Mac Solo: The Interrogation

The guard glanced down, carefully placing the rugged soles of his combat boots so that he avoided making a sound.  The tightly-laced leather footgear fit him snugly, especially the right one—he kept a blade hidden there.

 

He was young, but he was trained and confident, an efficient killer.  His hard lean body vibrated with violence and testosterone; it oozed out in his sweat and soaked into his tight-fitting clothing.

 

The boy’s cold dark eyes glittered as he squinted and scanned the underbrush around him.  Black tactical gloves tightly gripped his modified AK-47, ready to spring to action at the slightest alert and spit swift burning death.

 

He was prepared to do it.  He was paid to guard, not to question what he was guarding or why.  He was there to kill anyone he saw.  It was a job he was good at—a job he enjoyed.

 

He was twenty-three and just under six feet tall.  He kept his russet hair short for strategic purposes; long hair gives opponents a grip during hand-to-hand combat.  He flexed his muscular legs, encased in black military-grade cargo pants; above, a skin-tight black compression t-shirt camouflaged his broad chest

 

The young merc was very familiar with hand-to-hand combat—he’d already had the experience of killing a man and watching him die, kicking, in his arms.  He enjoyed it—it got him hard.  He knew he’d found his place in life.  He loved killing, and he loved getting paid to do it.

 

So here he was, peering into the woods for intruders—and desperately hoping to find some.  He didn’t know what behind him was so important or who was supposed to be coming to jeopardize it; it didn’t really matter.  He was getting paid good money and he had the chance to take a life.

 

Cold and arrogant, the hard young merc’s cruel eyes glinted as they attempted to pierce the shadows.  Half-hard at the thought of killing, he really wanted someone to be there.

 

Someone was there, but not the someone the guard wanted.

 

Mac was so close to the young hardman he didn’t need the night vision goggles anymore; in fact, he could almost reach out and touch the punk.  The gun was that only reason he didn’t—at the moment, it directly (if unknowingly) at Mac, crouched deep in the underbrush a yard away.  So he paused.  This kid was young, but that didn’t mean he wasn’t dangerous.

 

Slipping his hand down his own thick, muscled leg, Mac gripped the hilt of the Ka-bar combat knife hidden in his boot sheath.  He silently withdrew seven inches of razor-sharp carbon steel, darkened so it wouldn’t reflect any surrounding light, not that that was a problem in this situation.  Mac could see his target, but just barely.  It was enough, though—enough for him to see the kid turn slightly to the side.

 

Mac’s body, taut and hard with well-trained muscle, was a killing machine; it sprang onto action as if a switch had been flipped.  In the blink of an eye, death came to the young mercenary—swift, brutal agonizing death, but not so swift that the hardman wasn’t aware of what was happening.

 

He heard Mac first, of course, as the professional killer launched himself from the underbrush, and pivoted to face the attack.  He wasn’t fast enough—a sudden blow from behind knocked the gun out his hands; at the same moment a gloved hand was clamped across his mouth, the fingers digging in mercilessly as the powerful hand clench tightly.

 

The merc was stunned by the lighting attack; the overconfident punk had thought himself equal to anyone.  He needed to shift his weight, if he could grab this fucker’s arms and tuck under just right, he could throw the dude…

 

Then Mac yanked his head back and pressed the blade against the boy’s throat.  The hardman, young, but experienced, had just enough time to realize what he was feeling when the older, stronger—better—killer began cutting his throat.

 

Even with a sharp blade, it took Mac a few second to saw through the punk’s windpipe.  The flesh itself parted easily, but the trachea was tough and rubbery; Mac was forced to tighten his grip on the unfortunate merc’s face to vise-like intensity.  He cut through the thick tube of cartilage as the youthful hardman’s muffled squeals increased in pitch and intensity before subsiding into a desperate, wheezing gurgle as the esophagus was penetrated.

 

Mac kept up the agonizing, inexorable pressure, his fingers brutally clutching the dying kid’s face, until he’d slashed the boy’s throat open practically to the spine.  Then the ruthless killer planted the thick sole of his utility boot on the kid’s ass and shoved him forward.  As the dying merc stumbled forward and fell to his knees, the silent specter of death slipped back into the darkness.

 

The guard’s hands flailed desperately at his torn-out throat, fingers clawing at the horrific wound.  Things were going gray and cold; the vicious punk had done this to enough men to know what was happening—he was bleeding out.  Some dark corner of his mind, as it faded to black, wondered if his assailant had had a hardon…

 

As the thought crossed his panicked mind, the young merc lost control of his bladder.  As hot piss flowed down his legs into his boots, he voided his bowels helplessly, the earthy stench of bodily waste mixing with the hot coppery smell of blood on the cool night air.

 

Then the icy nothingness stole in and the kid flopped forward.  He died alone in the dark, spending his last few seconds on earth drowning agonizingly in his own blood, his face planted in the mud.

 


 

Frank wondered what Joey was doing.  He wasn’t worried about the boy; the kid was a professional and could take care of himself.  He’d known that from the moment he’d seen the kid’s cold, soulless eyes.

 

Frank’s face was colder and more soulless.  He was thirty-eight and had been a hired mercenary since he’d left the Marines fifteen years ago.  He knew that Joey could handle himself because he was good judge of men—how hard they were and how tough they’d be to kill.  Joey had reminded Frank of himself at that age—young, hard, and full of hormones that drove a bloodlust.  Joey got off on killing, Frank had realized, just as much as Frank did himself.

 

The experienced hardman had smirked at Joey’s tactical gear, though—it was the mark of an amateur.  Frank himself had dressed his strong, sinewy body in more casual clothing—tight jeans tucked into a pair of plain black leather combat boots.  A dark t-shirt under a brown leather jacket completed the ensemble, along with a gray knit cap over his short brown hair.

 

He was armed as well, holding his AK-47 up and at the ready.  From a thick black leather belt around his waist hung a twelve-inch scabbard containing a massive hunting knife.  Peering into the underbrush, Frank was caught up for a moment in a gliding beam of moonlight that glinted from his cold green eyes and darkened the shadows on his lean, hard face.  His grim, tight-lipped visage was an archetype for a hardened killer.

 

And he had no idea that within five minutes, he’d be nothing but mangled, quivering meat, cooling on the forest floor.

 

The attack was swift, silent, and brutal.  Mac had approached within five feet of the guard, letting the man pass by him before springing out from behind.

 

Frank was taken by surprise, in more ways than one.  He’d been sure enough of his own skill that he’d neglected some basic precautions—a final lucid moment of regret for is arrogance that flashed across his mind as a powerful arm wrapped around his throat and yanked him backwards, off-balance.

 

Frank knew the move; he knew what to expect—he just wasn’t fast enough to stop it.  The muscles in the small of his back tightened—a useless move.  His fall was broken, as he expected it would be, by the razor-sharp tip of a blade that pierced his leather jacket like it was wet paper.

 

Before Frank could react, nine inches of sharp icy steel had penetrated his back just below the ribcage, the serrated edge of the blade slashing effortlessly through the merc’s flesh, muscles and organs with only the slightest change of resistance to indicate the type of tissue it was cutting through.

 

Not that anyone needed to be told.  Mac knew he was slicing through the hardman’s kidney and spleen because that was where he was aiming.

 

And Frank knew, because he could feel every inch of it.  Just to be sure, though—and to keep his target immobilized by shock—Mac twisted the blade viciously, reaming the sharp cutting edge and cruelly honed serrations deep inside the merc’s shuddering body.

 

Adrenaline flooded Frank’s system in an uncontrollable wave as he rose up, his feet curling in agony involuntarily inside his boots.  When Mac jerked the knife back out, he slashed it wide, almost literally cutting his way out; only the shock prevented Frank from screaming in horrific pain.

 

Then, before the shock subsided, Mac put an end to Frank’s ability to make any sound at all.  Whipping his arm around in front, the dominant killer rammed his blade down with a swift, powerful motion.  In a split second, the long wicked steel shaft pierced Frank’s chest, slicing between his ribs and puncturing his heart like a balloon full of blood.  The dying hardman gave a loud grunt as the impact to his chest drove the air out of his lungs—then was unable to inhale again.

 

All Frank found he was able to do was shudder and suffer silently in the crushing iron grip of the rock-hard warrior who was neutralizing him so efficiently.  He trembled for a few seconds of mind-bending pain as his quivering heart sliced itself into lunchmeat on the blade impaled in his chest.

 

Then the jerking sack of meat that had moment before been a talented killer slid to the ground.  As Mac rolled the corpse onto its back and withdrew his knife, the dead man’s boots combat carved furrows in the dirt as the body kicked mindlessly in its death throes.  Mac had vanished back into the woods long before the cooling pile of meat stopped shuddering.

 


 

There was one guard left, Mac knew—and he knew he needed to interrogate him.  Mac had been assigned to retrieve a certain item located in a structure ahead.  This last guard would know where the item was inside.  Based on the intel he’d received, Mac knew that last dude knew more than the others—and was more dangerous.

 

The last guard was in his early thirties.  He’d dressed completely in black, much like Mac had, to become almost invisible in the shadows under the trees—excellent camouflage for a hunter.

 

A tight black jumpsuit emphasized the hardman’s tight, muscular body; around his slim waist a webbed utility belt was wrapped.  Two knives, a pistol, a baton, and several less identifiable weapons dangled from it; the merc was prepared to inflict swift, brutal death one anyone he targeted.  His combat boots were black waterproof fabric with rubber soles that allowed him to move quietly.

 

He was good, but he wasn’t too good.  Above his hard, handsome chiseled face, a few golden curls had escaped from under his black knit cap.  They glinted in the moonlight—just enough to catch Mac’s eye.

 

He shifted slightly to the right, centering himself on the guard, who was still unaware of his presence.  He wasn’t unaware for long, though.

 

The hardman heard a faint stirring to his left and whirled to meet the threat, only to find that he was half a second too slow.  A swift shadow split from the surrounding darkness and slammed him up against the tree behind him.  A large powerful hand in a leather glove clamped over his mouth.  The tips of the fingers were free; they dug painfully into the guard’s cheeks as his lips were sealed.  At the same time, the guard felt the icy touch of a blade at his throat; the knife was still razor-sharp despite being stained with the blood of two men.

 

“Awright, motherfucker,” Mac growled in a gruff whisper.  “I’m gonna ask some questions and yer gonna answer.  Gimme a bad answer or no answer and you’ll be gargling yer own blood.  Ya feel me?”  He lifted his hand from the man’s mouth.

 

“Fuck you,” the guard sneered, “I dunno nothin’ and wouldn’t tell ya if I did.”

 

“That was a bad answer,” Mac said quietly and, clamping the dude’s mouth closed again, stuck the knife into his flank.  It was a controlled thrust, only about an inch and a half deep—just enough to pierce the jumpsuit and the guy’s flesh and puncture the oblique muscles.  The merc gave a loud grunt, his face grimacing in pain—that part of it not covered by Mac’s glove, at any rate.

 

“I can do that a hundred times with killin’ ya,” Mac said.  “Start talkin’.  You know what I’m here for—where is it?”

 

“Toldja I don’t know nothin’.  Besides, yer just gonna kill me anyway.”

 

“I might let ya live—if you’re helpful enough.  If not, you’re gonna die slow and hard, asswipe.”  Mac pressed the blade against the hardman’s throat again, this time with more pressure.  A thin line of slowly-trickling red appeared.  “All I have to do is press a little harder and you’ll be bleeding out like a fuckin’ stuck pig.  Now talk, damn you!”

 

The guard knew death was staring him in the face, and acquiesced.  “There’s a cabin two clicks to the east,” he said sullenly.  “It’s in there.”

 

“How many men between here and there?”

 

“None, man, we’re it.  No one’s s’possed to know it’s here.  How the fuck did you find out?”

 

“Shut the fuck up, asshole, I’m askin’ the questions.  Now tell me ‘bout it, bitch.”

 

The merc glared up at Mac, then sighed, knowing his life depended on cooperation.  “It’s in a case on a table.  No traps, no alarms.  Someone’s s’possed to come by for it in the mornin’.”

 

“I don’t believe you,” Mac growled, cutting the dude’s neck—not enough to be dangerous, but enough that the guard felt it.

 

“I swear,” the man moaned, fear overcoming his bravado, “I’m tellin’ the truth, man swear to God—don’t hurt me.”

 

“Good,” the older, more experienced killer murmured thoughtfully, “Good.”

 

“So—so I did what ya wanted, right?” the guard asked anxiously.  “Y-ya ain’t gonna kill me, right?”

 

“Wrong,” Mac said evenly and buried his blade to the hilt in the merc’s belly, all seven inches of cold steel piercing the hardman’s firm flat abs and sinking into his belly.

 

The guard gave a deep, despairing moan, his hands clutching at Mac’s wrists in a vain attempt to pull the knife back out of his guts.  His eyes, wide with shock, turned to those of his killer’s.  “I-I cooperated,” he gasped in frantic confusion, “I did wh-what ya wanted…”

 

“Stupid sack of shit—only reason I kept ya alive was to get info,” Mac sneered.  “I don’t need you anymore.  Ya told me everything ya know; now you’re useless.  Time to die, fuckwad.”

 

Gripping the merc’s shoulder tightly, Mac used his other hand to rip the knife upwards, slashing open the dude’s torso.  It took a few seconds of nightmarish agony for him to saw his way through the well-built guard’s abdominal muscles, but Mac was powerful enough to hold the man down and gut him like a deer.

 

Stepping back, Mac held his knife up.  The hardman stared in horror at the blood-streaked blade, curls of flesh dangling from the serrations.  His hands had been clenched to his belly in pain—for some reason, he reached out to Mac at this point, his hands outspread in a futile supplicating gesture.

 

It was his last mistake.  As soon as he let go of his torso, there was a loud slurping thump—and the dude’s intestines slid out of his sliced-open abdomen, landing in a stinking, quivering pile of tangled meat on the dude’s own boots.

 

His back still to the tree, the guard slid down to a sitting position, his lap full of his own guts.  He looked back up at Mac as the latter approached, but the dying man was too far gone in shock to speak.  He could only look up as the stronger, more expert warrior spoke.

 

“Stupid fuck,” Mac muttered, “All alike, you young punks.  Think yer hot shit, but ya fold like a pussy the minute things get tough.”  And with that, he unzipped his fly and drew out his dick.  As the merc started to fade out, he could see his killer was holding the blade in one hand and his semi-hard cock in the other; both were seven inches long.

 

Things went gray for a moment, but suddenly warm liquid was splashing in the hardman’s face.  With a great effort, he opened his eyes for the last time—to see that the man who had successfully interrogated and wasted him was expressing his final contempt by pissing all over him as he died.

 

“Ain’t worth takin’ time for a piss break,” Mac jeered.  Then the guard’s eyes dilated.  He shuddered violently under his golden shower for a few seconds, then slumped over onto the ground, his own piss flowing out to mingle with that of his killer’s.

 

Mac stuffing his dick back into his jumpsuit, Mac turned to the east.  He still hadn’t decided if he’d wait in the cabin till morning; part of him wanted to give whoever showed up a vigorous, violent welcome.

Mac and Bill–The Way of the Sword (unfinished)

The folder was titled “The Way of the Sword”. The dossier inside was complete–maps, photos, bios, everything that could be useful. It wasn’t going to be an easy job but the more intel, the better. The fact that it paid well didn’t hurt—but this job was gonna feel good.

Two men were examining the materials in the dossier. One was a large, heavily muscled man with black hair and brown eyes. He was in his early to mid-thirties. His name was Bill Ramsdale. He’d been a Navy SEAL, but had left the military. At the time, it was his only option; Bill was gay.

The other man was gay as well, but his departure from the military had been less pleasant–he’d been dishonorably discharged for his sexuality.

He went by the name of Mac Anderson, but Bill suspected that was an alias. He was certain the last name was.

Mac was the same age as Bill and built just as well. His hair was red-gold, kept in a buzz-cut. His eyes were flinty blue, hard eyes that could watch a man die without blinking. The circumstances that attended his leaving the military had left Mac with no bitterness–but it had also left him with no overweening patriotism.

A target was a target, no matter his nationality or occupation.

Mac and Bill were business partners offering an expert service. Their service was killing. They were very good. And they enjoyed their work very much.

They specialized in silent infiltration and stealth kills, no questions asked. Usually they operated with minimum information–in and out, acquire and waste the target and any collateral obstacles. This time was different.

The only thing normal about this job was that they didn’t know the name of their employer. It didn’t matter. They’d already confirmed the wire transfer. Half up front, half when the job was done. And this one paid well; there was a lot to do.

The photo of the first subject in the folder had been clipped to a bio that ID’d him as the main target. His name was Adam Kintzler. He was the head of an extreme neo-Nazi paramilitary outfit called The Way of the Sword. He was much the same age as Mac and Bill. In the photo, obviously taken without the subject’s awareness, Kintzler was dressed in combat fatigues with white-laced black boots up almost to his knees. His dark hair was shaved even shorter than Mac’s and came to a sharp widow’s peak on his forehead.

He was good-looking in a hard way, his eyes cold and shifty. Danger and propensity for violence were obvious, even in a photo. Even though Kintzler was nowhere near as well-built as Mac or Bill, it was clear that he’d put up a fight. The real question, though, had to do with infiltrating his compound. The dossier was somewhat vague on the number of guards.

That information would be handy–but, ultimately, not necessary. Mac and Bill had been given carte blanche to kill as many guards as they needed to reach the target.

It usually turned out to be “necessary” that all guards be killed. Sometimes Mac and Bill went back to make sure they’d gotten everyone, even after the main target had been taken out. You know, just for the fuck of it.

Judging by the dossier, they’d have plenty of targets to waste this time. Looked like Kintzler was building himself a fucking strike force–although there was no hint of what he wanted to strike. But the man was a domestic terrorist manqué. He hadn’t made a name for himself yet, which made the situation even more dangerous. If all the lunatic was looking for was publicity, his target could easily be a school or a hospital.

Included in the folder was an aerial photo of the compound, along with a map. Marks on the map indicated likely positions and numbers of guards, but the accompanying documentation indicated that these were educated guesses, not based on actual observation.

The terrain map was informative. The compound was located in the western part of the state. The heavily-wooded land was not far from a state park, but was privately owned. Legal documents showed that Kintzler had worked around the unwanted prying that taxes would incur by registering his vicious organization as a church. The property itself was extremely isolated and approachable along a single gravel road.

The map of the compound showed that the whole place was fenced–indications were that it was chain link topped with barbed wire. The single gate in the fence was on the gravel road and faced due east. This gate was likely heavily guarded.

Facing the gate was the entrance to the main building. Just to the north was a smaller building, labeled ‘arsenal’. The entrances to both buildings were also likely to be guarded. The main building consisted of communal living dorms along with a kitchen, mess hall, lavatory and rooms evidently designed for training. Kintzler’s private quarters were also in the main buildings. There was no way to tell how many men would be inside at any given moment.

Scattered around the grounds were various areas designed for paramilitary training–obstacle course, gun range, etc. Mac and Bill were planning their assault for after dark; it was unlikely that any of these areas would be in use. They would focus on the main building.

The vast majority of Kintzler’s men were young, raw punks whose only training was that given by Kintzler himself. There was a dangerous handful of more seasoned men. Some, according to the dossier, were experienced mercenaries adding to their resume–but not many. Kintzler wasn’t capable of paying much. Most of his inner cadre of warriors were as bat-shit crazy as he was. They had joined The Way of the Sword for ideological reasons and were united in their insane goals of ridding the country from gays, Jews, blacks, and any other minority they wanted to blame for their own failures in life.

Raw or not, they all knew how to fire a gun. Mac and Bill both knew that movies were the only place for a dramatic entrance with guns blazing. The success of this mission would depend on their reaching Kintzler before anyone else became aware of their presence and raised an alarm.

Every guard they encountered would die quietly–in unimaginable pain, if they could help it, but silently. To that end, they did pack guns with silencers, but decided to work with hands-on weapons. They usually used this type of weapon anyway; they liked to feel their victims die in their arms, but this time it was necessity, not a personal preference.

They packed light and traveled separately on motorcycles, agreeing to meet at a point five miles south of where the gravel road left the state highway. They’d pull off into the woods, hide the bikes and reconnoiter the area before going in.

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As in everything they did, Mac and Bill timed the meeting perfectly, Mac arriving three minutes after Bill. This stretch of the state highway was a bypass; the business route ran southeast through a small town near the main entrance to the state park. But there was an interstate less than twenty miles away that got the brunt of long-distance travel. Since most local traffic went through town, this stretch of road was invariably deserted.

That, of course, was why Kintzler chose this area. He was a hate-filled killer, but he wasn’t stupid. Mac and Bill knew better than to underestimate the fucker.

They hid their bikes in the underbrush, then got themselves geared up. They had decided that stealth was the best bet to reach their target with a minimum of resistance. To that end, they each wore a tight black jumpsuit with black soft-soled combat boots, black knit caps, and black leather fingerless gloves to improve their grip on their weapons. Even the camouflage paint they smeared on their faces was black.

They would be completely invisible in the darkness. As long as they kept silent, the first clue their targets would have of their presence would be the agony of a death blow.

To reach the compound, they hiked west from their meeting spot. Five miles straight back through the woods, then north for another five miles. Mac and Bill were in perfect physical shape; even so, it was a wearying trek, made even more tiring by the need to keep absolutely quiet. But they covered the ground quickly and were soon in a position to scope out the compound’s main gate.

There were four men guarding the gate, patrolling the area in pairs. According to the intel, this was the only spot on the perimeter fence not covered by motion sensors. To get in, they were going to have to whack the guards, quickly and quietly.

Mac and Bill withdrew into the woods to make sure they were fully prepped before the assault, double-checking their gear and weapons. As Bill slipped an extra knife into his boot sheath, Mac stowed a wire garrote in a pouch on his jumpsuit, then bent down to make sure his own boots were tightly laced.

Suddenly, he heard voices–a pair of guards was approaching. He and Bill crept forward through the underbrush to point about ten yards off the gravel road.

The guards themselves were still on the road. One of them–the younger one–was bitching about needing to piss. The older one nodded towards the woods, in Mac and Bill‘s general direction. “Go take a leak over there,” he grunted. “But hurry the fuck up. I don’t wanna be out here all night.”

After a brief consultation, it was decided that Mac would circle around and take out the guy on the road. Bill would wait for the younger one to approach him.

Mac hunkered down and waited for the kid to pass him in the darkness. The punk passed by less than two feet away, oblivious to the mortal danger hanging over him.

The kid looked like he was about fifteen, but looks were deceiving. Kintzler had had legal issues in the past with recruiting minors. He had a tendency to pick up troubled youths who were especially vulnerable to his brand of hate and violence. Eventually, relatives had objected and The Way of the Sword had forked out a small fortune to keep things quiet. But this time Kintzler was planning something major and didn’t want to be derailed by an investigation into the ages of his henchmen. However young the guards may have looked, there was no one at the compound under the age of eighteen.

This punk had shaggy dirty-blond hair. He wore a purple t-shirt without a jacket, despite the cool temps. It was too dark to see if his tight jeans were black or navy, but they were tucked into yellow lace-up work boots that had black leather around the upper openings.

The other guard was about the same age as Mac and Bill. He was likely a hired hardman, employed to train the worthless rejects that comprised the bulk of Kintzler’s force. Probably acting in a mentor capacity to the kid he was with. He was blond, with a brown leather jacket and skin-tight blue jeans that were tucked into combat boots. Strapped over his shoulder was a worn-out AK-47 that was still a better weapon than his protégé held–an ancient .38 revolver with what looked like a homemade silencer clumsily attached with electrical tape.

Once the kid passed by, Mac crept down to the roadside and readied himself. He waited to attack until he was sure Bill had the punk in complete control.

It didn’t take Bill long. Like Mac, he had his own garrote. The boy had paused a little over a yard away, exposing his massive uncut dong and urinating on a tree. He never heard Bill coming. The wire flashed briefly in the moonlight before cinching tight around the little shit’s neck.

The guard jerked back abruptly. The flow of liquid from his dick had eased momentarily before the knife-like pain encircling his throat startled a new splash of piss from him. He clawed at his neck in panic but the thin wire had already sunk into his skin. There was no way for him to grasp it.

Mac heard the kid choke and struggle. The sound was so faint that the older guard didn’t hear it, but Mac had been listening for it to tell him that the coast was clear. He maneuvered closer to the edge of the road, loudly snapping a twig with his boot as he did so.

