25 December 2005 @ 02:33 am
"The Inside Man"  
Brad Chase finds his happiness in unexpected places

free hit counter"On the house."

"Why's that?" All other mornings, the barista made a point to eye his tip cup when handing Brad his change.

"In fact – "He pointed a finger to Brad's lapel as he switched to announcer mode, addressing his caffeine groupies in the small shop in the lobby of the firms building. " – you're not paying for another cup of coffee this year." A promotional smile tried to overshadow the fact there were only seven days remaining in his offer. "That kid you rescued. You're Charles Bronson, man. You're a hero. Hero's never pay. That'd be bad karma."

"Great. Thanks." Brad dropped the bills in the cup, unfazed, walked across the lobby and boarded the elevator.

Miss Hughes jumped in at the last minute, brushing at a significant wet spot on her coat. "I mean, this is ridiculous. Did he not see me on the corner? No, just go ahead and drive that stupid Mercedes through that huge puddle. Hello? Look at me!" Brad pursed his lips and looked at her coat. Silently.

"What? You think this is funny?"
"Nope. What d'ya want me to say?" She looked at him incredulously. Brad shrugged, matter-of-factly. "We live in Boston. It rains." He waited for her to get off the elevator first, then headed to his office, hearing Melissa sighing to no one in particular, “That man was busy writing mission statements when they were handing out the reaction gene."

He was hanging his trench coat when he heard Denny talking to a woman in the conference room.
"Brad’s the best."
"I want your assurance, Denny."
"The man served in the Gulf War. The one that turned out okay. He was top of his class at West Point and Harvard Law School. I’d put my own life in his hands."

Brad closed his office door and started going through the settlement documents in the Bridge divorce. It wasn’t that Denny’s words didn’t make him feel something. He nodded to himself, comfortably assured Denny was in his court when it came to partnership consideration. Denny’s loyalty was never in question. There’s no need to show emotions, though. What does it accomplish other than put a big fat target on you. Facts are facts. Simple as that. Brad wasn’t the most demonstrative litigator in practice. His crosses were more about reality than dramatics. The facts could not be in dispute and they served him well.

He did experience a sense of relief when the foreman read the verdict on his three felony counts. Denise had attempted to get him to express some kind of over-the-top alleviation. Her voice had an edge. "Are you always like this?" "Like what?" He’d gone back to work. Forward momentum. Next item of business.

There were times when he’d let someone in on his happiness. You couldn’t count out the occasional connection with the opposite sex, but those were hit and miss. Sally never got used to his stoicism. If the balance wasn’t right, if one had too much emotion, he’d take up residence to the opposite extreme. Not exactly the stuff erections are made of.

He'd been satisfied with the hand he'd had in Alan facing his clown aversion. It was less about happiness than about being squared. Not that anything needed to be squared with Alan. But if it did, then they were squared.

At the end of the day, Brad walked purposefully through the bitter cold, driving to his brownstone hours after dark. "Expect to see Father Time wearing his North Face Arctic Parka when he departs 2005. Boston's in for snow, with wind chill dipping temperatures to the low 20's..." Brad hated it when even the weatherman could be bought for product placement.

He climbed his steep icy steps, let himself in and dropped his briefcase next to the coat rack. He started a fire, twisted the top off a Sam Adams and picked up the Christmas gift Jamie Stringer had given him. For the first time that day, Brad felt happiness, the kind that took him back.

Brad slipped in the dvd and settled back on his couch in his sparse home. He drank half the Adams, a huge grin on his face, unseen by anyone but completely genuine, utterly Brad, as "The Inside Man", his favorite episode, began.

JOE: She's not the type to commit murder...
PEGGY: When it comes to love and murder there is no type.
JOE: Stop quoting some half-baked philosopher.
PEGGY: Joe, I'm quoting you.

Brad’s role model did a slow burn. He raised his bottle to the cliche-ridden dialogue that poked fun at itself. For the next hour, Brad lost himself in shootings, car chases, crashes, exploding Roadsters, fist fights and dead people, digging the adventures of the hard-boiled private eye - in the classical tradition - Joe Mannix. And he was unequivocally happy.

[Cross posted to Theatrical Muse: "What are you happy about right now?"]
 
 
 
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denise_bauer on December 26th, 2005 10:18 am (UTC)
*Smiling* I don't think I have ever seen you this happy, let alone smile before.

