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JCA Magic Exposure: Chapter Thirty Nine
Thousands of miles away, Sapphire was walking towards her master to deliver the amulet. She was so pleased to finally have an amulet to deliver to her master and that she would avoid whippings tonight. Though she wished she could have increased her favor by also nabbing the fire amulet, she had no intentions on telling her master about it. The less he knew, the better.
“Have you returned with the water amulet, elf?” the master inquired as he stood stoically with arms crossed as Sapphire approached him.
“Yes, master, I have” Sapphire said proudly as she handed it to him with a slight bow out of respect.
The master took it for her and smiled big.
“Yeeeeesssssss….” he said, pleased to hold an amulet in his hands. Within seconds, however, he sensed something was amiss. After further observation, his face crumpled in fury and he threw it to the ground, shattering it.
“You FOOL!” he roared, “You did NOT return with the am
JCA Magic Exposure: Chapter Thirty Eight
MC Cobra walked over to stand next to Pit Viper and he was handed the prize money and the water amulet, which had the image of a trident on it.
“Congratulations, sir” the man handing Cobra his prizes smiled.
“Thank you” MC Cobra smiled back. He held the amulet in his hands and observed it, his first time holding one. He did not feel anything as he held it, however, which meant that he was not the one meant for this amulet.
“Yo nice job, girlfriend” he complimented Pit Viper, “Two Scorpions takin’ two of the slots; not bad!”
“Heck yeah! High five.” Pit Viper said, holding up her hand.
MC Cobra laughed and returned it.
They returned to their group and the other Scorpions and they were all chatting excitedly.
When the crowds cleared up a bit, Sapphire got up from her spot and the Raiders followed closely behind her. There was only one thing left for them to do today, and that was to fight for the amulets.
JCA Magic Exposure: Chapter Thirty Seven
The next day, everyone was at a public beach where the competition was being held. Even the Abernathy family had come to watch Pit Viper compete.
“Alright guys I got good news. And bad news. Which one first?” Vicky said as she walked over.
“Good, of course!” MC Cobra answered. “What is it?”
“We’re all registered to compete. Everything is taken care of.” Vicky replied.
“Sweet!” MC Cobra cheered.
“Now the bad?” Strikemaster Ice asked.
“It's not a team event. We’re all competing against each other… And the worst part is the Raiders are here.” Vicky sighed.
“Of course” MC Cobra sighed.
“Whoopee” Strikemaster Ice sighed as well.
“Competing against each other, though?” DJ Fist asked with concern, “So one of us alone will be able to win the amulet?”
“But this is good. With so many of us working together we’re still a team.
JCA Magic Exposure: Chapter Thirty Six
Later that night after dinner, Pit Viper and all the teens except for her siblings were hanging out in the kitchen while she baked cookies. She was letting a pan cool and had her back turned while she was setting up another cookie sheet.
“Rodriguez don't you dare.” Pit Viper said without looking. DJ and Manolo had been inching closer to the cookies and had been so close to swiping them when they’d been caught.
They both pulled back and DJ Fist mock pouted.
“Takin’ the fun outta it, Pit Viper” DJ chuckled a little.
The others were laughing. “You both got caught at the same time and she didn't even look.” Danny snickered.
“Hey. I like cookies.” Manolo protested jokingly.
“So do I. Sugar is life, bro.” DJ smirked. “And I'm a guy who can handle the sugar. Unlike someone else I know who's punier and squealier...No not you, Emma” he chuckled, “Only caffeine is your true demise.”
JCA Magic Exposure: Chapter Thirty Five
“Yo this is sweeeeeeeeeet” Strikemaster Ice grinned to Vicky, “Yo I can’t wait to jump into that pool and jacuzzi! I’ll leave the beach for competition!”
“Oh yeah!” Vicky exclaimed.
Jack walked past them and he rubbed his neck and some kind of bad looking scar appeared down his neck and disappeared under his shirt suddenly. Red trotted over quickly.
“Jack… your enchantment…”
“What? Aw maaan. Well it's an easy fix.” he said, putting his hands on the back of his neck, casually to hide the scar discreetly.
“You see that?” Vicky asked Ice quietly.
Strikemaster Ice nodded as he looked at Jack with concern.
“Should I ask?” Ice asked Vicky back quietly.
“Maybe… but you might not like what you see if he shows you…” Vicky replied in a whisper.
