Hard-knock Life (#Wattys2016)
[WARNING: Mature Content! © All Rights Reserved]
It ended almost as abruptly as it started.
Just three years...
Three very long, hard, brutal years of world wide conflict.
Humanity was still catching its collective breath from the carnage.
By some miracle, she had managed to survive through it all, almost entirely on her own.
Evaline Macknally was an orphan struggling to survive on the mean streets of New Edinburgh in the aftermath of the 'third war to end all wars'. Cursed with striking red hair, a timeless/ageless face, and a body that men would fight over to try and get close to; she was forced to grow up young and fast. She trained herself to be stronger than she looked, more resourceful than the men who hounded her would have guessed, and more cold-blooded than anyone expected.
By the age of 16, she ran her own crew that dominated the underworld of New Edinburgh's streets. Everyone who crossed her path regretted it. Her fans called her Mack the Knife. No one dared stand in her way. She stayed out of trouble with the Law by ensuring she was always a useful informant, to whoever was paying the best for information. She was 'Queen of Streets'... and she was getting bored with life. When someone new in town suddenly disrupts the status-quo it changes her life forever.
Continuing to work my way out from the center of everything, in an unwinding spiral, this Prequel to Zero Hour recounts the life and times of young Agent Evaline Macknally, long before she joined the Agency. Reaching back, from the dark days during the War, all the way to to the height of criminal enterprise in her early 20's; this series covers the events that lead up to Mack meeting MacGee for the very first time.
As always... I hope you enjoy!