Jury Men

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An indeterminate amount of time after returning from Japan, Jasper approaches the group looking for help. He had been meeting with his daughter, Tonya, to attempt (yet again) to get her to allow him to control his own social security payments, when she mentioned a friend whose sister had recently gone missing. Jasper volunteered the group to help, implying to Tonya that he had some buddies that used to be on the force. Tonya agreed to re-route his social security funds if they were able to help with the investigation, assuming nothing would actually come of it, and set up a meeting with her friend so they could get the details.

Jasper, Marley, Ron, and Justin (”Judgment”) go to meet with Angela Guzman, Tonya’s friend. Angela explains that her sister Maria (17) has been missing for about a week now. The police have been working the case, but have not provided much information about the investigation to Angela or their family. She tells them that likely the last person to have seen her would be her “boyfriend” Tony Maya. Angela dislikes Tony and informs the group that she suspects he’s a drug dealer, and that he somehow got her mixed up in something. Angela had tried to confront Tony, but he basically dodged her questions and ran away. She tells them the name of the apartment complex he lives in and that he works as an oil change guy (though she suspects most of his income is from selling drugs).

Marley uses a payphone to call up one of his contacts that may know a thing or two about drug dealers, Steve Swanson. He asks if Steve knows where Tony works and Steve tells him, “if he’s still alive” he works at the STP station in North Tampa. Judgment skillfully uses the Yellow pages and finds the address of the STP station and wormhole jumps them there.

Marley enters the service entrance to the gas station and finds a man working inside. He approaches the man and asks if Tony is there. The man is clearly put off by this, and after Marley pushes a bit more and perhaps implies, inadvertently or not, that he may be looking to do some “business” with Tony, the man gets upset and informs Marley that when he finds Tony, he should let him know he is fired (apparently this is Tony’s boss, and it seems he has warned Tony not to have his “customers” come around the shop). Marley does get the boss to tell them where Tony lives, though he did have to buy a candy bar first.

The group finds Tony’s apartment complex with little issue. In this apartment building, all the units have direct outside access; there are 4 floors with about 20 units per floor. Realizing they do not yet know which apartment he lives in, they need a plan. They see a man on the 3rd floor, standing outside his front door smoking. Marley approaches the man and asks if he knows where Tony lives. The man brushes Marley off, but begins screaming and babbling in Spanish when Marley uses his powers to life him up and dangle him over the edge of the balcony. Flying up above the scene, Judgment sees the man thrown off the balcony and swoops down ready for a fight. When he finds Marley is just pressing the presumably innocent man for information, Judgment pull him back onto the balcony and the man instantly latches on to him in a hug of gratitude. After conveying that Tony is a drug dealer, the man is able to point them to apartments 318/319, since that’s where random people are always coming and going from.

Apartment 319 is dark, and after being teleported in by Jasper, Judgment finds it is fairly normal but no one is at home. Ron knocks on the door to 318 and a guy matching Tony’s description answers the door, safety chain in place. They see that it is clear Tony had been worked over pretty hard within the last week (black eye, cuts, bruises, etc.). After a bit of conversation, Ron convinces Tony to let them in to talk. Ron and Marley walk in and as Tony turns to close the door, Judgment steps in as well. Seeing Judgment freezes Tony in fear and as Ron asks Tony to come have a seat at the kitchen table, Judgment whispers “They can’t see me…”. Tony sits at the table and Ron begins to question him, all the while Judgment whispers thoughts of guilt and remorse. Tony has a complete breakdown and confesses. He explains that he started selling this new drug called Love Dust for a guy named K-dogg. However, he sampled too much of the product instead of selling it and was deep in debt. When Tony met with K-dogg last week, he was beat really bad and they were about to kill him, when in a last ditch effort Tony offered up Maria. Tony had heard that “the boss” (of the love dust production) was looking for girls, presumably to work in his lab. K-dogg questioned Tony about her, age, looks, etc., and then gave him place and time to be and they’d pick her up. Tony tells Ron that K-dogg (Kevin) usually works from a corner near the Cuban restaurant Puerto Sagua. Judgment bands a cross into Tony’s hand using a steak knife he heated over the stove burner and Ron drops $50 on the table and suggests Tony get out of town. A portal opens in the apartment wall and the three pass through out of the room, leaving behind Tony, emotionally broken…and two flash-bangs.

The group returns to the lair to plan their next move. As they discuss, Jasper notices some chatter on the Police band radio that’s always on; “1080 at the Barrington Hotel”. He quickly moves over to his bunk area and scans over the large corkboard with newspaper articles and notes pinned all over it that he has been working on. After a moment, he says “I have to go check on something” and teleports away. The remaining three decide to take the truck and confront k-dogg.

It’s almost midnight when they get close to the restaurant. Judgment jumps out of the back of the truck and begins to survey the area. Ron see’s K-dogg leaning up against a fence under a street light. He pulls the truck in and Marley gets out and heads over. He attempts to buy some Love Dust. After a bit of questioning, K-dogg says ok and dips into the gate on the fence (which was not the way Tony said deals go down). Ron notices a car start coming down the street at a decent rate of speed. He pulls the truck out and side swipes the back of the car sending it into the adjacent abandoned brick office building. The drive gets out and runs, but the passenger gets out and raises an Mac-10. Ron jumps out of the truck and punches the ground, sending out a shockwave that snakes it’s way to the guy and throws him back into the wall. He hits his head and is knocked out. Ron tosses him in the back seat of the truck, searches the car and takes a few bricks of love dust, some cash, and the guns.
Meanwhile, Marley pursues K-dogg through the alley’s and behind the buildings. Judgment lands, blocking k-doggs path. K-dogg is about to pull a pistol from his waistband, but Marley increases its weight. K-dogg stumbles back before the pistol rips through his pants and falls to the ground. He attempts to run past Marley, but is quickly close lined. He’s very belligerent. Judgment tries to convince him to talk by shooting him in the hand, healing it, and threatening to do it repeatedly, but K-dogg doesn’t give up much info. They will obviously need more time to interrogate him. The toss him in the back of the truck and return to the lair to get some answers.

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