No Tomorrow

01: Welcome to Detroit

C O N F I D E N T I A L
CLASSIFICATION ██████████

SERVICE OF MR. BLAND

   AUTHENTICATION: ████████████████████
   REPORT NO.: ███████
   REFERENCE: R-5674-68086

   FROM: ███████████
   TO: ORIGIN
   SUBJECT: Agent Integration Analysis


   1. I had confirmed the preparation of our watcher team while listening to your briefing with the new assets. Team consisted of agents █████, ████████, ████, ██████, and myself. I have briefed them all on your limited release of the dossiers of Candyman, Enigma, Mother’s Pawn, Skynet, and Zero, as well as our mission parameters.

   2. I directed █████ to passively observe while the agents were en route toward 8 Mile Road. He noted Zero’s penchant for speeding, but he successfully avoided law enforcement contact. Zero parked the car near the designated abandoned bar and remained in the vehicle with Skynet. Enigma departed and walked approximately 50 meters away to run un-aided surveillance. Candyman and Mother’s Pawn departed and met with contact Randy Dwayne (unnamed to the agents). Candyman observed protocol.
   █████ noticed that six casuals across the street had observed the agents arriving. The casuals conspired with each other; █████ panned his parabolic microphone toward them. Transcript of conversation:

Casual 1: “You see them white boys?”
Casual 2: “Shit.”
Casual 3: “You was lookin’ for dubs, right? They only gots two bitches in they ride. Let’s roll that shit.”
Casual 2: “That bitch is lookin’ at you. Aw hell no, do you see that shit?”

   Agent Zero was observed making blatant, threatening gestures at the casuals. The casuals responded with hostility and began to cross the street. Zero departed the vehicle and attempted to escalate the situation. Candyman quickly arrived and attempted to mediate, but failed. Contact Randy Dwayne observed the situation and eluded. Agent Mother’s Pawn retrieved a shotgun from the vehicle and approached the scene.
   Casuals saw agent Mother’s Pawn approaching with his weapon, and ceased aggressive behavior. Assets ordered the casuals to leave.
   █████ saw three young children watching the scene from a nearby 3rd storey apartment window. One child had captured the scene on his cell phone camera. █████ notified me; I confirmed the children had recorded the entire scene and were attempting to upload the file to Youtube. Agent Skynet detected this attempt, and ran interference; the file was deleted. Assets departed.

   3. I directed ████ to passively observe while the assets were en route to the International Riverfront. Assets arrived quietly and located █████████. Protocols observed; casuals in the dark. Assets convened for lunch at Harley Bar & Grill for lunch. █████████ departed. ████ confirmed that the agents spoke with casuals in the establishment regarding OSINT. No suspicions rose, and assets departed.

   4. I directed ████████ and ██████ to passively observe while the assets were en route to the Eastern Market. Assets arrived amid the market’s busiest time, located Kurt Stines with little effort, and successfully observed protocols.
   ████████ advised me that FBI Agent Serena Lackner was running surveillance on a local target, and had recognized Candyman. Lackner broke off from her assigned surveillance to watch Candyman, and discreetly spoke into a microphone hidden within her sleeve. ████████ requested to eliminate Lackner; I denied the request, and directed ██████ to intercept any communications from her.
   Candyman approached Lackner and greeted her openly. She responded coldly, and left. ██████ intercepted her report and altered it remove all traces of the assets. ██████ confirmed that the FBI is in the dark about the assets, and ordered Lackner to maintain the course of her assignment. Assets departed.

   5. Conclusion. Assets performed their duties well; they did not engage in combat or deliberately compromising activities. Candyman operated admirably under pressure, Enigma willingly performed surveillance, and Skynet assisted with covering their tracks. I advise you to remind Zero to reign in his temper and prevent the unnecessary escalation of hostilities. Mother’s Pawn successfully used intimidation against problematic casuals, but their scene at 8 Mile Road was too open, and risked exposure. He has also been seen taking small drinks from his flask; I presume it contains alcohol. It did not become a problem during the mission, but you should approach him about this in the future. I also recommend the team work together, and not split up into personal pursuits.
   This team is ready for field work. They work well together, and do not let personal issues interfere with the mission. I will recall my team from surveillance, and await further orders.

