To Protect and Serve – Chapter 2

Chapter 2 – A Threat Revealed

Aug 5, 1995 – Dallas, TX – Somewhere in a Limo

“Hey driver, I want to get something to eat.  Would you stop at a pizza joint or something, if you see something open?”  Justin asked as the partition went down.

“Disregard that driver, keep going back to the hotel,” Tyler instructed as Justin looked at him with a mean look on his face.

“Man, I’m hungry!  I want something to eat!”  Justin snapped.

“You can get something to eat at the hotel, no stops,” Tyler stated as Justin shook his head.  “We’re going back to the hotel and that’s final.”

“Look man, I want something to eat and I want it now.  Driver, stop at the next place you see that’s open, I don’t care if it’s a burger joint,” Justin spoke to the limo driver.  “Either you stop or you’re fired!”

“Sir, what should I do?”  The limo driver asked as he looked in Tyler’s direction.

“As I stated sir, go directly to the hotel and enter through the parking garage at the back,” Tyler instructed as Justin glared in Tyler’s direction.

“No, I want…” Justin said as Joshua tapped his leg.

“Justin, just give it up, we can get something to eat at the hotel with room service or something,” Joshua stated as he looked at Justin and then over at Tyler, noticing the stern look on his face.

A Few Minutes Previously – At the Hotel

“Jon, how many days does the guys have left here in Dallas?”  JT asked.

“Until next week.  After the concert on Saturday, the guys will have some rest days,” Jon replied as he flipped through some pages on a clipboard.

“With this new development, we may have to leave after the concert and move to a safer location.  With everything that’s happened in the last two hours, I think the guys should rest somewhere else,” JT suggested.

“I don’t know what’s happening, but could you please tell me?  This does involve me, so I would like to know what’s going on around here,” Joey stated as he looked at Jon and then over at JT.

“You have a point, but I want to get all the facts together first, before I let any information out that may not be correct,” JT stated with a frown.  “I will tell you that the person that has been sending you, Justin and Lance all the little love letters and making the phone calls is somewhere here in town and it seems he knows where you guys currently are.”

“What!  He’s here?  What do you mean he’s here?”  Joey asked as he looked around frantically and then covered his mouth.  “We must leave now!  I don’t want to be here anymore!  I don’t want that guy being able to get me or the others!”

“Joey, you can’t leave yet.  You have another concert to perform and that concert is already sold out.  You can’t just up and go,” Jon stated as Joey shook his head while pacing the floor.

“No Jon, we have to get away from here!”  Joey screamed.

“Joey, the concert is happening soon,” Jon stated as Joey glared at him.

“Joey, we can keep all of you in one place and make sure that there is no way for the guy to get in here to you guys, you can have the concert and then we leave and you guys can rest up in another town someplace else,” JT stated, hoping that would calm Joey down.

“Fine, but you guys better protect us and make damn sure nothing happens to any of us,” Joey said as he looked at JT and continued pacing the floor.

Downstairs – The Parking Garage

“Look man, that wasn’t cool, playin’ me in front of the limo driver like that!”  Justin snapped at Tyler.

“Barbara, get him upstairs to Joey’s room before he blows this whole thing out of proportion,” Tyler stated as he finished giving orders to the limo driver and a few other security guards.

“Hey Wanda, can I ask you something?”  Chris asked as he touched Wanda’s hand.

“Sure, what is it?”  Wanda asked as she turned to face Chris.

“What’s going on?  Why did you guys rush us out of the club like that and why wouldn’t Tyler let the driver stop to get us something to eat?”  Chris asked, looking at Wanda strangely.  “Come on Wanda, be honest with me here.”

“To put it plainly, while you guys were in the club tonight, someone took pictures of you guys and sent them back to the hotel.  Whoever took the pictures included a threatening note.  With that happening, JT instructed us to get you guys back here ASAP and not to stop for anything,” Wanda explained as Chris’ eyes widened.

“What!  Someone took pictures of us?  Who and when?  Oh Go, I knew something like this was going to happen!  I told the guys not to go!  I told them I had a bad feeling about this, but they kept pushing about going out!  Damn it!”  Chris yelled as Wanda looked around.

“Alright Chris, I need you to calm down,” Wanda said as she grabbed Chris’ hand, trying to calm him down.  “Why did you have a bad feeling about going out tonight?”

