“FUBAR” – Part 2

Val stepped out of the car, glancing up and down the seedy Chicago street. It was dark, and the area looked deserted, but that didn’t mean no one was watching. Val crossed the sidewalk quickly, her heels stepping over crumpled bags of chips and cigarette butts, two bodyguards right behind her. She telepathically scanned theContinue reading ““FUBAR” – Part 2″

“FUBAR” – Part 1

Moreen sat on the edge of her hospital gurney, her right foot tapping rapidly on the floor. From her curtained-off cubicle, she watched doctors, nurses, and the occasional police officer rush past. Someone would moan or cry out occasionally, drowning out the hushed conversation and beeping medical equipment. The ER was a hive of activity,Continue reading ““FUBAR” – Part 1″

“Don’t Let David Puebla Die” – Part 7

Dave opened the stairwell door to find Joey Giordano, Madame Morphine, and another goon coming up the steps. The four of them stared at each other for a fraction of a second before all hell broke loose. The goon started shooting, and Dave yelled at the others to run. Chung and Attwater pulled Puebla backContinue reading ““Don’t Let David Puebla Die” – Part 7″

“Don’t Let David Puebla Die” – Part 6

Moreen walked down the hallway slowly. Ostensibly, she was taking her time so she could observe every detail of her surroundings. In reality, she wanted to spend as much time outside of their rooms as reasonably possible. Every second was a blissful reprieve. Moreen had barely been able to handle one roommate in college; nowContinue reading ““Don’t Let David Puebla Die” – Part 6″

“Don’t Let David Puebla Die” – Part 5

Val met Blueblood for ice cream. The parlor was small, shabby, and deserted except for the nervous employee behind the counter. Part of the vacancy could be blamed on the end of summer and onset of cold weather, but not all of it. Val wondered what Blueblood had done to get the place to themselves.Continue reading ““Don’t Let David Puebla Die” – Part 5″

“Don’t Let David Puebla Die” – Part 4

Day two, and Dave was already going stir-crazy. He’d thought he’d at least make it to the end of the week. He, Moreen, Puebla, and Agent Attwater sat around the coffee table playing cards, while Agent Chung took his shift to sleep. They were playing Canasta, which needed two decks, and while the first wasContinue reading ““Don’t Let David Puebla Die” – Part 4″

“Don’t Let David Puebla Die” – Part 3

The most important decision was what to wear. Okay, that was an exaggeration. Val had other important decisions to make: how much to threaten versus when to play nice, whether to demonstrate her strengths or trick them into underestimating her. But her wardrobe would make or break everything. No, really. It was true. There wereContinue reading ““Don’t Let David Puebla Die” – Part 3″

“Don’t Let David Puebla Die” – Part 2

Dave and Moreen checked in at the long-term hotel using fake identities. When they finished, Dave asked the front desk to call room 231 and tell them Mr. and Mrs. Martinez had arrived, so they wouldn’t spook anybody when they unlocked the door. Agent Chung, Agent Attwater, and the witness had been holed up hereContinue reading ““Don’t Let David Puebla Die” – Part 2″

“Don’t Let David Puebla Die” – Part 1

Val walked up to the old Victorian house, and the gun-carrying man by the door nodded at her as she went inside. The interior looked the same as always: old-fashioned patterned wallpaper, decorative molding on the ceiling, and useless stuff everywhere. Fancy chairs that no one sat on were placed next to side tables holdingContinue reading ““Don’t Let David Puebla Die” – Part 1″