To Protect and Serve – Chapter 1

Chapter 1 — The Start of the Concert

Aug 4, 1995 – Dallas, TX – Benjamin Station Concert Arena

“Hey you, what are you doing over there?”  Barbra Parks, a security officer asked, walking over to a young man that was attempting to climb over the fence that surrounded the arena.

“Nothing lady, I wasn’t doing nothing!”  The young man snapped, glaring at the woman as she approached the area where he was.  “I don’t want any trouble lady, just leave me alone!”

“This is a restricted area kid.  I’m going to have to take you into custody,” Barbara stated as the young man shook his head.

“What!  Like hell you will!  Now you see me, now you don’t!”  The young man snapped as there was a flash of light and then he was gone.

‘What the hell!  Where did he go?  Damn it, we have another problem to deal with.  The boss man isn’t going to be happy about this if he finds out that some other super powered beings have invaded the concert site.  We don’t need a repeat of the last time,’ Barbara thought to herself as she shook her head and then took off running towards the main building of the arena.

The Backstage Area

“So, when is tonight’s act arriving JT?  Shouldn’t they be here already?”  Hank Hart, another security officer asked, looking through some papers on a clipboard.

“They should have been here already.  They were scheduled to arrive around two.  The concert is to start tonight at seven.  So far, everything is set up for them, they just need to arrive,” JT Poole, the head of security services spoke as he looked over a clipboard and then turned around.

“Them being here isn’t a reality right now,” Hank stated as JT raised an eye at him.  “Sorry.”

“Is everyone in place Hank?  I’ve placed two extra guards backstage and made the necessary arrangements for other places.  I was told that this act needs double security.  I’ve made sure nothing security related goes lacking for these guys,” JT stated as he walked over to where Hank stood.

“Who are these guys JT?  Why are they so important to warrant all of this security?  How famous are they?”  Hank asked as he and JT walked out of the backstage area.

“They’re called ‘All Star’ and from what I was told, three of the singers have been getting harassing phone calls and death threats.  One of them even got a box filled with snakes.  That’s the reason for all the security,” JT stated with a small smile as he and Hank continued walking down the corridor.  “Let’s go ahead and do the walk through again and be ready for the act to get here.”

“Yes sir, you’re the boss,” Hank replied with a salute as he walked down another corridor as JT went down another.

Two Hours Later – The Dressing Area

“Who’s this guy?”  Joshua Chandler, one of the singers of the band ‘All Star’ asked as JT walked into the room with them.

“Good evening gentlemen, my name is JT and I’m going to be your new security manager,” JT announced as a few of the guys in the room shook their heads and rolled their eyes.

“What happened to Steve and his crew?”  Justin Lake, another singer from the band asked.

“I don’t know what happened to your other security,” JT replied with a frown as he looked over at Justin Lake.  “As I was saying, there are currently twelve members of the security team and I will be the connection between you and them.  So, if any of you need anything, let me know and we’ll see about it.  Are there any questions?”

“Ah hi, my name is Lance, Lance Baker,” Lance Baker spoke as he waved his hand and then got up from where he sat as he moved over to one of the other guys.  “This is Joey Fallon… That guy over there is Chris Knoxx, the guy over by the mirror is Justin Lake and the guy over there, being solitary is Joshua Chandler.  We’re the guys of ‘All Star’.”

“It’s nice to meet all of you,” JT replied with a small smile as he turned to exit the room, but was stopped by Justin running over to him.

“Are you and the security guys replacing the current staff or is this just for tonight?”  Justin asked.

“Myself, Barbara Parks, Hank Hart, Tyler Sheridan and Wanda Langley will be joining you guys permanently for the remainder of your tour.  As for the other security staff here tonight, they will not remain with you,” JT stated as Justin frowned.  “We will hire extra security staff at each destination as we see fit to, if needed.”

“So, will you guys be our personal bodyguards or something?”  Joey Fallon asked, trying to avert his eyes.

“Yes we’ll be your personal bodyguards.  Upon the request of your management, we were asked to fill out some personality evaluations so that you guys could read them and then choose which one of us you wanted to be stuck with twenty-four-seven.  Once you make your choice, you’re stuck with that person, unless there’s a problem,” JT stated as the guys shrugged their shoulders and then nodded in agreement.

