City of False Hope

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Action and Adventure  |  House: Booksie Classic

My first two stories combine in this one so read Blaze of Glory and Matsumoto: Rising Star first.
BoG might not be as necessary but still.


City of False Hope


Election Day, Kosh Lugash Lysonikov has won and is being sworn in as the new mayor of Willoway Bay. Rival candidates Joan Rachel Adams and former Willoway Bay favorite Bobby "D" Demingez congratulate him on a big win. Bobby D had stepped down when his son was kidnapped a week ago, now returned in good condition afterwards. Bobby was just glad to have him back and didn’t want anything to do with the kidnapers again, so it was really only down to Kosh and Joan who had an unfortunate scandal revealed about her and her husband, otherwise it was a good fair campaign with no mud slung from either side. Kosh Lyson talks of how change will come to the city, the TV in the store continues to show the congratulations party not far from the store a crime scene, a man has been beaten to death, a knife left in his eye, cops make jokes about the lack of change thus far. In the background Jace Axel can be seen, wearing a hoodie amongst the crowd behind the tape.

The RS group is in training again, as odd as it might sound this insane training was working out very well for me. You remember me right? Mathew Stone now Matsumoto Silverstone, though still most everyone calls me Mat, anyways, Kevin was starting to become unsure of how long they had to train for, it seemed like he and his brother had been at it for years, and with no belt system, they had no idea what rank or class they were at, so as good as they knew they were, they still could have been low to Zackiria’s standards. Zackiria told us to lay out on a bed of nails type deal, we couldn’t help noticing he had large piles of bricks and was holding a sledge hammer. We all pretty much figured this was not going to be good. Thankfully training was interrupted by a news bulletin that, by demand of the new mayor, the old police chief, Joseph Alexander, had been fired and replaced by former LT. Jack Martan and that Rising Star was to be shut down permanently and all prisoners caught because of us where to be released since we were not under city pay role and such, also construction would be underway to improve public transportation, that last bit would do little good to opeeze the public on this bazar and rash decision. We stood there stunned, not quite sure how to feel but Zackiria was absolutely livid.

We all went off and found new places to live, in some cases in the same apartment (Gabrial and Kevin) this was not good for me, it was so last minute but I was able to find a small place that would do for now. Meanwhile Zackiria goes to city hall to argue his case against the mayor’s ruling, former chief Joseph Alexander, joins him. Both try to hold back there anger so they can talk sensibly, the mayor himself not showing up however cause he didn’t want to deal with either of them at this time so nothing was settled. Joseph offered to by Zackiria a beer, or a few dozen but he declined the offer from his friend. New chief, Jack Martin makes the ex RS trainees in the precinct the new drugs and gangs task force (after eliminating a few of the bad seed’s) and puts trusted Frank Dallas in charge of it and also rehires former detective Andrew Delmar who was let go because the former chief felt he was unnecessary. Before the day got started, chief Martin talked to his men "I know we got a bum deal here, many of you may have felt the old way was fine but I didn’t like it one bit myself, and now there are

twenty some odd released prisoners, based on a dumb technicality. The mayor, thinks they’re not a danger, but we know different, so let’s make sure we get them back where they belong the proper way and show this city we don’t need those action movie star wannabe’s to help us out." Soon everyone gets to it feeling a bit more optimistic and less annoyed. AT my new place, I decide to do my own personal style of training to alternate and change my power output based on a situation, fighting Devin opened up new problems, there could be more like me with all kinds of abilities and not to think like an actual comic book, but enemies could come from anywhere.

Devin snickers as he walks out the prison gates and meets with his comrades, they practically talk business right out in the open, with the guards not far away. They got away with it for so long and now this little gift, a car pulled up, the driver lowered the window, giving the six men a nod, directing them to get in. Now, not being held back, Tetsu also starts training and works on several new gadgets and greatly upgrades his bike (with booster rockets and such) He starts to target the old Snake gang which was now in the process of recruiting new members, to not only add but replace a few members who didn’t come back after their last beating. Among them was Bull Dozer (apparently not that dumb after all) The recruits included one calling himself Ty Die, they all wanted to make a name for themselves. Ty, not knowing the others were already making fun of his name. Snake still acting way tougher then he really is gets everybody in line "You want in this gang, you have to prove your worth, I don’t care if your dumb, ugly, fat OR have a ridiculous name as long as you do as your told." Manny sat back and picked his teeth, he was obviously on the verge of a falling out with his "Leader".

