THE RAINMAKER: Chapter 5 - Striking Out

AT THE OFFICES of Messrs. Amber, Lance & Chaser, Solicitors, Ebenezer is in something of a panic.

"What's the problem?" Asks Sly.

"Jaws Shark has filed an application to have the claim struck out!" Exclaims Ebenezer.

"Don't worry." Replies Sly calmly. "He does that in every case."

"Really?" Says Ebenezer.

"Yes. I'll attend the hearing and get the application thrown out. No problem" Says Sly.

"Thank you." Says a relieved Ebenezer. "The hearing is next Monday week."

"OK." Says Sly. "Who's the judge?"

"Judge Dodgy." Replies Ebenezer.

"Ah," Says Sly. "That could be a problem."

"How so?" Asks Ebenezer.

"Well," replies Sly, "don't ask me how I know this, but let's just say that Judge Dodgy isn't averse to a little monetary persuasion, and Jaws Shark isn't averse to putting a little money the way of an accommodating judge."

"You mean Jaws would bribe Judge Dodgy to find in his favour?" Asks an astonished Ebenezer. He can feel his preconceptions about the fairness of the English legal system begin to crumble.

"I'm afraid so." Says Sly.

"But what are we going to do about it?" Asks Ebenezer.

"Don't worry." Says Sly again. "Just leave it to me - I'll find a way to deal with Judge Dodgy."