Old novella I wrote between 2000 and 2008, recently updated!
|Chapter Ten: My Mom Tries To Get Custody!
If my mother successfully gained custody of me by becoming my conservator, my sex life would be non-existent. I haven't mentioned what sex is like with Jerrica, because minors reading my memoirs might be offended by the material. But it is sufficient to say, that both Jerrica and I are consenting adults, and we do like to have a good time together.
If my mother gained custody of me, she would never allow that to happen. I just had to win this case! I had Jerrica’s mother, Susan Calypso, on my side. She would be fighting the case on my behalf.
Once again, my glass cube came into play. It was portable, with a power source for my heat lamp, and all the comforts of home. Jerrica carried it to the car with me inside, and we went to the arraignment.
My mother was there, and all that happened was basically another court date was set. Several weeks later, at the preliminary hearing, I asked for a trial, stating I didn't want to be placed on conservatorship. Basically, conservatorship is for people who are mentally or physically incapable of taking care of themselves. Because I am only six millimeters tall, I fall under this category.
Some unknown lawyer was with my mother the first couple of times we were in court, but once the trial was underway, she strolled in with Violet Hayes, the best lawyer in the county! Hayes has a reputation for never losing a case, and even though she probably lost a case or two in her time, she's better known for her many victories.
Susan Calypso tried to reassure me. "Violet may be the best lawyer in the county," she said, "but I'm the best prosecutor in the county, so we're evenly matched!"
Violet spoke for my mother. "Your honor, Deuce Orion is unable to care for himself due to his miniaturized stature, so it is in the best interest of this court that he be placed on conservatorship, and that his mother be made his conservator."
Susan took her turn to defend me. "Your honor," Susan began, "Deuce Orion is a person, with certain inalienable rights. It would be an affront to his dignity if he were forced to live under the conservatorship of his mother. Mr. Orion has revealed to me that he has no interest in living under his mother's care, and wishes to remain with my daughter Jerrica.”
The argument went back and forth. I wasn't sure where I stood. Since this was a trial, it wasn't up to the judge. A jury of twelve people would decide my fate. Trials take a long time, and I won't bore you with the day to day trivial events leading up to the jury's decision; I'll just get right to the point.
When the jury foreman stood up and read the decision, I was dumbfounded. "We, the jury find for the plaintive, and have decided that Deuce Orion is unfit to care for himself and must be placed under conservatorship..."
It made me angry. I was doing just fine living with Jerrica and her mom. But there was more! The jury foreman continued: "But we also decree that Deuce is free to choose his own conservator, and does not need to be under the specific care of his mother, but he does need to choose someone."
At this point, Jerrica stood up. "I'll volunteer to be his conservator! I'm eighteen, and I'm registered to vote!"
The judge asked me, "Mr. Orion, how do you feel about accepting Jerrica Calypso as your conservator?"
My voice amplifier was loud enough for the judge to hear me. "Yes, your honor!" I said. "I agree to accept Jerrica Calypso as my conservator!"
My mother stood up and shouted, "He's been brainwashed by that evil girl and her mother! Your honor, you need to do what's right and turn him over to my custody!"
"This is a trial, Mrs. Orion,” the judge said, "and the jury has reached it's decision! I'm afraid there's nothing more that I can do!"
I shouted in triumph, and Jerrica and her mother high-fived each other. When we went home that day, we were in a mood to celebrate. There was a van parked in the driveway, and it turned out to be a reporter from a major news network was there to interview us. They had been following the trial to its conclusion, and were interested in the results. But even though it was the best day in my life, events would soon turn it into one of the strangest days of my life...
To Be Continued!