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This is America; land of the free, home of the brave. In four major cities around the country, a criminal organization flourished in its dealings. The Four Aces, as they were known, is probably the biggest multi-generational gathering of gangsters and criminals in the land. They had a finger in almost every business which had to pay them a regular sum of money since the inception of the Aces’ and the business’ new alliance. In return, not the protection that the lowlife scum promised where a rival gang would happily lay waste to the business and the protection would be none the wiser; instead, the Aces provided protection like ‘soldiers’ to guard their investments and their interests. Because, you see, loyalty means everything to them. With the police cracking down on crime lately, they are stepping up their game. They need all the help they can get for one great heist that would earn them their crown.

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The Duke of Diamonds (Atlantic City)
The Baron of Spades (New York)
The Lord of Hearts (Miami)
The Bishop of Clubs (Boston) View table of contents...


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Submitted:Jan 1, 2013    Reads: 2    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   


Blackjack woke up by the sound of his phone vibrating. He had a wonderful dream when he was in a deep sleep, iIn his dreams, he recoiled the time of lust he and Aileen had. The only thing he thought of was her, the nght they had, and how the Aces will kill him for doing this but he remebered the vow she made.

"I won't let them kill you. Not now, not ever."

The man looked down at the still sleeping Aileen. He couldn't help but smile, she looked so cute, so innocent. She was his blooming flower in the world of blood and grey. The sound of the buzzing noise drew his attention and was forced to leave her sleeping on the bed while he picked up his boxers and jeans, slipping them on and making his way into the living room.

He grabbed his phone which seemed to have recieved a text message and reading it, he returned to the bedroom. He took a seat on the edge of the bed, waiting for Elena to wake so that he could talk to her about her father.

