Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.75

“What do you think is going on up there,” Jamie bit her lower lip as she followed Vixen and Tigress into the underground safe room.

“Don’t worry Jamie, the boys have been through worse.”

“Yeah,” Vixen shook her head and gave a wry smile, “but when was the last time the sun was blotted out, Kaye.”

“Ryu and Aaron will be able to handle things just fine,” it sounded like she was trying to convince herself as much as Vivian and Jamie, “we just need to keep moving and take advantage of all the time that the boys can give us.”

The three women finally reached the bottom of the staircase, “Ah, home sweet home,” Vixen said sarcastically as she ran her hand across the table that was in there, and rubbed the dust off her glove.

“Well, luckily Aaron doesn’t have to use this very often...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.74

Capin removed himself from the center of the room as Jaime crouched beside Aaron. Collapsing into the chair he could feel the weariness catching up to him in the weight of his own body. He pinched the bridge of his nose. There was a dull ache stretching back through his skull. All the excitement up until now had managed to assuage the headache. Or at least keep it at bay. He reached into his coat and pulled out his communicator, thumbing it open.

“Jenna…” he answered the familiar beep. The com repeated the name, pausing another few moments as the signal went through its encryption. A few quick rings and her voice came through.

I’m here…

“Our first step in the right direction today.”

I’m sorry?

“Nothing. I’m sorry...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.73

Eddy closed the windowed doors to the balcony. He watched Capin and Bluewolf disappear into the night. He had been honest when he said he’d never asked to be part of a team. It wasn’t even a consideration when he had first started out. Now, Ryu tried to make it out to be the most important thing in the world.

But Ryu didn’t know, or at least didn’t understand. Sure, they’d all lost people. But every loss was different, and no one could ever truly understand what it meant to someone else. Eddy didn’t understand Ryu’s losses. Hell, he didn’t know about the bulk of them… they’d been teammates for a while now and he’d never bothered to ask.

Eddy had chosen to remain an outsider, even among his “friends.” It was a conscious choice, and one he’d wrestled with for some time...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.72

“Here drink this,” the Dapper Detective said as he handed Jamie a large cup of tea. He looked at Kaye, then to Bluewolf. Capin placed his hand on Jamie’s shoulder and squeezed it gently, “Okay tell us everything.”

Jamie took a deep breath and a sip from the mug. This time tears didn’t well up in Dr. Jamie Harris’s eyes, but a palpable feeling of anger washed over her, “I was in the ER at Garrison General, when these freaks wearing dog faced masks come busting through the wall. They said they were after me, and I tried to lead them away from the innocent folks. The next thing I remember is waking up at the Hammerstone estate and seeing Corin’s uncle. He was standing there with some weird expression on his face. When I asked him if he had been kidnapped to, he laughed...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.71

Everyone in Strategoi knew when Jenna didn’t have sleep, she was a grumpy, grumpy person – and that was without extenuating circumstances. Discovering one of your best friends was a mole for TAROT? Even the best person would be a little on the snippy side.

As such, the Doctor was really not looking forward to telling Agent Jenna Fairchild that he lost a very injured Kardiac.

Bluewolf took one look at the person who entered the room and nodded to Jenna. “We’ll talk later. It appears you have more urgent matters.” He let himself out and back to the rest of the Trust.

The doctor couldn’t meet her eyes. “Kardiac is no longer on the premises.”

Jenna blinked, and asked, “Excuse me?”

“He, ah, apparently convinced the nurse that he created a biofeedback loop.”

Jenna looked even angrier...

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A few quiet moments passed. “What do you think they’ll do?” The two dark suit clad men stared down the hallway to the first corner Jenna and Wolf had taken.

“Couldn’t tell you, Doc.” Capin’s jaw opened in a yawn. He covered it with his fist. “What would you do if you found out your little brother was secretly working for the bad guys?”

Mid-Night Man shook his head. “Jesus.”

“Yeah,” Capin replied, nodding, “but we’re the good guys. Whatever they decide, when word gets out…” He looked down, “When word gets out, what they do is probably going to be the least of his worries.”

“Jesus,” Mid-Night said again.

“Yeah.”

The two of them fell back into silence for a while longer, two shadows on the wall as Strategoi moved around them, up and down the halls. After a while Corin freed himself...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.69

Eddy could hear a voice… a voice he knew, but he didn’t understand what it was trying to tell him. Wait. The voice was speaking Portuguese. He had to switch gears. Damn, his chest hurt. He couldn’t react to the pain, though… he had to play dead… hear what the voice had to tell him.

{We had a deal.}

He knew the voice. It was silky, but strong. Just deep enough to be sultry, just high enough to be sweet; either as the situation called for.

{Nevertheless, my husband nearly died.}

There was an edge to her voice. Was she near tears over her husband’s pain, or was she simply upset at being double-crossed? There were too many variables.

{Yes, they switched on us, but your man should have pulled out when he saw his opponent. We had a deal!}

Apparently, there was no honor among thieves. Huh...

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“My children our time is now,” the words of Ak-Fet Sur came from the lips of Samuel Hammerstone,”I have tired of TAROT’s excuses. They promised if we were patient and help in their plans, they would deliver the Mid-Night Man to us and I could then reclaim the power that has been stolen from me, but instead they brought a mage, and a fool to me, nearly exposing my secret and ruining my plans. They carry no capital with me anymore my children. We shall move forward and retake my power ourselves. Go my loyal servants, find the girl Dr. Jamie Harris and bring her to me. We shall use her to bring the Mid-Night Man to us.” There was a roar of approval as Ak-Fet Sur’s minions cheered his words.


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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.67

She looked up at Wolf, “I just want you to know, that once you’re able to hear me, we’re going to have a long conversation.”

He couldn’t hear her words, but Bluewolf could certainly read their delivery. He simply nodded in reply.

She looked away, sighing heavily while keying a code into the keypad beside the door. There was a snap-hiss as the doors parted and a waft of cool air washed over them. They stepped into a large computer lab. They weaved around massive equipment racks until they found the sole human occupant of the room.

She had swore she would never do cape work again, but she had. She had done it for them…done it for him. The information Bluewolf had shown started burning off her weariness, leaving a low simmering anger.

A seventeen-year old kid swiveled around in his chai...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.66

Eddy knew the beat of Aaron’s heart. The pace was quickened for some reason, but that wasn’t entirely unusual. It still wasn’t racing as much as Jenna’s. She seemed worried about something, and he noted to himself to investigate that once he’d taken care of some important business.

He continued to lie there, allowing the others to believe the sleeping medication he’d been given had served their purpose. He couldn’t usually get this kind of thing past Blue, even with complete control of his own bio-electrical system, but it was working this time. Apparently, their erstwhile leader had something else on his mind.

As much as he liked the fact that Jenna hadn’t been in a hurry to leave his side, he was glad to find himself, finally, alone in his “room...

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