Month: December 2012

Episode 32 of The Lake Demon by Ken David Stewart


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Garry Phelge couldn’t take it any longer. He got up out of his seat and walked to the front of the bus in order to talk to the driver.

 

Driver, I want to get off the bus right now,” said Garry.

 

I can’t let you off the bus here, sir. We’re in the middle of nowhere. We’re about twenty miles away from the next scheduled stop,” replied the bus driver. “Why do you want to get off here anyway?”

 

There are people on this bus who are out to get me. They are going to try to stop me from seeing my aunt and uncle in Kelowna,” answered Garry.

 

Which people are you talking about, son?” asked the driver.

 

The ones with the heads like reptiles,” replied Garry.

 

With heads like what?”

 

With heads like reptiles. Can’t you see them? They’re extraterrestrials,”

 

The bus driver used to work as a residential care worker for people with severe psychiatric disabilities. It didn’t take him long to figure out that Garry suffered from schizophrenia.

 

What’s your name, son?”

 

Garry Phelge.”

 

I’ll tell you what I’m going to do. Garry. In less than half an hour we’ll be stopping for a break in the next town. Everybody will have to get off the bus for thirty minutes. When the break is over I won’t let the reptilian creatures back on the bus. Will that make you feel better?” asked the bus driver.

 

Yes sir, it will. I just hope the reptilians didn’t hear our conversation,” replied Garry.

 

Don’t worry. Reptiles have very poor hearing. Why don’t you go back to your seat now and let me deal with situation,” said the bus driver.

Garry thanked the driver as he walked towards his seat at the back of the bus.

Once the driver saw that Garry was safely seated at the back of the bus, the driver called 911.

 

Hi. I’ve got a situation on Greyhound bus 74. I have a passenger who is delusional and thinks that there are extraterrestrials on the bus who are out to get him. The passenger is a young man who likely suffers from schizophrenia. I’m afraid that the young man may be a danger to either other passengers or himself. My bus should arrive at the bus depot in Regina in about twenty -five minutes, “ explained the driver.

 

Do you think that your passenger will be okay until you arrive in Regina?” asked the emergency response operator. “Do you know the young man’s name?”

 

I believe so. He says his name is Garry Phelge. I told him that I would kick all the extraterrestrials off the bus at our next rest stop.”

 

Good thinking sir. I’ll have the RCMP and an ambulance meet you at the Regina bus depot.”

 

That sounds like a plan to me. Thank you for your help,”said the bus driver as he put his cell phone away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Episode 31 0f The Lake Demon by Ken David Stewart


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Garry Phelge knew what he had to do. He had to go to Kelowna, British Columbia to see his Uncle Ray and Aunt June. He had saved up enough money to purchase a bus ticket. Garry had many good childhood memories of traveling to B.C. with his parents to visit with his aunt and uncle. The residual effects of Garry’s last dose of medications were starting to wear off and he was beginning to decompensate or lose contact with reality. He kept it together long enough to buy a one way bus ticket to Kelowna. On a few occasions Garry had tried to tell the staff at The House of Hope in Winnipeg that his parents were reptilian creatures from outer space. He had also discussed this particular delusion with his psychiatrist. Both the staff at The House of Hope and his psychiatrist had tried to explain to Garry that his belief that his parents were extraterrestrial reptiles was a manifestation of his illness. Garry now felt that both the staff at the mental rehabilitation facility and his therapist were “on board” with his parents and were lying to him.

 

Garry desperately needed someone to believe his story. His delusion first started when Garry watched his father, Dr. Lionel Phelge, being interviewed by a local television network. The television show was about flying saucers and extraterrestrials and Garry’s father was considered to be an expert on this topic. During his interview on this show, Dr. Phelge had stated that he had once seen a UFO or more correctly, a squadron of UFOs flying in formation.

In Garry’s way of thinking, his father only said this because he and his wife are from another planet or another solar system.

Garry thought that both his Uncle Ray and Aunt June were somehow privy to this knowledge about his parents. He was sure that they would confirm his belief when he saw them in person at Kelowna.

 

Garry felt very uncomfortable during the bus ride to Kelowna. He was starting to withdraw from the lorazepam in his system. The sudden withdrawal caused Garry’s state of anxiety to significantly increase. He also began to have both visual and auditory hallucinations during the bus ride as the residual effects of his anti psychotic medications wore off..Garry was certain that the other passengers on the bus knew the secret about Garry’s parents. He also believed that a few passengers were also reptilians from the same planet as his parents. Garry’s auditory hallucinations involved other people on the bus talking about him. He heard the ones that he thought were extraterrestrials talking about how they would sabotage Garry’s efforts to talk to his aunt and uncle.