Elsewhere, we see Jay Seven, newly appointed bodyguard of Kosh Lyson, he is formally from the hood and trying everything to stay out of the gang life despite how ruff things have been growing up. He talks to his new boss, asking if he really thinks it was a good idea to release prisoners. Kosh talks about rehabilitation and how people can change if they want to and asks about Jay’s personal situation, pointing out how easy it could have been for him to be a typical gang banger. They move into the next room where Kosh has been called to a meeting. At the meeting Zack, Joseph and the Marcus brother’s question why the mayor would release the prisoners since they did still do illegal deeds, shouldn’t what the Rising Star guys did for so long count as citizens arrest? Unfortunately Kosh sticks buy his decision saying if there so bad, the cops will catch them again. As it just so happens, one of the precinct officers at that moment brings back and books one of the newly released prisoners who apparently couldn’t wait to get back in jail since the day he was first out, he had killed his friend and girlfriend when he caught them in bed together. The guards watched him come in and said "Welcome back." The police had also found two more bodies, one being hung by a rafter and the other with multiple stab and beating wounds and both arms broken, Delmar is put on the case by Martin who feels split Very glad to be back, even though to him the fact he had to leave in the first place was a crock of shit anyways and thinking, figures the first case I pull is this horrible massicure that would likely get worse before he could close it.

Much later, in an undisclosed location, a drug and ammo sale is taking place, an argument starts up between two men, both of different organizations, and Devin steps over and knocks out the antagonist, quickly ending the squabble. He was talked into dabbling in drugs by one of his men, he made a mental note to slap some sense into him later. They didn’t need this extra attention. He also had a bad feeling

that getting so many different groups together would not be a good idea but none of them where really rival organizations with each other and they had agreed to a peaceful showing. Which was not the case so far, if this was any indication he might be better off killing every one of these men now and save the trouble. Devin had actually increased in reputation since being jailed and NOT revealing anyone he was linked too. Devin asks them all "What about this makes you think that this is a small operation?" he pulls out his cell phone and makes a call he didn’t really want to have to make.

At police headquarters, Delmar is looking into his case and finds a link to the previous stabbing case. Which now makes it officially a serial killer (as he half figured) DNA could not be found on the knife however (figures that too) so they still had nothing to find their killer. He wishes the killings weren’t so all over the place and had some kind of pattern to fallow he starts looking into killers with beating and stabbings involved, finding several hit’s which only slightly narrowed the field. He starts to feel more determined to catch whoever the culprit is despite the odds, he just got back, and he wasn’t going to let a minor difficulty slow him down. Later in the day, in a more secure location, the man who questioned the merchandise and started the fight during Devin’s sale is hung up next to a pillar by his wrists, a foot off the ground. Devin calls two men over, (one seen in the last story and the other, his friend, the one who suggested dealing in drugs, which caused the problem) Devin gave a nod and the one man jammed an icepick into his friend’s heart with barely a flinch. Devin then gives the hung trouble maker a few shocks (in more ways than one. Jace in the area, having spent the day in the upper office, sees this and decides to prolong his stay in this city, he would not call the cops till he knew more about this man with the electro powers, he leaves before he is spotted)

Devin still taunting his pray as the others watch quietly, he steps aside as the big boss walks in.