“I—I don’t know.  I can’t explain it.  Tonight’s show wasn’t like any other show,” Chris stated as he looked around frantically.  “We warmed up like we normally do, we did our pre-show routine and even did our prayer, but in the back of my mind, I had this—this feeling that something wasn’t right.”

“Something wasn’t right like what?”  Wanda asked.

“I—I kept seeing this strange guy walk by on side stage,” Chris replied, looking down at his hands as he shook his head.  “Every time I glanced over in that direction of the stage, he was there, watching us, like he was ready to grab one of us or something.”

“Chris…” Wanda started as Chris interrupted her.

“Oh God, what are we going to do Wanda?”  Chris asked, looking around frantically again as the tears streamed down his face.

“Come on Chris, you have to hold it together,” Wanda stated as she held his shoulders.  “Come on, tell me more.  Did you recognize the guy?  Was he part of the crew?  What made you think something was wrong with him being around?  What made you think this guy was out of place?”

“The guy was wearing all black and nothing else really.  I could barely see his eyes through the fabric around his face,” Chris stated as Wanda’s eyes widened this time.

“Chris, why didn’t you tell us this information sooner?  If we had known about this, we wouldn’t have allowed you guys to have gone out tonight.  You guys would’ve been on lockdown for the rest of the night,” Wanda stated as she pulled Chris close to her and then looked around as she and Chris stepped onto the elevator with the others.

“What’s up Wanda, you seem like you’ve seen a ghost or something.  What’s the matter?”  Tyler asked with a raised brow.

“Chris just informed me that he saw a strange person at the show tonight.  He said that it seemed like the person was watching them while they performed.  He said the guy didn’t look like he was part of the crew or security, he was just a stranger among them,” Wanda stated as she shook her head.  “He was dressed in all black, like the omen.”

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“Oh gosh!  What was that noise?”  Chris asked, looking around the elevator.

‘JT, can you hear me?  JT, what’s going on buddy?  What was that noise?  Is there something wrong?’  Wanda mentally spoke, hoping JT heard her thoughts telepathically.

(<SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE>)

“Uh oh, that noise can only mean one thing,” Barbara said as she looked over at Tyler and then at Wanda.

“Yeah, it seems like the boss has a problem on his hand.  I hope it’s nothing too big for him to handle by himself,” Wanda whispered to Tyler and Barbara.

“What’s going on guys, what’s that noise?  That’s kind of loud and I’m beginning to get a big headache here!”  Justin snapped as he looked up at the elevator ceiling.

‘Everyone, I hope you hear me.  I’ve encountered the guy that’s partially behind all of this.  His name is Ken Polanski, he calls himself Poltergeist.  As I was outside of the room, waiting for you guys to show up, he appeared in the hallway.  It’s apparent that he can pass through solid objects and he can teleport.  Be on the lookout, he’s wearing all black,’ JT telepathically spoke to Barbara, Tyler and Wanda.

“Okay, we need to do something else.  It seems the boss man is up there on your guys’ floor with the guy that’ trying to get to you all.  Wanda, can you do us the honors of getting us out of this elevator and putting us… oh, like in Joey’s room?”  Tyler asked as Joshua looked at him strangely.

“Wait a minute, how do you know what JT is doing and how do you expect her to get us out of here and into Joey’s room?”  Joshua asked, looking at Tyler strangely.

“Oh the wonders of magic my dear,” Wanda responded as her image changed to that of a female-like cat that stood upright on hind legs as her eyes glowed an eerie yellow color.

“What in the hell is going on here?  What happened to Wanda?”  Chris asked, moving away from Wanda quickly as the area around all of them was enveloped in a gold-colored light.

“We’re outta here!”  Wanda yelled as the six of them disappeared.

An Instant Later – Joey’s Hotel Room

(<SPLINGK>)

“Perfect, just in time for a good whooping!  I’ll help JT, you two get the boys out of Joey’s room and get them someplace safe in the hotel,” Wanda spoke as she walked out of Joey’s room to join JT in apprehending the guy named Poltergeist.

“What in the hell just happened?  How did we get out of the damn elevator and into this damn room?  What happened to Wanda?  Why does she look and sound like a damn cat?  What is all that damn noise in the hallway?”  Justin asked as Barbara and Tyler shook their heads at each other.

“Okay, I knew this was going to happen at some point, but I didn’t know it was going to happen so soon,” Barbara stated with a scared expression on her face.

