Friday, August 14, 2009

Hank Maximum: The Mysterious Man in Black

As Hank walked into his room a flicker of movement caught his eye. Reacting instinctively, Hank whipped his pistol out and took aim. Hank found himself pointing his gun at a mysterious man in black. Even though Hank had his gun pointed directly at the man, the man did not seem uncomfortable.

"Who are you?" Hank asked, ready for any sudden movement.

"They want to find it," the man said. "Don't let them find it."

"What are you talking about?" Hank asked, beginning to feel like something strange was going on. "Who wants to find what?"

"Don't let them find it," the man said again. Then the man began to laugh, slowly at first then growing into a full blown cackle. "Heh...heh heh...he he he...Ha Ha....HA HA HA HA!!!"

Hank was freaking out. The last thing he wanted was to draw attention to himself and now he had a crazy stranger laughing himself silly in his hotel room. I've got to make him be quiet, Hank thought. Hank quickly walked over to the man, who was still laughing so hard that he didn't even see Hank approaching. Hank stepped behind the man and swung the butt of his gun down against the back of the man's head to knock him out. As Hank's gun connected, Hank woke up.

Hank was confused. He looked around his hotel room. He was lying in his bed, sweating. It was only a dream, Hank thought. He looked up over at the alarm clock/radio and it had come on. The morning DJ had a guest on the air and both of them were laughing about something. Relieved that the mysterious man in black had only been a bad dream, Hank got up, showered, and went down stairs for breakfast.

As he entered the lobby, the girl at the desk said, "Mr. McDunkervan? Someone left a message for you."

Hank walked over to the desk and accepted the piece of paper that the girl handed to him. Hank went into the hotel's restaurant, ordered an omelet, and then read his message.

"Dear Waldo,
I'm glad that you have come home for a visit. It's been a long time since the whole family has been in town. Mother will be so glad to see you. Call me once you're settled in. I've moved out of my old apartment into a house on Lanko Street. My new number is 555-555-5556.

Your sister,

Maggie McDunkervan"

Hank quickly looked around the restaurant. The note, a coded message from Hank's superior's, had just given him his mission details. Hank now knew that he was supposed to...

1. Find the mother of a woman named Maggie
2. Call the phone number
3. Go to the house on Lanko Street

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