Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.10

fovatarWhile the two heroes were enjoying their breakfasts, Vivian was still curled up in bed, enjoying a prolonged period of beauty sleep. One of the benefits of being a thief, besides the income, was the hours. Sometime around noon she woke up, ate, made a few calls to further secure her ‘cover-job’ and then went back to sleep.

Sometime around dinner she awoke again, ate, showered and started sorting through what would go to the fence that day. Despite the beauty of some of the pieces of jewelry she lifted the night before she wouldn’t keep any of it. They felt dirty to her. Not because they were stolen, but because of they had sleazoid cooties.

Once darkness fell and the good people of the city went home to their families, she started work...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.09

kavatarEddy shut down his computer and slid his keyboard back under his desk. He hadn’t been able to sleep, so he had decided to get some work done. That was the good thing about freelance… you make your own hours. The bad thing was the salary… if his brownstone hadn’t been paid for while his father was still alive he’d be in serious trouble.

Still, money was the last thing on his mind this morning. She had been hesitant about giving her name… and there was that “something” in her eyes… he had assumed it was gratitude, but maybe… nah. He was letting his paranoia get the best of him. There were far too many reasons to just let it slide and forget about it...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.08

fovatarShe had begged off after only an hour or so at the party. Despite the high caliber of the work being shown that night she simply couldn’t concentrate on her surroundings.

Why didn’t you just give him your address and invite him over for tea? After you were done your crumpets you could have modeled your costume and showed him where you stashed all your stolen goods?

That voice in her head pestered her the whole way home in the cab.

I don’t know why.

Vivian admitted to herself, annoyed still, but trying to concentrate on other things. Tomorrow was a long day. She had to sort through what she had and then ‘interview’ the new fence a contact in the last city she was in had given her.

She also needed her beauty rest; tomorrow night would be even longer. She had her eye on a new target...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.07

kavatar“I was on my way to a party. If it’s not too much trouble, could you direct me back to a safer part of town?”

Kardiac grinned, something he usually tried to avoid doing in costume. Miss, just about anywhere is a safer part of town.” Under normal circumstances, he’d have his latest rescuee wait for the police, but he wasn’t sure that was such a good idea in this case. This kind of woman was a beacon for trouble in this part of town.

He closed his eyes and focused. She started to ask what he was doing, but he held up a warning finger. After a second, he had pinpointed the electrical system he was looking for. “There.” His eyes snapped open. “So where is this party of yours?”

The woman smiled, and there was something behind it. Kardiac assumed it was gratitude and let it go at that...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.06

fovatarFor all her concentration and focus while ‘working’, Vivian’s mind often wandered while ‘off-duty’. Perhaps it was the lack of caffeine in her system tonight; the adrenaline from earlier in the evening had long since worn off as well. Running on empty her brain had disengaged from her feet and she was now fully on autopilot. This would have been fine, had she been on more familiar ground, but new to the city it proved to be what could have been a fatal mistake.

Oblivious to her bad choice in directions she turned down a street where three less than desirables waited for someone like her to wander by. They didn’t have to wait for long and soon had her surrounded.

“Lookie lookie what we have here boys, a real beauty queen...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.05

kavatarThe north-central Industrial District was one of the quietest places in Garrison after midnight. There wasn’t a lot of activity, not the legal kind at least. One gentleman was working late tonight, however… and it was actually one of his legitimate interests. He did this quite often… got a lot done after hours when there were no employees or meetings.

Still, there was one appointment on his calendar tonight. And even though he didn’t know about it, that appointment was only seconds away. Alfonse Begnini was sitting at his desk, drinking coffee and sorting import schedules, when he heard a knock… at his window! He turned around in his chair, then quickly rolled out of it onto the floor as two bodies, bound together with duct tape, came crashing through.

He was just about composed, getting r...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.04

bwvatarA shadowy form dropped to the street shortly after the fiery-haired thief had made off with her score. Definitely need to keep an eye on that one, he thought to himself. He checked the wounded thug for any serious injury and placed an anonymous call to the Garrison City PD, then sprung back up the full height of the building to get a better look at the small fire in the harbor. Surveillance was the mode for the evening, or what was left of it. He had been on his way to the docks to ‘keep an eye out’ when he came across this new operator. The information had been passed to him by the Organization that there was a new high-class cat-burglar in town, but this had been the first time their paths had crossed...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.03

capvatarIt was almost as if the sun never set on the Garrison’s Golden Strip. A twenty-four hour anomaly of neon lights and sound. Still as the sun set and the Darkness crept its way over the rest of the city, the glowing lights of the casinos would only stretch so far, making the rest of Riverside seem that much colder and darker. Despite its glowy exterior, it didn’t take much to look past the marketing campaign to see it’s dark center.

A late fall wind whipped through the streets. The cold was rather fierce atop the buildings. Cloaked in the darkness outside of the casino strip, Capin looked out at the luminescent Strip a moment longer and then checked his watch. It was almost midnight...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.02

fovatarThe cool crisp night air greeted Vivian as she quietly closed the penthouse door behind her and stepped out onto the balcony. If this had been her apartment she’d be settling down into the expensive patio furniture with a glass of wine, deep in thought as she savored the skyline of the city she was calling home this month. But, it wasn’t her home, rather the expensive pad of some business man she had met earlier in the week at a nightclub. He had been kind enough to invite her up for a drink afterwards, giving her a chance to scope out the layout of the place. Divorced he told her, likely thinking himself clever for his story, since it provided a cover-up for the ring mark on his finger. She knew better though, he was still married...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.01

kavatarBenny looked out over the bay, trying to rub the tension out of his neck. There was something in the air tonight, something that made his hair stand on end. But the boss said tonight was the night, so Benny was here… waiting. Off to the east, he could see the entrance to the Yacht Yards. He wondered what the rich folk would do if they knew he was there, waiting for the drugs that their kids would be dumping their soft-earned allowance on come tomorrow night.

Two flashes from the dark water told Benny that his contact was rowing toward shore. The docks on the western side of the bay were dark this time of the night, most of the warehouses abandoned for the much nicer, cheaper accommodations closer to the Commercial District...

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