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Max Payne - Part I: The American Dream (Prologue)

NEW YORK CITY. PRESENT DAY. TWO HOURS AGO.
OVER POLICE RADIO:
DISPATCHER
Stand by, 10-10, investigate a reported disturbance at Aesir Plaza.

POLICE #2
10-4 dispatcher, verify address...

DISPATCHER
That's Aesir Plaza, repeat, Aesir Plaza.

POLICE #1
Shots fired on the rooftop. An assault in progress at Aesir Plaza. Repeat, an assault in progress.

POLICE #2
It's a warzone down here. 10-85 dispatcher, need additional units, additional units now! Officer in danger, officer in danger.

DISPATCHER
10-5, please repeat. 10-5, all units, all units, emergency, officer in danger, Aesir Plaza, repeat,Aesir plaza, all units...

MAX PAYNE
They were all dead. The final gunshot was an exclamation mark to everything that had led to this point. I released my finger from the trigger, and then it was over. To make any kind of sense of it, I need to go back three years.Back to the night the pain started. I was still in the force back then. NYPD, Manhattan, Midtown North Precinct.Hell's kitchen.

ALEX
So, when are you coming to work for me, Detective Payne?

MAX
 You'd make me work undercover in some hell hole. Sorry Alex, Michelle and the baby come first. See? My last smoke. It's bad for the baby.

ALEX
That's you, Max, a regular boy scout.

MAX
See you, Alex.

ALEX
Still on for Poker thursday, right?

MAX
Like taking candy from a baby.

MAX (Graphic Novel)
Life was good. The sun setting on a sweet summer's day, the smell of freshly mowed lawns, the sounds of children playing... A house across the river, on the Jersey-side. A beautiful wife and a baby girl. The American dream come true.

MAX (Graphic Novel)
Honey, I'm home!

MAX (Graphic Novel)
But dreams have a nasty habit of going bad when you're not looking. The sun went down with practiced bravado, twilight crawled across the sky, laden with foreboding.


NEW JERSEY. THREE YEARS AGO.

MAX (Graphic Novel)
Michelle, honey, anybody home?

MAX
I didn't like the way the show started. But they had given me the best seat in the house. Front row center.


MAX 
(Triggered when past by the wall with the V sign)
What the hell?!


MAX (Graphic Novel)
Something ugly had been tattooed on the wall, a map of things to come. It was a poison syringe, a magic tag full of diabolical meanings.


(Phone Rings)

MAX
Listen! Someone's broken into my house, call 911.

MYSTERIOUS VOICE
Is this the Payne residence?

MAX
Yes, someone's broken into my house, they're still here, you have to-

MYSTERIOUS VOICE
Good. I am afraid I cannot help you.

MAX
Who is this?
 

(PHONE CALL ENDS)

MAX
Hello?


(Upstairs)

MAX
Michelle!

(Gunshots)

MICHELLE
No! No! No, Max!


(Tries to open Bathroom Door)
MICHELLE
Argh!

MAX
Michelle!

MICHELLE
Please!...

(Gunshots)



MURDERER #1
I'm gonna hurt you! I'm gonna hurt ya! It's coming. Death is coming. You're gonna die!


(Another Murderer bursts through the door )

MAX
Freeze! NYPD!



(Max enters baby's room)

MAX
No! No, no, please God, no....

(Heads towards to bedroom)

MUDERER #2
The flesh of fallen angels!

(Sees Michelle's corpse on the bed)

MAX
No, no, no God, no. Please, Michelle, oh baby...

MAX (Graphic Novel)
Noooooooooo!!!

MAX (Graphic Novel)
That was three years ago. Everything ripped apart in a New York minute. The killer junkies had been high on a previously unknown designer drug. Valkyr. V. After the funeral, I told Alex I would be transferring to the DEA. It took us three long years to get a break in the Valkyr case. Then, finally, two months ago, a dime-dropper tipped us off that Jack Lupino, a mob boss in the Punchinello crime family, was trafficking. I went undercover, infiltrated the worst Mafia family in New York.

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