Wellstone City: Cruel and Unusual

The Warrens
Season 1, Pilot

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Philip Bruce experiences firsthand the rising violence and crime in Wellstone City while enjoying a sandwich at Pete’s Sandwich Shop in the Warrens.

Philip fights off two robbers who entered the shop pointing guns at Pete and his son who were working behind the counter. One robber, who remained outside the shop, managed to run away. The two unconscious robbers inside the shop were arrested by Wellstone PD. During the holdup, Philip is shot but recovers after being taken to a hospital.

After leaving the hospital, Philip receives a mysterious phone call on his cell phone from an unregistered number. The voice on the other end of the call simply says, “1427 148th Street. Clean and Sweep for re-zoning. 48 Hours. Package delivered after re-zoning is complete” then quickly hangs up before Philip could respond.

Assuming it was a misdialed call, Philip ignores the message and returns to the Drake Apartments where he lives.


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Z-Man
Season 1, Episode 2

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Two days after leaving the hospital, Philip Bruce received a phone call from the same mysterious voice who told him to go Wellstone Central Terminal, where a package in a locker was waiting for him.

At the terminal, Philip is greeted by a clerk who told him that “the cameras are off, you have 30 seconds”. The locker contained a gym bag with the Wellstone Saber Cats’—the city’s professional hockey team—logo on it. Inside the bag was $2,000 in cash.

Philip went to Pete’s Sandwich Shop for lunch. There, he overhears the news on TV report about an apartment complex in the Warrens having burned down, killing several people including children. The news reported the apartment’s address as “1427 148th Street”.

The address matched the address given by the mysterious caller Philip ignored days before. The apartment apparently had a methamphetamine lab in the basement.

The news further reported that a known drug dealer named Z-Man, whom Wellstone PD had been searching for, may have set up the meth lab.

Feeling that he could have prevented the tragedy if he had responded to the phone call, Philip decided to look for Z-Man himself.

A tip from some people on the streets led Philip to a rundown old house in another part of the Warrens.

Philip entered the house and fought against two thugs in an upstairs room. After dealing with the thugs, Z-Man arrived and shot Philip who manages to keep on fighting. Fortunately, an undercover agent who was staking out the house, arrived to help.

Marcus Graecus shot Z-man in the back of the leg while Z-Man and Philip were fighting in a staircase. Z-Man fell down the stairs and lost consciousness.

Graecus called for backup, had the unconscious thugs arrested. Z-Man was taken into custody and transported to the hospital. Philip was also transported to the hospital where Graecus questioned him about his involvement.

Philip told Graecus about the strange phone call and finding Z-Man.

Graecus asked Philip work with him and contact him should he receive another mysterious phone call.

The next day, Philip—having survived two gun shots—received a phone call telling him to pick up a package at Starlight Mailboxes.

The package contained $2,000 in cash and a note with a phone number. Philip dialed the number. His call was answered by a machine with the same voice from the previous call.

“I have a job for you. Press One if you’re interested.” There was a pause for five seconds and the phone hung up.


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Two-Bit Thugs
Season 1, Episode 3

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Philip Bruce is contacted by Federal Agent Marcus Graecus as a Freelancer to meet with Wellstone City’s mayor, Angelina Molisen, to investigate the slaying of Cynthia Mistake who was caught in the crossfire between a couple of two-bit gangs and their men in Wellstone City Park, an area considered to be neutral territory amongst the city’s crime bosses.

Bruce learns that Cynthia Mistake is rumored to be the mayor’s mistress.

Bruce is also approached by Michael Callahan who represents the Irish mafia in Wellstone City. The word on the street is that the Irish, with whom both gangs claimed affi liation, vehemently denied any responsibility for violating of the Park’s neutrality and for the murder itself.

And just like that, the two gangs lost their protection, and hunting season opened.

Bruce finds himself working for the both the Mayor’s office as well as the Irish mafia, with both offering a substantial reward for eliminating those responsible for Mistake’s death.