Kosh Lyson steps forward quietly, paces in front of the victim and gives the man a few shots to the kidney’s, repeatedly saying how they can NOT afford any screw ups or arguing or anything else that will draw attention to their activities, and that this was a very sensitive operation and the best way to run a crime "business" is quietly. He called all these men to let them in on what was going to be the biggest and most profitable enterprise they had ever been in and if done properly, not a person OUTSIDE of who was there would know about it and especially that the product was above standards (the product he cared about being the Russian ammunitions, Koshes homeland). "Do you think I work my way into the mayor’s office just so you could take it away? This was supposed to make everything easier." Kosh said and he then picks up a crow bar and breaks the man’s knees and orders Devin to bury him somewhere. No one else had any further questions or complaints and the drug trade would be cut out.

In an alley somewhere north, Tetsu continues working on his bike, painting it and detailing his bike suit and helmet to resemble a Samaria garb, he now has an extendable bow staff among other neat toys; he gets his gear on and heads out to deal with his old rivals (regardless of the new city rules). Zackira and the Marcus brothers and now even several citizens continue to protest the shutdown of their training facility and the release of the prisoners to the deputy mayor and others, reporters getting the scoop, despite the fact that many agreed with them (aside from letting them fight criminals and such) all they could do was take it up with the mayor who they knew would not change his mind. It didn’t make much sense if there was still a majority that agreed with them didn’t they overrule the mayor? But the trio is soon escorted from the building by Jay and the rest of the security team. Afterwards, the brother’s meat

up with me at the neighborhood café to talk, mostly just about former jobs we had, and hated or stupid movies, anything other than the shut down or any kind of fighting, Gabrial, of course couldn’t help himself and ranted a bit about "How could the mayor be so dumb? How could he question the integrity of Zackiria and Rising Star?" Kevin and I simply told him to shut up about that already. A city poll was taken and still sixty-nine present agreed that the Rising Star are not the real law so they agreed with Kosh, however controversial.

The Snake gang had gained a few new recruits who were sent on "Mischief" drives; Tetsu watches them through a set of specialized binoculars he made, with night, heat, ultra violet and x-ray vision, as the gang now starts up their recruit fight, the final four would brawl, Ty was one of them, he still kind of thought to himself "Why doesn’t this gang keep all of us on instead of just the one that wins?"

Tired of watching what turned out to be a rather pathetic brawl for all, Testu rides his bike into the fray. He tosses what seems to be grenades out but as they explode, they unravel a bunch of long fabric that wraps around its target (one of the trainees). He then jump’s off his bike and uses the new extendable bow taking out a large portion of the older members (Snake himself keeping his distance as he sends the newbie’s to do the dirty work, that’s what their there for, right?)

Suddenly the new Drugs and Gangs task force is upon them, holding their guns at everyone and telling the biker to drop his weapon, Tetsu looks around, whips out his grappling hook and ascends out of harm’s way leaving the police gawking up silently till one of them finally exclaims "That guy has watched way to much Batman." The task force rounds up all the gang members, Snake, Ty and Manny however managed to escape during the fiasco.

Jace, having followed Devin, discovers him and his men loading another arsenal that was to be shipped out onto a truck. He charges in and the two men fight and things are even for a while and somehow with the sparks and fire being thrown around the other men with Devin, finish loading and start the truck Devin jumping onto the back of the truck to escape, Jace chasing after as best he could being flipped off by Zappy (Jace couldn’t come up with a better code name).

Zackiria and Gabrial decide to look into the new mayor with very little luck. There was nothing on him from before he came to the city, even if he had done a lot of good here since his arrival they couldn’t believe someone with no background to check he became Mayor. Gabrial tried to ensure his mentor that it would work out but even he wasn’t sure. At the police station the gang members are being rallied up for their mug shots and put into cells all the process of paper work being done, Chief Jack Martin commends Frank and the new team on a job well done and hopes this is a sign that things truly are going to get better. More officers bring in car jackers, muggers, and a guy selling guns out the back of his van who accidently sold to an officer in skivvies, the police now scoffing at the low ambitions and stupidness of these criminals. Kevin and I are board, we finish off a few drinks at some dinner and head back to my place to play video games or watch whatever random shit happens to be on TV. Walking down the street, I say to him "I think I should update my resume. At the academy I didn’t have to worry that much about money but now..." "A new job would be helpful." Kevin said "I’ve been making a killing with the taxi business since I have WAY to much spare time now." "So why don’t you just take on

