The Friday Dragon I stood at the entrance of the city, at this time of night the buildings glowed bright with lights and the streets were filled with people from the lower east side or from off planet. Right above me hung the massive glowing sign with the name of the place. With as many times I've been here and left, I learned that the city's name isn't one of beauty, but one of crime and corruption, so like most cities in our time. I flicked the butt of my cigarette from my mouth and strolled out onto the main street taking my time before something stopped me, the sounds of a commotion from an alley, got my attention, I turned down the alley with my fist clenched fist by my sides ready for anything to be down here. The Alley led to the back of some store where a group of hooded fucks was circled up, before I could turn around and stop watching the circle jerk, I could overhear one of them talk about the situation."Kill her Morgan!" One of them yelled."You want to be one of the Disciples then you have to prove it, Blood in Blood out!" The as the situation continued I began to watch more, feeling curious of what this was about."This woman sold her body on the streets and to countless men, but that's not why she's here though. Morgan, this bitch killed a man she would call one of her "favorites" then robbed him before leaving him dead in the gutter." Soon the group backed away from a scrawny man standing over a chocolate skinned with blonde hair. Slowly walking around the two was a guy wearing what looked like a stone gray mask with blue markings on it, and a single blue eye in the center of the mask, it's self."Morgan!" The mask man yelled again."Join us! Take this murder's life and show your loyalty." The Morgan boy's hands shook as he held the blade and the hooker stumbled to the ground holding up her hand begging for mercy. I began turning around before the woman screamed out."Help me! Please!" I sighed before spinning on a heel and rushing into the group, I punched the skinny guy and knocked him off his feet, watching the knife be thrown under a nearby dumpster."Interloper! If you stand in the way of Justice, you'll be cut right down with her." I put my fist up and cracked my knuckles."People had already forgot about me? Fine I could use a bit of exercise." I told them, before noticing that the rest of the group were wearing masks with odd symbols. Looking past the weirdos in mask, they were all thugs like most that roamed the streets, one of my fist met and broke the mask of one guy, before I roundhouse kicked several of the others and simply knocked their mask off, once they recoiled from attack and held their faces, one of them must've gotten their memory kicked back into their head because he stood back and tried to get his buddies on his side." G-guys stop! Do you know who this is?" He asked the others." Just another Gryvain bitch standing in our way, why?" one of the few asked. He looked to the others sweat dripping from his brow hesitating on saying it, and once I figured he was too afraid to say it, I said it." I am Vertex, the first Enforcer of Clan Friday." I cocked my head to the side to better show my clan pin on my blazer. I watched as quickly the thugs began to disperse and leave the speaker behind along with the scrawny guy still flat on his ass. The speaker turned to me pointing a gloved finger at me before telling me."You will pay for this, I will see to it, Interloper." He then like the rest of his cohorts escaped the chance of fighting me." Fucking coward." I walked over to the scrawny guy looking down on him."Quit pissing your cargo shorts and go home to your mother." I told him as a wet spot began expanding on his crotch. Once I began leaving the alleyway the chocolate whore grabbed one of my legs, and I could feel the fabric of my suit pants rub into the scales on my leg." Thankyouthankyouthankyou!" She quickly told me while tears welled up in her eyes. I tried to shake her off before she would think about giving me a thank you blow job or something." I'm going to change my entire life around after this! I'll go back to high school and I'll pray to One god every night for as long as Live!" If I didn't shake her off now, she'd probably be telling me that she'll become a nun and never have sex again." Get off my Leg before I send you to all the gods that watch over us!" I yelled at her. Once I got her off my leg and saw her off I headed off to my original destination, Friday headquarters. I called up a taxi and laid back, relaxing as we took off for the headquarters, once the hover car stopped and opened up, I was greeted by the sight of the compound in all its glory. The H.Q had a big ass courtyard with the ground and steps being colored differently to keep the civilians from the possible danger of other gangs that might attack us, the building on the other hand, looked no different than other buildings in the area besides all the suited gangsters walking around armed with some form of protection. As I entered the empty courtyard and approached the building, I noticed the guards wandering about looking for possible trouble before I entered the building my eyes were greeted to the Clan's Lobby. It was a big fucking main hall with tiled floors and the clan banners hanging from the second floor balcony, leather chairs and a greeting desk for people coming in to meet someone a part of the clan, the person behind the desk was a badass Dzaan woman who could probably match up with me under the table." V, been a while since you've been back, you gonna stick around for good this time First Enforcer? Nobody matches your brutality." I took a couple steps before looking back to the Dzaan."Skythe, I already had one hooker try and blow me today, if you're looking to suck me off too, then it's gotta wait, I need to talk with one the captains." I shoved my hands into my pockets before making my way up to the office, outside the door I straightened up my suit a