“Five minutes to show time guys, are you ready?”  Jon Worth, the guy’s manager asked as he walked into the room.

“Oh great, just what we wanted,” Joey sarcastically spoke as he shook his head.

“Okay guys, you have fun out there.  If I’m needed, I’ll be in the first row.  If something happens, I can get up to the stage and assist you,” JT stated as he waved and then walked out of the room.

“Okay guys, you’re going to do some numbers from the first album and then lead into some of the new stuff you’ve been working on.  Once those are out of the way, you guys can do the solo ballads you worked on yesterday,” Jon stated as the guys headed out of the room, heading for the stage area.

At the Arena Entrance Gate

“Man, I paid my damn money just like everyone else here.  You’re not going to keep me from going in there to enjoy the damn show!”  A young man stated as he pointed his finger in the security guard’s face.

“Sorry, but I can’t let you in, not until you’ve been inspected completely.  I have to look in your backpack, arena policy.  Either I check the backpack or you don’t get in to see the show,” the security guard stated as Barbara Parks walked over to the station.

“Is there a problem here Ted?”  Barbara asked, looking at the guard and then looking at the young man, as if she had seen him somewhere before.

“What’s with all of this shit, you people act like I’m a fucking criminal or something!  Get your damn hands off of me and let go of my bag!”  The young man screamed.

“We’re going to need security at the entrance gate.  We have a problem!”  The security guard spoke into his headset walkie-talkie.

“I’ve had enough of this, I’m outie!”  The young man screamed as he disappeared in a flash of light as the security guard and Barbara looked at each other.

“What the hell!”  The security guard exclaimed as Barbara shook her head.

‘JT, we have a special problem on our hands.  We have a disappearing super being, one that seems to get in and out of places unnoticed,’ Barbara spoke in her mind, hoping that JT mentally heard her.

The First Row of the Audience

‘What do you mean we have a problem Barbara?  Do you recognize who the person is?  What were they wearing?  Any recognizable patterns?’  JT mentally spoke to Barbara.

‘Well if you stopped singing and focused your mind back here where I am, maybe you could do a psychic scan of the area and find something that doesn’t belong here,’ Barbara mentally stated as she walked around the entrance area, looking for signs of the disappearing young man.

“This is JT, security is needed at the entrance gate,” JT spoke into his headset walkie-talkie as he moved through the crowd, headed towards the room entrance.  “I repeat, security is needed at the entrance gate!”

“What’s going on?”  Hank asked, walking over to where JT stood.

“Barbara informed me that we have a super being that can disappear and he’s trying his best to get into this concert.  So far, I can’t find him telepathically, mainly because he keeps disappearing,” JT stated as he looked over at Hank.  “How am I going to explain this one to the guys?”

“I don’t know buddy, but I’m sure you’ll think of something,” Hank stated as he shook his head.

“This is going to be harder than I thought,” JT stated as he shook his head and then moved through the crowd.

“Regardless of what’s going on, we may have to tell the guys who and what we are and what we can do, just to make sure they don’t freak out if they happen to see something strange,” Hank stated as he turned his attention to the stage, staring at Lance Baker.

“What are they supposedly going to see that’s strange Hank?”  JT sarcastically asked as Hank raised an eye at him.  “Are you referring to your strange ability to shape-shift, making you look and sound like someone else or are you referring to the stranger thing of Barbara freezing a soda can with her hand?”

“Oh ha ha friend,” Hank stated.  “I was referring to you doing the same things I and everyone else around here can do.  You’re the great big bio-morph around here.  You have the power to copy all our powers and read our minds.  So don’t go around thinking that you don’t do strange things, because you do, ‘Mister I Can Do Anything On This Plane Of Existence’ man.”

“Yeah, real funny Hank,” JT stated as he glared at Hank as they both rushed to the backstage area.  “The guys are on their last set.  Let’s do another walk through and have someone check the dressing area to make sure things are okay in there.”

“On it boss,” Hank stated as he walked down the corridor, speaking on his headset walkie-talkie, giving orders to others.

A Few Minutes Later – The Dressing Area

‘I think I need to shift into another form, just in case.  I want to be able to catch this person, whoever he is, if they’re back here.  Maybe I should look like Justin, since he’s the one getting the most phone calls and secret admirer mail,’ Hank thought, using his powers to alter his image as he walked into one of the rooms.