Bruce learns from Callahan that two gangs were not directly controlled by the Irish, but they were affiliated, and this situation has put a lot of heat on the Irish to get their house in order.

Callahan informs Bruce that the two gang leaders are named O’Rourke and Bishop, and that O’Rourke hangs out at a bar in the Warrens called St. Michael’s while Bishop hangs out at a pool hall in the Artery known as Shooters.

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Bruce decides to pay Bishop a visit at Shooters.

As soon as he enters Shooters, Bishop and his men open fire on Bruce whom the bartender had spotted carrying a concealed gun.

e0c773e7b6f5bf6610e37d7c1e928aa4.jpgA beautiful Hispanic woman who was shooting pool with Bishop’s men was momentarily used as a human shield, but to Bruce’s surprise, she took out a slim blade from her cue stick and stabbed the man holding her.

The gunfight ended with all but the bartender dead. The woman also known as “The Widowmaker” whom Callahan had mentioned was going after the gangs, escaped just as the police arrived on the scene.

Bruce, too, escaped before the police entered the pool hall.

His next stop, St. Michael’s.


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St. Michael's
Season 1, Episode 4

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Having dealt with Bishop’s crew in Shooters, Philip Bruce made his way to pay a visit to O’Rourke’s gang at St. Michael’s, an Irish pub in the Warrens.

Bruce entered the pub and spotted three men and a bartender. Two of the men were busy playing billiards, while a third man was throwing peanut shells at a flatscreen TV over the bar. The man was seemingly upset over the soccer match on TV. Bruce noticed that all but the bartender had concealed guns.

Bruce casually made his way to the bar and ordered a guinness.

That’s when he noticed the fifth man. A man in a brown suit and cowboy boots was napping at a booth near the bar.

After chatting a bit about the soccer game on TV, Bruce excused himself to the restroom.

When he came out, he casually walked over to where the two men were playing billiards. One of the men looked to be no more than seventeen years old. Bruce wondered how a boy could have gotten himself involved with the likes of O’Rourke.

Immediately, Bruce attacked the two men.

The man at the bar reached for a gun and ran to a nearby table. He overturned the table and started shooting at Bruce, who was using one of O’Rourke’s lackey as a human shield. He had knocked out the other lackey earlier.

The man in the brown suit woke up, took out a .357 Magnum, and dove behind the bar for cover. Bruce heard the bartender call him O’Rourke.

O’Rourke later ran towards the front of the bar and dove behind a table for cover. The bartender quickly ran out of the bar through the front entrance.

Still using one of the lackey’s as a human shield, Bruce found himself in a gunfight between O’Rourke and the man watching soccer earlier.

During the gunfire, Bruce was struck a few times. Bruce wasn’t able to get a shot at either men who kept returning fire.

Knowing he may not survive the gunfire, Bruce, still using a human shield, made his way towards the restroom hallway. There, he made his way to the back of the pub where he found an exit leading to a back alley.

He dropped the dead lackey’s body and made his as far from the pub as he could.

**

Bleeding from gunshot wounds, Bruce called Marcus Graecus who gave him an address to a doctor who could help. Graecus agreed to meet Bruce at the doctor’s office.

cd085c179dc095417a98da97e91171cd.jpgThe doctor’s office, which was located in an alley, reminded Bruce of a Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory. The doctor resembled Doc Brown from Back to the Future. “Doc” charged Bruce

“Doc”, as he was called by everyone, was used by everyone in Wellstone. At twenty dollars per wound to suture and two hundred per extracted bullet (including the stitches), he’s cheap and, unlike a hospital, doesn’t report gunshot wounds to the police.

Meanwhile, Graecus reported that police broadband was reporting a gunfight at St. Michael’s had left four dead.

Bruce explained that he had only taken out two.