(<BANGGGGG>)

“Well there you are, I’ve been looking for you all night.  Why have you been hiding from me?”  Poltergeist asked, appearing in the room in front of Justin and Lance.

“Stay away from them Poltergeist or I’ll fry your brains!  I’m warning you damn it, don’t you dare take another step!  I have no qualms about using my psychic powers against you.  I’ll slice through your mind and turn you into a veggie if possible!”  JT snapped as he stood in the doorway to the room.

“What in the hell is going on?  Did we somehow fall asleep and wake up in a bad super hero movie?”  Joey asked, looking around the room.

“What is that glowing thing in JT’s hand?”  Joshua asked, watching the guy and JT.

“It doesn’t seem like those questions are going to end any time soon.  Thanks a lot Wanda,” Tyler said with a sigh.

“What is that glowing thing in JT’s hand?”  Joshua asked again.

“That thing is JT’s psychic sword,” Barbara answered as she looked at Joshua.  “With that, he can cut through just about anything.”

“That’s a psychic sword?  Are you saying that thing comes from his mind?”  Joshua asked.

“Yes, JT’s a very powerful psychic,” Tyler stated as JT glared in his direction.

“I came here to get Justin and Lance.  I’m going to get them, even if I have to kill all of you here to do so.  Now get the hell out of my way Psychic Warrior or else!”  Poltergeist yelled, bringing the attention back to him.

“I warned you, but I guess I’ll have to show you instead.  Now Wanda!”  JT yelled as everything in the room was enveloped in a gold-colored light as the ‘All Star’ guys disappeared.

“No!  What happened to them?  Where did they go?  You better answer me or I’ll cause you the greatest pain imaginable!”  Poltergeist yelled.

“They’re gone, gone far far away from here and you’ll never find them.  I suggest you give up and leave them alone,” JT replied as his eyes glowed an eerie purple color.

“Why?  Why did you take away the only person I truly loved?  You don’t know how much I love Justin and you don’t know how much Lance is loved either.  Bring them back, please bring them back to…” Poltergeist begged as he dropped to his knees, taking off his mask as his tears fell to the floor.

‘JT, we’re in a different part of the hotel and everyone is safe.  How are things going with the baddie?’  Wanda mentally asked as JT picked up on her thoughts, his eyes still glowing the eerie purple color.

‘I’m glad you guys are safe, but this guy is acting a bit strange right now.  He’s showing a lot of signs of social… you know what, he’s just being a stalker and it’s not funny,’ JT telepathically spoke as he kept his eyes on Poltergeist.  ‘I see our biggest problem would be how to clear things up with the guys of All Star, since it seems a few secrets have been blown.’

‘Yes, a few secrets have been blown here tonight,’ Wanda thought as she looked around, allowing JT to see through her eyes, witnessing the state of the guys of All Star.

“Look, I can’t bring them back,” JT stated as Poltergeist raised his head and then stood up.  “I didn’t take them anywhere…”

“No!  You took them away from me!”  Poltergeist screamed.

“No, you stalked those guys for way too long.  Why should they want to be here, around you of all people?  If you love someone, you don’t harass them and try to kill them by using your powers against them and scaring the hell out of them!”  JT snapped.

“I haven’t harassed anyone!”  Poltergeist yelled.  “I love Justin, I’ve always loved him.  There’s nothing you can do to keep me from finding him again!”

“That’s where you’re wrong,” JT stated as he vanished and then reappeared in front of Poltergeist, grabbing him by his head as his eyes glowed brighter as Poltergeist screamed out.  “Where are the other people that have been helping you?  I know you’re not alone in this.  I know there are others helping you, but it seems your mind is shielding those people from my psychic probing.  How can that be?”

“No!  Get out of my head you freak!  Stop you’re violating my personal space!  Get out of my head!”  Poltergeist screamed as JT stabbed him through the head with his psychic sword.

“Not until I find what I’m looking for.  Yes, finally.  So tell me about Mitchell and Steve.  It seems Mitchell is the reason why you’re able to locate the guys so quickly.  You have a psychic working with you too.  I see now that we have a lot of things to look out for,” JT stated as he removed his psychic sword from Poltergeist’s head as his eyes stopped glowing.

“You’re still here!”  Wanda growled, walking into the room with JT and Poltergeist.

“Wanda no, don’t do anything, he’s going to…” JT trailed off as Poltergeist disappeared.

