Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.5

capvatarCapin could hear the fireworks over the rumbly din of the Gary before he could see what was happening, the disturbingly familiar patter of automatic gunfire. Somewhere not too far off, sirens were echoing down the streets. The police were on their way. Enry’s grip into the metal beneath him tightened as the train rounded the corner. He knew the people in its cars were all plastered nervously around the windows, waiting for the scene to play out. Suddenly things were quiet.

Two smaller cars had penned in a large Black SUV. The dapper detective couldn’t make out any distinguishing marks on the larger vehicle. Well, anything besides the bullet holes riddled across the side of it. There were quite a few. Whoever parked it there, abandoned it there.

The smaller cars were a different story...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.4

bwvatarAcross town, a similar scene to what Kardiac had discovered was about to play out – with a twist…

Wolf had pieced together leads from a myriad of sources to end up where he was this evening. Standing in a storehouse lined floor to ceiling with massive wooden crates, the floor decorated with debris and unconscious Mafioso from different parts of the world. The rather abrupt departure of Alphonse Begnini had caused a vacuum in Don Cusmano’s ‘Family;’ the other organized crime groups, coupled with the Vega syndicate moving in on the old Sicilian, had served as the catalyst for the violence that reached into nearly every corner of Garrison City...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.3

“Brothas and sistas, Montel’s gun emporium is now open for business.” The back of the Ford Expedition opened. Row upon row of heavily modified handguns gleamed in the sodium streetlights dotting the industrial parks in Garrison City. This close to the Lourdes, the buildings held smokeless industry – body shops, storage areas and the like.

Perfect for an enterprising gun dealer’s purposes; close enough to the customers and empty enough for a demonstration. No one in the office parks worked at night.

Montel pulled a weapon from the rack. His clients reached for their own guns, tucked away in their waistbands. The M-67 gang took their name from an Ecuadoran death squad trained by the CIA in the 80’s. They took the death squad part very seriously.

“This is the latest and greatest in high-po...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.2

kavatarThe air was always a little colder these days, but right now Kardiac’s skin was crawling beneath his uniform. It had nothing to do with the chill on the night air, though. It had everything to do with the three Brazilian drug-runners who just slipped their boat silently beneath the north pier of Warehouse 170. Had he not been here, watching and waiting for them, they might have gone unnoticed.

This had always been work, but in the Begnini days, it was at least fun. The Vega Syndicate didn’t play by the same rules, and there was no “dealing” with them… not the way he’d handled Alphonse back in the day… back before that final night. Blue and Capin kept telling him to look at the big picture. The gang war was the biggest threat, but they didn’t know the Vegas… they didn’t know her.

At least ...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.1

capvatarBetween the smog produced to its east and the smoke that rose from the ceaseless string of building fires, it seemed the Lourds never saw the stars. On top of that, it often seemed that the twinkling streetlamps and neon lights around the rest of Garrison City were only there to mock its Low Rent District. The fires and the lights on the trucks that chased them down were often the only color to swash through the beaten part of town. It was all reds, grays, and blacks, rarely the Blue and Whites. Every day the Lourds prayed for rain.

It wasn’t too long ago when Mayor Archer made the Lourds a priority, but when faced with the widespread violence that his city had been seeing even the best of intentions get filtered out...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.132

kavatarEddy sat on the fire escape of his brownstone. Leaving Viv at her apartment had been one of the hardest things he’d ever done, but this was something he had to listen to by himself. He’d tell her everything, of course, but if it was bad, he didn’t want her to see his initial reaction.

On the third pass, with great hesitation, Eddy dropped the data stick into the reader. He reviewed everything it had to tell him, twice. The information he’d wanted was all there… and then some. One word came up several times, though, and it was the last word he’d wanted to be there: “Vega.”

Great. he thought, his face growing dark. He’d had the discussion with Viv, of course, but he hadn’t really expected that it would come into play so soon...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.131

bwvatar“I’m sorry, Miss-”

She cut him off. “Please, Melody.”

That thin smile came across once more as she folded her hands in front of her. She certainly had a presence. Something warm and comforting. At once he was both inexplicably intrigued and quite unnerved. He held a long blink, returning her smile as best he could. “Melody. I have this sinking feeling that you’re holding us at one hell of a disadvantage.”

Aaron had cracked the book open. Its heavy cover touched the tabletop with a puff of dust. He flipped through its pages, each one intricately detailed in purple, black, and red inks, none of which he could make any sense. Every so often a page would have a diagram or picture. He let a short sigh loose.

“You’re held at your own disadvantage, Mr...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.130

capvatarWith the words ‘mystic arts’ Ryu and Aaron gave each other a brief look. Interesting. The store wasn’t very wide but appeared to be rather deep. Shelves lined the walls from the ceiling to the floor, packed so tight with volumes one could barely see the faded wooden paneling that hid behind the jagged lined made by the book tops. Several tables and stands made a simple maze about the room, each covering different subjects. New Fiction. New Non-Fiction. Self Help. Coffee Table Art Books.

There it was. The words ‘Mystic Arts’ engraved in white on the black plaque above a full set of shelves a bit inside and to the left. Aaron was already on his way toward the books. Ryu peered into the back of the store looking for something, anything to go on. Nothing but books. Not even a sound...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.129

bwvatarThe waiter had taken the stacked dishes from the table, leaving only the silence that had fallen over the empty table. “Okay.” Eddy’s head nodded slowly. Beside him, Vivian squeezed the hand she held in her own. She followed suit, looking across the table and nodding.


“Alright then, we have a unanimous decision.” Ryu leaned back from the table. “We officially have an unofficial team.”

Eddy looked across the table. “We can bring this together later. Pool our intel a little more coherently. ” He patted the data stick in his pocket. “I want to give this a listen, see what it tells me.”

The table was getting up, “We should look into this Yakuza business. If we can squeeze the details from this Kinley fellow we could nip something in the bud.”

“Or force the Yakuza’s hand, which sounds l...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.128

capvatarDespite her prejudice against being involved in a group, Vivian couldn’t really argue the logic behind Aaron’s argument.

“A partnership,” Eddy said more to himself than anyone at the table. The chopsticks skillfully pinned a mushroom, raising it a few inches over his plate. It hovered there a moment. It wasn’t as if he’d never worked with anyone before. Recent events with Bluewolf alone proved that. But he wasn’t comfortable with making a practice of it.

“An open partnership.” A thin layer of sauce and a few scattered vegetables covered the china plate Ryu pushed forward to rest his elbows on the table. His fingers folded together and his chin leaned into them. “We’re committed to this, there’s no question...

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