bit, fixing my collar and jacket before opening the door and letting myself in. Unlike the rest of the hall, the captain's space was massive to accommodate her large size, pictures of the captain's friends and loved ones or lovers were on the wall and oddly enough a picture of myself was among the wall art." Vertex." The captain pulled my attention to her. She was giant by most core world creatures, I forgot what name her race was but it must've been rare since there weren't many like her, big blue skin, horns protruding from her forehead, she was a strange alien to my eyes. She fixed the glasses on her face before she started speaking." Vertex, I apologize for bringing you in from the Rush, I know that you'd like to "Enjoy" yourself on the frontier, but we have a problem that's hard to pin down." I stayed quiet and paid close attention." I don't know if you noticed or not when you came back, but there's some odd gang trying to rise up. They already killed the Third Enforcer from Clan Sunday, and several of the lieutenants from Clan Tuesday." As she explained this, my mind when back to the masked thugs in the alleyway before the captain pulled out a stone like comedy mask with a terrible looking smile." You have to figure out who these people are and crush their little gang. Sadly bribing the police and Peace keepers isn't getting us any information, either these guys are some kind of pros or they have more cash than us, get to it." "You're too generous captain, giving me such easy prey to go after. I'll see to this problem and make sure it doesn't get too serious." Walking out of their office with the mask, I looked it over again, I rubbed my hand over one of the mask's cracks to realize it wasn't exactly stone or some kind of mineral and the crack was just something decorative to give the mask character. While I walked by the greeting desk Skye fucked with me again."Wow V, I didn't think a quickie with the cap would be that fast. You got enough energy to satisfy this girl?" She flashed me her small perky tits, her dark nipples looked as if they were gonna cut their way out her shirt if she pulled it back down. For the first time in a long time I denied the offer for free sex." Not right now, I don't feel like hearing that I got another kid and from a beta like you no less." I insulted the Dzaan." Put your shirt down and give your tits some hype before you pop'em out." The tanned alien blushed as she put her dress shirt down, probably hoping she didn't make much of a scene." Maybe next time I'll let you blow me, I don't need another kid." Once I got outside, my first thought was where could these fuckers be hanging out and what number of goons their little gang would have. I took out my pack of cigarettes before trying to piece together the little info I was given, seeing that we were attacked by them along with Sunday and Tuesday, that would leave only the Onxy Alliance as the only ones not under attack. Lighting up my cigarette, I knew where my first stop would be their main club back in Paradise, I put the mask under my arm and shoved off from the H.Q. The ride back to Paradise was a long one, it made me even check the time before I came to my stop and stood outside the Onxy Alliance night club. It wasn't their H.Q. The outside looked like it was a bright casino with the name "Borealis" in a cool tone. I strolled into the club flicking the butt of my cigarette out of my mouth and as I made it out onto the main floor I was instantly recognized by one of the members of the Alliance from the upper VIP floor of the club. It was some mouse bitch that began yelling over to the D.J by the dance floor to shut off the music so they could yell at me,"Vertex!" She called out my name jumping from the second floor to the first."Do you remember me?! Huh?!" She asked while strolling through the small crowd. I looked down to the mouse woman, her head barely reached my boobs as I looked down to her." I got no clue who you are, nor do I really care too much, I'm here for something else." I told the gray haired mouse woman. "Don't know me?!" She stomped one of her pawed feet." Bitch last summer you broke my arm and my ribs!" "So? I'm here to talk to someone and you aren't that somebody." I told the mouse bitch hoping that she'd probably shut up and fuck off. " So! So!" She parroted me." Bitch I'm a lieutenant now since last summer, I have proven my worth to the Alliance and moved up." I clapped my hands before saying." Nice job, it's a good thing the Alliance is getting rats in their upper ranks, soon it will show to the rest of the planet and galaxy that they are truly nothing but a bunch of roaches and mice." In what felt like a flash, the rat girl raked one of her clawed hands across my face and cut my cheek, I reached up to feel the blood coming from my wound and felt a little different. I threw the mask on the floor before cracking my knuckles, the ratty bitch began smirking as the dance floor began clearing out. Putting my fist up I delivered a punch only for it to meet the air around the mouse woman, the rat woman began to dance around my punches using her small size to dodge my attacks, the little shit clawed at me whenever I missed a punch tearing up my suit and clawing at my scales not really hurting me but pissing me off. When she clawed at the scales on my back, I got an idea, I cocked back my arm and faked her out with a false punch and brought my elbow to the little bitch's face, then with my other hand I quickly grabbed the rat by her neck and held her up off the ground. I had the idea of exterminating the little mouse, but before I could that, the owner of the club appeared on the second floor balcony. The person was a four armed bumble bee woman, with an abdomen sticking out from behind her, she had bright yellow chitin covering her body and wore what looked like strange white robes that covered her body. " First Enforcer." She spoke in an oddly calm tone." I don't