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Fanfic: Third Time's a Charm

Chapter 1: Organizing the Vault

"Okay, a little to the try to wedge it into the corner -- watch it, Ryan!"

Micki jumped back to avoid being knocked over by falling antiques. While Jack did inventory, the cousins tried to organize the vault for what seemed like the umpteenth time.

In the process of moving the electric chair, one of the larger objects, Ryan had knocked over a shelf and set them back good two hours work.

"Hey, guys. Jack told me you were down here."

"Hi, Johnny," they replied in unison.

"Rearranging the vault, huh? Wow, I don't think I've ever been down here and really looked at this place. Some of this stuff is amazing."

"This isn't a toy store, Johnny. These things are dangerous," Micki warned.

"What does this one do?" Johnny picked up the doll that still gave Micki the creeps. Upon seeing what he held, Micki immediately snatched it away and set it aside. "Don't touch that."

With the curiosity and attention span of a small child, Johnny moved on to the next object.

"Wow, an original copy of a 'Tales of the Undead' comic!"

Johnny only managed to flip through the first couple of pages before it was confiscated by Ryan.

"That turns the reader into the blood hungry main character, Ferrus."

"How 'bout this?"

Micki glanced over her shoulder briefly before returning to work.

"The compact can change its curse. It's a tool of revenge and feeds off peoples' vanity and obsession. Johnny, if you're not going to help us, do you think you could at least get out of the way? There's scarcely enough room down here as it is."

Johnny only half heard Micki's request. He was hypnotized by the shimmering gold compact. Unable to resist, Johnny had to open it. Upon doing so he was blinded by the cracked mirror held within, sending the compact to the floor. Both Micki and Ryan jumped when they heard the clatter.

"Johnny, why don't you leave." It was a statement, not a question. Johnny locked eyes with Micki for a moment. In that moment, Micki saw something that sent inexplicable chills down her spine.

Without another word, Johnny left. Micki and Ryan returned to work.


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