Open ACME Retro

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    After loading everything up, Jason jumped into the driver's seat of the second SUV that had been dropped off at the training facility. Once everyone had gotten into one of the two SUVs @Nace Bilby and Jason made their way to El Guero Canelo. Jason had heard that this particular restaurant was well known for their Sonoran style hot dogs and Jason had vowed that if he ever had a reason to be out this way that he would stop and indulge himself in a few of the specialty hot dogs.

    The ride had been filled mainly with small talk among the passengers. As Jason eased into the parking lot, he noticed that the exterior of the building seemed to a little on the rough side but this didn't bother Jason. Growing up in Detroit, Jason had learned to not judge the quality of the food based off the exterior of the restaurant. The exterior of many restaurants in Detroit were in various states of disrepair but the food was usually much better tasting in the more run down restaurants.What many restaurants lacked in curb appeal was made up for in the quality food that they sold.

    "We're here." Jason said to his passengers. Jason stepped out into the bright sun and was surprised by the heat from the desert.

    "Get whatever you guys would like to eat and drink. Lunch today is my treat. You guys have been working very hard and in my opinion have been showing great teamwork." Jason said to the group before he approached the building.

    As Jason made his way inside, he was greeted by a young woman standing behind the counter. Jason explained that the group was all together and to just keep track of what everyone ordered and he would come back in to take of the bill before they set out on the road again. He quickly placed his order and stepped to the side to let the next person in line place their order.

    After Jason got his food and drinks, he made his way back to the SUV and pulled out his laptop to begin reviewing security footage from the wireless cameras on the building and the surrounding traffic cameras.
     
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  2. Joe Kerr

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    The smell of grease was the first thing that assaulted Joseph's senses as he took in the 'restaurant'. It was certainly a popular joint with the locals, which from his experience, was always a good sign. If the locals didn't touch a place, it was a sure indication that it was either a tourist trap or just not very good; either way, you were best served avoiding the place altogether.

    Joseph smiled as he observed the JDs lining up to order; it was a rare moment of carefree relaxation for the class. @Jason West had kindly decided to give them a treat; a nice gesture most fitting for the occasion.

    Leaving everyone to enjoy the deep fried spicy delicacies, Joseph slipped out to place some phone calls. Looking through his contact list, he looked up a couple of acquaintances from his time in 'the dark side'. He hoped that his old 'friends', being locals, would be able to provide some useful 'travel advice' for them.
     
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    "Me gustaría pedir un perro caliente con guacamole por favor." Zack asked for one of the Sonora style hotdogs with a large helping of guacamole, "Hey! They have Hibiscus Jarriots too!"

    Jarriots was a brand of mexican soda that the young detective had developed a taste for, having grown up next to a Latin American grocery in San Francisco. The sweet, fizzy drinks came in all sorts of fruit flavours, which made them stand apart from the brownish colas that were usually the norm.

    "Anyone want one?"

    He was more than ready to start eating. While Zack knew they were still technically on the trail of some dangerous guys but it was also nice to have a little down time to relax. You usually found out more about people seeing them at ease.
     
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    Julie Justice was happy to have a moment to stand still. Having looked at the menu on her phone before they got to the restaurant, she had decided to have a Beef Burrito Jr., and after asking about some of the flavors of the Jarriots Mexican Sodas, she decided she would try a Tamarind Soda, which was described to her as being an apple soda with lemon flavor...so sort of like tea..but not tea...exactly.

    Once again, Julie checked the right front pocket of her pants, to make sure the small, round pill box was still there. It had a very long, challenging, fun morning...and under the circumstances...taking her medication a dose of her medication a little early was probably a good idea.

    Julie was looking forward to having some good food...and getting to know some of her fellow Junior Detectives a little bit better, too. :)
     
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    The burritos were well worth the trip.

    As lunch went on, she observed a few things: Just as he had been this morning, Jason West was charitable when it came to food, Zack, seemed to have a bottomless stomach, their instructor Joe Kerr left the 'party' early to place a few calls outside, and Julie Justice took a few pills from a round case. It was relatively standard, but Monaghan was starting to wonder who else was watching their group.