“...Man I’ll just get it over with, or else it's gonna eat me up” Ice replied. He let go of Vi
JCA Magic Exposure: Chapter Thirty Four
The flight was long but eventually they made it to Hawaii! And the Ice Crew, having never been before, instantly fell in love with it!
“Ahhhhhhhh yeahhhhhhhhhh” Strikemaster Ice grinned wide.
“Now THIS is what I'm talkin’ about!” MC Cobra laughed.
“Muy bonita (“Very beautiful”)” DJ Fist smiled.
“Aaaand prepare for the storm…” Pit Viper sighed as she and the others went to move through the the airport. She put her sunglasses over her eyes and nervously grabbed onto Cobra’s arm.
MC Cobra stared blankly as cameras started flashing and paparazzi started chattering excitedly.
“Miss Abernathy!” one reporter said.
“Excuse me, Miss Abernathy!” another called out as they began to flood her with a range of questions.
“So this is why celebrities hate the paparazzi…” Tag said lowly to Lydia as they followed in the back of the group.
“Yeah, no kidding” Lydia
JCA Magic Exposure: Chapter Thirty Three
Early in the morning the next day, the whole team was at the airport waiting for Pit Viper, who had a few last minute things to do before she got there and everyone got on the private jet to go to Hawaii.
Vicky was bouncing excitedly in place. “This is gonna be soooo cool!”
“I know, yo!” Strikemaster Ice exclaimed excitedly, “Even with D-Man we never did stuff this cool!”
“And we are freeeeeee of the ankle trackers at laaaaaaast!” MC Cobra cheered, “Feels GREAT!” DJ Fist grinned and nodded in agreement.
Vicky laughed. “Yeah but you aren't free of me. So behave like usual and don't do anything dumb or imma make my previous nuclear meltdown look like a firecracker goin' off compared to C4. Ya feel me?”
“Yes ma’am” Strikemaster Ice said straightening up, “I would never defy my Queen.”
“Okay. Just making sure you understand. No. Sticky fingers. A rich place with lots of ni
JCA Magic Exposure: Chapter Thirty Two
MC Cobra stood in the bathroom, looking at himself in the mirror. He looked so different! He had finished dying his hair back to his natural color- black- and had just finished taking out his piercings, the nose ring being last, which took him courage to do. The black hair wasn't a huge deal but he had never taken his piercings out before and didn't feel like himself at all without them. It was a major piece of to him! But he was leaving for Hawaii tomorrow with the crew and he needed to get it done sometime. So why not now?
‘Ok...I can do this…’ he took a deep breath. He opened the door and went to the lounge to find his crew.
Strikemaster Ice and DJ Fist were hanging out with Vicky- who was finishing up homework before going to Hawaii- and Ice and Vicky were laughing about something while DJ was just sitting around, smiling a little. He caught eye of MC Cobra slowly and shyly coming into the room and his eyes got wide and his mouth gaped.
JCA Magic Exposure: Chapter Thirty One
After the Ice Crew finished for the day, they each disbanded to go searching for their brothers. Strikemaster Ice was wandering the halls and looking everywhere until he came up to a smaller lounge where Jack was reading. He stopped in his tracks before Jack could see him and back up several steps. He didn't wanna startle his brother so he pretended to be looking for him.
“Jack! Yo Jack! Where you at, man?” he called out.
“Here!” Jack called back. He was leaning on a table reading some kind of really old book. He had one hand up and was absentmindedly moving it and little motes of light were moving around his hand as he did little motions. He flicked a finger on the opposite hand and the page of the book turned by itself.
Strikemaster Ice walked in and looked at him curiously.
“Yo dude...Whatchu up to?” Ice asked.
“I’m readin'.” Jack replied before he stopped moving his hand and the spell disappeared and he looked up at I
JCA Magic Exposure: Chapter Thirty
The next day at Section 13, Vicky ran up quickly to the Ice Crew.
“Guys guys! Hurry up! Come on follow me you HAVE to see this!” she exclaimed.
The Ice Crew turned around from the electrical work that they were doing, which was less than before and would likely eventually stop as their probation time would become focused on the amulet quest.
“What's up, baby girl?” Strikemaster Ice asked curiously.
“It’s Manolo! It's so cool you gotta come see!” she replied.
DJ Fist jumped up first, and MC Cobra and Strikemaster Ice followed quickly after.
“Show us!” DJ Fist said.
