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    Oh. Oh. Jim's explanation helps Carine dawn upon what she's just told the creep. With a hint of a blush on her cheeks, her good hand slips off of Jim to spray a fresh dose of beargas on Shia in borderline panic.


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    Carine sprays a -4 dose on Shia for a -2 on his rolls (due to distance).

    Blood tokens: 1/5
    Item: a trusty can of beargas (1×(-4), 3×(-2) remaining)
    Other belongings: white one-shoulder T-shirt, light gray high ankle skinny jeans (now slightly redesigned), flat thong sandals, a dishtowel and half a roll of gauze, some of Chelsea's fairly dirty dirt, a lot of blood that's not quite where it should be, a still somewhat unkind vertigo, some leftover headache, some brand new headache and panic knocking on her mind's door

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    As Shia gains a bit of ground in his chase, he shouts in a near incoherent rage that both Jim and Carine can hear, "An end-of-life guarantee-" His words are cut short, and the several feet of the distance he had closed as well as a few more are lost as a new cloud of pepper spray envelops the cannibal and devolves his speech into a pained growl. Shia's face contorts further into an inhuman and bestial form, his eyes bulging and his teeth baring as his fury redoubles thanks to his encroachment being so readily thwarted. In the spare moments Jim can spare to glance in the mirror, he still sees the occasional flashes of their tailing vehicle's lights flashing between the trees. However far back they are now, they at least seem to be drawing slightly closer to the chase that is underway, disregarding the chasm that stands between them. However, looking back ahead, Jim catches sight of something most welcome. The path ahead splits hard to the right in a stout wooden bridge that crosses the rocky ravine. The structure lies only a few dozen feet ahead of the speeding ATV and Jim has only a brief moment to consider slowing enough that he can safely turn and cross the bridge.

    "Shirts, shirts, what do we need shirts for?" the ranger mutters forlornly, tossing away a bottle of hot sauce that thankfully lands atop a poncho without shattering. "It won't save us! We're doomed! He's already done away with a dozen!" he continues, his voice climbing to a crescendo before it suddenly drops again as he flings a hand out toward the far end of the shelves and knocks free a cardboard box with a partially open side. The box thuds to the ground, and the edge of a piece of red fabric, folded nicely, now sits partially exposed from that gap in the side of the box. The man doesn't seem to notice that little added piece of mayhem as he continues in a gentler voice, "The boxes are labeled with sizes. All unisex." The moment the man finishes speaking and returns to muttering and pulling free items from the shelves, all the lights dim for a brief second as the sound of some mechanism, separated from Chelsea by many walls, comes to life and resonates with a deep vibration that can be felt in the soles of the feet.
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    Chelsea notices the boxes and just pulls any shirt out. A single oversized shirt would probably be good enough for now. She slips it on. Finally, something to cover her bare torso.

    "Uh, yeah, whatever. So again, what were you looking for? I think we should just get out of here and head to the highway ASAP."

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    too lazy, same as before, + shirt!!
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    Ahead in the lights of the vehicle, Jim thinks he can spot something, but struggling to keep his eyes on the way ahead and back at Shia he loses the sight of it. The atv powers along and then he spots it again. A bridge! A lot closer than he expected from his hopes but he'd take it in an instant. "Hold on! Ready that gas! Gonna brake and turn" he announces leaning into Carine to ease the turn and a better hold as they slow.

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    Item(s): multitool with torch, couple of alcoholic wipes, small axe (stored in the waist or tie of coat, who knows, not Jim), key B, key C,
    Dressed: Comfy walking boots with one ankle being less than comfortable, loose cargo trousers, loose t-shirt (2 tears near shoulder) and lightweight waterproof coat tied around his hips, a blood form of lipstick.
    Emotional/mental state: pain, more pain, numb pain. Overwhelmed by the chance.

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    Carine clenches her teeth. K-kay. she mumbles uneasily. That's easier said than done with only one functional arm. Still, flexing all the muscles in her thighs still under her control, she slides her thumb on the trigger and leans into Jim, her eyes still facing backwards. This might prove… Tricky.

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    Carine sprays the last -4 dose on Shia if she gets the chance. Does she need a roll to cling on for dear life?