Bandaged up, Graecus took Bruce with him to St. Michael’s. Bruce stayed in the car while Graecus spoke with the police on site.

Graecus returned to the car and told Bruce that O’Rourke and another man had suffered wounds from a sharp weapon—like that of a sword, while two others had been killed by multiple gunshot wounds.

Bruce would later find out that “The Widowmaker” had shown up at the pub after Bruce had left. She then collected the reward from the Irish mafia.

**

A week later, Bruce received an invitation to meet with Donovan Cross, one of the Cross Brothers. It seemed Donovan had been behind the mysterious phone calls Bruce was receiving.

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There, he met with Donovan and Elijah, who were busy hosting a party filled with VIP guests like Hugh Hefner and several of his playmates.

In Eden, Donovan offered Bruce a job.

Knowing the Cross brothers dealt in many highly illegal operations in Wellstone, Bruce declined the offer.

However, a phone call would change Bruce’s mind.

Bruce received a call from his old C.O., Major Blessings. The major explained that he had reason to suspect that an international organization may have behind the events leading to Bruce’s discharge from the army. Major Blessings went on to explain that he needed more intel, but believed the organization—which he is calling the Damagers’ Guild for now—may be working with the crime syndicates in Wellstone or may even be pulling the strings behind their operations.

Either way, Major Blessings wanted Bruce to infiltrate one of the organizations and provide the necessary intel to put a stop to the Damagers’ Guild.

After hanging up with his former C.O., Bruce turned to Donovan and accepted his offer of employment.

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Burning Crosses
Season 1, Episode 5

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A few days after Philip accepted Donovan’s invitation to work for the Cross Brothers, Philip came home and saw Alma Esperanza Martinez having a heated argument with a man Philip would later learn was Sebastian Leonidas Cruz, Alma’s estranged husband and the father of Celia Dora Martinez.

It seems Sebastian had found Alma who had taken Celia away leaving the city of Bedlam after Sebastian’s chronic abuse nearly cost Alma her life.

Philip and Sebastian got into a fist fight after Sebastian told Philip to mind his own business and told Alma to get Celia and come with him to San José, in the Caribbean. Alma refused to go.

Philip had beaten Sebastian, who threatened Philip with revenge someday then left.

Thankful, Alma invited Philip to a dinner date.

A few days after his date with Alma, Philip received a satellite phone from Major Blessings who asked Philip to keep in touch regarding his investigation into the organized crimes in Wellstone City. That same day, Philip received a call from Donovan Cross who tasked Philip with looking into a possible rat within the Cross family syndicate.

Donovan said there is someone ratting out the Crosses left and right and that they have enough information to make the charges stick. Not even the lawyer for the Brothers Cross can keep information out of the paper and the family members out of lock-up. What is not known is who is doing the squealing or to whom.

The only help Donovan Cross gave Philip Bruce was the name “Charlie.” No one seems to know who Charlie is or if it’s even a real name, but Donovan knows that this person is involved with the problems his brothers are having. He also knows there’s a lot of money exchanging hands and whoever is getting the cash is keeping it quiet. Not even the cops that are on the Cross payroll can turn over any leads.

What Donovan was sure of was that Charlie was helping launder the money being taken from the Cross Brothers.

Philip immediately hit the streets and started finding out what he could.

His leads provided him with information regarding two low-level hoods named Rick and Gabe that are connected to the Crosses that seem to have come into a lot of cash lately. He also learned that Charlie is a girl, possibly in college. In addition, Philip discovered that Charlie is an exotic dancer at a joint called The Juice Box across from Wellstone University, the school she attends.

Philip waited until night then made his way to the Juice Box located Downtown.

The Juice Box was busy for weeknight. It was also superhero theme night. All of the exotic dancers were dressed like familiar super heroines. Charlie, who was working in the VIP lounge, was dressed as the Silver Rider, a super heroine whose skin was the color of silver.

