The Good Guys

Chapter 2

Escape to Connecticut

June 4 – June 7

Hannah tells Yash that she heard a sound from Reggie’s office, went in to check, and found him dead, but still warm. He had come in early because he needed to leave early for an appointment and had lots of work to get done. Yash immediately tells Hannah to call the police and goes to the fourth floor to see Reggie for himself. He goes down to the security guard, Al, and asks to see the security footage of the last half hour. Al shows him the footage, sped up, of the fourth floor’s activities. In the video, Hannah comes out of her office, knocks on Reggie’s door, opens it, screams, and goes back to her office.

While waiting for the authorities, Yash uses his administrator access to view Reggie’s recent files remotely. The lawyer was looking at recent lawsuits against Operon, specifically a large number of cases brought up by the Catholic Church of America, a small offshoot of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints that operates somewhat like a religiously fueled hate group. The police arrive, Officers Riggs and Murtaugh, and question Yash. They go into Reggie’s office and close the door before emerging three hours later, ruling it a suicide. They leave, and paramedics show up a few minutes later to take Reggie’s body to the morgue. Yash notices the paramedics look suspiciously like the police officers, so he follows them downstairs and takes a picture of the ambulance’s license plate.

Later, Yash calls Liam and tells him what’s happened. He asks the hacker to find information on the officers and license plate both. Liam can find no information on any officers named Riggs or Murtaugh, and there are no ambulances with that license number. The plate belongs to a 1998 Honda Civic. Liam, of his own accord, remotely hacks into Hannah’s personal and work cell phones, tracking her location. Yash believes Hannah is lying about something, as her comments don’t match up with the video, and Liam promises to keep an eye on her. They agree to talk to her together on Monday.

The next morning, Yash receives an image of the compound from the Penn Gala. It looks like a pentagram, and each atom has 333 protons, 333 neutrons, and no electrons, giving it a molecular weight of 666 Daltons and an enormous capacity for molecular bonding. Coupled with everything else he’s seen over the past week, he can’t believe these results. He visits the lab and redoes the tests himself. They come out the same. He shares his findings with Zhukov and arranges for a meeting of the board to determine next steps after Reggie’s death.

Come Monday, Hannah is absent from the board meeting. As she is the Chief Financial Officer of the company, the board cannot vote without her. Yash tries to contact her, but she doesn’t respond. Investors from Polaris notice the loss of Reggie and the absence of Hannah, telling Yash to “get his house in order”. Liam checks his tracking program and sees Hannah just north of New Haven. He and Yash hop in the car and chase after her.

After a few hours on the road, Liam spots a green ‘98 Honda Civic with no plate, and Yash confirms that Riggs and Murtaugh are in the front seat, with Hannah in the back. She doesn’t appear to be bound. The men bicker over what to do, trying to tail the Civic without being spotted, when the sedan shifts to the right lane in time for a rest stop. Liam follows, parking the car near a pumping station while the Civic parks closer to the rest stop. Riggs and Murtaugh get out and go inside, leaving Hannah by herself in the car. Yash calls the police, reporting their location and the fact that there is a car missing a license plate. The highway patrol car drives into the parking lot a few minutes later, checking each car for plates. By the time the trooper gets to the Civic, he taps on the glass, motioning for Hannah to get out of the car. Riggs and Murtaugh come out of the rest stop and blow the trooper away.

Yash and Liam duck down in their car. Yash dials 911 again and reports shots fired at the rest stop, while Liam takes his pistol out of his glovebox and loads it. While the two men run toward the Civic, Liam shoots out the front left tire, causing it to pop and rip off the Civic as they pull away. Hannah opens the back door and rolls out, and the Civic keeps driving. Yash runs toward her to help her up, but Hannah draws a large pistol on him, asking what he’s doing here. She relents instantly, recognizing her friend, and joins them in the car. The three of them play dumb after the rest of the police arrive, saying they only saw two men kill a cop and drive away, no more.

Under intense questioning, Hannah reveals that the men are (or were) working for her as protection. She spilled secrets she shouldn’t have at the Penn Gala, and she got paranoid. After Reggie died, she called them instead of the police to clean it up and help her escape. She believes a demon killed Reggie, which only strengthens Yash’s conviction that something supernatural was behind the Penn Gala. Liam remotely wipes her phone, which she left in the car, using a highway McDonald’s WiFi.

Yash and Liam drop Hannah off at her parents’ house, keeping her gun, before driving back to Philadelphia to attend Reggie’s funeral. After a long service and a short mass, the pallbearers tried to close his casket. Reggie sat up before they could, exclaiming that he wasn’t dead yet.

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