Day 8: 4:00 PM — 5:00 PM

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M. Giant: A- | 1 USERS: B+
Day 8: 4:00 PM — 5:00 PM
pauses to try to get Victor to tell him what he knows, "So I can call it in, in case we don't make it." Victor's still holding out for his deal. "You always were a son of a bitch. Come on," Kiefer spits, dragging him along and leaving a bloody smudge on the wall. At 4:56:23, the bad guys are still coming, with the lookout in the lead. He sees the smudge Victor left on the wall, and happens to look further on to see something missing from its spot on the wall. What might it be? Might it be the fire axe, which is in Kiefer's hands as he jumps around the corner and buries it in the lookout's chest? I think it is! As far as the lookout goes, however, maybe I need to rethink that name. As for the other guy, he's so close behind that Kiefer is able to use the lookout's body to send him toppling over the railing down the narrow stairwell, clanking noisily against every railing on his way down. It's a pretty nifty stunt. Kiefer finishes dispatching the lookout, takes up his machine gun, and leads a rapidly weakening Victor to a window. He breaks it and pushes Victor through and onto the adjoining roof just as the CTU chopper is landing, because what Victor really needs is some new lacerations so that he can lose blood more efficiently. Cole and his men jump out of the helicopter and fan out across the roof, Cole and his sidekick running to meet Kiefer and Victor. The sidekick starts helping Victor to the chopper as Kiefer tells Cole the hostiles are dead. Cole introduces himself, thanking Kiefer and saying it's an honor to meet him before adding that Hastings wants to debrief Kiefer at CTU. Kiefer refuses. "I delivered him, I'm done. I've got a flight to catch." And there's no paperwork after killing two guys? As he's walking away, an annoyed Cole asks, "That's it?"

Well, no. That's because Kiefer suddenly sights, from a rooftop a block or more away, a rocket-powered grenade that's just been launched right at them. "Get down!" he hollers at Cole, pulling him to the roof, because Cole's the only one close enough to grab and he's got to save someone. The RPG hits the helicopter, blowing it all to shit and sending Victor and Cole's sidekick flying. And the person who launched it lowers the bazooka, revealing himself to be none other than Toombs. Looks like he decided to step in after all. He ditches the weapon and beats feet.

Back at CTU, the big screen is dominated by the burning helicopter, and nobody is answering their hails from Hastings or Chloe. Kiefer and Cole get up off the roof, and Cole goes to his dead partner while Kiefer rolls the mortally wounded Victor over onto his back, desperately trying to keep him conscious. "You don't want to die like this," he tells Victor. "Do the right thing. Tell me what you know." Suddenly cooperative, Victor grunts, "The hitter has someone on the inside. Close to Hassan." Well, that could be anyone. Kiefer demands a name, but unless that name is "[dies]," Victor doesn't give him one.

How long will we have to wait for a name? Well, here's Reed on her cell phone, telling someone that her clearance was revoked and then reinstated. "I know I'm behind schedule," she tells the person on her phone. "But it'll get done." She takes another look at Hassan's smiling face on a giant news monitor, hangs up, and goes off to do whatever thing she needs to do. Which I'm sure is related only to being a reporter and nothing else.

M. Giant is a Minneapolis-based writer with a wife, a son, and a number of cats that seems to have settled at around two. Learn waaaay too much about him at Velcrometer, follow him on Twitter, or just e-mail him at M.Giant[at]gmail.com.

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