Exactly as Mac had planned, the merc whipped around at the snapping sound. He could make out a dark, terrifying shape rising out of the darkness, but his attention focused on a bright point of light that swelled to encompass half his field of vision with lightning speed. Then there was blinding, overwhelming pain that started in his face and enveloped his entire body.
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Bill was getting hard. It happened on virtually every kill, but this time he wasn’t the only one. He kept a steady backwards pull to keep the punk off balance. The kid’s boots scraped furrows in the dirt and his swelling dick bobbed as he desperately tried to remain on his feet. He was young and inexperienced, but he knew that if he fell, his own weight would tighten the wire.
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Mac’s target was already dead; he just didn’t know it yet. He kept standing, a look of dull surprise on his face, soiling his jockey shorts as he lost control of his bladder and bowels.

The last coherent idea in the hardman’s consciousness was that he’d been hit by lightning. The expanding flash of light; the nightmarish electric pain that was shorting out his nervous system; it had to be lightning…

The same bright full moon that had made night vision unnecessary, the same light that had reflected off Bill‘s wire, had reflected off the tip of Mac’s knife as well. As the mercenary turned towards the sound of the breaking twig, Mac had stepped forward, holding his Ka-Bar knife horizontally. He jabbed it forward, spearing the merc’s right eye. The seven-inch partially serrated steel blade sliced through the stunned hardman’s socket, meeting no resistance at all until it impacted the bone at the rear. Mac applied a little more pressure and the knife punched through, traveling along the path of the optic nerve into the brain.

Traveling forward horizontally, the blade shaved off the base of the frontal lobe before sinking deep into the fucker’s cerebrum. Cold hard steel blocked the electrochemical impulses that made up the man’s mind, his moods and personality and dreams. It was all gone in a moment, leaving nothing but a quivering piece of meat, shitting and pissing itself.

Just to make sure, Mac angled the knife up and yanked the meat puppet back towards him. Gripping the dying guard’s face with one huge leather-gloved hand, he brutally twisted the blade inside the eye socket, shattering the bones of the orbit.

Mac closed his mind off to the stench of the motherfucker’s shit. He’d been through this dozens of times before; they often shit themselves or pissed themselves. He was used to it. As he jerked the knife back out of the guard’s head, the corpse dropped straight to the ground.

Mac wanted to hear if Bill‘s target was still struggling. Problem was, the fuck he’d just wasted still didn’t know he was dead. The synapses in his savaged brain were firing randomly. The merc was almost literally humping the road, his reflexively erect cock creating a bulge in his jeans that wore a groove in the gravel surface. His shuddering boots kicked up a small cloud of dust. It was making too much noise. Mac was gonna hafta stick him again.
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Bill could see long strings, glinting in the moonlight. Not the wire; that was buried so deeply in the punk’s neck that it seemed miraculous that his throat wasn’t cut. One gleaming string was a streamer of drool dangling from the kid’s gaping mouth, pushed out by his dark, swelling tongue.

The other string was a drizzle of precum forced from the violently bobbing head of the dying boy’s dick. The vicious little fuck was too busy fighting for his life to realize that he was on the verge of shooting a wad. Still gagging and struggling, he sank to his knees as he pawed desperately at the immovable force locked around his neck.
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Back by the road, Mac knelt by the trashing hardman and placed his knee on the guy’s back. He slid the tip of his blade down the meat’s neck, feeling the vertebrae through his skin. He stopped at a point about an inch below where the guard’s skull met the spine.

Mac braced himself by gripping the guard’s head tightly. He forced the knife into the back of the man’s neck, slicing clean through the spinal column. The asshole stopped convulsing instantly, quivering tensely for a few seconds before going still. Mac stood up and turned to rejoin Bill. He didn’t know if the guard was completely dead yet or not, but it didn’t matter. He would be in a few seconds if he wasn’t already.
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Bill‘s meat was slowly sliding into death. The kid was no longer grasping at Bill‘s hands and arms; his twitching hands flopped limply at his sides. The boy had collapsed from his kneeling position and was huddled on the forest floor, his work boots quivering feebly and stirring up dead leaves.

Mac emerged from the underbrush just in time to see the little fuck’s bulging, bloodshot eyes roll back into his head. Suddenly the worthless punk went rigid. Mac grinned at Bill as the boy’s cock began to writhe and spunk, spewing a huge jet of semen that splashed everywhere–the tree trunks, the meat’s hair–it even splattered in Bill‘s face. As Bill wiped his face clean, he unwound the wire from the corpse’s neck. It was embedded so deeply he had to tug hard to get it off.

Two were down but there were a lot more to go–and at least another two to deal with before they reached the main gate. The warriors returned to the hunt, leaving the still-quivering youth to ooze seed from his exposed member as his body started to cool.

As Mac and Bill scoped out the gate, it was becoming clear that Kintzler had instituted a training program for his guards. Just like the last pair of guards, a raw teenaged recruit had been paired with a hardened mercenary. If the kid slipped up, the hardman was there to handle things. And maybe teach the kid a thing or two about killing.

Bill glanced at Mac, a broad smile on his face–they were both wondering the same thing. They were wondering if the merc would teach the punk a thing or two about dying.

The kid could stand to learn a thing or two. He was a cocky little shit in a black leather jacket, wearing his cap backwards. His tight white t-shirt and jeans showed developed pecs and thigh muscles; he wasn’t one of Kintzler’s usual scrawny teens. Mac and Bill concluded this kid may have been in his early twenties—he was trying to rock a soul patch and mustache, black against his pale skin. Black lace-up boots with thick soles, even a thick silver chain around his neck—the complete douchebag look.

His partner, again, was older, perhaps about thirty-two or -three. He had a Teutonic look—short white-blond hair, squinty pale blue eyes and thin lips. He wore a green bomber jacket of a type favored by skinheads, with jeans so tight it looked like he’d had to have help getting them on. They were tucked into knee-high white-laced boots.

This little fucker was getting a full indoctrination from one of Kintzler’s expert hatemongers. His “church” had a great affinity with neo-Nazis and the older guard was one of the cross-overs. Perhaps Kintzler had noticed some special skill in this punk and wanted him pumped full of his vile ideology—so he got paired with a devoted member of the church.

Time to nip that problem in the bud, so to speak.

They were still on the south side of the road. The guards were at the gate itself, but they were both on the north side. Mac and Bill were close enough to hear them talk, but they needed to come up with a plan of attack quickly. It wouldn’t be too long before they noticed their compadres were missing and raised the alarm.

“Yeah, dude,” the older one was saying, “you see how it works? With the Jews runnin’ the economy and the fags runnin’ the media and a nigger runnin’ the govuhmint, ain’t no white guy gotta a chance to make a livin’. They gonna kill us if we don’t kill ‘em first. You see how it is!”

A lure was needed. Something to draw their attention that didn’t seem overtly threatening. The snapping of a twig had worked earlier—why not again?

What they eventually used was larger than a twig, but Mac had decided they should move father back into the woods. It didn’t appear from their map that the gate was visible from the entrance to the main building, but there was no sense in taking a chance. They wanted to draw the guards away from the gate before offing them. At that distance, they wouldn’t have heard a twig…

“What was that?” the kid asked.

“I didn’t hear nothing,” snarled the Nazi wanna-be. “You think there’s something out there, go check it out. That’s your job. I’m gonna stay here; somebody’s gotta watch the gate. And where the fuck are Joe and Larry? When you get back, we’re gonna go find them and I’m gonna fuck those assholes up!”

This time, Bill turned and moved east—he was circling around to cross the road and come up behind the guy at the gate. Mac was waiting to ambush the kid. As it so happened, Bill got there first. The kid was scared and took his time.

Bill managed to maneuver himself so that he was directly behind the guard at the gate. The Nazi was standing facing south, across the road, smoking a cigarette as Bill approached from behind.

Bill had already decided that the best plan of attack would be to come in low and overwhelm the guard with trauma-induced shock. He hunkered down directly behind his oblivious target, and exploded in a fury of violence. Grasping his knife, Bill thrust his arm forward repeatedly, slashing up between the Nazi asswipe’s legs. One thrust of the knife cut through the fucker’s scrotum, spilling a pinkish fluid of blood and semen intermixed. Another sliced open the hardman’s femoral artery.

The fascist punk gasped as his voluntary nervous system shut down in the face of intense agony. He rose up on the steel toes of his boots, his mouth gaping as he tried to draw a breath to scream. Even as he did so, the horrible pain was back. Bill slammed the knife into the fuckwad’s back—a thunderclap of pain and the blade was embedded in his kidney; the lighting agony as the serrated blade was yanked out of the wound—and then the orgasmically excruciating sensation as it slashed into his intestines just below his ribcage.

The Nazi hardman sank to his knees, mouth agape, staring dazedly in front of him. He had no idea what had actually happened to him. Bill gave him a final thrust with the blade; it slipped between the dickhead’s ribs and penetrated his left lung. “Hunh!” grunted the guard as the blow collapsed his lung and forced the air out. He faceplanted, kicking his legs out several times. Blood trickled from his mouth and pooled in the dust of the road.
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Mac was crouched behind a tree, waiting for the punk to come close enough to grab. He had to be patient. The kid was scared shitless. His arrogance was all talk; he knew he was a worthless little shit. Here was a group—a church, no less!—that told him it wasn’t his fault. That was a reason to live. But it didn’t make up for his natural cowardice.

It was easy enough to blame others for your shortcomings, but if those others can fight back…

But they couldn’t. That’s what Adam said. That’s why the Way of the Sword would win in the end. It was only the straight white male who had the intelligence to govern; all else would produce chaos.

The punk gulped and moved forward. This was what was right.

And then it all went wrong.

Mac rose silently in front of the kid, an avatar of death. The boy was shocked to his emotional core; even without any physical contact, he was completely immobilized by terror. He tried to scream but found that he couldn’t breathe. Somewhere in the recesses of his mind, he registered that the warm flow he felt down his right thigh was piss.

The little fuck had hated himself for as long as he could remember. As terrifying as this moment was for him, deep in his craven pig heart, he knew that this was what he deserved.

Mac knew this. As he rammed his knife into the worthless little bitch’s larynx, he whispered, “Die, motherfucker.” He then yanked the blade from a horizontal to a vertical position, slicing the boy’s tongue in half. The tongue is a very large muscle and Mac had to apply some force to cut through it. For the kid, it was extremely unpleasant and indescribably painful…

The boy’s cap had fallen off in his struggle, revealing short black hair. His black boots with the thick soles gouged furrows in the dirt as he kicked out in agony. Mac could feel the punk’s facial hair tickle his fingers—his black leather fingerless gloves were protecting his palms.

Mac held the boy close as he forced his hard steel blade up through the kid’s soft palate and into his sinuses. As the hardened steel blade punched up through the base of the motherfucker’s cranium, he arced backwards, his cheek stubble scratching against Mac’s own cheek as the little shit reacted to unspeakable agony.

He didn’t have long to react. As Mac’s blade slashed into the douche’s cerebrum, he angled the blade back a bit before slamming it home. The razor-sharp time tore into the punk’s medulla, destroying the brain’s ability to send signals to the spinal cord.

The result was an immediate orgasm.

The kid’s hips bucked up and down like he was riding a bronco as his dick, clearly outlined in his skin-tight jeans, spasmed repeatedly. As Mac ground his hard steel blade into the fuckwad’s skull, slicing his brain into hamburger, a large moist dark spot began to grow in the crotch of the meat’s jeans.

Too soon, it was all over. The hot little punk in the leather jacket was dead. His silver chain was stained not only with the blood that had leaked from the horrific wound in his throat but also with brain matter that had been ripped from the interior of his skull.

There was a white froth of semen in the youth’s groin; he was literally young, dumb, and full of cum and despite the trauma his brain had already suffered, his autonomic nervous system responded to imminent death by trying to preserve his genes—a last spunk in the hopes that his sperm would somehow survive. Instead, there was nothing but the fishy smell of dying sperm mixed with bodily waste as his corpse sank into death and he voided his bladder and bowels.

It took Mac a moment to regain his composure. His own huge rod was stiff and burning like a red-hot bar of iron in his crotch.

They’d cleared the gate. Now they needed to clear the main building—and the arsenal.
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Mac and Bill passed through the gate unchallenged–the four men who should have challenged them were quivering piles of meat left to rot in the woods. Once inside the compound, they turned to the right, making for the armory on the north side. They moved silently–somewhere on their left was the guarded entrance to the main building, but they were planning to take out the only other guards left outside before they went after the main target. This way, they knew there wouldn’t be anyone circling behind them during their attack.

The “armory” was a steel shed, about twenty feet square, backed up close to the perimeter fence on the north side. Two men were standing near the entrance. Neither of them were kids; Kintzler wasn’t taking chances with his weapons. These were professionals. After conferring with Bill, Mac and he decided to separate again and take the hardmen out simultaneously. It was going to have to be swift, though. These guys knew how to fight; only instant incapacitation and death would prevent them from raising an alarm.

This had to be quick, quiet, and brutal.

The difficult part would be making an unseen approach. Luckily, the two mercs were standing facing east, not the direction from which Mac and Bill were approaching. It didn’t hurt that Kintzler hadn’t made clearing the compound a priority; in fact, the amount of shrubbery left standing was a clear indication of his amateur status. A professional would have cleared the place right away, making sure that every inch could be seen and survelleiled when necessary.

By keeping close to the eastern perimeter, Mac and Bill were able to skirt past the guards without attracting notice. Once they reached the northeastern corner, the metal shed that Kintzler had wishfully designated his armory served as the perfect cover. They’d be able to take the hardmen from behind, before they knew they were being hunted.

Mac crouched down and retrieved the combat knife from his boot sheath as he peered around the corner of the shed. He could see one guard whose back was to him. The other guard wasn’t visible because he was standing directly in front of the armory door. Mac turned his head to Bill and nodded towards the other corner. Bill took the hint and started in that direction.

They were moving from the back of the building–the one spot it never occurred to the guards to check–towards the front, one on each side of the shed. Mac’s knife glinted in the low light. Bill didn’t have a weapon out; he planned to take his target out with nothing but his leather-gloved hands.

Again, timing was critical. Both men had to be wasted at the same time. Mac and Bill had already worked out the timing for this maneuver; in the past, they’d spilled a lot of blood with it.

Death came to the guards with the speed of lightning.

Mac’s target was ex-Marine, judging by the insignia tattooed on the right side of his neck. He was in his mid- to late-20’s and very powerfully built. He had an ethnic appearance, with copper-colored skin, black hair, and dark, almond-shaped eyes. Under his leather jacket, he wore a sports t-short and jeans, both straining so tightly against the hardman’s bulging muscles that they looked painted on. His jeans had small horizontal tears running down the front of both legs; they displayed smooth firm skin running down to his combat boots, which had zippers as well as laces.

Bill‘s target was slightly older, perhaps early 30’s. Not quite as well built, this guard was thin and wiry, with a hard craggy face. He too wore jeans and a t-shirt, with brown work boots pulled up over the cuffs of his jeans. He had short red hair and red-gold stubble on his face.

Both men were armed with shotguns. As Mac and Bill crept closer, they could hear the hardmen laughing and boasting about their sexual exploits. The younger one, the ex-Marine, was describing in detail how he’d fucked a local whore, while the older guard chuckled and added his own comments. They were so involved in reliving their conquests that they never realized they were being sized up for the kill.

Mac reached the northwestern corner of the shed at the same time Bill reached the southwest corner. The guards were facing away from them. They nodded quickly to each other to show that each was ready.

The killing was swift and simultaneous.

Bill jumped forward and clamped his hand over the hardman’s mouth. At the same time, Mac lunged ahead and buried his knife in the Marine’s back. As the kid gasped and rose up on his toes, Mac jerked the knife back out.

At the same time, Bill yanked the older guard’s head violently to the right. The motherfucker’s vertebrae shattered with noise that sounded like a zipper being quickly undone. Bill twisted the guard’s head past 180 degrees, so that the dying fuck spent his last few seconds on earth looking into the cold eyes of his killer.

Bill held the body close to him. Massive nervous system trauma caused it to tremble and quiver in his arms. As Bill watched, a small trail of blood leaked out of the right nostril. The hardman’s eyes, wide with pain and panic, looked beseechingly into Bill‘s, the expression of bewildered terror impossible to miss. The man had no idea what was happening to him. The thought that he was actually dying never occurred to him. The excruciating pain, the inability to breathe, all overwhelmed his ability to think rationally.

He’d have fallen to the ground if Bill hadn’t continued to hold him upright until he died. As life drained out of the guard’s eyes, his bladder voided, filling his boots with piss. His respiratory system paralyzed, the hardman’s face turned blue, then black as he suffocated. Bill let him collapse in a heap, still alive for at least a few more seconds. He got to watch his buddy die before sliding into death himself.

Mac’s target was taken out just as efficiently, if a little more painfully. The knife in his back had induced shock, rendering soldier boy defenseless. Mac slashed between the kid’s legs, slicing open his femoral artery. The punk would have bled out, given time–but Mac wasn’t giving him any time. He kept plunging the knife into the kid’s body with lighting speed, fucking him over with the blade. His arm moving so fast that it blurred, he plunged the tempered steel blade repeatedly into the hardman’s tight body.

The boy was unable to deflect the blows. Each wound sent a shockwave through his body that incapacitated him. There was a horrible tear in his side, but before he could understand that the knife had been jammed into his flank, it was withdrawn, only to slam back into his chest. Before the punk’s lung could collapse, the knife was gone. Then it was back. Mac aimed low and the razor tip speared the boy’s groin, penetrating into his bladder and nearly severing his scrotum.

Mac hadn’t even given soldier boy time to piss in terror. His urine drained out, diluting the blood pouring out of the kid’s mangled sack. The guard could feel the agony but before he could react, the knife was inside him again, tearing and slashing his guts.

The attack had happened quickly; it was over in a matter of second, then Mac stepped back. Soldier boy stood swaying, still deep in shock. His tight clothes were red with blood, his boots stained with blood and piss. The punk turned to Mac and opened his mouth, as if to speak. He reached a hand out to Mac, his eyes silently pleading for help, for some way to understand the vast wave of pain that had swept over him. He coughed, a thick gout of blood splattering from his full lips before he sank to the ground in a shuddering, bleeding mound of hamburger.

Mac and Bill now had free access to the armory. The shed was dark and dirty–Kintzler evidently didn’t know how to care for his weapons–but they each grabbed a handgun and a silencer. Before leaving, Mac set a small incendiary device on a timer. No need to blow the place to fuck; a small fire would render the weapons inoperable just as well and would draw far less attention.

It would be a while before the timer went off, though. In the meantime, Mac and Bill would be busy. There were several more fucktards waiting for them. And they all needed killing, bad.

Having taken out the guards at the armory, Mac cautiously approached the main building with Bill trailing silently. They anticipated that there would be at least four guards between them and the entrance. If they didn’t want the entire army–such as it was–of the Way of the Sword to come down on them, they needed to be very, very careful.

As it happened, luck was with them. There were indeed four guards, all together at the entrance to the building. Mac and Bill hunched down in the underbrush to recon. As they watched, they could hear the guards talking. Bill grinned and nudged Mac when he heard one of the hardmen say that since it was a quiet night, he and his buddy would take turns patrolling with the other two. As the guard went inside, he bolted the door audibly behind him, having made sure that one of the two guys taking the first patrol had keys.

That just left Mac, Bill, and two walking sacks of meat who didn’t know they were about to die.

These two were young. They weren’t kids, but they weren’t seasoned mercenaries either. They looked more like locals who’d somehow gotten caught in Kintzler’s orbit–unluckily for them. It was a fatal mistake.

The local punks separated, one going to the west and one to the east. After a brief and quiet conference, Mac and Bill separated as well, Bill going to the west and Mac to the east.

Mac moved a bit more swiftly than Bill. If his target moved to far to the east, it was possible (not likely, but possible) that he would stumble upon the corpses or the armory guards and raise the alarm. Mac wanted to take him down before he got too far from the building. He had just begun to sidle towards the target when the punk wheeled and called out to his buddy, bumming a smoke. As the guard moved to take the cigarette, Mac took the opportunity to cross his path on the east side of the building.

Lighting the smoke, the local boy turned back and resumed his patrol, the bulk of the main building looming on his left. The corner of the building was ahead of him, and around the corner was sudden, agonizing death.

The unsuspecting youth was in his mid-twenties, with dark blond, curly hair. His broad, blond face, cheeks smudged with golden down, had a slightly Germanic look. He was about six feet tall, well built, with narrow blue eyes. He wore a plaid button-down shirt with the sleeves rolled up past his elbows, showing hairy, muscled forearms with indistinct tattoos. A wide brown leather belt circled the hips of his tight, worn jeans. He had on brown shitkicker boots that matched his belt and were just as worn as the rest of his clothes.

Mac hid in the shadows on the east side of the building. Immediately behind him was a roughly-built work table of some sort; it had been slapped together out of rough pine boards. Despite its weathering and general dilapidation, it was still sturdy. Mac crouched beside it, ready to spring.

Mac was on the kid the moment he passed the corner. There was a brief, desperate struggle while the kid fought vainly for his life, but Mac slammed him against the side of the building and stunned him with a blow to the face before he could cry out. Then he swung his knife up and rammed into the little fucker’s throat, just behind the angle of the jaw.

The kid’s head turned to the right with the force of the blow as the blade sliced through the thick, muscular base of his tongue. His eyes slitted in extreme agony, the punk was unable to scream. His mouth stretched back in a grimace of pain. Mac could see the boy’s tongue clearly–it was protruding and wriggling, pinned in place by the knife skewering it. The little shit was unable to draw it back in his mouth.

Mac grabbed a handful of the boy’s shirt and threw him down on the table, on his back, yanking the knife out as he did. The kid coughed up a gout of blood, but his useless attempt to scream in pain and fear was cut short as Mac flipped the blade around and slashed repeatedly at the guard’s throat.

The kid’s scream became a gurgling moan as the razor-sharp edge of Mac’s Ka-bar knife tore open his windpipe and sliced into his larynx, severing his vocal chords. The punk’s hands clenched and snatched convulsively at Mac’s arms but had no impact on the brutal assault. Mac’s blade became an excruciating blur of death, moving so fast that even Mac had trouble aiming. As a result, the worthless little shit suffered several vicious slashes across his face, cutting open his cheeks and lips.

It was over in less than two minutes. Mac stood over the guard, breathing deeply, admiring his work. The kid lay on the table, his mangled face covered in blood. His stunned blue eyes stared at Mac. The punk tried to scream again, but the only sound that came from his shredded throat was a hissing moan. The kid blinked twice, shuddered violently, and died. A stench filled the air as the dead punk shit and pissed his pants.

Mac ambled back around the corner to wait for Bill. He didn’t have long to wait.

Bill‘s target was slightly younger and slimmer than the first guard. He had a bush of brown hair on his head, with large brown eyes under it. He wore a maroon v-neck t-shirt and skin-tight jeans over combat boots. He also had a gun tucked into his waistband at the back. Bill, approaching from behind, could see the grip pressing against the small of the fucker’s back.

Bill jumped the punk from the rear, clamping one gloved hand over the kid’s mouth while pulling him back tightly. He could feel the kid’s gun pressing into his belly, but the kid had no way to reach it now. And no time, either.

The guard struggled in Bill‘s arms. Bill raised his knife in front and the guard’s squirming became more frantic–he could see the knife and knew it was coming for him. The knowledge didn’t help, though. He was trapped in Bill‘s iron grip and could only follow the blade silently with his eyes as it rose in front of him. It hung in front of his face for a suspenseful moment before plunging into his chest.

The kid’s cry was muffled to a grunt by Bill‘s black leather glove, still gripping the guard’s face. Bill tightened his hand, his thumb sinking into the boy’s left eye as he squeezed the kid’s head, eliciting another agonized moan. Bill had needed to get a better grip so the punk wouldn’t slip out of his hands as Bill jerked the knife away and thrust it back in, on the left side this time.

He could have let the little shit go at this point and still have been perfectly safe. The blade had punctured both of the boy’s lungs, causing them to deflate like leaky balloons. The guard was no longer able to shout and would suffocate soon enough anyway. But he could still make noise, still alert others. Bill had no intention of letting that happen.

Besides, it felt good. The dying fuck jerked and rubbed his ass against Bill‘s crotch with each thrust. His boots kicked out, digging into the dirt.

The punk spent the next sixty seconds in horrible pain as Bill continued to pump the knife into him in a steady rhythm, almost as if he was fucking the kid with the blade. The boy’s shrill grunts faded as seven inches of tempered steel tore through his smooth skin and firm muscles, grinding his organs to hamburger. By the time Bill stopped, the guard was already dead, an oozing pile of meat in his arms. He dropped the quivering mass of flesh which fell straight to the ground with a thump and turned to rejoin Mac.

