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Barry Grant
Barry Grant
Old Shoe

Jan-20-2007 21:03

The New York Times
All the news that's fit to print

by Breit Katherine Pfeiffer Adams

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Police investigators believe they have discovered the whereabouts of missing detective, Barry Grant. Grant was reported missing three days about by a friend of his, Rebecca Franks. "I was supposed to meet him at Big Lucy's that night but he never showed."

Grant, Global Sleuth Syndicate Ambassador from Shanghai, had been working at the Blue Pagoda Agency on a Good Will mission at the time of his disappearance. "He was becoming a much relied upon detective." Lady jasNmushu, a Director at Blue Pagoda Agency, said of the missing detective.

Police have reason to believe that Grant was abducted by operatives from HYDRA while on his way to Big Lucy's. "I was meeting him at the corner of Eleventh Avenue and 42nd Street that night." recounted a teary-eyed divorcee Mrs. Franks. "He never showed."

Chief Inspector James Mulligan was able to determine the last place Grant was seen. "Cyrus Tibby recalls serving Mr. Grant a Tom Collins around 7 pm that night. After that, Mr. Grant left the premises and that was the last anyone had seen of him."

This reporter secured an interview with the elusive Larry the Toe. "I don't know anything about that." was his response to all my questions.

There was a break in the investigation when a shady character finally stepped forward to reveal he saw a tall man with a hat being forced into a car. This shady character, who prefers to remain anonymous, was unable to make out the license plate number but he recognized the car and the man doing the abducting. "I've seen that happen before. Same guy. Same car."

Policed will not disclose any more details for fear it could put Mr. Grant's life in jeopardy. Chief Inspector Mulligan's final word: "We don't want to lose any more detectives to that fiendish group."



Jan-29-2007 18:05

Peering through the grating, joeyDanger saw Barry below passed out in exhaustion. "Poor sucker, always in just a little over his head", he thought to himself. When the nurse stepped out, he pulled the mesh inside the tight vent, and lowered himself into the room. The smell of hospitols always made him uneasy. He quickly drew a bottle of Pinot Grigio from his coat and placed it on the bedstand.
And then,
laid one small button beside it. It was black with a symbol embossed in gold. A Fluer d'les with eagle's wings and a stylized "X" on it.

He turned. Looked at Barry and said in a subdued voice, "Don't go out on us now. You don't even know what you've started here. I hope your good enough to finish."

JoeyDanger lifeted himself back into the vent, pulled it closed, and made his way through the labyrinth of vents. His thoughts kept wandering to a long time ago, and AndreaX.


Jan-30-2007 12:00

"I am fine, Barry, thank you" - she said - "The big question is, how are you?"

"I am still very tired, but I will make a complete recovery" - he said - "I am very glas you are still here.

Andrea saw something on the table. A bottle of wine? Pinot Grigio?

"How did this get here, Barry?" - she asked - "And what is this button? What is going on here? Guards! Guards!"

Andrea was very agitated and Barry was getting worried as well.

The guards ran into the room and looked around for something, anything, to explain Andrea's sudden panic and found nothing.

"What seems to be the problem, MissX?" - one of them asked

"Someone has been here! Someome has gotten into Mr Grant's room!" - she pointed to the items on the table - "I did not bring this in here. How did it get here? Search the complex immediately!"

The guards were confused. Surely they did not have to obey her orders.

"Did you hear me? An unauthorized person has been here! GO NOW!" - she said, with barely repressed anger - "And get someone else to guard this room. I want someone at the door and beside the bed AT ALL TIMES! Is that understood?"

The guards rushed out and Andrea collapsed in the chair. Barry looked utterly confused.

"God, Barry, what have you gotten yourself into?" - angry tears ran down her pale cheeks.

Barry Grant
Barry Grant
Old Shoe

Jan-30-2007 12:14

Andrea had gotten agitated and started bossing everyone around so quickly that Barry's head was spinning. He heard her say something about Pinot Grigio and that didn't make any sense.

"Andrea, what is going on?" Barry tried to turn his head all the way to see what she was talking about but it would only go so far. "There's a bottle of wine here?"

Andrea sat there shaking her head and weeping silently. "Barry," she looked up with a tear stained face. "There's a bottle of wine by your bedside. I know you didn't buy it because you never buy white wine. There is a security breach and someone got in here without you knowing about it. You could have been killed!" Andrea's voice choked up.