Philip tried to get Charlie to dance for him but Rick and Gabe, who arrived after Philip did, had gotten to Charlie first. During the private dance, Philip noticed one of the two men hand Charlie over a briefcase.

Philip later followed Charlie to an office. He was spotted and was detained by the club’s bouncers, allowing Charlie to get away with a briefcase full of money. After leaving the club, Phlip called Donovan who gave him information regarding a man named Luther Dubois. Luther frequents a jazz bar in the Battery, a place called The Underground. Donovan said he learned of a college girl who had been recently seen with Luther. Clearly the college girl was Charlie.

Philip traveled to The Underground. There he was introduced to Luther Dubois. Philip warned Luther about the Cross brothers knowing about Luther’s taking money from the Cross family. Luther told Philip money taken from the brothers are deposited with Charlie, while keeping five percent for themselves, and the rest goes back through the system to Luther. Luther further explained that the money was being used to burn the Cross family and close their operations down for good.

During the discussion, Luther offered Philip a job, even offering to pay him triple what the Cross brothers were paying him.

Philip said he was loyal to the Cross family.

Philip noticed three armed guards nearby. He tried to wrestle Luther’s gun from inside his jacket but the gun fell to the floor in the scuffle.

Luther broke free and managed to escape while his bodyguards kept Philip busy.

After defeating the guards, Philip left The Underground and contacted Donovan Cross. Donovan congratulated Philip for job well done and said he would make sure Luther Dubois, his girlfriend Charlie, along with Rick and Gabe never burn the Crosses ever again.

Before leaving The Underground, Philip took the video surveillance equipment which had recorded everything that happened at the jazz club.

Philip then headed home and thought about asking Alma out on a date again.

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A Death Undeserving, Part 1
Season 1, Episode 6

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Philip Bruce received a phone call from Donovan Cross. Cross wanted Phlip to meet with a known and wealthy retired San Josean drug runner named Luis Batista who was living in Wellstone City with his two sons, the eldest, Tomas who was recently gunned down in cold blood and his fiancé, Cammie Scott, who then mysteriously disappeared after.

The meeting with Batista was set up at an abandoned warehouse Batista owned in the Battery. There, Philip met with Luis Batista, his youngest son Manny and several of Batista’s henchmen.

Before the meeting began, Jason Martin arrived, also hired by the Brothers Cross to ensure the safe delivery of Cammie Scott, whom Luis Batista cared about, or at least wanted to know if she was connected in any way to his son’s murder.

Jason Martin spoke with a British accent.

Batista offered Philip and Jason $100,000 each with an added bonus of $50,000 for the safe return of Tomas’ fiancé and information leading to whomever murdered his Tomas. Batista gave Philip a copy of the police report connected to Tomas’ murder.

The report indicated that after a night out with his friends, Tomas was shot down by men in a black van at approximately 1:30 a.m. in the parking lot. His keys were in his hand when found, and it is probable that he was heading for his car when killed. Based on bullet hits to the body, vehicle, and surrounding pavement, at least thirty shots were fired, all apparently 9 mm shells, probably submachine guns. Tomas was hit twelve times. It was likely that he died almost immediately from five wounds to the thorax and abdomen. Officers were on scene within three minutes. There was one witness to the shooting, a known street prostitute named Wanda Tione (address given as The Blue Bayou Hotel in The Warrens), who gave her statement to the officers on scene, and later to the homicide detectives.

Included in the folder is a card with Batista’s phone number, and a card with Cammie Scott’s address, 217 Calleti St., Little Italy. Batista said he didn’t trust the police to fully investigate his son’s murder, so he turned to the Brothers Cross for help.

When Batista and the others left, Marcus Graecus arrived.

“I know you are investigating the death of Batista’s son," Graecus said. “Don’t ask how I know, that’s my little secret. Now, here’s the deal, I want to help you out. I’ve been following the Batista’s around for years trying to get something on the old man or that little creepo Manny. So far, nada. Zip. Scumbags are influential and careful.”