They didn’t know how many guards were at the main entrance. They began circling the building, looking for another point of entry.

Things were about to get dicey. They prepped themselves to deal with an unknown number of armed men within a confined space. It was time to go own some punks.

As the corpses of the outside guards cooled and stiffened, Mac consulted with Bill on the best way of gaining access to the building. They figured that the other two guards they had seen were most likely still just inside the main door. After all, it had taken no more than a couple of minutes to drop the hardmen outside.

Again, the simplest, most direct approach is usually the best. Mac knocked on the door. It opened a crack and the guard stuck his head out.

Mac had gotten a good look at these guys before they’d ducked inside. They looked more like experienced mercs than the kids they’d left outside. The one who opened the door was in his mid-twenties, with cold, slitted eyes and a shaved head. He’d groomed his facial hair into a knife-edge soul patch. He wore an olive green t-shirt and amazingly tight jeans, the cuffs of which he’d tucked in into a battered pair of ropers.

“Damn, dude, if you lost that fucking key again–” the merc snarled as he peered into the darkness. Mac never gave him the chance to finish his sentence. With lightning speed, he buried his knife in the kid’s throat, impaling his larynx so he was unable to cry out. Mac dragged him out of the door just as the other guard stood up.

There was a small entryway behind the main door, with another door directly opposite, leading further into the building. The other guard had been sitting in a chair by this door. He was about the same age as the other merc, with shoulder-length blond hair and stubble. His shirt was more of a khaki color, but it was a size too small and it stretched tightly over the guard’s heavily muscled chest. He also wore a pair of torn, soiled jeans and boots with squared-off toes.

He rose from his chair and reached for his rifle the moment his buddy was yanked out of the door, but it was too little, too late. Another large figure loomed in the doorway. It was Bill. The silenced 9mm in his hand caught the light as it coughed quietly, twice.

A hole appeared on the right side of the merc’s chest, knocking him back at an angle. Before he had a chance to react, his right eye vanished and a cloud of red mist and tissue erupted from a jagged hole near the top of his head.

The hardman stood still for a moment, swaying slightly. His face went blank and a stream of blood spurted rhythmically from the top of his skull. He sank to his knees, drooling, arms out and hands scrabbling for purchase. Even after hot lead had torn a path through his brain, the hardbody punk was still fighting a losing battle to stand and resist.

As the kid knelt, massive brain trauma reflected in his vacant expression, Bill could see a large dark spot forming in the guard’s groin as his physical control slipped and he pissed himself. With a deep, hiccupping gasp, the young man toppled over and convulsed, blood still spurting from his shattered cranium as his boots kicked jaggedly at the chair he’d been stating in just seconds earlier. The small room began to stink as the dying hardman shit his pants.

Outside, Mac was making quick work of the skinhead punk. The kid fought him, his face a tight mask of agony as he choked and gagged on the coppery taste of his own blood filling his mouth. His hands grasped weakly at Mac’s shoulder while Mac jerked and twisted his blade in the little fuck’s throat, slashing it open, flaying the kid’s trachea like a fillet.

Mac didn’t want to get too much blood on himself. He kicked the merc hard in the balls, then punched him in the face. The kid staggered back, fell, and did not get up again. He died face down in the dirt, awash in agony, not realizing that his useless life was over.

They’d managed to gain access, killing the guards before they could raise the alarm. But now they were in the hornet’s nest. Some of Kintzler’s crew were kids, violent, troubled youths. Mac knew that he and Bill could handle the kids–could handle anyone they met in the compound, for that matter–but not all at once. And some of the men inside were hardened, experienced killers.

Mac and Bill were going to have to ensure that no alarms were raised at any time they were inside the building; they could be overwhelmed by too many adversaries at once.

This meant they were going to have to kill everyone they saw inside. Just to be safe.

The entryway they’d entered was near the southeast corner of the building. The inner door revealed a hallway running straight back into the depths of the building and another hall to the left, running along the front of the structure. The hall going back had doors on its right side only–rooms looking out on the north side of the compound. The hall to the left had doors to rooms in the front and a couple of doors on the right, evidently leading to a single large room.

Both halls were empty. The dossier on the structure had been necessarily vague; Kintzler’s quarters were likely in the back, on the other side of the building, but there was no way to tell for sure.

They were going to have to hunt.

Since the hall directly in front of them led towards the back, they decided it made the most sense to start in that direction. It was a bit easier than the other hall would have been, anyway, since all the doors here were on one side.

Guns drawn, the two shadowy figures of death stalked the darkened hallway. The first couple of rooms were overgrown supply closets. The third room had a pair of bunk beds, both empty.

The bunk beds in the fourth room weren’t empty. All four beds were occupied by sleeping men. Bill nodded at Mac and approached the beds on the right, while Mac went to the left.

The men in the bottom bunk never woke up. They died like dogs in their sleep, jerking and grunting as silenced bullets tore through their skulls. As quiet as the silencer was, though, the faint punching sound and the flash from the barrel disturbed the men in the upper bunks.

The guard on the left sat up, running his eyes blearily in the dim light. He looked up just in time to catch Bill‘s next shot full-on in the face. The bullet caught his mouth and ripped straight back into the brain stem. The unsuspecting merc slumped back onto his bed as his teeth littered the gore on his pillow. Bill grinned at the results of his 9mm facial.

The guard on Mac’s side was just awake enough to realize what was happening. He sat bolt upright in the bed, frozen with horror, his long curly blond hair caught at his shoulders. The hardman saw the muzzle of the gun pointing at him and instinctively put up his hand and turned away. It was useless, of course. The bullet punched through his palm and lodged in the man’s skull behind his ear. He jerked forward and fell out of the bunk, causing Mac to leap up and grab the merc’s hard body before it hit the ground. Mac laid him down quietly before both killers stole silently out the door.

They left the room behind them reeking of death and gunpowder. The blond guard wasn’t completely dead yet, but he was no longer a threat. Mac left him on the floor, marinating in a puddle of his own blood and piss.

The next room was also empty, but the one after that was occupied.

Bill crouched down and peered through the crack of the door. Another bedroom with two bunk beds. The lights were on. There were two men in the room–but that was being generous, Bill decided; these two were kids. Neither of them was over nineteen years sold, by the look of it.

One of the boys was already undressed and in bed. The other was sitting on the other bunk, still dressed in a tight blue t-shirt, jeans, and white leather hightops. He was a big boy, with an incredibly broad, firm chest; his jeans strained tightly around his muscled legs as well. His dark curled hair was kept short, showing his blue eyes, now red with alcohol and drug use.

He’d evidently just gotten back for a night out. He sat on the bed, sharing a joint with his roommate and bragging about the whore he’d banged in town.

His friend was smaller, with a fringe of very straight brown hair hanging low over his forehead. He was sitting on the bed with the blanket thrown back, revealing his smooth, slim, firm body. He was wearing nothing but his white briefs, so Bill could see nearly every inch of the boy’s skin. The boy was seriously fucked up with a glassy-eyed grin and was clearly enjoying his buddy’s tales of conquest, judging by the tent pole in his shorts.

As Bill stepped back to confer with Mac, they could still hear the kids talking. The smaller one mumbled something about getting a beer. This time, it was Mac who perked through the crack.

Muscle boy was still sitting on the bed. He was stoned out of his gourd and wasn’t going anywhere. The other kid didn’t bother to dress. He slipped a pair of combat boots onto his bare feet, leaving them unlaced and open at the top, as he prepared to leave the room.

Mac and Bill consulted again, quickly. This needed to be a quiet kill. The silencers were starting to wear out and they didn’t need to take any more chances.

This one was going to be hands-on. Mac drew his knife from his boot sheath. Flecks of dried blood from his earlier kills floated off the blade. He and Bill flattened themselves against the wall where they’d be hidden by the opening door. Then it was a matter of waiting.

The boy in the skivvies came out and turned to the right. He never saw the two men behind the door. Mac had already marked him; Bill was gonna take out the guy in the room. But this kid needed to get a bit further from the door or he’d end up blocking it.

Mac watched the kid’s back as he stumbled down the hall, his boots clomping loosely on the floorboards. White cotton cupped the boy’s tight ass as it flexed with every step. Mac sidled after him, creeping forward to allow Bill enough room to get through the bedroom door.

It was time. They sprang simultaneously, taking their targets utterly by surprise.

Bill burst through the door into the bedroom, his knife drawn, his rubber-soled boots gliding soundlessly. Muscle boy looked up at him in wasted confusion, his drug-addled mind not comprehending the avatar of death standing before him. He gaped slack-jawed at the blade, fascinated by the glint on its razor edge.

The boy in the hall never saw it coming. Mac clamped his hand over the kid’s mouth and held the firm, struggling body close to him as he thrust his blade repeatedly into the punk’s back and flank. The useless little fuck fought hard, his hands trying to pry the merciless grip of Mac’s leather-gloved fingers from his mouth so he could call out for help.

There was no help, no alert. Each thrust of the blade made the kid writhe, causing him to grind his firm, tight ass into Mac’s groin. The boy’s muffled grunts and moans became louder.

“Shh,” whispered Mac into the kid’s ear. “Almost over. Let go, you little fuck. Stop fighting it. ”

The teen’s hands pawed and grasped helplessly at Mac’s arms, desperately seeking some escape from the agony of the knife. The boy could feel the muscles like iron bands in the body of the man who was holding him tight in a death grip. Every thrust of the blade left the kid weaker and in more pain. And then it stopped.

Mac stood, breathing heavily, as the youth slowly slid to the ground. As he sank, first to his knees, then onto his face, the boy tried to remain upright by grabbing Mac. The hard killer could feel the kid’s hands grasping him weakly, on the arms, in the groin, down the legs.

As the punk huddled at Mac’s feet, his life blood draining out onto Mac’s combat boots–and his own–the boy turned his tear-stained face up to Mac’s, trying to understand what had happened, how a quick trip to the kitchen had engulfed him in a screaming vortex of pain and death…

He got no answers. He slid into death as confused and ignorant as he’d ever been. Mac watched the boy’s face intently. As he saw the light fade in his eyes, Mac could feel his own cock, straining in the crotch of his black commando jumpsuit, start to spasm. He knew what he needed to do.

Mac crouched over the dying teen and slowly sliced open his throat. He was silent; the only sign the he’d filled his own shorts with cum was his ragged breathing as he sawed through the boy’s neck.

Bill, of course, was just as hard as Mac—but this was business, not pleasure. It was his job to drop this piece of shit. If he got off while doing it, great.

This time, he thought he’d be able to get off. The kid was way too fucked up to resist. He was helpless in the face of a stone cold killer determined to off him quickly and quietly.

The boy’s red, half-open eyes had focused on the blade, mesmerized by his approaching death like a rabbit hypnotized by a snake. He was lying back across the lower bunk at an angle, his head against the wall and bent forward at the neck. His legs splayed like thick overstuffed sausages, his left sneaker resting on the floor, the right one dangling in the air to the side of the bed.

Bill was patient. He waited as the kid’s eyes moved slowly up from the knife to his face, then locked onto his own eyes.

“Wha th’ fuck?” slurred the wasted teen.

“Time to die, motherfucker,” Bill replied, grinning. Then he fell full-length on top of the youth and began plunging his knife into his young victim’s squirming gut.

The punk gasped in anguish as the seven-inch serrated carbon steel blade sliced its way through his intestines. He inhaled deeply, preparatory to a scream, but Bill slammed the heel of his free hand up into the kid’s jaw with lightning speed and pressed his head against the wall.

Throughout what followed, Bill kept up the pressure on the boy’s jaw, grinding his head ruthlessly into the wall.

The kid was young and strong, a teenager in the prime of his life and very well built. He fought for his life with unconscious desperation—unconscious because he was fighting for something he’d never valued, something he’d wasted completely.

Even as Bill’s knife tore through the youth’s smooth, taut belly and parted his six-pack abs like they were warm butter, the boy wrapped his legs around Bill’s torso and began to squeeze. It wasn’t a deliberate defensive move so much as a form of flailing. He was in agony.

His hands grabbed and snatched at Bill’s face, causing Bill to have to turn and bob his head to avoid them. It got old; Bill moved higher up on the boy. Now Bill’s groin was level with his victim’s; each pump of the knife made the kid’s pelvis buck like a bronco and grind his package into Bill’s junk.

It was unbelievably swift and brutal—although it undoubtedly felt like an eternity to the poor punk who’d started the evening by getting fucked, then getting fucked up—and now getting knife-fucked.

But it was literally a matter of seconds. When the boy started making loud incoherent noises out of the corner of his mouth, it was more an instinctive cry of agony than an intentional call for help. Either way, it meant the end.

“Shut the fuck up, you piece of shit,” Bill hissed. He shoved the kid’s head into the wall as hard as he could, bending it back to expose the underside of the jaw.

Bill hunched down, using his body to restrain the teen punk, the hardman wanna-be, and slammed his knife deep into the exposed tender flesh under the boy’s jaw. The worthless little fuck had thought he had what it took to be real killer. He spent his last excruciating seconds of life learning what a real killer could do.

The knife wounds in his gut and chest were nothing—pinpricks. The fountain of agony that erupted as the sharpened steel blade sliced up through his tongue was literally indescribable. The teen’s muscled body quivered in shock as his face contorted unrecognizably. His legs tightened around Bill’s body, his leather sneakers digging at the backs of Bill’s thighs.

The pain in his jaw and tongue were only the beginning. Over the next few seconds, the boy spent eons in pain, coming to understand the death to which his wasted youth had brought him. It damn sure felt like eons as the blade continued upwards. The pain as the steel tip penetrated his soft palate was phenomenal, but nothing could have prepared him for the horror of hearing and feeling the knife punch through the bottom of his skull behind the sinuses.

There are no nerve endings in the brain. The sound echoed within the teen’s mind, ablaze with terror, but he couldn’t feel the massive trauma being inflicted. Which isn’t to say that he wasn’t in pain—Bill’s blade was very thick. As he kept inserting into the punk’s skull, it kept slicing the wound open further.

The boy lost voluntary muscle control. Poor little fuck, he’d been so proud of them, too. Bill grinned as the kid’s hard body convulsed involuntarily. He planted his hand over the fucker’s face, twisted the knife violently inside the skull, and jerked it out.

Bill found himself holding the kid down with both arms as he thrashed uncontrollably. Suddenly Bill could feel a moist warmth in his groin. The sensation made him shoot his load, clamping down and holding the trembling teen hardman tightly to prevent any noise. He hadn’t specifically meant to do it, but his blade had shorted out the boy’s brain at some point, overloading the central nervous system to the point of producing an involuntary orgasm.

Fuckin’ A. Not everyone got to get paid doing something they love.

It took Bill a few seconds to recover himself enough to continue. No more than a few seconds, though. He was a professional and this was an occupational hazard. He knew Mac experienced it as well and, out of respect, allowed him a moment to recover also.

After no more than fifteen seconds, Bill stepped back into the hall, ready to continue the job. He looked down at the boy crouched at Mac’s feet, catching Mac’s grin. They dragged the corpse back into the bedroom and closed the door. Luckily, the hallway was dark enough that the pool of blood and urine wasn’t visible at a distance.

They fully understood that this was still a dangerous situation. Not all of the men ahead would be as easy to take out as these two had been.

The hunt was on.


 

“Yeah, man, let me hook you up with my accountant. I dunno what the fuck he’s investing me in, but I’m making a wad of cash. If you wanna earn serious interest on this bonus money, I’ll get you his contact info. He ain’t exactly public, ya know?”

Chris looked up at Chuck. “Dude, that’d be great,” he replied. “Hey, do ya think this Kintzler wacko really has the extra money he promised us?”

“He’d better,” growled Chuck. “Yeah, he’s a psycho, but he knows better than to hire a bunch of professionals and then stiff them on their pay. If he jacks us, he knows they’ll find him in a hundred pieces, each one cut off while he’s still alive.”

Chuck Allen was thirty-four, ex-Marine–a hardman. He had sandy hair that he waved with gel, even “on duty,” as he liked to think of himself. He was about six feet tall, well-built but not overly muscled. A dark blue t-shirt with an American flag stretched tightly across his chest. His fatigue pants were tight as well–Chuck was well hung and liked to show it off–down to his lower calves, where they bloused into his combat boots.

Chuck was in his room in Kintzler’s Way of the Sword “barracks” in the madman’s compound. It was a small, bare room with two sets of bunk beds.

Despite the four beds, only one other person occupied the room. This was because Chuck and his roommate were experienced men. Most of Kintzler’s “army” consisted of deeply troubled boys, virtually all of them between eighteen and twenty-five. Stupid kids, that is. They had to sleep four to a room.

Hence the bonus Chuck was referring to. It was extra pay for training the kids in the art of war (in keeping with his low IQ, Chuck liked to think shooting unarmed civilians was an “art”). Although Chuck, with the contempt typical of the older male towards the younger, doubted any of the punks would rise to professional quality; they were utter fuck-ups, one and all.

Chuck’s roommate was Chris, Chris Jacobs (real name Jacowitz, but he had no intention of letting Kintzler know that and end up losing a good gig because the dude was a racist nutjob). Chris was thirty and ex-military as well, although he’d never advanced higher than lieutenant captain in the army. Still, basic training and a brief stint in Afghanistan—where he’d been in the motor pool—made Chris ten times more experienced than most of Kintzler’s punks.

Of course, Kintzler had hired other mercs as well. Chris was on the low end of the totem pole among the men (as opposed to the boys). Chuck had taken him under his wing, more or less, and Chris was grateful.

Chris had dark brown hair in an untidy shag over his head and a scruffy beard to match. He lounged back on his bed, looking up, his large blue eyes looking up at Chuck out of his broad and somewhat naïve face.

His nose was large, his lips full and his lashes long, all of which combined to give him a look of innocence, of vulnerability—when one looked at him, it was easy to understand why he’d washed out of the military; he didn’t look hard enough to kill.

Yet here he was, selling his skills to a lunatic who had every intention of killing innocent people. And he did indeed know how to kill. Despite his face, there was nothing innocent about Chris.

He wore a tight, worn, and very faded pair of jeans. In deliberate imitation of Chuck’s bloused camos, Chris had tucked his jeans into his light gray ropers. He was in the process of getting ready for bed; he wore nothing above the waist, showing his smooth bare chest. He was slim, but not scrawny; his pecs and biceps were visible if not pronounced. On his right shoulder was a tattoo of a smiley face with a bullet hole in the forehead, leaking blood.

It was a shame he’d never get the chance to appreciate the irony.

In fact, he was so engrossed in his financial discussion with Chuck that there was a lot he didn’t appreciate.

Not that Chuck appreciated it either. And he had less excuse, since he was more experienced. But he was enjoying dispensing wisdom to his protégé so much that he never saw the fiber-optic camera peering under the door.

Chuck had been looking down at Chris when the door burst open. He looked up and had just enough time to gasp at the figure in the doorway when there was a flash, the taste of smoke—and Chuck’s brain stem splattered on the wall behind him.

Chuck didn’t know what had happened, which wasn’t surprising. Even his killer, Bill, hadn’t expected the exact sequence. Chuck’s gasp of surprise had kept his face from being destroyed by the silenced bullet that ended his life. The bullet had entered through his open mouth, torn through the back of his throat and ripped out his brain stem through the back of his skull.

Chuck dropped down bonelessly. The part of the brain that controlled all involuntary physical functions had been physically torn from his cranium along with top of his spinal cord. As he crumpled to the ground, there was a sickening “liquid” sound as his bowels and bladder voided.

Problem was, his brain was still alive. He couldn’t breathe, his heart had stopped, he was on the verge of death—but he could still see, hear, understand.

It took nine seconds for his brain to die

One-one thousand

The figure in the door had faded, only to be replaced by another. Chuck had no way to know it, of course, but it had been pre-arranged that Bill would kick the door in and shoot the hardman in the back of the room, since his silencer was still working. Then Mac would step up.

Two-one thousand 

Chuck lay still on the floor. The pain in his mouth and head was overwhelming, but he wasn’t able to feel or control any other part of his body but his head–mostly because there was now a gaping bloody hole where his spinal column met his brain.

He was still, inert, his mind aflame with pain and the terror of death. He couldn’t feel his bowels and bladder void, but he could smell it. He could see the pool of urine spreading around his body and inexorably creeping toward his face; he could hear wet slurping sounds as his underwear filled with shit.

He could see Chris, who had risen from his mattress and stood, staring down at his roommate, frozen in shock.

Chuck couldn’t see the man who’d killed him; he’d stepped back into the shadows beyond the doorway. But there was another, dressed in black as well, another killer coming forward with a knife…

In his fog of agony and fear, Chuck could see the dark, hard figure with the knife move on Chris, but there was nothing he could do, no way for him to warn the younger man. He was trapped and would have to watch him die as Chuck died himself.

Three one-thousand

Chris stared down at Chuck in confusion. With less military experience, he wasn’t used to thinking quickly in critical situations. He could only gape down at Chuck and wonder what the fuck had happened and where all that blood came from–and what the fuck, did Chuck just shit himself?

He’d have caught on in a couple of seconds–but he wasn’t given time. He knew he was fucked when a leather-gloved hand clamped over the lower half of his face and dug in painfully, preventing him from crying out. His eyes bulged in fear as the realization of what was happening sank into him.

Then the knife was inside him.

Lying on his side with his face turned slightly up, Chuck had a ringside view of Chris’s death. Chuck knew that he himself was badly injured and dying, but he had no idea how bad his injury was. Deep in his traumatized mind, he’d hoped that Chris would get help, would somehow save him from pain and death. With a chunk of his brain missing, there was no way he could have survived–but he didn’t know that; it had all happened too fast. He still thought he had a fighting chance.

Now he knew differently. They were both going to die and Chuck could do nothing but lie there, helpless, and watch.

Four one-thousand

Mac’s assault targeted the same part of the body on Chris as Bill had targeted on Chuck, and for the same reason–a need to cause instant and permanent disablement to the hardmen. The central nervous system couldn’t take much damage without rendering the victim immobile.

The guards didn’t need to die; they just needed to be silenced. Neither Mac nor Bill had time to fuck with these guys; they’d taken too long on the last kills and needed to clear this hall swiftly, before anyone found the bodies. The attack was quick and brutal, but wasn’t specifically designed to kill.

This was unfortunate for the victims, since they died anyway–but not quickly.

Chris had instinctively braced himself for pain, but when it came, it was far worse than anything the merc had expected. Mac’s knife slashed into the top of Chris’s neck on the right side, the carbon steel blade sliding smoothly between the C1 cervical vertebra and the base of the skull. A quick flick of Mac’s wrist and the knife ripped upwards through the foramen magnum, the hole by which the spinal cord entered the brain.

Five one-thousand

Chris stood rigidly, frozen in place by sudden massive brain damage. The blade had sliced through his brain stem, cerebellum and occipital lobe, utterly disabling him. The brain stem controls involuntary muscles used for things like the lungs and heart–which was why Chuck was lying in the floor, paralyzed, brain dying from lack of oxygen; his brain stem had been blown all over the back wall by Bill‘s bullet, along with part of his cerebellum.

This latter part of the brain controls things like balance and motor control. The occipital lobe controls vision.

Chris was sucked into a howling black vortex of agony as his body went limp in Mac’s arms. Mac had to shift himself quickly to keep hold of his target and prevent him from making too much noise when he fell.

For a brief moment, in the midst of his death agony, Chris could feel his killer’s hard body pressing against him and holding him up. The knife hadn’t completely severed his spinal cord, so some signals were getting through. But this inflicted more trauma on Chris’s mangled brain; to grab him, Mac had to let go of the knife, which stuck grotesquely from the back of the hardman’s skull. The violent motion caused by Mac’s grabbing the falling body made the knife bob back and forth slightly in the wound, each swing carving further into the guard’s brain tissue.

Six one-thousand

Chuck saw Chris grow rigid in pain and rise up on the toes of his boots. His eyes rolled back, showing only blood-streaked whites as his body began to convulse, causing his killer to clamp down on him even more tightly to lessen the impact of the sound. From his position on the floor, Chuck could see a dark stain spread across the bulge in the crotch of Chris’s tight jeans, a dark stain that started running down both legs. Soon Chris’s boots were filling with his own piss.

As Mac got a better grip on his victim, he slammed the knife up into the fucker’s skull as hard as he could, penetrating much further than before. As the knife tipped forward inside Chris’s cranium, it shredded his frontal lobe, which contains the personality.

