Chapter four is here. Yay!

Disclaimer: Nothing has changed. I still don't own Streets of Rage; Sega does.

A Night for Drinks

Just because it was the first day didn't mean it would be easy or slow. After the new Gang Unit got their first call, the calls kept coming throughout midday. After dispatching of the gang at the arcade, they had to go rescue the old couple being robbed by a couple other gangsters. After that they had to track down a group of 5 who broke into a private home and stole $3,100 in jewelry and electronics. Then they had to track down two guys involved in a shooting who fled the scene, which led to a lengthy foot chase. After all that madness was done, they had to go bust a few guys and gals that were terrorizing young kids at a park.

After all that fun and joy was over, Blaze, Adam, and Axel had to shift over to the other part of police work: the paperwork.

What joy it was to have paperwork. Nothing like sitting at your desk for hours after spending previous hours in fights and chases and other crazy shit. All 3 of them had to skip their lunch break on their first day just to get all the paperwork finished. By the time it was 5 o' clock they had all just barely wrapped up the red tape.

Blaze felt like getting to know her fellow partners better, so she quickly finished what she was doing so she could ask them before the day was officially over.

"Hey, are you guys busy tonight?" She asked.

"Nope," Adam said.

"I'm free for the night," Axel said.

"Well, in that case, I was wondering if we could go out for drinks tonight. You know, get to know each other better." Blaze smiled.

"I'm game. It'd be nice to get to know you better in a way that doesn't involve getting my ass kicked." Axel's response got a laugh from Blaze.

"Sure, I'd love to go. I've been in need of an excuse to get out and do something fun." Adam smirked.

"Great! Why don't we go to the bar L' Devo?" Blaze suggested.

"I've been there a couple of times. It's a nice little place." Adam agreed with Blaze's suggestion.

"I know. They have good drinks and really good food as well." Blaze agreed.

"I've never been there, but I know where it's at. We can go there." Axel said.

"Okay, let's go right after work. I might be a little late, because I need to change first." Blaze said.

Axel was the first one to arrive at the bar, which was located on the outskirts of the downtown area. It was about a 30 minute drive from the police precinct. Axel pulled his shiny black Mustang Convertible into the parking lot. He decided to wait until one of his companions got here before he went inside.

It wasn't but 2 or 3 minutes before Adam pulled into the parking lot with his dark blue Camaro SS. Axel greeted Adam and they decided to go on inside. They were seated at a corner booth in the small bar and both ordered a bottle of Michelob. It was about ten minutes before they saw Blaze come in to join them. She was now dressed in tight, dark blue jeans and a plain white t-shirt. Her long brown hair was pulled back in a ponytail. She smiled as she sat down and joined the guys.

"Sorry that I had to get changed really quickly before getting here."

"No problem." Adam answered her. "You didn't miss anything."

"Are you guys upset that I'm more dressed up now?" She teased.

"You still look really beautiful," was Axel's response.

"I agree," Adam said.

Axel wasn't lying. Even all dressed up, she looked quite attractive. You could still see her figure in her somewhat tight clothes, and she was quite blessed. She had a really pretty face even though she seemingly wore no makeup, and the ponytail looked just as good as her hair straight down.

Blaze ordered a hard iced tea, and the 3 struck up small talk, mainly talking about their job and how much they looked forward to cleaning up the city, or least doing what they could. After that conversation started to dwindle Blaze decided to ask some personal questions.

"So Adam, you have a little brother?" She asked.

"Yeah, he's name's Eddie. Everyone call him skate, though."

"Skate?" She inquired.

"He got that nickname because he's won 3 junior division rolling blading championships. He practices at least 3 times a week. He sometimes spends most of the day just skating."

"I've met him. He's a good kid," Axel jumped in.

"How old is he?"

"He turned eleven just last month," Adam answered. "Now I have to ask you something, Blaze."

"Of course."

"What kind of name is Blaze? No offense, but it's a rather unique name.

"I'm curious as well," Axel agreed. "Is it a nickname or something?"