    She caught site of a small camera on the fast food joint's ceiling. There were at least two more outside. Roadside spots like this often had a small security circuit, but there was always the possibility of damaged or decoy pieces.

    She remembered an old case log about thieves making off with several paintings in a city museum years ago. They were able to pull it off because every single outdoor camera was a plastic imitation. Sometimes, it was better to be safe than sorry.

    "I hope we can get something on film," Ivy pointed to the glossy black half-sphere with a blinking light, "Though we might have our work cut out for us... judging from the dust, these cameras weren't installed recently."
     
  6. Julie Justice

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    The atmosphere in the restaurant was inviting. Somehow, it was both lively... and relaxed...at the same time. Julie was glad to find a spot at one of the tables to sit..and put down her food. Fortunately, she had been smart enough to make sure that she asked the person that handed her food to her to open her soda for her. Of course...that meant that she had to be careful not to spill Tamarind Soda all over herself in the few steps it took to walk over and sit down at the table.

    Julie put down her food and drink, and carefully took the cap off her soda. Now was was not the time to get cocky...there was still a chance that she could spill it all over herself...in front of everyone. She reached into the right front pocket of her pants, and took out the round silver pill box with the black enamel lid with the silver Celtic design on it.

    If she remembered correctly, it was supposed to protect you from evil spirits that lived in the forest. They were attracted to the design, and would get trapped inside it, and not be able to get out. Julie had no desire to see if there was any truth to the story by walking through the woods near her home in Ohio...or anywhere else for that matter.

    She liked the design because to her, it kind if looked like an abstract flower in bloom. Making sure her hands were dry, she took out one of her small white pills, and drank a little of her soda.

    Mmmm...she kind of liked that soda...she remembered that Zack said there was a Latin grocery store in San Francisco grocery store that sold this brand of soda. When they got home, she would have to ask him exactly where it was, and she would have to check and see if they had this flavor. Julie *smiled* a bit when they phrase,"When they got home" popped into her head. Noone here was related...except for Zack and Ivy...of course. And they weren't Detectives yet either. But they had already spent so much time working together this morning...and they got along so well...for the most part. In a way...she already felt like knew these people. And she didn't know how else to describe it.

    She took a bite of her Beef Burrito, Jr. She had had burritos before, of course. The small town she was from in Ohio wasn't that small, after all. But it had been a long time since she had one...and none of them had been this good!!

    As she chewed her food, Julie looked around for a moment. She saw all her fellow Junior Detectives, happily eating...and talking. She saw everyone...except Kidman. She looked around again and saw all her instructors...except Joe Kerr. It was strange how those two people were always disappearing all the time. They were both very mysterious...to say the least.

    Everyone continued to have a good time eating and talking about various random subjects. Meaningless stuff, mostly. But when a group of people are getting to know each other, nothing is really meaningless.

    Julie didn't realize how close she was sitting to Ivy. She was surprised when Ivy said,

    Julie looked at Ivy...and...at the camera and nodded, and said,"Yes...that would be great. It would certainly make all of jobs easier, wouldn't it? That is..assuming the cameras actually work."

    Julie stood up for a moment, and before putting her small round pill box in her pocket, she said to Ivy,"I have epilepsy. But it well-controlled with this medication."

    Julie sat down again and ate the last bite of her food and drank the last bit of her soda and continued to enjoy chatting with her classmates. :)
     
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  7. Nace Bilby

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    Nace had gotten a burrito as well, and sitting at a table, enjoying his meal he heard his cell phone go off. Reaching into a cargo pocket on the right side of his pants he took out the phone and smiled.

    The name Angela was visible as well as the phone number on the screen. He smiled and answered, "Hullo."

    He listened for a bit as his girlfriend told him about how things were going at ACME's Cape Town branch, how her day had gone, and the lot.