“Now Tomas, he was a good kid. Watching the family also gave me a chance to watch Tommy, and let me tell you, he was a good man. He didn’t deserve to die like that. He wasn’t a dirtbag like his old man or his kid brother. It’s not fair that Tomas should be the one to die so young. So, I’m going to help you out if I can, off the books. For Tommy. I have a man, an informant on the street, who may know something. He’s poking around. If he finds something, I’ll give you a call.”

Philip was still unsure why Graecus would be willing to help out the son of a known kingpin, but he was thankful for the information.

After Agent Graecus left, Philip and Jason drove to Cammie’s apartment in Jason’s car.

Cammie’s apartment was a small but neat one bedroom apartment on the second floor, with off-street parking connected to the back alley way. The apartment was filled with the normal stuff of a mid-20’s woman, TV, DVD, stereo, and tons of clothing. One of the dressers was half knocked in a clear sigh of struggle. They also found an empty syringe with a few drops of clear liquid in it lying on the floor next to a cell phone with a rundown battery.

The cell phone’’s last text was from Manny Batista. sent at 1:20 a.m., the night of the murder. The text read, "Something happened to Tomas. I’m coming over.”

“The message was sent ten minutes before Tomas was gun downed,” Philip said. “How did he know something happened to his brother before he was shot?”

“You suspect Manny of being involved,” Jason asked.

“Maybe he had a thing for Cammie,” Philip said. “Could be he was jealous of his older brother, who Luis was proud of from what he said at the meeting. It’s a good reason to take out a sibling. A typical Cain and Abel story.”

“Where to next?” Jason asked.

“I know someone who can analyze the liquid in this syringe,” Philip said. “We can also drop by Wanda Tione’s place.”

As the two were driving away from Cammie’s apartment, both Philip and Jason spotted a blue van tailing them.

A vehicle chase ensued.

The van’s passenger shot at Jason’s car with an AK-47. Philip, in the passenger seat returned fire. At one point in the chase, the gunmen severely damaged Jason’s Aston Martin forcing Jason to lose control of the car and come to a stop near an intersection. Three men got out of the van and opened fire on Philip and Jason who returned fire using the disabled vehicle as cover.

After a fierce gunfight with neither Philip nor Jason getting shot, the three men from the van lay dead on the street.

Philip and Jason immediately left the scene.

“What about your car,” Philip asked. “Won’t the police trace it back to you?”

“All identifications on the vehicle can’t be traced,” Jason said with confidence. Jason immediately got on his cell phone to contact his handler who would have a new car ready for Jason at an arranged place.

On foot, the two made their way to where another car would be waiting for them.

Philip couldn’t help but wonder about the well-armed men who were clearly trying to kill them both.

Someone doesn’t want us investigating Tomas’ death, Philip thought. His instincts told him Manny Batista was behind the attack. Philip trusted his instincts, which had kept him alive during his time in the military.

But even a hunch still needed proof. Philip vowed to find all the proof he would need to put a stop to Manny Batista.

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A Death Undeserving, Part 2
Season 1: Episode 7

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After Jason Martin received a new car, a slick midnight black Audi A8 sent by his handler, Philip Bruce and he made their way to Doc’s place in the northern part of the Warrens. Fortunately it was on the way to The Blue Bayou Hotel where Wanda Tione lived.

“Doc”, as he was simply called by everyone who used his discreet services, analyzed the clear liquid in the syringe found in Cammie Scott’s apartment.

As he was waiting for the results, Philip received a call from Marcus Graecus who said he had an informant who was willing to provide some information but was unwilling to talk over the phone. Graecus offered to meet at the Lafayette stone bridge at Lake Ishekiowa, just after 8pm.

Doc said the results showed that the liquid was morphine which given at the right dosage could put a person to sleep. As thanks, Philip offered the rest of what was left in the syringe to “Doc”.

