lowered his head. 

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Devonique glared straight ahead at Texas as she made her statement and there were a few chuckles around the courtroom. Even Judge Doodie found herself trying not to laugh. She  quickly banged her gavel to regain order of the courtroom.

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Once the laughter had died down Andre continued. 

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Andre nodded and then turned to Judge Doodie to explain what Devonique was referring to.

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There was a collective gasp and audible mutterings from the court at what Devonique had just testified. The mother of the deceased victim was stating that his death was an accident and nothing more. 

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A stunned Seth couldn’t believe what he was hearing. 

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Andre was satisfied with this. The mother of the victim had all but removed any blame from Burke. There was no way the jury would convict him now.

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No further witnesses were presented and so both lawyers concluded with their summary to the jury. First up was prosecutor Ann Thrax. 06-21-20_10-51-02 PM06-21-20_10-53-32 PM06-21-20_10-51-16 PM06-21-20_10-44-22 PM06-21-20_10-53-24 PM06-21-20_10-18-28 PM06-21-20_10-56-54 PM06-21-20_10-25-20 PM06-21-20_10-57-13 PM06-16-20_10-48-09 PM06-21-20_10-53-07 PM06-21-20_10-51-24 PM

Next up was Andre Wayward. This was his final chance to convince the jury of Burke’s innocence. 06-21-20_11-00-05 PM06-21-20_10-38-07 PM06-21-20_10-58-30 PM06-16-20_10-47-45 PM06-21-20_11-00-30 PM06-21-20_10-18-46 PM06-21-20_11-00-16 PM06-16-20_11-34-32 PM06-21-20_10-58-42 PM06-16-20_11-28-10 PM06-21-20_11-00-44 PM

And that ended the case for the defence. It was up the jury to decide now and Judge Doodie dismissed them to deliberate on the verdict. Court was adjourned but less than an hour passed and the jury had already decided. Everyone was recalled back in. Burke and Andre were asked to stand as Judge Doodie turned to the foreman of the jury.

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There was an eruption of cheers in support of Burke as the verdict was announced. And there were some who could not believe the ruling. However Burke and Andre were ecstatically relieved with the news. 

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Cyril said nothing to his fiancée as she raged at the ruling. For he knew it was his dealings with bribing certain jury members that returned the verdict he wanted. 

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Prosecutor Ann Thrax was stunned when the verdict was delivered for she thought she had this one in the bag. 

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As everyone stood as Judge Doodie stepped down from her chair Burke glanced back and smiled at his wife for the first time since the court case had begun. 

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Burke rushed forward and embraced Brystle tightly in his arms. He had truly missed her. 

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Fathom grabbed hold of her father and Burke hugged his daughter. If he noticed Brystle’s sudden unease upon the mention of secrets he certainly did not give anything away. 

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One person not hanging around for the congratulations was Devonique. She had done her part, delivering the truth and helping to set Burke free. But in the end, her son was still dead. So, for now, she needed to be alone. But only for a little while for Devonique had something else in store for the Simmingtons…

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 Later, to avoid the crowds of press and paparazzi waiting outside the courtroom, Burke and Brystle made to leave by a secret rear exit. Heathen was already there as he had wanted a moment alone to deal with the outcome of the trial.

Heathen looked at Burke awkwardly. He’d barely spoken a word to Burke since his father’s arrest and subsequent incarceration due to his parole being denied. The last time they’d had any one on one interaction was the night at the opera when he’d found Fred at lying dead at the bottom of the stairs and Burke staring down at him. Heathen accused his father of killing his husband. Even with Burke’s acquittal and Fred’s death deemed accidental, it was hard for Heathen to accept. And then there was the question of paternity hanging over them…

Burke could see how fragile he son looked. He looked to Brystle who understood and stepped aside as Burke approached his son. 

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The thought of Cyril Dolby being Heathen’s father was too distressing to comprehend for Burke. 

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Weeks upon weeks of bottled up rage and grief erupted from Heathen and he flung his arms up in anger as he yelled.

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Burke nodded as he listened to his son’s anguish. He wanted to assure him that everything would work out in the end and began to gently break it to him unaware that Texas had quietly joined them from the courtroom. 

