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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?”

The com-link emergency beacon screamed in his ear with the equivalent of the cry of a thousand eagles...Read More

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 1.34

It had been nearly two days since Eddy told Aaron the truth. He had expected that confiding in Wolf would make him feel free somehow, at least lift the weight of the world off of his shoulders. He had expected wrong.

Sure, it felt better to have someone “in the loop,” even if it was Wolf. It certainly loosened the tension the two of them had been working with lately. But it didn’t change what really mattered. It didn’t erase the mistakes that had led him where he was now. Aaron told him that talking about it would “start the healing process,” but Eddy knew that would be a long road.

And it was only made longer by Alexandra’s comments at the museum. He knew now that she was planning something, and it was a big something, and somehow he was at the very center of it...

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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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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.29

Bluewolf was behind schedule. The majority of the gala attendees had only perfunctory checks with Emergency Services and the squad of GCPD detectives that were called to the scene to take statements. This included Ryu, Kaye, and Melody. Because of his ‘actions’ Aaron was forced to endure a more in-depth interview. Detective Sergeant Jacobs had just transferred in from Atlanta, and wanted to go ‘by the book.’ A phrase that he was very fond of, Aaron found out. Nearly an hour had passed before Aaron was rescued by a familiar face.

“Jacobs,” Angela Sheldahl repeated his name for the third time before he looked up from his notepad, “It’s late and Mr. Matthews has had a helluva evening. I’m sure if you give him your card, he’ll call you to set up a time to fill out a report...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.26

It had been unnerving seeing somebody else in the Kardiac uniform, even if it was just one of Melody’s illusions, so Eddy went straight to work after leaving the museum, putting himself into his suit and changing the color of the paint on his bike. As he dressed, hidden as far back in the alley across from the museum as he could get, he keyed over his communicator.

“Morning, Sil. What have you got for me?”

The voice at the other end held just a hint of sarcasm. “How about some advice?”

Kardiac scowled, locking his belt in place. “Not what I’m looking for. How about some crime?”

“I’ll make you a deal,” she answered. “I’ll give you a location if you come in tomorrow and let one of our doctor’s look you over. You’ve been running yourself ragged the last few weeks.”

Blue put her up to that...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.25

In the movies, when a group of terrorists integrates into a large group of people in order to relieve them of their valuables en masse, take hostages, rob a bank, or any of a number of sundry activities such groups are prone to, they fire off half a clip into the air. There is general pandemonium for a few moments before the gun-toting rabble assure the crowd that ‘no one will be hurt.’ As long as everyone stays calm and follows their every direction, that is. In real life, the general population does not follow instructions from a director – much less a group of armed individuals. Those few, who weren’t paralyzed by fear, were running in every direction for the nearest exit. In those instances, object lessons are usually required.

Aaron’s heightened sense of hearing picked out Alexandra...

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