THE RAINMAKER: Chapter 9 - In Too Deep

AT THE OFFICES of Messrs. Amber, Lance & Chaser, Solicitors, Ebenezer is downcast.

"What's the problem?" Asks Dick, cheerily.

"Vic's just been on the phone." Says Ebenezer.

"Oh yes?" Says Dick happily.

"Yes," says Ebenezer with a sigh, "and he's admitted he didn't suffer brain damage."

"Oh dear." Says Dick with a grin.

"You don't seem too bothered about it." Says Enenezer. "Don't you understand? I won't get the money to repay my loans. I'll be made bankrupt. My career will be over before it even started."

"Well," says Dick, "I may just have the answer to all your problems."

"How's that?" Asks Ebenezer dubiously.

"I've spoken to a neurosurgeon I know, Dr Ethical." Says Dick. "He's prepared to provide us with a report saying that Vic definitely suffered brain damage."

"But he's not even seen Vic." Says Ebenezer.

"Minor point." Says Dick reassuringly. "Dr Ethical will say just what we want him to say."

Ebenezer pauses for a moment. What is left of his conscience after a few months in the legal profession tells him that it's not right, but that thought is quickly swept aside - he needs the money: he's in too deep to pull out of this now.

"OK." He says. "Get the report."