    Blood tokens: 1/5
    Item: a trusty can of beargas (1×(-4) (fate pending), 3×(-2) remaining)
    Other belongings: white one-shoulder T-shirt, light gray high ankle skinny jeans (now slightly redesigned), flat thong sandals, a dishtowel and half a roll of gauze, some of Chelsea's fairly dirty dirt, a lot of blood that's not quite where it should be, a still somewhat unkind vertigo, some leftover headache, some brand new headache and panic knocking on her mind's door

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    Chelsea slides the shirt over her head and her arms through the sleeves. The garment hangs loose on her, the hem reaching nearly to her knees and the sleeves having several inches of empty fabric hanging below the arms. It's a cherry red shirt with a very idealized image of the lake and cabins printed in color with the text "LAKE LUTON STATE PARK" in letters that seem to be floating in the water of the lake. Chelsea happens to catch a small detail in the image that seems slightly out of place. For some reason, the 'E' in 'STATE' has a small door drawn in the middle of the lower line. "Looking for? A key! There should be a key to something here, but it's gone. It's all gone," the ranger responds to her question, turning and intentionally throwing a bottle of mustard on the ground, the cap breaking off on impact and bright yellow streaking across the floor. "You're right, there's no time anymore. Our only hope is to run!" he continues as he hastily shuffles past Chelsea while kicking aside the detritus of his search in apparent ignorance of the mess and makes a jog toward the door to the hall, all while muttering something about people cleaning incorrectly.

    The ATV's speed drops precipitously as Carine squeezes the trigger on the pepper spray once more, just in time for Shia to barrel headlong into the cloud with his arm raised to shield his eyes. With his vision obscured, Shia seems to fail to notice the sudden slowing of his prey and he collides bodily with the back of the vehicle just as Jim is in the midst of turning onto the bridge. The cannibal bounces off the rear at an angle, stumbling and staggering through the needles with his unexpectedly adjusted momentum until he collides hard with the trunk of a tree. Snarling, he pushes of the tarry bark of the pine and closes the gap again as Jim completes the turn and begins to accelerate across the bridge. The bridge is not a very long one, and Jim is sure they'll be across it in a few moments. He can see that the path on the other side heads both left, the direction they were already heading, or right, in the direction of the headlights they were seeking. He also catches faint glimpses through the trees directly ahead of the high shining orangish lights of streetlamps.

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    Without another second to spare, Chelsea heads towards the front exit. She's not totally barefoot, but she's still mindful of all the broken glass.

    As they exit the building Chelsea says, "I'm pretty sure he disabled every car. He broke every phone too. So we're just going to have to run for it."

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    items: bikini bottom, bloodied axe, flip flops, oversized shirt
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    -fairly dirty and blood-spackled (but it's not her blood)
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    There's something irresistibly comical about Shia fumbling around in his self-inflicted blindness and bouncing off of objects mobile and stationary. Light-headed as she feels, Carine doesn't strive hard to remain unaffected either: a fit of wheezing, nigh-hysterical laughter erupts from her as she buries her face into Jim's shoulder and throws her beargas arm hurriedly around his waist, unable to otherwise concentrate on the difficult task of self-preservation. S-[wheeze]sorry, Jim, it's[gasp] too funny. she forces out of herself, her whole body trembling from the laughter, the cold or both. You just [gasp]stay warm like that, [wheeze] I love you, Jim. she huffs, almost deliriously, not sure, at some vague level, how long she'll be able to hold it together, even to this questionable extent.

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    Carine sprays the last -4 dose on Shia if she gets the chance. Does she need a roll to cling on for dear life?

    Blood tokens: 1/5
    Item: a trusty can of beargas (3×(-2) remaining)
    Other belongings: white one-shoulder T-shirt, light gray high ankle skinny jeans (now slightly redesigned), flat thong sandals, a dishtowel and half a roll of gauze, some of Chelsea's fairly dirty dirt, a lot of blood that's not quite where it should be, a still somewhat unkind vertigo, some leftover headache, a sudden Shia-induced fit of crazy something
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    Jim hears the bear gas going off as they cross the bridge and puts all of his thought in to going fast and straight over the bridge but can't go too hard given the turn he wants to take to go for the lights. Shia bumping off the back was a worry at how close they'd come and he tries to focus all he can into the drive. Though when Carine had finished laughing, he found himself smiling too. With the corner to the lights rounded, and feeling like the path was straight to accelerate down, he let his head angle to rest on hers as well as letting one hand go down to her arm to give his best current option for returning the hug.

    "I hope we should be on a smooth path now, if you want to try and move to the front and sit on my lap you can. I think that'd be nice, and I wouldn't have to worry about you falling off as I can have my arms either side of you." he says, possibly with more thought to concentrating on the drive than proper emotion like he'd have wanted, knowing this he softens his voice, "Can have my little love falling off now could I."


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    Blood tokens: 1
    Item(s): multitool with torch, couple of alcoholic wipes, small axe (stored in the waist or tie of coat, who knows, not Jim), key B, key C,
    Dressed: Comfy walking boots with one ankle being less than comfortable, loose cargo trousers, loose t-shirt (2 tears near shoulder) and lightweight waterproof coat tied around his hips, a blood form of lipstick.
    Emotional/mental state: pain, numb pain. Is that a light at the end of the tunnel (no, probably just the train coming directly at us to run us down )

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