Perfection

Title: Perfection
Plot, or Lack Thereof: Edgeworth finds a Death Note, drama ensues
Reason For Banishment: Mostly a rehash of the Phoenix Wright plotline with extra bits of super-dark Edgeworth.


Edgeworth had found the Notebook, read the rules, and would have dismissed it as some disturbed teenager’s power fantasy if he were not so familiar with the events surrounding the man who had called himself God and the soft-spoken Japanese prosecutor who worshiped him.

Edgeworth had no illusions about becoming God.

He only wanted to be Perfect.

He was always very, very careful about using the Notebook, disguising its pages as Post-Its on his legal pad, writing each cause of death to be as logical and explainable by non-supernatural events as possible, and making sure none of the arrows pointed back to him.

Terry Fawles. Committed suicide on the stand when pressed too far by the defense.

And he came out Perfect because Fawles was prepared to commit suicide and Edgeworth had no motive to kill a man who was looking at the death penalty, even with that meddlesome little lawyer’s feeble attempts to plant doubts over Fawles’ guilt. He had toyed with the idea of eliminating her as well, but decided that she was inconsequential.

Dahlia Hawthorne took care of Diego Armando for him, and then Redd White orchestrated a rather apt end for Mia Fey. But after that, Fate would thwart him time and time again in the form of Phoenix Wright.

Edgeworth had gotten the “P” down on the Note when he hesitated. Though he did have vague memories of Phoenix as a spiky-headed boy who was constantly teased over having a weird name, he had difficulty believing that Phoenix was the lawyer’s true legal one. On top of that, he did not know enough of the man’s personal life to weave together a believable death narrative for him, and he had confidence that he could crush his rival even without the Notebook.

So he only wrote struck by a car in a hit-and-run, but left the name blank for future use. The Shinigami lurking over his shoulder offered the Eyes again, but as before Edgeworth refused to make the trade.

When Redd White broke down and confessed on the stand, Edgeworth knew his moment to destroy Wright had passed. Rumors had already circulated around him, about the Demon Prosecutor who cursed his opponents with death—which was true, of course, but he had only one actual victim under his belt, and he had long since burned the page containing Fawles’ name. He swallowed his pride, took the blow to his perfect win record, and went on with his life.

It is during State v. Powers that Edgeworth realizes that Wright is obsessed with him, particularly the foolish notion that Wright could “save” Edgeworth somehow. And Edgeworth begins to smile again as he plots. He might not be able to put Wright’s name into the Notebook yet, but he could begin to move the pieces in place. So he practically hands Wright the true culprit on a platter and throws him some vague words about unnecessary feelings to keep him on the hook, then proceeds to ignore the steady stream of phone calls to his office.

The pieces fall together that December, and Edgeworth is not all that surprised by how little work he had to do himself. Nature of man indeed, he thinks to himself, as he writes on a scrap of the Notebook before heading down to the fog-covered lake.

Robert Hammond. Shot to death by a pistol.

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