believe you've come for a fight, or does Clan Friday wish to make war with the Alliance?" I chucked the mouse bitch across the dance brightly colored floor, then turned my attention to the bee woman." Chairwoman Ku, I didn't come here to cause trouble, I only came here to only gather information on something important." I told her." I believe that you could help me." Looking down on me from above the bee woman heard me out." Okay First Enforcer, come upstairs and we'll speak in my office." Looked over at the mouse woman doing her best to rise off the floor, then looked back to the balcony to see the chairwoman gone. After checking the time, I made my way up to the chair woman's office, she had two guards, and strangely the prostitute that I helped earlier was here. I didn't speak to the hooker, but sat down next to her as the chairwoman brought the two of us tea, she was a strange kind of person in our field of work."Nora would you kindly wait outside of the room?" The bee woman asked. When the dark skinned woman stepped out, she left the door slightly ajar, I didn't care if she wanted to ease drop, I just needed info." There's some group going around called the Disciples, they are attacking us directly and nobody can seem to pin them down or get an idea where they are coming. Do you know anything?" The Chairwoman took a quiet sip from her tea cup, then let her lower arms cradle the cup." Yes, but I wished that one of clans knew more, sadly you only know less, your people only know half of the group's name." She took another sip of her tea before continuing." They are called the Disciples of Bates, the serial killer. They are a tightly knit group of people that hide their faces and use undercover agents to infiltrate your gangs and groups, then when they are ready they strike. But we have discovered one of their agents, they go by the name Feng Hui and through some digging we've learned that some of them operate out of a warehouse numbered 0-45-" Before she could finish, my ears began ringing and I felt my face become spotted with some strange liquid. The next thing I noticed was the Chairwoman grew a new hole in her head and landed face first into the table with a growing pool of gray colored blood growing from her. I spun around to see one of her guards with the smoking gun, he turned his gun on me and acting on instinct, I covered my face and breast with my arms, knowing my scales would reflect the next shot, but before he could fire the hooker, Nora rushed in and jumped on the guy and took him to the floor. I quickly rushed the other guard armed with some baton, the second I got close he smacked the baton into my shoulder and it felt like a bunch of tiny razor blades dug through my scales and into my skin, I sucked in air through my teeth before I punched the guy in the throat then grabbed him by his face, I threw the guy out the office window while the guy on the floor managed to shoot Nora. I pulled the blonde hooker off the guard before kicking away his gun and stomping on his head and kicking him in the temple. Once the situation in the office was contained, I began hearing more gunshots come from the club, I pulled the door closed and pulled Nora into my arms before jumping out the window, the fall from the window wasn't too far from the ground and once my feet met the ground I took off from the club with the girl in my arms. Once I checked the time again, I swore under my breath and began taking the injured girl home with me, but midway on the walk back, I stopped at a planet side pay phone a relic from an old Terran time, Popping in a credit chit I dialed up the captain to give her the shock notes of the situation. "Well, shit. This isn't going to look too good, it will be a kick to their gang's teeth. But it's good that you got a name and a lead, head to the warehouse tomorrow when you can and hopefully we'll get closer to the head of this snake. Now get home safe." When I hung up the phone I noticed blood on the back of my hand, when I pulled up my sleeve I noticed it went all the way to my shoulder. I started to take my suit jacket off and unbuttoned my shirt further and spotted my injury, there was a dent in my scales and small, slow trickles of blood were coming from the dent, dragging my fingers across the wound I bit my bottom lip in pain and put in another chit to make a second call, as the phone rang and I began looking around the road hoping nobody I knew was around the vacant road and empty sidewalks, I was hoping that not a soul would notice me in my moment of weakness. When the other end picked up, I sighed, feeling like nothing could go wrong in the world." Doctor, I need your help, my scales are fucked up on my arm and I think they are digging into my skin." The voice on the other end sounded tired and annoyed." What?" " I said my scales aren't doing so well, I thought you said they would be as strong as a Saurmorian? I could've been killed tonight by some fucking self righteous Justice loving prick!" I nearly screamed at them over the phone. " Shut up!" They yelled back." You call me in the middle of the night during one of the only times I get to sleep and you scream at me fuck you and your scales." "Wait! Wait! I was angry because I nearly died and thought of my body as invincible as it always seemed." It gave me a headache being nice to her after what happened tonight, but if I didn't get my scales fixed up soon, then this gang might actually kill me on the street."I need to bring down this gang and-" "Hold on." She stopped me mid sentence, I could hear their footsteps away from the phone and even hear them using the bathroom before they got back to me, I fought the urge to just punch the glass of the booth out."Right you have your little gang wars your in, I can do something... Tomorrow." She paused on purpose to fuck with me." Come in early." She then hung up and I ripped the receiver out of the box and put my jacket on before stepping out.