Later that night, Philip and Jason met with Marcus Graecus and his informant.

“This is one of my paid informants," Graecus said. "Call him Little D. He’s got something for us, don’t you Little D?”

Little D was a ratty, twitchy little Latino with dirty sports shorts, shirt, and a Wellstone Mariners cap. The sleazy little man looked nervously around, then spoke.

“Yo, man, I was talking to one of my homies in the Diablos and he told me he was outsida the Joint the night your boy Tommy got capped. My homie says that he saw the driver of the van and knows him. Some heavy cat named Cordova, a crazy San Josean who runs drugs and guns. He also says he thinks he knows where Cordova lives. He’s been there to buy coke and a couple of nines."

“Where does Cordova live?” Philip asked.

“The house is at 1724 West Street, up on the Spanish Quarter,” Little D offered, his body twitching. Philip knew the man was on something.

“Anything else you can tell us?” Jason asked Little D.

“That’s all I know,” Little D said.

Graecus dismissed Little D, who took off into the night. “Best of luck,” Graecus offered before walking away.

“Wait a minute,” Philip stopped Graecus. “Why are you really helping out Luis Batista solve his son’s murder? He’s a known drug kingpin. Not exactly the type you should be helping out.”

“I told you,” Graecus said. “Tomas Batista was a good man. He didn’t follow in his old man’s footsteps. Unlike his father and no-good brother, he had a better future ahead of him. He didn’t deserve to die like that.”

“Sooner or later, we all die,” Jason said. “It’s just a matter of time.”

“Wont’ argue with that,” Graecus said. “But Tomas’s death was a death undeserving. I can’t let his murderer get away with that.”

Graecus was right. Philip had seen enough deaths while he fought in the military. Dying while fighting for something was one thing. But dying simply because someone wanted you out of the picture, especially when you led a clean life, was another.

It was a death undeserving.

**

The Blue Bayou Hotel was a very cheap roach-infested hellhole of a place.

It was an old five story brick and mortar firetrap facing the street. The buildings on the sides and back were only about ten or so feet from the Bayou. The alleys were filled with trash, rats, and winos.

A toothless old geezer at a caged window in the lobby told Philip and Jason, with a cackle, that Wanda lived in apartment D, on the fourth floor.

The dingy old cage elevator next to the stairs looked as though it hadn’t been inspected in decades so the two opted to take the stairs. The trash filled wooden stairs creaked as they made their way up to Wanda’s floor.

When they reached the fourth floor, they heard three men making their way down a side hallway.

Philip and Jason tried to hide in the narrow hallway. The door they exited from slammed shut just as Jason exited.

“Check out what that was!” a voice from around the corner ordered.

A moment later, two gunmen appeared. One man, a thin Latino, was armed with a 9 mm pistol. He turned the corner and upon spotting Philip and Bruce, opened fire. Another man, a broad-shouldered black man armed with an AK-47 joined in the gunfight.

After the black man had been shot dead, a third man, a clean dressed Latino with oiled backed hair joined the gunfight.

But after the gunman with the 9 mm dropped with a bullet through his neck, the clean dressed Latino decided it was time to run.

Philip and Jason chased him down the narrow hallway. The man ran full-sprint towards an opaque glass window at the end of the hallway. Without slowing down, the man leaped through the window and disappeared below.

Philip ran into Wanda’s apartment while Jason ran to the window.

Inside the apartment, Philip found Wanda’s body on her bed. She was shot in the head through a pillow.

Another death undeserving, Philip thought.

“The bloody bloke landed on a fire escape across the alley,” Jason told Philip. “I saw him escape out into the street.”

“He’s long gone by now,” Philip said.

“What about her,” Jason asked.

“The police will take care of her,” Philip said. “Let’s get out of here. All that gunfire? Someone would have called the cops.”

“Isn’t the sounds of gunfire normal here in America?” Jason said with a wry smile.

