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Cursed, Hexed, Spellbound; Anyway you see it, your done
Topic Started: Jun 24 2014, 05:01 PM (2,045 Views)
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((Jackson King continued form Bitter Dream ))


Jackson was feeling more positive about his outfit in the trek to the casino. Whatever they made the costume outfit, it was surprisingly warm. He was a little better off than the rest of the party in that regard. So when they reached the casino, he lingered outside for a minute, assuring them he was "just keeping an eye out for a minute".

It was at least a half truth. Being alone for a moment felt right. He would have gathered his thoughts, if he had more to gather. All he really had was that he was feeling more, and more nervous, and something had changed. The dynamic had shifted. They had struck a few discordant notes.

"Man, this is fucked." He muttered to himself. With the statement properly off his tongue, he headed inside, as Ana finished her rant about the injustices in the world.

"What's going on now?" He asked. He glanced at Sebastien, who seemed to be less than interested in the proceedings.
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Jackson didn't have any time to start checking out his weapon choices before the Sebastien and Ana passive aggressive shootout kept a-rolling on. A shame, too, because the girl that had just walked, as non-threatening as she made herself seem, was armed like she was in a zombie movie or something.

As it turned out, he took a small step closer to the table, maybe thinking he could block what was on the table with his body. She didn't need to see what they were working with, whoever she was.

Sebastien put in his two cents before Jackson could.

"Just a discussion." He threw out on top of it.
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If Ana had been toeing some unseen line of healthy human behavior before, Jackson was about sure she had stepped a foot over it at this point. Whatever chance they had for a peaceful resolution seemed to be slipping away, because Ana's concept of how the world should be was taking over.

So with startling clarity, Jackson had the simple thought, Why not do something?.

It made sense, really. He had given a "Fuck it" to the whole thing right at the beginning, when he put on his big hat and sequined pants all be cause he knew that he was probably going to die. It was just a matter of odds. A bunch of kids entered every season. Most of them died. And if he was going to die because he actually did something...well, that made it just a little better.

Jewel's gaze was flicking between them, but most of her focus seemed to be on Shawn, and (rightly) on Ana. There was enough time between her glances for Jackson's right hand, hidden by his profile, to clasp the handle of the big knife Shawn had left on the table.

He wavered for a second. Just a second. Then the overarching attitude of "Fuck it" sprung to the forefront again.

He'd never thrown a knife a before, but he thought he made a pretty good try at it.

"Shawn!" He screamed as he tossed, hoping Jackson's damnfool idea could buy his teammate time to do something.
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The lights erupted, strobing the casino as the consequences of Jackson's (plan? stupidity?) became evidenct. Shawn fired, but he must not have hit anything. When the girl returned fire, Jackson hurled himself to the floor, feeling his skin scrape against the carpet. He hoped to God that Shawn could get off another and shut the chick down. When Ana screamed, he doubted that was the case.

Oh Jesus.
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Everything seemed to be going about as south as south could be. Ana took a shot after Jewel took a shot, and then she was yelling at him. Like he was going to pull the missing Spanish guitar out to his mariachi ensemble and play a tune so captivating he would be cool with it.

Jackson scrambled to his hands and knees after the dive. In the process, he shuffled behind a card table that had been overturned at some point before any of them had arrived. From his vantage point he only saw Jewel, striding to Shawn's dropped gun (When'd he fucking drop it?), looking more like she was casually sauntering down a boardwalk. He didn't notice the scuffle Ana and Sebastien were about to have. Vaguely he wondered why she was even bothering with the gun if she had them dead bang with her own piece, but nothing more than that came out of it.

He stayed there, not sure just what the hell he could do with no weapon and no clue.
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Jackson didn't know what windows were, especially not if he had one. But diving for for what looked like an opening seemed better than dying while he held out for a window. Self-defenestration wasn't all that bad of an option.

The gun went off, and while he filed away in the back of his mind that someone might've been hit by that shot, he was springing back to his feet and loping toward Jewel, the smoking gun in her hand filling his vision. He came at her from an angle just outside of her peripheral, and that was likely why she didn't whirl on him fast enough to send a slug his way.

His hands came together on the gun and tucked it into himself like a receiver catching a pass. He didn't know enough about gun safety to know how dumb of an idea this was. It was only fortune that kept the weapon from going off in his haphazard grasp and tearing out his sternum.

He lost his balance and staggered a few feet away from Jewel on the move before falling unceremoniously to the ground. But he had the weapon, and he turned it in his hands until it was pointed back at Jewel.

He squeezed the trigger, but rattled, off-balance, and unnerved as he was, it went wide.
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With barely a parting glance, the girl was gone, let off by Jackson's piss poor shooting and Ana's...well, her mercy anyway. That was just as well. No telling how many bullets had been left in the gun. No telling if Jackson could have done anything with them.

Jackson pulled himself to his feet, and it took awhile later for him to let the gun lower when he was sure Jewel had left. His glance around the room told him about rest of the story he had missed. Circumstances now, alone with the would be queen, meant it was a narrative Jackson could have done without.

"Christ..." He muttered. She was down to just one subject, and Jackson knew he wasn't her favorite. Still, it wasn't like he had anyone else.

"Ana...I think you can put that down." He inclined his head toward the rifle, his face an appropriately solemn mask.
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A voice echoes from Jackson's collar. "You still got people out there you can win this thing with. But I can't come down there and make you do something. Your call, bud."
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Jackson stared at the weapon as Ana completed her makeshift last rites, sending off two boys that only moments ago he were the only two other people he had formed some kind of bond with. When Ana started talking, he almost missed it.

He supposed he could have moved on, let Ana and her overzealousness get her killed, not worry about it. It would be easier. His mentor made a good point, too.

But something about abandoning a girl who needed help, however, unhinged she may be, just seemed wrong. Inhuman. Last he checked, he was still a person, game show or not. He felt like he owed it to Shawn, maybe, to keep his girl out of trouble. And to Sebastien, to ground her.

He looked at her. He saw someone who had been beaten down, someone who needed help. Whether he was the one to provide it was irrelevant.

Jackson walked over to where he had lost his hat and swept it up in his free hand, frowning at the bends and dents in it from the fall. He placed it on his head anyway. With the hat recovered, he headed over to Ana and placed his hand on her shoulder.

"You burn too bright to fade." He said. A moment later, he added, "Long as I stick around you'll stay in your right mind. That cool?"
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Jackson didn't intend for it all to come to that. He wasn't sure how much control he had of whatever it was Ana was feeling. But he knew what he was prepared to do.

"I'll be right outside."

Jackson made good on his words, leaving her alone.

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