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M. Lacrimosa
M. Lacrimosa

Jan-23-2011 13:38

The heavy rain made the visibility much harder to see the man that Marc was chasing through the city streets. The sidewalks were slick with water pouring into the street. The chase started after a failed attempt on killing Marc, who had no clue why this man wanted to kill him. But then again, he could think of several reasons. They ran twisting and turning through alleys and then back into the streets on different parts of town. “STOP!” Marc yelled at the man. The man kept running.
The man kept his distance from the detective. Marc was only able to catch a glimpse of the mans feet as they turned around corners. Marc was out of breath as they stopped in front of an old abandoned apartment complex. “You have no where left to run, buddy,” Marc said to the dark figure. “Come on and get me, Marc. You’re right where I want you!” The man turned and ran into the building and slammed the door shut.
Marc swore to himself as he ran up the stairs leading to the closed door. Marc reached down and turned the handle. The door was unlocked. The man he was chasing was toying with him. The building was dark. There was no light except for what little the street lights outside gave out in the rain, which wasn’t nearly enough to depend on. Directly in front of Marc was a long hallway with six doors. Three on each side. Marc moved to the first door and kicked it open.
“ You can run,” Marc said, “but you can’t hide. I will find you.” He walked out of the first room and moved to the second door. Just like the first, that room was empty. He kicked in the third door. And walked in quietly with his revolver drawn out. “Where are you?” Marc whispered to himself. He turned to leave. As he turned around he found himself face to face with a masked stranger. “Here,” he said. The blow on Marc’s head knocked him unconscious.


M. Lacrimosa
M. Lacrimosa

May-3-2011 19:22

Marc and Sully grabbed Harry, each one grabbing one of his arms and drug him out the back door into an alley and threw him into a pile of garbage. "Look, Kumar, don't make us, and especially me, get violent here. Because I'm not afraid to put you in the hospital."

"Look, detectives, I have no clue how to activate it-"

SMACK! Marc punched Harry in the face, making his nose bleed. "I'm telling you, Harry. You better talk."

"I don't-"

SMACK! This time Sully cut in and pistol whipped Harry across the face. "We're not in the states. The same laws don't apply here. We can beat you into a pulp. Now tell us what you know!"

"Fine! No more, please!" Kumar pleaded.

He rose to his feet, breathing heavily and wiping blood from his nose. "Let's go into my office."

The three men walked back inside and into Harry's office. His office was huge, full of books, as far as the eye can see. Harry pulled a book off the shelf and opened it to the middle.

"The Heart of Anubis...let's see here. Ah ha! It reads, 'The Heart of Anubis is a gem that is said to hold a special power, making its holder immortal like that of a god. There are five pieces to the stone. Once all five pieces are collected, the stones must be arranged in a shape of a diamond with the biggest stone in the middle. The stones then activate. In order for it to work, all stones need to be present.'"

Sully looked at Marc. "Mrs. Schmidt mentioned that her husband new about the Heart of Anubis. I think he's got four of the five stones hidden. And if we dont' find them and get rid of them, Mrs. Schmidt's going to die next."

Marc nodded. "Let's go." And they left back to New York.

Ed Carlyle
Ed Carlyle

May-7-2011 20:11

"I'll go with Ed," Riza said. Everyone knew what had to be done. Ed nodded and walked away with Riza right next to him. Zeo and Molly also left. The scene was now being cleaned up by the police and taking eye witness accounts of what had happened.

Ed walked at a steady pace and Riza had to almost jog to keep up with him. "Ed, wait up. Where are we going?" She asked." The police station?"

"No. Those guys.....They were Italian. They know who we're after and what it involves," Edward replied, "I think they were from La Cosa Nostra but I doubt Isabella sent them. She may have given the ok, but I don't think she really knew. Or at least something tells me that."

"No..someone who has been in this business a lot longer than her. Leopoldo Turilli. I briefly noticed his name in the newspaper in the Hall of Records. I've heard his name before and I know that him being Italian, its not hard to find him."

"What makes you say that?" Riza asked.

