It took two long weeks; two weeks of sailing aboard the military ship until Phoenix and the team were finally back on dry land again. Though his ribs were healing well, poor Edgeworth was high on painkillers in the infirmary for the entire duration of the trip...much to the defense attorney's amusement.
"Psst, Phoenix....come closer."
"Because I have a secret to tell you."
Phoenix let out a laugh as he tilted his head towards the prosecutor in question. The defense attorney was currently sitting in an uncomfortable plastic blue chair; reading a magazine next to Edgeworth's infirmary bed.
"What kind of secret?" Phoenix slumped down in the chair and attempted to play along with the chief prosecutor's antics.
".....You have to come close so that I can tell you...it's a VERY big secret." Giggled Edgeworth as he sat up in his bed.
Phoenix threw the magazine he was reading onto the bed and leaned forward in his chair. "Ugh....alright, what is it Miles?"
Phoenix raised an eyebrow in confusion, but hesitantly brought his face closer to the drug-induced prosecutor.
"Just a teeny bit more...." Explained Edgeworth trying to hold back a giggle.
Phoenix rolled his eyes and sighed; reluctantly moving his face in so that it was about an inch away from Edgeworth's
"Okay Miles, what's so important that I had to-"
Phoenix pulled his face back and blinked in confusion, for Edgeworth did all that just to poke the tip of his nose; the man now breaking down into a fit of cackling laughter as if it were the funniest thing in the goddamn world.
"Miles, what the HELL was that?!?!?" Sighed Phoenix as he slumped back into his chair.
Edgeworth was now wiping tears out of his eyes from the laughter "Haha! I booped your snoot!!! You hardly stood a chance against my attack!!!" He then shot a playful smile towards the defense attorney.
"God, I can't believe under all that brooding you're ACTUALLY worse than a child." Phoenix shook his head and returned the smile.
"Hehe...maybe I should get high more often?" Questioned Edgeworth to himself.
"NO! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD NO!" Cried Phoenix in protest.
"Why? I feel so carefree this way!" Pouted Edgeworth in reply.
".....That's what i'm worried about." Phoenix laughed half-heartedly as he sheepishly rubbed the back of his neck.
"Phoenix, i've been having dirty thoughts about you all day without a single ounce of guilt...it's amazing!" Explained Edgeworth in a flirtatious tone with a wink towards the defense attorney.
"Gwaahhh! S-See this is what I mean! Let's keep those thoughts private, okay?" Asked a flustered Phoenix now beginning to blush.
Edgeworth sighed in defeat as he plopped himself down into his pillow. "Hmphh...you're no fun."
Eventually, Phoenix and the team made it home at last! When they arrived back in L.A., the city was just as rainy as it was when they had first departed...though it was nice to be on solid ground again.
"GROUND! BEAUTIFUL SOLID GROUND! I AM NEVER EVER LEAVING YOU AGAIN!"
It was Apollo who flung himself to the concrete as soon as he got off of the ship; the young defense attorney kissing the ground beneath him.
"Liebling, please save those kisses for me." Laughed Klavier as he pulled Apollo back up to his feet.
"I'm sorry, i'm just so relieved to NOT be on a floating death machine anymore." Replied Apollo with an awkward grin.
Indeed, it would appear that everyone was happy to be back on dry land; Phoenix observed as the team regrouped at the harbour where they first departed from.
"...I cannot believe Klavier actually performed an entire solo show for all the soldiers onboard!" Scoffed Ema as she shook her head in disgust.
".....Or that Athena cried throughout the entire concert." Interjected a disappointed Blackquill.
"W-What?!?! The man can perform a beautiful melody!" Exclaimed Athena as she had to stifle back her tears from falling once more.
".......Have some emotions for once!...." Beeped Widget.
Franziska groaned as she crossed her arms. "Ugh, that fool's music is much too fruity for my tastes."
Maya wrapped an arm around Franziska and giggled. "C'mon Franzy, he wasn't THAT bad."
"I thought it was quite nice...hopefully he comes back to Khura'in with Apollo. I imagine that Rayfa would appreciate 'drill head's' musical stylings as well." Laughed Nahyuta with an earnest smile.
Phoenix shook his head and smiled at the 'youngling's' shenanigans...he was grateful that they all made it back in one piece, even if they did get on his nerves sometimes.
The defense attorney was startled out of his thoughts as he swung around to see a noticably sobered up Edgeworth standing behind him.
Phoenix smiled as wide as he could in the prosecutor's direction. "M-Miles! How are you feeling?" He felt Edgeworth's breath on his neck as he brought the man into a gentle embrace.
