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The Sands of Crime, Ch.7 (June Tasks)BLOOD MONEY: THE SANDS OF CRIMEThe Sands of Crime, Ch.7 (June Tasks) by Deeborm
"Rise and shine, varmint! It's judgment day."
Liz blearily opened her eyes. The imposing cell door stood ajar, and a chipper Vaporeon Marshal stood in the doorway. "Up you git! Else I'll have ta rinse you out."
Groaning, she forced herself to stand. Would there be any point to fighting back? she wondered.
"That's the way! Follow me close-like, now." The Vaporeon led her down the hall and out into the desert sunshine.
She glared up at it. "I hate you, sun."
The Marshal seemed to be enjoying himself immensely. "Don't you worry none. Ya won't be seein' Mister Sun no more after today!"
The courthouse was, conveniently enough, right next to the jail. As they approached, Liz's attention was drawn to the brand-new set of gallows, of varying heights to accommodate the whole family.
The Marshal noticed her gaze. "Jus' built! You'll have the honor of bein' the first to test 'em out."
Liz felt sick.
Her guide opened the courthouse door
The Sands of Crime, Ch.6 (June Tasks)BLOOD MONEY: THE SANDS OF CRIMEThe Sands of Crime, Ch.6 (June Tasks) by Deeborm
It had grown late. What few townsfolk remained awake made their way home, bolting their doors. Only one class of person remained.
"So, uh, should I be worried, or something?" Liz glanced around the saloon at the, presumably, hardened criminals.
"Naw." Jolinaxas took a sip of his liquor. "Lotsa Scrags in this bucket 'a blood, and you don't got any rec'anizable features."
"If you say so." Liz flicked her half-empty glass of Persim Fizz, producing a ringing tone. "Man, I gotta get a new accessory. I miss my scarf."
Andra had spoken with some of her shadier friends, the sort who didn't mind aiding a wanted criminal. They'd tipped her off to a big gathering of hoodlums at the Dead-End Saloon.
The Axew joined them at their table. "Hear anything utheful yet? I'm comin' up dry."
"Nope." Liz flicked her glass again. "They're all just complaining about Jury. I can appreciate that, sure, but now's a bad time for it."
"Ah'll ask around.
The Sands of Crime, Ch.5 (June Tasks)BLOOD MONEY: THE SANDS OF CRIMEThe Sands of Crime, Ch.5 (June Tasks) by Deeborm
Jolinaxas actually did know what he was doing. No one noticed the four of them creeping through the back alleys. Eventually, he led their motley group to an old, burnt, warehouse-like place.
Liz tried to read the blackened sign over the door. "'E-hig Wery?' What's that supposed to mean?"
Jolinaxas glanced at the sign and made a face. "This here was a brewery, til' the fire took it." Leaning his head into it, he pushed the scorched double doors open and slid inside, followed by his compatriots.
The inside was worse than it looked on the outside, filled with ashes and wooden debris. It looked as if the building had exploded.
"The buildin' exploded," Jolinaxas explained, "an' no one wants to do nothin' with the place anymore. It got a kind of reputation for bein' haunted."
Andra peered into the depths of the soot-covered room. "Are there ghothtth in here?" She wiped some spittle from her lips.
"Naw, ah doubt it." The snake slit
The Sands of Crime, Ch.4 (June Tasks)BLOOD MONEY: THE SANDS OF CRIMEThe Sands of Crime, Ch.4 (June Tasks) by Deeborm
"I wath born an' raithed here. Moved to Tao with mah partner to join the Rogueth' Guild. Hope he'th back thoon." Andra's expression drooped.
The small group was telling each other stories as they headed into town, passing numerous sand-blasted buildings and a few nervous bystanders.
Liz perked up at the mention of a missing partner. "It's that time travel crap again. Awful stuff."
Jolinaxas slithered along beside them, son riding along on his tail. He stared wistfully into the sky. "Ah lost mah Rose in that... time-explosion? I'm at sea as far as that bullhockey goes. S'pose it don't matter much now."
"Oh, that'th horrible!" Andra exclaimed.
Liz gave a solemn nod. She was one of the lucky ones. If she had been separated from Manny, well...
She quickly corrected herself. She'd have been fine! Manny would have some trouble, though.
"I gotta stay strong," Jolinaxas continued, "For her, and mah boy." He put on a determined look.
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