Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.51

bwvatarThe day was going to be a long one. After the meeting with Jenna, Aaron wanted desperately to get there plan in motion; but where time was of the essence, patience was necessary. He skirted across the rooftops of Garrison, the night’s chill working into his blood, arriving home a few hours before dawn. Aaron was able to manage a short restorative meditation, sleep would have to wait. It was times like these that he almost hated what he was, how he wished for a ‘normal’ life. What if he had refused? What would his life be like then? Those thoughts were dashed away when the vision came…

Like a ghost, the massive lupine head took form in the darkness of his mind’s eye. It appeared almost as if the great wolf had stepped from a dense fog, azure aura permeating everything including Aaron. And then they ran…


Aaron stepped off the elevator and crossed into his office, exchanging usual pleasantries with Rebecca. He was not the least bit surprised to find Jenna seated in one of the low-backed, leather upholstered chairs in front of his desk.

“You’re here early,” he said with a slight smirk.

Her brow creased in a half frown, “You expected anything less after last night’s ‘revelation?'”

Her tone was sarcastic, and he almost expected her to stick her tongue out, but she didn’t. It was too soon for that kind of camaraderie. “Not really.” Aaron tossed his overcoat and briefcase in the chair beside her and leaned against his desk, “So what do we have so far?”

She crossed her legs and steepled her fingers, elbows resting on the padded arms of the chair. “My teams have conducted a primary sweep of all the offices here and at the lab facility. There have been some discoveries, and the appropriate countermeasures have been put into place. We’ll run at least two more sweeps through the facilities to make sure nothing slips through. Similar actions will take place at the rest of KenTech’s facilities, but our focus is here in Garrison at the moment.” She took a deep breath then continued, “I took the liberty of patching Strategoi into your human resource database. Our analysts are running background checks on all KenTech employees,” her lips pursed, she hadn’t really wanted to give up that much information, but neither did she want to hide anything. “Anyone with ties to the Organization is immediately searched and escorted off the premises.”

“Good. I want to know how deep they are and I want them gone. I –” the phone interrupted him. His private line, he could count the number of people with that number on three fingers.

He picked up the receiver, but before he could get a greeting out, a voice came on the line, “Hold for the Director.”

The line clicked in an odd sequence, some measure of encryption, then he heard that same flat voice from their previous encounter, “Good morning Mr. Matthews. I trust all is well.”

“That depends,” Aaron began, his voice taking on the chill of the previous evening, “On what it is you want.” There was no question in Aaron’s voice.

“It has come to my attention that you’ve let go a number of employees-”

Jenna was on her feet, scribbling out a note just as Aaron cut off the Director, “Consider this your notice: I do this job and I’m done.” He quickly scanned the note: Line Traced, then continued, “Right now I’m taking steps to ensure your people need to find new sources of employment.”

The voice on the other end chuckled, “Mr. Matthews, do you have any idea what you’re dealing with?”

Aaron and Jenna exchanged a quick look. “Yes, as a matter of fact, I do. The question, sir, is do you have any idea who you’re dealing with?” Aaron could feel the heat of anger swell within him. “I will repeat myself one last time. I do this job and I’m done. You’ll have your vigilante in the city morgue two nights from tonight. Are we clear?”

There was a pause. “Yes, I think we are,” and the line went dead.

Aaron cradled the receiver and looked at Jenna again, “Well, at least we have a timetable now.”

“Yes, but can you deliver?”

“I usually do…”

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