Vicky ran to the weightlifting room where a crowd of agents had gathered to see what was going on. Vicky pushed through the crowd and waited for the guys to do the same.
When they got there they saw Manolo bench pressing at the very LEAST 500 pounds easily, though he was sweating. His whole upper body and arms were covered in some kind of Inca tattoos.
JCA Magic Exposure: Chapter Twenty Nine
She smiled as she got into the truck and strapped on her seatbelt. When she looked back up, she noticed a picture of a younger looking Depthcharge with his arms around a girl she had never seen before on his sun visor.
“Who is that?” she asked curiously as she pointed at the picture, not registering the romantic connection yet.
Depthcharge gave a bittersweet smile. “That’s Fallon…” he replied as he got into his seat.
“Who’s Fallon?” she asked.
“One of the original Scorpions… my last girlfriend. Cobra has her skateboard..." Depthcharge replied.
Kaysha’s heart sank a little when she looked at the picture again and could finally tell the connection. “Why does Cobra have her skateboard?” she asked. “Bad breakup?” she asked innocently.
“She died.” he said as he looked down.
Kaysha gasped in shock and horror as she looked at him and immediately felt bad for what she had said
JCA Magic Exposure: Chapter Twenty Eight
Back at a house on the Navy base, Kaysha was in her bedroom getting ready for her date with Depthcharge. She was sitting back in her chair at her vanity table, thinking and thinking while Charmaine, who had insisted on doing something to help her big sister get ready for her very first date, was straightening her hair, which Kaysha had chosen to wear down today. She selected a flowy electric blue sleeveless tunic shirt, black jeggings and black rhinestone studded flats for her outfit, and had on her favorite gold jewelry and a beautiful floral scented essential oil blend on her wrists and behind her ears. Her makeup was fairly simple with flawless but natural looking skin, black winged eyeliner and red lips. She wanted to look pretty for Depthcharge but still look like herself.
“Sooooooo how you feelin’? This is yer first date EVER with a boy! And Depthcharge is a good lookin’ one!” Charmaine said as she finished up the last few strands of Kaysha's ha
JCA Magic Exposure: Chapter Twenty Seven
The next day, Vicky had rounded up her main team that would be going after the amulets with them. All were familiar faces to the Ice Crew. They were all sitting around in the lounge that the Ice Crew had basically claimed as their hang out area and were waiting for Captain Black to come and explain the situation.
“Yo is someone ready for their big date today?” Strikemaster Ice teased Depthcharge.
Depthcharge laughed. “Man I’m ready. I got this planned out. I just gotta pick up something before I go get Kaysha.” he grinned.
“Ooh we can't wait to hear about how everything played out!” MC Cobra laughed, “You’re doin’ the girl a favor by just getting her away from her crazy cowgirl sister! I don't know how she can stay cool as a cucumber with her around all the time!”
“Haha I hear she isn’t that bad. She’s pretty good friends with those of her age group in our crew.” Depthcharge chuckled
JCA Magic Exposure: Chapter Twenty Six
Sapphire bit her lip to suppress a scream as she felt a whip tear into the flesh on her back. Her masters were furious with her for losing the fire amulet and as they threatened before, were beating her as punishment. For every amulet that fell into the hands of the Hand of Light, her punishments would increase in severity.
“Stupid elf!” one man growled as he whipped her again. “Failing to keep a sharp eye on the fire amulet, failing to retrieve it when lost, and failing to keep your elven abilities concealed, jeopardizing a crucial part of our plot!” the man whipped her again.
“I'm sorry, master!” she cried out. “I will do better next time!”
“How right you are” he growled before laying one more hit on her. “You will learn to control and conceal yourself, and you will travel to Hawaii to claim the water amulet when the time comes. Do not fail us again.”
“Yes, master” Sapphire said weakly.
JCA Magic Exposure: Chapter Twenty Five
Vicky and the guys went back to Section 13 with the Ice Crew’s older brothers and their girls following Vicky’s truck.
“Ah! There you are! Welcome back!” Tag smiled as he met up with Vicky and the Ice Crew.
“Dad! More amaaaazing news!” Vicky bounced excitedly
Tag laughed. “Well goodness! Please share!”
“First off, we got this thang back” Strikemaster Ice grinned as he took the fire amulet out of his pocket and held it out for Tag to see.
Tag gasped in complete surprise and his eyes got wide.
