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    Jeff likes the idea of using the keys that they found, and reaches into his pockets, hoping to find them among the debris and junk. His face falls when he realizes that the punker has the keys, and then falls more when he remembers Ed grabbing the keys and opening the door, only to get toasted.

    "Uhhh... Ed had the keys when he died," Jeff says softly. Straightening and moving more confidently than he feels, Jeff slips behind the counter with Jane, leaving Tom and Jack where they're partially hidden.
    "Let me help you look; maybe they're just hidden under a box or something," Jeff says with a bravado he doesn't feel. There seemed to be a lot of that happening today.

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    Jeff, not feeling very lucky, walks behind the counter with Jane and takes a quick look around. Narrowing his eyes a bit, he reaches for a pile of paperwork and finds a ring of several keys. Of the seven, five look like the same type of key, more than likely for all the jewelry cases. Jane, even through all the things going on in her mind, feels a sudden twinge of something from Jeff. Whatever it is, she feels a little soothed by it. Even Tom whom is more focused on Jack turns his head around to peer at Jeff for a moment.

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    Jane rummages entirely unhelpfully. She stops and looks at Jeff when the nape of her neck tingles with an unusual feeling and is about to ask when she sees the keys in his hands. "You found them!"

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    Jeff looks dumbfounded at the keys in his hand. He had expected not to find anything- he had expected for this search to go like the rest of the night- as badly as possible. He was shocked, staring at the key ring in his hand. Something had actually gone right.

    "I... uh, yeah." Jeff mutters, almost to himself, and then goes about unlocking the cases. Looking at Jane, he quietly says "Pile as much of this stuff as you can in one big pile. I'll cast my spell, and hopefully Jack will be back on his feet in no time. Even if it doesn't work, it seems like the psychos in here will come wandering over, and we'll need to get out of here once we catch up with that punker dude."

    That being said, all the cases unlocked, Jeff digs the ancient chinese manual out of his bag, muttering in chinese as he looks it over, flipping through pages. The damp in here wasn't going to do it any good.

    Finding the page he was looking for, Jeff sticks his finger in, marking it, and makes a quick scan of the area around them. Maybe these psychos were going to sneak up on them, or maybe Skunk was going to rejoin them, but either way, he wanted to see it coming.

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    Moving around to Tom, he motions for the big guy to ease Jack down on his back. Jeff pulls the silk from his pockets, dropping in on the wool sweater he found, and helps Jane put the rest of the jewels on the pile. This stuff was mostly gaudy and worthless, but even the tiniest amount of real gold or silver should help, if what Uncle had told him was true.

    Looking to Tom and Jane once everything is arranged, Jeff nods. "You guys should hold him down. I don't really know how exactly this works, but I really doubt that it's going to be pleasant."

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    Jane looks serious and nods. Better that than showing that she's having a hard time believing this, right?

    She does as Jeff asks and watches Jeff's actions as he prepares to cast his spell. Her hands press down on Jack's shoulders.

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    Jeff opens the spellbook to the page he had marked with his finger, muttering in chinese and waving his hands according to the incantations and formulas scripted onto the page. Almost as soon as he begins, the tiniest threads of the silk begin to catch fire, burning with a pure white light. The light spreads to the watches, jewelry and even the soaked wool sweater. The fire does not burn, and the jewelry remains where it is, but somehow... it is consumed. Silver becomes tarnished, gold loses all luster and appeal, becoming a dull dead gray that could only be lead.

    Jeff's mutterings increase in volume, although he's trying to keep his voice down. The spell almost seems to amplify his words. The stream of nonsense in another language streams by too fast to follow, but several phrases repeat themselves over and over. Jeff's hands move through patterns over the wounded soldier, pausing briefly to touch his shoulders where the wounds are deepest.

    Jeff moves his hands next over the hands of his friends, briefly touching both of them briefly before placing his hands over Jack's heart.

    The light around the valuables flares for a moment, and then is gone. Jeff's eyes roll up into his head, and he collapses, falling over where he knelt. The spellbook's pages glow and then softly close.

