Chapter 4 — Close Encounters of the First Kind
Aug 5, 1995 – Dallas, TX – An Unnamed Hotel – Joey and JT’s Hotel Room
Oh that’s just fucking great! What in the hell was I thinking? Now he’s totally going to be suspicious of things going on around us. Why did I have to telepathically speak to him this morning? That was totally my fault. I shouldn’t have done that… had I not done that, he wouldn’t be asking questions that I don’t want to answer.
“What in the hell am I going to do?” I asked as I heard the water turn on in the bathroom.
Damn it, I don’t want to try erasing his memory of that. Hell, if I try, I run the risk of causing some kind of brain damage or something. I don’t care how gentle I can possibly be with his mind, there’s still the risk of something happening to his mind and being that he’s a rising star, him becoming a brain dead veggie isn’t something he needs happening in his life right now. I’m going to do my best to not mess with his mind for the time being.
“Hey Joey, I’m going to breakfast. I’ll see you in Chris and Wanda’s room when you’re done,” I yelled, looking around the room and then I made my exit.
In the Bathroom
Looking at himself in the mirror, Joey sighed and then walked over to the shower stall. Opening the stall door, Joey turned on the water so he could shower. Testing the water to check the temperature, Joey sighed again and then stripped off his clothes as he stepped into the shower, letting the water wash away his fears and doubts.
“I totally need a new look,” Joey said as he washed his body. “I need a look that will get JT’s attention. I need a look that will make him want me, like I want him.”
While shower, Joey allowed the images of JT’s sexy body dance through his mind. Joey continued his shower while he sexually touched himself, bringing himself to orgasm. Leaning against the shower stall wall, he did his best to catch his breath as he smiled. Washing away the remains of his joy, Joey stepped out of the shower, grabbed a towel and started drying off.
“Damn, that was the best shower I’ve had in a week. I guess I needed to act like that. I need to do this a lot,” Joey said as he moved over to the mirror, checked his appearance again and then started dressing for the day.
Chris and Wanda’s Hotel Room
“Look, I know it was you that did it. Please excuse yourself the next time you feel the need to try to suffocate us all Chris,” Wanda stated, pretending to gag as everyone in the room laughed at the embarrassed expression on Chris’ face.
“Honest, I didn’t do it, Lance did it. Look at him; he looks like he’s gassy. Dang Wanda, why are you blaming me for that?” Chris asked with a pleading look of innocence on his face.
“No, don’t blame me, I didn’t do it. Hell, I haven’t had anything to eat yet to be gassy or anything. So don’t place the blame on me to pull it off of yourself Chris!” Lance snapped, pointing his finger at Chris.
“You guys are too much,” Tyler spoke, fanning his hand in front of his face as Joshua, Lance and Chris watched him. “You guys make little stinkies and then you want to blame other people for your actions. You guys know that’s not the moral way to conduct yourselves.”
“Hey, what do you mean by moral? What are you, a priest or something? Excuse me, if I’m not mistaken, weren’t you the guy that leaned over Wanda and Barbara last night in the limo to get a soda and you didn’t say anything while your backside was all up in their faces,” Joshua sarcastically said as Wanda’s eyes widened.
“Calm down people, what’s going on in here?” JT asked, walking into the room.
“Well to start, Chris farted, then Wanda made a comment about it, then Chris blamed Lance for it, then Lance shouted at him for it, then Tyler spoke up and then Joshua took offense to it and then you walked in,” Hank explained as everyone turned and looked at him strangely.
“Well thank you Onyx for that small summary of everything that happened in everyone’s life. Could you be more of a tattletale or what? I bet the teachers loved you in school,” Barbara stated as she cringed when she realized what she had said.
“What did you call him Barbara? What’s an Onyx?” Lance asked, looking over at Barbara and then over at Hank.
“It—it’s just a nickname that everyone calls me, mainly because I used to be so serious and I can’t remember who thought of that name,” Hank replied, glaring at Barbara.
“I’m sorry. Damn, it like slipped out. Sue me or something,” Barbara stated, walking over to JT and handing him a folder.
“Lighten up Hank. You act like we’re picking on you or something,” JT said as everyone stopped what they were doing and looked in his direction, rather behind him. “What’s going on? Hello?”
“Oh God! What have you done to your head Joey?” Lance asked, getting up as he walked over to where Joey stood behind JT as JT turned around quickly to see Joey’s new look.