“The fire amulet! But how….how did you reclaim it?!” he asked in bewilderment.
Manolo, Jack and Danny arrived with their girls.
Manolo parked his Harley Davidson chopper next to Vicky’s truck and Danny zoomed in on his motorcycle. Both guys had their girls with them and then Jack drove a black and blue convertible.
“They are how.” Vicky said.
Tag’s eyes got wide again.
JCA Magic Exposure: Chapter Twenty Four
The guys all took off and when they got to the mall, Roundabout had handed the guys their share of the prize money.
“Here you go, boys!”
“Sweeeeeeeeeeet” Ice grinned wide. He hadn't held earned money that wasn’t stolen since he was a pizza boy years ago!
“Thanks, girl!” MC Cobra smiled. DJ Fist nodded and smiled as well.
“So what's first on the agenda?” Ice asked.
“Food court to get something to eat then we can run around and do whatever.” Vicky replied.
“Sounds good to me!” Cobra smiled.
The Scorpions all walked into the mall joking around and back in high spirits.
“Alright! Food court! Where should we start? Pit Viper asked
“I could go for something besides pizza or burgers myself” MC Cobra stated.
“They have an epic Chinese place.” Depthcharge said.
“Dude you're delusional, the Indian food is the best.” Kitty said
“You're both wrong ‘cause th
JCA Magic Exposure: Chapter Twenty Three
Back at the competition the competition was nearing its end. The Raiders finished, and all but Ice and Vicky had gone up. Her crew had been so amazing so far.
Vicky gave Ice a quick kiss before he was supposed to go up. “For good luck.” she smiled at him
Strikemaster Ice grinned. “Yo, thanks baby girl.” he said as he strapped on his helmet and raced off on his skateboard to the ‘stage’.
Ice put on an amazing performance, accomplishing tricks that he had perfected through practice and innovation and even pulled off some risky stunts that were spur-of-the-moment! He grinned proudly as he skated off as the crowd cheered for him.
“Yo! That was SICK!” MC Cobra cheered as he high fived Ice. “ROCKSTAR job!”
DJ Fist grinned and nodded in agreement as he fist bumped Ice.
“Yo thanks dudes! I was FEELIN’ IT!” Ice grinned, feeling excited and motivated.
“Baby that was amaaaaziiiing!” Vicky said, gi
JCA Magic Exposure: Chapter Twenty Two
Several days later it was the day of the competition and Vicky raced through Section 13 in full Scorpion uniform, looking for the guys. She skidded to a halt when she found them and squealed excitedly. “There you are!”
“Yo girl!” Strikemaster Ice greeted with a big smile. The trio were dressed in all black for this event. “Today’s the day!”
“Yep! And me and the others got you guys something special!” Vicky grinned, taking off the bookbag.
“What is it?!” MC Cobra asked eagerly.
Vicky grinned and reached into the bag and pulled out a black and gold Scorpion uniform shirt. “Official competition gear!” she squealed.
She handed the guys their shirts and they even had their names printed on the back in gold text with the Scorpion logo!
The Ice Crew smiled huge and started raving and talking excitedly (except for DJ Fist of course, although he was smiling plenty) about their first official pieces of Scorp
JCA Magic Exposure: Chapter Twenty One
Later, everyone was getting ready to leave the skate park to go to the malt shop Vicky and most of the Scorpions present enjoyed a lot. Ash was over by his truck changing his shoes out for cowboy boots and he had a black cowboy hat on in place of his helmet.
Charmaine was walking around nearby when she spotted Ash. Her brown eyes twinkled excitedly and she smiled huge.
“Ohhhhhhhhh mah wooooooorddddddd!!!” she squealed as she started to giggle excitedly, bouncing to where Ash was.
Ash looked up and smiled a bit. “How ya doin', lil lady?” he asked
“GREAAAAAAAT! I LOVEEEEE yer haaaaaaaaaat! It looks so good on yewwwwwww!!! And yer BOOTS!” she let out an excited squeal as she dropped to her knees and bent down to touch the toe of his boot. “Is this real leather?” she asked as she admired it.
“Sure is.” he chuckled, “We’re all goin' to the same place. Wanna ride there?” he asked.
