Avi was a self important, uptight pain in the arse, but that didn't stop her from being utterly correct. The downpour would keep certian supernatural threats at bay and give them something of a boon. However if it continued into the night hearing and visability would be impaired and drizzle wouldn't keep the worst of the things at bay. " I suppose so, but raw-heads and class two water nymphs are empowered by it, and given more of a range to hunt in. Scotlands only ever hado ne rawhead case, the Greyman of Cairn Glen. Nymphs are histroically populace here though." Stranger breathed in a puff of smoke before dropping his cigerette and stepping on it, exhaling the smoke through his nose and glancing skyward. " Given the choice I'd find a farm and bed down for the night, but we have a limited window before the tides change and magic can be cast again."
Avi seemed amused by the little pocketwatch and cared for it, lovingly wiping the screen. When she offered it back Stranger glanced at it. " Keep it, You'll get more use out of it than I will." The sniper rifles crack rang out and Strange glanced to the truck, expecting to see the driver slam on the breaks. Insteas the truck rolled to a stop, the windscreen shattered around the spot where the driver had mere seconds ago been chatting with the young woman. The corpse lay slumped in the drivers side and Stranger shot a withering glance down range at Stuart. His jaw set in a thick, tight line. For a few moments Stranger weighed up the possibility of executing Stuart. He needed professionals, people who knew when, and how to act. He did not need sadists who existed only to up their kill count. Worse still the sniper had murdered someone at a crossroads! Did he not understand the consequences of such an action? He had taken one good human soul out of the world and possibly replaced it with another monster.
Avi seemed to know more than the rest, and Flint was act cagey, chambring a round in preperation. The Stranger transferred his gaze from the sniper t othe woman in the side seat. When Avi spat 'slime' his eyes narrowed. The creature was contained in a vehicle, to step out was to invite death. With the monster contained Stranger moved to the drivers door and opened it, pulling the corpse out onto the road. Muttering latin prayers the Stranger carefully applied droplets of water from his canteen to the ruined face of the man. It was a messy patchwork solution but he had t o try and prevent the man returning as a vampire. Men murdered at crossroads often found their bodies possessed by the unseen spirits that linger at such significant places. A crossroad represented a great many things and acted a a small eacon for certian types of spirit. Should one such spirit gain entry to the flesh it would return as a vampire the minute the body was buried. The small ritual would hopefully cleanse the dead flesh of any such malefactor.
With that seen to Stranger rose to join the others in confronting the new appearance. Harry was trying a soft approach to ease ehr from the passanger seat, bu the slime knew to leave was to die and the big soldiers carefully chosen words did little beyond show he had a heart. Avi's reaction was more similer to his own. drawing one of his pistols Stranger pushed his way to the front of the crowd. Even his tall form appearing diminutive beside Harry. "She won't step out." Waving the team forward Stranger took out his water canteen. " Say hello to your first monster. An ectoplasmic entity. Probably 'Smile' class. It can't stay in the water for long." In a normal situation Stranger would have killed it without a second thought, but he didn't have enough time before nightfall to make sure the job was done properly. " Under authority of Spookhouse, and the U.S, U.K, U.S.S.R and Canadian goverments I place you under arrest and deportation back to Spookhouse HQ for assement." He rather coldly told the slime creature. " And just so you know where you stand with me..." Raising his pistol Stranger blasted the slime creature at point black range.
The 45 Apc round was a very heavy, powerful bullet, tipped with silver but it would have little efect on the slime monster beyond making a bit of a splash and punching a hole in the driver side door. "You make a move against me, or any of my people and I'll snatch the life out of you. Next time I'll start blasting holes in the roof untill your swimming in rain water." Sheathing his pistol Stranger turned from the group to make a rough inspection of the vehicle.
The no-nonsense man took in that the truck had three seats. A driver and two passangers in the front cabin. Marching with a heavy footed step to the back of the truck Stranger unbuckled the solid cargo guard and let it fall over. The back of the tuck was full of green boxes, evidently army surplus. A manifest dangled from the shipping container reading the contents and also a nanme of the signer. Joe Mac Laughlin. The same man who happened to be the redevous agent in the area. The manifest was also makred with the Spookhouse symbol and Stranger knew that eerything in the boxes would have been repurposed. " This truck was going the same way we are." He muttuered almost tohimself, lifting his hat to sweep a hand through his hair before replacing it. " Shit."
The unmocing hunk of granite Stranger had for a face seemed a touch grimer than usual when he swung back to the group. " We're burning through time. Flint, Stuart, Harry and Veronica are in the back. Check the boxes back there and see if you can find any repurposed rounds. I have a feeling whatever we'll be facing the agency will have sent supplies ahead. Check for re-purposed rounds of ammo matching your weapon types. I strongly advise you to switch out." Glancing to Avi and Winters, then beyond to the slime thing Stranger grunted. " I'm not sitting in there with that freak. Winters, your driving. Avi, your navigating." With too little in both the back and the front Stranger moved to the passanger sdoor and stood on the jutting metal step beneath the door. Locking his arm through the window to brace him he drew his pistol and kept it trained on their newest temporary recruit. " Follow this road. Avi will tell you when to turn off it. The village is marked on the map."