 

 

 

 

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Garry Phelge knew what he had to do. He had to go to Kelowna, British Columbia to see his Uncle Ray and Aunt June. He had saved up enough money to purchase a bus ticket. Garry had many good childhood memories of traveling to B.C. with his parents to visit with his aunt and uncle. The residual effects of Garry’s last dose of medications were starting to wear off and he was beginning to decompensate or lose contact with reality. He kept it together long enough to buy a one way bus ticket to Kelowna. On a few occasions Garry had tried to tell the staff at The House of Hope in Winnipeg that his parents were reptilian creatures from outer space. He had also discussed this particular delusion with his psychiatrist. Both the staff at The House of Hope and his psychiatrist had tried to explain to Garry that his belief that his parents were extraterrestrial reptiles was a manifestation of his illness. Garry now felt that both the staff at the mental rehabilitation facility and his therapist were “on board” with his parents and were lying to him.

 

Garry desperately needed someone to believe his story. His delusion first started when Garry watched his father, Dr. Lionel Phelge, being interviewed by a local television network. The television show was about flying saucers and extraterrestrials and Garry’s father was considered to be an expert on this topic. During his interview on this show, Dr. Phelge had stated that he had once seen a UFO or more correctly, a squadron of UFOs flying in formation.

In Garry’s way of thinking, his father only said this because he and his wife are from another planet or another solar system.

Garry thought that both his Uncle Ray and Aunt June were somehow privy to this knowledge about his parents. He was sure that they would confirm his belief when he saw them in person at Kelowna.

 

Garry felt very uncomfortable during the bus ride to Kelowna. He was starting to withdraw from the lorazepam in his system. The sudden withdrawal caused Garry’s state of anxiety to significantly increase. He also began to have both visual and auditory hallucinations during the bus ride as the residual effects of his anti psychotic medications wore off..Garry was certain that the other passengers on the bus knew the secret about Garry’s parents. He also believed that a few passengers were also reptilians from the same planet as his parents. Garry’s auditory hallucinations involved other people on the bus talking about him. He heard the ones that he thought were extraterrestrials talking about how they would sabotage Garry’s efforts to talk to his aunt and uncle.

 

 

 

 

 

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Episode 30 of The Lake Demon by Ken David Stewart


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After Roland and Natasha finished telling Ryan and his friends their Ogopogo story it was time for the couple to leave. They had a dinner date scheduled at Natasha’s parents place that evening.

Do you believe their story?” asked Ian.

I think they’re telling the truth. I noticed that Natasha turned pale and her hands started to tremble when Roland told the story,” answered Ryan.

Yeah, the chick was scared out of her wits, probably traumatized by the experience,” offered Jasmine.

I have some exciting news for you guys,” said Ryan.” I was just talking to Professor Phelge and-”

Did you call him on your cell phone when you were in the bathroom?” asked Keisha.

Ryan laughed. “ No, he’s here on the other side of the pub. I had a chance to talk to him for about fifteen minutes and pitched our research project to him.”

Man, you have guts, Ryan,” said Brendon.

Yes, you are the man,” Kyle agreed.

That’s why he’s the first string quarterback on the football team,” said Keisha.

Thanks for the vote of confidence guys. Now let’s get serious. It turns out that Dr. Phelge is starting a one year sabbatical today,” said Ian.

That’s really fortunate for him especially if it’s his performance review year,” added Kyle.

Yeah, the old guy hasn’t been himself since his wife passed away,” said Keisha.

Are you taking any of his classes this year?” asked Jasmine.

Yes, I’m taking a second year marine biology class with him. Last year I took his introductory course. You wouldn’t believe the difference in him from this year to last year,” said Keisha.

Yeah, I’m in the same class with Keisha. Professor Phelge has definitely lost his spark. Last year he taught intro biology like a man possessed. He had such energy and passion for his subject. And this year the fire has gone out. He teaches like he’s in a daze most of the time. It’s as if he can’t wait for the class to be over,” said Kyle.

It sounds like he’s depressed. He’s probably still grieving the loss of his wife,” said Ian.

So, how is the professor going to be of any use to us in the state that he’s in?” asked Brendon.

When I first sat down with Dr. Phelge he did seem sad and preoccupied, but when I started telling him about our research project, he perked right up,” answered Ryan.

 

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Episode 29 0f The Lake Demon by Ken David Stewart


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After two long days of traveling, John, Ryan and Stephanie finally arrived at Aunt Meg’s place in Kelowna, British Columbia.

Well, we made it here in one piece,” said John. “I told you that the old Taurus would get us here.”

Yep, miracles do happen,” said Ryan grinning.

Aunt Meg owned a large beautiful house that resembled a log cabin. It reminded Stephanie of the main lodge at Camp Woodlands. There would certainly be plenty of room for everyone. The house was surrounded by trees on all sides except for the gravel road that led to it. The place was very peaceably secluded with Lake Okanagan was very close by.

