Chapter 2 — Fool On The Street
Arlington, VA – The Home of John and Roland Donovan
We just arrived at the house and both boys are fast asleep in the back seat. We’re just sitting here in the car, not saying anything. What’s going on and what happened at the Gala? Since he encountered Senator McCallister, he’s been quiet and that’s not a good sign. If there’s something wrong, I would like him to tell me, instead of him acting the way he’s acted for the last few hours.
Since we left the Gala, he’s acted as if I have the plague or something. Did I do something to him and not know it or what? Even while we sat eating burgers and fries with the kids, he said nothing. What could have happened that has him so quiet? Even now, we’re just sitting here, like there’s this big wall separating us. What the hell is this? I am not used to this kind of silence with him.
“Okay, I’ll get Mason,” I said, unsnapping the seat belt as I opened the door and got out of the car.
I walked to the back door, opened it and then prepared to remove the seat belt from Mason as his body shimmered in a gold colored light and then he vanished. Sighing, looking over at Caleb, the same thing happened to him. I’ll take it that he transported the children up to bed in their rooms.
“Your doing?” I spoke, looking across the seat at him as he got out and then closed the door. “John, what in the hell is going on?”
“I’m sorry,” he replied with a frown on his face as I moved out of the car, closing the door as I walked around to where he stood.
“What happened tonight? What’s going on?” I asked.
“I…” He started as I shook my head.
“I don’t want to hear you apologize again, unless you’re going to apologize for the way you’ve been acting this evening,” I stated as I noticed that his eyes were shimmering. “If you’re trying to hex me, I suggest you don’t do it.”
“I’m not trying to hex you Roland,” he replied as he sighed. “I—I don’t know how to tell you what happened earlier this evening.”
“Why can’t you tell me? Whatever it is, I think it has something to do with that strange Senator McCallister.”
“No, it had nothing to do wth the senator,” he replied with a frown. “The senator is the least of my worries.”
“Well, if it wasn’t the senator, then what was it?” I asked.
“Oscar Saunders,” he replied as I looked at him, wondering who he was talking about. “Oscar Saunders, the guy that stranded me in…”
“Are you talking about the guy that almost made you sacrifice your soul?” I asked as he sighed and then nodded his head. “We’re talking about the guy that almost shattered your heart!”
“Yeah,” he replied, looking down as I turned away from him, wondering how all of this could’ve started. “He was at the Gala, he bumped into me in the bathroom and I…”
“You saw him, you shut your spirit off from me and then you turned into Mr. Silence,” I said as I felt him standing behind me. “I don’t like the silence…”
“I’m sorry, I didn’t want to hurt you in any way,” he responded as I felt his hands move around my waist. “I didn’t want you experiencing the feelings of…”
“I’m hurt because you didn’t just come out and tell me sooner, instead of waiting this long,” I said, sighing. “You were a total wreck because of him and I don’t want that happening again, especially now. Your life is different now. We are different now.”
“I know we’re different now baby,” he said, kissing my neck as I leaned against his body.
“We don’t need anything compromising what we have now,” I said as I could faintly hear his thoughts again. “We have a family now, a new life. It’s not like it used to be when you were running across the realms, trying to defend your bloodline.”
“Babe, those days are over, there is someone else to defend the bloodline,” he said as we rocked back and forth, to the melody that he hummed in his mind. “I’m sure Arik has a great time fighting demons and evil in my place.”
“I’m sure he does, but at some point, it will be your responsibility again,” I said, remembering a quote from his uncle, stating that he was the only one with the power to save his family and keep them on the right path.
“Right now, Arik is at the height of his powers and I’ve taught him everything he needs to know to keep the family protected,” he said as everything around us went black and then we were in our bedroom. “Let’s can all of this magic talk and get some sleep. The boys have a busy day ahead of them tomorrow.”
“Yes they do and they are so psyched about it,” I said as I touched his chest, using a spell to get rid of his clothing as he smiled as we both moved over to the bed.
“For a guy that doesn’t like relying on his gifts, you tend to do so a whole lot,” he said, kissing my mouth as we both got into bed.
“Well I have it, there’s no point in letting it go to waste,” I said, pulling the comforter over us as I moved closer to him.
“Good night baby, I love you,” he said as he kissed my ear and then draped his arm across me.
“I love you too baby,” I replied, able to see what had him so upset from earlier.
The Home of Cadet Skip Bridges – The Bedroom
Damn it, it’s almost three in the morning and I’m beyond tired. What the hell was Abrams’ problem anyway? He acted as if he wasn’t going to allow me or any of the others to leave at all. What was the point of him holding us there longer when he had already been debriefed about the night’s events. If I didn’t know any better, I’d think he was trying to find out something, but what?
