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Holding Out

By OutlawAK

Fantasy / Adventure

Chapter 1

Chapter 1

Where have all the good men gone
And where are all the gods?
Where's the street-wise Hercules
To fight the rising odds?
Isn't there a white knight upon a fiery steed?
Late at night I toss and turn and dream
of what I need

I need a hero
I'm holding out for a hero 'til the end of the night
He's gotta be strong
And he's gotta be fast
And he's gotta be fresh from the fight
I need a hero
I'm holding out for a hero 'til the morning light
He's gotta be sure
And it's gotta be soon
And he's gotta be larger than life

Holding Out For A Hero - Bonnie Tyler

INTERGANG CONTROLS THE LAW

Crime Syndicate Runs Rampant in Metropolis

By: Chloe Sullivan

It should come as no surprise to anyone living in Metropolis these days that something is seriously wrong in our city.

People are being brutally beaten in broad daylight in front of witnesses. Drive-by shootings are becoming a regular occurrence in every neighborhood with innocent bystanders getting gunned down along with the intended targets. In the last week there were 3 successful bank robberies, breaking a record that's stood in place since the days of buggy carts and Billy the Kid.

With all of this increased activity, one would naturally assume that the police would be constantly on the go. That they would be working countless hours of overtime, chasing down leads and tracking down suspects. And in many cases, this is correct. I personally have interviewed and spoken to dozens of Metropolis' Finest, all of them dedicated men and women who are fighting a losing battle against the crime and corruption flooding the streets.

In every case when asked why, despite all of their efforts, the plague of crime progresses steadily forward; the answer has been sadly similar.

"My last arrest was overturned before trial due to insufficient evidence," declared Inspector Michael Richmond, Metropolis Homicide. "I had prints on the murder weapon, I had the suspect witnessed at the scene of the crime, I had clear motive and opportunity. And yet somehow, the case never made it to trial."

"In the last 8 months I've had 24 trials either thrown out of court or lost to appeal despite evidence and testimony that would have been overwhelming in past years." Assistant District Attorney Rachel Adams has been working for 3 years and prior to the beginning of 2013, had a successful prosecution docket above ninety-percent. "Every time I go into a courtroom now I wonder if this will be the day that I don't meet a judge or a jury that's not on InterGang's payroll."

InterGang has been operating out of Suicide Slum on and off for the last 20 years. In the past it was rumored that there has been a version of this syndicate in operation since the inception of Metropolis. After the mysterious death of Morgan Edge in 2002 (the man who was allegedly the financial and operations head of InterGang at that time), InterGang slipped even further into the shadows. Keeping a lower profile and not making themselves as active in the criminal underworld.

But judging from the recent increase in criminal activities it would seem that business has picked up for InterGang. And business is good.

Officers' Under-Staffed

The most surprising part of this entire affair is how unprepared the entire police force seems to be. As stated previously, not due to the efforts of police officers individually. What this reporter is referring to is the seemingly inadequate numbers of officers on duty.

In the last two months the Daily Planet has gained access, from a reliable source within the Metropolis Police Department, to the officer on duty schedules and rotational agendas for the last two months. Now, while no one in the Investigative department will ever claim to be H.R. Specialists, there is no doubt in anyone's mind that the number of officers available during peak times and in known trouble locations are less than a quarter of what they used to be this time last year.

While it may seem speculative at this time to draw comparisons, one has to wonder how our new Chief of Police could justify this level of staffing. When the Daily Planet attempted to reach Chief Stewbing for a comment on these and other affairs within the department, we were told that he had no comment at this time. It must be hard to find time to talk to the press when you need to keep your Private Yacht in tip top shape on a $73,000 per annum salary.

As seen by the photos on the main page, several high ranking officials within the Civic Government have been seen meeting with some gentlemen who have less than savory reputations and some strong ties to InterGang. It's a shame these photos didn't come to light before Election Day, otherwise we might have someone else on top of the Mayor's Chair right now.

And for the record, when the Daily Planet attempted to reach the Honorable Mayor Peter Lawrence for comments on his meetings with the members of InterGang at the Windgate Club we were informed that he too was unavailable for comment at this time.

The worst part of this whole investigation is the total and utter lack of responsibility our governing officials are taking at the highest, bureaucratic levels. Whether as a result of fear, intimidation or flat out bribery there is no question that someone somewhere has taken over this city from the inside, and has no intention of letting go.

But we still have people out there defending us. Inspector Richmond and D.A. Adams are still doing everything in their power to prove that there is a sense of truth, and justice in Metropolis. However despite their efforts, and the efforts of every dedicated police officer and law official in our city something's got to change.

Call me altruistic, and maybe even a little crazy for writing this story. But I can no longer sit back and watch the evidence of corruption and immorality pile up on my desk without doing something. After this piece gets printed I fully expect the death threats and attempts on my life to pour in. Well I say bring it on. If the Elected Officials in this city want to bow down and let you walk all over them, that's fine with me. But don't you dare assume that everyone in this city is ready for you to take over.

I don't know what it's going to take to get the people of Metropolis to realize how bad things are. At this point, I don't even know if it's possible to get the mayor recalled or the Chief replaced. It might take a revolution. It might take another meteor shower. But it might only take one person to stand up and be a symbol of justice and say to the criminal element "No More."

As I said, maybe I'm altruistic. But I know from personal experience that there are still Heroes in this world.

All we need now is for them to show up, and fight back.

Somewhere after midnight
In my wildest fantasy
Somewhere just beyond my reach
There's someone reaching back for me
Racing on the thunder end rising with the heat
It's gonna take a superman to sweep me off my feet

Chorus

Up where the mountains meet the heavens above
Out where the lightning splits the sea
I would swear that there's someone somewhere
Watching me

Through the wind end the chill and the rain
And the storm and the flood
I can feel his approach
Like the fire in my blood

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