“Wow, oh wow, it’s you, it’s really you!”  A young man exclaimed, jumping from the closet in the room to stand in front of Hank in his Justin Lake morphed visage.

“Who in the hell are you?  How did you get back here?”  Hank asked as his body began to shift back into his true form as the young man tried to grab for his private area and he stepped back quickly.

“What the hell!  You’re not Justin!  You—you must be a special person, a special person like me!”  The young man screamed.

“Security!  Security!”  Hank yelled, hoping one of the security teams down the corridor would hear him.

“Is there something wrong Mr. Hart?  What’s the problem?”  A security guard asked, rushing into the area just as the young man disappeared.

“Damn it, he disappeared again,” Hank stated as he shook his head and then walked out of the room.  “JT isn’t going to like this one bit.”

‘Hank, is there something wrong?’  JT telepathically asked, rushing down the corridor, trying to get into the dressing area before the guys of ‘All Star’ could reach the room.

“You’re not going to like it,” Hank stated as JT looked at him strangely.

“What’s going on?  I heard you scream and I felt it too,” JT stated, pulling Hank to a corner of the room.

“The guy was in here and well—well he thought I was Justin and he tried to grab me,” Hank stated as he looked own.  “That’s all there was too it.”

“He thought you were Justin?  Did you, you know?”  JT asked as he turned to see the guys walk into the room.

“Yeah I did and when he noticed that I wasn’t Justin, he vanished again,” Hank stated just as Wanda Langley and Tyler Sheridan entered the room.

“Here comes trouble,” Hank said as Jon walked over to the two of them as JT’s eyes sparkled as Hank’s eyes widened.  “JT?”

“What happened here?”  Jon asked, looking around the room.  “Is there something going on?”

“Nothing we couldn’t handle,” JT replied as he put his arm around Jon’s back and led him in the opposite direction.

“If that’s the case, then what’s going on here?”  Jon asked, pointing at the extra security guys standing around.

“I’m just making sure that your guys are safe and sound, the reason you are paying us to be here,” JT stated as he looked around again.  “We thought that there was someone here in the dressing room area waiting, but we did a complete search and didn’t find anything.  Everything’s cool around here it seems.”

“Are you sure about that?  I heard that someone had snuck in and was waiting in the dressing room for Justin,” Jon stated as JT sighed.

“No one was waiting for Justin,” JT stated with a frown.  “We’ve completed back-to-back searches around here and we’ve come up empty.  There’s nothing to worry about here.”

“You make sure that remains to be the case.  I want these guys protected at all costs!”  Jon snapped, looking around the room.  “You make sure that you beef up security for these guys and make sure that you have the needed people around to keep them safe.  I don’t even want them left alone at all.  Wherever they go, you people go.  I don’t care even if it’s to the bathroom.  Your people need to stuck to them like they were damn glue!  You feel me?”

“Ah Jon, we can’t…” JT started as Jon interrupted him.

“As I said, you and your guys will stick to them like glue, regardless of how they feel about it.  Right now, their safety is more of a concern than their damn privacy and space,” Jon stated as he covered his eyes. “Do you still have those evaluations?”

“Yes,” JT replied as he walked over to where he had left his briefcase earlier and took out the folders that had the personality evaluations that he and his colleagues had completed earlier.

“Good,” Jon stated as he patted JT on the back.  “Have those guys go over those and then tell them to pick one of you to be with them twenty-four-seven.”

“I told them the routine earlier before the show,” JT stated as Jon glared at him and then turned and walked to a corner of the room.  “Okay guys, these are the evaluations that we filled out earlier.  Just go over these and you can pick which one of us that you want as your bodyguard.  If you don’t want to pick, I can choose for you.”

“Do we have to do this now?”  Joey asked as he looked up at JT.

“On second thought, JT why don’t you pick the bodyguards, since you’re the manager and all,” Jon stated as he moved to stand behind Joey.

“I would prefer the guys to choose the person they’re going to be around with on a day-to-day basis.  I don’t want the guys stuck with one of us and there be a personality issue or something,” JT stated.

A couple of minutes passed as the guys of All Star sat around the table, passing evaluations back-and-forth amongst themselves, trying to figure out who would be the person that would be protecting them, stuck to them like glue, for the remainder of the tour.  The routine of passing pages around went on for almost an hour and then the guys all stood up and then walked over to one of the security guards.