████████████
Senior Case Officer
Section 04
Service of Mr. Bland


C O N F I D E N T I A L

   It was an easy, mundane task: deliver three different sealed envelopes and their contents to three contacts located within the city of Detroit without attracting undue attention. Five different men from five different walks of life, each crossed by treacherous fate, were gathered together by the mysterious, independent agency serving the eccentric Mr. Bland for purposes known only to the highest echelon of the organization. In exchange for their service, he will help them find a way to clear their names of their disavowed and / or hunted statuses.

   The alternative: be left to chance at the hands of the world’s greatest hunters, wanted by the most powerful agencies with few places to run and nowhere to hide.

   Underneath an abandoned Ford safe house in Detroit, the five agents – Candyman, Enigma, Mother’s Pawn, Skynet, and Zero – met and were directed by their cigar-smoking handler, Origin, to familiarize themselves with the city for the delivery job and future missions. Though this was a simple familiarization, the agents were to conduct themselves as if they were operating a code yellow mission.

   After the briefing, the agents picked up a few tools and a veritable arsenal from requisitions before setting out on their mission. Their first stop was 8 Mile Road, the notorious dividing line between the sprawl’s hard-living dwellers and the more affluent citizens of the suburbs. Their contact: an unnamed man in a hooded jacket waiting at an abandoned bar.

   The agents were met with hard stares from rough passerby when they parked their van at the deserted building and stepped out for the meeting. The smooth-talking Candyman, backed up by his stalwart companion Mother’s Pawn, handled their protocol with the contact smoothly. Back at the van, however, things were not going so smoothly.

   Agent Enigma’s sharp surveillance detected a group of thugs nearby eyeing the van for a robbery. Once he alerted the team, Zero decided to try his own brand of scaring off the thugs: a furious, chest-pounding threat and a lot of blustering. Unfortunately, the thugs reciprocated in kind and rose to his challenge.

   Candyman rushed over to prevent the debacle from escalating into an outright brawl while Mother’s Pawn calmly strode back to the van, retrieved his shotgun, and marched fearlessly to Candyman’s side. The universal language of threat by shotgun rang clearly through to the thugs, who dispersed quickly.

   The trouble was not over. Above, a group of children had captured the spectacle on their cell phone. Skynet’s quick handywork revealed they had recorded everything on video, and were attempting to upload the file to Youtube. With a bit more effort, he successfully corrupted the file before it completed its upload and erased the video from their phone with an aptly-placed Android virus. With the children disappointed and their work done, they departed for the International Riverfront to meet their next contact.

   Their target was a blind, old man with his service animal resting outside of an old barber shop. The contact was found with minimal effort, protocol was followed, and Candyman discreetly slipped the envelope into the fellow’s pocket before departing with the team for lunch.

   The last contact was the flamboyant owner of a produce stall in Detroit’s massive East Market. After considerable effort in navigating the boisterous crowd of shoppers, they found their contact and Candyman started protocol. However, they weren’t the only agents on a mission; a nearby woman in a track outfit noticed the undisguised agents and their exchange, and discreetly (or so she thought) monitored to them while occasionally brushing back a lock of her hair.

   Enigma alerted the team of her suspicious behavior, and Candyman investigated. After attempting an affable conversation with the cold woman, he discovered a miniature microphone hidden snugly inside of her sleeve. Each time she raised her hand to brush her hair back, she had actually been speaking discreetly into the device! The agents sent word back to Origin and the woman made her hasty retreat.

   With the mission done, they returned to base for their debriefing. Origin informed them that the agents were monitored during their task to assess their performance in the field. Aside from the fiasco at 8 Mile, the agents performed well. He advised that the woman they found at East Market was an undercover FBI agent searching for another target. Upon recognizing them, however, she began tracking them. Once the agents reported her, Origin had his own teams take steps to erase her reports, and have her “reassigned” to obscure duties.

   With their tracks sufficiently covered, the agents have gotten a taste of Detroit and are prepared for their future assignments…

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