Month: April 2013

The Lake Demon by Ken David Stewart Episodes 56 and 57


 

Episode 56

 

 

 

Bobby O’Connor, the sports writer? That guy’s a drunk. Anytime I go to a hockey game I see Bobby and he’s half in the bag,” said Kyle.

 

Look, this whole group is going to be doing a research project on Ogopogo. We’re planning to organize an expedition to actually find the creature.”

 

And I’d love to record an interview with you and see those pictures that you took of the creature,” said Keesha.

 

We can do that,” said Ryan. “We are wondering. Is there any way we could be of more help to you such as joining you on this expedition?”

 

You two are keaners, aren’t you?” Kyle said with a laugh. “I’ll tell you what. This whole group has a meeting scheduled with Dr. Lionel Phelge, a marine biology prof and the dean of UBC. The meeting takes place at 11:00 AM Tuesday morning in Dean Sanderson’s office. We’d love to take you guys to the meeting.”

 

You can count us in,” said Ryan. “Oh sorry, Monique. I haven’t asked you yet?”

 

Of course I’ll becoming to the meeting,” said Monique.

 

It’s all settled then,” said Ryan. “Welcome aboard.”

 

 

 

Episode 57:

 

 

 

Ida Rhodes was in the habit of taking her dog, Chloe, for walks along the trails in the evenings. Her walks generally lasted about forty-five minutes along the trails near Lake Okanagon. Ida favored one trail in particular that came close to the edge of the lake. This trail was near Squally Point.

 

On one particular evening Ida looked towards the lake and saw and heard a great upheaval in the water about fifty meters from the shore. As Ida moved closer to the lake she started to feel terrible chest pains. In a couple of minutes she suffered a fatal heart attack. As she lost her grip on the leash that held Chloe Ida fell into the lake and was soon dragged under by the current.

 

Chloe jumped into the water making a valiant effort to save her owner but she to went under from the force of the lake. Now both Ida and Chloe were dead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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That’s cool,” said Kyle.

 

 

 

So why are you interested in Ogopogo?” asked Jasmine.

 

Well, I’ve always been interested in cryptozoology. I can’t speak for Monique,” said Ryan.

 

If I wasn’t interested in cryptozoology before I certainly am now,” said Monique.

 

Why’s that?” asked Ian.

 

Because Ryan and I saw the creature yesterday morning,” answered Monique,”

 

Whoah! You had a close encounter?” asked Kyle.

 

It wasn’t that close an encounter, but it definitely was an encounter,” Ryan replied.

 

Okay, give us all the details,” said Keesha.

 

It started when Ryan and I went out for a jog on a trail that runs along the lake.

 

What part of Lake Okanogan are we talking about?” asked Keesha.

 

We were close to Squally Point,” said Ryan.

 

All right. Go on,” insisted Kyle.

 

As I was saying we were running along the trail when I saw something weird on the lake. I asked Ryan to stop and have a look where I was pointing,” said Monique.

 

Well, I stopped jogging and looked over towards the lake,” said Ryan. “There appeared to be a large dark object undulating rapidly. Monique was able to take a couple of photos of it.”

 

What did you think it was?” asked Brendon shuffling around in his chair.

 

If it wasn’t Ogopogo I don’t know what the heck it was,” said Monique with a quick swish of her ponytail.

 

What did you think it was Ryan?” asked Kyle.

 

At first I wasn’t sure but once I saw its head break the surface I was certain that it had to be Ogopogo,” said Ryan sitting straight up in his chair.

 

Wow! Have you got the pictures you took with you?” asked Keesha rolling up the sleeves on her University of British Columbia jacket.

 

We let a local reporter borrow them so that he could get them examined by an expert in photography analysis,” answered Ryan.

 

Which reporter and from which newspaper?” asked Ian.

 

Bobby O’Connor from The Kelowna Sun,” replied Monique.

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Episode 54:

 

Monique arrived at Aunt Meg’s cottage at around 10:00 AM. Before Monique left yesterday evening she and Ryan had agreed to check out The University of British Columbia. I think they both knew that something was going on between them and that they might decide to pursue their educations on the same campus. After taking a leisurely walk outside the campus Ryan and Monique decided to go for lunch at the university’s cafeteria. They thought that they might meet some of the university’s students and be able to ask them some questions.

They found a table just across from where Kyle Winter and his friends were sitting. As Kyle had a loud voice Ryan and Monique could not help but overhear the conversation at the adjoining table.

I’ve got our time and date set for our meeting with Dr. Phelge and Dean Sanderson. It will take place at 10:00 next Tuesday.” As usual Kyle was taking charge. I’ll need all of you guys there on time and I want you to come dressed in business style clothing. We need to look professional and look like we’re taking this project very seriously.”

What do you think that Dean Sanderson’s going to think about our Ogopogo project?” asked Keesha.

Ryan spat out his coffee when he heard Keesha say, ‘Ogopogo project.’ As there were still a couple of open spaces at Kyle’s table, Ryan signaled for Monique to move her chair to the university students’ table.

Could we join you guys for lunch?” asked Ryan. “We overheard you talking about Ogopogo.”

Sure, come join us.” said Keesha.

Ryan and Monique moved their chairs right beside the group of UBC students. “We should introduce ourselves. I’m Ryan and this is Monique.”

Is Monique your partner or girlfriend?” asked Ian.

I wish,” answered Ryan. This made Monique blush. Kyle and his friends then made all their introductions.

Are you guys students here?” asked Brendon.

No, we’re both here on summer vacation. Ryan’s from Winnipeg and I’m from Montreal. Both our parents are separated so we only come here to live with the other parent during the summer months,” replied Monique.

 

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”You want to hear a good band tonight.? A band called Next are playing at River Heights Community Club tonight.”

