Betty&Jackson - The Scoop on the Lawyers with Magic

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I’ve learned a few secrets about Betty Jones and Jackson Trump of the law firm Betty&Jackson. I’m not about to tell ALL – not yet anyway – but here are a few tidbits. And hey - NO TELLING that I told you this either, because if they find out…

Submitted: November 17, 2010

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Betty&Jackson – The Scoop on the Lawyers with Magic
A short story by Andy Andrews, November 17, 2010
I’ve learned a few secrets about Betty Jones and Jackson Trump of the law firm Betty&Jackson. I’m not about to tell ALL – not yet anyway – but here are a few tidbits. And hey - NO TELLING that I told you this either, because if they find out…
 
First off, I’m Andy and I’m a reporter. I’m calling this a ‘scoop’ but I’ve already been criticized for using that word for it, and so maybe it’s not; but I’m not changing it – I’m calling it a scoop, because NOBODY knows more than I do about Betty&Jackson – at least so far that is.
Now, before Betty and Jackson’s ‘duck trick’ thing during their last trial - before that went viral - I’d only heard their names mentioned a few times, mostly around the water cooler, and I don’t know who mentioned them or why. But after those ducks appeared under those hats right in front of the Judge and jury in the big land swindling trial of Jason Thomas – they called it the “Duck Test Case” - everybody started yapping constantly about Betty&Jackson as if they had WON American Idol or something.
And all of a sudden everybody started asking me about them, but I didn’t know very much either. This other reporter, a pretty girl named Andi (yeah, I’m a guy with a ‘y’ on the end of my name, and she’s a girl with an ‘i’ on the end of hers, and when somebody yells out our name, we both have to look to see which one they’re yelling at – it’s annoying); anyway, she wanted to cover this story but so did I – but so did every damn body else!
I won this time, because I never get to win, and because I told my boss I’d finally tell everybody about that time he was smoking and drinking in the office on Saturday, if he didn’t give me the story. He gave me the story and so I didn’t tell on him.
But now I may regret all that, because I’m under SIEGE – everybody wants to know what I’ve learned every five minutes! But it’s not been easy to do, not one bit; it’s like pulling teeth, trying to get the simplest of background information on these two lawyers who do magic in court. I don’t mean magic TRICKS – I mean real magic apparently – at least that’s what about fifty eyewitnesses are swearing to – and I’m one of ‘em. Saw it with my own two eyes I did.
Well, I’ve managed to dig up a few things and so here we go, what’s mine is yours. I’ll start with Betty.
Betty is around 25 and I think she may be in love with Jackson, but she’s not saying – she would never admit it I’d bet, even if you were to ask her point blank, which I do not plan to do. But I’ve seen the way she looks at him, and how her body language changes sometimes when she’s around him, and so that’s why I’m saying what I’m saying. One more thing too: she doesn’t date anybody else. So there – I think I’ve made my case extremely well – ok, maybe just well, not ‘extremely’ well!
Betty’s pretty and smart and she’s been the ‘unofficial’ valedictorian of every school she ever attended. In other words, she always had the highest grade point average, but she refused to accept a single one of the official awards! I think I know why: It seems to me that she just doesn’t like the limelight. And hey, that’s Betty’s call, and I’m not judging her on it.
At least one of her professors at the law school she attended didn’t like Betty’s style. His name was Professor Harold Swanson, and he was constantly complaining to her about being too quiet in class, and not being AGRESSIVE enough, and not being LOUD enough, and not being BOLD enough, and especially not being PUSHY enough to be a good lawyer. I guess she got on his bad side after she finally got fed up with his threatening authority, and started being overly loud and very aggressive, and yes bolder and extremely pushy – towards HIM! Anyway, she got him off her ass (I shouldn’t use that word right?) real quick, and he didn’t like that, but oh well; too bad for him I guess.
I think I know where Betty lives but I might be mistaken - I’m just not 100% sure yet - and so for now, I better not say. But I DO know it’s somewhere here in the Clearwater area; where I live.
