Rules and lies
Forty years ago in the town of Eagle Rock, there was a golden age of great detectives. Those detectives ran out all of the mafia and exposed political corporation.
Everyday reading the Eagle Rock Post seemed like reading a pulp detective novel.
Good for me, that golden age is long gone over. Most of the detectives sold out and started to work for private companies and secret government branches, instead helping the locals. Other detectives that wanted to play hero, were hunted down by private mob detectives, then they were killed.
The last honest detective out there. He's somewhat of a folk hero in the streets. His name is Harrison Grant. He's still at work trying to put guys like me in prison. I thought he was died along time ago, but our leads say otherwise.
He's hard for any mob's private detective to track because no one has seen Harrison for years, also in the old days he was considered on of the best. I don't feel he would be difficult to capture because he's old as heck. Harrison most be like in his late 70's pushing 80's.
My name is Tom Dime, I run with the Grump Street gang, I'm the muscle. Two hours ago we got a tip off that detective Harrison was in the neighborhood. Me and two other men were sent to gun down or capture him. My right hand man, Daniel Kan and some private investigator name Henry Shiz, Grump street hired.
Henry: I hope you boy’s are armed because this could be dangerous. We are capturing him not hunting him. Harrison is not a man that will not be captured easily. Harrison was an A-rank threat before he went off the radar.
Daniel: He's just a wash up old man that can't let go of the glory days.
Henry: That's not true Daniel, Harrison has bust a lot of your top leaders in the past. This old man is not a pushover, he's a problem. I'm just really surprise it's just the three of us on this mission.
Tom: Detective Henry, do you have a history with detective Harrison?
Henry: Yes, Harrison showed me most of his old tricks, when I was a young man. Around your age, early twenties. We work together in a couple of cases back in the day.
Daniel: How can me and my buddy Tom, know you won't betray us when we start killing your old friend boy, Harrison?
Henry: That won't be the most dreadful thing I have ever done, ok. Trust me I can deal with it. First, I like being on the Grump street payroll. Second, the FBI does not want me anymore, in reason I won't get into. Lastly, my daughter is going to a scam ridden art college, so I need as much money as I can get my hands on.
Tom: I know liars Daniel, and he is not one. Don't get me wrong, he is a cockroach, but he is our cockroach.
Daniel: Great because nothing is going to stop me in blowing Harrison's brains out. It is his fault my father went to the slammer.
We got a tip from a store owner that the gang has a connection with. He said he saw detective Harrison leaving and entering the run down Dude Gum factory for a couple of days. Around 3:30am. All three of us enter through a broken window to get into the factory.
Henry: Alright boys listen up. Let's stick together, ok.
Daniel: No I can't, Henry. I need to get revenge now.
Daniel ran down the hall, with his gun out. Daniel has all focus on finding detective Harrison.
Henry: Dumb kid, he does not know who he is dealing with. Your friend is crazy, Tom.
Tom: Sorry, Henry, Daniel has never been the type of guy that takes orders.What is your plan, man?
Henry: Stealth. It' Stealth. Taking advantage of Harrison age is the best way to get the jump on him. His hearing must not be that great anymore.
Me and Henry slowly walk up stairs to oversee the factory, so we could find detective Harrison. As we walk around the hall I see Henry planting nano cameras on the walls.
Tom: I still don't understand why would you want to betray your own friend?
Henry: I have a very small history with detective Harrison. That's why I would not call him a friend. It would be great for me, if he disappeared. I have done some bad things, so maybe someday he may come after me.
Tom: Oh, I see... You want insurance, so Harrison won't come after you.
Henry: It would make me sleep easier knowing he's swimming with the fishes.
Ring! A loud fire alarm rang in the Dude Gum factory. Henry and me grabbed our guns out immediately.
Tom: I really hope that was just, Daniel fucking around with the alarm.
Let's run back down stairs. I think I thought I saw a fire alarm there.
A intercom shouted saying "I'm not there Henry, I'm in the lunchroom".
Henry: Dammit, it is Harrison, Tom.
Tom: That alarm scared the shit out of me. Do you think someone ratted us out and alerted, Harrison?
Henry: That's possible, Tom. I think it was most likely Daniel's recklessness that got Harrison's attention. That fool.
Me and Henry entered in the large lunch room to meet detective Harrison. Harrison looked a lot older than I imagine. Henry face looks like he saw a ghost, he is speechless.
Tom: Your Harrison, right? The detective?
Harrison: Yes stranger, I am Harrison. Now I have a question back to you. Are you three here to to murder me.
Tom: No, we...
Henry: Shut the heck up Tom, don't tell him anything, not even a lie. Don't give him a bit of info.
Harrison: Henry, it's really nice to see you again. It's funny to see you as a old man. Of course not as old as me. I remember the good old days, when you were a young man ready to solve every mystery we got offered.