“What just happened, where did he go?”  Wanda asked as she looked around.

“He’s a teleporter Wanda.  You broke my concentration, giving him the opportunity to get away,” JT stated as she sighed.  “Thanks a lot Wanda.”

“I’m sorry,” Wanda replied with a frown as her image shifted to reveal her normal appearance.  “I came back to check on you and to let you know that the others are still safe.  With all that’s happened, I think you might need to wipe some memories or this may get a little confusing to the guys.”

“We need to get to them fast,” JT stated as he shook his head.  “Poltergeist is working with three other guys and let’s just say that they’re just as powerful as we are.  Another problem we have is that Malik’s brother is one of the guys he’s working with.  We need to get to the others fast, before they’ve had time to strike again.”

“Let’s go,” Wanda said as she and JT faded away from the room.

An Instant Later – A Conference Room in the Hotel

“Are you guys okay?  Is anyone hurt?”  JT asked as he and Wanda walked into the room.

“We’re okay, a little shocked, but okay.  Is that guy gone?”  Lance asked as he walked over to JT.

“For now, he’s gone, but I fear he will return.  Where is Jon?”  JT asked as he looked around the room. “Isn’t he here?”

“Jon fainted when he saw all the freaky shit in Joey’s room, so he’s sleeping it off in his own room,” Chris stated.

‘Maybe you’re right Wanda.  Maybe I do need to erase their memories of what happened.  If it affected Jon that way, it’s best that they don’t remember things.  How have the other guys been acting since this started?’  JT telepathically asked Wanda.

‘Well Joshua, Chris and Lance have been sitting quietly, Justin has been pacing the room and Joey has been asking questions about your powers non-stop.  The guy has been going a mile a minute, asking all kinds of questions about you,’ Wanda thought.

“Hi JT, may I talk to you for a bit?  I—I would like to ask you some questions, if that’s okay with you,” Joey said as he walked over to where JT stood with Wanda.

“Ah yeah, I guess you can.  What’s up Joey?”  JT asked as he sat down in a chair as Joey sat across from him.

“Can you tell me about your powers?  I would like to know about what it is that you can do, since you’re my bodyguard and all.  I would like to know what you have to protect me,” Joey stated as he looked at JT closely.

“Well I don’t know how to answer that question,” JT stated as he looked at Wanda and then back at Joey.  “Joey, look into my eyes… tell me what it is that you see there…”

“Well, I see… I see nothing.  What am I supposed to be seeing?”  Joey asked as he looked at JT strangely, closed his eyes and then was fast asleep.

‘JT, you didn’t do what I think you did, did you?’  Wanda mentally asked as the ‘All Star’ guys suddenly went to sleep.

“Yes I did Wanda.  They won’t remember any of this in the morning.  They’ll think this was all just a dream.  Right now, we need to get them into their new rooms that the hotel has set up for us.  Once we get settled in the new rooms, we can get things going from there,” JT stated as he looked around.

“I hope you’re right JT,” Tyler stated as he looked over at Joshua and Justin.

“Right now, we have a bigger problem to deal with.  Wanda, let’s teleport everyone into the new rooms and once we’re done, we’ll have a small meeting in the hallway,” JT softly spoke, not trying to wake anyone up.

“So, you erased their memories of this event.  Are you going to keep erasing their memories of things happening each time Poltergeist shows up?”  Barbara asked.

“No, but hopefully the next time this happens, we would’ve had time to gently tell the guys about us and not have them thrust into this the way they were tonight,” JT stated as he turned around.  “They were thrust into the middle of a fight and I don’t think they should find out about us like that.”

“Are we going to get things started or what?”  Hank asked, looking over at JT.

“Fine, let’s get this plan into motion,” Tyler stated as he averted his eyes from JT.  “Oh and JT, would you please put your normal clothes back on?  Seeing you in that costume really scares me sometimes.”

“Ah okay,” JT replied as his eyes sparkled with energy as his clothing started to change.

Half Hour Later – The Hallway Outside of Joey’s New Hotel Room

“Okay, this is what I know about these guys so far.  First, Poltergeist is a guy named Ken Polanski, the son of the owner of TellStar Enterprises, John Polanski,” JT stated with a frown.

“Wait a minute JT,” Tyler stated as he shook his head.  “Isn’t TellStar Enterprises that corporation front that was using super humans to run drugs across the country and back that we stopped last year?  Isn’t that when we first met Malik?”