What could he have been trying to find out? Nothing actually happened to the President or any of the important guests in attendance. The only thing that made a buzz was the thing that happened with the black guy in the bathroom. Then again, Abrams is an asshole and he might’ve been in one of those assholery moods.
One of these days Abrams is going to get what’s coming to him. I think the mofo was just looking for a reason to bust my balls, being that I ratted his ass out for what he was caught doing in a broom closet with a party guest last month. He’ll know to suck dick on his own time and not while he’s supposed to be patrolling.
Then again, I think there is something to what went on with that black guy that was in the bathroom tonight. I think I need to keep my eyes on him. What I saw tonight could be what others are looking for and he might be my key to getting what I want in the long run. I don’t want to be the lowest man on the totem pole forever.
Meridian Hospital – The Emergency Room
Senator McCallister sat in the emergency room’s waiting area for almost an hour before a nurse called him back to triage. As he walked through the doors with the nurse, he coughed a bit, spitting up blood as the nurse jumped backwards, doing her best to avoid the blood splatter. Grabbing a pair of gloves from the box on the wall, the nurse assisted the senator through a set of double doors and into an exam room as she pressed a button, signaling others that there was an emergency.
“What’s going on Mary?” Another nurse asked, rushing from behind the nurses’ station.
“Call a code! There’s something drastically wrong, he’s coughing up blood everywhere!” The nurse screamed, trying to position the senator on the exam table as he continued coughing up blood. “Sir, can you tell me what happened before you arrived here?”
“I don’t know,” Senator McCallister replied, coughing more as he held his chest as the nurse grabbed a mask from a drawer next to the exam table and covered her face.
“When did this start sir?” The nurse asked, grabbing some other things from the drawer to assist with getting him cleaned up a bit as another nurse and a doctor rushed into the room.
“A few days ago,” Senator McCallister replied as his eyes closed and his head fell backwards on the table.
“He’s out!” The nurse screamed as the doctor grabbed a pear of scissors and started cutting his shirt open.
“Jean, get Doctor Rayne up here fast, we’re going to need his expertise for this,” the doctor stated as he got up on the table, doing chest compression on the senator. “I need a mouth guard Mary.”
“Here!” The first nurse stated, handing the doctor the device he requested. “I’m not getting a pulse from him!”
The nurse and doctor worked with the senator for a few minutes, getting his breathing restarted again as he opened his eyes and started coughing again. The other nurse returning to the room, the first nurse grabbed a small device and an alcohol pad as she smacked the top of his hand, trying to find a vein to start an I-V port.
“I don’t think I’m going to be able to start a port on him, he’s veins are rolling too much,” the first nurse stated as as she rolled the senator’s sleeve up his arm, trying to find a vein there for the I-V port.
“Did someone call the damn code?” The doctor asked, climbing down from the table as the second nurse assisted him with checking the senator’s eyes. “His eyes aren’t showing a damn response to the light!”
“What in the hell could be going on with this man?” The first nurse asked as the senator screamed out as the lights in the room went out, leaving them in the dark.
“What the hell was that?” The doctor asked as an alarm sounded. “Is the damn power out?”
“What in the hell is going on around this place?” The second nurse asked as the lights started flashing on and off. “This is some damn freaky shit!”
“We have to keep working with this man!” The doctor yelled, holding his penlight up, looking in the direction of one of the nurses. “Are the phones working?”
“Phone’s working!” Another person replied, entering the room.
= Everyone please be calm, there was a temporary power failure. The power has been restored and all systems are restarting. =
“I wonder what caused the power failure,” one of the nurses spoke, still working with the senator.
“Let’s not worry about that right now,” the doctor spoke, looking in the senator’s mouth. “We need to get this man to radiology, we need to find out if there’s some internal bleeding.”
“Okay doctor,” the second nurse stated as she walked over to the wall and picked up the phone there.
The Home of Oscar Saunders – The Bedroom
Damn it, what am I going to do? It’s almost light out and I have yet to go to sleep. I need to get some rest, but I’m scared that if I fall asleep, someone will break in and there won’t be anymore me. I know the alarm is set and all, but with some of the people I’ve worked with in the past and some of the fools I’ve taken down in the past, I’m sure they can bypass my security system here.
Damn it, how in the hell did that fucker find me anyway? I’ve been here for the last year and my past hasn’t come back to haunt me until now. I thought changing my hair and eye color would’ve kept my past just that the past, but I guess that was just my wishful thinking. It seems that fucker was able to recognize me, even with a case of damn memory loss.