The final thing I’m going to tell you about Betty, better not get me in trouble, or I’m never telling anybody else ANYTHING about stuff like this EVER AGAIN! But here it is: I found out that she once dabbled a little with Voodoo, and that her grandmother on her mother’s side, was once accused of being a witch. Also Betty spent her last two summer breaks during law school, visiting with her Apache friend Rhonda, out on an Apache Indian reservation in the four corners area of the desert southwest.
The particular Apache tribe Betty hangs with – Rhonda’s tribe – has the reputation of practicing too much of their ancestor’s ‘magic spells and curses’, and doing too many ‘spirit ceremonies and strange dances’, and other stuff like that. This is according to the local officials and others around the reservation and I’ll quote: “We ain’t too comfortable with all that spooky spirit stuff them Indians do out there.” But the tribe hasn’t broken the law, and so the locals can be as ‘spooked’ and as ‘uncomfortable’ as they want I suppose, but there’s nothing they can do about it.
I’ve been trying to track down Betty’s roots – where her family came from. But so far I’ve failed miserably. But I’m still working on it.
And now, here’s what I’ve learned about Betty’s partner, Jackson Trump.
Jackson is 26 and he’s not married either, but I’m thinking he’s secretly in love with Betty, just like I said she was with him! He smiles a certain and special way at Betty sometimes, and he’s always giving her flowers and things, and buying her those soft chocolate ice cream cones. He also takes Betty to the local fairs and to the big state fair over in Tampa, and they ride the roller coasters together and go to concerts and movies together too. I’m not resting my case on that yet, but doesn’t it sound like it to you?
Jackson isn’t near as smart as Betty, but he always held his own in the world of academia from what I’ve been told. He was an above average student grade-wise, doing more than what he needed to do they said, and he stayed out of trouble and passed everything that needed passing with flying colors. Jackson got into law school on an academic scholarship, but spent his spare time working in the cafeterias and cleaning the science labs to make ends meet.
His parents died in an automobile accident when Jackson was ten, and he was raised by his uncle Jude, his father’s brother. Jude Trump was a hard working tradesman – a plumber – a big man with a big heart, who gave away every penny he ever made and every spare minute he ever had, to the less fortunate and down-trodden. Jackson learned tons about how life works from his uncle Jude. Jude Trump died of a heart attack the night before Jackson’s graduation from law school.
Jackson lives somewhere in Clearwater as well, but I haven’t nailed down his address yet; maybe him and Betty live together, who knows? But I doubt that’s the case, because well…I’d better just leave it at that for now.
Other than these things, I haven’t learned much more about Jackson. Nothing ‘spectacular’ or ‘sensational’ happened to him that I’ve picked up so far, except for maybe one thing: Jackson Trump’s grandmother on his mother’s side was once accused of being a witch - just like Betty’s grandmother was. And plus, Jackson HAS spent some significant time in the Dominican Republic for some reason – and you know of course that Haiti is right next door.
Now, that means nothing whatsoever and I know that, but what with his and Betty’s reputation - I thought it important to note it, just for the record.
And so for now, that’s all I can safely say about Betty&Jackson. I DO know for a fact that the two are working on a new case – a murder trial - that involves the murder of Betty’s aunt, Anne May. Nobody’s saying much about that or anything else so far, but I’ve got a few contacts at the courthouse; I got some of my homies scattered around and about down there.
 I’m going to try to interview Betty and Jackson – ask them a few personal questions – during the upcoming trial. If I can’t manage to do that, Andi swears that she can manage it, and so that’s part of the deal I guess. So wish me (or maybe Andi) luck, because you know I’ll tell you what I find out, otherwise you won’t hear anything I’d bet. After all, if I the big reporter can’t find out stuff for us to know – that’s what I do; find out stuff for us to know - then who shall (or should that be who will, or whom shall or whom will) - oh, I don’t know. Either way, I’ll keep you posted!
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