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The Saga Continues:
For the Children

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[Cruce and Topher have returned to Singing Hills to hide from the Awgo police force for an unknown duration of time. Cruce has also returned with a particular goal that involves the elderly phantom he encountered previously. In order to confuse the police force, the two have switched their forms.]
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-Singing Hills.-

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[The two have climbed out of the small river ravine. They are now searching for the site of the hostage incident from a few days ago. Rather than locating the building, they stumble upon a disturbing surprise.]
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Cruce: [Well concealed in the treeline and facing one of the parking lots.] Oh no... Ohhh no...
Topher: [He spots the problem as Cruce speaks.] What's Awgo doing here....?
[About ten Awgo police cars are lined up in the lot. Many officers are out and searching around for something... that something is unknown to Cruce or Topher.]
Cruce: Gah, they're all over the place. I won't be able to meet the ghost like this...
Topher: [He looks to Cruce.] You're awfully fearless about this, you know...
Cruce: C'mon, Tophs. Nightmares are scarier than ghosts, and I'm talkin' the human ones. The Pokémon and Safan Nightmares are actually kind of cute compared to a lot of crap I've seen.
Topher: But still, you said that ghost drained your power in a snap.
Cruce: ...Touché. [Shivers...] That does make it more problematic. And so does this...
Topher: Are you sure the office is this way?
Cruce: Yeah, I remember passing through her when Mom took me one time. Didn't think it'd ever be important. We can't go around, we'd be exposed.
Topher: ...Maybe we should head back...
Cruce: Head back? Head where, man? We can try to go back to that river, but we can't--!! [Giving almost no warning, he collapses to his side.]
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Topher: [Trying to keep his voice down, he whispers.] Cruce! [Lowers himself to Cruce's level.] What happened--are you alright?!
Cruce: ...T-Tophs... I can't move... [He struggles to simply speak.] I think... it's her...
Topher: Her? Who's "she"? Cruce, stay with me... C'mon...
Cruce: The... ghost...
Topher: You think it's her? She can reach you from all the way out here?
Cruce: ...It's the same... the same feeling from before... Feels like I have... [Groans quietly.] All my muscles just aren't there...
Topher: We have to get you to some place safe! The officers might come over here...
Cruce: Keep an eye on them... I'll be fine... s-soon...
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"I just..."
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"Have to listen closely..."
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"(You must...)"
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"(Leave this place...)"
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"(The fallen...)"
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"(Seek you...)"
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"Cruce!!"
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"Cruce, wake up!!"
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[Cruce's eyes open... The air around him is violent. The winds are much stronger than before. They are powerful enough to lift small cars. It is as if a tornado has been born in the hills, however there is no vortex: simply winds of incredible speed.]
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Cruce: [He stands, having regained all of his strength.] Oh my God, what the crap is going on here?!
Topher: I don't know! It picked up as you were out!
Cruce: How long was I out?! [He faces Topher.]
Topher: A few minutes! I think like five or something.
Cruce: (In five minutes, a freaking hurricane rips across San Diego?) [Instinctively, he faces the parking lot and notices that some police cars have been overturned. He witnesses one flip on its side, then over on its hood. The officers scramble for cover elsewhere.] What the hell is going on?!
Topher: We gotta get somewhere else!
Cruce: ...[He hesitates for a few seconds before responding, watching as the Awgo police force flees for their lives.] ... (Is this... the beginning of another collision...?) ... [He nods.] Okay!
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[The two backtrack quickly to the ravine they had hid themselves in earlier. A few trees litter the golf courses already, as well as some debris from more poorly constructed buildings.]
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Cruce: [He stands at the edge of the ravine with Topher, trees blowing wildly in the wind above them. He hesitates again, turning back the way they came.] ...Topher, Mom's in danger...
Topher: What? [He looks back.] But isn't her office safer than...?
Cruce: It's an old haunted house, dude. It won't take much in this storm... I have to help...
Topher: Cruce! You can't! You'll get caught!
Cruce: I don't care! I don't give a damn if they capture me, I can break out!
Topher: You don't know what they'll do to you!!
Cruce: I'd rather be tortured knowing my own mother is safe!! [He glares at Topher for a few moments...]
Topher: !! [Stares wide-eyed at Cruce...] ... [He watches as Cruce storms off...]
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Cruce: [He starts off four-legged, but ends up two-legged. In the midst of sprinting across the ruined golf courses, he reverts into a human. His supernatural stamina, speed, and strength shows as he tears through the tracks, ramming through a fallen tree branch and snapping it like a twig as adrenaline flows through his body. He dashes forth with intense conviction...]
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"Just hang on!"
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"I'll show the world what I can do if it means saving you!"
-E N D I N G-
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Quick spontaneous decision here, the next cross is going to begin...
In the next episode.