*Eyeing him more closely* In fact, if I am not mistaken, you are positively giddy.
Brad Chase: Confront your fearsbrad_chase on December 26th, 2005 10:37 am (UTC)
Proving my point.
denise_bauer on December 26th, 2005 03:05 pm (UTC)
I'm just not accustomed to seeing you this way. Most of the time it seems you carry the weight of the world on your shoulders.
Brad Chase: Confront your fearsbrad_chase on December 26th, 2005 03:23 pm (UTC)
This is a law firm, Denise. Serious business. Believe me, our standing in the legal community took a stumble after the pink flamingo fiasco. I'd wager you and I are on the same page. You conduct yourself professionally.
denise_bauer on December 26th, 2005 07:12 pm (UTC)
After some of the cases the firm took on, it seems more like monkey business. But I agree, we are on the same page...even at the risk of our careers.
Brad Chase: a favorbrad_chase on December 26th, 2005 07:27 pm (UTC)
Our careers are fine. You've been working the trenches for six years. Now you're up for partner. I liked your thinking in the Jose Pitino case. It was a gamble not to settle for 225, but your guts paid dividends.
denise_bauer: Hmmmdenise_bauer on December 26th, 2005 07:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Jose deserved every penny and more. I will never forget the look on his face. It still chokes me up when I think about it.
Brad Chase: a favorbrad_chase on December 26th, 2005 09:20 pm (UTC)
Keep that in check, counselor. Displays of emotion are a weakness.

Hey. Been to church lately?
Melissa Hughes: Admiringmelissa_hughes_ on December 27th, 2005 07:35 am (UTC)
Hey Mr. Chase. Happy Birthday!!!! I know I'm a few days late, but whatever.

Brad Chasebrad_chase on December 27th, 2005 01:46 pm (UTC)
Been in my personnel file?

Thank you, Miss Hughes.
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denise_bauer on December 27th, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC)
Church? As a matter of fact, the last time was with you. Not sure if I'll be going back anytime soon as it was a bit "traumatic".
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jamie_stringerjamie_stringer on December 27th, 2005 08:22 am (UTC)
Glad you liked it, Brad.
Brad Chase: suit ducks headbrad_chase on December 27th, 2005 10:19 am (UTC)
Come over and watch with me?
jamie_stringerjamie_stringer on December 27th, 2005 10:39 am (UTC)
Love to. And congratulations about rescuing that kid, by the way. You and your colleague Bauer have been all over the news. Way to go.
Brad Chasebrad_chase on December 27th, 2005 01:50 pm (UTC)
It's the legal communities version of publish or perish. Double-edged sword, though. The publicity led the A.D.A. our way, but it also helped return a favorable verdict.

Special screening tonight.
Alan Shorealan_shore on December 27th, 2005 08:42 am (UTC)
I'd comment as well, but seeing as I'm not blonde, I don't think I'm invited.
Brad Chase: chase happensbrad_chase on December 27th, 2005 09:48 am (UTC)
If you can invoke petitio pincipii this early in the morning, you're certainly smart enough to share your thoughts. Nothing's stopped you before.
Alan Shore: slut for authorityalan_shore on December 27th, 2005 12:14 pm (UTC)
I'm not going to argue with you, Brad, but my contradicting myself doesn't necessarily require the invocation of logical fallacies. Besides, I'm sure you'll pepper me with questions enough without my having to resort to begging.

That said, the portion I found most interesting was the transition from your erection (I guarantee Shakespeare is now spinning in his grave at a very fine clip) to giving me a hand.
Brad Chase: chase happensbrad_chase on December 27th, 2005 01:58 pm (UTC)
Right. Okay. Question one: Are you disappointed you didn't get an attitude transplant for Christmas? Question two: Would this interest be your way of resurrecting your perv sicko fantasies?
Alan Shore: is there even a word for this expressionalan_shore on December 27th, 2005 02:09 pm (UTC)
Answer one: Why should I be disappointed when it was your Christmas wish that went unfulfilled? I'm rather chuffed, thank you for asking. Answer two, I wasn't aware they'd ever died.

Brad Chase: chase happensbrad_chase on December 27th, 2005 03:05 pm (UTC)
You didn't factor into any part of my Christmas, sport. My New Years goals, however, are in order and you're a major plot line.

C'mon. I'll get you a cup of coffee. Seems I have some influence there, at least.
Alan Shore: two-faced?alan_shore on December 27th, 2005 04:04 pm (UTC)
I'm honored to have been granted a supporting role in the sweeping drama that is your life. So long as I won't be needing to make use of any prosthetics.

*raises eyebrows* You hold sway with grounds and filters? Why Brad, you grow more impressive by the minute.
Brad Chase: sportbrad_chase on December 27th, 2005 05:43 pm (UTC)
False modesty is not a good look on you. You're above the title - my antagonist. I know you'd prefer Deus ex machina, but there you go.

Are you missing that body part?

*walks toward the elevator* Aren't you coming? There's a whole new crowd you've yet to mock me in front of.
Alan Shore: look upalan_shore on December 27th, 2005 07:05 pm (UTC)
A billing. I suppose someone had the sense to realize your name lacked box-office clout. How's about you're Victor Laszlo and I'm Rick Blaine?

If I say no, are you going to propose an inspection to be sure?

*takes his time in catching up* The percolator and the fridge? My wit is lost on them. I think the percolator's still harboring a grudge from my last attempt to wrest coffee from it.
Brad Chase: sportbrad_chase on December 28th, 2005 05:00 pm (UTC)
That sounds about right. We have shared women.

Try me.

The shop in the lobby - and what drugs are you on, Alice?
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