    Little remains of the silk, wool, or jewelry. The gold was consumed, replaced with dull lead, and the silver plating on the cheaper jewelry is worn away completely, exposing the cheap metals within. The silks and wool are completely gone, leaving only the polyester tags or plastic fittings behind.

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    As the light gains strength, it pours over the four forms. The sensation is a wet, pulsing shower of energy, similar to being electrocuted on a small scale. As the light covers wounds, it reshapes the flesh and knits broken bone and sinew. A somehow unmistakable feeling of a miracle is the residue left upon everyone's perception.

    To Jeff, however, there is much more than just a miracle. From his perspective the world seems to float away as if zooming out cosmically. Finding himself on a plane devoid of anything but distant stars, Jeff stares out before him. Slowly, a pinhole of brilliant white light appears and grows until it takes the shape of a silhouette. The features of the person take shape into that of a robed man with a long thinning beard. He turns around, peering at Jeff over his shoulder until their eyes meet.

    Black orbs stare into Jeff sending a shiver through him, as if his grave were just crossed. The man's eyes narrow transforming his face into something wicked and vile. His teeth are all rotted, sporting an unhealthy variety of colors, some of which have run into his beard. Upon his forehead is a black symbol of an eye, possibly tattooed, but more likely a scar.

    "Remember this moment, for it will be the last time you are ever alone," the old man says with a crackling, high pitched tone. The void slowly fills with a black, bone-chilling liquid reminiscent of oil or a thick slime. Jeff finds himself still unable to move as the liquid finds its way to every part of his flesh, draining him of energy. As it overtakes his head, he is thrown into unconsciousness. To Jane and Tom, he has simply fallen over with a pained expression of joy and confusion.

    Tom waves his hands around after the light has faded and grins. Throwing a few punches in the air, he looks as if his body is in top shape. "Jeff, man, what was that?" Its apparent that he is more excited than worried.

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    Skunk

    Things were getting better and better. Skunk was now essentially cut off in both directions. Maybe they wouldn't see him if he hunkered down and remained motionless. They did, after all, have something else to play with at the moment, as much as he tried to ignore the toy they'd chosen.

    He did, however, trust in jacketed lead, and kept his pistol at the ready. One sharp eye and things would get necessarily messy for them. Or him.

    Keep going ya bastards...nothing to see here.... A mental wish to avoid a two-on-one, but Skunk felt a great urge to just blow them both away before they noticed him; and not just out of a sense of self-preservation.

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    The two men dragging Ed come closer and closer, their footsteps horrific squeaks of building crescendo. Just as they round the corner, one of them turns and sees a hunkered down punk with black rims. He narrows his eyes, but before he can say anything a bright white light shines from the front of the store. While not huge, it is enough to draw everyone's attention for a few moments.

    As the light secedes, Skunk is left staring at two armed goons. The first drops the body and ducks backwards for cover. The other struggles with the body, a task consuming his entire focus.

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    Skunk gritted his teeth as it became obvious he'd been spotted by at least one of the two corpse-snatchers. Like a leather-bound crab, he squat-stepped to the right and slightly up the aisle, taking cover from the man that backed off completely, but keeping the other in his sights.

    He didn't have much connection to Ed, so that the thing being dragged along like so much bad barbecue was more a fact than a focus. He kept his eyes on the second goon, and kept his tongue still, though a half-dozen snide threats were working hard to pry their way out.

    Then his vision blurred briefly, reflexively causing his free hand to wipe away the water that'd dripped into his eyes, but the sprinkler's dousing had already ceased to flow down his scalp. Then it happened again, and it came with an old sinking feeling of dread and helplessness that he'd learned to despise. His eyes suddenly shot to his mother's charred remains, and the man that was desecrating it.

    The debris strewn about the place was sufficiently reminiscent of the broken and burned furnishings of his parent's apartment. He even had the dull sense of seeing a badly singed family photo in the rubble. It was a picture used by a million stores for a billion glass frames, but his mind's eye fabricated the necessary faces, and it was Cuthbert at nine, with his parents at a rare visit to a carnival. They all smiled at the poor dope that was hijacked to take the picture for them.

    Skunk's eyes went red with rage and he began shooting.

    A string of expletives were only barely rendered inaudible beneath the hail of shots, but they came with the meal, like a stale fortune cookie that'd lost its slip--unwanted and useless, but present just the same.