trainees of your own?" "I could and it would have a hell of a lot more students than Rising Star but, again, I don’t exactly have money to buy a place to train." I was still trying to figure out what Kevin was all about and what he was after but he was still a cool guy and the rest I’d find out soon enough I’m sure. I finally came forward with my real name and he asked "Why did you change it? I mean I like it and all but why move AND change your name? Are you on witness protection?" I said "No. I guess I really don’t have a good reason, seemed like a good Idea at the time." He still had a point though, ever since I gave the fake name I was hardly ever referred to as Matsumoto, they all still called me Matt or Mathew most of the time. "Well, whatever I guess." Kevin said "It’s your name, your welcome to change it for whatever reason….Matsumoto."

Around three AM that night, another body is found, crushed by a TV in an ally. The TV had been spray painted with some kind of insignia, a Z logo wrapped in wire with a wolf head. DT. Delmar starts to look into this logo, now the killer was making it a little too easy, well easier. Kosh, is in his office talks over plans with Devin. "So. Did the young Mr. Demingez make it home safe? I’d hate to think that after all that time his father would thank that we wouldn’t honor the agreement." "Of course, sir." Devin said "And we all wore masks the whole time and I’m the only one who knows we work for you and I sure as hell didn’t mention your name." "Good." Kosh then asks if everyone is keeping quiet and friendly now. Devin congratulates Kosh on opening a new park and remolding a hospital the day before, both doing a good job of making the citizens happy. Jay walks into the room and the meeting immediately ends and Devin walks out. Jay gets told off and Kosh asking him what was so important to come into his office unannounced, Jay told him about the meeting Zack had with the deputy mayor (which was actually several hours ago but Kosh wasn’t even in till some time ago), Kosh seemed not to care about that so he was still pissed and told Jay to get out while he still had a job. Deep in the basement of the police precinct, DT. Delmar finds an old student’s logo from a local school that was plastered all over the area surrounding a school in the east end once upon a time that matched what he found on the TV. He now had a name and would work on finding his new address. Seven more formerly released prisoners had been relocated back to jail, the police where now getting a good laugh at how bad these guys where at staying out of trouble and avoiding police detection.

Kevin, Gabrial and I meet up at a bar/club and look over Kosh’s background to see if there was anything Gabrial and Zack missed earlier (for Me it was just something to keep my mind busy) we were very seriously thinking of hiring a detective to do this work for us since we were getting nowhere, Kevin say’s "I’m starting to think that we’re only doing this because we want to find something so bad." "There must be something." Gabrial says "No one just drops in out of nowhere with no background." We start to reminisce about old times. Good and bad (mostly bad, but we still kinda laugh about most of it…well, not Gabrial) Kevin finally speaks up on Zackiria’s behalf as well saying "As crazy hard and possibly dangerous as those challenges he gave us where. When you got them done, man did you feel just totally awesome about yourself? Like nothing could stop you." we also clinked our glasses together in remembrance of poor Aiden.

With new leads on a suspect and a new victim found with his eyes taken out, a pair of officers are sent to the crime scene to wait for the coroner while DT. Andrew Delmar and a crew head off, no lights or siren (unlike most of the cop shows and movies) and bash down the door belonging to Zane Riles and

make an arrest. Now able to link his DNA to the crimes they had everything they needed to put him away. His lawyer, when he got one would more than likely go for the insanity plea. They would still have to figure out the reason behind these acts, but for now, he was not talking.

Several days later, Kosh, Jay and other’s come into the same bar/club the three of us (The Marcus brothers and myself) are once again at. They don’t noticing us. Kosh order’s Jay to remain guard outside the privet room they had reserved. Emphasizing that no one, including him, was to come in. Devin was already waiting in the room with some clients. Jace had followed them and is waiting outside with a bike, debating on his next move. He eventually calls the police to cause a commotion, he didn’t care who got arrested as long as he got to talk to Zappy or whatever his real name is and find out what his story is. Inside the brother’s and I watch the room from our table now, if anything was going to go down we wanted to know.

