A sample from Book 5 of the kRaveings books. Bad Blood!

Hello, again gang! It’s been a busy week for me (look below for that reason) but I’m doing well. October is here!

So this week I have a look at the next of my kRaveings books, Bad Blood. The look for the killer of Missy Horgenstern comes to its conclusion. kRaven finds out who is behind this mess as his night just becomes more fun. Things end in a night to remember for kRaven, Mirakoshi, and Evo as well. Read the adventure in kRaveings: Bad Blood!

 

kRaveings 5: Bad Blood

by: Soul Tsukino

kRaven looked up to the ceiling. His head was ringing and it took him a few moments to clear his head and realize he was on the floor. His back ached where he had hit and he felt a sharp pain in his elbow.

The shockwave had been sudden and the blast had been numbingly loud. It wasn’t so much the blast itself that had knocked him off his feet but the buildings shaking that had taken him and everyone else in the building to the floor. There was dust in the air and he remembered hearing the shattering of glass, but the police headquarters still stood.

“Ow,” the medusa headed hero groaned as he sat up and looked around. “Is everyone okay?”

He could see police officers around him getting to their feet around him. The windows were shattered and there were pictures knocked off the walls. A few officers had cuts and gashes from the glass. He got to his feet and looked to the damage.

“What the hell was that?” one of the officers asked out loud.

kRaven looked around, helping the officer closest to him up to her feet.

“It was a bomb! Someone set off a car bomb,” an officer yelled looking out what used to be a window.

Several officers and kRaven ran to the front side of the offices and looked out. It was far worse than what kRaven had feared. On one side of the street was a massive crater in the pavement with several burning cars surrounding broken and twisted hunks of metal. Glass and bricks lay in the street from the old buildings but the one closest to the explosion was the worst of the area. More than half of the front of the building was gone and it had partially collapsed. There were sounds of screams and far off car alarms and people began to come out of the other buildings.

“Shit!”

It didn’t take more than a few seconds before kRaven and several of the officers started rushing out of the building to help. Even kRaven knew with the building collapse there were people in there and probably hurt very badly. It was nearly 2:30 in the morning so most of those people would have been sleeping in bed, not like they’d have a lot of time to react anyway.

. kRaven leaped into action, jumping from the window frame and heading for one of the piles of rubble that was once a standing building. He cyber tendrils rapidly expanded and connecting with different parts of the destruction around him. In his mind, he was mapping out what he could. The most important thing he could see though were moving electricity of the human nervous system.

“We have survivors!” He yelled loudly as other officers heard and followed him.

His cyberlocks were flying everywhere as kRaven began digging with his bare hands along with using his nanite power to break down some of the other rubble to dust.  Some of the officers began to dig around him in the piles of bricks and wood. While kRaven could use his powers, the darkness of the morning was hampering everyone else. He heard the police around him yelling for lights and medics and flashlights but kRaven didn’t care as he scanned the pile with his connections. It wasn’t long before the sirens of rescuers and the fire department were growing as help got closer. He just dug and moved bricks out of the way before he arrived at the first victim. He pushed more bricks out of the way before a moving hand greeted him.

“Hold on,” He said whether this man could hear him at the moment or not.

He pushed more bricks out of the way and ahead, bleeding severely, popped up with a gasp and a cough.

“We’re here.”  kRaven assured.

The man only nodded as kRaven kept digging him out of the rubble. After a frantic effort, the man was able to move more and weakly lift himself up. kRaven put his arm around the person in support.

“Thanks,” He said exhaustedly. “What happened?”

“Someone got cute,” kRaven replied. “Let’s get you some help.”

kRaven turned around and saw a few other officers also holding on to victims as other officers who had medical training ran over to help. Just then the area lit up as The Star had taken flight and lit up the area around the blast. A paramedic ran over and supported the man from kRaven’s arms.

“It’ll be alright sir,” he said.

kRaven said nothing as he let the man go into waiting help. With more light over the scene, kRaven got a better picture of the destruction. He could see many of the officers digging and checking the surrounding buildings to get people to safety. People dressed in civilian clothes were also chipping in as well. As kRaven was trying to mentally catch up with what was going on, the kabuki-faced translucent frame of Mirakoshi appeared beside him.

“We have been attacked?”

“Yeah,” kRaven said. “Looks like a car bomb.”

“Do you believe it was directed at your efforts tonight?”

“Don’t know but knowing these guys, probably. What about Evo?”

“She was protected in the interview room.”

kRaven said nothing as he looked around. His cyber tendrils connected to several points of the broken street in front of him. He could see five more people in the immediate area.

“Hey!” he screamed at a group of nearby officers. “There are people over here! Start working over this way!”

The officers looked up and rushed over according to kRaven’s directions. kRaven and Mirakoshi rushed around searching for survivors, even if they had little chance of living much longer. The scene slowly went from utter chaos to a small sense of control as more help from surrounding areas arrived. Both the dead and survivors were being pulled from the ruins of the older brick building as fast as people could find them. kRaven kept a constant scan of the rubble and made sure each of the people he found was pulled from the rubble. When he could find no more living heartbeats, he pulled back, covered in dust and sweat, he wiped his brow.

“That’s the last of them,” he said to the nearby police officers, “The living ones anyway.”

“Thanks, man,” one of the officers next to him complimented.

“Hey,” kRaven said to the officer, “you got any sunglasses? This light is killing me.”

“The office storage has a bunch of them,” The tall dark skinned officer said. “Take your pick.”

“Thanks,” kRaven replied.

