Category Hard Boiled

Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.77

bwvatarIt had been an interminably long day for Aaron. And with the events planned for the evening, it wasn’t going to get much better. A quick meeting with Jenna early in the day for information exchange and then it was business as usual. Unfortunately his thoughts kept drifting to the performance they had to give later. Aaron knew Kardiac was already nursing a few cracked ribs, but he wouldn’t be able to pull too many punches and still look convincing. Leaving the office early, he headed back to his brownstone to try and relax a little.

Not five minutes after he walked through the door, the phone rang, “Hello…”

“Hey dear,” Kaye’s voice came as a pleasant surprise.

“HEY! How are you? What’s going on? Everything okay?” Aaron’s voice was a mixture of elation and concern...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.76

capvatar“That’s fair. Catch you later… ‘Capin’.” Without another word, the green-clad warrior dropped over the edge of the roof. The caped Capin just sort of nodded to himself, not going over to see how Kardiac landed or where he was headed. His new friend was more than capable, and he had other things to attend to.

“But since we’re in this neck of the woods,” he walked over to the opposite side of the building, looking out over the the rooftops that stretched into Garrison. “Might as well pay some visits to some of the locals.” He took off, jumping from one roof to the next, heading south into the Commercial District.

The city was home to all sorts. Crime had all the facets of an uncut diamond, from the lowest mugger to the Don himself. Middle men ran between the levels...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.75

kavatarKardiac watched Fox depart, then moved quietly around the corner of the building. He had wanted to tell her that earlier, but he’d been afraid she would think it was just some automatic response… telling her what she wanted to hear. She was too important to him to even suggest that.

Once he was sure there were no guards within line of sight, he pulled out a small, wolf-head shaped communicator. He spoke in a loud whisper. “I hope you can hear this damned thing.”

“I read you,” Bluewolf’s voice replied.

“Good,” the vigilante replied quietly. “I’m about to enter the conference room. I’ll tap twice when everyone is in position.”

“I’m already on the roof. Ready to receive.”

Kardiac clicked off the comm, then clicked it on again quickly...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.74

fovatarKardiac decided to do things a little differently this time. He stopped his bike in its normal ‘hiding place,’ changed its paint back to black, did a little quick change of his own, and drove around to park in the building’s lot. He then walked into the building, pack slung over his back, and took the elevator to Vivian’s floor. Once he arrived, he did things the old fashioned way and rang the doorbell.

Vivian had spent so long going over the plans to the Yacht Yards that day she could see the layout in her mind when she closed her eyes. She had already decided to take a break, to put on a second pot of coffee when the doorbell rang. A brow raised, ‘Who could that be?’ Her only visitors these days arrived via the balcony...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.73

Garrison City Police Department, 8th Precinct
Second Floor Meeting Room

“Sit down and shut up, Fostern,” said Commissioner Patrick R. Troy. Andy said and did nothing as Fostern choked down his protests and accusations. “You’re lucky I’m not in here with a filleting knife ready to give your miserable hide to the families of three good police officers.”

The Commissioner turned to Captain Castillo, Angela and Andy. The three sat at one end of the table. The detectives flanked their captain. As always, Castillo was as readable as a granite statue.

“But, Sir,” sputtered Fostern.

“But nothing, Fostern,” said the Commissioner. He threw down a series of files. “Those men are alive only because Pope and Sheldahl told the ER team at the medical center what kind of chemical burns to expect...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.72

Arthur Schultz was looking forward to getting home. Today had been a long one, taxing, and it was much too late to be at the office. Still, he had gotten a lot accomplished, and it was better than sitting home trying to have a conversation with his wife.

He reconsidered going home, briefly. There was somewhere else he could go… a certain young lady he had on the strings… of course, his wife probably already assumed that’s where he was. He was, after all, ‘working late.’ Arthur decided to take the long way home.

As he was walking to his office door, he heard what he thought to be sounds of a scuffle in the hallway. Assuming that the tuxedoed nutcase had returned, he edged forward and pressed his ear against the door. Nothing… silence.

Then pain as the door blew off of its hinges...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.71

kavatarKardiac pushed himself up to his feet just in time to watch his perp fall to the ground. He had noticed his rescuer, but he was still in ‘pursuit mode,’ and his tunnel vision was on overdrive. When he was certain that the dealer wasn’t getting back to his feet, he turned back to his rescuer.

The man was in a tuxedo, cowl, and cape. He could only be one person… only Kardiac still wasn’t sure who that man was. He was just a series of unconfirmed rumors after all… sort of like himself. “Thanks,” he said with a half-smile. “I’ve never been a big fan of public transportation.”

The tuxedoed man smiled and shrugged, nodding toward the wrecked Buick. “Private cars don’t exactly seem to be your forté either...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.70

capvatarThe car flashed a series of lights from the passenger window. Gunfire. Most likely it was an SUV. The headlights were set up high off the ground, almost floating there. When the guns flared, orange-white streaks lit up the shiny hood. Black SUV. Probably not Government. In his little experience with Government types, they didn’t barrel down an alley at high speeds with their guns blazing.

Flakes of brick rained overhead and the truck was speeding closer. Capin darted back and forth dodging the fire, somewhat trapped. He took off right for the oncoming vehicle. Bits of dirt and gravel popped along in front. He could make out the driver pretty clearly, even behind the glare of the lights. “That’s him alright.” He dove for the hood. It crumpled with a crunch under his weight...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.69

capvatarThe apartment was dark. He kicked the door back behind him. The latch slid into place with a clean CHINK. Bags were tossed onto the couch, and Capin carried the suits he’d purchased that afternoon into the bedroom. If one judged the time by the light outside, it was probably Midnight. Of course, as nice as dinner with Aimee had turned out to be. It wasn’t that sort of nice. Not ‘already morning’ sort of nice. Capin laid the suits over the bed and turned the clock to face him. “Not even close.” The clock turned back the the center of the room.

He pulled the sweater off and stuck it in the dresser before opening the closet door. Several black suits took up a good third or so of one corner. Between them was little bit of white shirts peaking through, almost like a negative of piano keys...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.68

kavatarBreakfast went well and the rest of the day was even better. Eddy never would’ve thought yesterday that today he’d be shopping for a spare toothbrush. After picking up that and a bag of disposable razors, they’d headed back to his place to pick up some clothes… a lot more than just the one set he’d need for emergencies and unexpected stays… no, he was going to “disappear” for a while. But that was for later.

Right now, it was almost 20:30 hours, and Kardiac’s appointment wouldn’t be kept waiting. So the conversation he was about to have was going to have to be kept short. He felt the heartbeat long before he heard the door to the roof open. “Alright, I’m here,” Andy said, his breath coming in clouds. “You could’ve picked a warmer place for a meeting.”

The vigilante kept his binoculars to h...

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