Meg heard the car coming and was already outside waiting to greet the family. The two dogs, Scruffy and Skippy leaped out of the car and ran up to greet Meg. They were both friendly dogs that like people.

You’re just in time for lunch,” said Meg.”You guys must be both hungry and exhausted.”

We haven’t been eating very healthy food the last couple of days,” said John. John, Stephanie and Ryan all loved junk food.

Yeah, you should see our dad on car trips. He drives ten to twelve hours per day with very few pit stops,” said Stephanie.

That’s right. Dad just stops for gas and we run into the convenience store to buy potato chips, chocolate bars, coffee and soft drinks. Around suppertime he’ll stop at some hamburger place along the way to have dinner,” said Ryan.

It sounds like your dad hasn’t changed at all. That’s exactly how I remember it when I went on road trips with him,” said Meg.“Which hotel did you stay at overnight?”

Motel 6,” said John.

That’s just like you,too. John. Always trying to save a buck,” said Meg.

That’s right. I’m not making the type of coin I used to when I was teaching public school full time,” said John. “Subbing pays poorly and writing fiction pays worse.”

I thought you told us that your cousin Ronnie left you a substantial inheritance,” said Ryan.

It was a pretty large chunk of money but I didn’t win the lottery. I’ll need to use some of the inheritance money to pay the bills that my subbing and writing efforts don’t cover,” John answered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Episode 28 of The Lake Demon by Ken David Stewart


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Garry was medically stabilized at the hospital and would be ready for release in about five days. This knowledge created a moral dilemma for Lionel and Edith Phelge. They were both in their sixties and had to deal with the stress of Garry’s medical condition for approximately ten years now. The cycle had repeated itself too many times. Garry would experience a psychotic break and would be released by the hospital into their care. Garry would be compliant with his treatment plan for a couple of months and would take all his prescribed medications as directed by his psychiatrist. The positive symptoms of his schizophrenia would either not manifest or be greatly reduced in intensity. The negative symptoms of the disease would still be prevalent. Garry would have very little energy and would sleep until the late afternoon.

Garry would be very lethargic and not be motivated to do much but sleep, smoke cigarettes and drink coffee. During these times Garry’s parents found that they were still able to manage living with him.

Then after a few months Garry would decide that he no longer needed to take his medications. He would lie to Lionel and Edith and would tell them that he was still taking his pills. After a few days off his meds, Garry’s positive symptoms of schizophrenia would manifest once again and he would suffer another psychotic break. This crisis situation would necessitate another trip to the hospital to get Garry’s medical condition stabilized.

Lionel and Edith talked the recent incident over and came to the conclusion that they could no longer tolerate Garry’s residing with them. Lionel called the hospital to set up an appointment with a social worker to discuss alternative housing options for Garry when he was released from the hospital this time.

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Episode 27 of The Lake Demon by Ken David Stewart


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As Dr. Lionel Phelge sat in his Lazy Boy and took comforting puffs off his pipe he began to think about his son, Garry. He hated to admit it to himself but,at times, he tried to forget that Garry even existed.

Garry had just turned twenty-eight. He had often lived with his parents for brief periods of time. Garry would leave leave the home, temporarily, when he decided he wanted the freedom of living in his own apartment or that the present situation living with his family had become intolerable.

Things would usually become intolerable when Garry decided that either there was nothing wrong with him,or that he thought he was cured from his schizophrenia. The positive symptoms of schizophrenia such as hallucinations and delusions would start to manifest in a few days after Garry stopped taking his medications. As theses symptoms exacerbated Garry would frequently experience a complete psychotic break.

During his last psychotic break Garry went running up and down the stairs screaming that he knew that both his parents were reptilian creatures from outer space and that he could see them changing from their human forms into their reptilian forms. He would then try to place phone calls to the CIA and FBI to inform them that two aliens are living in his house.

The last time this happened Garry went outside the house to the street. He stopped cars to warn them that his parents are aliens and even knocked on their neighbors doors to deliver the same message. One of the neighbors became very afraid and called the police.

In a few minutes the police arrived at the Phelge’s door. Garry had walked a short distance further down the street and was still trying to stop cars and warn neighbors about his parents. Two police constables arrived at the family home and spoke with Lionel and Edith Phelge for a few minutes.

Our son, Garry is very ill with schizophrenia. He must have stopped taking his medications and is having a complete break from reality,” explained Edith

That’s right,” Lionel interjected. He is having hallucinations and delusions that are telling him that my wife and I are reptilians from another planet.”

Thank you,” said the female constable. Constable Myers and I will restrain Garry and take him to the hospital so that he can be promptly treated.”

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