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Burke’s anger immediately rose at the sound of his ex-wife’s voice and he spun around to face her. 

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Heathen stomped past them as he made his exit down the stairs. Burke was furious with Texas for interrupting his talk with Heathen and subsequently upsetting the young man even further. 

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Brystle had had enough of  this bickering between the former spouses and she stepped forward to take charge before it erupted into a full scale war between them all. 

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Texas gave Brystle another one of her triumphant smirks. It gave Texas pleasure to constantly belittle her and her well timed put down lightened her mood. She looked from husband to wife and remembered that she had a plan to bring to fruition. 

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With her high heels clicking on the marble floor, Texas marched off. Burke his head but said nothing as he took Brystle gently by the arm and led her downstairs and out to the waiting limo. 


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That evening back at the mansion just before dinner, Burke and Brystle were having a moment alone in the study. 

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Brystle brace herself for what was to come. As it turned out, it was not what she was expecting…

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Brystle was seeing a different side to her husband. He was showing vulnerability, a trait he had never shown before. And realising that her doubts she had experienced earlier in the court room about Burke were suddenly fading. Burke never admitted he was wrong. 

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Brystle was so relieved to hear Burke say this. Mayhew had been an innocent bystander, sent away to work overseas by Burke to keep him from seeing Brystle. He’d been framed on a charge of spying and as an employee of Burke’s this had lost him the contract at WindenburgSimmington for the South Shang Simla Sea Leases. This was a billion Simoleon contract and Cyril Dolby had wanted it all along. Framing Mayhew was his unscrupulous way of obtaining it. 

This was a relief for Brystle to hear. However there were other pressing matters on her mind, issues that had come to light that night several months ago at the opera that’d never been addressed. 

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Just as they were getting down to some serious smooching, there was a polite knock at the door and in walked major-domo Joseph Flanders. 

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What could this mean?

Joseph showed Devonique into the study before leaving and closing the doors quietly behind him. 

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Burke eyed the woman in front of him. He didn’t appreciate the mention of his lost son Badam. That was a private family matter.

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CREDITS:

For this episode of Simasty, I was again inspired by the original court case from season 1 & 2 of Dynasty where Blake Carrington was on trial over the death of Ted Dinard. For the reveal of Devonique as Burke’s sister, that was from an episode in season 5 where Dominque revealed she was Blake’s sister. 

Siloli Mansion  is my own version of Filoli, the real life house used as the Carrington residence in the original Dynasty. 

I used a lot of CC poses throughout this episode. 3 particular talented artists I use a lot are 

https://katverse.com/

https://joanneberniceposes.weebly.com

http://www.sims4studio.com/thread/4220/sims-4-cc-princess-paranoia

CC clothing featured:

Brystle’s blue evening dress by DarkNighTt available at: https://www.thesimsresource.com/downloads/1318727

Brystle’s court outfit by SLYD at: https://www.thesimsresource.com/downloads/1337161

Long painted nails by S-Club at: https://www.thesimsresource.com/downloads/1450200

Devonique’s jacket by belal1997 at : https://www.thesimsresource.com/downloads/1468541

Devonique’s jumpsuit by Jonsims at : https://www.thesimsresource.com/downloads/1460467

Devonique’s trousers by ekinege at: https://www.thesimsresource.com/downloads/1493608

Devoniqe’s hat by Elfdor at : https://www.simsdom.com/downloads/151583/hat-tiffany-sims4

High heel shoes by Malden at : https://thesimsresource.com/artists/MJ95

Seth’s suit by Darte77 at : https://darte77.blogspot.com/

Texas’s outfit by Sifix at :https://www.thesimsresource.com/downloads/1467557

Courthouse used for exterior shots only by Azulsims01 :

https://www.ea.com/en-gb/games/the-sims/the-sims-4/pc/gallery/AF8A20E0126C11E786DAFD6CB19685FA?category=lots&searchtype=ea_origin_id&sortby=newest&time=all&searchquery=azulsims01&max=50&maxis=false

Courtroom wall panelling by Peacemaker at :

https://peacemaker-ic.tumblr.com/post/179959123501/splendid-panelling-three-new-painted-wall-styles



