“Guilty for 2nd degree murder, guilty for the possession of an unlicensed firearm…”

The voice of the judge faded away as he continued listing all the charges my client was guilty for. My eyes swerved to Jordan´s expression as the judge stated his sentence. Tears began running  down his eyes, and he immediately  looked behind him to find his mother´s face for comfort.

My heart clenched, and my breathing was heavier. My instincts shouted that Jordan was innocent, but my legal mind believed otherwise. There was nothing more I could do.

As I walked out of the courthouse towards my parked vehicle, my mind drowned in the profound disappointment I felt. I started to replay every conversation, visitation, court session, and that was when I noticed them…

That´s when I saw a trail of leaf cutter ants traveling under my car to their destination that was on the other side. I stooped down to observe without interfering. They were collecting fragments of leaves, each one of them, disciplined as a soldier carrying their weight.

“Brave, ” I whispered under my breath. If I had blindly driven off, my tires would have killed and disrupted their progress. Even with my squinted eyes it was impossible to estimate the extent  of the trail.

I decided to wait patiently for the next two hours so that the ants could reach their destination.“How´s it going guys?” I said enthusiastically, my arms akimbo as I looked over them.

It was 9 pm, and the last set of  leaf cutter ants successfully passed through under, and I felt relieved. Maybe I wasn’t able to help Jordan today, but I helped a trail of ants.

“Trail…”

I took out my phone and sent a text message to my team:

“WE NEED TO FOLLOW THE TRAIL OF EVIDENCE! We deliberately disrupted the ants´ trail by separating and studying independently each piece of evidence on this case. We need to reevaluate and connect. Never mind the ants reference. I´ll explain tomorrow. Tomorrow 8 AM. #Decidetodefend”.

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Fuji
Fuji(@fuji)
1 year ago

What an interesting story, Sabrina! I loved the patience of your lawyer who waited and watched the ants until they reached safety. She will not rest now until she proves her client is innocent. Good writing!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

Very fascinating. I agree with Fuji, I love the patience of your lawyer character in your story. Very impressive and very clever. Congrats. How I love reading stories like this that leave me something to learn and adopt.

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 year ago

What a great read Sabrina. I loved the court scene and how the trail of ants pushed her to evaluate the evidence. You are a very talented writer.

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Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 year ago

As an afterthought to my earlier comment, I am assuming the defense lawyer is a woman although this is not identified in your story. Maybe my assumption is because the lawyer has so much patience!

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