After a 3 month hiatus, Beach Patrol is back with its penultimate 9th episode
House of Rouge A nightclub in the heart of Bay City stylish furnished in shades of red throughout.
Century Hall One of the oldest entertainment venues in Bay City. This former closed music hall was renovated, redecorated and reopened as Century Hall.
Bishop Unisystems Founded by Burton Bishop, this multinational conglomerate corporation known for cutting edge technological applications and dairy products.
Bishop Unisystems Righteousness Program The program is a privately funded law and order initiative financed by Bishop Unisystems with the remit of investigating crimes ignored by conventional authorities and enforcement agencies.
Bay City Buccaneers Home of Bay City's beach volleyball team, with a green and cream uniform, their mascot is Curly; a pink giraffe.
Cat City Saints Hailing from Cathedral City to the east, the Saint's wear a blue and white uniform, their mascot is Melqart the Mongoose.
Mick Bishop A man who does not exist and lives in a shadowy world, Mick Bishop and his partner are on a mission to wage war on criminals who exist beyond the reach of conventional law forces and authorities.
Addison 'Addy' Lloyd One of B-Boy's dealers who operates out of Carbon, a downtown nightclub in Bay City.
L-Train This tall and stocky lieutenant of B-Boy likes to wear oversized, boxy suits and bling.
July 20th 1996
It was the beginning of a hot day when our heroes rolled into Beach Patrol HQ, Ditch was there with his customary cup of coffee and our heroes noticed that the briefing was busier and louder than normal. Ditch went through his list, it looked like it was going to be an ordinary day until he reached the final item.
Today was the final of the regional Beach Volleyball Championship and the match was being held on Cove Beach, close to tower 1 at around 10am and local team, the Bay City Buccaneers would be hosting a game against the Cat City Saints. Ditch explained that he had called in extra staff for the event. They expected attendance to be at least in the hundreds. Our heroes were told that they would be pulled off duty on Lifeguard Tower 2 to help manage the crowds an hour before the match was scheduled to begin.
Simply The Best As our heroes headed out to their tower, they noticed a couple of work crews diligently constructing some bleachers and a small stage. A TV crew was also setting up to film the final. A little later and Doc noticed that someone dressed as pink giraffe was making a nuisance of themselves, he realised it was the Buck's mascot - Curly the Pink Giraffe and decided to just leave him be.
Soon after and crowds began trickling on to the bleachers, dressed either in the Buck's green and pink colours or the Cat City Saint's blue and white livery. A little later and our heroes were called, the bleachers were filling and spectators were getting restless waiting for the game to start. When the final did get underway, it quickly became apparent that the Bucks were on much better form today and disgruntled Saints began booing their team. By the time the game came to a conclusion, the Bucks had won by a hefty margin, Saint's fan intensified their hollering and began hurling empty beer cans at their team, who beat a hasty exit. Our heroes could see the crowd's mood beginning to shift and tried to defuse the situation by reminding them that littering on the beach was an offense! Meanwhile, as the winning Buccaneer's went up to the small stage to receive their trophy cup from a local dignitary, a sizable number of Saints' fans began hauling themselves to their feet and despite swaying under the heat and alcohol, lurched towards the stage. Quickly, our heroes moved to intercept. Some stern words caused the belligerent fans to falter and the mob lost its momentum, our heroes took the opportunity to lecture them on the tenants of good sportsmanship. During the talk however, in the corner of Stella's eye, she spotted a couple of Saints' fans loping other way round the bleacher. Stella had to run fast, but she reached them before they got to the stage, got in their way and shouted at them, it was enough to deter them from trying to get past her. Sheepishly, they wandered off.
Photos of the nervous looking winners at the award ceremony were taken without delay and the event was declared over. The crowds began to slowly disperse.
Fields Of Gold
Cove Beach became somewhat quieter once the final was over, even so a number of beachcombers and treasure seekers still persistently patrolled the stretch of sand in hope of getting a big score of supposed Nazi gold. As our heroes were dutifully watching over their patch, Bill noticed four flaxen haired men wandering the beach, his eye was drawn to their grey business suits which looked completely out of place, Bill watched as they seemed to be following the beachcombers around. It was definitely suspicious behaviour and our heroes decided to approach the four men. However, they were spotted and the four men immediately left the beach.
A little later and our heroes spotted another out of place individual walking the beach. This man was a strapping six foot four and wore a perm like they never went out of fashion, he wore the tightest imaginable denim jeans, zipped up black leather jacket, sunglasses and was trying his best to look unfussed by the heat. Our heroes watched as he strode around talking to visitors and beachcombers, eventually he arrived at Lifeguard Tower 2 and introduced himself.
