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Hard Boiled – Episode Three: The Long Road Home 1.3

It was early. It was not that Jotaro wasn’t an early riser. He typically conducted his exercise routine before dawn. He was, however, unaccustomed to conducting business at such an early hour. His gleaming black town car rolled to a smooth stop and after a moment, his driver opened the door to let him out. Jotaro stepped onto the curb, craning his neck up the many stories of the KenTech building he had been summoned to by his superior Keisuke Kanda. Kanda-san had been very abrupt on the phone, offering no details, only that he was to arrive as early as possible.

Jotaro found himself mildly impressed with the décor once inside the building. Modern lines and a mixture of steel, glass, and rich woods all complemented one another in a rather pleasing aesthetic style...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Three: The Long Road Home 1.1

It was early when Kardiac closed and locked the skylight above his Lexington Wells’ apartment. He crossed the room, picked up the glasses from his coffee table, and swapped them for the goggles he’d been wearing. Pulling off his gauntlet and gloves, he flopped down on his sofa and reached over to press the button on his answering machine.

Two new messages. As the first message began to play, he heard a woman’s voice… one he hadn’t heard in a very long time. “Eddy…? It’s Deanna. I hope this is still your number… I know we haven’t really talked in a couple of years, but I… well, we need to. We need to talk soon.” He sat up from his slouch, eyes narrowing.

“Look… I’ll understand if you don’t get back to me, but it’s important… and it took a lot of convincing for me to make this call...

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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 1.84

Jenna pulled into the museum’s backlot, noting already the tons of people – meta and otherwise – already in play. This is going to be painful… Wryly, she thanked the powers above she at least kept up with her PT — because it had been a while since she had thrown a punch. At least I’ve got my guns…

She sent a loud thought out, trying to get Scott’s attention. It didn’t take long and the download less — including the fact that Eddy had shown up.

“About fracking time…” she muttered.

She snuck in through a basement window, sticking to the shadows. Hearing sounds of a battle above, she pulled out a small unit to track the best way to get to said battle. Jesus. Who knew a museum had so many back tunnels. This is ridiculous…thank god for global keys… There were times when working for a...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.81

The museum stood tall in the darkness, a giant mausoleum holding all its dead history. No lights, just dead windows. Even the flags hung lifeless on the poles. Capin dropped to the ground and crept forward. It was still easier to keep to the shadows as the slivers of light from wherever cast barely touched the ground. Across the street he tucked himself beside a large SUV and surveyed the layout around the Museum. Large black dog heads paced the perimeter in packs. True to anyone with a god complex, Fet may not have been advertising his location, but he wasn’t afraid of company.

“We’ve never had to break into a museum before. You ready to do this?” When they weren’t moving Capin could feel Enry’s weight more and more and his spark less and less.

“Ready as I’ll ever be.”

Unaccustomed to b...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.78

Jenna paused, pressing her fingers to her eyes. The strain of the past 72 hours threatened to overwhelm her. Worry – for Scott, for Midnite Man, for Bug, for Wolf…for Eddy.

“This is getting me nowhere.” Her fingers flew over the computer as she replied to Kardiac.

“I’ve routed your call for a pick-up through the police department.. Things are a little tight here at the moment, but you wouldn’t know anything about that.” Her voice held a deliberate bite as she glanced down at the incriminating disks.

Kardiac sighed, shaking his head. She was angry, and she had a right to be. Not only had he broken out of Strategoi, but he’d cut her completely out in the time he’d been gone. And now he called her when he needed something. It was a path he’d been walking far too often lately.

“Look, I’m s...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.73

Eddy closed the windowed doors to the balcony. He watched Capin and Bluewolf disappear into the night. He had been honest when he said he’d never asked to be part of a team. It wasn’t even a consideration when he had first started out. Now, Ryu tried to make it out to be the most important thing in the world.

But Ryu didn’t know, or at least didn’t understand. Sure, they’d all lost people. But every loss was different, and no one could ever truly understand what it meant to someone else. Eddy didn’t understand Ryu’s losses. Hell, he didn’t know about the bulk of them… they’d been teammates for a while now and he’d never bothered to ask.

Eddy had chosen to remain an outsider, even among his “friends.” It was a conscious choice, and one he’d wrestled with for some time...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.70

A few quiet moments passed. “What do you think they’ll do?” The two dark suit clad men stared down the hallway to the first corner Jenna and Wolf had taken.

“Couldn’t tell you, Doc.” Capin’s jaw opened in a yawn. He covered it with his fist. “What would you do if you found out your little brother was secretly working for the bad guys?”

Mid-Night Man shook his head. “Jesus.”

“Yeah,” Capin replied, nodding, “but we’re the good guys. Whatever they decide, when word gets out…” He looked down, “When word gets out, what they do is probably going to be the least of his worries.”

“Jesus,” Mid-Night said again.


The two of them fell back into silence for a while longer, two shadows on the wall as Strategoi moved around them, up and down the halls. After a while Corin freed himself...

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Hard Boiled – Episode Two: The Roof is on Fire 1.69

Eddy could hear a voice… a voice he knew, but he didn’t understand what it was trying to tell him. Wait. The voice was speaking Portuguese. He had to switch gears. Damn, his chest hurt. He couldn’t react to the pain, though… he had to play dead… hear what the voice had to tell him.

{We had a deal.}

He knew the voice. It was silky, but strong. Just deep enough to be sultry, just high enough to be sweet; either as the situation called for.

{Nevertheless, my husband nearly died.}

There was an edge to her voice. Was she near tears over her husband’s pain, or was she simply upset at being double-crossed? There were too many variables.

{Yes, they switched on us, but your man should have pulled out when he saw his opponent. We had a deal!}

Apparently, there was no honor among thieves. Huh...

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