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Title: The Way of Wishes
Fandom: Ace Attorney
Rating: G
originally written for the Phoenix Wright Kink Meme and posted here
Spoilers: spoilers for Ace Attorney: Apollo Justice from the get-go; spoilers for all other Gyakuten Saiban(Ace Attorney) and Gyakuten Kenji(Investigations) games may be mentioned in passing.
Prompt: Highlight for spoilers: * So why did Thalassa abandon Apollo anyway? Who raised him? How does he react when he finds out?*
Warnings: Highlight *mm... Original characters, messed up foster care system in the future, possibly misinformation about the foster care/adoption placement/disrupted placement process, also unbeta-ed writing. Some possible timeline mess-ups from the GK 1 version of the Court Records Timeline...*

Notes: I added in the timeline dates in this version. So totally early to de-anon this, but what the hell. :) I will love people if they know what the title references! :D

Chapter 3: Flicker
mentions the time period between when Apollo is five and six(2009/2010), set around when he's between 7 and 7-and-a-half(2011)

When she had made the decision to narrow the pool, she wasn't quite expecting the time gap to be this large or the failures that still permeated the process. It might have been that even after the repeated issues, she still had faith in humanity.

One particular incident about a year prior had caused quite a media stir at the office because the adoption system had come under questioning for it. It wasn't all her fault -- there'd been a bureaucracy mishap, they'd been understaffed at the time, and the socialworker in charge of monitoring the household had not been her at the time and he'd been corrupt. Corruption is everywhere, people had always told her. It's always been echoed in the papers and on TV - the constant battles of local mob families and gangs, funding cuts, she has even heard rumors that the proof-ruling that runs the court system now is based around corruption and not the "fixing the system so that convictions can be made swifter" defense that was its justification according to lecturers in university. She's heard the horrors of parts of the system, even seen some of them, but it wasn't until she found herself barraged by the media that she realized how utterly fragile it is when under pressure. It's not much different from many of the children she works with on a daily basis: something broken but still surviving, doing its best to manage with what it has.

She feels guilty over Apollo's flickering emotional storm after that whole incident. If the acting out is any indication, he's hurting far more than she is. However, she still has some flicker of hope that all is not lost on him. Just as her boss decided to keep her while they picked up the pieces in the aftermath, she doesn't plan on leaving him either. She works twice as hard to make things right. It might be that she's taken the long way, but that doesn't mean it has to be the wrong one.

The last thing she expected, though, was the internal phone call.

"Caritas, I have a client on another line who is interested in Apollo. Would you like me to transfer the call over?"

"Sure, can I have the client's name?"

"Sarah Justice."

(Mrs. Justice wants him? Doesn't she usually adopt older children?)

The Justices are something like celebrities in the system because they donate so much time and effort into raising awareness and walking their talk. Sarah is a contract charity event organizer for many of the local orphanages, and her husband is an entertainer whose most recent claim to fame is a scholarship program for at-risk youth to attend workshops at A Brighter Future, the studio where he works.

Caritas is in awe as she talks to the woman over the phone, there's genuine interest in Mrs. Justice's voice and she asks questions that can be answered over the phone, unlike other potential parents she's been talking to lately. Caritas realizes as she talks that it's the first time in a while that she's being interviewed by a client while interviewing them. It's something that really should happen more often and it shows Mrs. Justice's familiarity with the system that she pulls it off in such a manner that it feels like conversation and not an interview script. When they're both satisfied with preliminary information, the two of them schedule another interview -- this time in person.

The months that follow are full of interviews, visitations (to introduce Apollo multiple times to the possibility of a new family and to see their home), paperwork, and waiting... mostly waiting.

Finally, a half-year later, and she's filling out the last of the bureaucracy the agency requires for adoptions. The Justices aren't exactly what she expected, but they're so utterly honest and upfront about what's non-traditional in their family that it's a refreshing change of pace.


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