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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.73

Eddy closed the windowed doors to the balcony. He watched Capin and Bluewolf disappear into the night. He had been honest when he said he’d never asked to be part of a team. It wasn’t even a consideration when he had first started out. Now, Ryu tried to make it out to be the most important thing in the world.

But Ryu didn’t know, or at least didn’t understand. Sure, they’d all lost people. But every loss was different, and no one could ever truly understand what it meant to someone else. Eddy didn’t understand Ryu’s losses. Hell, he didn’t know about the bulk of them… they’d been teammates for a while now and he’d never bothered to ask.

Eddy had chosen to remain an outsider, even among his “friends.” It was a conscious choice, and one he’d wrestled with for some time...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.70

A few quiet moments passed. “What do you think they’ll do?” The two dark suit clad men stared down the hallway to the first corner Jenna and Wolf had taken.

“Couldn’t tell you, Doc.” Capin’s jaw opened in a yawn. He covered it with his fist. “What would you do if you found out your little brother was secretly working for the bad guys?”

Mid-Night Man shook his head. “Jesus.”

“Yeah,” Capin replied, nodding, “but we’re the good guys. Whatever they decide, when word gets out…” He looked down, “When word gets out, what they do is probably going to be the least of his worries.”

“Jesus,” Mid-Night said again.


The two of them fell back into silence for a while longer, two shadows on the wall as Strategoi moved around them, up and down the halls. After a while Corin freed himself...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.69

Eddy could hear a voice… a voice he knew, but he didn’t understand what it was trying to tell him. Wait. The voice was speaking Portuguese. He had to switch gears. Damn, his chest hurt. He couldn’t react to the pain, though… he had to play dead… hear what the voice had to tell him.

{We had a deal.}

He knew the voice. It was silky, but strong. Just deep enough to be sultry, just high enough to be sweet; either as the situation called for.

{Nevertheless, my husband nearly died.}

There was an edge to her voice. Was she near tears over her husband’s pain, or was she simply upset at being double-crossed? There were too many variables.

{Yes, they switched on us, but your man should have pulled out when he saw his opponent. We had a deal!}

Apparently, there was no honor among thieves. Huh...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.66

Eddy knew the beat of Aaron’s heart. The pace was quickened for some reason, but that wasn’t entirely unusual. It still wasn’t racing as much as Jenna’s. She seemed worried about something, and he noted to himself to investigate that once he’d taken care of some important business.

He continued to lie there, allowing the others to believe the sleeping medication he’d been given had served their purpose. He couldn’t usually get this kind of thing past Blue, even with complete control of his own bio-electrical system, but it was working this time. Apparently, their erstwhile leader had something else on his mind.

As much as he liked the fact that Jenna hadn’t been in a hurry to leave his side, he was glad to find himself, finally, alone in his “room...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.65

Even before they’d entered the brownstone, Bluewolf knew that Vivian had returned. It was a good sign. To say the evening had been successful was a matter of opinion. Ryu had reported – through Kaye – that both Kardiac and the kid, Major Freedom, were in critical but stable condition. Melody was on the edge of exhaustion after the row with Corin’s cult, and Ryu wasn’t faring much better according to Kaye’s translation. The ringing in his ears had finally subsided and had slipped into an odd quiet. Odd because he’d never experienced total and complete silence before. And even though the GCPD was busy tagging all the evidence they’d managed to obtain – and there was an alarming amount – if it were to be looked at as a war of attrition, they would be on the losing end.

“Vivian’s here,...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.64

He could see more of his own reflection in the glass then the surgery that went on behind it. Still, that suited him fine. On the other side, Corin was assisting Strategoi’s finest surgeons. Sighing, he pulled his hands out of his pockets and dug a finger into the black knot under his chin, tugging it loose till the two black bands hung down from his neck. “It almost makes you wonder.”

Silhouette stepped the rest of the way through the doorway to stand next to him. “What’s that?”

“If we’d brought the kid in…”

“The way tonight’s gone,” she shook her head, “who’s to say he’d have been better off.” She turned to the Dapper Detective. “You got to him. We have him here. He’s going to be fine.” He stood there still looking at himself in the glass, his torn coat draped over one arm...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.61

“You intended to kill him?”


“I don’t believe that.”

“You don’t want to believe that.”

“What happened to Jorge Vega?”

“You killed him. You killed my father.”

“He killed mine first.”

“I was there… right in front of my eyes! How could you?”

“Jorge got what he deserved.”

“You don’t mean that. I know you Eddy.”

“Maybe not as well as you thought.”

“He can’t hurt us anymore.”

“What he did to Andy… what he’d have done to you…”

“That’s your excuse? He killed him, so he deserves to die.”

“Pretty much how I see it.”

“Then where does that put me, Amante? You killed my father… am I supposed to kill you?”

“If you think it’s what I deserve.”

“You’re still my Eddy Lane.”

“I am Kardiac. Jorge Vega made certain of that the night he killed my father...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.55

Waking up was hard to do. It took Eddy a moment to realize where he was, after which the memories of the previous night came back like a flood. He looked over to her side of the bed. She wasn’t in it. Instinctively, his eyes drifted to the foot of the bed, in case she was standing there with her gun leveled with his head. She wasn’t there, either.

That was when he smelled the bacon. She was cooking him breakfast; an unusual thing for someone with as many servants as she no doubt employed. She was playing house, trying to make him feel like old times… trying to make him comfortable. Undoubtedly, her ultimate agenda required him to complete immerse himself in the illusion.

Still… he was never one to refuse fresh-cooked bacon...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.49

“You’re going to make tomorrow night difficult, aren’t you?” Silhouette’s question was entirely rhetorical. She knew that Kardiac didn’t like being chaperoned, and she was certain that was how he was going to approach their mission. He was the one person on the squad who never really wanted to be part of a “team”, and probably the one who needed it the most.

“It wasn’t in the plan,” he replied, his voice crackling with the static undertone that he added while on the job. “Just don’t get in the way.”

She stepped up her pace, got in front of Kardiac, and wheeled to face him. “Why do you do that?”she asked, this time not expecting or waiting for an answer. “I don’t even want to be out there. This isn’t the life I chose. All I wanted was to help you guys coordinate your efforts...

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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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