Chris wasn’t dead yet, but he had ceased to exist. Now he was nothing but meat with a pulse, shuddering in the arms of his killer. Mac lowered the body until it was resting on its knees before pulling his knife back out of the skull and wiping it off on the guard’s clothes. He lay the quivering mass of flesh on the ground directly in front of Chuck’s horror-stricken eyes.

Seven one-thousand

Chuck could make out the face of the killer—just barely, in his peripheral vision. A hard, sneering face, taking pleasure in watching him die. The image was seared into his mind by terror even as his mind began to dim and fade.

Cold, cold and pain were the only physical sensations left to Chuck; his savaged nervous system wasn’t capable of transmitting anything else. His thoughts were slow and feeble as a geometrically increasing percentage of his brain tissue died.

The only senses left working were sight and hearing—and his hearing wasn’t really working; he could hear nothing but a loud buzzing that drowned all else out.

Chuck’s body had randomly twitched and jerked a couple of times, but he had never been aware of it. And now, even this had stopped. There was nothing left but one last little flicker of consciousness whose pain-wracked universe consisted of the very limited field of vision of Chuck’s eyes.

That flicker got to watch Chris shoot his death wad before it faded, though.

Eight one-thousand

Chris was lying on his back. His convulsions had grown increasingly severe. Unlike Chuck, his nervous system had been fatally damaged but not completely severed. There was still a connection of a kind between the brain and the body.

The pathway between the two had been horribly mangled, though. And much like Chuck, the part of the brain controlling involuntary muscles had been thoroughly reamed out. The muscles were responding to the random firings of the voluntary system.

Chris’s eyes were still rolled all the way back. The small amount of blood leaking from his nose was barely noticeable next to the amount that spewed from his mouth and matted his scruffy beard. He’d bitten through his bottom lip. His smooth chest, slick with sweat, heaved with each spasm of his diaphragm, causing his lungs to expand and contract arhythmically. Saliva bubbled up out of his mouth and, mixing with the blood, formed a pink foam that got caught on the brown bristles on his chin.

Chuck could see all this from the corner of his eye, but they were pointed right at Chris’s groin. He’d long since lost the ability to move them. Hours ago. An eternity ago.

He would never understand just how quickly his life had ended. Even had his brain still been fully functioning, he simply could not have comprehended that this much pain could fit into such a short time.

And he couldn’t have comprehended the physiological conditions that had created the tent pole in Chris’s tight jeans directly in front of him. He would not have understood that the uncontrolled firing of neurons had tightened blood vessels and caused Chris’s thick cock to swell and turn as purple as if he’d been wearing a cockring.

It was a shame that Mac’s knife had slipped; the punk might have enjoyed his death woody. As it was, there was nothing but a meat puppet thrashing on the floor and oozing enough precum to leave a new dark stain on the crotch of the jeans.

Nine one-thousand

The bulge in Chris’s groin—that’s all that’s left. The world has shrunk to one small circle of color focused on a patch of moist, straining denim. Everything else is cold and dark.

It doesn’t matter if the killer is still in the room or not. There is no killer, there is no Chris, there is only that circle of light in which a denim bulge swells and spasms and spouts a shiny white froth, where a shuddering sack of meat convulses itself into orgasm.

And finally, there is no Chuck, but not before the final realization that his own stupid choices led him to a nightmarish death, one into which he slid, screaming silently, utterly alone.


 

It wasn’t until they reached the back hallway that Mac realized that their information was incomplete. This was a problem.

They paused and conferred in tight whispers. They were at the northern end of the hall that ran down the west side of the building. The huge rooms to the left, an auditorium/gym and a cafeteria, with kitchens, storerooms and showers in between, were exactly as expected. It was the right side that was off—but this was where Kintzler was supposed to be.

It had been given that Kinztler had a bedroom and office in a couple of rooms down this hall, with bodyguards posted in the hall as well as in the rooms on each side; his room would be obvious, since it was the one being guarded.

Problem was, there were no guards in the hallway. What’s more, there was another hallway off this one, running back to the west at a right angle. That wasn’t supposed to be there.

Evidently Kintzler had been busy since the info had been gathered. Either the number of his recruits had increased to the point he needed more room, or he’d felt the need to distance himself from his troops. Whatever the case was, they needed more info before proceeding. That hallway was a potentially fatal bottleneck.

Conferring briefly, Mac and Bill decided an interrogation was in order. Standard operating procedure–find a pair of guards, force one to watch while the other gets wasted, pump the terrified survivor for info before whacking him too. Works every time when dealing with an undisciplined opponent.

They crept silently down the hall on the toes of their rubber-soled combat boots, long razor-sharp utility knives gripped tightly in their gloved hands. They paused outside each door, listening; the first three were silent but the fourth–last one before the unexpected hallway–was occupied by a couple of men whose voices they heard before they got to the door itself.

The fiber-optic cable camera was one of the most useful toys they pressed into service. The tiny video head on the tip of the cable allowed them to run the thing under a door and see what was going on on the other side.

What they saw in this case was interesting. The room was occupied by two men. Their appearance was foreshortened due to the extreme angle of the camera on the floor, but was clear enough to give an idea of what Mac and Bill were up against.

While they didn’t pay attention to the details of the conversation they could hear, they picked up enough of the gist to identify who was who between the two men in the room.

One of the men wasn’t that undisciplined. He was instructing the other on the proper use of his handgun—and was dead-on accurate, too. Even more noteworthy was his outfit.

Warped as the image was, it was still possible to identify the patch on his shoulder; he was wearing the uniform of the local police. This guy was a cop.

Mac had caught Bill’s faint grunt of surprise and didn’t have to ask if he’d noticed. They both became still, trying to eavesdrop and figure out what the hell was going on. It seemed to be another situation like the last; someone with experience sharing a room with a raw recruit. In this case, the cop was an admirable mentor.

They hadn’t been warned that any of the local law was involved; that could complicate things. Plus, this guy had an ethnic appearance that was surprising to find in the Way of the Sword. Kintzler didn’t like anyone Hitler wouldn’t have approved of (and maybe some he would have).

This guy was in his late twenties with a distinct appearance. Bronze skin, blue-black hair, short and very straight, a long, aquiline nose—Native American or mestizo, perhaps. He was still dressed in his uniform, but was getting ready for bed as they watched.

He removed his black cap and his shirt, revealing a well-developed chest, bulging biceps in the arms and a couple of tattoos. There was a large dragon—in outline only—running down his right arm from the shoulder to below the elbow. In the tender flesh between the navel and the waistband of his tight black slacks was a pair of Chinese characters in green ink.

Bracing himself against the wall with one hand, he continued to lecture his punk roommate about center-mass targeting and takedown shots. He’d clearly had some tactical training and it was suddenly obvious why Kintzler had been willing to overlook his racial inferiority; he had an invaluable skill.

In fact, Mac decided—and Bill agreed—this guy was probably the main firearms expert in the camp.

His hand against the wall, the cop reached down and unzipped the tightly laced utility boots he was wearing. Slipping out of them, he undid his belt, laying it on the dresser. His gun, baton, handcuffs, mace—everything, really—were out of his reach as he shucked off his pants to reveal white boxers that looked painted onto his thick, firm thighs, the thin cotton stretched over his large package. He stood there in his underwear, his hairy calves dropping to his white athletic sock, without his weapons.

They couldn’t take the chance of him getting within reach of his gun. They worked their plan out carefully.

When they went in, Bill would grab the cop and Mac the kid. The cop would have to go quick, before he had an opportunity to resist. The kid would likely be cowed by the cop’s death and give up all the info they needed. And he’d be easier to waste silently when they were done with him. They turned their attention to him.

He was in his early twenties and somewhat shorter than the cop (who was about six feet), being only five-five or so. Brown hair, coming up to a point, brown eyes in a broad face ringed by a scruffy but well-defined beard and goatee. He was wearing nothing but a pair of shiny navy blue gym shorts, ankle socks and tight white leather sneakers. His broad, muscled chest was smooth and unblemished, flowing down his rippled abdomen to a slight hint of dark fuzz just above the shorts; the same hint of dark fuzz trailing down the legs that kicked restlessly as the boy gazed up into his mentor’s face with an expression bordering on love.

He was utterly unprepared for the brutal death that was tensed to spring just on the other side of the door.

Bill leapt forward, planting the huge sole of his combat boot against the door. It gave like cardboard. As expected, the cop whirled and went defensive instantly; experienced hardmen were dangerous opponents. Bill was ready with three blows in quick succession, a right across the jaw to stun the traitorous fucker, a punch to the groin to show him who was boss and remove any lingering defensive capability, and finally a kick to the back of the knee to drop the cop to his knees and lock him in place for the kill.

Before he could regain his breath from the crotchshot, the cop found himself pinned to the ground on his knees with a phenomenally sharp knife at his throat.

The kid, predictably enough, froze during the attack, allowing Mac plenty of time to slip over and grab him roughly, manhandling him into position on his knees, facing the cop, no more than three feet away. Crouching behind him, Mac forced the kid’s head towards Bill, hands wrapped around the boy’s head, the tips of his fingers prying the eyelids open.

The kid was being forced to watch his mentor die. Bill made sure to give him a good show. But he needed to understand that this was the consequence of resistance, so the interrogation got started.

“Where’s Kintzler?” Mac snarled into the terrified boy’s ear. “C’mon, motherfucker, don’t make me hafta hurt you.”

“Don’t tell ‘em a goddam thing!” cried the cop, “fuckin’ bastards are gonna waste us anyway! Keep your mouth shut, Mike, or you’re gonna fuck us all!”

“Yeah,” sneered Mac, “ya think so? Watch this fuckwad. Watch what happens if you don’t tell us what we want.” He nodded to Bill.

Bill was kneeling behind the cop. He’d grabbed a handful of the deep black hair to steady the man’s head as he poked his knife against the man’s throat. This was a specially-made blade, identical to the one Mac held against the kid’s neck; the blade, machine-edged tempered steel, was nearly nine inches long, with jagged serrations running most of its length. Bill gripped the molded rubber hilt firmly in his leather gloved hand, clapping the other hand over the cop’s mouth, letting him inhale the strong scent of the leather combat glove.

With a quick thrust, Bill punched the knife through the man’s throat. The cop’s face contracted in agony as the blade sank in smoothly, meeting no resistance until it encountered the larynx. Bill had to grab hold of the cop’s jaw firmly to ram the knife through the cartilage of his voice box; since the rubbery tissue put up a fight, it took several seconds of sawing. The cop’s muffled screams were nightmarish; Mac had to clamp down on the kid to keep him from screaming in sympathetic terror.

With a final grunt of effort, Bill succeeded in slamming the blade out the other side of the cop’s neck. The hardman’s face, a mask of shock and agony, gazed directly into the boy’s eyes, foreshadowing his own awful fate. The kid began to whimper as the crotch of the cop’s boxers went dark and the acrid stench of urine filled the air; the dying man had pissed himself in terror and pain, his wide, dark-rimmed eyes communicating to his young protégé more effectively than words the horrors in store that were the end result of this life of hate.

“Watch him die, motherfucker,” Mac whispered into the boy’s ear. “Imagine how much it hurts to have your fucking vocal cords cut out of your throat. Tell me what I wanna know and I might not do it to you. I wanna gut you like a pig, bitch, just gimme a reason.”

The kid’s eyes grew huge. He trembled on the verge of physical shock and was well beyond the point of psychological shock. It was time to end the show.

Bill began slicing the knife forward, cutting his way out of the cop’s throat. The hardman’s bulging arms flailed at his attacker’s grip, his belly heaving in excruciating pain, beads of sweat matting his stomach fur and dripping down to obscure the Chinese characters on his desperately heaving belly.

His body went rigid in agony, his hot flesh turning to quivering stone in Bill’s arms. A deeper stench filed the air as Bill’s knife slashed up through the front of the cop’s throat and opened his windpipe to the outside air.

As the cop gasped and wheezed, gurgling on his own blood, hacking it up in a viscous spray over the kid’s face, Mac muttered in the boy’s ear, “Smell that, fuckwad? He shit himself. He’s fucking toast, fucking bleeding meat and you’re gonna be the same if I ain’t happy with your answers. So where’s Kintzler and what’s down this hall?”

The kid gave up the details, of course, alternately sobbing like a baby and pleading for his life. It took a few moments for it to emerge that Kintzler’s room was at the end of the hall to the west, that the single door into it led to a well-guarded anteroom and that at least two bodyguards were in Kintzler’s private quarters.

Bill let the cop sink to the floor, jerking convulsively, his shredded trachea making involuntary squealing sounds as his body frantically fought to draw air into the mangled esophagus. The hunched, helpless body continued to gurgle and squeal as life faded from the slashed pile of muscle.

The boy watched it all, tears and snot streaming down his face and matting his beard as he babbled away information that he’d sworn to give his life to protect. The horror of actual combat death, the knowledge that this was what his unreasoning hate had led him to, caused the boy such fear that he didn’t realize he’d pissed himself until he felt the warm fluid soaking through his gym shorts.

He gave it all up, pissing and sobbing like an infant. When he was done, sniveling like a worm, Mac glanced over at Bill and grinned.

“Hey, man,” he chuckled, “think we got what we needed. Any reason to hang onto this fucker?”

The boy, his eyes wide with terror, looked desperately into Bill’s eyes, seeking mercy and finding cold steel.

“Nah,” shrugged Bill. “Waste his ass, we ain’t got time to fuck around with a piece a’ shit like that.”

Mac grabbed the kid under the jaw and pulled his head back so he could look straight down into the punk’s eyes. “You heard him, dude. Nothin’ personal, motherfucker, but we don’t need ya anymore. Fuck off, asswipe.”

Mac jammed his knife into the kid’s throat—not horizontally through the larynx, as Bill had done, but upwards at an angle from the base of the jaw.

Mac had wrapped one arm around the boy’s head, grabbing his mouth. He had to clamp down now, feeling the kid’s beard scrape against his leather glove, in order to force the tip of his blade through the thick, resistant muscle in the base of the tongue.

The boy stiffened in agony as sharpened steel slashed apart his tongue and sliced his gum to the bone as it ricocheted off his jaw with such force that it bounced up to and through the soft palate.

The punk’s arms flailed wildly as Mac’s blade continued its upwards path, shearing through the back of the sinus cavity before lodging in almost the exact center of the brain. Every muscle in the boy’s body went instantly rigid with brain trauma. As his legs kicked out, his tight sneakers beating a sharp rhythm of death against the floor, a noticeable bulge began to grow in the dark satiny groin of his shorts.

A swift and brutal twist of the knife, slashing mercilessly through the knotted mass of tissue in the brain that controls pleasure, sent an irrepressible signal through the nervous system. From a yard away, Bill could see the spasm in the center of the boy’s blue shorts as his thick cock convulsed and spewed a thick wad of semen, white foam bubbling up through the silky material as the hard-bodied punk quivered and kicked away his last seconds alive.

Mac grinned broadly as he stood up, letting the body hit the floor with a dull thud. Bill couldn’t help but notice the throbbing ridge in Mac’s groin, matching the one in his own. Nothing like taking a control of a situation to make you feel like a man, he reflected. Well, there were more guards to be controlled. Now that they knew where they were, maybe they could have some fun along the way…

There was a single door, armored, at the end of the hall. A hurried consultation between the assassins was left undecided; they really needed to get more info about the setup on the other side of the door, especially since they’d already been made aware of multiple targets nearby and neither of them had working silencers any longer.

Mac deployed the fiber-optic recon cam under the door again. The image was necessarily distorted by the floor-level fisheye lens, but it was clear enough to give them an idea of what they were up against. Opposite this door was another; otherwise, there was no other entry into the anteroom.

There were three men in the room. One of the men was seated in a chair beside the door. Mid-thirties, just under six feet, short black hair—he was a professional. Muscles bunched at the corner of his underslung jaw; the rest of his body was as hard as his face. Over a tight olive-green t-shirt, he wore a leather shoulder holster holding a .357. His jeans were worn and soft, bulging at the crotch, outlining his thick tool. He had black tactical boots laced halfway up his calf.

On the left side of the room, seated at a desk so that he could be seen only in profile, was a young man with brown hair shaved down closely. He appeared to be in his late twenties, lean, hard, with a grim slit of a mouth and dark narrow eyes. He wore khaki cargo shorts that displayed his firm thighs covered with fine brown fur down the calves to his white tube socks and combat boots. His arms were smooth, with just enough definition to his biceps to show that he could fight if he needed to. He had tattoos just below the bends of the elbows—a skull on one side and an elaborate cross on the other. From the camo-pattern sleeveless t-shit the kid wore, he evidently considered himself a professional too, although it was clear that he was the weak link in this chain.

The third guard was around the same age as the others, perhaps thirty or so. He had curly golden hair, bright blue eyes and a shit-eating grin. He was slightly taller than the other two—just over six feet—and muscular but not over-developed. He had on a skin-tight white cotton t-shirt that was much too small and stretched to the point of transparency. He wore long camo-patterned fatigue pants, also too small, clearly proud of the way they displayed his huge package. He too wore utility boots laced up his calves, but his were soft-soled and wrapped tightly around his feet like leather socks.

Mac drew Bill back from the door a pace or two. Keeping one eye on the monitor, they discussed their options. From the outset, it was clear there weren’t many.

Part of what complicated matters was the need for silence. They had to presume that Kintzler was on the other side of that far door, with at least two guards by his side. And Mac and Bill had only cleared one angle of the large complex; they hadn’t gone near the main barracks. The bulk of the Way of the Sword force was still out there. Even undisciplined and leaderless, the sheer numerical superiority of the men would be fatal if an alarm was raised.

They would have to wait. At some point, someone would have to leave the room. They’d improvise when the time came; there was no other choice.

But Mac and Bill were good at that kinda thing. It’s why they got the job in the first place. And even the “professionals” on Kintzler’s team were unprepared for the kind of death that awaited them.

The obvious place to wait was to the right of the door. It opened outward into the end wall of the hall; between it and the doorways in the side of the hall was a good twenty feet of bare space that could clearly be viewed through a peephole in the anteroom door. The peephole had been surprisingly well-disguised; Mac hadn’t noticed it until Bill pointed it out as he was feeding the fiber-optic line under the door.

They had been lucky—but it had been a calculated risk; their adversaries were an incoherent group of violent young men with multiple motives. Young, dumb, and full of cum, as the saying goes.

At any rate, it appeared that Blondie had the door post but was too busy lecturing the others (who seemed determined to ignore him). The door was too thick for sound to carry but based on the crotch grabs and pelvic thrusts, the blond guy seemed to detailing his sexual conquests. They weren’t prepared for any kind of trouble; in fact, they looked bored as hell—even the guy by the far door, who was probably the most experienced member of the three.

Sudden movement on the monitor caught their eyes. Mac had slid the camera over to the right side of the door. If it opened; they’d be behind it. If this worked out the way they hoped…

It was close. They could hear voices, growing closer although still too muffled to discern the words. The shaved-head kid in the shorts had thrown down on the desk whatever he’d been looking at and approached the door. A loud argument ensued, the details of which Mac and Bill were spared. Suddenly a loud clank signaled the unlocking of the armored door. The hitmen crouched silently behind as it swung out and a voice rang out.

“Dude, I don’t give a fuck how many chicks you banged! What, you think we ain’t ever gotten laid? I gotta go take a piss–and when I get back, I don’t wanna hear any more about where you done stuck your dick!”

The kid stepped out, his thick-soled combat boots making loud contact with the floor. He’d backed out, actually, making his last remark as he exited—then whirled counter-clockwise, slamming the door behind him. He might have considered himself a professional hardman, but he never checked the dead space behind the door. And in his case, it literally became dead space.

After the door was fully closed, he hadn’t gone more than two steps before Mac was on him. It was imperative to both incapacitate and silence the kid, especially since he didn’t know if his departure would remind Blondie of his watch duty.

By the time the kid was aware that something had happened to him, it was too late for him to have any impact on the outcome. His ability to resist was taken from him before he realized that there was something to resist…

He hadn’t expected—or even ever trained for—an attack on his left, on the presumption that everyone would be right-handed (Mac was ambidextrous). Mac’s right hand clamped over his mouth as his left hand brought his blade up; in a flash, the steel shaft had sheared through the kid’s side and slashed deep into his liver.

And that was all it took to take the kid out. Of course, he wasn’t dead—or even really dying, for that matter—but physical shock had set in. Mac kicked viciously at the back of the punk’s exposed knee, dropping him to a kneeling position. He was free to release the little fuck’s mouth; the boy gasped raggedly but was unable to cry out.

The kid felt the man behind him, holding him close in a grip of iron. On a certain level he knew what was happening. He knew he was fucked; he knew he’d walked into a trap and was gonna pay for it with his life. He didn’t know he’d been holed in the liver—but he damn sure knew it when Mac brought the knife up, reversed the blade, and sank it deep through the collar bone into the superior vena cava.

This is the where the jugular vein drains the deoxygenated blood from the brain. It’s under much less pressure than the carotid artery that feeds blood into the brain.

In other words, it took a long time for the kid to bleed out. And because the blood was draining after it left his brain, he couldn’t pass out from lack of oxygen. He could only struggle and claw uselessly at his killer, feeling the hard muscled body that was straining to end his life. His hands flailed back along the hard arms holding him tight, desperately seeking some vulnerable spot in vain.

A rough voice growled in his ear. “Shh, you little fuck,” it whispered, “stop fighting. You’re dead, bitch, just fuckin’ let go.”

The boy’s eyes dilated as his nose filled with scents of testosterone in his killer’s sweat combined with his own blood and piss. He’d lost control of his bladder at Mac’s words, knowing he’d been taken down by someone much stronger than he’d ever been.

As his boots slowed and finally ceased their frantic drumming on the floor and his hands, batting and flailing in the air, sank jerkily to his sides, the punk’s heart began to fail from lack of blood. He was aware of an intense cold grayness, a loud buzzing—and a sense of surrendering his life to someone who had a superior ability. Everything faded into a loud white field of ice; the last bit of warmth the dying guard felt was the stiff rod of Mac’s swollen cock, still hot to the touch through several layers of clothing. As the boy slipped away, he was aware that his killer was getting off on his death…

Mac continued to hold the boy as his body kept twitching, his arms up and jerking his dangling hands loosely. As his struggles slowed to an arrhythmic quivering. Mac lowered the corpse to the floor.

One down, two to go. Bill pulled the punk’s shirt off, exposing his smooth, pale chest. As Mac dragged the body out of sight behind the door,Bill used the shirt to mop up as much blood as he could; at least enough that it wouldn’t be obvious through the peephole.

And then it was time to wait. Mac and Bill kept an eye on the video monitor, watching the anteroom from the lens’s vantage point in the corner of the space under the door. There wasn’t much to see for a while.

Blondie had gone and taken the dead kid’s place at the desk and was leafing through something there. The older guy at the back of the room was flipping through a magazine. Although he was too far away and his image too distorted to make out the magazine cover, the way he kept rubbing his hand in his crotch convinced the assassins that it was a nudie mag. Even at this distance, the bulge in his groin was visible. That was good. He’d probably wanna go jack off soon.

There was enough downtime for Mac and bill to plan the kill. Two guards left, one for each of them. They knew they could take these useless pieces of shit out easily; the problem was doing it so that no one else knew anything had happened—especially the people in the room beyond.

The hitmen geared themselves up. They’d have to time this right for it to work. There was something about the prep work, though, that always got their motors running, so to speak.

They’d discussed it when they started working together. There was something about the combination of factors—the intense focus necessary, the adrenaline rush of the danger involved and the deeply sexual thrill of killing another man—that fused together in a kind of rush that overwhelmed them and made conscious effort almost unnecessary. Their bodies knew how to kill automatically; their brains, heightened in situational awareness, were able to note and savor every detail as if recorded in slow motion.

They liked to make their victims cum, but they killed for more than just the pure pleasure of killing. They’d learned that they weren’t always able to manipulate their victims to orgasm, but that didn’t stop them from creaming their jeans themselves during a nice tight combat kill.

After all, they didn’t really care if the punks shot a load or not; there’d always be more punks.

The older guy would be out first; they knew that. He’d be heading out to beat off. Once he stepped out, Mac would take him. The idea was to leave the door open and lure Blondie close enough to the doorway for Bill to take him by surprise and so prevent any outcry. This meant a certain amount of skill needed to be exercised on Mac’s part; he had to get enough dominance over the older (and probably more experienced) guard to impose utter silence. Killing in complete silence is as difficult as enforcing its maintenance on your subject. One way or another, Mac needed to establish control immediately.

He could feel his dick oozing just at the thought of it.