    "The JD's are on a case now, and I'm keeping an eye on them with the other instructors. They're coming along rather nicely." Nace replied, smiling as he did.

    He listened a little more as Angela caught him up on things at the Cape Town office, a small smile on his face.

    "I miss you too, Angel." Nace said softly, before taking another glance to his charges, ensuring everything was alright before saying, "I love you, and I'll call later on."

    Nace hung up the phone before heading over with some of the other instructors to see what the plan of action would be after checking the surveillance tapes...
     
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    Ennai plunked down with her Very Mucho burrito with a side of chips, 3 different salsas, cucumbers, chilies, jalepeños, grilled onions, and a lime Jarritos in tow. She picked up the massive burrito, examining all its angles with appreciation, elbows propped up on the table in the way that's only acceptable when eating massive finger food, and took her first bite. She closed her eyes and tilted her head back, a stifled groan escaping her throat. "Holy crap, I've missed being out west." She straightened up, dipped a chip in a dark brown salsa, and popped it in her mouth. Ennai looked around the table seriously. "Clearly, I'm dead, and this is heaven." She took a brief moment to give thanks that heaven had AC, and looked back at her food shaking her head a hint of a smile quirking her lips. Then she slowly and methodically continued eating until she had quietly polished off the last of her burrito and swept up the few fallen beans and the few remaining onions with her last couple of chips. Finally, after pausing a moment to digest, she glanced over at Nace. "How are things in Cape Town?" Ennai asked.
     
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    While Jason was eating and watching surveillance footage, he noticed @Joe Kerr coming out to place a phone call. Jason sent a text to Joe's communicator that read "Come see me when you finish please? Thanks, Jason."

    As he was waiting for Joe and watching the surveillance footage he had retrieved, he noticed three men get out of a dark colored SUV. The men checked their surroundings as they exited the vehicle. Jason suspected that these were the men they were looking for and marked the time on the footage so that he could show it to the rest of the instructors and Junior Detectives when they had finished eating.

    The techie continued to watch the surveillance footage and cross check the time stamps with various other images from the same date and time to hopefully track where the men were headed. Jason finished his meal and had been pleasantly surprised at how filling it had been.

    After exiting the SUV, Jason made his way inside the restaurant to settle the bill with the cashier and then returned to the SUV to wait for everyone to finish eating.
     
  10. Joe Kerr

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    They say 'no news is good news' but at the moment Joseph Kerr wasn't too inclined to agree. There was virtually no buzz on the region at the moment; an unheard of situation, when one considers that the nearby Tex-Mex border is a hotbed of Cartel activity and a hub for biker gang shenanigans.

    A total absence of chatter was extremely unsettling; in fact, the silence was deafening. SOMETHING was definitely going on, and apparently had set everyone on edge.

    As he pondered how much of this theory he should discuss with his fellow instructors, Joseph noticed that he had received a message from one of them, namely @Jason West.

    Heading back inside, Joseph made short work of his rather tasty Burrito before heading to Jason's last seen whereabouts - the SUV.
     
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    Julie was enjoying sitting and chatting with her classmates. But she couldn't help but notice that when he was done eating @Jason West left the table, and went out to the parking lot...probably to his SUV. He was out there for several minutes. He did come back in, to settle the bill, since he had so generously paid for lunch for everyone. But, right after that...he went back outside...and he was still out there.

    Julie remembered before they had left the bunker to come to here, to this restaurant, she had overheard part of a conversation between Zack and Jason. Zack had volunteered to help Jason collect the remains of the shells that were left behind at the scene...and Jason had seemed very upset that these criminals...whoever they were...even had guns at all.

    And now...Jason was acting nervous again...and so for the first time since early this morning...before this trip had started...Julie began to feel a little nervous. But she wasn't sure that she should say anything yet...until she knew more. She *glanced over* at Ivy. Ivy had been at ACME a lot longer than Julie had...and so she had known the other Junior Detectives...and instructors a lot better than Julie did. And Ivy was very observant, too. She had to notice the way that Jason was acting, too.

