admit the scar over his lip was an imposing characteristic. That married
to his black eyes made him unreadable.
So, here we are.
Here we are. And youre playing hero. Willieboy let out a cloud of
smoke. I just wanted to get hold of you and look you in the
It just so happens, and I dont know what sort of luck was working
against her, but sure enough, Julie Hawksbridge just happens to be able
to conceive, and she happens to be dating a nobody named Victor Davis.
Davis happens to be able to produce viable spe
You said yourself that the King was a big player. Yet, I never
bumped into any of his people. Why would that be?
Maybe they only tailed you. He drank again, and lit a cigarette. It
aint over yet.
The Kings a leader, not a follower. You said they were bigg
for a while after the Billings murder. She could have walked
peacefully. I pulled on my cigarette studying Willieboys face. Emotions
tightened the muscle on his jaws.
I guess it wouldnt be Cane, he said lamely.
Come on Willieboy, you already accounted for
looked up, and caught Adrians fist behind the ear. I rolled seeing sparks.
Outside, the gun battle raged. Adrian must have had more hired guns in
the penthouse because the invasion force was preoccupied. They had
expected a massacre and had found the beac
I didnt mean to take him out so bad in the first place. Willieboy
smiled fiercely. Gun jammed! Heat of the moment. Hes done. He
gestured with his chin. I turned my head and saw a clear plastic garbage
bag smeared with red. It crackled as a pile
I sat silent. I was anxious to meet the King. Something deep down
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inside me wanted to meet him too. I turned away from Willieboy,
hunkered down to go over my theory one more time. I wasnt really doing
this for anyone but God, I su
office was. After all he had paid rent on it. The finger of doom stroked
my chest like an old girlfriend might, if she wanted to get back together.
The safari was nearing its completion. The grass was full of tigers, the
trees full of pythons and spiders.
charred. The blood on them had been baked black. My left arm was
useless. I couldnt get it to bend. I sat up quickly. A dark orange light
glowed above. My head throbbed noisily then I realized it was not my
head at all. It was the sound of an engine. My f
area of vulnerability. People locked their doors because of their
compassion. The odd farm family sacrificed a daughter to rape and
dismemberment in the hope that one day a criminal would get help. It
was just a mistake. Choices, good or evil had nothing
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of the buildings might be working against you there. I bought it at first,
then I began to count bodies. Your dying at that time when you had
exuded such confidence just didnt fit. I realized that my showing up at
your door must have c
you admitted he had people in Authority. The King paid for Cottons
research. He owned the results and could personally benefit from
Regenerics if it worked. But he was nowhere to be found. Odd. I was
surprised I kept waking up without a foot on the back o
think? I wiped my hands on my coat.
He shook his head turning to Adrian. Dont worry about Cane. He
was small time. The group Im representing is willing to pay one hundred
million dollars for the Regenerics Secret, plus percentages on the gross.
Just as Ad
tall set of doors. A life-size human skeleton in armor was carved on each
mahogany door, wooden broad swords in bony hands. Willieboy
knocked on a shield carried by one of the skeletal guardians. Seconds
later, the doors swung inward.
My nose hairs tried
No. I know whose force that was. And it wasnt the Kings. I was
playing a hunch, and I hoped he wouldnt notice. Mr. Willieboy. Youre
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working for the King of the Dead. That was his helicopter. And this is
up with me for a change. I dont want to make it too easy for you.
Youre an asshole! Willieboy sneered.
Yes. I gestured to Elmo and we left Willieboy in the office. His
partner let us out and we drove down toward the dock. I watched for a
tail. None. Of co
concoction that smelled of axle grease, lard and rosehips. I tried
breathing through my mouth but found I could taste it. Der, der, der,
derah! That had become his mantra. He had only got my spirits up
the first ten times he had said it. This was the fift
Willieboy made claws out of his hands, and then wedged them
between his knees. His eyelids fluttered with mock compassion.
