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Panel 1

Zane is standing next to the bed, looking at it nervously, his teeth gritted and one hand on his chin. He asks, "Is that..." Iris replies, holding her hat in both hands in front of her, "It's where they found him, yes. He came out of the shop less and less towards the end."

Panel 2.

Zane turns to the wall, pointing at it and saying "All these clippings. A lot of genealogy. Family trees." The wall is covered with papers tacked over other papers, and a few scribbled family tree diagrams are visible. Iris replies "Maybe... He knew you were out there and was trying to find you, before he went?"

Panel 3.

Iris puts her hands out as though she's offering him something and says "If you need help cleaning up in here, let me know. It'd be cheaper than staying at the Hotel Umbra, and --" Zane turns away from her sharply, gritting his teeth and looking as if he's trying to control his revulsion. "Stay *here?? No.* I -- excuse me --"

Panel 4.

Back in the main room, Planchett is standing with his hands on his hips, a concerned look on his face. "Everything copacetic?" he asks. Zane shivers as he answers "I'm -- yeah I'm... There was just a lot of *old-man-died-in-there* in there."

Panel 5.

"*Good*," Planchett says with a scowl, gritting his teeth so hard little cartoonish lightning bolts come from them. "Because I need you *healthy and alive* when I *destroy* you. You've made a powerful *enemy* in Rutherford Planchett, little man."

Panel 6.

Planchett stares down Zane, who looks meek and nervous, sweat beading on his forehead. He says "I *will* get whatever value the shop holds in *time*, Zane. This building is *leased!* Your great-uncle's business owes me *hundreds* in *back rent!*" Zane asks, "Can it be paid in installments?" Planchett replies, in large text, "*Yes.*"

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