Mirakoshi floated up to him, “The light still bothers your vision?”

kRaven nodded as he made his way back into the damaged police headquarters. “Like getting shot in the face wasn’t enough tonight. What time is it?”

The spirit looked to the sky above and the bright moon, “By the night and stars position, I’d say 3:30 AM. An hour after the attack.”

kRaven mentally smacked himself, “That’s right, Ghosts don’t wear watches.”

Mirakoshi silently admitted his friend was right. “If you are asking how long we have been in this office it would be around 3 hours.”

“Ugh. Well, police work is never quick.”

They both entered the building as there weren’t many people left inside. A few officers were being treated by medics and a few victims were being looked over by paramedics. kRaven didn’t see Police Chief Donnally running around so he must have been outside. He looked around before finding the office’s storeroom. He began to look for something to cover his eyes.

“Knowing you as I have,” Mirakoshi started. “You are not about to go back to the comfort of our dwelling.”

kRaven was digging through some shelves. “Of course not. There is some real dangerous crap out there.”

“You wish to go after these Erasers?” the ghost asked referring to the group they had encountered earlier in the night that had tried to kill kRaven.

“We have to.”

Mirakoshi nodded. Although they had only encountered them firsthand earlier in the night when they were ambushed in a bar that would have ended kRaven’s lift if not for his special abilities. After possessing the expired vassal of one of the members, his head was swimming of details of their operation and what kinds of things they were capable of.

“I have the location of their operation here in the city,” The ghost replied.

“I hoped you would say that,” kRaven said as he seemed to find what he was looking for.

“We are setting out to kill them are we not?”

kRaven looked up with a raised eyebrow over one of his otherworldly static filled eyes.

“You… have something against that?”

Mirakoshi shook his head. “Quite the contrary. This place will likely hold the location of the two who killed young Missy. Vengeance is not an admirable quality but…”

The ghost’s voice trailed off.

“It’s okay,” kRaven said taking some glasses from a container and putting them on. “I’m not going to try and tell you not to feel the need to pay them back. You more than anyone has the right to want to see them gone. You saw what we didn’t get to. Don’t worry, you won’t get any flack from me.”

“I’m coming too.”

Both turned to see the shorter stature of Evo standing in the storage room doorway with her large laser rifle slung over her shoulder.

“Someone said the saw you walk this way. I’m in.”

“You want in on all this?” kRaven asked.

“I am already “in” on this. You might not remember but they shot up the bar where I worked and tried to kill me. And whatever that was out there was sitting next to my now former car. I have enough firepower to take out a room full of these guys over my shoulder and in my pocket so I am going.”

Her flailing blue streaked hair and very stern order made her intention very clear to both before her.

“I believe,” Mirakoshi said. “She is going with us on this mission.”

kRaven nodded. “Yeah, I’m not seeing any room for a no. Bring whatever you got. I got a plan.”

“How do you propose we get to this location?” Mirakoshi asked. “If indeed Ms. Evo’s transportation has been destroyed?”

kRaven thought for a second. “They have those undercover cars in a lot out back.”

“Stealing a cop car?” Evo said with a smile. “Some of the old kRaven still lives in that shabby husk after all.”

kRaven wasn’t sure if he was supposed to feel complimented or not. He motioned with his head as he lead the way out of the supply closet and the way down the hallway of the building out to the back door. Off to the side of the doorway was a small lot of unimpressive looking cars usually held for stakeouts and undercover road offenses in the city. kRaven and Evo quietly walked down the metal stairs with Mirakoshi floating just behind them. kRaven looked around, seeing a white family car that looked like crap.

“This will do,” he whispered to himself.

Just then a bright light beamed down right on him, making him and Evo react with a jump. kRaven looked up to see the hulking figure of The Star float down near them.

“Stop,” His stern voice said. “I know what you are about to do.”

“What? I was going to bring it back. We’ve got things to do,” kRaven complained.

“That is exactly why I am stopping you,” The tall and heavily muscled man in the space patterned suit replied. “You are going after them aren’t you?”

“The Erasers? Of course.”

“This is not befitting of this city. We have laws and enforcement.”

“Oh bullshit,” kRaven snapped back. “You know just as much as I do how dangerous these people are. These city cops can’t handle them and you know it.”

“You have no authority too-”

“AND NEITHER DO YOU,” kRaven shouted back. “You want to do it the boy scout way Spaceman, then go grill that fat Russian sitting in the pen about how he set me up! Meanwhile, while he is giving you a bunch of Russian mule shit for info, I’m going after the bigger problem we all have right now.”

The Star said nothing.

“You want to be the do-gooder, then fine. there are people on the other side of the building that need your help. While you are being the Guardian these people think you are, the scumbag joke of this town is going to do what he has to to make sure there are any people left.”

The Star heaved his massive shoulders.

“I…will not call you scum.”

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And for what I have been working on, It’s coming out Halloween!

3 of a Kind! A New kRaveings book coming Halloween! from Soul Tsukino on Vimeo.

 

Now, before I go I want to point anyone reading this towards a special little pup who is part of the family of a friend of mine. I have not had the chance to meet her personally, but Bailey isn’t feeling too good and she needs some help. Poor Bailey could use the kindness of strangers so if you are reading this, I ask you to give her a little love and help her and Jen out. She has had a rough one so far so she could use the help. You can donate to her and her human Jen HERE.

Read Cityscape Tokyo to find out how the two teens and their guardian have to survive and watch out for each other when the company’s dark past comes back to haunt the kids and their guardian once again and make for an incredible adventure in Cityscape Tokyo! Now available on the Bull Moose website!

http://www.bullmoose.com/p/24827899/soul-tsukino-cityscape-tokyo

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