The reading begins with the two of pentacles, crossed by the four of wands. This speaks to an inability to balance two situations, or manage them, at once. The four of wands is usually a card of celebration, but as it crosses the first card in the beginning of the reading, it is safe to assume that this is the veneer that the subjects of the reading have wanted to maintain, for friends and family to perceive. It's a facade.
The recent past has given us the Page of Pentacles, representing some information that was given to an investigator about this matter. Also in the recent past is the two of cups, showing us the "partnership", if you will, between the sources of tips and information and those conducting the investigation. The matter will be closely looked at by the King of Pentacles, who appears as a possible decision maker. We also see the Knight of Wands, a young man who is actually doing the legwork of the investigation. He is capable of digging up all sorts of information.
On the staff, we find, in the place of fears, the Lovers. This is an interesting card to find in "fears", but this card also shows, in addition to romantic love, the choices made by couples. The subjects in this case are, indeed, a couple, and this card appears to illustrate that both parties are aware of situation. It tells us that any civil case resulting from this investigation will have two defendants, together. Next, we have the Magician, in the place of the opinions of others. There is an opinion about the subjects that "everything will go their way". But will it? That is certainly what they hope, as shown by the ace of cups in the place of hopes! The last card here is the nine of wands, showing a defensive posture on the part of the subjects of this reading. They can both be expected to resist any accusation of wrongdoing.
Now; a second question: will this couple get away with anything they have done incorrectly? We have the Devil, reversed, crossed by the ace of pentacles. This shows a beginning of a new understanding of sorts, with the ace of pentacles being the money the subjects thought they were going to get to keep. The Knight of Pentacles is in the background, as one of the subjects of the reading. When this knight falls reversed, we can expect to deal with a man who is careless, lazy, and selfish. Corruption is also suggested when any court card from the suit of pentacles falls reversed. Next, we have the ace of swords, also in the recent past. This represents a civil victory for the court. The best decision our subjects can make is illustrated by the Hierophant, showing us the best possible future, here. Our subjects would be well advised to admit their mistake and pay the balance they owe. Something that will happen is the six of pentacles, reversed; showing, simply, bad debt.
The ten of wands is at the base of the staff, showing that our subjects feel oppressed and burdened at the turn of events. The seven of wands, reversed, appears to describe their home; which is, somehow, undefended, after the investigation. The ten of cups shows in the hopes of our subjects, showing that they hope that this problem will blow over, but this is only a hope. All of the other cards have advised the subjects of this reading to wake up and recognize justice and law. The reading ends with the Queen of Cups, reversed. She is the partner of the reversed Knight of Pentacles, and as her card falls reversed, we cannot expect her to be honest. Oh well......we tried!