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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.75

“What do you think is going on up there,” Jamie bit her lower lip as she followed Vixen and Tigress into the underground safe room.

“Don’t worry Jamie, the boys have been through worse.”

“Yeah,” Vixen shook her head and gave a wry smile, “but when was the last time the sun was blotted out, Kaye.”

“Ryu and Aaron will be able to handle things just fine,” it sounded like she was trying to convince herself as much as Vivian and Jamie, “we just need to keep moving and take advantage of all the time that the boys can give us.”

The three women finally reached the bottom of the staircase, “Ah, home sweet home,” Vixen said sarcastically as she ran her hand across the table that was in there, and rubbed the dust off her glove.

“Well, luckily Aaron doesn’t have to use this very often...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.74

Capin removed himself from the center of the room as Jaime crouched beside Aaron. Collapsing into the chair he could feel the weariness catching up to him in the weight of his own body. He pinched the bridge of his nose. There was a dull ache stretching back through his skull. All the excitement up until now had managed to assuage the headache. Or at least keep it at bay. He reached into his coat and pulled out his communicator, thumbing it open.

“Jenna…” he answered the familiar beep. The com repeated the name, pausing another few moments as the signal went through its encryption. A few quick rings and her voice came through.

I’m here…

“Our first step in the right direction today.”

I’m sorry?

“Nothing. I’m sorry...

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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 1.54

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 1.2

kavatarThe air was always a little colder these days, but right now Kardiac’s skin was crawling beneath his uniform. It had nothing to do with the chill on the night air, though. It had everything to do with the three Brazilian drug-runners who just slipped their boat silently beneath the north pier of Warehouse 170. Had he not been here, watching and waiting for them, they might have gone unnoticed.

This had always been work, but in the Begnini days, it was at least fun. The Vega Syndicate didn’t play by the same rules, and there was no “dealing” with them… not the way he’d handled Alphonse back in the day… back before that final night. Blue and Capin kept telling him to look at the big picture. The gang war was the biggest threat, but they didn’t know the Vegas… they didn’t know her.

At least ...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.129

bwvatarThe waiter had taken the stacked dishes from the table, leaving only the silence that had fallen over the empty table. “Okay.” Eddy’s head nodded slowly. Beside him, Vivian squeezed the hand she held in her own. She followed suit, looking across the table and nodding.


“Alright then, we have a unanimous decision.” Ryu leaned back from the table. “We officially have an unofficial team.”

Eddy looked across the table. “We can bring this together later. Pool our intel a little more coherently. ” He patted the data stick in his pocket. “I want to give this a listen, see what it tells me.”

The table was getting up, “We should look into this Yakuza business. If we can squeeze the details from this Kinley fellow we could nip something in the bud.”

“Or force the Yakuza’s hand, which sounds l...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.128

capvatarDespite her prejudice against being involved in a group, Vivian couldn’t really argue the logic behind Aaron’s argument.

“A partnership,” Eddy said more to himself than anyone at the table. The chopsticks skillfully pinned a mushroom, raising it a few inches over his plate. It hovered there a moment. It wasn’t as if he’d never worked with anyone before. Recent events with Bluewolf alone proved that. But he wasn’t comfortable with making a practice of it.

“An open partnership.” A thin layer of sauce and a few scattered vegetables covered the china plate Ryu pushed forward to rest his elbows on the table. His fingers folded together and his chin leaned into them. “We’re committed to this, there’s no question...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.127

bwvatarRyu rubbed the side of his chin absentmindedly and leaning back from the table. Acceptable risk was one thing. Vegetation was something completely different. He twisted this squat teacup around a few times. He opened his mouth “I-”

He’d barely let himself get out one word when he caught sight of the tall thin waiter stepping toward their table. The man was tall, his thin frame hardly filling his black slacks and white shirt. His hands folded as he stood at the open end of their table. “Are we ready to order?” He smiled.

The four of them pulled the menus from the table again. They’d looked them over during the conversation, but not really looked. But ordering Chinese was just something one did...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.126

kavatarEddy woke up to the smell of coffee. Yep… he loved that woman. He had been surprised to see her so early last night, but not disappointed. Now if his body would just start working without the pain, life would be perfect.

Vivian hadn’t explained her rapid return, but he didn’t really care. If it meant she wouldn’t be working with some wildcard he didn’t know and trusted even less, that was okay by him. Eddy didn’t like bounty hunters. He’d had one bad experience too many working with their ilk.

After a quick shower, a quick three cups of coffee, and innumerable glances across the table at his lady, Eddy was ready to go. They hadn’t said much over breakfast, Viv seemed to be thinking about something pretty seriously, but now Eddy was all words...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.117

fovatarFox was a block away from the appointed meeting spot when she stopped atop an apartment building for a rest. Noises from the street below grabbed her attention and she looked over the edge of the building. Below was a young couple, perhaps her age. They looked like they had just gotten out of a car and were entering the building. They sounded happy, laughing and teasing each other. There was a rather long kiss and then they moved out of sight.

What are you doing? she asked herself. You’ve finally found the right guy and you’ve left him home, battered and with a death wish. There was a moment of internal conflict as the old Fox and Vivian struggled. She wanted revenge against the man who sent Savate after her. So much easier for her to run on autopilot: anger, revenge… her old ways.


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