“Hi, you’re Wanda, right?  I want you to be my bodyguard.  I’m Chris Knoxx and I hope we can be good friends as well,” Chris Knoxx stated as he extended his hand to Wanda to shake.

“Hi, I’m Wanda Langley, I guess you’re going to be stuck with me and I hope we do become good friends,” Wanda stated as she shook Chris’ hand and then gave him a hug as JT looked at her strangely.

“Hi, are you Hank?”  Lance asked, moving over to Hank.

“Ah yeah, that’s me.  Are—are we teaming up to hang out?”  Hank asked, looking at Lance strangely.

“I guess so.  I would like you to be my new bodyguard, if that’s alright with you…” Lance spoke, his voice a bit shaky as he looked down.

“That’s cool with me,” Hank replied, thinking to himself that all of his dreams were coming true as JT shook his head.

‘Alright Hank, stop that before you end up doing something out of the ordinary, like jumping on him and screwing his brains out in front of everybody,’ JT telepathically spoke to Hank.

“Hi there… ah JT, you’re with me.  I hope you have a good sense of humor, because I am a prankster, but I also have a serious side and I hope we can be tight and right,” Joey said as he grabbed JT’s hand and then shook it.

“You just don’t know how good of a sense of humor I have.  You’ll just have to test it out to see,” JT stated as he turned to see Tyler and Hank winking their eyes at him.

“Hi there, can I call you Barb, if that’s okay with you?”  Justin asked, looking at Barbara closely.

“Sure, as long as I get to call you Justy.  It seems everyone else around here does and I think it suits you just fine,” Barbara stated as she smiled at Justin.

“I think we’re the only ones left,” Joshua spoke as he stood in front of Tyler.  “I guess you and me get to hang out together.  I’m Joshua Chandler, but you may call me Joshua or Josh, whichever you prefer.”

“Alright, Josh it is and it’s nice to meet you,” Tyler stated as he and Joshua shook hands.

The guys all mingled around, introducing themselves around to each other and talking to get to know one another.  This scene lasted for about an hour and then Jon returned to the room and announced that it was time for them to leave, that the limos were outside, waiting to take everyone to the hotel.

After the close encounter at the concert arena JT and his security team got everyone outside to the waiting limos safely without anyone else being the wiser.  While on the way to the hotel, Joshua and Justin did their best to convince Barbara and Tyler to allow them to go out to a club, while Joey and JT sat discussing some of the places they were going to visit on tour, while Lance and Chris sat snoozing.  After a couple of minutes of whining, Barbara and Tyler gave in and decided that Justin and Joshua could go out, only if they kept close enough to them and didn’t draw any unnecessary attention to themselves.

A Few Minutes Later – A Secret Hotel

“So JT, what arrangements did you make in regards to sleeping and such?”  Barbara asked as she looked at JT while holding her phone to her ear.

“We sleep in the room with our designated charges.  We have been booked into rooms with double beds.  That’s how it’s going to be for the remainder of the tour.  When we get off tour, that’s a different story altogether,” JT stated as Wanda looked at him strangely as they walked into the hotel.

“Hey Barb, don’t forget the club in twenty minutes and wear something hot,” Justin said as he pulled Joshua through the hotel doors.

‘Excuse me, what’s this about the club in twenty minutes Barb?  What’s Justin talking about?’  JT telepathically asked Barbara as she held her head and then looked in his direction.

“He and Joshua want to go out to a club.  To stop them from whining, Tyler and I agreed that they could go, as long as they stayed close to us and didn’t draw any unnecessary attention to themselves,” Barbara spoke as JT raised an eye at her.  “Come on JT, we’ll make sure they’re okay, so don’t freak out or anything.  We can protect them and ourselves or have you forgotten what we all can do.”

“Okay fine, as long as you report any odd things to me immediately and be sure to call or mindcall me if needed.  I don’t want that kid that can vanish or whatever he does, showing up and grabbing or getting to these guys.  Also, make sure that you and Tyler get them back here safely in one piece or Jon will have my neck and yours,” JT stated as he and Barbara walked down the corridor, making notes of safety precautions as they stepped into the elevator.

