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"Hold onto that deed and the money! Didn't you hear me the first time?" Bill hissed as he glared at Sam.

"Yeah, yeah. Sorry about that..." Sam muttered.

"Keep holding onto it until I give you the word."

"Sure."

"This isn't good Sam," Al said. "Bill tries to force Gerry's family off the farm! This guy has connections crazy enough to attempt to terrify the family into leaving by any means necessary!"

Sam's jaw nearly fell to the ground upon hearing that.
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Bill noticed Sam's shock, and glared at him again.

"What do you look so afraid of. I told you, if you cooperate, then you'll be well rewarded."

Sam wanted to knock this guy's lights out, for hurting his family. However, he was able to control his "Gerry Anger", and just nodded. "I understand."

Bill nodded. "You'd better. You wouldn't like what happens if you cross me."

Al took this time to interject, as Sam nodded to Bill. Sam didn't trust himself to speak at the moment.

"Sam, I talked to Gerry, and he admitted that Bill asked him to hold onto the deed. Bill wouldn't say what he was going to do with the deed to the farm, but he offered Gerry a good amount of money. I'm sure he knows something suspicious is going on, but I don't think that he was trying to intentionally hurt his family," Al briefed him.

"That's good to know," Sam said quietly, just low enough that Bill couldn't hear.

"What did you say?" Bill asked, his brow furrowed at Sam.
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"I said it's good to remember what you told me. Believe me, I don't want to cross you," Sam said.

Because I don't want to have to go to prison for punching your lights out... Sam silently added.

"That's good," Bill growled. "Now just remember to do as I told you."

"Of course."
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Old 05-11-2009, 10:55 AM   #104
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Bill walked inside the house, leaving Sam and Al alone outside. He hoped that he had a minute with the hologram before Betty came out to ask what that was all about.

"Should I tell the family about the oil underneath the farm?" Sam asked.

"Let me check," Al said. He pressed some buttons on his handlink, and then after reading what it said, looked back up at Sam.

Sorry that its so short.
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Old 05-13-2009, 12:18 AM   #105
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Alright, I've noticed in this story that the start was five and a half months ago, and the story has had some copmlicated twists. Therefore, I'm going to put a summary of the story on the next post to quickly catch everyone up to date. I should note that one should really read the whole story, but this is just a way to get people caught up quickly, in the bare bones. Maybe this will get us out of the lull the story seems to be in.
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Alright, here you go. I should probably warn you that over the course of the story, some names have been changed a bit. However, anything on here is the "official" version, most notably when I botched "Victoria", and changed it to "Veronica". The real name is "Victoria", so I made an error there. Anyways, I tried to make the summary as short as I could, but still keep the essence of the story. Sorry that it still ended up being so long. However, it should serve as an adequate refresher to those who want to contribute, but have forgotten parts of the story.

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Farmington, New York
August 25, 1963

Sam leaps into a farm, he first sees his mother, Victoria, sitting on a rocking chair on the porch of the house. After he scares the familiy cat (Sam), and gets playfully accosted by the family dogs, he determines that he is on vacation (he works as a junior lawyer in a big city), and is wearing a suit on the family farm. He then goes inside to get information from Al, although he hears his grandfather's very loud snoring all the while. Al tells him that he is Gerry Rogers, his grandfather is Buck Rogers, and his mother is Victoria Rogers.

Sam went back to his mother, and found out that his mother may lose the family farm. This hit Sam personally, due to his own family losing their farm. He then finds out that the farm has been kept alive by Justin Rogers (Gerry's brother) and Bill (Veronia's boyfriend). Al returns, and tells Sam that in three days, the Gerry, Justin, Victoria, and Buck end up dead. He learns that Bill takes over the farm, and it thrives shortly after. Sam decided that the best bet was to go into town, and try to find out who, besides Bill, might want them dead.

When he first gets to town, he meets his old girlfriend Betty Greene. As Sam explained some of the lawyer work to her, her boyfriend, Hank, who accuses Sam that the company he works for, and his parents, are greedy people who steal land. This leads to Sam punching Hank, and then fleeing the scene, with Betty mad at him. When he talks to Al, he learns that part of his anger has been merged with Gerry's and he is now a "hothead". As him and Al discuss this, Betty comes up to him, and they eventually make up for what happened earlier. Betty agrees that there was some merit to Sam punching Hank, and they end up going to lunch.

