1 I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight


This story delves into the mystery of where the HELL Maya Fey and Miles Edgeworth were when Phoenix Wright’s world collapsed around him post disbarment and WHY they weren’t at his side during Phoenix’s darkest hour for those long seven years. Join Phoenix, Maya, Miles, Franziska, and the rest of your favourite Ace Attorney characters for nearly a decade and experience with them both their laughter and tears, as they discover life’s bittersweet truths: sometimes love isn’t enough to mean happily ever after, all the money in the world can’t necessarily fix all tragedies, justice doesn’t always prevail, and broken hearts heal…but can they ever truly mend? Follows the Ace Attorney Timeline for the most part and goes through AJ to Post DD. Slight spoilers for all games. This is the final installment of the Turnabout Lawful Love Trilogy and takes place right where Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman ended. The story starts pre-Apollo Justice, right before Phoenix’s disbarment. Official part 3 of the Turnabout Lawful Love Trilogy.


A/N: Follows the Ace Attorney Timeline for the most part and goes through AJ to Post DD. Slight spoilers for all games. This is the final installment of the Turnabout Lawful Love Trilogy and takes place right where the first one ended.

The story starts pre-Apollo Justice, right before Phoenix’s disbarment.

You don’t HAVE to have read my Phaya story, which is part one of the series, called Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman up to this point, to follow this tale. I try very hard to make my stories act as stand-alones for the most part, with only the odd reference thrown in from the previous stories. Just note that this does pick up right where that first story ended, with Phoenix and Maya a newly established couple as of the night of her 21st birthday.

I’m Canadian, so Happy Victoria Day 2015! I thought, what better way to kick off a night of celebratory Roman candles…as well as my story, than with fireworks of some sort! Enjoy some PG-13 sparks to start off your Monday! 😉

I could stay awake just to hear you breathing
Watch you smile while you are sleeping
While you’re far away and dreaming
I could spend my life in this sweet surrender
I could stay lost in this moment forever
Every moment spent with you is a moment I treasure

Don’t wanna close my eyes
I don’t wanna fall asleep
‘Cause I’d miss you, baby
And I don’t wanna miss a thing

‘Cause even when I dream of you
The sweetest dream would never do
I’d still miss you, baby
And I don’t wanna miss a thing

Lying close to you feeling your heart beating
And I’m wondering what you’re dreaming
Wondering if it’s me you’re seeing
Then I kiss your eyes and thank God we’re together
And I just wanna stay with you
In this moment forever, forever and ever

I don’t wanna close my eyes
I don’t wanna fall asleep
‘Cause I’d miss you, baby
And I don’t wanna miss a thing

‘Cause even when I dream of you
The sweetest dream would never do
I’d still miss you, baby
And I don’t wanna miss a thing

I don’t wanna miss one smile
I don’t wanna miss one kiss
Well, I just wanna be with you
Right here with you, just like this

I just wanna hold you close
I feel your heart so close to mine
And just stay here in this moment
For all the rest of time, yeah, yeah, yeah

Don’t wanna close my eyes
Don’t wanna fall asleep
‘Cause I’d miss you, baby
And I don’t wanna miss a thing

‘Cause even when I dream of you
The sweetest dream would never do
I’d still miss you, baby
And I don’t wanna miss a thing

I don’t wanna close my eyes
I don’t wanna fall asleep
‘Cause I’d miss you, baby
And I don’t wanna miss a thing

‘Cause even when I dream of you
The sweetest dream would never do
And I’d still miss you, baby
And I don’t wanna miss a thing

Don’t wanna close my eyes
I don’t wanna fall asleep, yeah
I don’t wanna miss a thing

Phoenix Wright & Maya Fey
Wright & Co. Law Offices
April 18, 2019, 3:30 AM

“We’ve got to keep quiet if we don’t want to wake up Pearls, birthday girl,” Phoenix mouthed against Maya’s lips as they stealthily shifted back up the stairs which led to his apartment, and towards his chambers, exchanging heated kisses the entire way.

Once they had arrived at their destination, he carefully shut the door as silently as possible behind them and walked towards her. The bedroom was cloaked in complete darkness, except for a brightened translucent shadow where Maya stood by the bed, from the sliver of the moon streaming through the partially closed blinds. His heart pounded in his chest as he drank in the sight of her. Bathed in the moonlight, her alabaster skin appeared to be glowing against the glimmering sequins of her red mini-dress. She was absolutely breathtaking. And she was all his.

Maya looked over at him shyly. Even though she knew this was what she so desperately longed for, it was all still strange and foreign territory for her, and she was uncertain how to proceed.

She was killing him so sweetly. Did she know how she affected him? That her gaze never strayed told him she did this time. She had driven him to near madness all these years that he had ached for her, and all, no doubt, without the smallest awareness of the effect. This he knew to be so very true about her—she had no guile and he loved her for that.

Sensing her trepidation, Phoenix slowly walked over and gently pulled her to him in a warm embrace, one arm wrapped tightly around her slender waist, while with his free hand, he ran his fingers through her thick, glorious raven hair; wild waves with a few errant curls scattered throughout, hanging about her shoulders and down her back. The gesture soothed her somewhat, despite the apprehension beginning to move in a circle in her stomach, like a living creature, that his touch, his nearness had awakened.

