By the time Lisa arrived, Pia was totally out of control. In between blowing her nose and crying, her words were barely recognizable. They sat on the couch and Pia rested her head on Lisa’s shoulder.
“What am I going to do?” Pia asked when her tears had dried out.
“There is nothing you can do. You need to give Lorenzo time to sort through things. I’m sure he was just as shocked as you were.”
Pia sat up and turned sideways on the couch to face Lisa. “You have to help me.”
“I am. I brought the paperwork with me to go over.” Lisa grabbed her briefcase off the floor. “I’m sorry I haven’t been here for you the way I should be. But this case I am involved in is taking up all my time.”
“Are you still working on the adoption case with the mother who left her baby in the ally to die?”
“Yes. We had the preliminary hearing the other day, free up my time. So I did some more research into this bogus marriage.”
“And what did you find out?”
“The seal hasn’t been in use since 1983. I have a contact in Vegas who is trying to track down where the seal came from.”
Pia stood, crossing her arms tightly against her chest. “What did you do in Vegas when you went to investigate things last week? I would think you would have had found out more information by now.”
“I went through the books down at city hall going back to marriages performed on the day you were married.”
“And what did you come up with?” She asked staring down at her.
“That seal wasn’t on any of the other marriage certificates issued on that day.”
Pia gave a sarcastic laugh. “So I see.” She uncrossed her arms and pointed at Lisa. “What do you suppose happened that day?”
“What are you hiding Lisa? What did you find out that you aren’t telling me?”
“I’m not hiding anything.”
“I know you long enough to know when you are lying. Tell me,” Pia lashed out.
Lisa stood. She put her head down, not making eye contact with Pia. After a few minutes of silence, she whispered, “I cant.”