Edgeworth pulled back slightly to see the defense attorney's face. "Hmm...I would say whatever they did to me worked. Physically I feel fine, but I don't remember a goddamn thing since we were first rescued."
"Wait....you mean you remember nothing? Like....not even a little bit?" Phoenix gulped as a new realization set in.
"Can't say that I do....why? Did I do anything embarrassing?" Asked a now eager Edgeworth.
"Umm....I mean, not really." Replied Phoenix through an obvious lie.
Edgeworth shot a glare towards the defense attorney. "...Tell me now"
"Okay, well I will say that drugged-up you is EXTREMELY horny....like, worse than Larry horny." Phoenix replied sheepishly as he began to blush.
If it was even possible, Phoenix would say that Edgeworth's face immedietly turned fifty different shades of red. "I-I didn't! I mean, we....ummm...I...w-we didn't do anything did we!?!?" Exclaimed an embarrassed Edgeworth looking for answers; desperately clutching onto the defense attorney's shirt.
"W-What!?! N-No! Don't be ridiculous Miles! I would never take advantage of you in that state! Also, you were kind of annoying...major turn off to be honest." Replied Phoenix as he awkwardly laughed and ran a hand through his hair.
Edgeworth let go of Phoenix's shirt and let out a sigh of relief. "T-That's good then...anything else I need to know of?"
"....Well, you ugh....you kinda proposed to me." Stated Phoenix so quietly that it was barely audible.
Edgeworth grabbed both of Phoenix's shoulders and began to shake him...clearly the chief prosecutor wasn't taking this very well...
"WHY!?!? WHY WOULD I DO SUCH A THING!?!?"
"M-Miles, can you please stop shaking me! It's bad enough I still have sea legs, I don't need to be dizzy too!" Pleaded the defense attorney as he was being shook.
At that, Edgeworth released the now wobbling Phoenix. "S-Sorry....I'm just surprised is all." Sighed the chief prosecutor as he rested his head on the defense attorney's shoulder.
Phoenix ran a hand through the other man's hair and laughed. "Hey, it's okay...I mean, I was surprised too! After all, you didn't mean it." Finished Phoenix a bit sadly.
Edgeworth looked up to meet the defense attorney's eyes and shot him a nervous grin.
"I mean, I suppose the offer's still on the table...that is, only if you want to!" Stated a flustered Edgeworth; scratching his head as he quickly looked away to avoid the other man's gaze.
"Wait, you mean you still wanna marry me?" Phoenix's face transitioned from confusion to happiness in almost an instant.
".....Yes." Mumbled Edgeworth shyly.
"O-Of course i'll marry you Miles! Man, how lucky am i? Getting proposed to twice in the span of two weeks!" Laughed Phoenix with a grin.
Phoenix happily leapt into Edgeworth's arms as he cupped the prosecutor's face into a passionate kiss; the defense attorney being engulfed in the other man's tight embrace.
Phoenix pulled away as the two rested their foreheads against each-other. "Okay, so maybe we should keep this on the down low for now so that-"
"OH MY GOD NICK! YOU'RE GETTING MARRIED!?!?!?"
The two were startled to see Maya jumping up and down with delight...well shit, there goes the whole 'secret engagement' idea.
"M-Maya please, don't tell anyone-" Started Phoenix.
"Phoenix Wright you fool! How ridiculous it is that my little brother must wed before me?!!?" Interjected Franziska as she threatened to crack her whip.
"Franziska, can you please-" Started Edgeworth.
"MR. WRIGHT, YOU'RE REALLY GETTING MARRIED!?!?" Exclaimed Athena as she broke into tears.
Phoenix couldn't help but facepalm as Edgeworth glared at him...there was really nothing they could do at this point.
"Hey Mr. Wright...wouldn't it be cool if we could have a joint wedding?" Asked Apollo as he put an arm around his former boss.
"....Umm Apollo, I thought you and Klavier weren't really engaged." Phoenix asked, raising an eyebrow.
"Yeah, well...umm...I still have the ring! So i'm sure it has some legitimacy to it!" Cried Apollo as he held out his hand to stare at the gold ring on his finger.
Klavier then showed up as he put an arm around Phoenix's other shoulder. "Well Herr Wright, how about it? Care to have a shotgun wedding with my Liebling and I?" Asked the prosecutor with a suggestive wink.
"N-NO THANK YOU!!!" Excalimed Phoenix as he pulled away from both of them.
After the chaos over Phoenix and Edgeworth's engagement was finished with, it was finally time for the team to head their separate ways.
"Well Mr. Wright, it looks like the four of us are heading back to Khura'in." Sighed Apollo sadly.
"The four of you?" Asked Phoenix curiously.
