“Tick, Tick, Boom!” – Part 8

The back of Dave’s skull felt like a cash register that had been smashed open with a crowbar. He put a hand to his head, groaning, and tried to get his bearings. His eyes were closed. Why were his eyes closed? Well, that was easy enough to fix. He opened them and saw a holeContinue reading ““Tick, Tick, Boom!” – Part 8″

“Tick, Tick, Boom!” – Part 7

Val sprinted up the stairs. She’d gotten a stitch in her side on the fourth floor and was still climbing. Why was this building so big? What did a courthouse need besides a few courtrooms, some private offices to bribe people inside, and maybe a food court? What exactly was on all of these floors?Continue reading ““Tick, Tick, Boom!” – Part 7″

“Tick, Tick, Boom!” – Part 6

Agent Moreen Lee rushed up the stairwell after Dave, her breaths short and quick. She didn’t like trailing behind him, but there was something to be said for having a bulletproof human shield in front of you. “This place must have ten floors.” Dave’s voice echoed off the tall, blank walls. “They could be anywhere.”Continue reading ““Tick, Tick, Boom!” – Part 6″

“Tick, Tick, Boom!” – Part 5

Dave’s gaze darted from the hostages to the exit and the gunmen in the space of a second. He had to get these people out of here. “Shit,” Moreen said, indicating she’d gotten the message, too. The jerk with the mohawk thinks his boss won’t set them off now that they’ve gotten the Prophet Kid,Continue reading ““Tick, Tick, Boom!” – Part 5″

“Tick, Tick, Boom!” – Part 4

Dave sat cross-legged on the floor next to Moreen with the rest of the hostages. Muffled sobbing came from someone behind him, along with soothing whispers and a murmured Hail Mary. “Everything’s going to be okay,” Dave had told everyone when the gunmen had first corralled them. He fervently hoped he hadn’t lied. Out ofContinue reading ““Tick, Tick, Boom!” – Part 4″

“Tick, Tick, Boom!” – Part 3

Arm linked with the Prophet Kid, Val escorted him to where Eddy waited in a parked car behind the warehouse. Val opened the back door and nudged the kid inside. “Eddy, meet the Prophet Kid. Prophet Kid, Eddy.” Eddy Capello was a big, barrel-chested man who’d worked for Val’s family since before she’d been born.Continue reading ““Tick, Tick, Boom!” – Part 3″

“Tick, Tick, Boom!” – Part 2

David Del Toro saw the crowd in front of the courthouse the moment the car turned onto 6th Street. His head thumped against the back of his seat, and he resisted the urge to groan. “I don’t suppose you know a back way in?” he asked the driver. “No, sir. Sorry. I’ll get you asContinue reading ““Tick, Tick, Boom!” – Part 2″

“Tick, Tick, Boom!” – Part 1

Valentina Belmonte was waiting for a police van. She stood in an alley between two warehouses, drinking a mango smoothie as she watched cars pass by. Some kind of office building stood across the cracked, pothole-filled street. She should have talked her way in there and waited in the air-conditioning. The shade from the warehousesContinue reading ““Tick, Tick, Boom!” – Part 1″