1: Jackson falls back, suit hissing steam, the silver dagger dropped on the floor near the corner where Julia waits.

2: Julia tries to get to the dagger as the beast hisses and turns its attention to her.

3: The beast stares down Julia, raising its claws ready to attack.

4: The beast flinches, shot at from behind in a spray of automatic fire that rips wet holes in its form.

5: Eric has a look of utter horror on his face, holding the bull pup rifle with wide eyes as he backs away.

6: The beast, eyes wide and spines flared, reconstitutes its mouths and spines behind it, forming around to face Eric.

7: Julia stands, holding the silver dagger.