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    In Skunk's blind rage of emotion, he begins to fire his gun at the unaware man. He seems caught completely off guard, as he drops the body and drops to the ground. His scream comes next, although it is muted by the gunshot. The metal bullet tears into his ribcage and bounces around before settling. On the ground, the man writhes in pain having dropped his gun and the body now.

    The shot from the gun rings out through the store, making Tom look in its direction. He is still more than a little dazed by the concept of what just happened, but the sound of violence is enough to gain at least some of his attention.

    Jack flutters his eyes open and inhales deeply as if waking up from a horrible nightmare. His eyes seem sunken and unfocused, clearly traumatized by everything. Tom pulls out his pistol and looks at Jane and Jeff with a concerned look. "We should go," he pleads.

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    Jeff rolls around fitfully, as if half-asleep and trying to wake. His cuts and bruises are healed, as are the rest of yours, including Jack's shoulder wounds and Jeff's gunshot wound.

    Mumbling, rolling around on the group, Jeff mutters to himself in his sleep; "Not alone... never alone..."

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    Jane does a really good impression of a goldfish. Her eyes are wide and her jaw gapes open for a moment.

    She eventually bends over Jeff's collapsed form and softly shakes him in an attempt at bringing him back to consciousness.

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    Jeff's head snaps up as she shakes him gently, his teeth snapping closed like an animals. When he sees Jane's face he shakes himself, gaining control overwhatever it was that affected him in his dream.

    Sheepishly he looks at Jane as he gets up "Sorry, I ... I thought you were someone else."

    Finally awakening, Jeff looks over his own bruises, gingerly tests his shoulder and then pulls off the bandage, inspecting the wound that is no longer present. He moves then to Jack, checking both shoulder wounds, before looking to Jane and Tom. "Dude, are you guys okay? Did it work?"

    Suddenly, as if remembering what happened, Jeff asks shyly "Crap. Did it really glow that really bright light? We probably just told every psycho in the store where we were."

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    "I worked alright! I...um...Yeah it glowed but the lights are on so that might not be as much of a giveaway as you expect. I think that we have more issues however... we just heard gun-shots coming from this direction." She points in the general direction of the sound.

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    Tom, quick to act, helps Jack to his feet and pulls the soldier's arm across his shoulders. His gun is tucked back into his waistband and both hands are needed to hold Jack steady.

    Across the store, an exchange of gunfire begins, grabbing everyone's attention. The goon that was shot crawls away into the next aisle, clearly confused and rapidly searching for answers. His friend, however, peeks around the corner and takes a shot, missing with a very large margin. The bullet ricochets off some car accessories, leaving Skunk unscathed. The body remains at the entrance to the aisle crumpled in an odd heap.

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    Skunk, seeing no sign of the first attacker, fires at the one still up. He is quick to fire, which sends the bullet off track and hits a rack of DVD's in the aisle. The goon peers around and fires his rifle again. The shot comes miserably close to Skunk's head, shattering what may have been in front of him.

    The man curses aloud, and ducks back behind the end cap of the aisle. An empty shell casing plinks off the wet tile between his feet. Smoke curls up from it in protest of the cool watery grave it falls into. Slowly, it bounces and rolls over towards the crisp husk of a man and taps against his fingertips. A small, unnoticeable twitch is the response to an audience of none.

    Skunk's senses kick back in for a moment, and he realizes the squeaky footsteps are approaching him from the direction of the food. Approach is a loose term, as in his racing mind, they sound like leaping, bounding steps of pissed off, ignorant rednecks with an idea of authority.
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    Helping Tom with Jack, (the soldier should be healthy enough to walk on his own, although he's probably still a little disoriented) Jeff glances over at Jane.

    "Sounds like there's a gunfight going on, Jane. I don't know who is fighting who- this could be an internal conflict or maybe someone found that punker, but we might need to get some weapons. Do you know where the guns are in here?"

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    "The guns? Usually they would be in this direction...they are usually with the sporting goods." She points vaguely to back towards whence they came. "I expect that the gun cases will have already been raided by the trigger happy people who are headed in our general direction at this moment. Let's try to see if we can spot Skunk and if he isn't in trouble, maybe we can exit stage left while everyone else is preoccupied."