The amount of skill needed for Bill’s part was little less. Blondie couldn’t make too much noise without alerting the men in Kintzler’s inner sanctum. But that wasn’t to say he couldn’t kick a little when the time came; as long as his death throes couldn’t be heard through the door, a few moans and grunts wouldn’t matter.

Both men were primed and ready to kill. Hard minds, hard knives, hard cocks, all ready to spring into action and leave these fucking punks shuddering and gasping their lives away.

There was already movement on the screen. As they’d thought, the older guy got up. His olive-green t-shirt strained and showed that despite being squat, he was strong, with a well-built chest. The tent pole protruding from his faded jeans was obvious, even at this distance and angle (or perhaps because of it). As he moved towards the door, the fisheye lens bent the image until all that could be seen of him was his tightly-laced black tactical boots, the fabric and leather flexing with each step. Suddenly, the door clanked, creaked and began to open. As the sliver of light from inside began to widen, a voice became audible in mid-sentence.

“…and it’s time that motherfucker was back anyway. I’m gonna go find him. It don’t take him that long to beat his meat; he’s prob’ly getting’ high. If I find him, I’m gonna beat the crap outta him and take his weed. Little fuck’s gotta learn what happens when ya don’t share.”

Adrenaline and testosterone coursed through the killers’ veins as they breathlessly anticipated the moment of action, the moment they’d hold a man close to them and feel him die, unwillingly, in agony, in their arms…

As the older guard stepped beyond the open door, he turned to glance behind it. As expected, he was an experienced hardman and he moved instinctively, certainly not expecting any kind of threat. As a result, he had just enough time to gasp slightly at the bright flash that tore at him.

The wash of pain was indescribable. Even with his training, the hardman hadn’t realized that he’d been taken out; his first thought was that he’d somehow been struck by lightning. In the throat. Nothing else could explain the electrifying pain that so stunned him. And that coppery taste in his mouth; his shocked brain had spat up the nugget that it was evidence of lightning.

The gloved hand that clamped over his mouth, the force holding him against an iron frame—surely that hard, rigid pressure couldn’t be a man—these things didn’t make sense, But nothing had to, not in the wake of the pain. The hardman knew something bad had happened; he hadn’t yet picked up on the fact that he was dying, but it didn’t take long for him to catch on. He had two clues.

The first was his inability to scream. And oh fuck, how he screamed. But how could it be lightning when his screams were nothing but agonized wheezes accompanied by fountains of blood and more of that coppery taste? His terror-stricken mind suddenly realized that the long hard cold shaft he felt in his throat was actually there. There was no lightning; his larynx had been reamed out by a knife; his vocal cords ruptured like hymen, reamed out like a virgin hole torn open by a hard cock.

The other clue came from lower down. He realized his feet were wet. It took a second to realize that this moistness could be traced back up to his crotch.

Even though his dick was still fully erect, he’d lost control of his bladder.

He’d laced his tactical boots tightly around his calves that day, fondly imagining that they’d help support his feet if he was called into desperate action. Instead, they were filling with his piss as he died in excruciating pain.

Mac held him close, breathing deeply, feeling him die, controlling him and manipulating him so that he was unable to raise an alarm. He died vainly, in silence, useless as a watchman, his worthless life spattering onto the floor along with the blood coughed up from his heaving lungs. He’d spent his adult life—and most of his teenage years—as hired killer. He’d always known that this was how he’d end up. Not many men retired from this business (those who did were incredibly rich, hence the draw). He hadn’t known it’d be this soon.

And he damn sure didn’t know it would hurt this bad.

Mac tightened his grip on the guard’s face. He twisted the knife in the wound one last time to properly position the blade, then, with a grunt, tore it violently out of the front of the hardman’s throat, sawing viciously through the rubbery esophagus.

The man’s hands grasped frantically at the air, seeking some sort of support as he felt his throat being torn out. He was an experienced professional—and that made it worse. He knew exactly what was happening to him physically now; he’d done the same thing to other men himself. He knew that taste in his mouth was blood. He knew he was gonna die.

He knew it wouldn’t be soon enough. There was still a phenomenal amount of pain that could be inflicted on him before he died. Silently, he sobbed and cried, trying to increase the blood flow so that he could pass out oh dear god let me go I don’t wanna be awake for what’s happening…

The only sign Mac saw of the guard’s attempt to face death was a slight increase in his struggles. He’d been hoping for that. He pulled the dying man close to him, feeling him writhe and convulse in agony. Behind him, Mac was vaguely aware that Bill was initiating his own kill. Much as he’d liked to have watched, he was in a kill zone himself. Every part of him was focused on the jerking mercenary, shuddering his hard body uncontrollably against Mac’s.

His hand still clamped over the dude’s mouth, Mac pulled his target’s head firmly against his chest, letting the hardman’s boots scrape and kick uselessly against the floorboards. The guy’s ass, outlined in his tight faded jeans, ground against the bulge in Mac’s groin as he convulsed. Mac took a deep, shuddering breath. This fucker was dead—and Mac’s dick thought it was time the piece of shit started acting like it. As his tool swelled in excitement, Mac readied his knife for the kill thrusts.

Bill had been deep in bloodlust for quite a while now, but watching Mac’s assault had intensified his awareness of what was needed for a successful takedown. He honed his focus on his target to pinpoint precision. A sense of lust had to take second place–discipline must be first.

Once Blondie was under his complete control, Bill could enjoy killing him. But as in every combat death, establishing dominance—both physical and mental—is key.

Bill had crouched to the left of the door, knowing Blondie, if he got close enough, would be attracted by the sounds of his buddy’s death on the other side, behind the door. He looked like he had some experience, but was way too cocky to have much. As Bill slid his blade free of its boot sheath, he figured that the stupid little fuck wouldn’t even have the sense to check his right side when he heard something on his left.

The problem was getting the punk close enough to hear the faint gurgling and scuffling sounds—little enough noise from a man dying in pain and fear. If Blondie was gonna join him in death tonight, Bill had to get him closer. A single quick sound ought to be enough, he thought, so he rapped the serrated blade of his steel utility knife against the metal door frame—not hard, just enough for a slight clicking sound.

Since he was on the other side of the door from the monitor, Bill couldn’t see what was happening in the anteroom, but he could hear Blondie get up from his chair well enough. His tread was very light—his black leather boots were very tight and had soft soles; it was more like someone in leather socks padding across the floor. But it was still enough for Bill to track his progress, feeling the rush of adrenaline in his blood and the almost painful swelling of his tool as his target came within killing range.

The golden rectangle on the floor created by light streaming from the open door was obscured. Blondie had arrived at the party. A little late, to be sure—but Bill was ready to bring him up to speed.

“Dude, you okay?” he called out hesitantly, trying to peer into the darkness behind the open door. He had brief dim impression of two figures writhing in the shadows, one repeatedly bucking and jerking its pelvis back into the groin of the other. Blondie froze, his jaw hanging open. He’d jumped to the conclusion that he’d been left alone by the other guards so they could go fuck each other.

“What the—“ he started, but never finished. Bill had him before he could ramp his voice up loud enough to be heard in the room beyond.

It was quick and quiet, but Bill had a little more leeway in terms of noise than Mac had been allowed. He took advantage of it, grabbing Blondie’s mouth and slamming his back against the left wall, using his jaw as a handle.

Bill pinned him against the wall, one hand over his mouth, the other holding the blade to his throat, point in, right at the bulge of the adam’s apple. He leaned forward, pressing his hard body full length against the guard’s, pressing him against the wall. Blondie’s legs, tightly wrapped in his camo pants, had to spread out and circle around Bill’s. He planted his boots up against Bill’s soft-soled combat boot in an effort to steady himself. His hands were around Bill’s biceps, squeezing in an instinctive attempt to free himself.

Behind him, Bill heard a loud squeal, followed by gurgling and splattering. Mac had just cut his way out of the older dude’s throat. As Blondie tightened his grasp on Bill’s arms, feeling his massive biceps tense in preparation for his death, Bill looked directly into the punk’s eyes.

Physical dominance had been established. It was time to dominate the fucker’s mind. Bill enjoyed this—a lot—but it had a purpose as well; demoralize them enough and they’ll resist less. A little whisper now saves a lot of kicking and scratching later.

“Fuck yeah, hear that, dude? That’s your buddy dyin’ over there. In fact, you lucky motherfucker, you’re gonna outlive both your buddies, by at least a minute or so. You thought you were hard enough to be a professional, huh? Dude, you’re gonna die cryin’ like a bitch and pissin’ yourself.”

Bill grinned impishly into Blondie’s terrified, uncomprehending face. The gagging and splattering intensified behind him. He didn’t need to see what was happening—the important thing was that Blondie could. Bill could feel the man’s hubcap pecs shuddering against him as his breathing became ragged in terror.

Bill ground his hand into Blondie’s mouth, pinning him painfully against the wall by the back of his head. He pressed the point of his blade into the guard’s throat, making a dimple in the skin and leered into the hardman’s shocked, tear-stained face. “Ready to die, fuckwad? It’s gonna hurt like fuck, but this is what you signed up for. Enjoy dying like a punk-ass bitch.”

Bill slowly inched the blade upwards. Blondie moaned as his skin parted, but the higher the knife rose up in his neck, the shriller he became.Bill could feel the moment the thick base of Blondie’s tongue, just above the larynx, scraped over the razor-sharp tip of the blade. His dick began to throb with pleasure as he bunched his thick bicep in a precision jerk, thrusting his blade completely through Blondie’s tongue. Near its base, the tongue is a very thick mass of muscle and it took pinpoint control for Bill to impale it without going any further.

And he didn’t want to go any further quite yet. He’d done what he needed to. Blondie was firmly under control; his hard legs in their tight camo slacks splayed apart, his toes curling inside his boots in agony, his white t-shirt completely transparent as a slick sheen of cold perspiration coated his hard chest, heaving in labored breaths.

Bill could enjoy himself. A little; he didn’t have long. Judging by the sound, Mac was finishing up behind him.

Mac was aware that Bill had taken care of the remaining guard, but the details escaped him for the moment. He was too busy shooting his load, filling his shorts with semen as he offed the older hardman. The dude was already gagging his life away with a ripped-out throat, but Mac wanted to make sure the fucker died in as much pain as possible.

He repeatedly thrust his knife into the dying man’s convulsive body at random. A stab in the guts was followed by an excruciating plunge of the blade into the guard’s scrotum. Before the wave of shock from that blow subsided, the steel shaft was rammed between his ribs into his lung. Mac spewed load after load of sperm as the hardman flailed against his groin in agony, sinking into death beneath huge combers of pain at some unnoticed point. Mac didn’t care if the fucker was still alive as long as he kept quivering.

The older guard’s dance of death was clearly audible, the drumming and scraping of his boots on the floorboards emphasizing the agony he felt at the moment of death. Looking into Blondie’s eyes, Bill could tell by the huge black circles of shock and the glint of utter panic deep within he dilated pupils that he’d gotten the point. Or had he? Bill grinned. He’d make sure Blondie got the point—right in his head.

For the next eighty seconds, Blondie experienced the Hell his momma had always told him about, but in which he’d never believed—until now.

Bill had aimed his knife towards the back of Blondie’s throat in order to spear his tongue. Now he angled it forward, pulling the thick muscular mass up with the blade. The tip of the tongue was forced out between Blondie’s lips, waggling and twitching in agony. Bill slid the knife slowly upwards, letting Blondie savor the sensation of the razor-sharp steel piercing the soft palate on the roof of his mouth as it slowly, lovingly crept up towards his sinuses. The kicking and squealing was almost more than Bill could take; he wanted to cum so bad—but he wasn’t done with Blondie yet.

Bill held the mercenary’s hard muscled body, slick with the cold sweat of extreme bodily trauma, tightly against him, one hand pressing his head against the wall, the other inching his vicious serrated blade into Blondie’s cranium. He was enjoying every last twitch and jerk the dying hitman made. This was why he and Mac were so good at this; it was more to them than just the money. They did this often, and did it well.

Blondie was in no position to argue—or to do much else besides shit himself in horror. He’d already pissed himself; his soft-soled tight boots slipping in a puddle of his own urine. Now, as he heard—and felt—Bill’s steel blade shearing up through his sinuses, the last scent he could detect before blood and carbon steel flooded out all else, was his own crap.

And then that’s all there was; the last thing he was conscious enough to truly experience was the smell of his own shit as he died in agony and terror. By the time Bill’s knife slashed into the knot of tissue that controlled Blondie’s sense of pleasure, it had already reamed out his personality and what little intellect he’d possessed.

Bill grunted and grimaced, holding Blondie’s thrashing, spunking body close as he filled his shorts with seed, his testosterone overflowing his balls as he wasted the worthless punk.

Bill stood hunched over, gasping for air. He glanced at Mac. They were both in black, so the stains in their groins weren’t visible, but it was a moot point. The bloodlust had kicked in. They nodded at each other, each too caught up in the moment to speak. They weren’t done venting their sperm and adrenaline. It was time to move into the inner sanctum.

Mac Solo–On the Waterfront

Mac stepped forward and grabbed the first guard by his chin. He jerked it back and to the left, burying his blade in the tender flesh of the guard’s throat.

Mac was infiltrating a drug operation in the warehouse district. He was here for info, but since he wasn’t officially on the books anywhere, he didn’t have a limit on collateral damage. He was clear to waste as many punks as he needed to find out who was behind all this.

They’d started posting their guards pretty far out, so Mac had to be careful. These first two were easy to spot, though. There were several blocks away from the target building, posted near an oil drum fire on a deserted corner.

These two guys were bush-league punks. Mac enjoyed his work–wasting dudes always got him hard–but these two were not a challenge; they were just a warm-up. Both were working the skinhead look with shaved heads. One was in a denim jacket and jeans, wearing combat boots. The other wore a simple leather jacket and jeans, with lace-up work boots.

Both were in their late teens. They were likely small-time thugs called in to beef up security. They were good at playing tough but had no clue when it came to the business of swift and silent death. They were about to learn, though. The hard way.

Mac worked his way around the block. He’d noticed an alleyway that exited near the corner where the kids were standing–looked like a good way to approach unseen.

In the end, it almost tripped Mac up. The kid in the denim was in the alley as Mac came up; he’d stepped back from his friend to take a leak and Mac was on top of him almost before he knew the punk was there.

The hardman gasped and choked as the steel blade sliced into his esophagus. His dick was still out from where he’d been pissing and a new stream of urine was flowing. But this was involuntary; the fucker had lost control of his bladder when his throat was cut.

The punk staggered out of the alley and dropped to his knees, gagging and coughing up blood, his hands wrapped around the hole in his airway, eyes wide and tears streaming down his face. The horrible choking sound alerted the other guard, who turned just in time to see his buddy collapse and a grim, muscled figured in black emerge from the shadows. It was death coming for him, and he knew it.

“Oh shit! Oh fuck!” the leather-clad punk screamed. He turned to flee in panic, but Mac’s silenced 9mm cut him off. There was a soft “thwack” sound, repeated once, and the thug was twitching in the gutter with two slugs lodged in his brain. His lace-up work boots kicked a couple of times before he went still.

The next guard was half a block away, but on the other side of an empty warehouse. He hadn’t heard the screams of the others. This one was slightly older, early twenties, long dark hair, unkempt goatee. He wore tight black jeans with black hightops, a white t-shirt and a gray hoodie pullover.

He was smoking a joint. It had gone out and he re-lit it. Mac stepped into the tiny circle of light cast by the punk’s lighter. The kid’s red, sleepy eyes focused on Mac’s face first, then his gun.

“Oh, fuck, don’t, please don’t—“ he gasped. Mac fired once. The cough of the gun was quieter than the guard’s mortal grunt as the bullet punched through his chest and punctured his lung. He staggered back against the wall, staring dazedly at the menacing figure before him. Mac gave the kid a 9mm facial and faded back into the shadows as the young hardman slid to the ground, leaving some of his hair and most of his brain on the wall behind him.

The corpse jerked a few times, then grew quiet. It wasn’t found till sometime the next day. By then, the few men who had any use for this thug were dead as well.

The next situation was more serious. There were two grunts again, but one was carrying a Kalashnikov. He didn’t look like he knew how to use it, but it didn’t take a lot of skill for the damn thing to be deadly.

Mac decided to see if he could take the guards down separately. It’d make things easier if he could get the unarmed fucker taken out first, so he could approach the guy with the AK-47 without having to worry about his back.

The building Mac was ultimately targeting was up against the waterfront. These bad boys were by the next building landward. It had been part of an industrial park at one time but seemed empty now. The hardman with the gun stayed at the entrance of the building, but the other one wandered restlessly inside and back out, continually. High, or badly wanting to be, Mac guessed. Again, it would be helpful if he was high—it’d be easier to drop him quietly. They don’t struggle long when they’re fucked up.

The best way to drop the kid would be an ambush from inside the building, Mac decided. Getting inside wasn’t a problem; none of the windows retained any glass. On the inside, Mac needed more than caution. He slipped on his night vision goggles.

It was pitch-black inside the building. This part of it was clearly a warehouse; it was a large empty cavern, floor littered with detritus. The front entrance, where the guards were, was a kind of lobby that led into the warehouse by a short hallway. With the goggles, Mac could see that the kid would just barely step beyond the hall onto the warehouse floor before turning back in his constant pacing. The punk didn’t venture any further into the darkness.

He was young, this one. Knit cap tight over his head, obscuring his hair. Black t-shirt and extremely tight jeans over red canvas sneakers. He looked like he was about eighteen, trying to be hardcore. Gauges in his ears and a neck tattoo of barbed wire probably helped his street cred. They damn sure weren’t gonna help him survive the next couple of minutes. And the knife hanging from his belt wasn’t going to help, either, but the kid wouldn’t live to regret it.

Mac picked his way carefully through the debris, his soft-soled combat boots making no sound on the concrete floor. He timed himself to be within reach the next time the thug made his rounds. He became completely still as the punk entered the vast blackness and stopped six inches away. When the boy turned away, Mac sprang forward.

It had to be quick, and it had to be quiet. The guy with the machine gun was twenty feet away, just outside. Mac clamped one hand over the motherfucker’s face, digging his thumb into the boy’s eye as he tightened his grip. He pulled the kid’s knife free and as he held the guard’s writhing body tightly, Mac quickly jammed the thug’s own six-inch blade up under his jaw. Mac’s biceps bulged as he tightened up his grip on the boy’s head and thrust the blade though the tongue and soft palate into the punk’s brain.

Mac found himself having to hold the dying kid with both hands to keep the noise down. His convulsions were so severe that Mac had to manhandle him to the ground and climb on top to hold him down, straddling the dying fucker, whose back shuddered on the debris-laden concrete floor.  Even so, the punk’s shoes scuffled in the dust for a while and Mac was finally forced to ream the knife into the thug’s skull a few times. The little fuck went rigid instantly and trembled all over. Mac felt something warm leak through the groin of his black tactical jumpsuit. When he stood up, he could see a large glazed stain on his crotch. The massive trauma to the nervous system had sparked an involuntary orgasm so strong the boy’s cum had soaked through both his jeans and Mac’s suit.

As Mac left the room to handle the guard with the machine gun, the huddled pile of meat he’d laid out on the floor continued to spasm and ooze semen from its flaccid cock. It might have stopped the twitching and the oozing sooner, but Mac had left the knife lodged it its brain. An electrochemical reaction that occurred where shredded cerebral tissue came into contact with carbon steel caused random neurons to fire for longer than they would have in simple brain death.

The punk’s legs flexed in the tight jeans, his red sneakers carving furrows in the dust. His limp dick leaked for hours, the balls draining dry.

Mac moved quickly now. The hit had taken too long; soon the thug with the gun would wonder what had happened to his buddy. Mac intended for him to find out in person.

The night vision goggles were no longer necessary once Mac reached the lobby; the ambient light from outside allowed him to see clearly while remaining in the shadows himself. The single streetlight on this block was directly outside and the kid with the machine gun was standing in the light, looking back at the dark lobby.

He was in his early twenties, with short blond hair. Slightly taller and better built than his dead friend, he wore a red t-shirt under a plain leather jacket. The punk’s hightops were also shiny black leather. His jeans were so tight Mac could see his junk outlined in every detail—he wondered how fast the boy could move; it looked uncomfortable. The thug took a tentative step towards the doorway.

“Randy?” he called out. “Ya there, dude? I swear to god, if you’re tweaking in there again, I’m gonna beat yer ass! Get the fuck out here now!”

Mac made a low noise to lure the guard in. As his target stood in the doorway, Mac chucked a pebble down the hallway to the warehouse. The kid heard it.

“Randy? That you? Quit fuckin’ around and get out here, bitch!”

Mac was on him the moment he stepped into the lobby. The boy never saw it coming. A gloved hand clamped over his face and pulled him backwards, off balance. As the punk stumbled back against him, Mac reached around and rammed his own seven-inch blade into the right side of the kid’s chest.

The guard forgot about the weapon in his hand; it clattered uselessly on the floor. He gave a loud grunt as the knife slid smoothly between his ribs and penetrated his lung. He gave another, louder and longer, as Mac twisted the knife in the wound and jerked it back out.

Mac yanked the thug’s head up. He forced the tip of his blade into the back of the boy’s neck, just above C1, the top cervical vertebra. He gripped the kid’s head tightly as he thrust the knife upward. The punk moaned as the blade sheared into his spinal cord. There was a slight resistance at the base of the skull, but it gave way with a crunching sound as Mac tightened up and rammed the knife into the fucker’s brain.

The trauma had instant impact. The punk rose up on his toes as his body arced backwards. His breathing immediately became swift and irregular, forcing a stream of drool out of his mouth. His eyes rolled back, only the whites showing.

Mac dragged the boy back down the hall into the warehouse, using the knife embedded in his skull as a handle. The kid kicked and flailed the entire way. Even in the dim light, Mac could see the thug’s dick spasming in his jeans. The dying hardman’s jizz spread in a dark circle out from his groin.

When he reached the warehouse, Mac dumped the guard’s body on top of the corpse already there. When he yanked his knife back out of the dead man’s skull, the thrashing slowed. The smell of piss became noticeable. With the blade no longer run through his brain, the dying punk stopped unloading in his shorts. His bladder had failed and his piss was soaking both him and his dead buddy beneath him.

When Mac left, the kid might still have technically been alive. There was a pulse and respiration, both extremely irregular and fading. There was brain activity; the random action of dying neurons that kept the pile of meat twitching and quivering in the dark for nearly an hour.

By the time he got to the door, Mac had dropped the two punks from his mind; there were more targets ahead and some might be more dangerous than these useless fuckers had been.

Mac Solo: A Few Quick Stealth Kills

The first two guards were Mexican; they’d been hired as cheap and unskilled labor. They were there to raise the alarm if anyone showed up and they were extremely expendable. They were posted in the woods, not far from where the gravel road had branched off the state highway.

Mac knew they’d have handguns and knives, but little else. They were on the bottom tier, guarding the first stretch of road. Further on, there’d be others, local boys—hunters, most likely, who knew the land and knew how to kill. But these two were small-time dealers at most, utterly unable to defend themselves against the sudden, brutal attack about to be unleashed.

One was standing at the bend where the gravel road swung to the west. He was in his early twenties. It seemed to be too cool an evening for shorts, but he was wearing denim ones, his hairy, muscular calves rising from blue hightops. His t-shirt was the same shade of grayish blue as his shoes. His coal-black hair was fine and straight, worn long, pulled back into a ponytail. A faint mustache darkened his upper lip.

The other guard was about a quarter-mile away, where the road bent back to the north again. He was older, in his late twenties, shorter, but more muscular. He wore tight black jeans, a white wifebeater that displayed his tattoos, and work boots. His hair was shorter and slightly wavy, but just as dark.

Each of the guards was patrolling the bends in the road, pacing back and forth around the curves. Clearly no professionals—as Mac watched from the woods, they went far enough around the bends to get out of sight of each other.

That was an amateur mistake that was going to cost them their lives.

Mac crept down to the side of the road, waiting for the younger guard. His gear was all black, gloves, boots, everything. Blackout paint on his face. In the shadows, he was invisible. The kid certainly didn’t see him when he came round the bend.

The boy walked towards Mac’s position, stopped, and made his turn. He was close enough for Mac to see his glazed eyes and smell the weed saturated in his clothes. They’d both smoked out recently and were even more useless as sentries than mere inexperience would have made them.

The Mexican punk never knew what hit him; Mac didn’t give him a chance. The moment the kid’s back was turned, Mac popped up and snatched him back by the ponytail. Simultaneously, his other hand came up, plunging his seven inch serrated Ka-bar utility knife into the guard’s right kidney.

