Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.107

capvatarCapin watched as ‘Blindside’ jumped across to the next building and away. “So,” he said, turning back to Bluewolf, “It was a pleasure, but I too must be off. Have a date with an old lady.” Behind the his mask, Wolf was giving him an odd look. “Nothing like that. It’s, uh, a business meeting.”

Wolf nodded, giving Capin a smirk. “I’m sure it is.”

“We’ll do this again some time.”

“I’m sure we will.”

The cape hanging tight from his shoulders opened up as Capin took that step up onto the ledge. It spread wide behind him as he jumped across, never touching the ground. He landed soundlessly on the snow drifted rooftop and headed north, disappearing into the dark warehouse skyline.

Capin seemed to be making good time. He checked his watch as he dropped down to ground level...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.106

kavatarCapin slid one foot out, probably by instinct, setting himself in perfect balance, ready to defend himself. His cape, however, remained at ease, flipping gently in a wind of its own devising. Obviously, it knew something its wearer did not. Bluewolf’s apparent lack of concern also seemed to echo the cloak’s non-aggressive sentiment.

“Blindside, eh? Hadn’t heard he was coming to town.”

The newcomer smirked. “Wow… I knew something before Ol’ Blue. Get me some smelling salts, I think I’m gonna faint.”

Capin looked between the two. Realizing at the very least that this was not an enemy, his stance relaxed a little. Bluewolf just half-smiled and shook his head. “A comedian to the last.”

Blindside began to wobble a little, finally catching himself, but voluntarily taking a knee anyway...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.105

fovatarStill slightly out of it from the drugs, Fox woke up thinking she was back home. That was, until she felt the restraints around her arms and legs. She knew, or at least hoped, Eddy wasn’t into that.

Slowly her eyes opened, trying to focus in the dim light of the basement. Through foggy vision and a headache she began to try to get the layout of the room.

With her hands bound she couldn’t get to her belt, or the knife in her boot, so escape wasn’t looking too good at this moment. She’d have to wait for an opportunity to be handed to her.

‘Begnini. Eddy is going to flip.’ Her first thought, much like everyone else’s involved, was that the mobster had to behind this.

Her mask was still on then. What did that mean?’It was hard to think with whatever drug Savate hit her with still wearing off.

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.104

bwvatarJenna ducked into her car, taking a deep breath. It had been a long ten hours, but well worth the hell she knew she was about to catch. I suppose I can explain to Cox that this was just a test of Wolf while under extreme emotional duress. She smiled wryly, the smile slipping as she recalled all the times it had happened to her. Refusing to allow her mind to travel that particular path, she pulled onto the street and rode towards Aaron’s home in silence.

She pulled her car in front of the house, looking up. Shaking her head in appreciation, she vaguely wondered at the worth of purchasing her own home. Disregarding that inclination almost immediately, she started up the path to the brownstone. Here’s hoping he’s ready to listen… She pressed the doorbell.

There was a short buzz, the door clic...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.103

capvatar“Man alive.” Capin slipped through the front door, letting it close itself behind him and leaving it unlocked. Now home, he felt the heaviness in his eyelids that he’d managed to fend off all afternoon. His backpack slid off his shoulder and landed next to the door as he walked through the room into the kitchen.

Capin slid the plastic grocery bag up and onto the counter before tossing the contents of his pockets into the bowl at the center of the table. The fridge was still roughly empty, even after emptying the contents of the few bags on the counter. “I gotta get some sleep before-” he put his hand up as his mouth opened in a wide yawn. It was almost as if the rest of his energy was sucked out of his chest. Capin nodded, taking it as a sign, and went over to the coffee maker...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.102

silvatarJenna moved briskly into the womb. A hand went up before she even opened her mouth. “I know, I know. Find Kaye. Get Satellite feeds, bring up visuals, yadda yadda…” Fingers flew over the keyboard as the teen spoke. “You come in here, always making demands. I mean, where’s the love?” Despite herself, Jenna’s face twitched into a smile. “No faith. No trust…just like a woman…take, take, take and nothing in return.” Bug pressed a final key, spinning in his chair to face Fairchild. “Voila’. Ask and ye shall receive.” Four monitors rose in an eerie synchronicity.

Jenna’s eyes flew from scene to scene. “Bug, I always knew you were a genius. Now, what exactly am I looking at?” Her eyes devoured the four scenes. A slender woman bent over an archaeological dig...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.101

kavatar*beep beep*

Eddy’s eyes cracked open. According to the clock on the night table, it was 4:15 a.m. Who would be calling at this ungodly hour? He rolled over. His ribs still hurt like a mother…

*beep beep*

Eddy reached over for his cell only to suddenly remember that it had been destroyed. He changed the direction of his falling hand to slam it down on a communicator that sat beside his clock. A little current channeled to his voice box made the necessary change, though at this point he was sure his identity was blown five times over to these people.

Still had to keep up appearances. “Yeah?”

“Rise and shine, the bird is caged.”

Eddy raised an eyebrow, though there wasn’t anyone there to see it. “Huh?”

“Obviously not a morning person. We picked up your man, as promised.”

Realization hit him, ...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.100

Teotihuacan Archaeological site, Mexico –

Everything seemed to happen in a flash, rather than in the slow motion these type of events usually occur. Leaping at her assailant had actually caught him off guard. This combined with the enhanced agility and reflexes her feline form granted her, Kaye was able to escape. She had to assume the Jackal had some type of low light or infrared imaging capabilities, so once she was clear of the site and well into the surrounding brush, she shifted shapes again… this time to something smaller, a bobcat.

After several minutes of haphazard changes in direction Kaye stopped to listen. Nothing – no sign of pursuit – yet. It was growing dark, and Mexico City was a scant forty or so miles to the southwest...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.99

Simeon blanched. “Who are you? And what are you doing in my apartment?”

The man on the couch smiled. “You have been asking around about interested parties and I represent one of those who is most eager to meet with you to discuss what you have acquired.”

“It’s not here.”

The man’s smile broadened. “I know. I have left an envelope on your kitchen table with the particulars. You should read and acquaint yourself with the contents at your earliest convenience. Breakfast is also waiting for you.”

Simeon stepped inside the apartment and swallowed uncomfortably, “I think you should leave now.” There was no indication how long the man had been here. Nothing seemed out of place.

“Of course.” the man rose smoothly and brushed at the wrinkles in his pants. “I have left you my personal card...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.98

fovatarFox began to spray the foam Bluewolf had given her, coating the area around her and Andy. The icy feeling in her gut dissipated somewhat now that he was alert. A feeling of panic and dread had come over her when she saw Andy just lying there surrounded in blood and dead mobster brain matter.

With Andy breathing on the respirator now she started to drag him out of the building.

“It’s a good thing you’re not one of those half a dozen a day donut cops.” she said to Andy with her signature smirk as she hefted him up to his feet, walking out.

Andy was too weak from smoke inhalation to put up much of a fight, his throat and lungs burning from the hot gases put out by the fire.

“I thought…” he mumbled.

“…that I was one of the bad guys. Yeah. Me too. Confusing isn’t it?”

She ran out of fire fighti...

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