    Julie excused herself, and got up from the table, claiming to need to use the restroom. But while it was always good to take the opportunity to use the restroom whenever she had the chance to, Julie also had an ulterior motive; she also wanted to see if she could tell what...if anything...was going on in the parking lot. That is when she saw someone...who looked like @Joe Kerr walking towards Jason's SUV.

    OK, that settles it; there is definitely something going on!! :)
     
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    "Things are going well, thank you." Nace replied, "My girlfriend tells me that the Junior Detectives over there miss my booby trap classes, evidently."

    He had seen @Joe Kerr get up and head outside to the parking lot and wondered what the ex-thief was up to. He also had noticed that @Jason West had gone to the vehicles to eat versus sitting down.

    He smiled as he pulled his cell phone out one more time, to do something he always did just after meals since being away from South Africa. He pulled up Angela's number and sent her a text that read: "ILY"

    And after sticking his phone back into his pocket he headed over to the SUVs, tossing the wrappings and detrius of his finished meal into the nearest rubbish bin, knocking on the door of the vehicle where Jason and Joe were...
     
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    Jason sat in the SUV viewing different camera angles and locations until he heard a door open. He looked in the direction of the opening door and heard a now familiar voice.


    “Hey Jason, you wanted to see me?” Joseph said as he entered the vehicle.


    “Yea. I wanted to show you what I had found and get your input on the footage before showing it to everyone else.”


    “You found something?”


    “I think so. I found a couple of guys who seem a bit out of place and acting rather strange.”


    Reviewing the footage, Joseph contemplated the unusual behavior of the aforementioned ‘guys’.

    “Let's see. They're cautious...too cautious. They don't seem to be familiar with the establishment or its regular clientele.”


    “The footage is rather grainy and in black and white so I don't think we'll get much in the way of identifying features from them but at least we know how many there are and we might get a license plate number.”


    “Good. Though I wouldn’t put it past them to try switching plates, if they’re paranoid enough. Might want to pull up a list of stolen license plate numbers just in case.”


    Joseph squinted to get a better look at the ride that the guys had arrived in. “That vehicle...it's an SUV right?”


    “Yea. It looks kind of like a similar model to ours.”


    “Given that information and their cautious behavior, we might have enough to narrow down their possible destinations.”


    “Right. From traffic cameras in the area, I can see that they got back onto the interstate and headed east which means they're headed in the general direction of Texas and New Mexico.”


    “We can assume that they’ll stick to the Interstates and main roads; their unfamiliarity with this region in general means they will be doing what they can to avoid getting lost. Even if they have a GPS, they won’t be likely to attempt shortcuts - GPSs have a way of being horribly unreliable when it comes to the smaller byroads and such.”


    Further conversation was interrupted by their fellow instructor knocking on the SUV door. Joseph opened the door to allow @Nace Bilby in. Once Nace was settled in and brought up to speed, Joseph picked up where he had left of.


    “You know, if I were our perps and I was coming this way for food, I would have refuelled at a gas station in the area as well. We should check footage from these stations and find out which one the men refuelled at. That information would allow us to gauge how far they could drive without refuelling again, and trust me, if I was in their position I’d try and avoid doing so if possible.”


    Joseph looked at the two men with him and flashed a mischievous grin.


    “What do you think about getting the JDs to try some good old fashioned detective work? If we know how far they could travel, we can basically draw a circle on a map with the gas station as its center; although in this case since they’re headed east, it’d be more like a cone or a quadrant with the gas station as the origin point. Anything in that cone/quadrant is a viable destination. We then just have to track their movements via traffic cams, ATMs, gas stations, etc. within that cone/quadrant.”


    “That sounds like a great plan to me. Hopefully we're not too far behind them. This footage was from 12 hours ago.” Jason replied to his fellow instructors.


    At the question, Joseph’s grin grew even wider.