“You can all close your mouths now. It’s not like you haven’t seen me change my hair color before,” Joey stated as he looked around the room and then walked over to the food serving cart and then picked up a plate.
“Are you kidding me here?” Justin asked, shaking his head as he put his plate down on the table.
“Joey—Joey, your hair is blue and black,” Joshua said, sighing as he shook his head. “When you dyed your hair red that time, it was for publicity for the show we were doing. What’s with the blue? There’s no publicity need for that. What’s the deal here man? What’s running through that brain of yours?”
“Lay off the hair Joshua. No one said anything to Chris when he went back to the dreads and no one said anything to Justin when he went with the Mohawk. Why are you guys acting like I committed murder for a little bit of color? I’m not in the mood for this, so let’s just finish eating so we can get on with our day,” Joey said as he piled some food onto his plate and then found a spot to sit on the couch next to Lance.
“You changed your hair to blue!” Justin snapped, walking over to where Joey sat. “You must understand that we’re concerned about this drastic change here. Is there something wrong?”
“There’s nothing wrong Justy. I’m trying to eat here, leave me alone and finish your own food!” Joey snapped, motioning with his plate at Justin.
“Okay guys, I think that’s our cue to let you all have some personal time,” JT stated as he moved away from the sofa. “If you guys need anything, we’ll be outside. Come on guys.”
Outside in the Hallway
“What’s going on JT? I know you’ve already psi-scanned everyone’s mind to see what’s going on, so go ahead and tell us already,” Barbara stated as JT shook his head.
“I don’t know what’s going on in there. I haven’t psi-scanned anyone and I’m not going to, unless there’s trouble or I feel someone’s hiding something,” JT stated with a sigh. “I don’t think Joey’s decision to change his hair color warrants me reading his mind.”
“Well something is definitely going on in there with those guys and counseling of some kind is probably needed,” Barbara stated as she turned and looked at Hank.
“What?!” Hank snapped.
“Buddy you need to calm down,” JT said as he looked over at Hank. “By the way, what’s going on with you and Lance? I noticed that Lance has been looking at you since I’ve been in the room and it seems his glance matches yours. So did you two sleep together or something?”
“No, we haven’t done anything. We had a little bit of a problem last night, but I think we’ve solved that and—and everything’s okay now,” Hank stated as he averted his eyes from JT.
“Well that’s good to hear. At least we know that you’ll be doing your job at full potential and not be distracted by other things. Also, I know something about where Mitchell and Ken are hiding. On my way to breakfast this morning, I had a premonition. I think it was triggered by the phone call I got after speaking to Marek,” JT explained as Barbara and Wanda looked at him strangely. “I think they’re held up in a small building on the outskirts of town that Marek’s dad used to own.”
“Are we going to investigate this JT?” Barbara asked as JT smiled wickedly as he pulled a notebook out of his pocket.
“Oh yeah, we’re going to investigate this. When the guys are at their photo shoot and interview today, me and Wanda will teleport to the location and check things out to see what’s going on. During that time, Hank will go back to headquarters and check on things there, to make sure we haven’t had any visitors while we’ve been away,” JT stated, looking around at his comrades. “Tyler, you and Barbara will stay with the guys and if you need to, call in some of the others to take up the slack.”
“Are you sure we can pull this off without bringing unneeded attention…” Tyler stated as the door to the room opened as JT looked up to see Justin waving for them to come over.
“Is there something wrong Justy?” Barbara asked.
“I don’t know what’s going on, but Joey just got a call on his cell and now he’s acting all strange,” Justin stated with a frown. “All I know is that he answered the phone and now he’s not talking.”
“Oh that’s just great,” JT said with a frown as they rushed into the room. “Joey? Joey, what’s wrong? What’s happening?”
“What did he say when he answered the phone?” Barbara asked, walking over to Justin.
“Tyler, grab his phone and check the caller id. Barbara, go get Jon so he can be informed of this. Hank, you go do what I told you to do earlier. Come on people, hustle!” JT snapped, snapping his fingers in Joey’s face, still not getting a response from him.
“Did Joey say anything at all while he was on the phone?” Wanda asked, looking at Chris.
“All he did was say ‘hello’ and then his face went blank, like it is now. He looks like he’s heard some bad news or something,” Chris stated, looking at Wanda strangely. “What’s going on here? What’s wrong with him?”
“Chris, please sit down, you’re making me nervous,” Joshua said, trying to ease Chris into a chair to stop his pacing.