The young defense attorney rubbed the back of his neck sheepishly. "Yeah...umm, Ema's going back with Nahyuta, and Klavier agreed to come with me. He said he wants to perform for some of the locals."
"Oh! Congrats then Apollo!" Phoenix smiled and brought the young defense attorney into a hug.
"OH APOLLO, I'M GOING TO MISS YOU...AGAIN!!" Cried Athena as she joined in on the hug.
".......Agency Grouphug!......" Beeped Widget.
So Athena, where are you headed off to?" Asked Apollo curiously.
Athena wiped her tears away and smiled towards Blackquill. "Well, Simon and I are going to grab some lunch....he's actually paying this time!"
Phoenix smiled and waved as Athena and Apollo left...which left an excited Maya by his side.
"NICK! CAN I BE YOUR MAID OF HONOUR!??!? AND PEARLY CAN BE YOUR FLOWER GIRL!!!" The spirit medium chimed in as she clung onto the defense attorney's arm.
"Ugh.....sure." Phoenix rubbed the back of his neck and smiled awkwardly.
"Oh my god, this is sooooo exciting!! I can't wait to tell Pearly the big news when we get back to Kurain!"
"Speaking of which, shouldn't we be well on our way...." Interjected an unamused Franziska.
"Oh, of course Franzy! You're going to love it there! I mean, it's no Germany but-"
"Oh shush! I'm sure i'll love it!" Exclaimed Franziska with a smile.
The female prosecutor shot one final scowl towards the defense attorney before she was dragged away by a giddy Maya.
"....And then there were two." Stated Phoenix as he faced a contemplating Edgeworth.
"Phoenix...should I buy you a ring?" Asked Edgeworth anxiously.
"Really? Is that what you're thinking about? I mean I don't need one...your love is enough Miles." Smiled Phoenix as he held onto the prosecutor's hand.
"Hmm...I think i'll get you one anyways. Something that's nicer than the one Mr. Justice has." Continued Edgeworth with a devilish grin.
"Oh, so you were jealous of the ring Klavier bought Apollo? Well Miles, I hardly think that-"
BZZZZZZZ BZZZZZZ BZZZZZZZZ
Phoenix was taken back when his phone started going off inside his pocket; the device now regaining cell service. He flipped open the phone to find his inbox full of messages...all from Trucy.
Edgeworth raised his eyebrows curiously. "Hmm, i'm surprised your phone survived being underwater."
"....It's a Nokia, it can survive the apocalypse." Laughed Phoenix in reply as he checked his messages.
T: HI DADDY! I HOPE YOU HAVE FUN ON YOUR TRIP WITH MR. EDGEWORTH....BUT NOT TOO MUCH FUN ;)
T: SO...I MOVED SOME FURNITURE AROUND IN THE OFFICE. TOTALLY NOT TO COVER UP A HOLE IN THE WALL I MADE WITH ONE OF MY TRICKS....
T: DADDY, YOUR FRIEND MR. BUTZ JUST SHOWED UP AND SAID HE'S MY BABYSITTER! HOW MANY TIMES HAVE I TOLD YOU I DON'T NEED A BABYSITTER ANYMORE! :(
T: MR.BUTZ KEEPS ASKING ME WHEN I'M TURNING EIGHTEEN.....
T: NOW HE WANTS TO THROW A PARTY 0_0
T: OKAY, SO I VOLUNTEERED MR. BUTZ TO BE CUT IN HALF FOR ONE OF MY TRICKS...BUT NOW I CAN'T PUT HIM BACK TOGETHER!
T: DADDY HELP! HE WON'T STOP CRYING :/
T: UPDATE...I'M FEEDING HIM SPAGHETTI TO KEEP HIM ALIVE *_*
T: DADDY...PLZ COME HOME SOON!
Phoenix's face turned white as he shoved his phone back into his pocket....of course Larry had to be Larry and cause chaos...
"Phoenix what's wrong?" Asked Edgeworth with concern.
"It's Trucy....Larry showed up and-"
Edgeworth's eye twitched at the mere mention of Larry's name. "Say no more, let's go save your daughter from the Butz."
"R-Really? I mean, i'm not sure if you want to be dragged into the whole 'dad' thing right away..." Said Phoenix shyly.
Edgeworth placed a kiss on top of Phoenix's knuckles where his new stitches were. "Your family is my family now...we're in this together." Replied the prosecutor with an earnest smile.
"A-Awesome! I mean, you're gonna love it Miles! Trucy's already crazy about you too...there's so many things we can do together now-"
"You can teach her how to drive! Cause i'll be damned if Athena was going to do it-"
"Earth to Phoenix..."
"Oh! And that means we're finally elligable for the family pass at Disneyland and-"
"Let's go home."