Looking in the mirror, you sometimes have trouble recognizing yourself, The years have left their
mark, and you're finally beginning to show your age. The age you feel. Your friends are few and
far between, even the news of the friend of a friend is welcomed... usually. This morning is
The lead story is about a man you know by reputation, a healer and a warrior, the friend of a
friend, ...of a friend. He's being held in Quebec on charges of First Degree Murder. Somehow,
you just know something's up with that. Not that you don't think he could or would kill
somebody, he's a trained soldier, Pueblo Force, Special Corp. Something just doesn't sit right, so
you call your friend's friend...
The answer is slow in coming, and you really don't like the background, but now you have
another feeling, another friend who needs you, now. So you go looking for her, but before you
do, you stop by the tailismonger and pick up Bear totem to remind you of your friend, a show of
You find her on her way out of one of her hangouts. She's agitated, you can feel it before she
sees you, then she's all smiles. Her hair's a new shade of purple, and she's beaded her mohawk,
`must have a new boss,' you think to yourself. She always redoes her hair when she takes on a
She tells you she was looking for you and you smile knowingly. You know that annoys her so
you smile even more. But then its her turn to surprise you.
She knows about Danny TwoBears, the friend you're worried about. Seems that her new boss is
a friend of his too. She tells you what she knows and your blood boils, its a setup and its
meant to take out Danny and Lightening's boss. Bad Karma, all the way around. You tell her
you'll be in touch. You have some work to do, then head out. You start thinking about how
small the world is and wonder what other surprises the day holds for you.
Information is scarce, you can't find anything on the opposition, but you find out a lot about The
BoneShaker and Lightening's boss. She's got a reputation of taking care of business, and her
`team'. Ex-Special Forces officer, military Decker, active reserves, impressive career and more
importantly, you know Lightening's finally found a boss that will do everything possible to take
care of her. Before you know it, night is creeping into the air and the smells of dinner fill the
streets. Its time to take to head out.
You go to Jamaica Blue's place, its eight o'clock and the joint should be jumping. It is, but not in
the way you expected. People are scattered outside and it looks like there's trouble inside. As
you near the door, you see Mickey and Minnie, the CyberTwins and Kenny. You haven't seen
him in 7 years and the memories threaten to overwhelm you, but now's not the time. Something's
been going down and you have to know what..
Seems you've missed the action, but Minnie's just standing there. You reach out mentally and
you know, somebody's been mucking with your favorite CyberBabe. Kenny sees you first as he's
checking out Minnie you check the guy on the floor and realize, he's been running some heavy
magic, directed at Minnie. The man needs help so you call to Kenny, besides, you know it'll be a
lot better if Minnie sees a familiar face when she snaps out of it. Minnie can be dangerous when
she first wakes up.
The evening is a blur as you piece together what's happened. And when you finally have a
chance to breathe, memories of Baltimore come back. Memories of you, Clearwater and
It all started with a simple assignment really. Heartbreaker needed some help and called in some
local talent on a rescue mission. That was 10 years ago. Before Kenny joined the Army, before
you took to the road, before Baltimore.
You didn't know it at the time, but Heartbreaker, was a lot tougher than she seemed. Turned out
she was a Navy SEAL, working for BlackPaw out of Norfolk. She'd been on vacation when a top
official had been kidnaped. She was in position and could get him out, but only if she had some
backup of the magical variety.
Finding Kenny Wilson had been easy enough. He was in Medschool at William and Mary,
looking for a few extra bucks. His family had lots of ties to the military. She must have traced
him through the 'good ol' ops network. Kenny, "Clearwater" as he was called, could provide the
healing magic she needed, but she needed a little bit more.
Some how, you were drawn to her. Something about Heartbreaker just made things like that
happen. You never really worried about it, because that' s the way your life's been always been.
Then as now, you're called when you're needed. Things just sort of fall into place.
You joined up and together you saved the day... and Kenny fell in love. Lasting friendships were
made on the brief encounter. You never really worried about it though, you enjoyed the
company. They were your best friends for a very long time, they seemed to be your only friends...
The three of you would paint the town red whenever Heartbreaker was on leave, and you had
your share of adventures. The black market organ gatherer, who thought Kenny would make
good pieces. The Yak who thought you had insulted his clan, the Security team that insisted that
Heartbreaker was a Mafia moll named "Trixie"...
It was a good time to be alive. Then came Baltimore. HeartBreaker was on leave, but she
couldn't get out of the city. She invited you all out, said she had something to tell you. It had
been a great weekend, but it was over way too soon. Kenny went to get the car, so he wasn't
there when it happened. You were never sure if it was better or worse for him... By the time he
got back, it was over. She was dead and there was nothing he could do. Magically or Medically.
The gunfire was fast and efficient, she never saw it coming. The shooter knew his target, hit and
moved on before anybody was the wiser. She died in your arms and there was nothing you could
do. Then Kenny was there, it was too late, but he tried. He would have kept trying too, if the
police hadn't stopped him.
She never did say what she was going to tell you, and before you knew it you were both under
arrest for espionage. Kenny was a basket case, and your one phone call did you no good. You
tried to get them to listen, but they held you two without bond, without communications. Until
the rest of BlackPaw could arrive. You were expecting trouble, but the team recognized you
from Heartbreaker's description. They got you out of jail, but you didn't have anything you could
tell them. By then, the trail was cold anyway.
Seven years have passed, and old wounds have started to heal. He's glad to see you, but you can
see, he still thinks about Heartbreaker from time to time. You'll have a lot to talk about, after this
business is settled. For now it'll wait.
After it had all went down, you tried to take help him, but he was hell bent on self destruction.
You called in a couple of favors, and found a friend of a friend... of a friend... Man they called the
"BoneShaker"... Bear, TwoBears... Danny... You let him handle it and took to the road.
You figured it was better if you drifted off... too many reminders... to many memories... How
could you tell Kenny that you loved her too? Danny was there for Kenny when you couldn't. Now Danny's the one in need. Seems the circle
is spinning in on itself, such is life.
Anyway, Baltimore will never be the same... Besides, right now, you've both got bigger fish to fry.
(Next up... Bigger fish to fry) (as soon as its written)
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