At the restaurant, Betty declares that her and Hank are not dating. Sam then meets with Al at the bathroom, where he is told by Al that he needs to focus his anger, and use it for good. As Sam came back to the table, Hank and two big men came to the table. The four men and Al went outside to an alley, and he learns that Hank feels he has a degree of control over Betty. After that, they get in a fight, where Sam fights off the three men, and tells Hank that he had better not come to bother Betty again.

When he returns to the table, he realizes what time it is, and invites Betty to his house for dinner. On the way, he realizes that he has much more money in his wallet than a junior lawyer should, as well as the deed to the farm. They return to Gerry's house, and he talks to Al again, where he learns that Gerry and Bill must have had some type of agreement to seize the farm, although they don't know why Gerry ends up dead.

At the dinner table, with Victoria, Sam (Gerry), Betty, Buck, and Justin, he learns that Bill is more withdrawn now then ever. After dinner, Sam and Betty go on the porch, where they meet get in an argument over how Hank treats Betty. After this, Bill comes up to the porch, and talks to Sam privately. Apparantly, he wants Sam to hold onto the deed that he has, along with the large sum of money.

Al comes back at this point, and tells him that oil was found under the farm, and that Bill has connections crazy enough to scare the family off the farm if they try to resist him. Sam agrees to hold onto the money, while he secretly wants to get more information. At that time, he asks Al if he should tell the family about the oil or not.
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"Well?" Sam asked.

"Ahh, Sam, if you tell them they'll be aware but they won't leave the house. They don't want to leave. However when they do find out it becomes a battle of wills," Al said.

"Meaning it's whoever gives up or gets kicked off first?"

"Pretty much," Al said with a shrug.

"Can it hurt if I tell them?"

"No. It might be easier hearing it from someone they trust."

"I'll wait for the right time and then let them know."

"They're going to need your strength Sam. You're going to become a major force in the outcome."
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Am I the only one that thought of War of the Roses, with that last posting?

Just before Bill walked out of sight, Victoria walked out of the house, looking like she had just run from the kitchen.

"Wait up, Hon!" she said to Bill, who stopped and turned around, walking towards his girlfriend.

"I saved you some dinner, aren't you gonna eat?"

Bill looked at Victoria, and the look on his face amazed Sam. He still looked "withdrawn", in the sense of the word, but he didn't look sinister and foreboding like he did before. Instead, he almost looked like he was just shy, with a hint of a sad smile.

"Oh, of course Victoria. I just had to check something back at the house first," he said calmly.

For a moment, Sam couldn't believe that this was the same man that was going to kill the whole family in cold blood. He knew that it was a ruse, but he realized that he would now have a much harder time trying to convince his family about what Bill was up to. Or at least Victoria.
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I've never seen/read it myself.

Sam's mouth opened and closed in an effort to quickly think up a response on why Bill couldn't have dinner with them. And yet no words would come.
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It's an older movie. I've only seen part of it, but the gist is that a married couple who want a divorce gets in a bitter battle over their house and possessions.

Sam kicked himself mentally, as Bill walked off. He had no idea why he couldn't think of an excuse, or anything to say at all. Victoria smiled at Sam, and then walked back inside the house. That left Sam with the question of what he should do next. He decided that his next goal was to tell his family, and see if they would listen to him. Who should I tell first? Sam thought to himself. Victoria might not like hearing about her boyfriend in that manner.

He decided that the best course was to tell Justin, who worked on the farm with him, and see if he could see something suspicious in Bill. He went in the house to find his host's brother.
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"Justin, are you around?" Sam called out.

"Back here! What's up?" Justin asked.

Sorry about not being able to come up with something better. Life here has been a bit hectic and Dad is in a bad mood so I'm laying low.
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Sorry about not being able to come up with something better. Life here has been a bit hectic and Dad is in a bad mood so I'm laying low.
Good lord! I do hope that everything is alright.
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Now for an actual post in the story.

"Uh, Justin, we need to talk about Bill," Sam said when he finally came to Justin.

Justin turned to look at Sam. "What about Bill?" he asked.

"Have you noticed Bill acting, or doing anything odd lately?"

Sorry it's so short, but I don't have much else to add at the moment.
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"He's always odd," Justin said with a little laugh.

Sam smiled and nodded a little, "Yeah, I suppose he is."

"Why do you ask?"