Henry: The old days were great. I'm glad to see you again as well. It's great you still wear your old gray trench coat. That trench coat must be like over maybe... three decades old.
The fire alarm is still ringing over and over, it's driving me insane.
Tom: Yo, Harrison, could you turn off the freaking alarm! The ringing is a mind fuck.
Harrison: Calm down, the alarm will go off be it self in a minute or two.
Henry: Harrison, why have you been hanging out in the Dude Gum factory?
Harrison: For a week I've been investigating the link between Dude Gum and heart disease. A lot of Dude Gum consumers and factory workers have be dying from heart disease.
Tom: Crap. I guess I won't still a box of dude gum after all.
Harrison: Since I was honest and answered your question, could you answer mine? Are you here to murder me?
The fire alarm stop ringing, now in the room is a moment of silence.
Henry: Sorry, I'm in my client's payroll, Harrison. I could not back out now, they would kill me my daughter. I really hoped, this day would never happen.
Harrison: I wished you had the guts to just say the truth. Shame on you, Henry. I train you to use your detective skills for the greater good, not for selfish reasons.
Henry: I had no choice, Harrison. This isn't black and white.
Harrison: Don't act like you're the victim, Henry. You never liked helping the common man because they don't pay well. I remember you said something like that once to me. I know all the peoples lives you destroyed, by fooling around with the stock market.
Henry: You know what fine, you're right, Harrison. I don't like to being payed $60 a day looking for a lost kid. Working for the elite keeps me off the street, ok. You knew, I always hated being poor. If I have no honor, so what.
Harrison: Just like everyone else, you grown up to be a big disgrace. I feel ashamed for being your being your mentor. It kills me a little every time I find out one of my ex students are abusing their skills I taught them.
Tom: Harrison, you should stop talking to us, like if you had the upper hand. With one small phone call I could get a small army of gangbangers over here right now. The capital of the Grump street gang is literally down the block.
Henry: Tom, I told you already to shut it! Let the detectives talk.
Daniel, finally entered the same room as me, Henry, and detective Harrison. Daniel has a big bag of stolen Dude Gum.
Harrison: Young man I just warned you about Dude Gum. You should stay away from the stuff unless you want to have a long life.
Daniel: What the heck, it's fucking, detective Harrison. What are you guys waiting for? Shoot his freaking head off, Tom. You got a gun right?
Tom: We are here to capture him, Daniel. Remember?
Daniel: This guy is a folk hero, kill him and you will be a legend over night. That would be crazy Rad.
Tom: If we kill him we won't get paid, Daniel. I only want the paper not the worth less glory.
Harrison: You guys should kidnap me already, before the cops and the fire department show up. Remember I pulled the fire alarm three minutes ago.
Henry: Let's go gentlemen! A escort van should be waiting outside by now; I calculation. Hand cuff, Harrison and let's head outside.
Ok, great it seems like he won't give up a fight. We just got get him to the gang warehouse and we got the money. Henry still feels shaken seeing Harrison. I think there is a chance, Harrison could change his mind in the last second. This was just too easy.
Tom: Harrison, I surprise you're not crying like a little bitch. You do know you're walking the march of death? My boss going to go nuts when he sees you.
Harrison: Only god says when I die, young man. I don't blame you because the strange world made you this way.
Tom:You don't know anything about me, man.
Harrison: By looking into your eyes I know you're not a murder. There is still time for you to turn back. Love you self and care. Is this the type of world you like to live in.
Tom: We were born alone and we will die alone.
A white van showed up across the street. All four of us ran in the back of the van. Daniel put duct tape over detective Harrison mouth.
Daniel: I can't wait to see you beg for your life, when we bring you to our boss.
Henry: I'm surprise the van shown up in time for once. Also the driver does not look drunk or stoned. Hey, driver what’s your name?
The driver was a young girl That could not be more than 18 years old. She was wearing a green jumpsuit with a name tag saying, Freddy. I saw Daniel's, eyes brighten up from her cuteness.
Freddy: Oh, hey, my name is Freddy. I will be your driver for today. It's nice to finally meet you detective Henry.
Henry: Likewise, Freddy? Freddy, is normally not a female name. I like it, Freddy I find it to be bold.
Freddy: Thank you. My father pick the name. I'm shocked you guys captured, Harrison. I didn't even think he was still alive.
Daniel: Girl, I like your jumpsuit. It's cool you're jump suit as Grump Street green. How long have you be in the Grump organization? I've never seen you before in any kick backs.
Henry: Daniel you idiot! Detective Harrison is in the van. Now he knows we're Grump street members.
Daniel: Who gives a shit? He's going to die in a hour or two anyways. It doesn't really matter, man.