    “Given how unfamiliar with the place those guys are, I assume they’re also unfamiliar with the cuisine. I wouldn’t be surprised if their meal came back to bite them more than a couple of times. Also, judging from their behavior in the video, I doubt any of them were pulling an all-nighter in front of the wheel. Hmm, on that note, we might want to check the cameras of any motels near the Interstate turn offs or along the Interstate itself. ”


    “Alright. Let's show this to everyone and let them know what our plan is.” Jason said as he stepped out.


    The three instructors walked into the restaurant together and sat down with the rest of the instructors to explain what they had found and what their plan was before filling the Junior Detectives in on the developments and new plan of action.
     
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  14. Julie Justice

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    As Julie stood there...speculating what Jason and Joe Kerr might be talking about in the SUV... she decided that she had better take the opportunity to use the restroom after all...

    Luckily, the restaurant was fairly small and she found it fairly easily. It was also lucky that, although the outside of the restaurant seemed a bit dirty and run down, inside everything seemed clean enough..especially in the women's restroom!! It was also lucky that there was just enough toilet tissue left on the roll.

    Julie knew that the *feeling* in her stomach was excitement...and not the lunch she had just eaten. She knew that something was going to happen now!!

    As she *washed her hands* she took a few *deep breaths* and said to herself,"Julie, calm down...Remember, you're OLDER than ALL these people...the Junior Detectives...and the instructors, too."

    Julie left the restroom, and re-joined her classmates at the table, feeling a bit calmer now. After all, she had learned so much already, and had done so well in all her tasks today...so far...

    Then, @Jason West, @Joe Kerr, and @Nace Bilby returned, and sat down and started *talking* to the other instructors. Julie prided herself on her good hearing...but the instructors were a little too far away...and at times, the general atmosphere... and noise of the restaurant... made it very difficult to hear even the people who were sitting across the table from you.

    Julie started to feel a bit nervous again...but was also excited to hear what the instructors had to say. She told herself that whatever happened...she could handle it...

    Then, that old cliche popped into her head...

    "Be careful what you wish for; you just might get it." ;)
     
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    "Are you alright, Julie?" Zack asked, he noticed that the detective seemed a bit disoriented. Though she was older than everyone here, Julie was still new when it came to ACME. Despite all that, she never used her age as an excuse. He saw her run as fast and match wits with everyone with the same spark.

    Before he could inquire further, the instructors came back and they seemed to have a plan.

    Zack listened intently as @Jason West, @Joe Kerr and @Nace Bilby started to give them the information to dissect. It seemed like a good plan of action to narrow down the locations they think the suspects could be heading.

    They started with a large paper map. This was more old school than Zack was used to. Knowing that his strength lied in mathematics, the younger Monaghan began to calculate the farthest distance they could travel considering the speed limits.

    "In twelve hours they could have gone pretty far... but that means no food and no bathroom breaks," Zack started, "If they really are keeping their direction then think we should narrow it down to gas stations, stops or motels in this quadrant..."

    Now was the time for technology to intervene, with search-engine aided locations and Zack hoped one of the other detectives had a lead.
     
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    Julie didn't realize that she had seemed distracted...until she heard Zack ask her if she was okay. Even though Zack was a "whiz kid" in many areas, he also worked well with other people, and was very genuinely friendly and caring.

    Julie nodded, but she really didn't have much of a chance to reply, as their instructors @Jason West, @Joe Kerr, and @Nace Bilby returned. They seemed to have a plan. They started telling them some important information as they put a large paper map on the table. Julie was much calmer now that they were being given something to do!!

    Julie *glanced* over @Agent Z, and had to *smile* a bit when she saw his surprised reaction as the instructors put the paper map on the table. But, as smart as he is, he adapted quickly. Julie could almost see the "wheels in his head" turning. She wasn't at all surprised when @Agent Z said,

    "In twelve hours they could have gone pretty far... but that means no food and no bathroom breaks," Zack started, "If they really are keeping their direction then think we should narrow it down to gas stations, stops or motels in this quadrant..."

