Ivan Watts was a wanted man, but he was not guilty- at least, not in the way they thought he was. Not in a way that justified this.
There was a warrant out for his arrest. There had been for a few weeks now; drug running, according to the charges, and a couple of attempted homicides- all of people he knew, all of people he had crossed. He tried to be a good guy, y'know? He tried to look out for his own. But, after what they did to his brother, he had no choice but to find out exactly why retribution never works. They were stronger than him, more numerous than him. They had the power to ruin his life- and ruin it they did. The cops believed their side of the story, as did the vigilantes- because, why wouldn't they? There was no evidence supporting his innocence, and an ever-growing mountain supporting his guilt.
His only hope came from a faceless man who had evidence of his brother's murder- evidence that he wasn't the one to blame. The stranger was the one to reach out, not Ivan, arranging to meet on the outskirts, offering protection from whoever else might find him there. They were afraid of him, he said. All it would take was a whisper, and they'd all be sent running, screaming, begging for their lives. It was an odd claim, but if Ivan wanted out of this mess, he'd have to trust him. He'd have to listen.
PREMIERE [PROVOCATION]The warehouse district always looked empty, but it was lethal to ever think it was.
Ivan kept his hands in his pockets as he passed by the buildings. He was cold. Ever since he stepped outside, he had been cold- like he had been running a fever all night that had only just broken, forcing his body to catch up to the sudden drop. Ah, but he couldn't just stand here, conserving heat. He had someone to find- someone he could see, just off in the distance, skulking around as he was told he often did. He grit his teeth and began his approach, hissing in pain as the slight shift in tension caught his back muscles.
That was something he'd have to bite down. He had already done so before, hadn't he?