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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.80

fovatarFox managed to haul Kardiac’s water logged body back to his bike. ‘A little superhuman strength would be nice right now.’ A bit of smelling salts and Eddy was awake enough to at least hang onto her as she rode the bike back to her building. She had toyed with using some of those plastic zip ties to tie him to her… Getting him up to her apartment was an entirely different matter, exhausting her. ‘Where’s Wolf when you actually need him?”

She set about changing him and getting him into bed, worried he was going to catch his death. She was fairly soaked too from him leaning on her, so she was quite relieved to change into dry clothing as well. Once he was safe in bed, she went about hiding all the ‘evidence’, including the tiny camera...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.78

kavatarKardiac was shocked awake when he hit the cold harbor. He hoped to Heaven he wasn’t in shock… but he knew his part and had to play it. His chest hurt like he couldn’t believe, his entire body ached from being thrown so far, and he was pretty certain his heart wasn’t doing too well either. Then there was that whole inability to move thing.

Still, he had a job to do. He focused his energy into the most spectacular light show he could manage, and hoped it was impressive above water as it was under. After a moment, he threw out everything he had, and then pulled it back with all his strength. The resulting implosion sent shockwaves through the water that nearly toppled boats. The rushing water sent him spiralling downward into the darkness.

No problem, he thought with a grimace. Just stabilize...

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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 1.75

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 1.71

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 1.68

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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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.64

Detective Andy Pope glared at his cell phone and contemplated crushing it with a free weight. That particular cell phone, a very expensive model in a very plain black case, was quickly becoming a harbinger of doom. A few hours before, it carried this message from his best friend and self-declared protector of Garrison City, Kardiac:

“Andy, if you’re there, pick up. Something’s happened… something bad. I need to talk… please call me as soon as you get this… business phone.”

Andy did not get the message until hours later. A raid had gone south. Someone tipped off Begnini’s soldiers and they had prepared a high-caliber welcome for them. One of his squad was in the hospital with a ricochet wound, but it could have been far, far worse.

So hearing Eddy call and leave a message like that was not ...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.63

fovatarDespite all the goings on last night, both good and bad, Vivian was up fairly early the next morning. This was likely due to the two cups she drank during and after Bluewolf’s visit. But, for whatever the reason Vivian was already up and dressed long before the alarm sounded. When it did, she shut it off quickly, not wanting to have it sounding off in Eddy’s slumbering ear. “Eddy, wake up.” she said softly, nudging him.

He rolled over and opened his eyes. He hadn’t gotten real sleep like that for a while, not comfortable, relaxed sleep… especially not the kind free of nightmares, so even those few hours had been restful. And he really didn’t want to get out of bed. He smiled up at Vivian. “Good morning, beautiful.” Then he promptly rolled back over and buried his face in the pillow.

She la...

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