Im just a lowly bush beater. Any tigers and the clown gets it. I tried
to change the topic. You already said I was ex
reached out to make a green promenade of the road. Lawns, finely
clipped and manicured, grew out to lightly stroke sidewalks as white as
marble. A pair of old women in gaudy, floral-print dresses doddered
along in sun hats, of all things. I watched their
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Hard to say. There are a lot of groups big and small. Theres even a
bunch of ex-cops and law enforcement agents trying to clean things up.
Some of the worst are the religious groups. They havent handled the
Change well, you know.
I picked my hat up, put it on. Ive got a feeling about this next
question. There were numerous Authority investigations after the deaths
of the Hawksbridges?
Why yes, as I said. Dr. Forrester cocked his head at a strange angle.
Oh, what the hell
I opened my eyes, and listened to the pounding staccato music. A hazy
brilliance was all I could make out, strange blurred shapes moved
through it. Dancers! Morris Ackerby and Shelley Donaldson turn and
turn on the dance floor out on a cruise away from th
shaping up, supper could wait. I knew that the more time I let pass the
better my chances of turning around and finding myself dead.
We drove along Comte Avenue until we found 1675. Comte Avenue
was in one of the besieged and embittered neighborhoods hudd
a handle set in the steel. A light flashed, a horn droned quietly. The door
levered open forming a ramp. Outside, night was falling fast. A heavy fog
hugged the walled-in courtyard. A wave of exhaust hit me, made me
nauseous. Suddenly a pair of Enforcers
forth in a glaring spotlight against the black bars of a portcullis. Smaller
stone towers stood on either side of the gate. Authority Transports with
cannon mounted on them patrolled the grounds.
Get going! Willieboy shoved me. I stumbled. My clothes were
understand I no longer work for them. They died so suddenlyand
finally. Their son, it seems he was unnerved by my condition. He
pointed at his chest with both open hands then made one beating wing
motion down toward his knees as if to say look at me Im de
justice was done. Of course, I knew a lot of people would go
unpunished, officially, for their crimes; and I was likely to suffer severely
for my involvement. Times like this I had to be philosophical. There was
no point to getting upset about how nice it
them talking. Sweat gleamed on his brow. He sure acts like he knows.
I approached a great foggy tub about ten feet in diameter. In front of
it were three wide steps. They were carved from a dark, polished marble.
I hesitated, trying to pierce the masking
one beat himso our plan was for him to jimmy a rear entry door, and
enter through the back of the lobby pretending to be as drunk as a lord.
He would provide a distraction.
The elevator purred around me, the faraway hiss of an air exchanger
was my only co
He had to talk to someone in Authority. It was just his bad luck that
unscrupulous men who abuse their positions work there. I think Cotton
was trying to call someone in Authority who could help. And he got filth
like you Willieboy, and Cane. I dont know
turned to one of his gunmen. No call from the desk! It must be
Authority. Go quick! Get Miles and Stephan in here fast, and armor up.
Get the others ready. Tell them to play it cool. Youve got two minutes.
Adrian pulled his own gun and checked its action,
there were some medical breakthrough or in the event something
happened to him, an injury, whatever. Anyway, I always thought he
began his work with genetics in an attempt to solve the problem. She
paused. Then her voice honked. What does this have to do
moaned. Leaves whirled. Approaching all around
me was the silent motion of madness. But I could feel an unusual magic
now. The clown was here. He had arrived. There was more to the
darkness this time, the moons light, to the shadowy forms that crept
too far from your phone.
You bastard. But I cut him off. I smiled. That felt good. I had half
a mind to call him back, just to hang up on him again.
Now, the Twelve Stars Group. That was how they were listed in the
phone book. They actually had an ad in t
Ill fill you in later. Thank you, Mrs. Cotton. Im sorry to disturb you. I
listened to muffled honking noises. Ill keep you informed.
Suddenly Edwards voice came on the line. Mr. Wildclown. I must
ask you to make your calls earlier in the day. Mrs. Cotton