“Alright, what are the plans for Joey and Lance?”  Barbara asked.

“Now that Lance is awake again, he and Hank are going to hang out in the arcade, in hopes of getting to know one another better and Joey and I are just going to chill and talk in front of the TV.  He said he wanted to stay in tonight.  I’m going to have to keep a psychic eye on Hank and make sure that he doesn’t get too excited with Lance.  You know he has that big crush on him.  I’m afraid he may accidentally shape-shift in front of Lance and give everything away,” JT stated as he and Barbara laughed.

“You do that, but now its back to work,” Barbara stated as she pressed the button to open the elevator doors and then stepped out.  “Have fun boss man, don’t be so uptight all the time.”

“Yeah right,” JT said as he pressed the button to close the doors as he disappeared in a flash of light.

Later – Club Dallas

“I’m so glad that you and Wanda came along with us.  Now it’ll be more fun.  Wanda, you look cool in that, so do you Barb,” Justin spoke with his arm draped over Chris’ shoulder as they waited outside to get into the club.

“Thanks Justy, nice pants.  I don’t think I have the courage to wear tight fitting pants like that.  I try to give everyone the same view,” Barbara stated as everyone laughed at Justin’s blushing about her comment about his clothing.

“Take it easy Justin, your face might explode if you turn any more shades of red,” Chris joked as the bouncer ushered them into the club.

“Alright guys, make sure you stay close enough that we can smell your cologne.  If we feel that you’re too far away or there is any danger, we’re getting you out of here.  Got it,” Wanda said as Chris, Justin and Joshua nodded their heads as she, Barbara and Tyler walked over to a table to watch.

“Don’t you think you were a bit harsh on them Cat?”  Tyler asked as he looked over at Wanda.

“No and the name’s Wanda,” Wanda stated as Justin walked over to the table.

“What are you guys doing?  We came here to dance and have fun tonight.  Come on, you guys can’t just stand over here, watching us, you have to get your groove on too,” Justin said as Wanda and Barbara gave him a strange look.

“You go dance, we’ll be over here,” Barbara said with a small smile at Justin.  “You go have fun, but don’t stray too far or Jon will have our heads on a platter if something happens to you guys.”

(<RINGGGGGG>)

“Hi, this is Tyler, may I help you?”  Tyler spoke into his cell phone as he pressed the speaker button.

“Tyler, get the guys back here to the hotel now!  Don’t stop for anything, just get the guys back here and make sure you don’t do anything to upset them!”  JT’s voice boomed through the speaker of the phone.

“What’s going on boss man?  Why are you yelling?”  Barbara asked.

“We just received a package here at the hotel and Joey opened it.  The package contained a letter and pictures of you guys standing outside of a club.  The letter said that the hottest member of ‘All Star’ would be kissed and we would be short two singers and two bodyguards.  The letter also stated that the oldest member of ‘All Star’ would be next, whatever that means.  Just get everyone back here now and don’t waste any time doing it.  Just don’t tell the guys yet,” JT’s voice explained as they stood around the table listening.

“Okay buddy, we’re on our way.  Keep a psychic eye on us to make sure nothing happens on our way back,” Tyler stated as he turned off the phone.

With a look of seriousness on his face, Tyler moved through the crowd of dancing people as he got to Justin, Joshua and Chris.  Getting some resistance from Justin and Joshua, Tyler finally got the three men over to the table.

“We need to leave here,” Barbara stated as Justin looked at her with a mean look on his face.

“What!  We just got here!”  Justin snapped.

“Yeah, we haven’t been here long enough to have fun yet,” Chris whined as Wanda looked at him.

“You can have fun back at the hotel, now we’re leaving,” Barbara stated as Justin shook his head.

“I’m not leaving yet, I’m going back out there to dance,” Justin said as he turned around as Barbara grabbed his arm, stopping him.

“No, we have to leave now,” Barbara stated, not backing down from the mean look on Justin’s face.

“I said I wasn’t leaving, I’m going back out to dance,” Justin stated as Wanda shook her head.

“No, we’re leaving here, now!”  Wanda exclaimed as Justin, Joshua and Chris’ eyes widened as they stopped moving.  “Let’s get out of here and get back to the hotel.”

“Okay, you don’t have to shout,” Chris said as he turned and walked towards the exit.

To Be Continued…