Daily Archives March 6, 2018

Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.15

Dawn was creeping up on Garrison. A few transfers and the cowled Capin was on the line headed right into Chinatown. He could’ve gone straight home. The trip wouldn’t have been much longer, but after these last few nights he just didn’t feel up to another morning alone. Beneath him the El car rattled around the familiar corner. Capin leapt free, catching hold of the iron fire escape. His momentum swung him up and around safely into staircase. He jogged up to the roof.

Moments later Ryu was standing in the alley behind the Peking Bookshop. “I forgot the key, you want to let us in?” He sighed then knocked on the door. “Why do you think she gave us the key in the first place, then?”

When the door opened a pair of lovely green eyes met him...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.14

The phone was ringing as Corin stepped out of the shower. He wrapped a towel around himself carefully so as not to disturb the gigantic bruise on his left side from the night before. He had checked it out as best he could, and wasn’t completely sure that he hadn’t broken anything, but he decided he would sneak into x-ray later that day, and check it out for himself.


“Hello dear boy,” the familiar voice of his uncle was on the other end, “I was wondering if you have seen this morning’s paper yet?”

“Not yet.”He sat down on the edge of the bed and winced at the pain in his ribs.”I just got up.”

“Oh, well, there is a great article about the reopening of the Egyptian wing and a special showing of the artifacts your parents discovered...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.13

I should be asleep right now. he thought. I should be unconscious and dreaming like every other normal person in the world, quietly waiting for the alarm to hit.

Seven men, dressed in drab green security uniforms, faces covered by gas masks, armed with stainless steel batons, circled him. He spun his nightsticks into a defensive stance and waited. No one twitched or flinched. Everyone moved with purpose and waited for just the right moment to begin.

But, no, here I am with the world’s largest case of insomnia and an urge to tackle Eastern European mercenaries in the middle of a faux office building filled with illegally modified weapons and ammunition.

One of the seven turned his foot. The high squeal of rubber against tile cracked the silence...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.12

“Sleepwalker isn’t our only wildcard running around Garrison’s streets these days.” Silhouette’s crisp voice broke the silence that had briefly settled over the three men.

“Yeah, the Mid-Night Man.” Bluewolf and Kardiac both gave Capin an odd look. “Don’t look at me like that. I get to read the paper more since I lost my job.”

“Well, If he’s making the news…” Kardiac’s arms folded across his chest.

The cowl clad Capin grinned, “Hmm, I seem to recall one of us getting an actual picture in the Gazette a while back. I can’t remember…” He looked to Wolf. “Was it you?”

“No, I don’t think it was me.”

“Hmm…” Capin turned back, an over exaggerated arc to his brow. He seemed to be examining himself in his friend’s goggles.

Kardiac put a scowl on. “Shut up.” Capin’s grin grew wide.


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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.11

Kardiac was feeling a little better by the time he and Capin reached the Garrison Fort. He was no regenerator, but his ability to manipulate his own biological systems did help him recover faster… when he was awake, at least. Still… it was difficult even when he was well-rested, which made today’s recovery particularly painful.

He had joked with Capin about the rescue, but he knew the truth, and all it was doing was worsening his already sour mood. If Capin hadn’t gotten there when he did, Kardiac would be a dead man. The worse part is that the damage hadn’t been what had done him in…. It had been pure exhaustion.

As the two came over the wall into the Fort, Kardiac could see the familiar blue-gray silhouette of the group’s de facto leader, though Blue would never call himself that. Stil...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.10

It had been a long night at Garrison City General. The recent gang war in the Lourds and Chinatown had left too many victims in the hospitals emergency room. It was 11:45 by the time Corin Graves’s shift finally ended. He walked out into the cool night air. He stood at the entrance watching the ambulances leave after dropping off the latest victims of the violence. Earlier that evening three teenagers had been shot in a drive by in the Lourds. They were barely thirteen years old and already they were wearing the ink and colors of the Hawks. Despite the best efforts of the doctors on duty only one of them made it. Corin was deep in his own thoughts, which were broken by a hand moving from his right to his left shoulder, revealing his best friend and fellow intern Jamie Harris...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.9

The words, “Kardiac out.” were coming from his comlink all too frequently these days. It had gone past the point of annoying and was quickly escalating to the ‘thump him on the noggin’ stage. It was an idea Wolf did not relish, recalling their first couple of meetings. Pushing those thoughts back into the recesses of his mind, Wolf keyed his comlink again.

“Silhouette, go.” Jenna’s voice read crisp, and irritated.

“I have a shipment of Grade-A TAROT body armor for pickup.”

Wolf could almost hear Jenna’s shoulders slump, “This is getting out of hand.”

“Funny, Sparky was just saying the same thing. Personally, I think the two of you are understating things, but that’s just me. And speaking of Sparky, he wandered into a stash of heavy weapons...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.8

The rooftop gravel ground underfoot as he landed with a grunt. He didn’t remember the last time he slept longer than an hour in one sitting, and with the half the city behind him he was starting to feel a bit winded. No time for that now, he told himself. And there wasn’t. The adrenaline pumped through him. He thumbed the crest embossed disc open. The dark screen flashed to life. The light lines were the city map. The green X… that was where Kardiac’s signal last came from. “Hang in there, buddy. I’m almost there.”

A few more rooftops and Capin was standing on top of the green marker. He set down the LAW he’d picked up earlier and moved cautiously around the ledges. In the back the fire escape hung gingerly off the brick, it’s bent and twisted frame gently squeaking in the wind...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.7

So much for a quiet night.

It should have stopped with Montel. Bust the dealer, torch his traveling stock, and abuse his backdoor access to the GCPD’s database for follow-u. Being sidelined after the coma had one benefit – unfettered access to the network’s back end. Andy couldn’t participate in the major crimes unit raids for ‘health’ reasons; so he rode shotgun via the computer and surveillance system.

But it never stops. Montel’s home base was hidden behind several fronts, including his actual home. It took most of the night to track down where his cache was hidden. Luckily, Andy didn’t need much in the way of sleep. Not since he got a lungful of experimental drug precursor in the raid. After that, and a small coma, his system worked in overdrive...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.6

“I’ve got armor on this end,” said the voice coming from the comm.

Kardiac groaned. “Looks like this is about to get out of hand.”

“About to?” Wolf had obviously had a long night. The normal repartee had been replaced by a near-Kardiac level of sarcasm.

“Yeah,” he replied. “I had it all handled up until this.”

There was a brief silence from the comm, then a change of subject. “We need to talk… all of us. I just received a warning that we need to-“

“One of these punks had an address on him,” Kardiac interrupted. “I’m going to check it out.”

“Doesn’t that seem a little easy to you?” Wolf replied. “We should regroup first-“

“I’ll see you back at the fort after I check this out. I’ve got it handled,” he replied, interrupting yet again. “Kardiac out...

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