Portal – Chapter 91

The dust choked the air on the street as the building continued to crumble and fall apart.“Michael, are you there? Michael? Net do you have his EComm?”Net shook his head, dust clouds puffing off him. “Not a thing, sorry. The signal went weird just before the explosion. You think he’s okay?”Archangel looked down before Net could see the tears fall down her cheek. “I don’t know.”“Recruit!” shouted Agent Thorton as he coughed his way across the street. “Archangel! Your incompetence has gone too far! You will listen to me…”Archangel scowled and looked at the shorter...

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Portal – Chapter 90

Shattered glass covered the ground and the air choked with drywall dust. Michael stepped over a fallen beam as he climbed up the stairs following the GPS signal to Cortex’s EComm. He paused for a moment when the gunfire outside increased and worried about his friends. Everyone had a job to do and he needed to find Cortex and Justice. As much as he hated to admit it, they could really use the big moron right now. He loved this kind of fighting and could eliminate the shooters quickly.He ducked as another bullet penetrated the stairwell wall through one of the apartments and ricocheted. It was stupid...

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Portal – Chapter 89

Net heard the calls for help over the Internet streams. He tapped several radio scanning websites to direct the emergency responders to them but now, the responders were under attack. He could hear the automatic gunfire increasing around them and it was not random. This group planned this attack and targeted the JTF and Metro.“Archangel, the other Stryker is going to be a little late,” Net said over the EComm, “they were ambushed over at College.”“Copy, Net,” Archangel replied with an audible sigh, “What can you see on our shooter?”Net smiled at his luck. “Someone...

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Portal – Chapter 88

The rusted door locked cracked with a loud pop from Scimitar’s pry bar-shaped hands and Nightmare forced the door to swing open with a  telekinetic push. They finally had access to the rooftop from the building service stairs.“Archangel,” said Scimitar to his EComm, “we’re on the roof and moving south.” He looked up as the sound gunfire increased and echoed throughout the neighborhood. There was definitely more than one shooter.Scimitar waited for a moment but the EComm was silent.“Archangel...Alaina, do you copy?”“Solid’s down,” replied Net as the gunfire...

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Portal – Chapter 87

Agent Thorton slammed on the brakes when he saw the body flying out the hole in the building and bounce twice off the pavement. The 16-ton Stryker vehicle fishtailed as it slid to a stop.“Everyone out,” yelled Lieutenant Caldwell from the gunner position to the Enhanced behind him as the rear ramp lowered.The Bravo company commander frowned when he counted the seven training recruits as they dismounted. When the emergency distress beacon alerted Bravo company, he ordered every Enhanced at the celebration to the Strykers. He knew Cortex was not there, he had activated his EComm . And now,...

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Portal – Chapter 86

“Justice, grab Amira! She’s the one they want.” Cortex yelled as Cloak’s sword bit into his arm. The blade only penetrated an inch into his skin, but Cortex could feel his blood trickle down. The assassin grinned at his first success.“You can run now, Cortex, and save yourself. No one would blame you,” said Cloak as he feinted and thrusted. His blade bounced off Cortex’s telekinetic shield. “Justice cannot save you and the girl.”“Forget it,” Cortex said breathing more heavily, “I’m not going anywhere. And Justice is going to kick your ass.” He was having difficulty...

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Mario Kart 8 is Crack with a Controller

Why did Mario Kart 8 come out now? I need to focus on writing (and my real job), but I can't resist the temptation for destruction. Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U looks gorgeous. I love the wall riding and the new power ups, especially the horn that can protect you from the blue shell bomb.Back to writing...after one more race.

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Portal – Chapter 85

Cortex stumbled as Dagger’s knives deflected off his telekinetic shield.  They were not normal blades. The shadow elementalist suddenly appeared from the back of the kitchen when the front door slammed shut. An ominous laugh echoed through the apartment before the assassin attacked.“He’s a goddamn mentalist,” Dagger hissed with his twin knives raised in a reverse grip. Out of the living room, another man appeared out of thin air.“Yes. Jason McCloud, callsign Cortex,” Cloak said. Cortex knew immediately the white-haired Enhanced was another mentalist, shielding his thoughts...

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Portal – Chapter 84

“Why don’t we go back to your place and continue the party there?” Justice suggested to the girls that wore T-shirts with Team Justice emblazoned on them.His EComm flashed red with a priority call.“Ah, dammit,” Justice said with a curled lip. He finally lost those losers as they searched for Cortex’s little girlfriend. At least she had good taste, Larson repulsed him too. More than ever, that freak belonged in jail with the other criminals.“This is Justice,,” he said answering the EComm.“Recruit Jurgens, this is Preacher,” said the caller.“Why would Preacher...

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Portal – Chapter 83

Cortex had finally worked up the courage to ask Amira to hold his hand. She gladly accepted while she introduced him to Scimitar’s family and friends. He could tell she appreciated having familiar faces nearby, many of these people were regulars in her father’s restaurant, but something was bothering her. He could use his powers to find out but he did not have the control or experience of Jury. Amira would likely know he was poking around and that would be the last date he got from her. He was also forbidden to use powers at the celebration per the Director’s orders. No, he would have to do this...

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