It rained last night!
Gihan felt tired when he woke up in the morning. Maybe he didn’t sleep well or too much was going in his head. It’s just another day in court he thought…he was trying to console himself. He been practicing law for almost 25 years now, yet every time he goes to trial, he feel nervous. Sometimes he wonders how his colleagues look so calm on the bench. Maybe he takes his job too seriously and want to do justice to the letter. His law office is located few blocks away from his home in Kelaniya. It means he didn’t have to go join the morning driving frenzy towards Colombo every day. It was 8.30am when he walked in-to the office and it was already bustling with staff.
Shanika, anyone called me?
No sir..there is lady in the reception. I think she has some domestic issues.
Okay..tell her that I will see her in 30 minutes. Did you prepare my trial documents for today?
Yes sir, it is almost done. Sir your session is at 1.30pm.
Okay Shanika..with that he started reading documents he needed for the trial session.
That is when Shanika came to him.. ‘ Sir, there is a call from’
Shanika started smiling..an uneasy smile that is.
Right away Gihan knew who is at the other end...Can you transfer the line to my office room?
He closed the office door and took the line.
‘Sir this is Rani.. we got into trouble again’
Oh Rani..at least they keep their names simple and easy to remember.
‘Where are you now and how many of you got arrested this time?’
‘me and another 02 girls..Sergeant sir said we are going to courts at 11am..please sir, can you help us’
‘Rani I dont remember how many times I have appeared for you..and you know what I also don’t remember the last time you paid for my service’
She didn’t say anything for a little while..but he felt her anguish over the phone..after a long breath she spoke;
‘We don’t have anyone to call..I need to feed my kids and send them to school so they don’t end up like me in the street..there is no one to look after them if I go to jail ..please help me sir’
He heard that story before..
‘Who is the Sergeant who picked you from the streets , Karunathilaka or Kodithuwakku?’
‘Okay I will be there..but remember this is the last time’
Think he told that last time as well.
She didn’t say anything..but Gihan felt her smile.
Part 2 soon...
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