"Italians drink a lot of wine. So he's most likely in a restaurant, eating some kind of pasta and wine." Edward replied.


"No. Greeks and Italians hate each other. Both say that the other is 'thick headed.'"

"Edward, there are so many Italian restaurants in the city, it will take days to find him."

"Nah," Edward replied, "I think I know where we'd find him."

"And where would that be?" Riza asked.

They stopped walking and turned to their right. There, right in front of them was a small Italian diner, with the word's "TURILLI'S". "Right here," Ed said with a smile.

"How did you-?"

"Honestly, I don't know. I'm just that good," Edward said jokingly. And the two walked in.

Ed Carlyle
Ed Carlyle

May-7-2011 20:21

The dinning room was full, and sure enough as Ed had predicted, Leo was sitting and talking with one other person and drinking wine with a plate of spaghetti. Ed and Riza approached the table, and Leo held up a hand. "I know who you are. You're not talking to me with out being searched."

Edward was always prepared for a time like this. Attached to his wrist, was a special mechanism that he had custom made. It was a spring that held a tiny four shot .22 caliber pistol. With a flick of the wrist, the "Springer", as he called it, would instantly load the gun into his palm. A large man with a dark cigar appeared and made his way to Ed and Riza to pat them down for any weapons.

Ed looked at Riza who nodded. Whether or not the nod meant "yes give up your weapons" or "let's take them", Ed responded with only one thing on his mind. Revenge. In quick succession, Ed grabbed his pearl handled Dirk knife and thrust it into the throat of the first man. At that instant he also flicked his wrist and the small, palm sized pistol appeared, and he shot the second man in the forehead, right between the eyes.

Leo was dumbstruck. He sat there paralyzed, as Riza hit him in the head to knock him unconscious. Ed put his gun and knife away, grabbed Leo, and drug him outside.

No one dared to look or move. By now it was normal for people to go into restaurants and kill someone. Only killing Leo was not the intention for this matter. No, rather, it was for information.

Ed and Riza put Leo in the backseat of a car, not bothering to tie him up, but instead, stripped him of his pistols. It was a fifteen minute car ride out side the city to a small abandoned shack.

Ed Carlyle
Ed Carlyle

May-7-2011 20:38

"Wake up, Mr. Leo," Riza said smoothly. "We just have couple questions for you. Then we'll send you on your way."

Leo woke up, groggy from being unconscious and a sharp pain in his head from being hit. "Where am I?"

"In the middle of no where," Ed replied. "Now let's get started shall we?"

"Started?! About what?! What the hell is this? Huh?"

"Relax," Riza cut in. "You know somethings we don't, and we want the information."

"About what? You two are nuts!"

Edward yelled, "Shut up! What do you know about detctive Marc Lacrimosa?"

"Marc? He's a creepy bastard, that's what I know. I know he likes to hide in the shadows and appear out of know where like some goon from the comic books."

"We know that already!"

"We want to know about your connection with him and the Heart of Anubis!"

"If I talk will you let me go?"

"If we let you go, you going to hunt us down?"

Silence filled the room.

"Mr. Turilli, I believe Ed asked you a question," Riza said.

A deep sigh filled the room. "No, I won't. But I can't say, I'll forgive you either."

"Fine," Edward said.

"I know for almost a whole month Marc had nothing on the case. His first big lead was on the 3rd of June, 1925 from Harry Kumar. If you must know, I helped him get rid of those damned jewels-"

"Jewels?" Riza asked.

"Yes, jewels. There are 5 stones and when brought together, they give you a special power; to become one like a god, I think. I think the only person to ever live forever is God himself. Just because I'm in organized crime don't mean that I can't believe in God, so don't give me any goofy looks."

"Why did you send those men to kill us?" Edward asked.

"I didn't want you knowing that I had something to do with it."

"What did you have to do with it?" Riza asked twirling a knife in between her fingers.

Ed Carlyle
Ed Carlyle

May-7-2011 20:46

"I helped him get rid of them. One is in Boston Bay, the other in the ocean, and the last three are in the river. All in a block of concrete."