    Julie was "old school" enough that she liked the paper map. Having something that she could look at and touch, being able to take her time and look in many different areas at once, was very "equalizing" somehow especially because math was so hard for her.

    After a moment she said,"I agree that if they are are from out-of-town, they will have to stop at a gas station or motel around here at some point. And I have to admit that math was always my worst subject..but assuming that all these gas stations and motels are an a more or less equal distance... they must have certain criteria; like how much money they still have; the price to buy gas or stay at the motel and the food items offered; whether you pay with cash only; or a credit card because credit cards are easier to trace. If it is a gas station, they probably would want to go somewhere that is a "self-serve" station, and not one where someone pumps the gas for you; because I'm sure they wouldn't want to risk someone being able to identify them...because I'm sure they are acting suspiciously. The same thing applies to motels around here too. As we all have seen, even the cheapest establishments around here tend to have security cameras." :)
     
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    They were an odd group of different ages, but lunch seemed to cohesively bring the group together. Good food, especially burritos, had a way of doing that.

    Ivy listened carefully to what @Zack and @Julie Justice had to say. In a world when crimes were more likely to be tweeted about before being reported, it was nice to learn a few tricks from their more experienced instructors. As the detectives circled and deducted possible stops, the ever watchful teachers gave their input.

    It took several debates and charting out, but through their combined efforts the Junior Detectives reached a definitive conclusion.

    "If we take Julie's theory that they used only self service stations, and Zack's circle of possible locations to their direction then they seem to be heading straight to El Paso. If we're lucky, they haven't crossed over to Juárez yet."

    El Paso was a relatively famous town with a violent history. It was also large enough to get lost in, and that would prove a major set back for ACME. They might have to get their boots on the ground and start asking questions fast.

    "Aside from Zack, anyone else here speak Spanish?"
     
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    Nace listened carefully. @Julie Justice and her desire to use an analog map versus a GPS or anything of that sort was something that hit home for him, largely due to his military training.

    Nace had to laugh at the bathroom breaks and food remarks on @Agent Z 's part, "Very few people have that sort of discipline, so good thinking. And for the larger group it is always a good thing to remember the basics, like reading a map versus plotting on a computer. Because one won't always have a computer or GPS to hand."

    He listened as @Ivy asked about speaking Spanish and replied, "I speak a little bit, but not a lot. I'd say I speak survival Spanish but that's about it."

    The South African was referring to having picked up a few words and phrases from his girlfriend, who had grown up in South Florida for much of her life and thus was conversant in the language. He knew about that because he'd seen Angela talk to a co-worker of theirs from Spain in the language and picked up a few words from there.
     
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    Zack was glad things were moving now. It seemed like they were on the right track, and hopefully they wouldn't run into any lost in translation moments.

    The Junior Detectives and Instructors punched in El Paso into their individual GPS devices and started the drive. According to Zack's calculations they would get there right before sun down. He also knew that the heat from the afternoon was going to quickly turn into a cold dessert night.

    "Don't forget your jackets," Zack said to @Julie and the other Junior Detectives, "If it gets too dark when we arrive we're going to have a hard time finding the dudes."
     
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    While Jason didn't speak Spanish, he did know how to drive really well. After sending a text to @Nace Bilby saying that he would lead on to El Paso. Jason drove to the nearest gas station to fill both SUVs up so that they wouldn't have to stop again on the way to El Paso. Jason stepped out and swiped an ACME credit card to fuel the SUV he was driving up.

    "If you guys want any snacks or drinks for the trip, you might want to pick them up now. I'd really like to not have to stop along the way if we can help it."

    Jason knew he would probably be in for a late night which wasn't uncommon for him but he also knew that he would need something to fuel himself during the rest of the drive.

    After filling the SUV up, Jason went inside the small store and picked up a few energy drinks as well as a bag of chips, a banana, and an apple. He quickly paid for his items and went back to the SUV to wait for everyone else to get what they wanted or needed so that they could get on the road.
     
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