Something’s not adding up. That fucker was blown up and now he’s back and it seems he knows me. The last I saw him, he was in a damn hospital in Kuwait, with no memory of who he damn was and all of his damn organs were failing. How in the hell did he survive that? I’ve changed a whole lot since I last saw him. I was just out of the SEALS when we met. He shouldn’t recognize me this way, but he did. Is there something else going on that I’m not getting? Whatever treatment he got in Kuwait, was one helluva treatment.
“I can’t stay awake forever, regardless of how much coffee I drink,” I said, walking around the kitchen as I contemplated my current plight. “No amount of coffee is going to save me right now and get that bounty off of my head.”
Sighing, I took another sip of my coffee and then placed the mug on the night table. Looking at the clock, it read ‘5:27 AM’ as thoughts of Anne and her family flashed through my mind. They are in danger, al because of me. Had I not involved myself into her life, there wouldn’t be possible danger for her and her folks.
“I’ll have to get her and her parents underground quickly and get them under different names,” I said aloud as I sighed again. “I have to get them set up somewhere else, to keep them out of danger. But who can I get to help me?”
I don’t have any good damn contacts right now. All the people that I currently know, hate the fuck out of me. I guess that’s my fault for being a damn user. Had it not been for the way I’ve treated people in the past, there probably wouldn’t be a damn bounty on me now. I wonder who the person is that has the hit out for me. If I find that person and make try to make amends, would that stop the hit?
“Who could it be? He didn’t tell me who put the hit out on me,” I said, sighing again as I rolled over in the bed as I could see the sky lightening up as day approached. “There are tons of people in the world that hate me.”
That’s just it, tons of people hate me. Hell, even JT hates me and I bumped into him earlier tonight. Is it possible that he put the hit out on me? I didn’t know anything about the damn hit, until after I bumped into him in the damn bathroom. And what in the hell was that, that happened in the bathroom while he was with me? How did I get slammed into the damn wall that way? That was the oddest damn thing ever.
“I can’t keep thinking about all of this, I need to get some rest,” I said aloud as I sighed again, pulling the covers up a bit as I looked over at the fireplace, thinking about the last time I spent with JT, when we were in Peru.
Alexandra, VA – Great Waves Waterpark – The Entrance
“Hello guys,” John heard as he turned around to see a familiar face standing there with bags in her arms. “You just going to stand there or what?”
“Hey sis,” John spoke with a smile.
“Aunt Ramona,” Caleb, John and Roland’s youngest son spoke up as he rushed over to the woman, wrapping his arms around her, hugging her tight. “I’m so glad to see you Auntie.”
“I’m so glad to see you too Puddin’,” the woman spoke as she rubbed the little boy’s back as she kissed his cheek and then released him. “Where’s your big brother at?”
“He and Papa went to the bathroom,” Caleb replied as he looked up at John and then back at the woman. “What are you doing here Aunt Ramona?”
“Your Dads told me that you guys were going to be here today, so I came by to hang out with you guys,” the woman spoke as John looked over at her strangely as his eyes shimmered a bit.
‘Ramona, is there something wrong?’ John mentally spoke, looking at the woman closely. ‘Why are you here?’
‘I’m here because I had a vision and foresaw that you four were in trouble, so here I am,’ the woman mentally replied as John looked around quickly and then sighed.
“Sonny boy, do you have to go to the bathroom too?” John asked, looking at the little boy. “You might need to go right now. We might not be able to find one near us when we start getting on some of the rides.”
“Okay Daddy,” Caleb spoke, walking away from John and the woman.
“What did you actually see?” John asked, looking at the woman.
“I actually saw both of you die,” the woman stated with a frown. “You were both lying on the ground and the boys were kneeling over you two, crying because you were dead.”
“You didn’t see anything that led up to that?” John asked, reaching out to touch the woman as she took his hand.
“Sugah, the only thing that I was able to see was the end, nothing more than that,” the woman stated, sighing as she looked around. “Has something happened with you guys? Could this possibly have something to do with Arik?”
“I—I don’t know, you had the vision,” John replied with a frown. “Nothing’s happened with us, not that I now of.”
“Has there been any changes with you guys since you last saw Arik?” She asked, looking at John closely as she looked over his shoulder to see Roland and the two children. “Look alive, the kids are coming back.”
“Arik, he’s currently looking for the Scepter of Euripides,” John spoke as Caleb walked up and took his hand. “When he finds what he’s looking for, he’ll let me know.”
“Hi Ramona,” Roland spoke, leaning in and hugging the woman. “Glad you could make it.”
