[align=center]Red as Crimson Chapter 1: A New Power[/align] 8:00 a.m. Roy was on time like usual to the office. As he entered he noticed that things were a little hectic today. The phones were ringing like a bomb went off in downtown Tokyo. His assumption was not far off. As he approached the door to the back offices the woman at the front desk got his attention. “The director would like to see you Roy.” She said. He gave a nod in response and continued on his routine with one difference. Instead of stopping at the fifth floor where his office was he had the elevator take him all the way to floor eleven, the Director’s Office. Stepping in he heard the Director on the phone. From the sounds of the conversation he was talking with another unit of contractors. “Just make sure his price is paid in the most domestic way possible. I am not responsible for your faults. Alright, good-bye.” He hung up the phone and turned his attention to his new guest. “A Roy please have a seat.” “Another price wreaking havoc on your nerves sir?” “It is nothing compared to others. I just do not want the police to be held accountable for damage to public property. Anyway I brought you in here on a more pressing matter.” The Director said handing him a folder with a picture attached to the front. “This is Mao Xai, from the Chinese Syndicate. Last I heard you were not meddling in their affairs, at least not the leading families.” Roy said opening up the folder. On the first page there was a big red stamp of the Tokyo Police emblem. “Oh I see.” “Yes he died early this morning. Around three his bar buddies were shot and killed, and him, he was stabbed through the chest with a knife along with the killer’s calling card. It was the ace of hearts.” The Director said sliding Roy a pistol. “What is this for?” Roy asked. “Things are bound to get hot during this mission, you will need more than your powers as a contractor to handle it.” “What will you have me do?” Roy asked now intrigued that even the Director was worried about him. “With Mao Xai dead the Chinese Syndicate has no leader. The only one that would know where to find Mao and assassinate him and his body guards with such precision would be an inside man. The families will war over this and I am willing to bet Pike will also take this opportunity to strike.” The Director got up from his chair and looked over the city with the sun rising over the buildings. “I do not tell many people this, but in this gang war I favor Pike more than the Chinese. They have a far cleaner code and only mess with those that hit them first. Sure their acts are illegal but I believe getting an American Pike member into PANDORA labs would be harder than getting Chinese in. With half the Tokyo scientists pulled out they could slip in easy with one member.” The Director said returning to his chair afterward. “Roy I want you to aid Pike in their takeover of Tokyo.” “Director, you know what this might get you into.” Roy said calmly. “I know and it is our only choice at this point. We can fight Pike later but for now we must choose the lesser of two evils. You will be taking the train over to the east side of the city, Pike territory. You cannot fail me.” “I understand. No need to fret sir.” Roy got up and turned toward the door. He opened it about half way before looking back. “Mr. Todayoshi, you should get some rest.” Roy proceeded to leave and headed directly for the train station. 8:11 a.m.