“Yes and Malik’s brother is involved in this mess also.  Mitchell is helping Ken and his friends.  For some strange reason, it seems that this Ken guy is really in love with Justin and well—well Mitchell seems to be in love with Lance.  While I was searching through Ken’s mind, I saw all sorts of images of all the things that he and Mitchell had been doing and I don’t really know where to start there.  I think this is going to get really ugly,” JT explained as he shook his head.  “There is also this guy named Steve.  He’s an ani-morph like Wanda.  He can transform into a wolf.  From the other images in Ken’s mind, Steve doesn’t have any other powers, but I know in his wolf form, he’s dangerous and he’s not scared to kill.”

“I don’t seem to understand all that’s going on.  Why is Mitchell involved in this?  The last time any of us saw him, he was powerless, had found religion and had abandoned his homosexual ways,” Barbara stated with a frown.

“I don’t know what happened since we last saw him, but from the images I pulled from Ken’s mind, they all have one common goal in mind.  They all want the person they set out to get.  Ken wants Justin, Mitchell wants Lance and Steve wants Joey.  So far, all three are doing what they can to make that a reality,” JT stated, waving his hand as a strange phenomenon appeared as he reached into it and pulled a package out.

“I have a question,” Tyler stated as he looked around.  “I know this is something we should be asking the guys, but are any of them actually gay?”

“That’s something I don’t know.  I haven’t proved any of their minds yet.  I just wiped away the last eight hours of the night,” JT stated as Wanda and Barbara raised an eye at him.  “Really, I didn’t sift through any of their minds.  I don’t know officially, but I think Lance is.”

“You really think Lance is?”  Hank asked with a dreamy look in his eyes.

“I don’t really know.  I know for a fact that Justin isn’t,” JT stated as he looked down.  “Justin’s involved with Veronica Knight and from what I’ve heard through the grapevine around with this company, Jon has his hands full, dealing with keeping the both of them in line.”

“Yeah, I’ve seen the tabloid spreads about those two,” Barbara stated with a frown.  “What about Joey and Joshua?”

“I don’t know about Joey yet.  We haven’t been able to actually sit down and get to know each other yet, since everything happened so quickly tonight,” JT stated as he opened the package.  “This is some pictures that were taken at the gate tonight at the concert.  The pictures show that Steve, Mitchell, Ken and this fellow here were at the concert.  I don’t know who the fourth guy is, but he seemed to stay in the same area as the other three.”

“I recognize this guy; he was with Poltergeist in line when I saw him at the entrance gate tonight.  When I grabbed Poltergeist and called for security, I saw something strange about him, but I didn’t let it sink in at the moment,” Barbara stated.

“So, he’s been around too.  I guess we have to keep an eye open for him too, whoever he is,” Tyler said as he shook his head.

“What’s wrong Hank?  You haven’t said much of anything most of the night.  Are you okay?”  Wanda asked.

“I don’t know, I kinda feel sad and—and afraid.  Tonight, when JT came back to Joey’s room, Lance looked at him with a scared and hateful look on his face as though he was looking at something evil or something he couldn’t stand to be around.  Then as things progressed, Lance seemed to become a little stand-offish, like he didn’t want to be around any of us,” Hank stated as a tear rolled down his cheek.

“Everything is going to be okay Hank, trust me it will be.  I know how you feel about Lance, we all do.  If Lance was scared of you being a super human, then tomorrow, he won’t be.  You’ll have a clean slate to work from in the morning.  Lance will not know your secret, unless you tell him or something else happens like tonight,” Wanda stated.

“That’s true.  In the morning, everything will be back to normal.  The only thing the guys should remember is meeting us, picking out who they wanted for a bodyguard and they’ll have the feelings of a hangover when they wake up.  I gave them all a hypnotic suggestion that will have them believing that they went out and got drunk and have very bad hangovers,” JT stated with a small laugh.

“Hangovers?  They have a concert tomorrow night, they can’t have hangovers,” Hank stated as he shook his head.

“They’re not real hangovers, just the ones I telepathically created.  Their minds will think they had been drinking last night, but their bodies won’t have the real effects of the alcohol, none-what-so-ever,” JT stated as he grabbed the keycard to enter Joey’s room.  “Good night guys, I’ll talk with you all in the morning after breakfast.”

“Later,” Tyler, Wanda and Barbara said as they turned and headed to their rooms.

To Be Continued…