Henry: Tom and Daniel throw Harrison back in the van and shut up! I hope I won't be paired up with you two numbskulls again. You guys mess up my style.
I tide Harrison's feet together and Daniel stuffed one of us dirty gym socks his face throat. After that we all went to the van and driven off.
Freddy: You guys ready to jam out?
Tom: Freddy, where are you driving us?
Freddy: We're going to the abandon, Fish Tung factory. Members are starting to show up to see if you captured, Harrison.
Henry: That’s strange. I thought we would be going to the Grump compound.
Henry: Fish Tung factory is out of business? That is insane, my grandfather work there when, Fish Tung first open, 60 years ago. What a shame, this country is falling apart.
Daniel: Fish Tung, closed down six years ago, Henry. All the jobs got moved over seas.
Henry: Another fish company must of hired a detective to run out, Fish Tung and other rivals. It a common thing to in business now a days.
Tom: How do detectives ruin a business.
Henry: Lots of times for small business we would dress up as IRS agents and make up fake tax fines. It gets funny when a stupid owner would pay us, off on the spot. Then we would show up once a week until the business is bankrupt. You got to turn a little soulless to enjoy that type of job.
Daniel: Man, Henry, you're ruining America more than lawyers.
Henry: Don't get me started on how us detectives use unions on major company's. That's a 30 minute lecture, pretty much, Daniel. I doubt you could comprehend anyway so I won't waste my breath
Daniel: F off, Henry.
Tom: Henry, are you going to stick around and watch what happens your old pal?
Henry: No, thanks. I don't want to watch, what unholy thing you guys have planned for detective Harrison. I just had lunch not that long ago.
Tom: I hope it's not dog related. Once a dog taste human flesh, it's hard for it to respect it's master again.
As I said that I notice, Freddy looked a little nervous. I'm guessing she has not been in Grump for that long. It taken me a long time for my fear to fall off my back. One day I just accepted that no one cared for me except the gang. That gave me the power to not fear death.
Daniel: So Freddy, what are doing later? I'm just asking if you want to see a movie with me.
As long as I know Daniel, he's always been awful in picking up chicks. He just sucks in pretending to being a nice guy.
Freddy: Sorry Daniel, I'm going to be a little busy this week and month. I got to ship drugs down highland. Thanks though.
Daniel: Ha, that's ok. Hey anyways do you want some Dude Gums, Freddy? I jacked a bunch at the Dude Gum factory.
Freddy: I'm flattered, but I heard Dude Gums are not good for you.
Henry: She rejected you and won't even take your Gum. Just give up already, Daniel, she's not going to bite.
Daniel: Shut up old man or I'll pimp slap you. I am getting sick of your shit.
Henry: I hope you two morons won't act like this when get to the Fish Tung factory. You do know all the major bosses will be there, right?
Tom: Henry, you should give us a little bit of respected. Me and Daniel just help you catch one the most greatest detective on the face of this planet.
Henry: Why would respect low rank gang bangers that couldn't even pass high school.
Daniel: What the hell man, that's not even our fault the school district went bankrupt three years ago.
Henry: You both almost ruined the mission. Freddy, you should have seen it. Detective Harrison thought Daniel and Tom were the biggest clowns. Harrison could tell both of you were all bark and no bite. It was sad.
Freddy: Ha. I am glad all three of you are alright.
The Van finally made it to the Tung Fish factory.
Henry: Alright boys get Harrison out of goddamn van.
Daniel immediately throw Harrison down on the concrete floor.
Tom: Where is everyone? I thought there would be a bunch gangster here already.
Freddy: I was told if detective Harrison was ever captured the founder would kill him personally. I guess he wants the world to know he captured detective Harrison.
Henry: That is true, Freddy. The Grump founder must be on his helicopter flying over here right about now. I sent the founder our GPS location before we left. The founder does not live close by, so we’ll all have to be here for a couple of hours.
Daniel: It is super wack none of us is going to get any credit for nabbing detective old fart over there.
Daniel begins going through the van pulling out beers from a storage containers.
Daniel: But we can still celebrate. Ha ha.
Henry: Freddy, I apologize on behalf of my goons miss behaviors. Daniel, put those beers back right now! If those go miss Freddy can get in trouble from the higher ups.
Freddy: Those beers are my own take. Sometimes i get paid with product instead of cash, so you guys could drink away.
Tom: Freddy, you're the best. I will try not to look drunk when the founders get here.
Henry: Please don't. It’s the first time I'll get to meet the man who signs my paychecks face to face.
Me and Daniel began started drinking. It's a perfect time to drink a beer. The alcohol smell covers the fish gut stench.
Freddy: Henry, why are you not drinking.
Daniel: Because he’s a fruit.
Henry: I quit alcohol a long time ago. Thanks though.
Daniel: Should we give