Through the Looking Glass, Part Twenty-one

Jack went out the window and was on the roof seconds later. He scanned the rooflines quickly. Crystal was on the building next to her own and racing away.

"Stop!!" Jack bellowed.

Having sensed the werewolf and come to the roof, Crystal wasn’t about to let the creature escape. It was moving away fast but she knew if she moved fast she stood a good chance of catching it before it got very far. Chasing and slaying creatures was her job, even if she didn’t understand what all was going on right now. She took off running.

As she gathered herself for the leap to the next roof top Crystal vaguely heard someone yelling. She didn’t notice that, merely registered it. She was suddenly much busier noticing an overwhelming sensation she’d never felt before. She skidded to an immediate halt and looked around in disbelief. She instinctively knew she could have disregarded it but she didn’t feel the desire to. It was too weird – she hadn’t stopped because she wanted to but because someone told her to. She’d been told the Mistress could command slayers but the Mistress wasn’t here. What the heck just happened?

Jack dialed Crystal’s number, muttering at himself for not having set up his speed dial yet.

Crystal mechanically pulled the phone from her pocket and answered it, still looking around for whomever had just done whatever that was, "Yes?" she said.

"Hey, let it go – don’t go chasing things. It’s time we quit playing this game by their rules." Jack’s voice told her.

Crystal looked toward Jack’s building. The voice she’d barely noticed, it could have come from there, "Did you just yell at me?"

"Yeah, sorry, I didn’t want you running after that thing – it’s just another set up."

"What else did you do?" Crystal demanded.

"Huh? Nothing, I just called and…"

"With your voice – what else did you do?" Crystal insisted.

"Nothing. Look, I’m sorry I yelled if that’s what you’re mad about but…"

"What did you do?!" Crystal half shouted into the phone.

"Nothing!" Jack repeated.

"That wasn’t nothing! What the ____ did you do to me?!?!?!" Crystal screamed.

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