Blaze shook her head. "It's my real name. My parents gave unique names to my siblings as well. They didn't like regular names so they gave us all names that were rare or never used before. They called my older sister Stardust."

They all had a good laugh at that.

"So have you guys lived here all your life?" She asked.

"Yeah," they responded simultaneously. "What about you?"

"Oh yeah. My parents have lived here all their life too." Blaze said.

"Mine too," Adam concurred.

"Not mine," Axel said. "My mom lived in Seattle, and moved here when she was nine. My dad moved here when he was 23. That's when he met my mom, who was 20."

Suddenly Adam's stomach growled. "Sorry guys, but I'm a little hungry."

"I'm hungry too. We should order some food. After all, we had to skip lunch today." Axel suggested.

With that they all ordered. Adam ordered a half pound cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, and onion. Axel ordered fried chicken strips with French fries. Blaze ordered a fried fish sandwich. They all replaced their alcoholic beverages with water, since they didn't want to get drunk. They all had to drive home.

After they finished the waiter gladly took their plates and then gave Blaze a quick wink. Axel caught it and felt something knot up within his stomach. The waiter came back with the bill. He looked at Blaze and said:

"By the way, cutie, can I have your phone number?"

Axel clenched one of his fists underneath the table. He was suddenly very peeved at the young man who was waiting on them. How dare he just randomly flirt with Blaze like?

Wait, was he thinking? He wasn't possibly jealous, was he?

Jealous? No way! I've only known Blaze for a day. We're just co-workers. I'm not jealous at all.

To his own confusion, Axel was slightly relieved when Blaze turned down the guy's request. Why would he be relieved?

Blaze gladly took the check. "This one's on me," she said.

"No, I couldn't let you do that," Axel said.

"Is it because I'm a woman?" Blaze smirked.

"All right, pay," Axel quickly said. "But at least let me handle the the tip.

Adam chuckled. "Axel, this doesn't cover the tip you owe from last time."

"Yeah, yeah. I know, Adam. I'll repay that soon. Don't worry."

Blaze paid the bill, Axel left the tip, and the 3 of them walked outside. It was dark outside now, and the city lights of downtown looked really pretty. All three of them just outside the bar for a second and looked downtown. That was what they were fighting for; the city and its people. It was going to be a rough and busy job, but it was what all three of them wanted. They all had their own personal reasons, unknown amongst each other, to want to battle the gang infestation, but their resolve was all the same. After a little while they broke their gazes and snapped back to reality.

"Well, this was a fun night. We should go out together on a regular basis.," Adam said.

"I'm completely down with that," Blaze agreed. "Well, I should be going now."

With that she gave Adam a hug, and then Axel a hug. It was more of a friend hug than a co-worker hug. Blaze noted how she could feel the toned chests of both even through their shirts. She was quite happy that she now knew some tough guys that weren't complete dicks. Most strong or athletic men she had known were like that. After she hugged Axel she went over to her truck.

"Well guys, I shall see you at work tomorrow."

Both men waved goodbye and watched Blaze as she drove off. After she was gone, Axel turned to Adam.

"She's quite the woman, Adam. She's pretty, sweet, and incredibly tough."

"You would know all about the last one there, tough guy." Adam smirked.

"Hey, I dare you to get in the ring with her." Axel challenged.

"I would, but I'm afraid of the hospital bills." They both laughed.

"Well Axel, I need to get going. I gotta make sure Skate's finished all his homework and that he eats dinner."

"Is he doing okay?" Axel asked.

"It depends. Some days he's okay, other times he gets really upset about what happened. It's been 5 weeks. I hope he gets over it soon."

"He will," Axel assured Adam. "Things like this take time, but as long as you're there for him, he should pull through."

"Thanks, man. Anyway, keep it tight. I'll see you at the office in the morning."

"Will do, Adam. Take care."

With that, Adam got into his Camaro and drove off. Axel watched him leave and then got into his Mustang. He turned the car on and revved the engine, listening to the beauty of that powerful V8 engine. H had gotten this car a week ago, and he still loved that sound. After a while, he headed for home.

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