The Moon Knight is familiar with New York at night. The way things change when the sun goes down and the moon comes up. The moon calls him out to protect the city. Or actually Khonshu, the Taker of Vengeance moon god, does the calling.
It seems weird this time of year, he thinks to himself. Halloween tends to give an open invitation to all the freaks and loonies out there to cause terror and loot the unaware. But tonight's different. Aside from a gang fight that he broke up about an hour ago, nothing else has happened. Of course with the moon now beginning its waxing phase, his strength is at its lowest. He doesn't really care to involve himself in anything tonight.
It's nights like this that make him wonder. Wonder what is out there brewing. It's like there's a force of despair and darkness in the city. And when he's out here on the street, it runs and hides. It waits in the shadows for him to leave, satisfied that the city is safe, before it strikes.
Sometimes he can't get himself to go and call it a night. He's afraid that the moment he turns to leave is when the evil force will rear its ugly head. But a man must sleep.
"Maybe it is about time for me to call Frenchy," he says to himself. Filling the empty streets with sound. "Marlene's probably out of candy by now."
He reaches for his mini-radio and begins to turn it on. He stops.
"No." he says, "It just doesn't feel right."
A chill runs up his spine as he ponders.
Suddenly, he hears something in the distance. It's coming towards him. Voices.
Hiding in the shadows of an alley, he waits.
The voices get louder and closer.
It's a woman's voice. It's followed by a man's voice. Then... laughter.
Relief settles in.
It's just a couple out on a stroll, he thinks.
He realizes how on edge he is and begins to call Frenchy. This time for real.
Moon Knight puts the radio away and steps out into the dimly lit street.
Looking toward the direction from which the scream came, he sees the couple he had previously heard talking. The woman was squatting near the man who was now lying on the sidewalk. Behind her he made out the figure of another man running from the scene.
Stooping by the injured man, he asks the woman if she's all right.
"Yes," she replied. "I... I think so..."
"What's your name?"
"Anna. Is Eddie..."
"He's gonna be fine. Call the police and get him to a hospital. Hurry!"
Moon Knight runs off to find the one who had attacked them.
...to be continued...
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(Moon Knight is copyright 2004 Marvel Comics)