The Witness

Synopsis: The witness tells a story of a brilliant Lawyer who finds himself working for a criminal organisation, Acheron Gabriel & Co, a prestigious legal firm with a very dark history. Lauren, an Attorney begins a relationship with an intern Ophelia. Ophelia witnesses a murder, and discovers the dark side of the firm. There is a plot against Lauren, with the help of Ophelia he decides to escape. The witness is a romantic thriller.
Original Story by: Zheer Bajalan
Year:
2024
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My name is Acheron I’m the senior partner of this firm for a little over a decade, I run this firm with Gabriel, the grandson of Lord Gabriel, founder of the firm. This firm goes by the name of Acheron, Gabriel & Co. You may be interested in knowing that most of our clients are extremely wealthy, as you can imagine they have the sort of money problem the average man or women won’t have. All our Lawyers abide by a code of loyalty, we look after each other. You see our clients are very wealthy, so we cater for their needs in a unique way. Not all indictable offences lead to a conviction; most people simply perish in hell. I’d like you to know as to date, no one has ever left us alive, no one.

Tania – Good morning, Mr Acheron.

Acheron – Morning Tania.

Tania – Mr Ahriman left a message for you.

Acheron – Thank you forward it to me please.

Voice messageAcheron this is Ahriman, it is regarding the settlement fee, the divorce papers came through, my ex-wife is asking for three million dollars in full, please get back to me as soon as possible.

Acheron – Tania did you forward the court documents to Mr Lauren as I asked you.

Tania – Yes, I did, he called to say that he will investigate the legal remedy and will arrive at your office tomorrow morning.

Acheron - Ok thank you, can you make me coffee please, no sugar, just milk.

Mr Lauren is a young intelligent Lawyer a barrister, hired by Acheron, Gabriel & Co as part of their legal research team and to represent their clients in court.

Abigor – Please follow me, Acheron has been expecting you, let me take your coat.

Lauren – Tania what happened to his eye.

Abigor’s left eye pupil is discoloured, it appears as white and grey, he also has a scar on his left cheek.

Tania – I’m not sure, he won’t say, he has been with the firm for many years, he keeps an eye on the place, makes sure everything is running smoothly. I think he lost his left eye in an incident with a previous client, we try and not ask too many questions.

Lauren appears a little shaken at the sight of Abigor.

Acheron – Welcome Mr Lauren please take a seat, tea or coffee.

Lauren – Tea would be just fine thank you, you said it is urgent.

Acheron – It is regarding Ahriman.

Lauren – The casino owner.

Acheron – That’s right, his wife asked for a three-million-dollar divorce settlement fee a week ago, last night I received a call from Mr Ahriman’s business associate, he said that Ahriman is in great distress, they found his wife in his second home pool, she had drowned.

Lauren – Sorry to hear that.

Acheron – So am I, I can’t save him this time Lauren.

Lauren – What do you mean.

Acheron – I mean the case isn’t looking too good, Ahriman has already been acquitted of a previous murder charge, but this one the jury is going to see right through.

Lauren – You suspect he is guilty; we can try to reduce the sentencing if he pleads guilty.

Acheron – He won’t, I need you to take the case, Ahriman is a long-standing client of ours.

Lauren leaves Acheron’s office.

Ophelia – Mr Lauren, my name is Ophelia I am an intern, I was told that I would assist you as part of my internship here this year.

Lauren – Oh yes of course, here is my business card, I’m in a little hurry, call me.

Tania – Mr Lauren your coat.

Lauren – Thank you.

Lauren returns to his chamber/office begins work right away he is chauffeured, curtesy of Acheron, Gabriel & Co.

Scene Change, Ahriman attends a meeting with detective Radcliff Marsh.

Radcliff Marsh – I’m glad you made it, they know, the ministry of justice know you have blood on your hand.

Ahriman – What am I going to do,

Radcliff Marsh – Well, we’re going to have to cut a deal with the judge, we know who’s taking your case, a young trial Attorney, Mr Lauren, we just need to keep an eye on him, but for now stick to the story, you don’t know anything, you came back home the police broke the news to you.

Ahriman – Right, look I’m shaking.

Radcliff Marsh is a crooked cop, he works for the ministry of justice, he has business dealings with the criminal underworld.

Ophelia – Mr Lauren I hope I didn’t call at a bad time.

Mr Lauren – No not at all, you’re the intern.

Ophelia – Yes that’s right, I was wondering if you need assistance with your case, I need to acquire the credit to pass my internship.

Mr Lauren – Well I’m, sort of.

Ophelia – Great how about I make my way to your office tomorrow, around two O’clock.

Mr Lauren – Ok sure, two O’clock.

Ophelia is an ambitious intern, a little shy but very intelligent.

Scene Change, scene at the firm.

Acheron – Tania can you bring Abigor to the office.

Abigor – Mr Acheron.

Acheron – Please take a seat, I need you to keep an eye on Mr Lauren, monitor his day-to-day activity, I need to know where he goes shopping, who he meets with, what he does on his rest day, everything.

Abigor – Ok, you want me to place a tracker device on his car.

Acheron – Yes, we need access to his land line, keep a record of all his incoming and outgoing phone calls.

Abigor leaves the office, he is expressionless, a lightly built middle aged man, softly spoken a sinister character, keeps a gun with himself everywhere he goes.

Tania – Ophelia, Mr Lauren left a message, he said he’d like you to bring the files on Ahriman with you today, all his previous cases.

Ophelia – Where are they kept.

Tania – I will give you the keys to the volt.

Ophelia can’t seem to gain access to the files, the key doesn’t seem to work, the security code is also unavailable.

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Zheer bajalan

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