The boy gave a sharp gasp. The overwhelming agony of a steel blade slashing through a major organ induced instant shock. He trembled and moaned, unable to move as Mac ripped the knife back out, twisting the blade to inflict maximum trauma.

Pulling the kid closer to him, Mac reached around and buried the blade into his heaving chest. The Mexican went rigid as the knife punctured his heart like a balloon. The force of the blade penetrating his lung forced his breath out in a deep, vital grunt.

The boy arced back, his eyes staring uncomprehendingly into Mac’s. The pupils dilated as his skewered heart thrashed itself to shreds on the cold steel that Mac ground remorselessly into the wound. The smell of weed was overpowered by that of piss and shit as the guard lost control of his bowels. He kicked twice, violently, his hightops carving furrows in the gravel road.

Mac yanked the blade back out of the boy and dropped him face-first on the road; the kid spent the last few agonizing seconds of his wasted life with gravel digging into his face. He didn’t know he was dying; he didn’t know much at all at this point beyond the agony of massive organ trauma. The cold blackness, when it came, was a welcome relief…

The older guard suffered more.

Since he was just as stoned as his counterpart had been, it took him a few turns to realize he hadn’t seen the other guy in a few minutes. He stopped to ponder for a moment when a gloved hand clamped over his mouth and jerked his head back. In a swift one-two stroke, seven inches of serrated carbon steel punched through his throat and was torn back out.

Then he was free.

The guard staggered forward, scuffling his boots on the gravel, his hands around his neck. The guy’s eyes were wide in shock and pain. He coughed and spit up a gout of blood.

The guard fell to his knees in the middle of the road and held his hands up in front of his eyes, staring at the blood in horror and confusion. He was having trouble breathing—both the carotid and the jugular had been severed but most of the bleeding was internal, down the trachea and into the lungs. The guard was drowning in his own blood.

The realization that he was dying stole over the Mexican along with the creeping gray that froze into eternal black. Someone was there, though. A man had stepped from behind him. Still on his knees, in an instinctual appeal to plead for his life, the guard held his bloodied hands out to the man in front of him, the man all in black, the man with a bloody knife in his hand…

The dying man fell face down onto the gravel road, quivering as he bled out on its dusty surface. His last conscious act was to turn his head to the side—his last view was that of the combat boots of his killer. They turned contemptuously and moved away before he was completely dead. There was no need to watch him die; it was inevitable and he was helpless.

And there were more guards who needed killing.

The kid had dark, straight hair down in bangs over his forehead. He was wearing a light leather jacket over a white t-shirt with a logo—a pair of combat boots—printed on it. He wore tight, torn jeans with a thick brown leather belt, well worn. A large hunting knife dangled in a sheath from the belt. He was wearing combat boots in desert camo, tightly laced, with zippers up the sides. He was about twenty-one years old and had paused, one boot up on a stump, to light a Marlboro. An old hunting rifle was slung on a strap over his shoulder.

He was thinking about getting high and getting laid. There was no hint that he’d be dead within three minutes.

The boy took another drag and stepped forward. Mac was on him instantly.

This one was one of three he’d found farther up the gravel road. Local boys, as he’d guessed, and boys was the operative word. This youth was the oldest; he’d bought the beer. The other two hadn’t been able to, so they were younger. They’d bought their own cigarettes, though, so it was likely they were over eighteen.

They’d passed the beer around, laughing and talking loudly, for over an hour, giving Mac all the info he needed. He watched silently from the shadows as they finished the case, surprised again at the amateur nature of the defense. He’d drop these boys quickly. They ended up getting drunk enough that he could incapacitate them easily without killing them.

But that wouldn’t be any fun.

This one had stood up and staggered in Mac’s general direction. He’d slurred out something about taking a leak as the other two climbed unsteadily to their feet and went in the other direction. They, too, separated after a few yards, each stumbling off into the darkness alone.

Definitely hunters, Mac realized, and despite their youth and their drunkenness, they were confident in their knowledge of the land. Good; that put them at their ease. They wouldn’t know what the fuck hit them.

The boy in the leather jacket propped himself against a tree about fifty yards away. Mac could hear the patter of the kid’s piss on the dry leaves of the forest floor. He approached, swiftly and silently.

The young hunter had zipped his cock back inside his tight jeans by the time Mac got there. The kid turned away from the tree to find a man standing in front of him—the phrase “fuckin’ ninja commando” bubbled through his soused brain.

Then all existence exploded into pain.

Mac punched the kid in the face, the steel knuckles inside his fingerless leather combat gloves breaking the punk’s jaw. The boy spun around and found himself in an iron grip from behind. A hand clapped over his mouth and jerked, hard.

The force applied to his fractured jaw was agony, but it was nothing compared to the electric shock that erupted in his neck and enveloped his body as his head was twisted around backward. There was a sound like an entire bag of popcorn popping at once, the sound of vertebrae shattering and shredding the spinal cord.

The boy stared into the eyes of the killer standing behind him; his neck twisted nearly two hundred degrees. He struggled to breathe but the only things he could feel were the pain in his neck and that in his jaw. The rest of his body was gone. Bloody foam oozed from his nose and the corner of his mouth. His mouth gaped open, desperate for air, but his chest was paralyzed.

As the kid’s body sank to the ground, his eyes remained fixed on those of his killer. He didn’t know exactly what had happened, but he knew that he was dying and that the man with the hard face and the cold eyes had clamped down on him and broken him like a twig. He could smell death in the air but couldn’t feel that he’d shit his pants as organ failure cascaded through his body.

Consciousness ebbed from the outside in, everything fading to bright white. The last things the punk saw were those cold, cold eyes, glowing like the angel of death.

Mac stood up, a pile of human meat twitching under his boots.

There’s another two just ahead.

The second hunter died quickly. Young, dumb, and drunk, he was utterly defenseless and was taken down without a fight.

He and his companion had separated after the older boy had gone off. Mac had decided to follow the kid on the left first.

The punk was playing with his cell phone. They were much too far out of town to have a signal; he was listening to music. Mac could see the kid’s face lit from underneath by the screen; in the pale blue light, he could see the wires running up to the boy’s ears.

This one was wearing a white ball cap over strawberry blond hair. The freckles on his broad face glowed palely in the odd lighting, his half-lidded eyes not really focused on anything in particular. He was a small-town punk and looked the part—white t-shirt showing his developed chest under a worn denim jacket. Tight, stained jeans over a pair of square-toed shitkickers.

Mac wasn’t sure where the boy was headed; he’d moved off from his friend at a forty-five degree angle and seemed to be just wandering at random. Mac decided that was probably the case. The kid was very drunk and probably didn’t have a specific goal in mind.

Mac did, though. He knew exactly where the boy was going—down.

Mac stepped out and confronted the guard. The kid stared at him in amazement, mouth working like he was trying to say something, but nothing came out.

Mac kicked the kid in the groin with his steel-toed boot, dropping him to his knees instantly. As the punk tried to catch his breath, eyes wide in pain, Mac stepped forward, grabbed the boy’s right arm and twisted it behind his back, forcing his head down to the ground at the same time. He slammed his boot down onto the back of the kid’s head to keep it in place while he forced the steel tip of his blade into the kid’s skull through the hole where the spinal column enters.

This was a speed shock kill. The process involved some discomfort to the victim, but was curiously merciful in its way. The victim spent his last few seconds on earth in a universe of hellish pain, but was spared the terror of impending death, since each new trauma assaulted the nervous system before it had a chance to recover from the previous shock.

Mac placed the tip of the knife at the back of the guard’s neck, where it met the head, and shoved, hard. The cracking sound of the blade splitting the skull as it was forced through the opening that was too narrow for it was very audible. The kid was certainly still alive when it happened; he not only heard it, he felt it happen inside his head.

There was no obvious reaction; the brain trauma was immediate and overriding. The punk spasmed violently, kicking his legs back from his kneeling position, the toes of his boots digging up the dirt and leaves.

Keeping his boot planted firmly on the back of the boy’s head, Mac made sure he was neutralized as a threat. He ground the blade of his knife inside the young guard’s skull, slashing and shredding the brain to hamburger.

In the mindless static of neurons firing at random, the punk jerked and pumped piss and semen from his dick almost simultaneously. His eyes were open grotesquely wide, rolled back so only the bloodshot whites showed. His arms and legs flailed violently each time Mac twisted the knife inside his skull, with a final convulsion when he yanked the blade free.

Mac’s mind was already on the third boy as he angled off in the direction he’d seen the guard headed.

Behind him he left another quivering pile of human meat. This one still had a soundtrack, though. As quick and as brutal as the attack had been, Mac had been so smooth, the earphones were still in the kid’s ears. The only signs of violence were the cap lying in the dirt, the small trickle of blood at the back of the neck (and from the left nostril)—and, of course, the slowly-diminishing convulsions caused by fatal brain damage.

Mac was improvising as he went along, deciding each takedown move as circumstances seemed to warrant. He wanted to see what the last kid at this level was doing. Surely there were others ahead who were more professional; the ease with which he was moving was worrisome in itself.

The third guard clearly thought of himself as a serious hunter. Mac had never seen so much camo pattern—cap, jacket, boots—and not one inch of it doing the stupid punk any good. Mac could still see him clearly. He was facing away from Mac, leaning with one hand up against a tree, taking a leak, most likely.

Since he was sure this was the last guard along this part of the road, Mac decided he could take a little longer here for the sake of silence. There was a spool of wire on a strap around his right wrist. He wrapped some around his left hand, pulled out enough to make a loop, and crept forward.

He was still five feet from the kid when he realized his target wasn’t pissing. He was beating off. Horny little fucker got drunk and decided to let out a little excess cum. By the sound of his breathing, deep irregular gasps, he was pretty close to shooting, too.

Perfect timing, thought Mac as he dropped the wire over the punk’s head and pulled tight.

And it was tight. Mac jerked back on the wire so hard, the muscles bulged in his arms and the tendons stood out. The boy forgot all about his dick as his hands scrambled madly at the crushing pain in his throat. The wire had sunk so deeply in the kid’s neck that his desperate fingers were unable to grasp it. It had broken the skin in places, too, and the blood made the skin slippery. The kid suddenly realized that he had no way to stop what was happening.

Panic set in. The young guard’s cock was as hard as ever, but a stream of piss shot out, splattering the tree trunk. The boy was voiding his bladder in terror. He struggled forward, arms reaching behind him to seek out some soft spot in his assailant.

There was no soft spot in Mac. He tensed up and tightened the wire. There was a faint crunch as the punk’s hyoid bone broke. He leaned backwards, pressing himself against Mac’s chest as his legs flexed out in front, the heels of his camo combat boots scraping furrows in the dirt.

He turned his head back and to the side in an attempt to get a look at his attacker. Mac obliged; it wasn’t like the fucker was gonna be able to tell anyone. He stared icily down into the pleading, confused face of his victim and watched as life drained out of him. The kid could only see the dark silhouette of a male figure, but his questing hands could feel the rock-hard muscles that were wringing his life out of him.

The boy’s face was already red and as Mac watched, it darkened to black. His eyes, already bulging in horror, became monstrous as oxygen deprivation caused them to swell. His lips, too, swelling and darkening until they were separated by his tongue, forcing itself up in a fount of foamy drool that dangled from the dying kid’s chin.

As the guard sank into darkness—a loud, excruciating darkness—he reached one hand up to the face of his killer. Much of his brain was already dead at the time, so it was an instinctual gesture, at most—the submissive male ape brain submitting to the alpha male—as he gently stoked Mac’s cheek and shot his last seed out of his rigid tool. A solid jet of semen splattered on the trunk of the tree, in the same spot his piss had soaked.

The wire was so embedded in the meat’s neck that Mac had to use some force to pull it out. Like the others, this one was dead but not quite still; it jerked and twitched from time to time. Even the dick on the meat spasmed and leaked another wad of cum occasionally.

Mac left the meat to rot where it was. There must be others ahead, and surely they would be better than these useless assholes. He needed to stay on his toes.

Mac nearly walked into a trap himself. If it hadn’t been for his hunch that he’d find more professional guards ahead, he’d have been the next victim of sudden, brutal death.

He almost didn’t see the next guard. It had been a brilliant ploy; placing untrained expendables on the outer boundaries to lure any attackers into a false confidence. This guy wasn’t a local kid. He was a grown man, and one whose original locale was likely glad he wasn’t there at the moment.

He was down on one knee, listening quietly. Late twenties, early thirties maybe, slim and wiry but very fit. He was quiet, disciplined—very obviously professional. He had on camo cap, worn backwards over his black curly hair. A bulge on his nose showed where it had been broken once. He had hard, narrow eyes, glinting as they scanned the darkness in front of him. This was a man who had been paid to kill.

And he hadn’t been killing animals.

The guard was wearing a dark t-shirt tucked into a tight pair of jeans; since he had approached his target from behind, Mac could see a pistol tucked into the waistband in the rear. It was a small revolver, a .38 maybe. Length of the barrel made Mac think there was a silencer on it. Perfect.

The guard shifted, moving one rubber-soled boot up to take pressure off the other. He was about to stand up—Mac poised himself to spring.

It was quick and efficient. The moment the merc got vertical, Mac was on him. Clamping his left hand over the man’s mouth Mac pulled him back and rammed his blade into his back.

The guard stiffened in agony. He knew, as physical shock held him in its iron grip, that he was about to die. He’d done this to others; now it was his turn.

He was right. Mac left the knife in the merc’s back as he reached down and pulled the guard’s own weapon out. He placed the barrel of the silencer against the back of the man’s head, angling it upward to avoid his hand that was still covering his target’s mouth.

A quick jerk backwards and a quiet coughing sound and it was over. The merc grunted as the slug tore through his brain pan. It exited with a remarkably small hole from the front of the man’s head, above the hairline. A fine mist of blood and brain hung in the air for a moment.

He fell back into Mac’s arms, shuddering as his brain began to die. Mac continued to hold him tightly by his head, supporting the twitching meat as he dropped the gun and jerked his knife back out of the dying man’s back. Mac then dropped the body; it hit the ground like a sack. He knelt down and wiped his knife off on the guard’s clothes. He glanced casually into the man’s face.

The merc’s eyes were half-open, staring without focus. Blood leaked from both nostrils and from the one visible ear. He was still breathing, but just barely. It was difficult and irregular, causing deep involuntary gasps and gurgles. Massive brain hemorrhages were shutting the body down and the arms and legs flailed uselessly as random signals fired down the length of the hardman’s destroyed nervous system.

The professional gave one long last gasp and pissed himself.

The meat still jerked and twitched when Mac left it behind. He had other things to worry about; this was becoming more dangerous with each step he took. He was leaving a pile of meat behind, not something that needed attention.

Besides, it would keep twitching and jerking for a few minutes anyway, no matter what he did. He just needed to make sure he didn’t end up the same way himself.

Mac moved silently through the forest, leaving twitching piles of human meat to mark his progress. He was on his next kill before he knew it. This forced an improvised attack; it was lucky he had trained himself to a razor sharpness—to the point where he could kill automatically, without thinking about it.

There were two of them, both professional hardmen. They were dressed similarly. The one closest to Mac had on jeans, laced-up hiking boots, a white t-shirt with a black leather jacket and a knitted cap. The other man had on jeans and combat boots. He wore a black turtleneck but he also had a black knitted cap. They were both in their early thirties and well built.

Mac had just cleared a thicket when he stepping into an open space too small to be called a clearing. The hardman in the jacket was there, staring at him in surprise. The other guy was facing away and unaware of Mac’s presence—for the moment.

Mac’s superior reflexes allowed him to neutralize the first hardman quickly. He stepped forward, straight-arming the seven-inch serrated blade of his Ka-bar knife into the guard’s throat. It came in at an angle, deflected off a vertebra in the neck and punched out the other side of man’s neck. Mac jerked the knife back towards himself with a slashing motion, cutting the blade free of the guard’s throat in a single tear, ripping the larynx into useless strips. Knowing that this guy would have no further interest in his activities, Mac turned his back on the man so he could take out the other guard.

But it took a while for the first hardman to die. He knew exactly what had happened; he had done this to men himself and knew how fucked he was. The pain was more incapacitating than he had known it could be. He grabbed his throat in an attempt to slow the bleeding, but his fingers felt the mangled edges of torn flesh as the sensation of warm blood flooded down his hard chest and taut belly, mingling in his crotch with the warm flow of urine.

Pissing himself in terror, the merc fell to his knees. This all occurred in the space of about a second and a half. The guard could see the dark figure of death close in on his companion.

It can take up to a minute and a half to bleed out from a slashed throat. There was plenty of time to watch his partner die.

Not that he could think of it in those terms. He had been rigidly trained in how to kill, not how to die, and the physical shock had rendered him helpless. As he knelt and choked on his own blood, he watched his buddy die in agony.

Mac rammed his forearm against the back of the second guard’s head, slamming him face-first into a tree. He only needed to pin the stunned hardman there for a moment, giving him time to thrust his knife into the merc’s back, puncturing his lung and forcing out his breath in a deep, startled grunt. Mac whipped the blade back and flipped the blade around in a blur as he spun his target around. Leaning forward, Mac slammed the hardman back into the tree with his forearm across his chest. The knife darted up and speared the guard’s head under the jaw. A momentary resistance followed by a faint crunching sound and the blade was lodged firmly in the man’s skull.

The first guard had fallen on his side; the continuing drop in blood pressure had made it impossible for him to remain upright. But despite the icy haze that was creeping in from the edges of things, the merc was still conscious. He saw his buddy’s death blow. He heard the sound of the blade penetrating the cerebrum, he knew what kind of damage was being done when Mac ground the knife in the wound, clamping down on his victim’s head and reaming the knife around like he was stirring a mixing bowl, churning the brain into hamburger.

As he bled out, the first guard sobbed silently, wondering why death would not come and release him from this agony and this horror. His severed windpipe squealed impotently with each breath after his esophagus collapsed in on itself. The hardman thrashed in the dirt, trying to claw open his blocked airway, but the loss of blood prevented anything more coordinated than a general convulsion.

But he was still there. He could smell the scent of death when his partner, deep in the throes of brain trauma, lost control of his bowels. He could see the rhythmic kicking of his boots, the random flailing that accompanied brain death. He last hope, useless as it had been, that his buddy would somehow be able to save him…

Everything was going gray. But the dark man, the killer was gone. His partner was slumped in a sitting position with his back to the tree and his legs straight out in from of him. His head was tilted back, showing blood tricking from the hole torn under the jaw. His eyes were rolled back, showing nothing but white.

The first guard was almost gone. Everything was cold and dark. Down a long tunnel, he could still see his buddy, kicking and jerking, a large dark circle spreading in the groin of his jeans.

It still hurts, he thought. Why does it still hurt? Oh god why can’t I die…

And then there was just more meat, rotting in the woods. Mac moved on.

Mac and Bill 3 (unfinished)

The kid’s hand fumbled in his crotch as he rang the doorbell. He was hard as a rock and his tight faded jeans had bent the rigid pole tenting in his crotch. He was seventeen—the age when boys have a constant boner.

Holding the pizza box in one hand, he pulled off his cap and scratched in his dirty blond hair. His tight sneakers shuffled on the porch as he waited for the door to open. He didn’t wait long.

The man who opened the door loomed over him. Tall and very well muscled, he was in his mid-thirties, with a cold, emotionless face and buzz-cut black hair. He was dressed much like the delivery boy, in tight faded jeans, sneakers and a t-shirt.

“Got your pizza, dude. Where do ya want it?” the kid drawled. He stepped inside the house and noticed right away that it was empty. Except for a couple of boxes stacked in the room to the left of the door, all he could see of the ground floor looked vacant. The ceiling lights were on and the blinds were shut.

“Just put it on top of those boxes,” the man said gruffly. “Just moving in.”

“Sure, dude,” the kid said, moving toward the boxes. “It’s $13.95, and I can take—“

In a split second, the man had closed in on the kid, wrapped a nylon cord around his neck and cut off his air.

The delivery boy shouted in shock, his cries reduced to random syllables by the cord. “Gah! Ig! Uck!”

Then the only sounds were the labored breathing of the killer and the frantic flailing of the victim’s limbs.

The kid fought. He didn’t want to die. But he was young and soft and had no idea what was happening to him. He was helpless in the arms of a professional hardman and had no choice but to submit, even to the point of death.

His arms clawed desperately in front of him, seeking help that wasn’t there. The pain, the horrible pain in his chest and his throat was overwhelming and he was almost mindless in his panic. As his muscles clenched in a last fight-or-flight reflex, his dick strained rigidly, his balls red and swollen. More agonized grunts erupted past the teen’s purple lips and protruding tongue. “Ng! Ng! Guh!”

“Shut up, you little fuck,” the hardman snarled in the boy’s ear. He dragged the kid roughly into the rear part of the house. The kid’s leather sneakers beat uselessly on the floor; he was getting weak and his struggles were fading.

The boy reached up to grasp the arms that were holding the cord. His hands fluttered across the hard, tensed muscles relentlessly choking his life out. The dying teen’s bloodshot eyes were losing focus and glazing over.

Suddenly the kid started jerking, violently and convulsively. His dying brain was losing control and sending scrambled signals. Along the way, a dark circle appeared in the boy’s crotch, growing larger with each second. The punk was shooting his wad as he died. He couldn’t feel it; his brain was too damaged. He shot his load uncontrollably as a physical reflex..

The killer dropped the corpse on the floor; it was useless meat. He picked up the kid’s cap and pizza box and dug through the boy’s pockets for his key. He turned out the light as he left.

Silence settled in afterwards. There was an occasional gurgle and twitch from the corpse but they faded over time. Rigor set in and the teen’s dull blue eyes grew cloudy.

Mac responded quickly to Bill‘s knock. “How’d it go?” he asked.

“Fucker kicked a little,” Bill growled. “But it worked fine. Car’s a fifteen-year-old POS, but it’s got the sign. His cap has the company logo, so I took it too. It’s in the car with the pizza. Ready to roll?”

Mac chuckled. “Yeah, we need to get a move on or they’ll be expecting it for free,” he said. “Just be grateful these fucking morons are so predictable. Ordering pizza from the same place every Wednesday. Whoever they are, they’re amateurs.”

The target location was not far away. The house was set back off the road. They’d done some recon and knew that there’d be one guard outside and one just inside the front door.

As usual, they didn’t know who the main target was or why. They were there to do a job, a job they were good at. A job they enjoyed.

Bill had enjoyed killing the teen delivery boy just for his car and pizza box, but it had been Mac’s idea to order a pizza at an abandoned address to kill the driver and use his car to infiltrate the target location. Worked like a charm.

Mac was in a commando blackout suit, all black, with rubber soled combat boots; he even had black greasepaint to ensure his face wasn’t visible beneath his black ski cap. In the shadows, he was practically invisible. He hid in the back seat of the dead kid’s car on the way.

Bill pulled up at the curb and got out. The guard stepped off the porch and approached him. Bill’s silenced .38 was hidden under the pizza box. The guard never saw it.

The guard was the typical free-lance merc. Late twenties, very fit, long, slightly curly hair. Dressed casually in tight black jeans and a t-shirt. There was a pair of tightly-laced black and white leather sneaker on his feet. He was hungry; he never saw death coming at him.

Bill’s gun made a slight coughing sound. The merc punk grunted as the slug punched through his abdomen. He sank to his knees with a gasp, looking up at Bill with a helpless, pleading look on his face. He didn’t know what had happened; he only knew that something was very wrong and he was in terrible pain.

He didn’t seem to catch on even when Bill tossed the pizza box aside and fired again. The second bullet punctured the guard’s left lung. A deep, primal grunt was forced past the man’s vocal cords as his chest was compacted by the impact. He collapsed in a heap with that taste of his own blood in his mouth, still not realizing that he was dying.

Bill thought it was a shame he couldn’t send this one off right. He and Mac usually arranged things so that their victims blew their loads before—or even better, at—death. But there was another hardman waiting just inside the door, so this needed to be quick. This fucking punk was small-time, a boy pretending to be a man. Bill ended the game by popping a cap into the boy’s brain. His leather shoes kicked violently, then the corpse quivered in its death throes. Man or boy, thought Bill, they die same. They all go out kicking at the end.

Mac had crept silently from the back seat of the car and managed to reach the front door before Bill had fired his second shot. As he’d suspected, they never actually closed the door; it was kept open slightly for the inside guard to see what was going on outside. Sounded like the guy was just realizing that something wasn’t right. Mac flew into action—time for a shock kill.