“Glad I could make it too,” the woman spoke with a weak smile as he looked at John, noticing that his eyes were shimmering. “Why don’t we go ahead and get inside to get on some rides.”
“I’m ready,” Mason spoke, dancing around in place as the woman laughed as she patted his back.
“Come on, let’s get inside,” John stated as he looked around again as they walked through the gates, handing the gate attendee their passes.
A Few Hours Later – The Food Court
It’s almost lunch time and I’m tired out. Dang, those little boys are way too full of energy. Either I’m getting old or maybe I didn’t get enough sleep last night. Being that it was well after one when we got into bed, that could be the reason why I’m so tired right now.
“Are you okay Roland?” Ramona asked, watching me closely.
“I’m fine girl, just a bit tired,” I replied as she smiled weakly and then looked around. “I heard what you had to say to him. Is there some way you could get another glimpse of that future?”
“I don’t want to get another glimpse of that future,” she said, sighing as she looked down at the table.
“What were you doing when you had that vision?” I asked, looking around, making sure no one was within earshot of us. “Were you touching something when that happened?”
“I was sitting at work, minding my business when that happened,” she replied. “It seems like it just popped into my mind all of a sudden.”
“It just popped into your mind? I—I thought you had to be touching something or someone to actually get a vision,” I said as she shook her head.
“No, my gift has improved a bit,” she spoke, picking up a plastic straw from the ground as she closed her eyes and then sighed. “This belonged to a little black kid that had been raped by his uncle and said uncle has killed a few people and is currently awaiting trial.”
“That’s just morbid,” I said as she frowned.
“I know, but there’s nothing I can do about that,” she said, shaking her head. “There’s nothing I can do about who touches the items I pick up.”
“I pray that little boy gets some counseling for what’s happened to him,” I said as she looked down.
“I doubt he will,” she said, looking up as I noticed that someone from my job was standing across from us, watching us.
What the hell, is that Nick from my job? If so, what in the hell is he doing around here of all places? This goes way beyond stalking, if that’s him. Getting up from the table, I walked towards the guy until I was sure it was Nick from my job. Sighing, I wondered what he was actually doing here. Is he here to spy on me or is he actually here for another reason?
“Well hello there,” I spoke, extending my hand to Nick as he stood there with a creepy smile on his face, shaking my hand. “I didn’t expect to see you here.”
“Hi Roland, what a surprise,” he spoke, releasing my hand as he looked around. “I’m here with my niece and one of her friends. I’m on babysitting duty this weekend.”
“Oh yeah, we brought the boys here today,” I said as he looked at me strangely. “Me and my husband.”
“Your husband? I—I didn’t know you were married,” he spoke, the expression on his face speaking volumes. “I—I guess congratulations are in order or something.”
“I’ve been married for about five years now,” I spoke as he looked down.
Damn, I guess I just ruined his day with the way he’s looking. How could he not know I’m a married man. There are pictures of John and the boys on my desk for crying out loud. Most of the people in the office know that fact about me. I know he’s new and all, but I’m sure the others would’ve filled him in by now. He’s been there for over three months, that’s enough time for him to find out things.
“Five years, that’s a very long time,” he spoke, looking around as if he were looking for someone.
“Yeah, a long time,” I said with a smile. “We have two little boys that are our world.”
“That—that’s cool,” he replied, placing his hands in his pockets as he got this uncomfortable look on his face.
Something’s telling me that I’ve just crushed him. How could he not know this information about me? Since he’s been employed at the office, he’s been making little excuses to hang around me. I guess I don’t have to worry about that anymore, being that I just dropped my life on him. Being that my husband just walked up to us, I’m sure things are about to get more surreal for him.
“Hi, I’m John,” I heard John say as I turned to look at him as he reached out and shook Nick’s hand.
“Baby, this is Nick… Nick Starling,” I said as he smiled weakly and then looked at me. “He’s one of the new financial analyst for the company.”
“Hi,” Nick replied as he looked nervously at me and then back at John. “So, what do you do?”
“I’m a therapist,” John replied, looking at Nick quickly and then turning his attention back to me. “Babe, we’re going to go ahead and order. What do you want?”
“I’ll have a corn dog and some fries,” I answered, looking at Nick as I could see the sadness in his eyes. “Also, get me a pretzel with hot mustard.”
“Okay,” he said, leaning in and kissing my cheek as he started to walk away. “It was nice meeting you Nick.”
“Yeah, it was nice meeting you too,” he called out with a wave as he smiled weakly. “I’m going to catch up with the girls and I’ll see you at work on Monday. Have a great day out with your family.”
“You too,” I said, waving as I turned to walk back to where my family was.
To Be Continued…