Mick Bishop was his name, Mick gave our heroes his business card and explained that he worked for Bishop Unisystems Righteousness Program, an independently financed 'Law & Order' organisation that took on criminal cases that the authorities did not for any particular reason. Mick told our heroes that he'd been instructed to come to Bay City and investigate rumours of Nazi gold off the coast of California which had surfaced, the program had also received reports of suspected Nazis coming into Bay City from Argentina. So Mick had been unsuccessful. Mick turned to our heroes and asked them of the knew anything about the rumours (Since they worked along the sea.), our heroes denied knowing anything. Then our heroes looked with curiosity as Mick talked into his watch, few seconds later and got a mumbled reply! "You're the guys who were in story about Nazi gold in the Bay City Inquirer!" Mick exclaimed Unwilling to trust Mick, our heroes refused to answer anymore question from him and he left after giving them a sidelong askance scowl.
Can You Feel The Love Tonight
At the end of our heroes shift, they were approached by undercover FBI cop, Griff Wilkins. He told our heroes that he had a plan for tonight: For some time Griff had been working undercover down in San Diego and worming himself into the drug distribution network that operated down there, working there as a seller and a dealer, building his 'reputation' with the higher level dealers and criminals that operated there. Now that the current supply line to B-Boy had been broken, Griff wanted to make in-roads with the network in Bay City and ultimately reach B-Boy, hoping his rep from down south in San Diego would serve him well here. Griff planned to make contact with Addison 'Addy' Lloyd who dealt out of the nightclub Carbon. His wanted Stella to act as his girlfriend as she was known in Carbon for her 'activities' and would lend him more credibility. The rest of our heroes would be close by in Carbon as back up.
Carbon was smoky, dim, noisy and busy as it always was when our heroes arrived. Griff led Stella to a booth at the edge of the thrumming dance floor, he flashed some cash, greased some palms and was soon sitting opposite a slender-framed track suited man. Several members of the Brook Laners were seated a couple of booths away, casually watching.
Griff and Addy got to business, Griff explained that he knew B-Boy's supply has dried up, Addy didn't disagree. Griff continued, explaining that he had contacts south of Bay City and could hook B-Boy up with them. Griff gave Addy a couple of samples of the product that could he could deliver. Finally Griff told Addy that if this worked out, it would be worth a lot to B-Boy and Addy stood to get in B-Boy's good books as well as make bank too. This interested Addy. He told Griff he didn't know anything about B-Boy, instead he told Griff about someone called L-Train, Addy described him as a mid-level lieutenant and middle man who worked for B-Boy. Addy also told Griff that L-Train would check in on the dealers who worked clubs in B-Boy's turf on a fairly regular basis, he would come to Carbon a couple of times a week. Griff convinced Addy to set up a meeting with L-Train with a fiscal incentive.
Would I Lie To You
Three days passed and then Griff got in contact with our heroes, he told them that a meet had been set up with L-Train at Carbon, once again Griff wanted Stella to pose as his girlfriend, Art suggested that everyone else be his 'bodyguards', Winter would be a bodyguard-in-training, Griff had no problem with this.
Even though it was a Tuesday night with less crowds, Carbon still thrummed to the beat of the latest dancefloor anthems as revellers sought to forget the weekday monotony. Addy was there and led our heroes to a private booth. Waiting was L-Train, a tall, stocky guy in a slightly oversized, boxy two-piece suit and t-shirt, as well as some heavy gold chains; he was the kind of guy who has more money than taste, our heroes thought. Addy left our heroes to it and Griff pitched his plan to L-Train, for a while it looked like he was going to go for it. But then something rubbed L-Train the wrong way, our heroes could see that he had shifted posture and became defensive, then he bailed, wanting nothing more to do with Griff.
Our heroes let L-Train leave but quickly followed, maybe something could be salvaged here? L-Train got into a car with two other men and they sped off, our heroes climbed aboard Doc's four-by-four and shadowed them from a distance. The car eventually stopped at House of Rouge and L-Train went straight in, having some sort of VIP access? Stella got out and managed to get in the nightclub, it was as busy as Carbon, but gone was Carbon's minimalist steel-blue aesthetic, replaced by the intricate, detailed red-themed decorations that was House of Rouge's singnature. Stella watched as L-Train met up with someone and they went into a private room, five minutes later and L-Train was back out and heading back to his car, Stella got back to Doc's car quickly and they continued pursing L-Train.
As they continued following L-Train. Art thought he noticed someone following them; an average looking sedan keeping pace about a block behind. Our heroes kept decided to let the sedan follow as they shadowed L-Train. This led to another Bay City nightclub; Century Hall. Again, L-train went inside and again Stella followed, this time wearing a wig she'd produced from her large handbag. Century Hall was one of the oldest venues in Bay City, a mixture of old style architecture and modern aesthetic, it was equally as busy as Carbon and House of Rouge. Stella watched again as L-Train met up with someone and went into a private room with them. Then, after five minutes L-Train came back out and headed back to his car.
L-Train and his crew left Century Hall, our heroes followed and the mystery sedan followed them. The procession of cars eventually found themselves at yet another nightclub - this time Barracuda's. This time when L-Train went in, Art followed, he managed to get inside without problem, Art watched as L-Train was led into a private room with two other men. This time L-train was in there for over thirty minutes before he left.
