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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 1.74

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 1.64

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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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.60

kavatarKardiac took a half step in front of Vivian. He wasn’t particularly worried for her safety, he caught the dry humor in Bluewolf’s voice, but given their conversation of a few minutes before, he didn’t want Vivian to try to jump in and defend him. He could feel her raising her arm to protest, so he reached around behind his back and took her by the hand. “We’d better get dressed then,” he said with a flat sarcasm, then quickly turned and pulled her back into the bedroom.

Vivian was indeed miffed about her territory invaded, not to mention whatever it was that Bluewolf had rudely interrupted. She let her hand be taken, but narrowed her eyes, her gaze flit to Kardiac and then back to Bluewolf...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.59

bwvatarSnow was falling again. Nothing heavy yet, but enough to make Bluewolf’s search of the eastern half of the city less enjoyable than it already was. One night to find Kardiac and the Fox, one night to convince them Silhouette’s plan might actually work. Hell, he wasn’t sure if he was convinced they could pull it off, but they weren’t left with very much room to maneuver.

Standard spiral search pattern, starting at the docks and traversing east through Hiland. South through Eastland, then cutting back west just north of the Garrison Heights area, and angling northwest back to the docks, rinse and repeat until you caught a solid trail or simply ran out of city. The latter would be bad, but he had the utmost confidence in his techno-gadgetry added with his natural abilities...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.58

fovatarVivian was used to getting telephone calls in the middle of the night. Her family was all on the west coast and had a habit of calling her at odd hours, so when the phone rang she thought nothing of it. In her sleepy state though she didn’t realize it wasn’t one of her phones ringing, but rather Eddy’s ‘work’ phone. It took her a moment to find the source of the annoying noise in the pile of scattered things on the floor beside her bed, but she finally found it and raised it to her face, “Hello?” she said in a groggy ‘you just woke me up and I can’t be bothered to hide it’ sounding voice. She was so not-awake at this point she didn’t even remember she wasn’t sleeping alone at the moment.

There was a rather lengthy pause at the other end of the line, and after a few seconds, she started to ...

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Hard Boiled – Episode One: A New Day 1.54

kavatarKardiac walked in, even though every ounce of common sense was telling him to leave. He let her go, knew she wasn’t going to run. Not this time. He saw the painting, center wall in her living room. Her painting, the one he’d changed…. this was pointless. Trust wasn’t earned, it was a gift… one he hadn’t been willing to give. So what if she knew now… it was the only thing he had left to give her. He reached into his bottom left hip pouch, heavily padded, and pulled out his glasses. He slipped them into his left gauntlet as she reentered the room. “Before we do this… before I go, will you answer one question for me?” he asked, still staring at the painting.

She set a medium-sized box down by the coffee table and looked up at him. “Of course...

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