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Vivian is working for a newspaper. Ace reporter for crime & corruption. She is working on a case about the crime families in New York and Vivian witnesses a meeting in a restaurant that kills four major members of two different families. Petrelli and Vasquez unloaded into Cannonade and Detrickson.

Later the next afternoon.

Vivian walks in with her sunglasses on and coffee in her hand. She stumbles towards the Chief’s office. Meanwhile people are congratulating her on the breaking news story.

Vivian: Chief, I have to quit.

Chief: Viv there you are, Agent Dixon.

Vivian: Agent.

Agent Dixon: I’m assuming you know why I’m here.

Vivian: Sure

Agent Dixon: That’s all you have to say.

Vivian: So far

Agent Dixon: I’m sorry about your father.

Vivian: I doubt that.

Agent Dixon: Do you mind if I ask you a few questions.

Vivian: Go right ahead.

Agent Dixon: When was the last time you spoke to your father?

Vivian: Directly? Five years ago. Indirectly, I got a birthday card on my birthday three months ago.

Agent Dixon: Do you have any idea what that was about?

Vivian: A father sending his daughter a birthday card. I think it’s about courtesy. (he stares at her) No more of an idea than you have agent.

Agent Dixon: We’re looking for a witness.

Vivian: Good luck, gangsters have a knack for covering their tracks.

Agent Dixon: Except for your father.

Vivian: Ah Agent, this wasn’t about that and you know it.

Agent Dixon: What is it then? Come on humor me.

Vivian: This is about power and control.

Agent Dixon: Who’s going to succeed your father?

Vivian: Listen Agent Dixon, I have not been around that shit in over seven years, I have no clue what goes on with my father nor his business anymore.

Agent Dixon: It is a family business, last I heard the it gets passed down to you.

Vivian: I gave up that right.

Agent Dixon: I know you’ve been poking around in New York, and by the story you wrote about the “Roadhouse Massacre” I wouldn’t be surprised if you weren’t there. I would even bet on it.

Vivian: Save your money Agent. I didn’t witness the massacre, my father died, he was my family that is my privilege to know the details.

Agent Dixon: From the way you wrote this, I’m surprised you didn’t have any names of the shooters.

Vivian: Agent, my source did not witness the event, only the mess that was left behind.

Agent Dixon: Who was your source?

Vivian: I can’t reveal that information.

Agent Dixon: If your worried about the hit on your head, the polic …. we can help you.

Vivian: Agent Dixon. I already have a hit on my head, I live with a hit on my head.

Agent Dixon: I can offer you protection.

Vivian: I don’t need protection, I just need to get out of town.

Agent Dixon: Where will you go?

Vivian: Collect my father’s money and go somewhere pretty.

Agent Dixon: So I’ll be seeing you in New York real soon.

Vivian: Only if you’re lucky.

She walks out of the room.

Agent Dixon: I don’t understand, Vivian Cannonade flies to Buffalo New York at 5pm Tuesday night, then flies back to Chicago from Buffalo at 4am. That’s less than 12 hours. Her story was on the press by 5:30am, she beat ever paper in the east through the midwest. Granted it was her father, even his right hand man Donzelli and five other of his goons were murdered and someone else within the family “could” have gotten word to her immediately – but…

Agent 2: Do you think she’ll take over the family?

Dixon: If she does, I don’t think she wants to.

Agent 2: So this chick is Franco Cannonade’s daughter?

Dixon: Only child from his wife who was murdered when she was three

Agent 2: Oh geez.

Dixon: He raised her all alone among this web of corruption and crime.

Agent 2: No wonder she turned into such a great reporter – her writing is so descriptive.

Dixon: Especially this one about the massacre. It’s almost like …

Agent 2: She was there?

Dixon: Well, I was going to say, like a movie.

Agent 2: She had to of been there.

Dixon: I get that feeling too – it’s just, why would she be, and if she was, why wasn’t she killed?

Agent 2: Maybe she was spared or maybe no one knew she was there.

Dixon: Vivian Cannonade is whom I believe to be responsible for most of the convictions made within organized crime in the last three years.

Agent 2: Huh? Like a vigilante.

Dixon: I can’t prove it…. like she said, gangsters cover their tracks. She may not like it, but, she’s a gangster. Born & raised.

Agent 2: So she’s been using her gangster skills to incarcerate other gangsters? What if they killed her father to bring her out so they can kill her?

Dixon: They don’t need to kill her father to bring her out – she’s a journalist.

Agent 2: You’re right. Hmm – a lot to think about. We could be dealing with a sleeper mastermind.

Dixon: Someone whose been waiting seven years for this moment.

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