I look over at Kevin and say "I dare you to go in there." He counters "I’m not going alone, you’d better back me up." his brother and I follow as he gets up and we move in. We ask to see the mayor. Jay of course would not allow this. He and Kevin start a bar fight, throwing punches like a pair of thugs, Jay is pretty good, considering he hadn’t had anywhere near the same kind of training. Gabrial, going after two of the other body guards while I kick the door down and head into the room, causing a huge argument. Guns are drawn and the place erupts with gun fire. I hide behind a counter not wanting to find out whether or not I’m bullet proof. Gabrial is not so lucky when he enters the room and takes a hit in the shoulder. This got way out of control faster than I could have possibly imagined, but at least it proved Kosh was connected to some unsavory acts, otherwise there would be no need for gunfire. The cops rush in, people are frantic to get out as all kinds of craziness goes down, with Kevin and Jay still going at it, Jay delivering a body blow directly followed by a haymaker. Kevin staggers but remains standing. Smiling back, he’s about to hit back till the cops break it up and cuff them both. In the process Devin and Kosh have escaped out the back. Keeping cover, I soon make my way to the door and out as well. Heading out I bump into Jace who gets on his bike and chases after the bad guys who had gotten into a getaway vehicle. I had to commandeer a car of my own so I could also make pursuit (thank you whoever left your keys in the ignition, you poor fool), I’m unsure what the other man could possibly want with Kosh and his associate as I chase after everyone. Gabrial is loaded into an ambulance as the criminal clients are loaded into the transport truck, good day to be a cop.

Kosh and Devin argue as their driver speeds down the street "That was the guy who took me down before who busted in there. Those Rising Star idiots keep sticking their nose in our business." "It could have been fine if our guest’s didn’t freak out and start shooting right away." After winding through the city and temporarily losing sight of the car a few times, the guy in the hood and myself catch up with it down by the docks. Devin steps out to greet us, the rest of the car however was empty. Somewhere along the way Kosh must have switched vehicles. The three of us stare down and start to fight, all powers are shown off rather quickly. No one is really clear who’s on whose side but Devin is the first to go down as I club him over the head. Jace questions both of us about our powers while Devin is still conscious and asks if we know William Savage. We were both clueless as to who he was talking about and had completely separate explanations as to our powers then he was apparently expecting. Devin would not speak of anything else but of course, it hardly mattered now since me and the others already

knew what Kosh was up to, or at least knew that he was definitely up to no good. The guy I now knew as Jace Axle and I brought Devin to the police station.

At the station, despite a big argument, the police had to let Devin go because even if they did have anything to hold him on (which they didn’t) he was still caught by forces outside the police and therefore could not be arrested (if they had known Devin had powers, they might have thought differently, then again, how would they be able to contain him?). "What about citizen’s arrest? We know this guy’s a creep and a criminal. We’ve brought him in before, your own guy’s where there! Are you at least going to keep an eye on him?" I asked. Chief Martin told us what they were going to do was up to them and not our problem but it was very likely he would be put on a watch list. Jace steps outside and while there I see Gabrial posting Kevin’s bail, Devin also posts Jay’s bail while he’s there. The five of us standing in the precinct having another stare down until the former members of Rising Star leave. Devin makes a pit stop before he and Jay leave, moments later the police find all the recently captured felons killed, many with mysterious electrical burns.

With everything more or less settled, Jace and I continue our conversation outside and become quick friends. I introduced myself As Mathew Silverstone, with Matsumoto used as an occasional nickname, it was just easier that way. (some credits roll for a while then…) We see Manny, now finally out of Snake’s shadow, putting together a new crew. While outside the city another gang comes in with their fancy Japanese cars and music blaring, purple dragon logos on the side of the cars.



…to be continued in City of WAR

Submitted: October 31, 2016

© Copyright 2021 Mathew Nicol. All rights reserved.

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