“That would be a good idea if everyone just calmed down so we can get to the bottom of this,” Lance said, returning to his seat on the sofa.
“I don’t know what was said on the phone, but I’m going to find out. Joey, I don’t know if you can hear what I’m saying, but you have to talk to me and tell me what was said,” JT said, hoping he didn’t have to use his psychic powers to get the answers he needed from Joey.
“Please JT, please protect me,” Joey whispered to JT.
“I’m right here Joey,” JT spoke, taking Joey’s hand in his.
“He said that… He said that he was… He was… Wahhhh… He said that he was watching me and that he was going to have me and when he was done with me, he was going to make sure that no one else does… He’s going to kill me,” Joey stuttered out as the tears streamed down his face.
“What!” Justin screamed as Joey jumped up from the sofa and jumped into JT’s arms, trembling violently.
“Oh God,” Lance said, shaking his head. “Was it the same guy that sent us the gifts? Was it the guy that’s been harassing all of us on the phone?”
“Joey… Joey… Come on man, stay with me here, you have to talk to me. Stay with me Joey, don’t fade out on me,” JT stated as he looked Joey in the face.
“JT! What in the hell is going on around here? I was told that another phone call had been received by one of the guys. I thought you guys had that problem under control!” Jon snapped, standing in the doorway to the room.
“Jon, we don’t know where these guys are hiding,” JT stated as he looked over at Jon. “But I have a feeling that will change soon. I’m in receipt of some information about the identities of the people involved and Tyler is checking with the cell phone carrier about the recent call received.”
“JT, please help me. Get those guys for me… I don’t want to die. I don’t want to be his,” Joey said as the tears continued streaming down his face.
‘Sorry gang, but I don’t think I can filter out all of this fear. I can barely get into his mind to calm him down. It’s like he’s going into lockdown or something. The plan stays the same. Let’s just get past this and continue on with everything else,’ JT telepathically spoke to his comrades.
“Please help me JT… Stop him, stop him before he comes to get me!” Joey screamed as Lance and Joshua jumped and then moved over towards the door.
“Jon, is it possible for the guys to cancel the photo shoot and interview that’s scheduled for today?” JT asked.
“No, they can’t cancel. We’ve already rescheduled things way too many times,” Jon stated, shaking his head. “We’ve been here in Texas for an extra week and the guys have yet to handle their external commitments. I don’t care what’s going on, but today’s events need to get completed today.”
“But Jon, what if that creep attacks us while we’re at the shoot or the interview?” Joshua asked, looking over at Jon.
“We’ll be there and I’m going to call in extra security for tonight’s show,” JT stated as Joey looked at him closely.
“But JT…” Joshua trailed off when Jon glared at him.
Jacksonville, FL – The X-Ternals’ Compound
= Unauthorized Entry! Intruder, please validate your identity =
“Computer, security check. Onyx logging in with passcode Hart one,” Hank spoke as an infrared light beam shot out from a hole from the ceiling, bathing his body in a reddish glow.
= Identity of Onyx Validated. Entry Authorized =
“Computer, are there any other members here within the compound?” Hank asked, walking through the corridor.
= Negative. Onyx is only validated member in area =
“Thank you, I’ll do a walk-through and then I’ll be leaving,” Hank stated as he continued walking through the corridors of the compound.
Dallas, TX – An Unknown Hotel – Chris and Wanda’s Hotel Room
“Being that there aren’t going to be any changes, let’s go ahead and get your day on the road. I’ve called for extra security and we’ll make sure that we’ll do what we can to stop these freaks from bothering you,” JT stated as he walked towards the main door.
“Alright guys, let’s get moving. You don’t want to be late, this shoot and interview needs to get done today, so get to it,” Jon said as he walked out of the room.
“That damn jerk is going to make us do something one day and it’s going to end up getting us all killed,” Chris said as he shook his head. “The damn fool cares nothing about our safety.”
“Come on guys, our bodyguards are here with us and they’ll keep us protected,” Lance stated as he walked towards the door while pulling Joshua up off the sofa.
“Come on Justin, we don’t have all day,” Chris said, pointing at the door as he shook his head again.
A Few Minutes Later – Downstairs at the Limos
“Hey, where are you two going? I thought you guys were coming with us,” Lance said as JT and Wanda walked towards another car.
“We’ll be there, we have something to check on first and then we’ll be right there. Believe me, you guys won’t even miss us at all,” JT stated as he and Wanda walked in the direction of the rental car office.
