Word Play operates under simple rules. I ask someone for a word, and, once they deliver, the 24 hr countdown to posting the ensuing story begins. On their part I ask only for a creative word. On my part, I ask only for time and creativity; all “Word Play” stories are linked in storyline.
The setting for my new series, Word Play, is strikingly different from my home. For one thing, it’s just my imagination. For another, it is a gloomy place that exudes pessimism and attracts mayhem. Rochester alternates being a city, a district and a street… maybe it’s all three. I’m pretty sure it’s large enough to be a county by itself, too. It’s scummy, vandalized and a street-scape canvas for graffiti, but that’s what makes it so endearing, too.
Rochester is full of characters of all backgrounds:
Mino Ruiz, the son of immigrant parents who moved to Rochester in his youth. He is a lawyer for the disadvantaged people of Old City…
Charles H. Warren, an elderly man who lives alone in a government complex. His grandson supplements his lifestyle, but the boy seems to have gone missing in Old City.
Alice Daugh, estranged daughter of the Congressman, found out the dangers of Old City the hard way. (Dead)
Roger Harmond, a single man living in the governement complexes near Rochester Station. He’s a grimy little scumbucket who keeps to himself, the last person you would expect to be a medic.
Dr. Lewis, a timid veterinarian from Epstine District working under the thumb of the Hesiod. He knows enough about human anatomy to get by and keeps quiet when guns get involved.
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Jack Kohel, a drug kingpin who runs ‘stache, the most lucrative, deadly and addicting drug on the market, throughout the northeast corridor. He went to jail, but his associates are waiting on the outside.
Henry Hogue, the second in command of Jack Kohel’s enterprise. Henry usually handles the more legitimate aspects of the business, but with Jack behind bars, he’s feeling some pressure.
Joan Hogue, Henry’s wife, is a nurse who works in East Epstine District. Protective over her family, Joan resents Adam’s presence in their lives, which always seem to get worse when he’s around.
Adam Hogue, a failed career criminal fresh out of prison and looking to make new business connections courtesy of his older brother Henry.
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Mia Kitakawa, the affluent V.P. of one of the largest financial trusts on the east coast. She’s distressed to discover that her boss was in bed with the Hesiod, leaving her in charge of the company while the government shuts it down.
Miles Rizden, the orchestrator of the Resistance in Old City, a slum on the southern edge of Rochester by the waterfront. He is wanted on charges of terrorism, murder, conspiracy to commit murder, treason, and a myriad of banking crimes and misdemeanors. He has always paid his parking tickets.
Apollo Passos, an undocumented assassin who takes contracts for the criminal organization Hesiod. He’s just doing his job because Miles asked him to, though it may cost him dearly.
Sophie Nygaard, a young woman who manages the aliases for undocumented criminals within the Hesiod organization and knows many of the new recruits. Her office is (unofficially) located within the empty industrial complex near the Erstine District.
Karl Avery, the “hired muscle” who works alongside Sophie and protects her office. Not much is known about Avery except that he’s an exceptional shot, he loves to play cards and he met the elusive resistance leader, Miles Rizden, as a child during the first riots.