Meet Lucas, a reporter trying to make a name for himself by chasing an urban legend in an abandoned church in LA, just North of Pico, near the 101. The church where ‘someone’ took out a gang of MS-13, the gang from The Mara Salvatrucha. This wet under the ears reporter accompanied by his young intern Aurora enter this church, she is tasked with recording their escapade. As they’re observing, a group of rough looking muscle heads approach. They announce that they have taken over the church as their new home, and from there the reporter and his intern try to leave. Lucas, not being exactly what the group of men are after, is dismissed, but not until he gives up his watch, a stainless steel Breitling. Leaving her there all alone, he bolts.
Aurora, realizing she is about to go through a very brutal experience attempts to put up a fight. she makes a fist, hammers it into one of her attackers’ groin. As she does that, she falls to the ground and notices on the roof a figure of a man. Then, she notices her attackers backed away and hears grunts, hears cracks of skulls, tendons and muscles tearing, gasping. Then, a calm voice reassured her, the urban legend they had been after, calm and relaxed. Not even breathing hard after that ordeal, the Nowhere Man!
Then as fast as he got there, as fast as he dispatched the assialants trying to have their way with this young Intern, he was gone. She goes to leave and notices Lucas parked up the street. She goes up to his car, gets in, hands him back his watch and notices he’s been crying!
A very cool short story that will give you a small Orphan X fix before the highly anticipated Out of the Dark is released on 1/29/2019. This short story takes place between Hellbent and Out of the Dark, as the scene – the church is where Evan took out the MS-13 gang in Hellbent in order to save Xavier, the son of Benito Orellana. If you remember that scene, Evan had a tracking device in his stomach which activates when he eats. He gets there, face to face with Freeway, the gang leader surrounded by his men with guns trained on him, Orphan X pulls out and eats a snickers candy car. Then a Black Hawk full of operators and Van Schiver’s and Candy comes and a deadly battle ensues. Whats left… the ruins of a church described by Lucas in The Intern. Check it out, absolutely nothing Gregg Hurwitz writes is boring. While short – hence the name, The Intern: An Orphan X Short Story. It was most definetely fun to read.
About the Author
Gregg Hurwitz is the New York Times, #1 internationally bestselling author of 20 thrillers, including OUT OF THE DARK (2019), and two award-winning thriller novels for teens. His novels have won numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been published in 30 languages.
Gregg has written screenplays for or sold spec scripts to many of the major studios (including THE BOOK OF HENRY), and written, developed, and produced television for various networks. He is also a New York Times Bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel (Wolverine, Punisher) and DC (Batman, Penguin). He has published numerous academic articles on Shakespeare, taught fiction writing in the USC English Department, and guest lectured for UCLA, and for Harvard in the United States and internationally. In the course of researching his thrillers, he has sneaked onto demolition ranges with Navy SEALs, swum with sharks in the Galápagos, and gone undercover into mind-control cults.
Hurwitz grew up in the Bay Area. While completing a BA from Harvard and a master’s from Trinity College, Oxford in Shakespearean tragedy, he wrote his first novel. He was the undergraduate scholar-athlete of the year at Harvard for his pole-vaulting exploits, and played college soccer in England, where he was a Knox fellow. He now lives in L.A. where he continues to play soccer, frequently injuring himself.