Title: Everything in Texas
Author: Trista Groulx aka dustytiger
Rating: T same as the show to be safe
Disclaimer: Sadly I do not own Bull it belongs to its network, creator, writers, actors, actresses and people who make it come to life and I am just a poor disabled person who likes to play with the characters.
Summary: An old friend is accused of robbery and Diana asks for Bull's help in defending him, but Bull and team are in for a surprise.
Notes: This is three parts, which I mean isn't a longfic, but it's something, right? The idea come to me a while ago, and I think it's finally ready. I hope you enjoy this. I will update daily so long as ff doesn't glitch. This is a bit of a case and a bit of Bull/Diana fic hehe enjoy!
It wasn't unusual for Jason Bull to receive a call from Diana Lindsay, what was unusual was for her to be as frantic as she was. He hadn't hesitated for a moment and took the first flight to Texas. He was surprised that she'd met him at the airport. He knew that meant that whatever this was had to be serious. He had barely gotten his bags when she wrapped her arms around him pulling him into a deep hug, hiding her face in the crook of his arm, trying not to cry.
"Jason," she whispered.
"Diana, what's wrong?" he asked.
"My friend Tommy called me, he was arrested for robbery. He didn't do this."
"How do you know this kid?"
"I used to babysit him, he was such a sweet little boy," she explained. "His mama was a mess, his daddy was a policeman, and was killed on the job when he was three. Jason I know he didn't do this, but I can't represent this, I'm too close to him. I want him to have a chance at a fair trial, so I called you."
"All right I'll meet with him."
"Jason," she sighed softly, wanting more reassurance than that.
"I can't promise you I'll take the case until I meet him Diana." He ran his hand along her cheek softly to try to reassure her.
"I know," she sighed taking her things. "Can we go to lock up now?"
"Yes, of course," he assured her following her. "What aren't you telling me?"
"It's my fault everyone thinks he's guilty. Everyone thinks he stole from my dad."
"He stole from a judge?" he asked as they got to the car.
"No, he took a ring from me that was at my daddy's." she explained, handing him the keys. "He'd go over for dinner on Sundays and I told him to go to my room and take it. He had gotten into college and his mama drank away some of the money he needed for tuition. I was busy on an out of town case so I told him to pawn my ring and I'd pick up when I got home. I forgot to that Leon would still go into the shop, as soon as he saw the ring called up my daddy and said he had a stolen ring in his shop. I explained what happened, but Daddy never believed me, Tommy never got charged but everyone 'round here knows the story."
"Okay, now I know what we'll be up against. Is there anything else?"
"Thank you for coming, no that's it Jason. Everyone knows his Mama's a drunk but that doesn't make him a bad kid either."
He took her hand, and squeezed it, trying to assure her that somehow it would be all right. He wanted it to be all right, but if she was as close to this kid as she seemed to be she could be blind to any faults he might have. Maybe he had done what he stood accused of, and he couldn't ask his team to help him no matter how much he wanted to stop Diana from hurting.
They entered the small county jail, as much as he wanted to be reassure he got the impression she didn't want everyone to know about them yet,so he didn't hold her hand as they walked inside. He wasn't surprised that all of the deputies knew her and greeted her kindly. They seemed more reserved about him. He was after all some guy from up north, just because Diana Lindsay trusted him didn't mean they had to.
When he got to the holding cell he could see that the young man was scared. Diana had obviously called in a few favours since he was alone in the small cell, not sharing it with the usual suspects, the town drunk and random ruffian who always managed to find his way to a jail cell when a scared kid would. Tommy was sitting on the cold bench and looked up at him quizzically, knowing that the well dressed man was there because he'd been arrested, but he had clearly been expecting Diana or someone else from her law firm.s
"Diana sent you?" he asked.
Bull nodded. "She did," he replied.
"This is how she helps me? Some northern lawyer."
"I'm not a lawyer, I'm jury consultant."
"Great. I'm screwed."
"You're only screwed if I think you're guilty. I have a lawyer who works for me, he's pretty good."
"So, wait Diana's not going to be my lawyer?" he asked.
Bull shook his head. "That would be a conflict of interest, that's why she called me. Now, why don't you tell me what happened?"
He shrugged his shoulders. "This is what happens here when you call for help."
"You called in the robbery, and you were arrested?"
He nodded. "Everyone knows Judge Lindsay, and no one believes I didn't steal from him. So when they found me in a place that had been broken into and a bunch of money was missing, of course they all thought it was time Tommy McNamara finally got his just deserts."
"Okay, I'll call get my team here. You'll meet your lawyer at arraignment tomorrow."
"You're gonna help me?"
"Why were you in there?"
He shrugged. "I saw that something was wrong, I went to go see if Jay and everyone was all right."
"You know them?"
"I used to wok there, I know everyone."
"Why'd you leave?"
"Something better came along."
"All right. What size are you?"
"My stylist needs to bring you something to wear tomorrow, but he can't do that if he doesn't know what size you are. You can't show up in court in jeans and a hoodie Tommy. This is all part of what I do."
"Oh, um sure," he muttered then gave him the information.
"You're too overwhelmed for all the details right now. We can't get you out tonight, but in the morning you'll be out on bond."
"Can I see Diana, please?"
"Hi," Diana greeted him appearing from where she had been, holding back, knowing she wasn't supposed to talk to him, but wanting to know what Bull was going to do. "Tommy, I am so sorry."
"This ain't on you Diana, but, um- thank you," he whispered.
"Don't thank me yet."
"Miss Diana, you're not his lawyer," one of the deputies told her softly.
"I know." She nodded. "I've got to go, but I promise you're in good hands."
He nodded uncertainly and watched as she left. Bull watched her too, he had never seen her like that before. He knew this kid meant a lot to her and was going to do right for him. He talked to Tommy for a little while longer, while the deputy looked on.
"Doctor Bull, ya'll done here?" the deputy asked.
"Yes, I think so, are you good, here?"
"I guess," Tommy replied.
Bull nodded. "See you in the morning, Tommy."
He shook Tommy's hand and went out into the lobby area to find Diana. He was a little surprised she wasn't there, but decided she must have gone outside. He went out into the parking lot area and saw her standing by the car. He went over to her and hugged her, as he wrapped his arms around her as she hid her face, not wanting anyone to see her so upset.
"This is not your fault Diana," he told her, kissing the top of her head. "And we'll fix it."
"I know, Jason, I do," she whispered.
"But it still hurts. Benny and everyone else will be here in the morning we'll get him out on bond and this over with as soon as possible. What are the chances your father is going to be the judge on this one?"
"Jason, don't be silly, Daddy can't try this case. He might not think of Tommy like a son but he knows he's too close to this case as well."
"I just wanted to know if I should give Benny and Marissa a heads up."
"No need let's go home."
He nodded he put his hand on the small of her back as they went to her car. She was exhausted but wasn't sure how much sleep she'd get. She knew how good Bull and his team were, but she also knew that anything could happen in a Texas courtroom. The police weren't even looking for anyone else, they were sure they'd found their man, so how could they prove that he was innocent?
End Part 1
Notes: The rest of team will show up in the next one, and you'll see where I take this little fic. I hope you enjoyed this so far, let me know what you think.