Art hurried back to the others, they followed L-Train again and so the procession continued. L-Train's ride took him out of central Bay City and uptown. The car stopped at a block of apartments, L-Train got out and went in as the car pulled away. They'd found L-Train's block, but otherwise our heroes were at loss as how to proceed, so they decided to head home, aware that the sedan was still following them. On the way they hit some red lights and the sedan began accelerating, it screeched to a halt next to them.
In the sedan were the same four flaxen haired men they'd seen at Cove Beach a few days go. Three of them leant out of the sedan's windows brandishing guns! They were about to open fire when confused looks of pain crossed their faces and they dropped the guns in yelps of agony? The sedan's driver panicked and floored it, smoke billowed off the tyres as the sedan skittishly peeled away. Doc was about to hit the gas when a black Ford Pinto sped past in pursuit, our heroes couldn't help but notice the flurry dice swinging in the windshield had glowing red dots that pulsated like a heartbeat.
Doc gunned it, flooring it just to keep up with the other two cars. The chase went for a couple of blocks until the sedan's tyres inexplicably burst and it ground to a stop. The Pinto skidded to a halt and the driver's floor flew open, Mick Bishop burst out, running for the sedan. As the four men got out Mick launched into a flying roundhouse kick. Mick was a strong fighter but there were four of them. Doc pulled up and our heroes charged into the fray, except for Winter, who found the whole thing too ridiculous to contemplate. With our heroes helping Mick, the fight was soon over. Mick spoke into his watch and a voice replied, stating the authorities were on route and would arrive in a few minutes. Mick explained that he picked up on the Nazi thugs a little while ago and was tailing them to find out what they knew. He didn't realise that the Nazi's were tailing our heroes. Mick was curious why this was the case? Our heroes came clean and admitted that they'd been working with Blake Carter to unsuccessfully search for the lost gold. A few minutes and indeed the police did arrive, apprehending the Nazi thugs and dragging them off while they screamed obscenities and threats. Mick told our heroes he'd stay in touch.
Our heroes continued home without further incident. Winter's mom was waiting for her when she got back, she angrily waved a torn slip of paper that had been shoved under the front door and complained about the time Winter had gotten home. Winter grabbed the noted and went straight to her bedroom, slamming the door behind her. 'The cartel are here! MW.' read the note, written in a hasty scrawl.
Our heroes kept up their band practice for the next few day until next Saturday came around. Their shift on Cove Beach came and went unremarkably and soon it was time for The Battle of The Bands.
Ditch and our heroes headed out to Barracuda's, the nightclub was rammed, the event had packed the venue beyond capacity and was still filling with a boisterous and expectant crowd. As our heroes dropped their gear off backstage noticed Griff was in the crowd, as was Mick Bishop. Our heroes came back into the main hall and were introduced to the judges who included Nolan Fling. Mick Bishop came up and introduced himself to Ditch.
For an instance, Ditch and Mick stared at each other intently in a silent moment, then they smiled and shook hands.
As our heroes were sizing up the audience, they saw a sullen faced Blake Carter come into Barracuda's, he was accompanied by an unknown gentlemen. Behind the pair was a bunch of familiar looking flaxen haired men in heavy coats. Blake and the men approached our heroes, from they way Blake walked it looked like one of the flaxen haired men was holding a gun in the small of Blake's back.
Before our heroes could react, they also noticed journalist Mason Woodrow in the crowd with an unhappy expression on his face, behind him were several South American looking men in tracksuits with bulging pockets - and not in a good way! Before our heroes could react to that! A man stepped out from behind them. He looked exactly like Mick Bishop, except he had a little goatee and was gripping a pistol in his tracksuit jacket pocket.
"I'm Norton Bishop and I'm here to take back my legacy!" He said looking at Mick. Mick was shocked! Norton explained that he'd spend the last five years incarcerated in a Venezuelan jail until he was released by his friends in the Venezuelan Gym Cartel. He came back to America to find his father Burt deceased and someone with his face now running Bishop Unisystems. Mick didn't know what to say, but told Norton that after a near fatal incident a few years ago, he'd had reconstructive facial surgery and then been adopted by Burton Bishop. Mick had no idea that he had Norton's 'Face'. Norton raged, saying he didn't care and how he was going to get Bishop Unisystems back anyway he could.
Before our heroes could react again. A man who looked identical to Ditch Muchannon except for a small goatee stepped out of the crowd and headed for Ditch. "I'm your long lost twin brother Ditch! I'm Fitch Muchannon!" He announced loudly. Fitch explained how they'd been separated at birth and how he resented the success that Ditch had had in his life and how Fitch intended to take Ditch's cushy job as lieutenant at Beach Patrol on Cove Beach away from him. "I've got an evil twin!" Exclaimed Ditch. "I was starting to feel left out!"