"Well that explains that we're not going get them anytime soon. Who ever has Marc is bound to be looking for them, and we know he's not getting them anytime soon either."

Ed cut the rope holding Leo's hands. "Leo, someone has Marc. Do you have any idea who it could be?"

"Not a single clue."

"Who was is partner in the case? Or did he work alone?"

"No, he had a partner, but he was killed in a gunfight over the jewels."

They left and got back into Ed's car, leaving Leo by himself to find his own ride back home. Riza frowned again. "Marc never mentioned this case to anyone I know, which seems a little odd. The only person whom he would have ever mentioned this case to would be one person that he's known longer than any of us."

"And let me guess. You haven't the slightest clue who his closest friend could be?"

"No, but I know who would. Turn left here at this light. We're going to the Tricky Mister Bar."

Edward knew exactly who they were going to talk to. The town's local fixer. Also known as Shady. He knew almost everything.

M. Lacrimosa
M. Lacrimosa

May-8-2011 13:28

((For some odd reason, I can't get the dates right for the 1925 case. The Newspaper in the beginning is supposed to be dated June 29. I started in the beginning of June. The date for the 1925 case should now be June 3, not June second. Sorry I got the dates mixed up. My next post is coming soon, guys. Thanks for being patient.))

M. Lacrimosa
M. Lacrimosa

May-26-2011 20:43

June 21, 1940

1:34 a.m.

Marc's vision was blurry. He hadn't slept in who knows how long and Sal, an old friend, now former friend, held him at gun point. It was clear this was an act of revenge. Marc remembered how a ship blast not too long ago, separated them. Marc assumed Sal was dead and left him. Fortunately for Sal, he survived the blast, only be badly scarred on one half of his face.

"What happened when you cam back to the states, Marc?" Sal asked.

"Wouldn't you like to know," Marc said sarcastically.

"Marc, I'm losing my patients with you!"

"We got back and had no leads on where to find them. Someone tipped us off with an anonymous phone call that they knew where we could find the stones. All five of them."

"Where did you go?"

Marc sat in silence. He really didnt' want to tell him. Sal was soon going to find out that he'd never be able to get the stones. One was in Boston Bay, one was in a river, and the others were dropped in separate blocks of concrete and dropped into the mighty Atlantic ocean.

"As any detective, we followed the leads. One lead to another, and then that other would lead to another. We ran in circles, chasing one dead lead after another. But one day we got the break of a life time," Marc said. "Two stones had been found and identified as part of the Heart of Anubis. It had been found in Cairo, and after making very difficult transatlantic phone calls, we were able to have them shipped to the office," Marc continued.

"It took almost two weeks for the package to arrive and when we opened the envelope containing the two rocks Sully and I were both stunned in amazement at just how beautiful they really were. Each stone was a dark purple color, with a very bright shine. We had two stones found, and three more left to find."

M. Lacrimosa
M. Lacrimosa

May-26-2011 20:54

June 20, 1925.

Two of the stones that Sully and I had been looking for had been found. We were now missing three, and they could be anywhere in the world. I lit up a cigar and reclined in my desk chair. Sully sat across from me, and did the same thing and we spent the better part of the rest of the afternoon, reviewing the case notes.

"Marc," Sully spoke up.


"I think Mrs. Von Schmidt has been holding out on us. I think she knows where at least one stone is."

"What makes you say that?" I asked.

"She's already kept stuff from us once, and she was the one who told us about the Heart to begin with."

It was a good thought. "Let's go check her out," I said.

We pulled up into the driveway and parked just behind her car and she met us in the driveway.

"Detectives," she said sounding surprised. "How can I help you?"

As quick as lightning, Sully grabbed her and drug her into her house, and I followed with out a word.

"Mam, we have reason to believe you know where we could find one of the five stones, that complete the Heart of Anubis."


Interrupted,. "Mam, the sooner you tell us the faster we'll be out of here."

"I don't-"


Sully fired his pistol and the bullet whizzed by her head. It was intentional move, to scare her.

"Sully!" I yelled, "Are you crazy?!"

"No. She knows, and she's going to tell us where it is. I know its in here," he said. " I can feel it."

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