 

Episode 2.2 ‘The Trial’

 

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Several days into Burke’s trial and the media circus surrounding it showed no sign of abating. Coverage of it was spread around the known Sims world from Pleasantview to Brindleton Bay. News channels, magazines and online gossip columns couldn’t get enough of the trial of the head of one of the richest families in the world, Burke Simmington. Accused of simslaughter of his son’s conman husband, Burke was facing an uncertain future. As the trial began it’s third day, news reporters were once again outside the courthouse.04-21-20_9-54-42 PM (1)04-21-20_9-54-35 PM04-21-20_9-53-26 PM04-21-20_9-53-56 PM04-21-20_9-54-51 PM04-21-20_9-55-33 PM

Fathom and Seth were indeed just arriving for the day’s hearing. Fathom winced when she caught sight of the reporter and tv crew.

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Seth kept hold of his wife’s hand as he led her through the throng.

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Fathom and Seth ignored the questions and made their way past. At the top of the steps outside the courthouse Fathom gathered herself after the onslaught she had just endured. Seth meanwhile had a question for his wife.

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Seth’s question made Fathom slightly uncomfortable. She didn’t want to get into this in such a public way in front of the reporters and cameras so she went inside. Once in the hallway of the building she told Seth just how she felt.

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Seth could see that he had clearly rattled his new wife and this was not what he had intended.

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Fathom knew she had a reputation. One that was indeed valid for she had yet to give up her flirtatious ways. As Seth was skirting around an issue she didn’t want to address she as usual went on the defensive.

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It was more than a slip of the tongue for Fathom had already made a fool out of Seth the whole time they had got back together. Many, many times as the newest recruits to her father’s football team would testify. She quickly turned and made her way towards the courtroom leaving Seth feeling unsure about how she felt about him.

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Outside the courthouse, reporter Dick Stroker was wrapping up his live news report.

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The day’s session had begun. The courtroom was packed. Brystle Simmington sat in the front row behind her husband. The trial was taking it’s toll on her. Being in a courtroom environment had reminded Brystle of her own trial several years past before she had met Burke. It hadn’t been a good period in her life and it had resulted in her being sent to prison for something she didn’t commit. She and Burke still had not talked about her experience and there was so much she needed to tell him but now she was worried that she may never get he chance.

Joining Brystle was her niece Tammy Flo who looked like she was having a ball on a day out. Next to her was Heathen who was finding the whole ordeal unbearable. Making up the crowd of spectators was Fathom and Seth. Unbeknown to all of them was Cyril Dolby, Burke’s arch enemy, had taken a seat discreetly at the back of the packed courtroom. He silently watched as the drama played out as he had been expecting…

After everyone stood as Judge Doodie entered the room the trial’s 3rd day got under way. Called to the witness stand was Michael Constrain and he was a witness for the prosecution. Ann Thrax, the prosecuting lawyer, approached her client.


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Michael ran a finger under his shirt collar as it had suddenly begun to feel very tight as he testified against his boss.

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Michael paused. He felt all eyes on him, including Fathom’s. And then he saw the look Seth Dolby was throwing his way and it reminded him how much he hated the rich playboy for taking Fathom away from him.

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As Michael gave his testimony, an outraged Seth whispered angrily to Fathom about what he had just heard. Fathom however kept looking across the room at Michael.

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Fathom knew what was coming next and inwardly she was urging Michael not to go through with this.

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For all her bravado and her recklessness with how she treated people, Fathom was feeling both sad and betrayed. Sad for how she had made Michael feel and betrayed that he was testifying against her father. And that betrayal was outweighing anything else she was feeling..

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Burke whispered to his lawyer Andre Wayward as Ann Thrax continued her questioning of Michael.

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As copies of the report were passed around Brystle was feeling more uncomfortable than ever. For in her heart she knew what Michael was saying was the truth.

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Andre began his questioning with his trademark devil’s grin aiming to put Michael at ease. However, he knew the chauffeur of course and he also knew how to handle this. He believed Michael to be an idiot and he would poke holes in his claim to have him discredited as a witness.