Aileen no longer felt John's chest but continued to sleep for a minute longer before waking up. She saw him on the edge of the bed and something told her something was wrong. "Is something the matter?" She crawled on the bed, closer to him, not ashamed of her nakedness.
Blackjack heard her ask him if there was anything wrong, he looked over his shoulder and marveled at her beauty before he replied what was basically mentioned on the text. "They found your father." He stated. "Don't worry, he's fine. But he's been asking for you."
The duchess heart skipped a beat at the news of her father being found and alive, safe and sound. She placed her hand on her heart and sighed, "oh thank god he is alright. What did he want?"
Blackjack turned his body and attention fully to face her and lifted both legs onto the bed. "He's throwing a party at your home. He wants you be ready." He looked down at his phone before he put it into his pocket again.
Aileen looked at John oddly then shrugged her shoulders. "Alright then." She got out of bed and stretched out before heading into the bathroom to bathe and get dressed.
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Stacey/Dark Knight was the first to awaken from her drunk sleep. She rubbed her temple as a headache the size of her home city formed. She vowed to herself she would never drink if it's not a formal party or a job well done.
She looked over at the others were asleep, she couldn't help but wince at the position Xavier/Shadow Rider was in. By his position, it looked like he could break his neck if he fell. Walking over quietly towards him, she carefully placed his head on the pillow before walking towards the bathroom to shower.
The sound of the water rushing woke them all up plus the sun shining brightly into thier closed eyes. Xavier/Shadow Rider woke up groaning in pain as Samuel/Death Bringer helped a staggering Sarah/Death Star out of the other bed. By the time the three regained their balance, Stacey/Dark Knight came out of the showers.
"Whose next?" She asked, grabbing her clothes to get dressed. But before she let the towel down, she shoved the two men out of the room and into their's. "Your room, get dressed in there".
Samuel/Death Bringer shook his head with a grin as he unlocked the door and opened it. The two raced into the bathroom and Shadow Rider/Xavier won. He took a quick shower and came out with a towel wrapped around his waist.
"Your turn slow poke." He teased Samuel/Death Bringer who rolled his eyes in a mock annoyance and stepped inside to wash up.
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After the four got dressed, they grabbed their bags and headed downstairs for a quick breakfast. After paying for their meal, the four sat on a small round table for four and ate their breakfast of oranges, eggs, bacon, waffles, and pancakes. For their drinks, they had either water or milk.
While eating, Stacey/Dark Knight's phone went off, it was Blackjack, he had sent them a text message about the party being thrown by The Duke of Diamonds. The woman swallowed her food and opened the message and read it to the others.
"There is a party for all honourable guests known by the Duke of Diamonds. As usual, the Four Aces will be on site as security. That means everyone will be needing to dress appropriately and act accordingly. Stacey will be patrolling the exterior of the Duke's manor with the ground team to make sure guests are given entrance on site. Xavier will be communicating with her from the roof. He will be in charge of a team of snipers around the highest points of the manor as well as the surrounding area such as the clock tower. Blackjack, Stacey and Samson will be present inside the party itself, monitoring movements indoors."
After Stacey/Dark Knight read the text, the two finished up their meals and went back upstairs and into their rooms to change into a more formal wear. This was going to be the first time in a long while that Sarah/Death Star had seen The Duke in person.
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While Aileen was getting dressed, Blackjack searched through his bag for a tux, formal enough for the party but also roomy enough for him to fight in case someone decides to crash the place.
He made sure his guns were well cleaned and filled with fresh bullets before placing them in his gun cases attached to his dress pants. He walked over to the mirror to do his tie and fix his hair to look good.
By the time he finished his tie, Aileen came out wearing a royal blue dress and a necklace in the shape of a diamond while the rest of the jewel were plain round diamonds, a symbol of her group, The Ace of Diamonds.
Blackjack admired her phasic and thought she never looked more beautiful. Not one disguise, she looked like a true dutchess of Diamonds but he couldn't help but chuckle, she was as graceful as a ganger but she didn't seem to mind nor her father, as long as they had a good time, their dancing isn't all that.
"Let us depart" Blackjack said, extending his hand out for the dutchess to take. He saw her turn red as she took her hand in his. He had to smile.
He lead the two to Xavier/Shadow Rider's bike and let Aileen get in the front then him in the back. He reached over her sides and started the engine. When they took off, Blackjack let go of one handle and wrapped it around Aileen's waist so she wouldn't fall off.
Aileen placed one hand on the now empty handle bar to help steer the bike and the other, over Blackjack's hand that was around her wasit.
Having her touch his hand made him relax and smile. He wanted to turn this bike around, forget about the party, and give her the time of day like they did that one night but he was summoned by the duke himself, Aileen's father. No one dares to refuse the duke.
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Stacey/Dark Knight paced back and forced at the enterence way of the party going on inside. She wanted go inside but damn the duke for making her remain outside.
Xavier/Shadow Rider was at his post, up on the roof, with a blue tooth in his ear and a pair of binoculars around his neck, he was able to observe all vehicles that come by. He placed the eye gear up his face to see the duke's car come by surrounded by the best soldiers, riders, and assassins of The Ace of Diamonds.
"Duke has finally arrived," Xavier/Shadow Rider spoke into the blue tooth given to him and the others for all of them to communicate one another. When he heard a roaring sound not long after, he smirked. "And they have arrived as well."
When Blackjack and Aileen made it, Xavier/Shadow Rider frowned and grimaced at the sight of his bike that had been scratched, Blackjack was going to have to pay for that, then his life.
***
Blackjack extended his hand out for Aileen then lead them both inside. Once he had reassured that she was safe, he let go of her hand and walked to his post. Aileen frowned when he left her but quickly smiled when she saw her father.
The assassin of the King of Aces stopped when he recieved a call from Shadow Rider/Xavier. He knew what was to come.
"You owe me a clean bike," Shadow Rider/Xavier said from the other side. Blackjack only chuckled in response making Shadow Rider/Xavier scowl. "I'm serious Blackjack."
"Don't worry about it Shadow, I'll get your bike cleaned and as good as new." He hung up and wandered around. He saw Aileen with her father, and the two, Death Star/Sarah and Death Bringer/Samuel together.
He rolled his eyes and wondered when Bringer/Samuel was going to make a move in Star/Sarah. Everyone in all four Aces knew the two liked each other very much. It was no wonder why the duke assigned them two together.
***
The party so far was going according to the duke's plan and smoothly. With the Four Aces at their post, nothing could get in or out without having them knowing.
While the duke was talking to Blackjack, an explosion came in place, interupting their converstation. Chaos ran over the guests as they fled to their cars. The rest got out their guns and surrounded the duke, his daughter was missing within the crowd.
"Project the duke! I'll find his daughter!" Blackjack shouted out through the riot. His heart racing to find Aileen as fast as he could.
He finally found her in the restroom protected by a couple men. "Go help the duke, I got her, go now"! He shouted making his way to Aileen. He took her hand and they ran out to the other exit.
When he made it to the door, he pulled her in front of her and told her Death Star/Sarah was waiting for her. Aileen nodded and ran right to Death Star/Sarah's side. She turned to see Blackjack go back in to protect her father.
***
Smoke was rising everywhere, the heat of the fire was making him and the rest sweat even more than they were. Blackjack ran down the stairs until he gotten into a certain point then jumped over, landing on his feet, his knees bent slightly.
He heard gun shots coming in and took out his guns, cocked and ready. He soon saw Death Bringer/Samuel shoting down a FBI and an armed policeman at the same time.
The two saw each other and ran by each other's side to see to the duke. They both heard a gun shot, one the rang more supereme than the others they had heard.
Soon the police forces and the rest all ran out for the roof was about to collaspe. Everyone of the Aces ran out as well except for a huge amount.
"The duke is dead! The duke is dead!!!" Someone cried out in agony and dispare. Blackjack's heart stopped and everything slowed. The duke has been shot, the duke's dead. How was he going to tell Aileen?
He thought he heard Death Bringer/Samuel call to him but his mind was too far, he finally snapped out when his comrade jerked his body. Blackjack blinked a few times and saw that the duke was gone.
"Let's go! Come on!" Death Bringer/Samuel shouted out through the exposion and the battle, taking Blackjack's hand as the building, on fire, started to collaspe on them. They made it out but now they had lost Shadow Rider/Xavier in all the rumble.
***
Shadow Rider/Xavier, along with the remaining snipers alive, all ran over the fallen stones of the the roof, avoiding each hole, trying to get to the nearest helicopter flying near and over them or a vehicle.
Shadow Rider/Xavier motioned and shouted for each men to jump off to the vehicle or jump high to the helicopter when it was time. Soon he recongized Dark Knight/Stacey's car coming in towards him, he ran as fast as he could until he came to the end of his road and jumpped on the roof.
He got in and noticed from behind him the rest of the crew were coming in as well. It was a long and hard drive but they finally made it out.
***
Aileen was asleep in the hotel room they all settled in and Blackjack gathered the rest into his room to tell them the news about the duke.
"I have news and it's not a very pretty one either," He ran his fingers over his hair and sighed a heavying sigh. "The duke has been murdered."
"What are you going to tell the dutchess?" Stacey/Dark Knight asked in a whispering tone so not to wake her up. Blackjack looked over at the closed door and shook his head ashamed, he had no clue.




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