The idea of the shock kill it to inflict such trauma on the opponent’s body that he is incapable of reaction; he goes into instant shock and is helpless to defend himself or alert others. Mac and Bill had refined this technique to the point that they could usually induce an involuntary orgasm by extremely accurate placement of their weapons.

In this case, Mac found the guard standing right at the door. He elbowed the door open, grabbed the hardman’s shirt and brought his knife up to his neck.

A quick jab thrust the cold jagged steel into the mercenary’s throat. The guard grabbed hold of Mac as his larynx was shredded by the vicious blade. His body stiffened; his legs tensing in his jeans and his boots scuffling on the floor.

Mac twisted the knife in the guard’s throat, slicing the tissues into hamburger. He ripped the shank brutally out of the guy’s windpipe, doing even more damage. The next thrust would be the master stroke.

Mac quickly raised the knife and rammed it up through the base of the guard’s skull. As the blade penetrated deep into the helpless man’s cerebellum, it slashed through the pleasure center of the brain. Mac could feel the guy’s dick as a stiff, warm ridge as the dying man’s body arced forward and pressed tightly against him. The convulsions induced by the massive brain trauma caused the merc’s body to twitch and jerk against Mac, humping the punk’s hard rod until it began to ooze sperm uncontrollably. Mac let the corpse slid slowly down that wall. Its jeans were so tight that the spasms of the dying cock could clearly be seen.

They were inside.

Bill dragged the dead merc into the bushes and left the lifeless meat hidden away. Mac waited for him to finish and get inside before closing the door behind him.

Now it was time to clean house.

The entryway was small. It was a hall leading to the back of the house, terminating in a door. On the right side was the staircase to the second floor. Further down the hall were openings into rooms, one on each side. There was noise and commotion coming from the opening on the left.

Mac crept down the hall and peered into the room. He looked back at Bill with an expression of amused contempt on his face. Bill took a look himself. He saw what Mac had seen and turned to him with a grin.

Professional hardmen at the door, teen punks in the living room. Three of them, playing a video game. Bill took another look. “Dude, I just owned your ass!” one of the kids shouted at another. He had long dark hair with blond highlights. He had on a tight black t-shirt that emphasized the muscles of his chest. His black jeans did the same thing for his thighs. He was wearing gray suede hightops His belt was formed of links of metal and there was a chain running from a belt loop to his wallet. The kid he was yelling at was younger, no more than seventeen, if that. His dirty blond hair was shorter and the body enclosed in the white t-shirt and blue jeans was slimmer. He wore a simple but very tight pair of white leather sneakers.

The third punk had been loading and hitting a bong while this ownage had occurred. He was slightly more developed than the other two, with a broad muscled chest displayed in a black Metallica t-shirt. He had a red bandanna tied around his head but his black hair hung down behind. He wore old, faded jeans and a pair of black harness boots. He took a lung-busting hit off the bong and handed it to the owned kid.

Mac and Bill huddled. The youngest, they decided, would be the easiest to crack. Once they tenderized him, he’d talk. Time for a little shock and awe.

It was quick and brutal. Bill stepped into the room. The kid who had been speaking saw him first. Reaction times were slow since they were all stoned. The kid just stared at Bill, mouth agape. His brain couldn’t process the signal fast enough—and then it couldn’t process anything at all. Bill’s silenced .38 spat twice, giving the kid a hot lead facial. The boy gave a deep mortal grunt as a small neat hole formed under his left eye and another appeared on his forehead at the same time.

The punk fell backwards, kicking and convulsing violently as bullet fragments carved channels in his brain. Shards of metal ricocheted of the inside of his skull to further increase the trauma. The boy writhed and twisted, a mindless chunk of meat agonizingly kicking away its last few seconds on earth.

The younger kid was frozen in terror. Bandanna boy stood up, uncertain of what to do. Mac solved that dilemma for him. Grabbing the punk’s hair right through his bandanna. Mac locked the kid into place and rammed his K-Bar military knife straight through the boy’s ear canal into his brain.

Seven inches of cold sharp steel penetrated the kid’s gray matter. There was a physical reaction to the massive brain trauma. And Mac, using pinpoint precision, was able to control that reaction.

The punk shuddered in Mac’s arms as Mac slowly skullfucked the knife in his head. “Watch this,” Mac said, turning the helpless kid towards both Bill and the younger boy, “Little fucker’s just a brain-dead meat puppet. Watch me make him shoot a wad.”

He twisted the knife in the boy’s skull slightly, nicking the pleasure center of the brain. Then he reamed the blade in hard. The kid gave a reflexive cry, muffled by Mac’s gloved hand tightly clamped over his mouth. The body arced backwards, thrusting the groin towards Bill and the other youth. A thick ridge was obvious in the groin and before their eyes; a dark stain was spreading from the end of the ridge, glistening on the surface of the denim.

“Fuck yeah!” cried Bill. “What about you, you little fucker, ya ready to get a cold hard tool fucked into your brain too?”

The remaining teen was gasping and staring at the quivering remains of bandanna boy, eyes wide with shock. “Oh fuck,” he moaned repeatedly, “Oh fuck, oh fuck, oh fuck. Please, don’t. Please don’t kill me…” He broke off and started weeping openly.

“Then talk. How many others? Where are they? Tell us and maybe we won’t kill you. But if you don’t tell us, we will kill you. How’s that for a deal?”

“There’s-there’s Paul outside and Ricky at the…at the door,” the kid sobs, “and-and I know there’s th-th-three guys upstairs, including Carl. He’s who-who you want, please, oh god, please, he’s the big guy, I’m nobody, dear god please don’t fucking kill me—“

He started sobbing again. The video game was still running and covered some of the sound.

Bill turned to Mac. “Sounds like what we needed. We wanna keep this piece of shit around for any reason?”

“Nothing I can think of,” responded Mac, “Might as whack the fucker.”

The kid began bawling and begging, “Oh please, please, please…” As the knowledge that his life was about to end in terrible pain and futility overcame him, the teen began to babble in terror. “Ohpleaseohpleaseitoldyouwhatyouwanteddontkillme—“

He fell to his knees, his right hand held up to shield him from the death blow. It was useless. Bill fired once. The bullet punctured the boy’s hand before it pierced his abdomen and tore a gaping hole in the youth’s smooth hairless back. The punk exhaled forcefully as the air in his lungs was expelled by the impact.

At the same moment, Mac stepped forward, placing himself directly in front of the stunned boy. The kid looked up at him in a daze. Mac reached down, knife in his hand, and slashed the boy’s throat.

“Fucking traitor bitch,” snarled Mac in the dying youth’s face, “You talked. Your partners are gonna die because of you. You don’t deserve a final load of cum. You’re a fucking bitch and you’re dying like one. Here’s a final blessing, you fucking worthless loser.”

Mac unzipped his fly, and eased out his thick, uncut, semi-hard cock. Bill is right beside him, cut, not as long, but thicker.

They both pissed on the bitch who talked. The kid stared up at the pair of cocks hanging over him, urine diluting the color of the blood flowing from the gash in his throat. The blood bubbled and foamed as the dying teen tried to exhale. The boy gasped in agonal respirations, bleeding out his worthless life as his killers expressed their contempt for his attempt to act like a man. The punk ended his bitch life gargling and drowning in his own blood in a shower of piss.

Mac crept slowly up the staircase, testing each step to make sure there would be no sound. Behind him was Bill, putting his leather hightops directly into Mac’s boot prints so that he only stepped on a spot that had already been cleared.

After wasting the kids downstairs, Mac and Bill had a better idea of what was going on. They never asked questions, but this was a scenario they’d run across before. Amateur mercs and juvenile delinquents in a suburban house added up to one thing: a relatively low-level drug dealer was being taken out.

Who wanted him taken out and why were unknown and didn’t really matter anyway. What mattered was that Mac and Bill now knew what to expect. Three guys upstairs, including the primary target, Carl. None of them would be professionals. In fact, it was likely that two of them would be teen punks—runners and street dealers recruited to guard their employer.

Mac paused at the top of the stairs. Bill was right behind him. They both were relying on their hunting skills, listening carefully for the sounds of their prey. The landing was small and square. It was also empty. There was a door on each side. The one on the left was closed. The one on the right was not and the sounds of a conversation came from the doorway.

“Hey, Ryan, got any more of that weed or did you give it all to Andy?”

“Nah, brah, I got more. But I only got one paper left. Here, you roll a jay and I’ll go get more. If Andy don’t have any, Josh will.”

Ryan staggered out of the room and stumbled toward the staircase. From his point of view, Mac was in plain sight—but Ryan was far too high to notice him.

Ryan was about nineteen and was stoned to the point of being completely goofy. He wore tight gray jeans with skate shoes laced tightly on his feet. He was putting a green t-shirt on over his well-developed chest. There was a huge grin on his face. His eyes were completely bloodshot and he had a large nose that somehow made him look vulnerable. He was settling a white ball cap on his head after he’d pulled his shirt down.

The kid made it all the way to the staircase without noticing death crouching in the shadows. It wasn’t till he actually started down the steps that he realized something was wrong.

And be then it was too late. Mac was already on him, reaming his knife into the teen’s hard body.

He’d popped up and grabbed Ryan by the back of the head, pulling the boy tightly towards him. At the same time, he brought his 9” commando knife up and rammed it hard into Ryan’s chest. The kid gasped loudly as the serrated blade pierced his left lung—more of grunt than a gasp, since the force of the steel shaft in his chest forced the air out of his lungs.

Bill moved past the spot where Mac was holding the teen punk in the hard grasp of death. The sounds could have been heard by the boy who was still in the room and Bill needed to take him out quickly, before the target—who was presumably on the other side of the closed door—was alerted.

Mac was still embracing Ryan, holding him close, staring into his eyes. He twisted his knife into the boy’s chest, watching the agony he was eagerly inflicting. The kid struggled violently, trying to break free of the muscled arms that held him relentlessly in the world of pain he had suddenly wandered into.

Ryan looked into Mac’s face, dazed and confused. He didn’t know what was happening. There was some dude in front of him, snarling in contempt, holding him helplessly. And there was pain, my god, there was pain that seared him with each breath.

Mac ground the knife into Ryan’s chest, shredding lung and muscle tissue, before yanking the knife brutally out of the wound. The sheer viciousness of the knife being ripped from his body forced another agonized grunt from the dying pothead.

Bill, in the meantime, was crouched beside the open doorway. He was still in his tight jeans and t-shirt, in the guise of pizza delivery. He even still had the dead delivery boy’s cap on.

As he suspected, the commotion on the landing—quiet as it was—had attracted the attention of the boy in the room, and he came to investigate.

He was slightly older than Ryan, in his early twenties. Like Ryan, he had on a white ball cap, but his was on backwards. There was a light goatee on his broad face and his eyes were as bloodshot as his friend’s. The hightop shoes that showed at the end of his long muscled legs were of a dark brown suede. He too had on skinny jeans and a t-shirt and he was clearly just as stoned as Ryan.

The sight of his buddy getting punk-fucked with a sharp blade stunned the kid. He froze in place and opened his mouth to shout. Bill didn’t give him a chance. He popped up from his stance beside the door and grabbed the boy with both hands, reaching around the kid to place his left hand on the boy’s right shoulder. Bill then reached behind the kid’s head with his right hand to grab the punk’s chin from the left. All he had to do then was pull his arms violently back into place.

Instantly, the kid’s head was twisted backwards through more than 180 degrees. Even though the punk’s body was facing away from Bill, his eyes were staring with horror directly into Bill’s. The sound was that of a dry branch breaking—but it went on for much longer, with a shattering effect.

The kid went completely rigid in Bill’s arms. His red eyes were wide with pain and panic, the panic of someone who knows that something is terribly wrong but doesn’t know what. The kid was too high to know that his neck was broken; he only knew that he couldn’t breathe and that some muscled dude was holding him so he couldn’t get away.

Then everything started to get bright and fuzzy. There was a ringing in his ears, but he couldn’t feel anything below his neck. The dying punk had a hard-on that was leaking semen into his shorts, but he couldn’t feel it.

As everything faded into a blaze of white as the useless kid gave up his life, he reflexively blew a massive wad. He never felt it, though. The last thing he was aware of was Bill’s cold , hard face looking into his own.

Ryan put up more of a fight. In the end, of course, it was just as futile. Mac put him down.

Mac forced the kid up against the wall, holding him in place by clamping one leather-gloved hand over the boy’s mouth and pressing his head back against the wall. He rammed his blade into the kid repeatedly, plunging the hard cold steel into Ryan’s firm chest and stomach.

The boy fought Mac as best he could. His arms were fairly strong too and he was trying to break free from the merciless grip of pain and death. His face contorted in agony with each thrust of the knife as he twisted and writhed in his futile attempt to escape.

Mac realized that Ryan was on his way out and decided to send him off right. He spun the youth around and slammed him face-first into the wall, momentarily stunning the teen punk. Then he bent the kid’s head forward and forced the razor-sharp tip of his knife into the back of Ryan’s neck at an upward angle.

The blade punctured the base of the kid’s skull with a crunching sound and slid into his brain like a hot knife through butter. Ryan went rigid with instant brain trauma, involuntarily inhaling with a loud gasp. Mac leaned against the boy, pressing him against the wall and feeling the quivering of his damaged nervous system.

Once again, Mac had managed to take a tough punk and turn him into a spunking meat puppet. Ryan’s cock spewed a solid stream of cum for nearly a minute and a half as Mac worked the serrated blade of his knife into the boy’s brain stem. As the corpse—brain dead but still upright and ejaculating—jerked and twitched against his groin, Mac moaned quietly and shot his own wad. When he was done, he jerked his knife out of Ryan’s head and left the dead meat to sink to the ground.

Bill grinned at Mac; he knew exactly what had happened and had enjoyed watching. But there was still some unfinished business.

They turned to the closed door. Time to take of Carl.

Mac and Bill 2

The kid stood at the mouth of the alley, nervously smoking a cigarette. His back was to the alley, his attention directed outward, scanning the street in front of him. It was a short side street near the waterfront, with the wall of a derelict factory taking one side of the pavement. The alley, on the other side, allowed access to the backs of a couple of storage buildings. It was three in the morning and there wasn’t much for the kid to see.

He didn’t see death hovering above him.

He was a city kid, about eighteen. He wasn’t dressed for guard duty—had probably been called away from a club to be the lookout for this drug deal. He had a white baseball cap, worn backwards, covering his mop of black hair. His plain leather jacket was open, with the sleeves jammed up to his elbows. His wrists were covered with bands and bandannas.

Mac grinned. He wondered if the kid would’ve gone with that look if he’d known he was gonna be caught dead in it.

The kid was wearing a black concert t-shirt—it was too dark to make out which band—and tight bleached jeans. His hightop kicks scraped the concrete as he shifted position. The shoes looked like they were brown velour; he’d almost certainly not planned on being here tonight. His bloodshot, heavy-lidded eyes proved the point. The dude was baked.

There was a movement in the shadows behind him. He had a friend. This one stepped into the light and spoke a few words to the first guard.

The second kid was about the same age as the first and dressed similarly. His hair was dirty blond and his cap was red and faced front. He wore an olive-green jacket and his t-shirt and jeans were just as tight as his friend’s. His build was slightly larger and more developed than the first guard, who was slim. He looked even more fucked up, with a big goofy grin on his face.

Mac nodded silently to Bill. First two targets acquired, in optimal circumstances. They were together and drugged, so the chances of them alerting anyone was minimal.

The job was to terminate anyone taking part in this deal, no questions asked. Mac and Bill had come prepared to kill. And to enjoy themselves. After all, what’s the point of being a professional killer if you can’t make the punk you’re wasting suffer?

The mercenaries had crept down the fire escape without the boys below hearing them. They crouched on the lowest level, not three feet above the guards’ heads, while Mac tied a loop with a slipknot in a length of nylon cord and Bill pulled his huge combat knife from his boot sheath.

Mac wrapped the cord around the railing and dropped the loop of cord over the first guard’s head. Just as the kid became aware of it, Mac wrapped the other end of the cord round his hand and leaped off the fire escape simultaneously with Bill.

Bill’s boots hit the ground first. He lunged at the second kid, who was too stoned to react. Bill clamped his hand over the kid’s mouth and rammed the knife into the side of the kid’s throat, punching through the larynx and esophagus in one blow. His eyes wide with agony, the only sound that escaped the brutal pressure on the boy’s mouth was a groan of pain.

Mac had used the body of the first kid as a counterweight to slow his descent. He quickly tied the end of the cord he still held to the bottom rung of the fire escape ladder, leaving the teen kicking and jerking in midair. He stepped back to admire his work.

The first jerk of the cord had popped the kid’s cap off, revealing his stunned expression. His eyes stared into Mac’s with stupefied horror as the boy flailed his legs in an attempt to find purchase. There was none to find; he was too far out from the wall to make contact.

His hands grasped frantically at to cord above and behind him. As his face reddened and his eyes bulged, he managed to get a grip on the cord and raise himself an inch or two. He couldn’t hold himself up for more than a few seconds. Each time he fell back, the slipknot tightened around his neck and intensified his panic-filled grunts.

Bill enjoyed his work with a more hands-on approach. He was using his full body to pin his target against the wall, feeling the punk die slowly beneath him. He twisted the knife in the kid’s throat, shredding his adam’s apple and windpipe, but just barely nicking the jugular or carotid. The dying teen shuddered in agony, slowly bleeding out. Bill felt every twitch and jerk between his legs as the kid weakly kicked his legs, an instinctive and futile attempt to escape the iron grip of pain and death that had suddenly come out of the night.

The first kid was still struggling. In a last attempt to survive, he grabbed the cord and yanked till muscles stood out on his forearms and tendons on his neck. His face distorted with the strain. He was able to lift himself about four inches—for about seven seconds. He took a shallow gasp of air, then lost his grip again. He fell back with more force this time. The cord tightened around his neck violently. The cracking sound of his hyoid bone seemed loud in what was nearly a silent hit. The boy couldn’t make any other sound; his esophagus was completely crushed.

Mac could feel his cock getting hard as he watch a bulge appear in the kid’s crotch. The guard was reaching out to him, his hands, bloody with rope burn, clawing ineffectually in the air. He drew his legs up and kicked out again, still desperately seeking something to stand on.

Stupid little fuck probably still doesn’t realize he’s dying, thought Mac. It made him harder.

The kid fought for a while, but his struggles diminished quickly. His tongue slowly emerged from his mouth, accompanied by a streamer of drool that trickled down his chin and caught on his shirt. His eyes rolled back, showing nothing but bloodshot white under drooping lids. The punk’s body began convulsing, swinging like a pendulum. His brown kicks twitched violently in the final death throes as the bulge in the teen’s crotch squirmed visibly and a dark stain spread over the corpse’s groin.

Mac creamed his jeans without having to touch himself.

Bill got plenty of touching, without having to take his cock out. As the kid coughed and choked on his own blood, Bill yanked the knife out roughly. Tightening the muscles in his arm, he thrust it up under the boy’s chin. A bit of force enabled him to penetrate the base of the little fuck’s skull and slam the cold sharp steel blade deep into the brain.

The teen punk opened his eyes wide in shock, looking directly into Bill’s. Bill’s dick swelled as he watched the boy’s eyes dilate before massive brain damage made him jerk back spasmodically. As he ground his pelvis convulsively into Bill’s crotch, Bill could feel the kid’s thick rod, erect from a reflexive tightening of the muscles, press warmly against him.

The dying bitch was dry-humping him. Just before the boy stopped jerking and collapsed at his feet in a pile of quivering meat, Bill felt the moisture of the punk’s dying orgasm trigger his own. Bill pressed him against the wall to let the kid’s final seconds on earth milk the cum out of his dick.

Once the body hit the ground, there was nothing but silence. The mercenaries had vanished back into the shadows; their night was far from over. It was over for the first two guards. They’d started the evening going out to party and get fucked up. One of them was now huddled in the shadows, a quivering mass of flesh in the alley gutter. The other was swaying two feet off the ground, the toes of his kicks pointing down and occasionally twitching. Just two worthless punks, wasted and left to rot.

Mac and Bill 1

They had scoped out the kill and were ready.

They didn’t know who the client was. Sometimes the client was private and sometimes it was a government contract. It didn’t matter. All they needed to know was who the targets were and whether they were supposed to die easy or hard.

This job, they were supposed to die hard.

The targets were a couple of drug lords. Intelligence had it that they were meeting in a neutral location to work out a territorial dispute. They had kept security light— some local punks who hadn’t been able to pay their tabs.

Mac grinned as he sighted the first sentry. He and Bill were gonna enjoy this. The actual targets would be done too quickly—a couple of taps to the head and it’d be over. But the men standing guard–oh, yeah, this was gonna be fun.

Mac and Bill had over a hundred kills of this kind between them. They’d worked out a method that involved incredible precision. Mac had found on an earlier kill that if a knife enters the target’s brain at a certain point and depth, it strikes an area that controls orgasm. The target will drop like a rag doll and cream his jeans on the way down.

He’d practiced it on his next few hits and when he felt confident, he demonstrated it to Bill. It had been on a job south of the border. Bill had already whacked his target—a Mexican hardman who gagged and coughed his life away in Bill’s arms after his throat had been slit.

The sentry Mac was going for was a young man with dirty jeans and combat boots. He wore a tight black tee which covered the handgun tucked down the front of his pants. He’d heard his buddy’s dying gasps and started moving in that direction. Mac had come behind him and clamped a hand over the guard’s mouth; ramming his razor-sharp knife into the guy’s kidney. As the hardman stiffened in agony and shock, Mac had called Bill and had him watch as he lifted the man’s chin and slammed the knife up through the guard’s jaw, puncturing his tongue and soft palate and piercing his brain. After seeing the massive, sticky wet spot form in the dying man’s crotch, Bill had been a willing and able student of form.

Now it was time to send these two punks out the same way.

Mac saw that Bill had the same hard grin as he did. This was gonna be real smooth. These two were practically kids, barely old enough to buy their own beer. Hardman wanna-bes. The wanted to be men; they were gonna die like men. And it was gonna hurt.

The two mercs had gotten close enough to overhear the guards. From their conversation, they had learned the names of each. Danny was short and dark, with shoulder-length black hair. He was wearing tight jeans and hightops, but had no shirt covering his well-developed chest. Bobby was the other one; he was practically a skinhead, with a razor-thin goatee. He was wearing a white wifebeater and showing the tattoos on his muscled arms to an admiring Danny. At the start of the conversation, Bobby had pulled a bag of weed out of his boot and fished papers from the back pocket of his jeans. They had passed a joint back and forth while talking about how fucked up they’d gotten and how many bitches they’d reamed out. When they finished, Bobby had rolled the each their own before they split up.

The warriors’ smiles got tighter. High on guard duty—these two were the definition of ‘young, dumb, and full of cum.’

Time to let that cum out.

Bobby was walking further up the road. Mac trailed him silently, timing the kill.

The hit on Danny was quick and brutal. It was over in an instant, but a lot happened in that instant.

Danny had just taken a lung-busting hit of his own from the joint when Bill grabbed the hair on the top of his head and pulled it back. At the same time, he brought his commando knife upward into Danny’s exposed jaw, slamming it home into the punk’s brain. Danny’s eyes opened wide with pain and fear as his cock swelled and began spurting uncontrollably. The dying punk jerked backwards several times, grinding his ass into Bill’s crotch before going rag-doll. Bill lowered the still-twitching corpse to the ground and turned to follow Mac.

Mac was crouched down in a ditch about ten yards behind Bobby. Bobby was fucked up—he’d been hotboxing his joint and had smoked it down in less than two minutes. Mac wasn’t worried about cover; the guy was too stoned to have any reaction speed.

Mac crept in silently for the kill. About ten feet behind the guard, he pulled his knife from his boot sheath.

He jumped forward quickly, one hand clamping the punk’s mouth, his fingerless leather glove forming a seal to muffle any noise. The other hand pressed the knife into the base of the guard’s head. There was a resistance, then a slight crunching sound as the tip of the knife penetrated the base of the skull. After that, it slid in smooth and easy.

Bobby’s reaction was immediate. He stiffened in a seizure that jerked his body erect. He arched backwards and his eyes rolled back. A grunt was forced out that was muffled to a moan by Mac’s glove.

“Shut up and die, motherfucker,” Mac whispered in Bobby’s ear.

In the dark buzzing vortex of his swiftly-diminishing consciousness, Bobby somehow knew that while he was being told to shut up and die he was spunking so hard it was agony.

