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Epic'sode 2: "The Clot Thickens"...
~ ~ EPIC*SODE 7 ~ ~
~ By Absolutely*Kate
Harry B. SanderfordJeanette’s scream was not one of fear but more a release of pent up rage only further exasperated by this ill-timed reappearance of her tormentor. A body could take only so much disappointment before snapping. There was no cry in her war-cry and no hesitation in her actions when she seized the wooden chair by the arm and hurled it at the figure silhouetted in the doorway. There was no weeping and there was to be no mercy when she charged and tackled her stunned and stumbling jailer. She scrambled on top of him grabbing an ear in each hand and began bashing his head on the cold concrete floor. Each time she pulled his head back up she hammered her knee home between his legs. She was a cornered beast fighting for her life, and once again she'd found her rhythm.
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|Sip. Think. Pour, more. ~ gleaming photo ala frecklescorp|
While the weekly poker game staked the usual jokers and aces and the newcomers at the billiards table felt green action, Anthony nodded his nightly command to his energetic staff to "Keep the customers happy, will ya?"
"We always do boss."
"That's why you pay us so magnificently, Mr V."
"Yeah, yeah. Get goin' you two - I see rye runnin' dry at that corner table for two."
Rumbling his good-natured chuckle at local smart-ass college kids Buzzy and Jen, Anthony turned to the chipper chap he'd surmised to be a Brit with an Eastern Euro background or the other way around, not quite clarified yet but he'd nail it before he had to muddle a Mint Julep if the Sport o'Kings wasn't jockeying to be his sideline business. "So what in heaven's name particularly brought you to Hazletown?"
Paul Caracas sipped the way he thought, thoughtfully. "My health. I came to Hazletown for the waters."
Adding a splash to his own twist, Ant played along. "The waters. What waters? We're in the desert."
"I was misinformed."
The chuckle rumbled a deeper decible. This guy was playing with a full deck in Venutolo's seen-it-all vignettes of how life's repartee was dealt. Hell, he could do Casablanca without twitching an eye. Wonder what else he wouldn't give up.
"Ant, Hazletown's no desert. True grit perhaps, but you were telling tales on our terrain. Introduce me to your friend here?"
"Sergeant Stine, meet Mr Caracas of InterNoir. You know what evil lies in the guise of InterNoir?"
"The shadows know Ant, the shadows know." Daniel Stine moved down one stool and held out his hand. "Nice to finally meet you face to face Paul."
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Every politician knows how the moods of the public can capriciously change. None more so than the public pulse throb scorekeeper, Boss Gabardine. Now a grudge-match is a grudge-match, but a political grudge entrenches lower than where the mud doth rake. Gabardine still seethed from how the carefully crafted Cheezum maneuvers in '04 had cost delegates, elections, reputations and unfinessed fates. Lifting the lids on sealed tight cover-ups for the sake of expose' ink was no Tupperware burp to keep down. Not since Redford and Hoffman had Woodward and Bernsteined was a politico darling so daringly in the know. So in the know that she'd brought down curtains for some and up-the-river BigHouse sentences to paraphrase others' dangling propostions. She had to have inside info, she just had to.
When the media heat was on, time had to be bided, that was a given. However the hit after the heat was given too, not with a holler but a handshake. Closed doors. You know how it goes. It was a double-barrel shot the syndicate was targetting -- to throw a scare in how she was poking around again and to scrape the surface of secrecy sources. Damn it, Jeanette had inside info, no Yankee Doodle doubts about it. Now if only that stunad would answer his I-phone, Boss G would know the latest lay of the land. He had a chain of command to steel up to as well. Loose links sink senator's ships.
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It was the ringing brought Jeanette out of her trance, probably saving a man’s life. Still straddling the sap she could now see was sapped, she released him allowing him to slump back unconscious and fished the source of the ringing from his shirt pocket. Another damn I-phone. The German cockroach of electronics, she thought. They’re everywhere. She was fingering the talk button when she noticed her formerly subdued sap had not only roused but had the actual audacity to be eyeballing her inner thighs where her skirt had hiked over. Looking down where he had drawn a bead she thought, now how could I forget about you?
She switched the relentless ringer to her left hand and reached down with her right.“Enjoying the view? You lookin’ at Virginia? Well here, how about a nice close look?” she ordered, retrieving the silver derringer from her garter and poking the muzzle into Sappy’s mug. “Meet Virginia. You got about one second to start talkin’ Buster. Who’s on the other end of this phone?”
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