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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.72

“Here drink this,” the Dapper Detective said as he handed Jamie a large cup of tea. He looked at Kaye, then to Bluewolf. Capin placed his hand on Jamie’s shoulder and squeezed it gently, “Okay tell us everything.”

Jamie took a deep breath and a sip from the mug. This time tears didn’t well up in Dr. Jamie Harris’s eyes, but a palpable feeling of anger washed over her, “I was in the ER at Garrison General, when these freaks wearing dog faced masks come busting through the wall. They said they were after me, and I tried to lead them away from the innocent folks. The next thing I remember is waking up at the Hammerstone estate and seeing Corin’s uncle. He was standing there with some weird expression on his face. When I asked him if he had been kidnapped to, he laughed...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.68

“My children our time is now,” the words of Ak-Fet Sur came from the lips of Samuel Hammerstone,”I have tired of TAROT’s excuses. They promised if we were patient and help in their plans, they would deliver the Mid-Night Man to us and I could then reclaim the power that has been stolen from me, but instead they brought a mage, and a fool to me, nearly exposing my secret and ruining my plans. They carry no capital with me anymore my children. We shall move forward and retake my power ourselves. Go my loyal servants, find the girl Dr. Jamie Harris and bring her to me. We shall use her to bring the Mid-Night Man to us.” There was a roar of approval as Ak-Fet Sur’s minions cheered his words.

It was close to five in the morning before Corin got home...Read More

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 1.62

The Mid-Night Man stepped out of the shadows of the roof top access of the Kentech building and looked around. It appeared that he had beaten Capin here even with the time it took him to go to the hospital and sneak some supplies to bring with him.

“Hey doc,” The Starlight Sleuth turned to see Capin leaping from the fire escape to the roof holding a limp body in his arms. Instinctually, Corin removed his cloak, and placed it on the roof motioning for Capin to lay the body on it. He knelt down to get a better look at the patient.

“My God, this kids probably what sixteen, maybe seventeen?”

“I think so.”

“What the hell happened to him?” Corin said as he pulled open one of Major Freedom’s eyelids and shined a flashlight to check the dilation of his eyes.

“I dunno...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.60

“You’re sure you’re alright?” His arm resting against the roof, as Capin stuck his head in the Acura’s driver’s side window.

Melody smiled at him. “I’m alright. I’m just tired.” And she looked it. She had expended quite a bit of energy, more than she was willing to admit. “I’m just going to head home, curl up with a bottle of wine.” She reached out and dusted the soot and dirt from his once stark white shirt. “You should join me.”

“I should, and I will.” His jaw stiffened in a yawn, and he didn’t bother fighting it. “Don’t wait up. And don’t worry.” She leaned over, held back slightly by the belt that ran across her chest, kissed his cheek and told him that she wouldn’t wait up...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.58

Blacksheep looked at the Predator gun drones hovering above the two heroes. She then looked at her – and she used this term loosely – partner, Lady Lash. Blacksheep thought that she was going to have a fair fight between them and the heroes below but obviously Kaja and her employer had other plans. Natalia did not like her one bit; you can blame it on Chechnya, but that wasn’t the reason. Natalia hated her because she knew how to push her buttons. “What’s the matter darling,” Lady Lash said watching the two heroes dodge for cover as the drones stalked them, “upset your precious Волк** isn’t here?” She watched with detached interest, as if viewing a tennis match.

“That does not concern you Kaja,” Blacksheep said her eyes never leaving the drones and their quarry, “what should con...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.53

“You are not happy to see me, Natalia. Yes?”

Natalia “Blacksheep” Zbruevaia scowled. The shadow beside her set her skin itching. Little Tokyo’s thick air was made thicker by the distinct scent of stainless steel wetted with machine oil. She shook her head.

“You are an unnecessary complication. A distraction.” A receiver, tucked into the curl of her ear, whispered to her in Japanese. The Yakuza lookouts were signaling when the vans passed their checkpoints. Remote surveillance and motion sensors helped cover the rooftops. Too many of the city’s heroes preferred acting like second-storey men. Her men stayed within the warehouse, or hid upon the rooftops. Casual surveillance would reveal a Yakuza presence, not unusual in this area. Not a Russian contingent.

“You are angry about Chechnya...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.51

“Lucy, I’m home,” Corin said in his best Desi Arnaz impression as he stepped out of the shadow made by his bedroom closet door, “and boy have I had one hell of a night. I just wanna get some serious rest,” Without changing Corin flopped face first on the bed his fedora flying off his head onto the floor below. Jamie walked into the room with a wry smile on her face.

“Wake up hero boy,” she said while she picked up her foot and lightly kicked Corin in the seat of the pants.

“Don’t wanna wake up, almost got shot and blown up tonight too tired. Go night-night now,” Corin said, his voice muffled by the pillow.

“We gotta head in to work.”

“Wha, why?” Corin turned his head away from the pillow.

“Due to some trouble at the docks,” her voice dripped with sarcasm, “they need extra support ...

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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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