“Okay guys, I’ll see you later. JT, please don’t be long,” Joey said as he stepped inside the limo.
‘Wanda, when the limo pulls off, we are a go. Also, you make sure that if I grab somebody, let me hold onto them, without you slicing through my energy bubble and giving them a way to escape,’ JT telepathically spoke to Wanda as the two of them faded away.
The Outskirts of Dallas, TX – An Abandoned Building
“Black Cat, over there! Grab him and don’t let him get away! I’ll get the other one!” JT yelled as he and Wanda appeared in the room and spotted Poltergeist and one of his friends, the guy they knew to be responsible for causing problems for their charges.
“Don’t move or I’ll slice and dice you with my claws,” Wanda stated as her image shifted, making her look like a female cat that stood on her hind legs.
“Shaman stop! What’s happened to make you go bad all of a sudden?” JT asked, stepping up behind the man.
“Psychic Warrior, I was wondering when we were going to pit our powers against one another,” the guy identified as Shaman spoke as he waved his hand as a staff made of psychic energy appeared.
“Bring it on. I don’t want to hurt you Mitchell, but if I have to, I will. For your brother’s sake, stop this madness. I thought you had given this way of life up,” JT stated as he waved his hand, using his powers to create a sword made of psychic energy.
“My life is none of your business!” Shaman screamed, trying to jab JT with his psychic staff.
“I told you a long time ago that you couldn’t beat me. Stop this, before it’s too late,” JT spoke as he sighed and then shoved his psychic sword into Shaman’s head as Wanda covered her mouth.
“Psychic Warrior!” Wanda snapped as she and Poltergeist moved over to where JT and Shaman were.
“I told him I didn’t want to hurt him,” JT stated as Shaman stood paralyzed in place.
“I don’t know why he would go up against you,” Wanda stated, shaking her head. “He knew that your psychic sword is the totality of your psychic powers and with it, you can do just about anything with the mind and body.”
“Right now, I’m going to extract the necessary information from his mind that we need to stop him and his friends,” JT stated as his eyes glowed an eerie purple color. “While he’s paralyzed, I’m going to lock his powers away, so he won’t cause any more problems for Joey or anyone else.”
“Psychic Warrior, is that something you should be doing?” Wanda asked as she held Poltergeist around the neck, holding him tightly so he couldn’t escape her.
“If he doesn’t remember he has powers and he can’t access them, he can’t cause any problems for any of us,” JT stated as Wanda nodded her head as Poltergeist struggled to get free. “Don’t you agree with that Black Cat?”
“You—you’re right,” Wanda replied, looking down as JT removed his psychic sword from Shaman’s head as his body fell to the floor.
“Okay Black Cat, let’s get the hell out of here and get back to the guys. Make sure you have a nice hold on him, so he can’t escape. When we get back to the guys, he’s going to be arrested,” JT stated as Wanda looked at him strangely.
“He’s going to be arrested? Why?” Wanda asked.
“If the guys see him get arrested, they’ll feel more protected,” JT stated as Wanda nodded and then frowned.
“I don’t think jail is going to hold him Psychic Warrior. He can turn intangible and teleport,” Wanda stated as JT shook his head and then stabbed his psychic sword into Poltergeist’s head as the man screamed out in agony. “Psychic Warrior!”
“Don’t worry Cat, I’m locking his powers away, so he can’t use them either, the same way I did with Mitchell over there,” JT stated as he removed the psychic sword from Poltergeist’s head and then backed away from him as his eyes stopped glowing.
“Are you okay Psychic Warrior?” Wanda asked, watching JT closely.
“I’m fine, why do you ask?” JT asked, looking at Wanda strangely.
“I—I’m just shocked at this harsh way that you’ve adapted to using your psychic powers,” Wanda stated as JT shrugged his shoulders and then moved away from her.
“You ready to get back?” JT asked.
“Yes,” Wanda replied as she held out her hand to JT, but he disappeared on his own, leaving her behind. “He… He didn’t need me to teleport him?”
An Hour Later – Dallas, TX – NetRadio Studios
“Where is he? He said that he wouldn’t be long… where could he be?” Joey asked, continuing to pace the floor as he ran a hand through his hair while looking at his watch.
“Joey, who are you looking for?” Joshua asked, concerned for Joey.
“JT, I’m looking for JT,” Joey replied as he looked around and then looked at his watch again. “He said that he would be here to protect me. Where is he?”