Back in the car, the two decided it was time to head to the address Little D had given them.

**

The house with the address they were given appeared to be in a neat but not overly rich neighborhood of residential houses smack in the middle of the Spanish Quarter. The streets were clean and aging. Well kept cars lined the block.

Large willow trees could be seen in most of the front yards and towering over many houses in the back yards. The sounds of televisions and music drifted from most of the houses to mingle with the sounds of the light traffic going up and down the block. In the warm night air, the smell of food lingered from evening meals. Even at night, many people were out and about, walking, visiting neighbors, or just hanging out on their porches and smoking, watching people go by.

The exact house Philip and Jason were looking for was a spacious one story affair located in the center of the block, facing north.

Crime must be paying really well, Philip thought.

The house also had the biggest yard on the block. Fenced in for privacy, half-hidden by drooping willow trees, it was obviously a very expensive house. It even had a pool.

A black van was parked in the driveway. Bright lights illuminated the pool and areas nearest the house while the back, side, and front yards were in shrouded in darkness.

A guard was standing just inside the front gate. He was casually eyeing Jason’s Audi as Jason drove by at normal speed so as not to arouse suspicion.

The neighbors on both sides of the property also had nice large houses and willow trees as well, but they didn’t have a high chain link fence, locked gate, or a security camera overlooking the front street entrance.

Jason parked the Audi a block away from the house. The two then made their way to the alley behind the house to avoid the front gate’s security camera and guard.

After sliding under the chain link fence, the two spotted a lone sentry in the large backyard. He carried a lit flashlight in one hand while holding an uzi in the other. The guard was smoking a cigarette as he panned the flashlight across the backyard.

Philip and Jason tried to quietly make their way to the guard but as they drew close, the guard suddenly turned the flashlight on them.

The guard then opened fire with his uzi.

Knowing full well the occupants inside the house had been alerted, Philip and Jason returned fire, killing the guard. Philip kept to the darkness of the side yard, while Jason ran towards the back of the house.

There were windows facing the backyard, but there were no doors. Jason quickly made his way towards the sliding door which led out from the house and into the pool area.

The guard from the front yard fired on Jason. He returned fire but the guard had good cover.

Philip, using the cover of darkness, made his way next to van. He dropped prone and shot the guard dead just as a hail of bullets tore through the sliding glass door.

Two men inside the house, who loudly bragged about sniffing enough cocaine to take down an elephant, kept Jason pinned down with their AK-47s. One of the men, an overweight Latino, charged out of the house and shot at Jason at close range striking him below the collarbone.

Jason shot back but missed. Philip, who had moved towards the house, shot the man dead. The man splashed into the pool.

Philip stayed at the edge of the sliding door’s frame for cover. Shattered glass lay everywhere. Inside he spotted two men in the house’s spacious living room. One, armed with an AK-47, was crouched behind a pool table where two Uzi SMG’s lay on it. The man’s nose was covered in white powder.

Another man, a Caucasian just over three feet tall was using the cover a large sofa provided him to his advantage. He shot at Philip with his 9 mm pistol but missed.

Another barrage of gunfire came from the man with the AK-47. This time, a bullet found its mark.

Jason Martin fell to the ground. From where he stood, Philip knew the shot was fatal. Blood gushed out of a wound on his chest.

It was another death undeserving.

“Don’t know who you are,” a voice from inside yelled. “If you think you’re going to rescue the girl, you’re dead wrong. Dead wrong!”

The voice sounded familiar. Philip realized it was the same man that jumped out of the window at the Blue Bayou Hotel.

Philip considered his situation. He was up against three armed men, possibly a fourth. And, assuming Cammie Scott was somewhere inside the house, he wanted to avoid getting her killed.

Philip weighed his options.

Face Luis Batista and the Cross Brothers as a failure? Or risk everything to complete what he was assigned to do?

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A Death Undeserving, Finale
Season 1: Episode 8

To be continued…

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