So as some of you know, I’ve recently changed jobs again. It’s been a really tough couple of weeks, but I think I’m finally ready to talk about it.
Basically, I got a really good offer out of the blue from a company called Bionic Games — so, as tough as it was for me to do, I decided to take the risk and go over there.
I’ve left Obsidian and I’m going over there to be their Creative Director. I’m going to be a lot closer to Kung Fu, so that’ll save me 3-4 hours a week of … Continue reading
I instructed the cabbie to leave as much space as he could between us and the other cab. I still wasn’t sure if I’d been made, I didn’t want to give the guy I was following any reason to be suspicious.
After a few minutes I began to relax a little. The cab ahead of us was going fast, sure, but not the kind of fast you’d expect from someone who knew they were being followed. With my newfound relaxation, I found myself looking out the window a bit.
Vegas in the morning is a very different place than Vegas … Continue reading
I definitely knew this man, but I couldn’t remember how. I needed to know for sure. Peeking through the open door, I saw the man’s back as he retreated down the long and twisting hospital hallways.
I immediately took up pursuit.
I still didn’t entirely trust the hospital — those thugs who shot Jason up might be watching the emergency rooms. I decided to go with Jason to make sure he was safe.
It wasn’t too hard to make my excuses to my police officer contact, and so in short order I found myself in the back of an ambulance speeding off towards the hospital. A few times the EMT tried to make small talk, but quickly realized I wasn’t in the mood. I found myself lost in thought, and just kept staring at Jason — who was lying between us … Continue reading
In our current conditions, we weren’t going to be much use if we went after the man who called himself the Spider. My head felt like a size-twelve foot in a size-three boot, and it only took one look at Jason to seal it. We had to stick together.
I said as much to Jason and he looked for a moment as if he were going to resist, but pain flared in his eyes and he dropped his gaze.
Conflicting desires warred in my brain. On the one hand, my friend’s life hung in the balance. On the other hand, an innocent’s life did the same. Jason had told me point blank that he was questioning his own sanity, so why couldn’t I bring myself to do the same?
My options were limited, but I quickly came to a decision. Perhaps it was crazy, but Jason had seemed so sure someone needed help. Without further consideration, I headed my car towards North Vegas. I’d pick up directions to Lompoc High on the way there. Hopefully Jason would be okay.
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For a moment the world seemed to stand still. Fragments of glass froze in the air, refracting the dim office lighting out in all directions. I had the sudden irrational thought that, if I wanted to, I could reach out and pluck one from the air. It was all too much… too surreal.
It wasn’t the first time I’d been shot at (and it amazed me how, seventeen years later, I still remembered the feeling of it) but this… this was too convenient, like something out of a mystery flick. Something about it just seemed wrong, and it left a … Continue reading
“Why’d you call me here, Jason? What’s going on?” I had been wanting to ask the question since I arrived, but one thing or another had kept preventing me from doing so. Now that I had my chance, I was eager to hear what it was that had pulled me from my bed… Eager to hear what it was that had dragged me across 300 miles of freezing wet dirt, broken only by occasional oases of neon and sin.
But I was also slightly apprehensive.
A man needs a good reason to ask that from another man, and a damn … Continue reading
My mind felt like a drunken hobo getting off a Tilt-a-Whirl, though with less vomiting and more spinning. The shit had come down, and come down hard — the ride had jumped the tracks. I carefully weighed my options, and given that the situation had so quickly escalated out of control, I decided to see where this ride was headed.
A long silent moment passed. In reality, I suppose it was the space of a few breaths, but in the cold stillness of that room it felt like an eternity. Eventually, though, Jason turned his frosty glare from Denise to … Continue reading
Following Jason’s lead, I reached into my coat, pulled out my Glock, and aimed it at the intruder, who slowly and deliberately raised his hands in the air. For a tense few moments, it was like a mime’s deathbed — quiet, awkward, and nobody seemed to know just what to say. The silence was finally broken, however, by a familiar voice — a woman’s voice.
“With all the testosterone swimming around this room, I’m afraid a girl could drown.” The voice came from the hallway, outside the door. “Can I come in, or is one of you boys gonna put … Continue reading