“Yes I did Muriel, and I promise you your honour will be left intact.’ We are just good friends alright?’
“Thank you I sure need a friend at this time.’
“Come on tell Gerry all about it, I’m listening.’
“It’s this damn short hand Gerry; it’s driving me around the bend.’
“Well I’m your man there I can help you with that if you’ll let me.’
“How can you help?’
“I learned how to do it in college.’
How do you think that we barristers remember points that witnesses say?’
“We take notes in short hand.’
“Oh Gerry you are a life saver.’
“All part of the service Muriel, so from tomorrow I will come around and help you until you get the hang of it.’
“Thank you Gerry you’ve lifted a massive weight from my shoulders.’
When they reached Coome Abbey restaurant Gerry parked up then escorted Muriel through the doors. He spoke to the doorman then the waiter who showed him to a table that he had booked. It had a wonderful view of the city with all the lights twinkling away like stars.
“What would you care to drink Mr Sedgemore?’
“Champagne please said Gerry to the waiter as he left.’
They opened the menu that looked very expensive.’
“I can recommend the lobster as a starter.’
“No I will pass on the fish if you don’t mind. I am going to have a bowl of soup and a nice fillet of steak if you don’t mind.’
“You can have anything that you like Muriel.’
The champagne was brought and the waiter expertly opened the bottle then poured them both a glass before setting it back into the ice bucket.’
“Are you ready to order Mr Sedgemore?’
“Yes, I will have the lobster salad and for the lady a bowl of leek and potato soup.
“And for your mains?
We will both have the fillet of steak.
“How would you like your steak Miss?’
“Could I have mine well done please.’
“I will have my steak done the usual way said Gerry.’
“You must be a regular here Gerry.’
“This is where most of the top barristers do their business. We make deals to get people lighter sentences here.’
“So a person’s life is in the hands of a good steak.’
“Not literally Muriel; but we can make it easier for some known criminals like armed robbers and Jewel thieves.
“You mean they pay you so you for lighter sentences.’
“It is done all over the world Muriel.’
“So instead of thirty years they get say fifteen and with good behaviour paroled in ten.’
“How do you do that?’
“Best not knowing sometimes Muriel; these crooks have powerful friends and many a barrister has ended up dead for making a bad decision.’