With his sapphire gaze never once leaving hers, he took her hands and brushed soft, feather-like kisses across the top of each knuckle.

Maya swallowed nervously, and her breaths were light again and very quick as she looked up with a mixture of excitement and anxiousness into Phoenix’s handsome face. Were they actually going to do this? Were they really going to make love? Was she, at long last, just hours after her 21st birthday, ready to finally surrender her virginity?

As if reading her mind, Phoenix cradled her face in his hands and looked down at her, his smile soft and almost teasing. “Tell me, Maya, what more can I do to ease you?”

She should be thinking of him. After all, he had already shown remarkable self-control these past four years, waiting for her, and even up until that moment had shown nothing but pure gentlemanly restraint. “Kiss me,” she whispered.

Her lips parted. Her breath flowed toward him, her familiar fresh, vanilla scent intoxicating his senses. Shivers chased over his body. What she could do to him!

He wordlessly obliged, catching her lips in a searing kiss that left her breathless. There was no gentleness this time. His tongue flicked against the seam of her lips as they parted for him, eager for more of this rapturously sensual, erotic experience. He tasted of grape juice and spice, his tongue was talented but willing to yield to her explorations, and somehow, without her realizing, they’d stepped into each other’s arms. He plunged his hands through her silky hair, holding her head at the angle he wanted, her arms circling his powerful torso as she explored the muscular lines of his back. The fronts of their bodies were plastered together.

Standing in the cage of his arms, inhaling his intoxicating masculine blend of citrus and sandalwood, a hot surge of need and anticipation rushed through Maya. Despite his initial hesitation from the first time he’d kissed her that evening, Phoenix was now complete virile confidence personified. His skilled lips and strong hands gave off crazy energy, making her crave his touch with an insatiable hunger that belied any she’d ever felt, for even the juiciest of burgers.

His lips brushed hers, soft but not the least bit tentative. Leisurely, yet not casual. Almost chaste, yet most definitely not innocent. His touch was skilled, deliberate, as he traced the outline of her lips with the tip of his tongue, nibbled, and sucked her bottom lip. Small caresses, yet each brushed fire across her skin, darting arousal through her body and making her tremble.

They undressed each other between kisses, murmuring words of love to one another as they found themselves toppling back onto the bed, his lips never leaving hers as she writhed beneath him.

It was as if her flesh became something other than skin. It grew so alive it leaped out of her control, rubbed itself against his body, her hip pressing against his, her hands touching, searching, stroking, seeking out the bones and planes of his strong back, his flat, wide shoulder blades, his strong arms, the firmness of his rear. Her lips opened to his and the unexpected sensation of their tongues entwining sent such a shiver of delicious shock through her body that it made him stop, lift his head, and gaze at her with concern.

“My love,” he breathed. “Tell me this is what you want.”

Maya looked up into Phoenix’s handsome face, his flushed complexion, the sheen of sweat on his forehead, his throat, his chest, and his eyes very bright. She intrinsically knew the loving expression she saw would never waver, even if she halted things even though they’d already gone this far.

Because he loved her that much.

You’re not just my friend you’re my love. You’re not just my love you’re my heart. You’re not just my heart you are my life. You’re not just my life. You’re my everything.

And it was because she loved him back, with every fiber of her being, that she knew her answer.

“At this moment, what I want, more than anything in the world, Nick is for us to be connected in every way possible; heart, mind, body, and soul. I want to be your woman, and only yours. Make me yours. Please.”

His embrace wandered, caressing her boldly. She moved into his touch even while the path of his hands startled her. Over her stomach and bottom, he pressed and claimed all of her. His touch moved more shockingly, teasingly along, down to her thighs, venturing to the pulse that both maddened and pleasured her.

And suddenly he was above her, his lips kissing her eyelids until she opened them and found his midnight-blue gaze looking down on her with an expression so tender and so full of longing that she knew she would carry it with her till her dying day. His mouth moved voraciously against her own.

Lifting himself over her, he, at last, did as she’d yearned him to, and made her his. During their whole union, they held on to each other as if the world would burst apart if they let go.

Only then did Phoenix lift his gaze to her face and saw the tears trickling from Maya’s eyes. Only then, did he realize his own eyes were wet as well.

There was great beauty in being joined with your soulmate. Simultaneously, they both cried out as they soared over the edge and to the far side of paradise together.

Even in the aftermath, he wouldn’t let go. Rolling to his side, he brought her with him, kissing her with untamed joy.

As she drifted down from the heights of ecstasy, she whispered, “Nick, I never knew… I never knew.”

Her mouth was open in an awed beam, fueled by satiated bliss.

She was suddenly aware of how few clothes she wore and that the room was cool. She covered her chest with her arms.

He held out his arm and a moment later a blanket appeared. He wrapped her up so that she felt warm and safe. He held the front together with his hands. He kissed her temple and made sure the blanket was tucked all about her, then warmed her body with his own, pulling her against him and tucking his chin on top of her head. She stretched, slowly lowered her head to the warm pillow of his broad chest, and closed her eyes, the smile lingering about her lovely lips.

