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  IT  WAS NOW A DAY SINCE RAIZO HAD GONE MISSING FROM THE CHRYSLER BUILDING. THE NEWS WERE FULL OF RAIZO AND THE POSSIBILITIES AND CONSEQUENCES OF HIS DISAPPEARANCE, OR KIDNAPPING. SOME OF THE REPORTERS ATTRIBUTED IT TO THE FORTHCOMING MMA MATCHES, WHEREAS OTHERS CALLED IT A GRUDGE ACT FROM SOMEONE IN HIS PAST.

    HIS MANAGER, JONES, HAD CALLED UP EVANGELINE THAT NIGHT, SAYING THAT RAIZO HAD CALLED HIM, BUT HADN’T TALKED TO HIM. JONES TOLD HER THAT HE HAD HEARD RAIZO TALK TO SOMEBODY ELSE, AND THEN A STATIC TOOK OVER AND THE LINE WAS CUT, HE HAD BEEN TRYING HIS CELL SINCE.

     EVANGELINE WAS WORRIED OUT OF HER MIND, SHE HAD INFORMED MAXIMUS MURDOCH AND HE GOT ON THE CASE IMMEDIATELY, PUTTING HIMSELF AND HIS BEST OFFICERS ON IT. NOW THAT IT WAS A DAY SINCE HE HAD GONE, EVANGELINE WAS WITH ROWENA, HER EYES RED DUE TO HER INCESSANT SOBBING. HER CELL PHONE STARTED BUZZING IN HER POCKET AND SHE REACHED FOR IT AND ANSWERED,

    “EVANGELINE, MAXIMUS HERE,” MURDOCH’S VOICE SOUNDED OVER THE PHONE,

    “MAX...HAVE YOU FOUND HIM? WHAT NEWS DO YOU HAVE??” SHE SAID EXPECTANTLY.

    “NO...WE HAVEN’T FOUND HIM, WE’RE DOING OUR BEST HERE EVA, WE’LL FIND HIM SOON ENOUGH, YOU KNOW HOW PACKED THE STAFF IS WITH THE RECENT MURDERS AND SHIT. ANYWAY,THE REASON WHY I CALLED YOU WAS, I CHECKED ALL THE PEOPLE WHO HAD VISITED OR WERE PRESENT IN THE BUILDING AT THAT TIME, AND ALL OF THEM ARE CLEAN, WITH SOLID ALIASES. I DON’T KNOW IF HIS MANAGER IS LYING OR SOMETHING, BUT IT SEEMS IMPROBABLE THAT THERE WAS SOMEONE ON THE ROOFTOP WITH RAIZO THAT NIGHT....YOU THERE EVA?”, HE SAID

   “Y- YEAH I’M THERE, JONES HAS BEEN WITH HIM FOR YEARS NOW MAX, I DON’T THINK HE’D LIE ABOUT SUCH A THING, ANWAYS, KEEP ME INFORMED ON WHAT YOU FIND, ALRIGHT? THANKS ALOT MAX..”, SHE REPLIED

“HEY LISTEN, YOU BE SAFE ALRIGHT, YOU’RE GONNA STAY THE NIGHT AT ROWENA’S?” HE ASKED.

 “YEAH, MOST PROBABLY, I GOTTA GO NOW, I’LL CALL YOU LATER K, BYE”, SHE REPLIED AND HUNG UP.

  “WHAT’D HE SAY?”, ROWENA ASKED,

  “THEY HAVEN’T FOUND HIM YET. IT SEEMS LIKE IT’S GETTING MORE AND MORE COMPLICATED BY THE HOUR ROW, MAX CHECKED ON ALL THE PEOPLE THERE, NO ONE WAS THERE WITH RAIZO ON THE ROOFTOP THAT TIME. I DON’T KNOW HOW JONES HEARD HIM TALK TO SOMEBODY.” SHE REPLIED.

   “I’M NOT FEELING GOOD, I THINK I’LL HEAD HOME ROW,” EVA SAID, STANDING UP AND GRABBING HER JACKET.

   “YOU’RE NOT GOING ANYWHERE EVA!, YOU STAY HERE UNDERSTAND? YOU’RE NOT IN ANY CONDITION TO GO HOME.” ROWENA SAID STERNLY.

   “I NEED SOME TIME ALONE, PLEASE.....TRY TO UNDERSTAND.” EVA SAID PLEADINGLY,LOOKING BACK AT HER, AS SHE OPENED THE DOOR.

  ROWENA SIGHED, “FINE, DO WHAT YOU WANT.”

  “HERE, TAKE MY CAR”, SHE SAID THROWING THE KEYS TO HER.

  “THANKS ROW”,

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  MAXIMUS WAS BURIED UNDER EXCESSIVE WORKLOAD.

  THE CITY’S HOUSES AND ALLEYS WERE SUDDENLY PLAGUED WITH CRAZY CRIMINALS. THE HOMICIDES WERE MACABRE, AND THE OTHER CRIMES UNSPEAKABLY CARNAL,SUCH THAT HE HAD TO WEAR A THICK PADDED MASK ON SOME OF THE CRIMESITES AND STILL COULDN’T ESCAPE THE STENCH.

  HIS NIGHTS WENT SLEEPLESS IN PROCESS OF PUTTING TOGETHER THE CLUES AND FACTS OF SO MANY MURDERS, AND HE HAD ONLY MANAGED TO BRING DOWN A COUPLE OF WRONGDOERS TILL NOW.

   AFTER RAIZO’S DISAPPEARANCE,THE SEARCH FOR HIM WAS ALWAYS AT THE FOREFRONT OF HIS TASKS. HE GATHERED ALL THE FACTS THAT HE COULD SINCE RAIZO HAD LEFT FOR VEGAS FROM NEW YORK, BUT NONE SEEMED TO POINT TOWARDS ANYTHING OR ANYONE THAT HE MIGHT LINK TO THE KIDNAPPING. THE ONLY PERSON HE HAD IN MIND WAS THE ONE RAIZO HAD REPORTED AGAINST THE NIGHT HE ARRIVED IN NEW YORK, BUT EVEN THAT ONE THREAD SEEMED TO BE SLIPPING THROUGH HIS FINGERS. THERE WAS NO CLUE WHATSOEVER AS TO WHO THE GUY WAS.

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