Sam considered lying for a moment but quickly abandoned it, "He seems a little hostile today."

"Really?"

"Yeah."

"What about?"

"I'm not completely sure Justin. Just be careful."

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Good lord! I do hope that everything is alright.
Mom's been sick with anemia. The doctor thinks it could be aplastic anemia or leukemia or some chronic blood condition. We'll be finding out hopefully on Wed.
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"You may have been gone a while but I am still your older brother and I can tell when you have something on your mind. What's wrong?" Justin asked.

"Go ahead and tell him Sam, Ziggy says it is your best shot." Al explained.

Feeling a little more nervous than Sam felt this situation needed. He took a deep breath, licked his lips and began.
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kind of short but been kind of busy today.
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I'll try to add something either later tonight or a tomorrow afternoon.
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Sorry, it took me a while to figure something out.

Sam explained to his host's brother what Bill was planning, which included Bill killing the family and seizing the property for the oil beneath. He even mentioned the exchange of money and the envelope he still had. He hoped that he hadn't told Justin too much, but Ziggy said that was his best chance, so he went with it.

"I had no idea!" Justin said to his brother.

"You mean you believe me?" Sam asked, a bit surprised that he was believed that easily. Sam had a harder time convicing people of much simplier things in past leaps.

Justin thought for a moment, and nodded his head. "Yeah, I believe you. I work with Bill all day long, and he strikes me as the kind of person that would do something like that. The question is, though, what do we do about it?"
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"We start by putting our heads together and trying to come up with something" Sam said.

"Yeah but it is going to be hard to convince Mom about Bill. For all he is worth she swears she loves him. She has always been kind of stubborn."

Al's handlink started to light up and make noises. He looked down and said. "Sam, Ziggy is saying that the best choice to make is to tell Buck about it. He will be easier to convince than Victoria."

"What about Buck? We can tell him." Sam offered.

"yeah we can do that he was always leary of Bill. It shouldn't be too hard to convince him.
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It has been awhile since anyone has posted an addition to the story. I have been on vacation for a few weeks and I needed to think of something to add. Even now I don't think this is a strong addition to the story but I wanted to continue with it and see what everyone else comes up with.
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I'll try to add something soon. I appreciate you trying to keep the story running, Jaycol. I agree; this story would be great to see to the finish. It just needs a few more creative minds.
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"Do you know where Buck is?" Sam asked.

Justin thought for a minute. "I think he's in the living room."

The two of them left to go check the living room. Sure enough, Buck was sitting on the couch, reading a book. He looked up as Sam and Justin entered the room, and set the book down.

"Why hello, you two," he said.

"Hi Granpa," Justin said.

"What are you two up to?" he asked, a small grin on his face.

"Actually, we came to talk to you," Justin said, glancing at Sam before returning his attention to his grandfather.

"Talk to me, eh? What about?" he asked.

"It's about Bill..." Sam began.

Thought I would leave the door open to those who would like to carry on that conversation.
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I'll give it a shot.

"What about him?"

Sam paused as his mind began to form the words, "There's something not quite right about him."

"What's not quite right?"

"It's a feeling..."

"You'll need more than a feeling to start thinking there's something wrong about a person."
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Sam debated telling Buck right then and there that Bill was a future murderer, and had found oil beneath the farm. The problem is that Sam could tell Buck would probably want to know how Sam knew all this, and he doubted Buck would believe that a hologram from the future used a talking supercomputer to find this out.

"I overheard Bill talking about it," Sam blurted out suddenly.

Buck raised an eyebrow. "Talking about what?"

Sam sighed. He didn't know why he lied, but he knew that he already dug too far to just brush this off. "He was talking about oil being under the farm, and that he wanted to take ownership of it."

"Hmm..." Buck began. "I don't think you'd lie about something like this, but how do I know that you didn't mishear him. Victoria is very much in love with him. It would break her heart to hear this type of talk."

"But it's true," Justin stated. "He's been even more distant then usual, and he keeps looking at this one plot of land really funny, refusing to plant anything on it. He's got to be up to something!"
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"Boys, you're going to need more than just a hunch and some overheard talk to go and make accusations like that," Buck said. "How do we know you didn't mishear him. Being distant and acting differently isn't a crime. We all have times where we act different."

Sam frowned at Buck's words as anger welled up inside of him. He wanted to scream until Buck understood let alone listened to him.
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