"Andrea, sweetheart, if whoever left that wanted me dead, I'd be dead. Let's not jump to any conclusions. Let's see what the hospital's security has to say first. And while we're waiting, would you come over here and let me try to dry your eyes?"


Jan-30-2007 12:40

But she could not accept his comfort. She was so angry at him for getting himself into this. She was so angry at Amber for allowing herself to be compromised. And most of all, she was angry at The Closers and OMEGA's agents for failing to protect Barry. And finally, angry at herself. She has been here in this complex for days watching over Barry, instead of doing her job. That simply will not do.

"That's all you have to say?" - she asked him, incredulously - "If they want me dead, I'll be dead? You are better than that Barry!"

She paced the room furiously.

"I do not belive that. You obviously fought to escape your captors. You wanted to LIVE!" - she said - "I want you to LIVE!"

R Anstett
R Anstett

Jan-30-2007 12:57

He stopped in the doorway.

"Andrea", he said slowly. "Does he need protection from you too now?" he said with a wry grin. He walked in a twinkle in his eye as he looked at her. She always was a head turner, the two of them coul...

His thoughts sobered quickly as he surveyed Barry in his bed. "I am glad she wants you to live" he said as he jerked a head in Andrea's direction "but there are many others who do to. I want one of my top officers back in action soon. Just finished up with The Minx and now that we are back from that roundup things will heat up again I am sure. Nine villains caught in 5 days or less is a nice feat. You being attacked while the rest of us were out is not."

He idly picks up the bottle of wine. "White? you going soft on me?" he gave a slight tease. "At least we know it is not out of my private storeroom. Still have not replaced that shipment those goons smashed up."

Then he looked at Andrea again and included her in his thoughts. "I know you want some time alone, and to recover. Might even want a vacation."

pause, looking at the two of them.

"Tough. You know what is expected of you. This is a dangerous game we are playing and Shady is not the only dark character in the wings." Points at Barry, "you get on your feet soon and get somewhere that the rest of the world can see you. The more eyes on you the better."

Looks over at Andrea. "You keep your eyes on him too. I know it goes without saying but I tend to say things anyway. " lop sided grin. "You can inspire him to get back to work. You know he needs pressure like that to keep him who he is. You don't want... "looking around. "a shrinking violet" points to the plant " who is all Charm. "

He walks to the door of the room, then looks back at the couple there. "good luck you two."

Then out the door and back to work.


Jan-30-2007 13:02

Amanda was outside. She saw someone come out of the hospital. She reconized him as the man who a few weeks ago was attacking the horses in Shanghai with an umbrella. She called out.

R Anstett
R Anstett

Jan-30-2007 13:05

He stopped at as he was walking to the car.

"Hold up Yang", he said quietly.

Looking around he spoted a woman walking towards him.

"Yes can I help you?"

Assistant Postman

Jan-30-2007 13:35

Terra was walking along the street, pushing the baby buggy in front of her. She paused as she heard someone call out.

Looking up she saw a man and a woman talking animatedly. She heard snippets of a conversation invloving a red umbella and a stable of horses.

"How odd." she murmured softly.

Glancing down at the buggy, she noticed the baby, Angela, was starting to fuss. She bent down to soothe the baby when suddenly, she was pushed from behind. She stumbled and grabbed the person who had jostled her.

"Hey!" she shouted at the man. "Watch where you're going!"

She noticed he had an odd symbol tattoed on the back of his hand. Some kind of fluer d'les with eagle's wings and a stylized "X".

He apologized quickly and took of running. Mumbling something about a Miss. X and shoddy security.


Jan-30-2007 14:36

Nonaddict walks around the corner of the building after hearing that Barry was in the hospital. She walks up to Terra, noticing that she's a bit distraught. She asks Terra, "What happened?"

Terra explains to Nonaddict, then tells her that she's going to talk to the man and woman out here. Nonaddict nods, tells Terra that she's going inside to question Andrea about it.

Nonaddict then turns to go inside.

Upon finding Barry's room, she opens the door and sees Andrea and Barry on the bed. "Hi, Barry. Hi, Andrea," she says, "Andrea, I need to speak with you for a minute. Barry, you don't mind, do you?"

Assistant Postman

Jan-30-2007 15:36

As Terra gets closer to the pair, she realizes that she's met the man before. In both New York and Dehli. But she's never met the woman. She decides to just walk buy with a nod in the man's direction. She doesn't want to interrupt a personal conversation...

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