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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.54

Bluewolf was nearly home when his com-link chirped. He checked, noting it was a voice message from Kardiac: Rant and Rave. He had more than enough background on the duo to know that the evening wasn’t going to be a cakewalk. Still, he would have backup in Kaye. They wouldn’t be expecting him, and definitely wouldn’t be expecting her.

He was about five blocks from his brownstone when he slipped into one of his secluded spots and changed into street clothes. More accurately, he slipped into a jogging suit and tossed the extras of his costume into a small backpack. Back on the streets, he was simply returning from an early morning jog. As he neared his home, Aaron caught a familiar scent in the air. He couldn’t quite recall why it was familiar, and that bothered him...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.50

All around the A&T Diner was a din of loud conversations and silverware running against cheap china. Every few minutes one of the men in a paper hat’s voice would cut through it all with a simple “Order up” and another plate would smack against the metal counter. One by one the waitresses, all of them past their golden years, would file behind the coffee bar filled with faces they no doubt saw every day to check the ticket pinned down by the plate of two eggs sunny-side up with hash browns. Rosaline freed the chit and gave it a once over as the man in the paper hat slid a second plate with French toast and bacon in front of her. “Frank, I need a side of sausage...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.48

Capin leaned his back against the cool cement of the Sandland Steel shipping warehouse. He winced as the weight of his body settled against at least one cracked rib, and he slipped his hand inside his coat. Not so far off the bedlam of sirens and news helicopters echoed an odd syncopation with his throbbing skull. It hurt to sigh, but he did it anyway.

“Are you alright?” As a medical doctor, Corin was rather versed in looking past a tough exterior that pretended it didn’t hurt. “I can take a look if-”

The Dapper Detective felt Enry tense up, tightening his support on Capin’s wounds. As the endorphins kicked in the adrenaline started pumping a little more. Enry was ready to hit somebody.”You have got to be joking.”

“What?” he replied, a bit taken aback...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.47

Kardiac was a loner. It wasn’t something he necessarily liked, it was just his nature. He enjoyed having friends to back him up, even often-annoying, paternal friends who dressed in blue, but friends brought problems of their own. You had to watch their backs, and you had to accept responsibility for failing them. It was that very responsibility that had driven him to separate himself from them tonight.

Sometimes, it was a pain in the ass to have friends. Tonight was undoubtedly going to be one of those nights. Even now, as he electromagnetically clung to the outer steel wall of the Lexington Towers fourteen stories above the very-solid ground, he could think of little more than the danger his friends were in, danger he put them in.

He continued climbing, and finally stopped upon reaching...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.46

Corin took a deep breath, I can’t believe that actually worked, he thought to himself. He picked himself up off the deck of the yacht, “Boy I hope whoever this is that Wolf needed to rescue is worth it.” Corin started to look around at his present situation. Each passing moment, the yacht they were on was sinking further and further into the harbor.

His first instincts told him that he should look for people who could be trapped on board. His legs were still rubber, as the Mid-Night Man walked the deck of the yacht. Suddenly the boat jerked violently as more of the yacht sank beneath the surface of the harbor, the shake of the boat caused the Starlight Sleuth’s tenuous grip on his balance to completely falter, sending him back to one knee.

As he was attempting to gather himself, two ...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.44

The morning dawned gray and dingy. Low-lying clouds blocked out the majority of the sun, cloaking the city in a blanket of shadows. The nights seemed to be getting increasingly longer, and it was by no means the result of the changing of the seasons. They were barely breaking even out there and the effort was beginning to wear on Aaron. Not so much physically, but mentally. They needed an edge, but with each of them going in their own direction, despite the loose-knit confederation they had established, they just couldn’t manage to get that one step ahead. Maybe it was time to call in a few markers…

Aaron pressed the intercom, “Susan, could you put a call through to Rex Midas for me?”

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.40

Eddy was sitting on the roof, holding his watch in his hands. At precisely 6:45 a.m., Aaron appeared in front of him with a box of donuts. Eddy clicked the button on his watch into place and looked up and smirked. “Let me guess,” Aaron said, though he didn’t get a chance to finish the sentence.

“Yeah,” Eddy interrupted, “had to set my watch. Figured this was the easiest way to make sure it was accurate.”

Aaron smiled. He was relieved in some part to see at least a hint of the old Eddy back in action.”You do realize you’re not as funny as you think you are?”

Eddy shrugged. “I entertain me… what more do I need?”

“I guess you’ve got me, there.” Aaron looked around the empty roof. It was easy to see why Eddy would choose the Hamilton Building for a meeting.

The roof was the highest in Lexi...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.39

The Previous Day…

It was nearly two in the afternoon before the last of the reporters that had camped out in front of his brownstone finally gave up the ghost and left. Kaye had spent the night at Melody’s and Aaron had warned them both to keep a low profile until the press found something else to occupy their time. With the coast clear, he slipped into his beemer and headed to the office.

True to her word, Jenna had an inch-thick file sitting in the center of his desk by the time he arrived. Aaron quickly scanned the information, committing key bit to memory, and paying close attention to the several photographs. He had just tucked the file safely away when Jenna Fairchild walked through the side door to his office...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.32

As Corin rode in the back of the ambulance with one of the wounded the scene from earlier in the evening kept playing in his mind.

“Hey Doc, why don’t you go help the wounded before this fog clears off.”

“But, how… Who…?”

“I have this handled. There are people out there that you are better equipped to help. We’ll talk later.”

How did he know who he was? His face was covered as always, how could he tell? Plus the fact that he had snapped the cord from that lamp as easily as he did bothered him as well. As Corin drifted further into his own thoughts, he was brought back to the moment by the EMT in the back of the ambulance with him.

“Doc…Dr. Graves are you okay?”

“Huh, oh, yeah I’m fine.”

“It looked like you had gone into shock there for a minute.”

“No, I’m okay...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.31

“…barring that, the best advice I can offer is to take a day off and rest,” the doctor said, closing the file and putting the now-empty clipboard on the same hook he’d taken if from earlier. “But at least you came in, for once.”

“Gee, thanks doc,” Eddy replied, rolling his eyes. “I’ll be sure to do that.”

As he was about to stand, the doctor put a hand on his arm. Eddy stopped and looked at him. Although the doctor was only human, the look he gave made Eddy feel small. “I’m serious,” he said, flatly. “I’d rather not have to tie on a toe-tag next time I see you.”

Eddy frowned, then forced a weak smile and nodded. “I’m sorry, doc. It’s a defense mechanism.”

“I’m used to it,” the doctor replied...

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