Charmaine looked up at
JCA Magic Exposure: Chapter Twenty
Days past and it was finally Wednesday! Vicky went to Section 13 to pick up the guys. Tag would meet them at the skate park; he had something to do before he got there. And it was already clear that if Vicky could handle leading her large group of teens the way she did with all the coordinating and other stuff and then keep everyone from fighting, she could handle making sure three teenage boys behaved as well.
“Hey boys where you at? We gotta get goin'! We gotta be there early!” Vicky called to the Ice Crew.
“Comin’!” Strikemaster Ice called back as the trio ran towards her from across the hall. “Sorry we had to double check somethin’ with the work we did. DJ was worried that we didn't tighten some of the screws tight enough but we good. We can't WAIT to hit the park again!”
“Then let's go!” Vicky grinned and they went for her truck so they could head out to the skate park with all their gear. Though Vicky’s
JCA Magic Exposure: Chapter Nineteen
Later that night, the entire McStone family was sitting downstairs in the living room, eagerly waiting for the McPeek family to arrive.
“Taggart if you keep bouncing like that you might trigger the fault line!” Lydia laughed.
Tag laughed in return. “Oh Liddy! I can't help it! You're bouncing just as much!”
“I'm super excited too but pleaaaaaaase don't embarrass us!” Micky said.
“I have to agree…” Vicky stated
Tag and Lydia laughed. “Oh girls! We’ve known Nate and Kelly for decades...they're plenty used to our behavior! Oh I can't wait!” Lydia squealed.
“Their kids aren’t used to it. Pleeeease don't embarrass us in front of them.” Vicky pleaded as she checked to make sure her hoodie was zipped.
“We’ll tryyyyyyyy!” Lydia replied.
Outside a few minutes later, a large Ford truck pulled up out in the McStone’s driveway behind Vicky’s truck. Four people hopped ou
JCA Magic Exposure: Chapter Eighteen
When the girls got to Section 13 Vicky went to go find her homework and get through the last of it before she had to go to class the next day. It should be easier now that she was rested.
“Hey, baby girl!” Ice greeted as he and the crew caught them after they finished their work for the day.
“Hey guys.” Vicky waved in greeting. Her oversized hoodie slipped off one of her shoulders and went down far enough that the guys could see part of her bare arm which was covered in horrible looking yet clearly old scars.
The Ice Crew noticed this and they stared at the scars with surprise and concern. Ice was feeling worried and was starting to wonder if something happened to Vicky recently that he didn't know about.
“Yo…..are you a’ight, baby girl?” Ice asked as he looked at her with troubled eyes.
“What do you mean? Nothing’s wrong.” she said, looking back at them confused.
“You…look like you got hurt...bad&
JCA Magic Exposure: Chapter Seventeen
When Micky returned home the next day, Vicky was nowhere to be found in the main parts of the house.
“Micky dear! Where is your sister?” Lydia asked as she approached her daughter.
“I dunnoooooo! Did you check her roooooooom?” Micky asked.
“No! Goodness why didn't I think of that first?” Lydia shook her head, unamused.
“Well if you find her there, tell her I wanna talk to her so I can apologize and ask her to give Kaine my letter.” Micky said.
“I will. And I am so proud of you, darlin’” Lydia smiled, “For once, your father actually cried happy tears and didn't feel inclined to go stuff his face in his man cave.”
“Well you and Dad don't have to worry cuz I'm not gonna fawn over boys for a loooooooong time.” Micky stated.
“I think we can handle that” Lydia chuckled. She then left and walked to Vicky’s room. She knocked on the door a couple of times but got no answer. She
JCA Magic Exposure: Chapter Sixteen
A few hours had passed and after crying things out while Jade tried to comfort her, Micky was sitting in one of the back rooms at Uncle’s shop with the door shut, eating out of a carton of cookie dough ice cream and singing along to some mopey songs. Badly.
You’re beautiful, You’re beautiful
You're beautiful, it’s true
I saw your face in a crowded place,
And I don't know what to do,
‘Cause I’ll never be with you
Micky sang loudly and off-key, so much so that the entire Chan clan was covering their ears in the kitchen.
“Aiiiiiyaaaaahhhhh!!! Jackie! You must stop mopey puppy love girl from her terrible singing!” Uncle complained.
“Ugh, I know Uncle, but Micky is our guest, and she is going through a difficult time right now, even if it is a bit blown out of proportion.” Jackie groaned.
“Tch, a bit? More like WAY out of proportion! I got over bein’ tricked by Hsi Wu a lot faster than this. And I didn't have