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Michael was taken aback by this for he had not expected his own problems to come to the surface. He meekly answered but was quickly cut off by Andre bellowing at him.

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Michael looked around the room as if for help but realised he was on his own. He had no choice to tell the truth. His voice was quiet again as he answered but once again he was cut off by Andre.

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Michael was floundering and prosecutor Ann Thrax saw this. She quickly leapt up.

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Judge Doodie was a tough old bird even the most hardy of lawyers were afraid of. Reluctantly Ann took her seat allowing Michael to continue.

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Michael took a deep breath to compose himself before looking Andre square in the eye.

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Burke chuckled to himself after the verbal battering Andre had given Michael. Brystle watched on with disdain.

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Hours were passing and the trial was progressing. Prosecution was ready to bring on their next star witness.

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Mumblings galore went around the courtroom as this was the moment a lot of the spectators and the press had been waiting for as the billionaire’s ex-wife took the witness stand against her former husband.

The courtroom doors opened and in walked Texas dressed to kill in a blood red suit. She confidently marched towards the witness stand, smiling as she revelled in the obvious attention on her.

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Fathom was furious that the mother she hated was about to have her moment of glory and refused to look at her as she walked by. From the back of the courtroom Cyril Dolby smiled to himself as he knew his lover had been waiting a long time to her moment.

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Andre, whilst apprehensive about Texas taking the stand, was looking forward to cross examining her. However Burke had other ideas…

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Andre was flabbergasted that he would be denied the chance to cross examine Texas but Burke was adamant. Meanwhile Texas had taken the stand.

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Texas paused for a moment and scanned the courtroom. She had a captivated audience and she was going to revel in delivering her story.

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Texas put her head in her hands and wept loudly.

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Burke glared across the courtroom at his ex-wife. How dare she use the memory of their dead first child in some petty revenge against him he thought.

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Texas dramatically wiped away her tears with a handkerchief before composing herself and continuing with her damning evidence.

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Another round of mumblings and mutterings went around the courtroom. Judge Doodie called for order and then prosecutor Ann Thrax continued.

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Fathom could not believe the audacity of her loathed mother. How dare she get up there and publicly lie about her father like this. Texas gave no indication of whether she noticed this or not and continued with her testimony.

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Brystle was no dummy. She knew that Texas would lie on the stand and be overly dramatic with her testimony. However what she was saying struck her hard for it reminded her of something Mayhew had said before he had left for Shang Simla. He’d stated that Burke had deliberately promoted him just to send him overseas in an effort to keep Brystle and he apart. Mayhew had also stated the same thing- that Burke bought people off just to get his own way. Brystle had doubted this in the beginning but was now becoming more and more convinced that her husband had indeed done this.

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Texas went full throttle with her acting at this point and her theatrics were totally over the top.

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Ann Thrax was in her element. She had a witness who was giving the press exactly what they wanted. The courtroom was in total silence as everyone waited to hear what Texas would say next.

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Burke Simmington, had just been publicly accused of murder by his ex-wife and the courtroom almost went into uproar. Judge Doodie furiously banged her gavel as a call to order. Andre leapt up to call his objection.

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A deflated Andre sat down and Ann smirked triumphantly at her opponent. As the courtroom descended into silence once more Texas continued with her testimony.

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It became too much for Brystle to listen to. The more she heard the more she was convinced of her husband’s guilt. This triggered a panic attack in her and she suddenly leapt up from her seat.

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All eyes were on Brystle as the current Mrs Simmington fled the courtroom. Fathom couldn’t believe her father’s wife would abandon him in his moment of need and made a mental note to confront her about it as soon as she could. Andre looked over at Burke who had closed his eyes in shock. Texas of course had achieved her goal and she loved it. So long Brystle!!

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Ann now moved her line of questioning onto the night of Fred’s death.

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Heathen remained seated with his head lowered. He wanted to be anywhere but here. His husband was dead but had it even been a real marriage? And now his parents were at war again just like they were when he was a child. Heathen couldn’t bare it.

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Judge Doodie almost split her desk in two as she repeatedly pounded her gavel in effort to gain order in her courtroom as the shockwaves went round for the umpteenth time. Burke looked on in horror.

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