Blood Ties

“Hell yeah! Hell yeah! Hell yeah!” Johnny Fly chimed in. “You can’t enjoy freedom without the risk!”

He flashed his winning smile. “We’re gonna be flying again Tony, and I don’t mean in a plane!

Tony smirked and nodded. "Very well. Then let's head to the back so you can see what I just got in. I'm sure you all will find something..." He gestured for them to follow him to the back of the store.

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“Ahhhh,” Henry didn’t even know what their case involved. “A-actually, I’m hoping you could fill me in on the case. The picture is the same time frame. H-h-he’s my brother.” Henry finally came out with it. He wished he were speaking with a man. He felt he might make more sense with it. And he wouldn’t be stuttering. “H-h-he disappeared his senior year at MIT. H-h-he was talking about wanting fr-freedom. N-n-now, h-here he is three years l-l-later showing up in an area where an FBI investigation j-just opened.”

Val nodded unconsciously as she digested this information. "I see..." She wondered if letting Henry continue on this investigation when his motives were personal was a good idea. The book said he had to drop the case and let someone else without personal ties to the case take care of it. She sighed and knew she was going to regret her decision. She turned to Johnson and asked him to get a coffee while she spoke to Henry. When he left the room she swiveled in her chair to face her back to the door and spoke in a hushed tone. "Okay, Stevens. I'm sure you know what you're doing is way off the reservation. But I'm willing to overlook that. So I'll tell you the situation: A group of adrenaline junkies have been pulling off major heists while pulling off insane stunts. It's all a sort of ritual to appease the forces of nature, it's called the Ozaki 8. And I'm guessing your brother is tied to the group."

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