He was so very attentive, in every respect, and her heart reached for him, an almost physical leap in his direction. Would it be so very bad to make a life with this man?

Not at all.

Maya snuggled up next to her soulmate and fell fast asleep, secure in her love.

The following night, the spirit medium couldn’t sleep. It was beyond vexing, as she had to catch the early morning train back to Kurain and was then required to attend a fortnight of spiritual training at a remote retreat atop Mount Koya in Japan. She felt unbelievably restless, and couldn’t shake the inexplicable aura of foreboding unfolding within her, although she couldn’t understand why. Nick, to be fair, had done all he could to ensure she would sleep soundly … and then some!

Maya blushed slightly, remembering just how vigorously her boyfriend had tried to ensure she was knocked out as heavily as he was, but for some reason, she just couldn’t visit Mr. Sandman as readily as he had. Her mind was filled with bizarre foreshadows of impending doom, no matter how hard she tried to reassure herself that she was being ridiculous; that she was blithely lying next to the love of her life, the ever-indomitable hero, who always had and would continually ensure no harm would ever befall her.

She looked over at her lover. With his eyes shut so that his long lashes nearly swept his cheeks, Phoenix resembled an ethereal cherub while slumbering. But she didn’t hear him snoring, as usual, so she couldn’t help but be suspicious. Was he really asleep? She managed to lift her arm and touch his shoulder. He stirred and turned his head so his face pressed into the curve of her neck.

“Good God, woman!” The spiky-haired man let out a laughing groan. “Up until tonight, I didn’t even know I was capable of finishing twice with the same hard-on! Are you trying to kill me?”

Stifling back a laugh so as not to awaken her cousin sleeping in the next room, Maya idly ran her fingers over his spiky hair.

“Nope! We can’t have that,” she soothed, although her voice was tinged with merriment. “Now, I want to see you in bed.”

“I thought that’s where I was,” he mumbled drowsily.

“Now, stop that, funny man!” Maya lightly swatted his shoulder. “Asleep. I want you to sleep.”

A sigh flowed out of his chest. “I think I could, as long as you were with me.”

She knew that he’d been rushed into taking a last-minute case, and had spent most of that day playing poker with his new client, Shadi Enigmar, while she and Pearly had visited with Gumshoe and Maggey until he’d returned. Maya also felt guilty that she and Pearly’s unexpected extended Sunday night sleepover that night meant that he’d had little time to make provisions for the case, as they had monopolized his evening. Phoenix was discernibly feeling some sort of anxiety as well, since he too, was still awake.

“I know my staying here tonight didn’t give you a lot of time to prepare, Nick, but rest assured, I know you’ll be great, as always.”

Despite her misgivings, this she could give him, just a little peace of mind so that he could sleep.

“Hold me,” Phoenix mumbled sleepily, turning over and pulling her against him so she was nuzzled against his chest. Maya obliged, wrapping around his warm bare shoulder, and it seemed to do the trick; moments later she heard the peaceful, deep breathing of slumber. Finally, ignoring the unease within her, lulled by the rhythmic beat of his heart, eventually, she slept.

My good friend ThePudz assembled the beautiful images for the cover art. Phaya art by Shiinacchi_Final_Boss and Fredgeworth art by aevitas.

Thanks so much to my readers and all those who have favorited, reviewed, story alerted, favorite author or author alerted me. I appreciate it more than I can say! You guys ROCK! 😊

Aerosmith – I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
Cutting Crew  – I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight (chapter title)



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4 Responses to I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight

  1. TheFreelancerSeal says:

    Well, the third time is the charm, and it looks like I’m the first to review, which I usually never get the privilege of.

    What more can I say? Turnabout Everlasting is one of the finest examples of fan fiction that I have come across in all my time on this site. It’s well written, the story is what we as AA fans want, and the romance is enough to warm the heart of an old curmudgeon like me. This first chapter sets the stage perfectly as Phoenix and Maya make the transition from friends of lovers, and just how jarring that transition can be. I mean he’s seen her as Mia’s little sister, then he sees how she became a woman right in front of him. Now, they’re moving into the next step or rather taking one giant leap.

    I’m just glad it’s back.

    And as always.

    Well done.

    1. I always thought it would be romantic to fall in love with your best friend. The awestruck look on Nick’s face when he first saw Maya who all grown up now in SOJ kind of cemented it for me. Also, I think you’re less of a curmudgeon than you claim to be my dear softy, but I wouldn’t have you any other way. Thank you for being the biggest supporter of all my works! *hugs*

  2. Mr. Coffee says:

    It’s always good to go back to where this all began.

    When they truly became Special Someones as Pearl would say. I have to say this is an amazing first chapter for the story that will answer all that is missing from the time line.

    Keep up the amazing work.

    1. Godot! Awesome to hear from you again! I’m sure the lovebirds will be happy to know you not only gave your approval on Phoenix but on them as a pairing. But speaking of someone special, I do hope you also enjoy your kitten’s small but important role in this rollercoaster tale!

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