“I guess he’s off, doing security stuff,” Joshua replied as Joey threw his hands up and continued pacing the floor. “Calm down buddy, he’ll be here any minute.”
“He should’ve been here already,” Joey said as Joshua frowned at him.
‘Oh man, I think Joey’s losing it. He’s been acting like a lost little puppy since he got that phone call. Now he’s acting like he’s about to freak out because JT isn’t here. What’s going on between those two?’ Joshua mentally asked as he looked around.
“Wanda, let’s get the cops here to get this piece of trash,” JT stated as he and Wanda appeared down the hall from the room where the guys’ interview was being held as Wanda looked at him strangely. “When the police arrive, they can take that crap into custody.”
“JT, I think we need to talk,” Wanda stated as she let Poltergeist’s unconscious body fall to the floor.
“We can talk later. All we need right now is for the cops to get here and take him in,” JT stated as there was a burst of light in the area as Shaman appeared.
“I don’t think so Psychic Warrior. Both of you step back away from him or I’ll do to you, what he tried to do to me!” Shaman yelled.
“I don’t think so! Wanda, make sure that creep gets arrested, I’ll handle Shaman!” JT snapped as Wanda ran in the other direction as JT turned around. “Asayo Masali Magotti! Star Power Change!”
“Ahhh, revealing your true self to me… To all of us. Look behind you, it seems you’ve gathered a crowd. I don’t think you can keep your secret from the guys anymore,” Shaman stated as he hurled a magical ball of energy at JT.
“Some people never learn,” JT said as he shook his head. “My psionic shield can withstand anything you throw at me. Your energy balls can’t cut through that to get to me! Don’t make me do something I’ll regret later on. You just need to stop while you’re ahead!”
“I’m not going to let you stop my plans Psychic Warrior!” Shaman screamed.
“Fine, have it your way then!” JT snapped as he waved his hand in Shaman’s direction as there was an explosion, throwing Shaman against the opposite wall.
“I’m getting sidetracked here. Where is Joey? I came here to get my Joey and while I’m here, I’ll take Justin too far when Ken comes back to. When he wakes up from the coma you put him in, he’ll have his man also!” Shaman screamed as he got up off the floor as he waved his hand as his psychic staff appeared.
“Leave here, I’m not going anywhere with you!” Joey yelled as he hugged onto Joshua.
“I’m not going anywhere with you either, so don’t think about it, I don’t go that way!” Justin snapped.
“Stop it Shaman!” JT screamed, his eyes glowing brightly. “If I blast you again, you’re going down and I’m not going to regret it.”
“I don’t care what you do, I’ll have my Joey!” Shaman screamed as he aimed his psychic staff in JT’s direction.
“Look man, I don’t like you. Hell, I don’t even know you! Why would I want to be with you? Just leave me… Leave us alone you freak!” Joey yelled as Shaman shook his head and then raised his psychic staff above his head.
“Noooo! I love you Joey, you don’t know how much I love you. I love you with all of my heart and soul and you’ll be mine!” Shaman screamed.
“No he won’t!” JT screamed as he waved his hand as a sphere of energy flew at Shaman, but Shaman waved the staff in JT’s direction, sending the sphere of energy back at him, slamming him to the floor.
“JT? JT, are you okay? JT… JT wake up! Oh no, he’s not moving! Oh God, he’s not moving!” Joey screamed, looking around as Shaman moved closer and grabbed him by the him, pulling him close. “Oh God, we’re finished now! Get your hands off of me you jerk!”
“Wanda, do something!” Chris screamed, jumping up and down. “JT’s down, do something! Help him! Help him!”
“Sorry little Christopher, Black Cat can’t help you, now that I’ve paralyzed her mind,” Shaman said with a smile. “That’s why she’s not moving. She’s helpless as a newborn baby. Don’t even think about calling for Frosta or Stryker. I’ve done the same thing to them also.”
“Who’s Frosta and Stryker?” Joey asked.
“I’m talking about that dang-blasted Barbara chick and that fool Tyler,” Shaman stated as Joey shook his head and looked down as he continued to struggle to get free.
‘Oh God, where is Hank? I need him… I need him to protect me,’ Lance thought as he looked around frantically.
‘JT, please wake up! Oh, I wish you would please wake up. I like you and I want you to wake up so this guy won’t get away with hurting me and taking me away from you, the person I want to try to love. Please wake up JT,’ Joey thought as he continued to struggle with Shaman.
To Be Continued…