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    Jeff chews his lip, staring off in the direction of the gunshots, and then looking back and forth between that point and the direction Jane is pointing.

    Looking to Tom and Jack, Jeff voices his question, "Well, what do you guys think? We can try and track down the punk, we can try and get some guns, or we can take off while everyone else is distracted."

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    "It goes against all of my instincts...but let's go find the punk."

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    Jeff looks to Jack and Tom, and barring any visible sign of protest, he'll look back to Jane and nod. "Let's go get him. Do you remember what his name is? I can't," he admits, with a sheepish grin.
    Even exhausted and aching all over from casting the spell, Jeff feels more like himself than he has for hours.

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    "I err... I think his name is Skunk." She shrugs and wonders about when exactly she heard the name and how it is that she remembers these things even under stress.

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    "Skunk..." Jeff shrugs, as if to say to himself, Why not? and then removes his arm from Jack's support. Looking to Ed, Jeff says softly so as not to carry to anyone else in the store, "He should be okay, dude. If he can shoot a gun, we're going to need him, because I don't think any of us have ever had any training."

    Looking around, Jeff nods "We should get some more of this silk and jewelry and stuff- I have no idea when we'll be able to get some more next, and I might need to cast a spell again sometime soon."

    Looking off in the direction of the gunshots, Jeff glances at Jane. "Thirty seconds to grab stuff, and then we head off and rescue the dude... Skunk?"
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    In the confusion of gunfire, everyone's nerves are on end. Even nerves that were once dead and useless. The man at the end of the aisle suddenly lets out a horrifying scream, then falls straight to the ground as his shoes squeak. His face slaps against the wet floor.

    Skunk's eyes deceive him, surely, as he witnesses the charred husk of Ed's body not only grab the man by the ankle, but then precede to leap atop him. The sounds of gurgling screams as well as flesh ripping and falling against the ground in wet piles pervades Skunk's mind. There is another gunshot nearby, and a scream of "GET OFF HIM, YOU DEAD PIECE OF MEAT!!"

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    Jane grabs all that she can and stuffs the items into her bag.

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    Jeff shakes his head, as if clearing a fog away. His eyes don't look any clearer, but he seems a little more focused now. Suddenly, his eyes bolt wide open. "Crap!" he shouts, dropping Jack's arm and scrambling back to where the pile of destroyed valuables are. Sliding across the wet tile floor on his knees, he snatches up his spellbook, clutching it to his chest. He hugs it to him, breathing hard, and looks toward the roofing of the S-Mart, as if thanking some benevolent diety. Slowly he stands, moving back to the group with the book clutched to his chest as if it will keep him safe. "I can't believe I almost left it there," he says, with a sheepish grin on his face.

    Remembering his own words a second ago, he stuffs the book in his backpack, carefully shaking the excess water off of it first, and then takes handful after handful of jewelry and diamonds, cramming his backpack full. If he needs to have components, he intends to be prepared.

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    Skunk looks away as the corpse that used to be Ed, bites and claws at one of the rednecks. The man's screams are muffled into gurgles as the thing bites his throat out. The man's friend begins to fire upon the corpse, spraying blood into the air. The creature stops for a moment, spins its head around and howls at the man. Panic takes the man as he drops his rifle and darts backwards. Skunk watches in horror as the monster leaps from the writhing body beneath it, onto the man out of view. He takes the opportunity to disappear...

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    Jeff settles the chinese spellbook into the backpack, and loads as much of the loot the small group has gathered into it as he can. He finally, with some effort, tugs the zipper closed, and stands. His backpack is stuffed as full of jewelry and silk panties as he can make it. He stands, nodding to Jane, Tom, and Jack.

    Just then, the screams and shooting restart on the other side of the store. Just out of habit, he flinches, dropping almost to his knees. Looking to Jane, Jeff mouths the words "Dear God, I hope that's not Skunk."

    Holding his loaded backpack over one shoulder, Jeff hunches low to gain whatever cover is possible from the sodden clothing racks, and starts moving toward the sound of shooting and screaming.

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