several moments of thought regarding Aristide’s response to his query, Judge
Cho nodded and closed the overstuffed folder laying on the desk in front of him.“I have heard enough,” he announced.“This interview is concluded.”
glanced swiftly over at Helena.Despite years of practice, the Cassadine cousin could not decipher the
judge’s expression or demeanor.
because Stefan’s candidate was eliminated from the running did not mean clear
sailing for Aristide and Helena.Judge Cho could decide that Aristide was not suitable for the position.He could – well within his powers – appoint a temporary trustee to
manage the family funds until another candidate could be found among the
an action had been threatened before, but never actually taken.Aristide could say with impunity that neither side of the Cassadine power
struggle wanted such an eventuality to occur.
someone would summon the other parties,” the judge instructed, “I will
announce my official decision.”
quickly volunteered for the task.His absence would leave Helena alone with the judge.Any actions or suggestions she might make would be enacted without the
benefit of a witness.Aristide had no inkling of the gist of any possible conversations between
Helena and the Asian judge.He had learned long ago not to try and think as Helena did.
moved slowly, but purposefully, down the corridor.Aristide glanced in each of the rooms along the way and found them empty.After several minutes of unsuccessful searching, the old lawyer beckoned
to one of the Cassadine servants.“Where is Master Stefan?” Aristide asked impatiently.
Stefan has gone to the launch,” the young woman replied.
of the young American woman?The attorney?”
is in the Great Hall.Should I go and get her for you?”
nodded.“Have her come to the study.And Stefan as well,” he added.“The judge is waiting.”