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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.89

Hanging from the end of her rope, she dropped off onto the rooftop. Reaching up, she grabbed her swing-line and with a flick of the wrist, unhooked it and spun it back into a tight loop. Of all the rooftops in Garrison City, this was the one to which she thought she would never return. She brushed the red hair that she wore out of her face, tucking it behind a black ear-tip, and walked over to the edge.

Silently, she looked over the edge of the building and remembered. She had been six stories down when she caught him. Carrying him back up, clutching her onto for dear life, had not been easy. Of course, what happened afterwards had been one of the hardest things she’d ever done. She had let him become her world, he’d even changed her in many ways, and it had all come crashing down.

“Oh Edd...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.87

Capin looked over the throng that stood before him. He was tired. He was sore. He was just short of beaten. But then again just short is still anything but beaten. Kardiac’s appearance had given him enough of a breather to put himself back together for his next wind. And there was no way in hell he’d let any of them get inside for the big show.

“Oh come on!” He tossed back another of Ak-Fet Sur’s dogs, taking down two more in the tackle.”How many of you can there possibly be?” Capin had reeled Enry back inside, to conserve its energy, and started taking them on hand-to-hand and man to dog. He couldn’t remember a time he’d felt his partner so weak...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.85

“…safe?”

“What the hell?! Jamie was right here what happened?”

“Jamie?” Kaye called out but didn’t get an answer, “We need to split up and see if we can…”

“Kaye, I think I found where she went,” Vixen said as she stood next to the staircase leading back up to the house, light was shining down from the doorway above.

“Damn,” the two raced back up the staircase.

“Looks like the boys had fun,” Vivian said as she lightly kicked one of the unconscious cultists.

“Yeah but none of them opened the door,” she said sniffing the air, “none of their scents came close to it, the only people I smell on it is Aaron, Ryu, and Jamie.”

“But she couldn’t have opened that on her own.”

Kaye switched on her comlink, “Capin you there, where are you guys?”

Little busy at the moment, Kaye could hear sounds of ...

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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.

“Good.”

“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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