After that, there was nothing left but the convulsions of brain trauma. Bobby thrashed violently, his boots digging furrows in the dirt. Mac held him tightly and reamed his knife into Bobby’s brain. The punk shuddered and went limp in Mac’s arms. Mac lowered him to the ground and wiped his knife on the corpse’s shirt.

Looking up, he saw Bill had been enjoying the show. They quickly regrouped and pressed on. There were at least two more guards between them and the final targets.

Things got quiet after they left. The dead meat that had been Bobby still kicked a little as random nerves fired. One of these kicks dislodged the bag of weed in his boot.

Danny’s body lay on its back, glazed eyes staring at nothing. Down the left side of the face was a small trickle of blood from the nose and another from the corner of the mouth. The body occasionally gave a slight twitch, the hightops scraping the dirt.

Mac and Bill crept silently up the road, leaving the piles of twitching meat behind them to rot.

Three hundred yards down, a sound to their right made them freeze. There shouldn’t have been any more guards this far out from the target, but intelligence had been incomplete before. Mac sent Bill further down the road to reconnoiter and went to investigate the sounds himself.

Moving silently through the underbrush, Mac emerged suddenly into a clearing. Right in front of him, leaning against a tree, was a young guard beating his meat. This was Frank.

Frank was wearing an open shirt-sleeve work shirt over his tight white undershirt. His jeans, opened at the fly to display his fully erect cock, were tucked into his dirty, slouched work boots. In his right boot was a half-ounce bag of weed—it was their advance pay for guard duty.

Frank was higher than a kite and had been thinking about the bitch he’d banged in an alleyway last night as he jacked himself. Precum was just starting to ooze from his mushroom tip when merc materialized in front of him. Franks bloodshot eyes widened as he tried to focus on the man who was going to end his life. The guy was wearing all black, from the cap on his close-shaven head to the tactical gloves and the combat boots.

Then bright pain exploded in Frank’s face.

Mac had been caught slightly by surprise, but hadn’t hesitated in wasting the punk. He’d stunned the little fuck with a line-drive punch straight from the shoulder. The steel knuckles built into his gloves added power to the blow.

Frank, semi-conscious, reeled away from Mac. His cheekbone was broken and his lips split. His dick, forgotten but still hard, bobbed in the wind.

Mac stepped forward and slid his left hand under Frank’s left arm and across his chest, grabbing his right shoulder. He reached his right hand around the back of Frank’s head to grab his chin from the left and pulled both of his arms back violently.

There was a cracking sound as Frank’s vertebrae shattered and his spinal cord ruptured. His head was twisted 180 degrees and his stunned, terrified eyes were staring directly into Mac’s.

Frank’s body stiffened and shuddered. His muscles went rigid involuntarily, forcing a geyser of cum to spew from his dick. Faint gasping sounds escaped his lips as he struggled to draw air with muscles and lungs that had stopped working.

There was another shudder and another fountain of spunk. Then Frank’s legs gave way, his boots buckling at the ankles and digging out paths in the dirt. Mac held him all the way down, starting into his eyes. The last thing the punk saw as his wasted life slipped away was the merciless face of the hard man who’d offed him.

Kneeling on the dead meat, with his leg on the corpse’s ass and his gloved hand pressing strongly on the blank, staring face, Mac paused and listed. These fucks usually traveled in pairs.

Sure enough, there was a rustling sound ahead and a little to the left. Mac moved quietly back into the woods, leaving the body in the clearing behind him to stiffen. After a while, the cum dried, leaving the corpse with glazed eyes and glazed thighs.

Mac was moving quietly parallel to the road. About ten yards beyond the clearing where he’d left Frank’s body, he was brought up short by a motorcycle hidden in the brush, with a helmet hanging from the handlebars. The sound he was tracking was louder now, and seemed to come from his right. He moved off in that direction.

It didn’t take him long to find the other guard. He was taking a leak into a small stream, with his back to Mac. This one had a shock of unruly black hair and a gold loop in his ear caught the light. He was wearing a white t-shirt tucked into tight leather pants cinched by some kind of metallic belt. The leather pants, in turn, were tucked into high biker boots. This one was young, about nineteen or twenty.

Mac slowly reached for the length of nylon cord in his pocket. He looped it around the kid’s neck in a flash and pulled hard.

The punk, as high as the others, hadn’t seen it coming. He flailed wildly, struggling for breath. Mac tightened his hold on the guard’s windpipe and braced himself as his victim fought—vainly—for his life.

The punk had some fight in him, too. He spent some time grabbing ineffectively at the cord digging into his neck, but Mac was pulling it violently and it was embedded in the flesh. That was when the kid panicked.

He stopped struggling with the cord and reached up, trying to connect with anything that would release his agonized throat and let him breathe again. In his terror of death, he lost control of his bladder. His dick was still out and the piss dribbled down his leather pants onto his desperately kicking boots.

The guard’s flailing hands batted aimlessly at Mac’s face and caught at his arms. Out of the corner of his eye, Mac could see that the stupid little fuck had a tribal armband tattoo. Then the victim’s hands were in his face again and he decided enough was enough.

He kicked the guy’s boots out from under him and kneeled to follow him down. The guard was now sitting on the ground with his legs jerking out in front, boots tearing up the dirt and leaves. Mac could see the pot leaf emblazoned on the punk’s belt buckle. He wondered if the kid had any idea that he was going to die wearing it when he put it on today. He gave the cord a hard tug and there was a crunching sound.

Mac knew he could let the punk go now; his windpipe was crushed and he’d be dead in sixty seconds no matter what. But he held on, watching the guy’s flaccid cock suddenly swell and turn a vivid purple—the same purple as the guard’s face. A foamy trickle of saliva escaped past the kid’s swollen, protruding tongue. His hands had stopped beating violently at Mac’s face and were moving slower, almost caressing him.

The punk’s random jerking became a rhythmic convulsion. With each spasm, the kid shot a load and he shot hard. Mac felt a splatter of semen on his cheek. The guy shot his next three loads into his own face. Cum dripped from his dull, half-open eyes down over the tip of his tongue and off his chin.

Mac held on to the wetly pulsating meat for a little while longer before removing his cord. He had to tug at it as it was buried deeply in the guard’s throat. He turned and left as quietly as he had come, on his way to rejoin Bill.

The silence that settled over the kill after Mac’s departure was only broken by the death throes of the corpse. These became fewer over time, but with each spasm, a slight trickle of sperm leaked out onto the leather pants.

Mac found Bill near what the map had marked as the last turn in the road. Beyond this point, the road ascended in a straight line to the cabin where the final targets were supposed to be located.

Naturally, there were another couple of guards around the bend.

Bill had already scoped them out. He told Mac that he’d gathered from their conversation that they were brothers. The younger brother wouldn’t give them any problems—he’d only come along to get high and would be easy to drop. The older brother, with bright red hair, would be tougher. He’d worked for the targets before and acted as if he knew how to handle himself. He didn’t, but he could still cause problems.

Mac went carefully forward and checked them out. They were standing by the far side of the road. Both had dressed similarly in tight black shirts and tight jeans. The ginger guard was in his mid-20’s and had his shirt tucked into his jeans. When he turned his back to Mac, he could see a 9-millimeter jammed down the back of the guy’s jeans, the handle out for access. Ginger was wearing combat boots and thick leather bands around his wrists, one of them holding a watch.

Junior was about 18 or 19. He was wearing a ball cap and didn’t have his shirt tucked in. He was squatting with his back to Mac, who could see that the kid was going commando. He’d tucked his jeans into ropers.

Mac returned to Bill.

“I found two more guard back there,” he said.

“Any problems?”

“Nah. They kicked a little. But we need to get one of these to talk. Need to find out if there’s any other surprises.”

Bill grinned.

“Good cop, bad cop? It’s my turn to be bad cop.”

They sprang out simultaneously. Bill went for Ginger, kicking his legs out. The guard fell to his knees with Bill behind him, one hand clenched in his hair. The other held a knife at the side of Ginger’s throat.

Junior had risen and was facing Mac when he jumped. Mac slammed the kid back into a tree and pressed hard on him, gloved hand over his mouth. He too had a knife, pointed at Junior’s belly.

Bill yanked up on Ginger’s hair.

“Ok, you little cocksucker, talk!”

Ginger snapped back, “Fuck you! I ain’t tellin’ ya shit!”

Bill hadn’t expected him to. He turned to Mac with a smile.

“He says he don’t wanna.”

Mac eased his pressure on Junior’s mouth just enough to let him speak.

“What about you? You feel like talking? “

“Don’t you say a word, dude!” shouted Ginger. “Those guys’ll fuck us up bad!”

Mac leaned forward, pinning Junior to the tree with his full body weight. He forced Junior’s head to the right, giving him a direct view of his brother.

“Watch what happens if you don’t talk. Go for it, Bill.”

With a violent jerk, Bill thrust his knife into Ginger’s throat, the tip coming out the other side. The sharp serrated blade tore through the punk’s vocal cords and windpipe, neatly spearing the adam’s apple.

Ginger made a choked gurgling sound. His face was a mask of pain and terror.

“Watch him,” whispered Mac into Junior’s ear, “watch him die.”

Ginger’s hands flailed helplessly in front of him. His body jerked and shuddered as a pink foam began to leak from the corners of his mouth. He sagged forward. The only thing keeping him from falling face down in the dirt was Bill’s hold on his hair.

Bill had gotten rock hard. He pulled Ginger’s head back into his groin. In his last few seconds alive, Ginger was dimly aware of only one other thing beside the agony of death—the sensation of a hot iron rod covered in fabric pressed against the back of his head.

Mac eased up on Junior’s mouth again. “Now talk, bitch,” he growled. “How many others between here and the cabin?”

Junior started crying—they’d been right; he was the weak one. When he spoke, it came out in one long gasp of terror, all at once.

“Ohfuckdon’tkillmepleasedon’tilltellyaanythingohfuckohshit,” he pleaded.

“Quit babbling, you little shit and tell me—anyone else between here and the cabin?’

Junior gulped hard and just barely managed to control his panic. “No one, dude,” he sobbed, “just them two dudes that went up there and the guys driving their cars—I swear. Fuck, dude, don’t kill me—I told ya what ya wanted to know. Oh God, please don’t kill me!’

Mac clamped his hand back over Junior’s mouth and turned to Bill with a grin.

“Whaddaya think?”

“Nah, he’s useless. Waste the little fuck.”

Mac turned back to Junior. “Sorry, kid,” he said with a smile. “If he says I gotta waste ya, I gotta waste ya.”

Junior stared at him with terrified eyes, He began struggling, tears running down his face.

Mac stabbed his knife upwards into Junior’s belly. Even with Mac’s gloved hand firmly covering his mouth, faint screams could be heard.

Mac slowly withdrew the knife. “You’re gonna die with your boots on, like a real man,” he whispered. “This is gonna hurt.”

With a single controlled jab, he rammed the knife up through Junior’s jaw and tongue, embedding it in the soft palate. The intense burst of agony combined with the shock of the gut stab had halted Junior’s struggle. He stood shuddering, his eyes wide.

Mac jammed the knife up into the kid’s brain. Junior’s eyes dilated, then rolled back so only the white could be seen. His tight muscular body arced forward, grinding his groin into Mac’s. Mac felt Junior’s hard dick rubbing against his own through several layers of fabric, getting him hard as well.

Then he felt liquid on his balls and the base of his cock and knew that the kid was cumming so hard in his dying moments that the spunk had soaked through. Mac lost control and shot his wad. As his own jizz spread over his belly and the kid’s cum oozed onto his balls, Mac skullfucked Junior with his knife, reaming in and out and shredding the kid’s brain.

Out of the corner of his eye, Mac saw that Bill hadn’t been able to control himself either. Still holding Ginger’s corpse by the hair, he’d positioned the body so it was facing him. He pulled his long rigid dick out and stuck it in Ginger’s mouth. A quick, violent facefuck and Bill growled, then gave a low groan, sending ropy strands of his spunk over Ginger’s mangled larynx. He was still oozing when he pulled out, sperm mixing with the blood drying at the corner of Ginger’s mouth.

“Sorry,” muttered Bill when he noticed Mac watching him. “Just seeing the two of you…well…”

“Don’t apologize. I didn’t know it would be like that. We’ll have to find a way to get ourselves off on every kill. Why should we let these fucks have all the fun?” As he finished saying this he kicked Junior’s blank staring face with his steel-toed boot.

“Yeah,” said Bill. “Shame we can’t have much fun with the targets. But I still got more spunk of my own to let out.”

“Don’t worry,” replied Mac. They cleaned themselves using the shirts of their dead fuckbuddies. “I think we can still have some fun during cleanup.”

They started climbing the hill in the direction of the cabin.

The approach to the cabin was difficult. Just a few yards past the spot where Ginger and Junior were turning cold and stiff, the line of sight forced them into the treeline—Mac and Bill could be seen from the cabin if they stayed on the road. The need for silence slowed them, especially if the two “drivers”—more likely professional killers—were outside.

They were. One of them was clearly a hardman type. Well-built, with thick short dark curls, he wore a white t-shirt and jeans, both skin-tight. His camo-patterned cap was backwards and his combat boots were desert camo.

The other guard surprised the mercs. He was about 18, little more than a kid. A black wifebeater showed tattoos on his muscled arms and pecs. His strong legs ended in colorful expensive sneakers. They later found that he was the nephew of one of the targets. He’d killed before and thought he was a major bad-ass. Mac and Bill agreed not to kill him right away.

They had plans for him.

The guards were standing between the cabin door and the cars, which were parked parallel to the front of the building. By keeping low and moving carefully, Mac and Bill had reached the other side of the cars, where they split up.

Bill whipped around the rear of the car and put the kid’s lights out. A lightning-fast blow to the jaw knocked the boy out.

The kid grunted when he got decked and the hardman heard. He turned towards Bill and opened his mouth to say something. He never had the chance. Mac was on him immediately, one hand clamped over his mouth, the other slashing mercilessly at his throat with a knife.

The hardman fell to his knees, hands grasping his throat. A look of horror and disbelief was in his eyes—he’d cut the throats of several men himself, but he didn’t know the pain and terror of watching his life spurt out. He tried to scream in agony but no sound came from his mangled larynx. The only noise was the uncontrollable gasping and gurgling from the wound.

The guard fell face down in a swiftly-spreading pool. He spent his last few seconds coughing up blood and scrabbling his boots ineffectually on the ground. The smell of blood and piss filled the air.

Bill had hogtied the boy to make sure he stayed put. The kid started to moan quietly.

“Hey, we need to shut him up. Whaddaya think?”

“Hold on a sec,” said Mac. He unlaced the dead guard’s boots and pulled them off. He yanked the corpse’s socks off and tossed them to Bill. “Gag him with these.”

Bill balled the guard’s reeking socks and shoved them into the boy’s mouth. The kid had no choice but to lie quietly until the mercs came back for him.

Time to take out the targets. There were two of them, Carlos Camacho and Eddie Herrera. Carlos was in his late 20’s and seriously hardcore. He was a major player in street gang drug activity in the western part of the state. He was wanted on several murder charges. His head was shaved but he wore a goatee and his arms were covered in tattoos. Bill and Mac, each watching through different windows, had no difficulty identifying him. He wore a white sleeveless t-shirt and tight white chinos. On his feet were expensive ostrich-skin cowboy boots.

Eddie had come up from Mexico to facilitate the flow of the drugs to Carlos. On his arrival, he’d found a rival supplier trying to make inroads with Carlos. He’d resolved the issue by leaving the rival and his entourage of guards alone—as dismembered corpses in a ravine. He was here tonight to work out the final details of the deal with Carlos in a place where they wouldn’t be interrupted.

He had no clue that both the deal and his life were about to be cut off.

Eddie was in his early 30’s and was beautiful to look at. His large brown eyes with long lashes had looked into the death stare of many men without losing the charm of innocence. His face, though, was hard and cold, showing the killer inside. He wore a long-sleeved western shirt tucked into tight blue jeans that sported a large belt buckle. His cowboy boots were dusty and plain, far less costly that the ones sported by Carlos.

The mercs quickly got the drop on their targets. The door splintered as soon as Mac applied his boot to it. He and Bill burst into the main room of the cabin, aiming their silenced handguns, taking Carlos and Eddie by surprise. The thugs were helpless.

“On your knees, assholes!” shouted Mac.

Then went down on their knees and raised their hands. Since the intruders were wearing paramilitary gear, Carlos and Eddie thought they were some branch of law enforcement. They foresaw legal issues, loss of time and money.

They didn’t see death staring them in the face—but they would, very soon.

“What have you done with Jose?” demanded Eddie.

“Who’s Jose?” asked Mac.

“My nephew,” replied Eddie, “He drove me here. If you hurt him—“

“The kid out front?” grinned Mac. “He’s safe. He’s gonna work for us. Now stand up and turn around. Spread ‘em”

Mac held the thugs at gunpoint while Bill frisked them. He did it thoroughly, making each man moan by squeezing the bulges between their legs. Nothing wrong with a man having a little fun on the job.

Neither Carlos nor Eddie was surprised when the handcuffs went on; they expected it as part of the arrest process. Mac was still pointing his gun at them, forcing them to keep their faces to the wall. They could hear Bill moving things behind them but had no idea what he was doing.

They soon found out. After a couple of minutes, Mac had them turn around. In the center of the room, a black nylon cord had been draped over a rafter. Each end of the cord terminated in a slip-knot loop, hanging about eight feet off the ground. Beneath each loop was a chair.

Even being forced up onto the chairs and having the loops placed around their necks didn’t faze the hardened thugs—they prided themselves on their reputation as tough motherfuckers and expected a little psychological torture in pursuit of a confession. The first conscious awareness they had that this wasn’t an ordinary arrest didn’t come until Mac and Bill had unzipped their captives’ pants and pulled out their thick, uncut cocks.

It was also their last conscious awareness. The mercs kicked away the chairs. After that, it was desperate, futile, primal fight for life.

Carlos and Eddie died a horrible, lingering death. With their hands bound but their legs free, they kicked at each other in their maddened struggle for breath.

Carlos had the strong, fit body of a street thug. This made him suffer longer. He jerked and kicked at his end of the rope, feeling Eddie die beside him. His face became congested and blue, with foam boiling from his open, swollen lips. His thick tool was fully erect.

Next to him, Eddie was also dancing on air, his boots flailing wildly beneath him. The slipknot had tightened agonizingly around his neck, causing great folds to form in the skin of the throat. Eddie’s thirteen-inch throat was constricted to a circumference of about five inches.

The blood, unable to escape, backed up in Eddie’s head. Vessels ruptured in his eyes and nose and his face turned black. His tongue and his bloodshot eyes bulged. A trickle of blood from the nose dripped onto the tip of his tongue. Like Carlos, his massive dick was standing up straight.

Carlos had stopped kicking. With his boots together, pointed down at the floor a couple of feet beneath him, he was arcing his body violently at the waist. He wasn’t ready to give up the battle for his life yet.

Eddie was. After a couple of convulsions, all Eddie could feel was burning agony in his throat and more burning agony in his cock. The sensation in his dick grew uncontrollably. As searing pain and death overwhelmed him, Eddie was unaware that cum had erupted from his cock in a steady stream. It shot up like a fountain and splattered back down onto all four of them. Several jets went up before Eddie’s spasms slowed and he dangled limply. The cum stains on his boots were washed off a moment later when his bladder voided post-mortem and piss flowed down his legs.

Mac pulled his straining cock out, already oozing with precum. He almost shot his wad watching Eddie die. He turned to Bill.

“You ready to finish off this little punk?” he asked.

Bill nodded. He was already beating his meat. He reached out and grabbed Carlos’s rigid dick.

Carlos’s body had let him down. It refused to let him die easy. The world had gone gray and soundless explosions burst inside his head but he was still conscious. Eddie’s spunk had splattered on his face and Carlos knew what that meant. He’d strangled men before and had seen them shoot as they died.

Carlos felt Bill’s hand on his cock, felt the smooth leather tactical glove stroke his shaft. He resisted the urge to shoot the seed bubbling up in his balls, but his dick was being controlled by automatic reflexes. He was getting jacked off as he died and he was going to blow his load whether he wanted to or not.

Carlos gave a vigorous jerk, thrusting his cock forward at Bill. It spat out a wad of cum, catching Bill full in the face. At the same time, Mac, pounding his meat furiously, shot his own load over Carlos’s legs and boots.

Bill didn’t even have to touch himself. He gushed his load when he caught Carlos’s dying facial. He continued to yank the thick rod in his hand. Carlos’s eyes rolled back in his head. Foamy spittle had run from the corner of his mouth and dripped from his jaw. Each tug on his meat was rewarded by another spurt of cum.

Bill grabbed the thug’s legs and jerked them downwards, hard. There was a thick cracking sound. Carlos felt sharp, stabbing pain in his neck and sank into the nothingness of death. His neck had stretched and his body went rigid at the moment of death, shooting out one last spray of sperm that splashed down Bill’s chest.

It took a few minutes for Mac and Bill to catch their breath. They cleaned themselves in the cabin’s washroom before retrieving Jose, who was still hogtied on the ground outside. They put him to work moving the bodies.

At gunpoint, they forced him into the driver’s seat of one of the cars. Bill sat next to him; Mac sat behind, the muzzle of his gun against the back of the boy’s head. He had to drive out to the first pair of corpses and load them into the trunk, then work his way back to the cabin. On the way down, they forced him to drive over Ginger’s body, still lying in the middle of the road.

“Shut up, bitch,” snarled Mac. “Just a pile of dead meat—which is what you’ll be, if you don’t shut your fuckin’ hole.”

Jose stopped whimpering, but terror was growing inside of him. He’d thought he was tough because he’d shanked a couple of dudes. This level of cold-bloodedness was beyond him. He was still too young to be this hard.

At each kill, Mac stayed inside the car with his gun on Jose as long as he was visible. Bill got out and had his gun in point-blank range of the kid the entire time. Jose had to drag each body to the car and lift it into the trunk. Every time he bent over a body, his eyes met the horror-filled death stare of the corpse and his panic increased.

They left the bodies in the car when they got back to the cabin. Taking a spade that was lying by the side of the building, they marched Jose into the woods. After about two hundred yards, they found what they were looking for. It was a clear spot, on the side of a hill overlooking a dry creek bed. Here they forced Jose to dig a pit.

The boy was almost hysterical now. Deep down, he knew that there was no way he’d survive this night. He had only one hope to hold on to, that his uncle was somehow all right and would save him. He hadn’t been inside the cabin yet.

That one hope was enough. He would still struggle for his worthless life. He sobbed in terror, but he dug the pit his own corpse would rot in.

When he was finished, shaking with exhaustion and with his grimy face streaked with his tears, they forced him to drag the corpses up one by one and throw them into the pit. Jose slowly emptied the car. By the time he’d pulled up the last body, the blood-caked hardman outside the cabin door, he had barely enough strength left to roll it into the pit. The corpses had been tossed in at random, boots on faces, groins to asses. The young punks had ended their worthless lives violently and were being left to rot like garbage.

Mac and Bill allowed Jose a little rest before taking him back to the cabin. They shoved him through to broken door and the first thing Jose saw was his uncle, still hanging from the beam. Carlos was dangling next to him, his neck grotesquely elongated. Jose fell to his knees, the last spark of hope dying inside him.

Mac cut the cord over the rafter and the bodies hit the floor with a thud. Jose dragged one body to the pit and Bill dragged the other.

When it was done, Mac made Jose stand at the edge of the pit and pull out his cock. His six inches of meat drooped in terror.

“Little hard-ass punk—can’t even get it up!” jeered Mac. “C’mere, Bill, let’s see if we can’t have a little fun offin’ this bitch.”

Mac wrapped a thin wire garrote around the kid’s neck and pulled it tight. The wire bit into the flesh, causing thin streams of blood to streak Jose’s throat. The boy sank to his knees, his hands clawing at his throat. Bill knelt beside him, tugging on his dick.

Jose was aware he was being jacked off, but the knife-like pain that shut off his air was more immediate. As his eyes bulged, everything grew dark and the edges of his vision shrank to a small vibrating circle. He could see his uncle’s twisted, blackened face staring back at him from the pit, Eddie’s own cum drying to a glaze on his face. Jose knew what was happening to him; when he shot his load, he knew he was dying. Before his sight vanished into oblivion, he saw his spunk raining in showers over the bodies in the pit.

Neither Bill not Mac had so much as undone their flies. Both had creamed their boxers as Jose hosed down the corpses with sperm. They rolled his body into the pit and left it the like the others to decay into a stinking pile of meat.

They returned to the cabin to clean themselves again and then started back to their local base. Time to send out word that they were ready for another job.