 

What kind of music do they play?” asked Arwen.

 

Hard rock mostly. They play a lot of the rock you hear on FM radio. They even have a local hit record out, a cover version of Tobacco Road.”

 

You mean the same song that The Nashville Teens recorded a few years ago?”asked Arwen.

 

That’s the one.”

 

Sounds good. If you got enough bread for the two of us, count me in,” answered Arwen.

 

Great! We’ve got a couple of hours to kill before River Heights is open. Do you want to hang out at Memorial Park for an hour or two?” remembering what Misty had told him. “Then we can catch the Crescent bus to River Heights Community Club, ”said Rick.

 

Far out, man. I hear that’s where all the freaks in Winnipeg hang out. You’re pretty cool for a guy who looks so straight.”

 

Rick laughed. “Yeah, what can I say. I’ve only had two months to let my hair grow out. It’s only about half way over my ears.”

 

They’re going to think you’re a narc, Rick,” Arwen joked.

 

I think they’ll give me the benefit of the doubt when they see that I’m with you.”

 

Arwen giggled, “Yeah, man. You’re probably right.”

 

Right after they finished their coffees Rick and Arwen walked the four blocksImage

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Life must be very scary for you Garry?” asked Dr. Weisenthall.

Yes, it is. I always have to be in a state of hyper vigilance,” answered Garry.

That must be very taxing on your system.”

Yeah, I feel exhausted most of the time.”

Well, I’m glad that we had a chance to meet today, Garry. I think that I will be able to help you with some of your issues. Your medical condition is not curable but fortunately, it’s treatable.”

What medical condition?!” shouted Garry who was now visibly agitated.

Now calm down, Garry. You have schizophrenia, most likely paranoid schizophrenia.”

So you still think I’m nuts!”

No, you are not nuts. You have a treatable medical condition. You will be staying in the hospital for a week or two until we can get you stabilized. I will start by putting you on some antipsychotic medications.”

I’m not staying in this hospital so that you can feed me a bunch of dangerous drugs.”

After saying that Garry bolted out the door of Dr. Weisenthal’s office. The psychiatrist then yelled to two male psychiatric nurses who were doing their rounds in the hall, “Jerry, Matthew. Restrain that young man!”

The two male nurses were able to grab a hold of Garry and wrestle him to the floor.

Dr. Weisenthall who was now in the hall caught up with Jerry and Matthew while Garry continued to struggle and kick on the floor. The doctor, a little out of breath, called out to a nurse in the office,” Kylie, go get the restraints. After Garry was put in the restraints he was given an injection of Haldol. The nurses and Dr. Weisenthall stayed with Garry until the medication took effect. As soon as Garry had stopped struggling and appeared to be groggy, the psychiatric team held Garry and laid him down in an open patient’s room.

This young man is very ill, “ said the doctor. I want all the nurses involved to write up an Incident Report. I am going back to my office to write up my report of what just transpired. I will be going home in a couple of hours. I will leave written instructions with the nurses. When the evening shift comes on I want them fully debriefed on what just occurred with this young man and the necessary interventions that were deemed necessary. Also let the evening staff know that they can call me on my cell if the patient starts to decompensate again this evening.”Image

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I don’t know your name either,” Rick giggled.

 

Well, I’m known as Arwen, man, like from The Lord of the Rings. That’s my street name anyway. What’s yours?”

 

I’m Rick Stuart, no street name. I think I heard of The Lord of the Rings but I haven’t read the book yet. What the heck is a street name anyway?”

 

On the street nobody uses their real names. It makes it easier when the cops or Child and Family Services start snooping around. You never know your friend’s real names.”

 

It suddenly dawned on Rick that he had entered a different world than what he was used to. “How long have you lived in Winnipeg, Arwen?”

 

I don’t live in Winnipeg. I’ve been traveling around the States and Canada for the last few months. I just got into town Sunday night. I hitched a ride from Van with some guys.”

 

What’s Van?” asked Rick?

 

Man , you are a straight aren’t you? Van is short for Vancouver, British Columbia.”

 

Did you know the guys you rode in with ?”

 

Only for one day. I met them at a crash pad in Van,” answered Arwen.

 

Do you think it was safe to get in a car with some men you barely know?” asked Rick.

 

I never think about my own safety, man. I don’t worry about anything anymore. I take life as it comes.”

 

A waitress came to their table as Arwen took deep drags off her cigarette and

 

Rick took short sips from his glass of water.

 

What can I get you folks?” asked the waitress.

 

We’d like two nips, two French fries and two coffees,” said Rick.

 

The waitress told them that their food should be ready in a few minutes.

 

How long will you be staying in Winnipeg, Arwen?

 

Probably for a week or so. I’ll leave as soon as my old man catches up with me,” answered Arwen.

 

Your old man? Are you married?” asked Rick.

 

No, we were just living together for a couple of months in Van.”

 

It doesn’t sound like you want to get back with him.”

 

Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t. The problem is he hits me.”

 

That’s terrible!”said Rick.

 

Yeah, but it’s not all the time. Most of the time he’s pretty cool with me. It’s only when he’s had too much to drink that he gets crazy.”

 

Are you afraid of him?” asked Rick.

 

Yeah, if he got mad enough he might kill me.”stated Arwen.“Well, that’s my cross to bare not yours, man.”

 

Still. I can’t stand the thought of someone beating on you.”

 

Ah, come on man, you didn’t even know me fifteen minutes ago.” said Arwen. “Still it’s kind of sweet. Thank you.”Image

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Episode 52:

Are you in a lotof pain, Garry?” asked Dr. Weisenthall. It looks like you took an awful beating from that passenger on the bus. The doctor could see Garry flinch when he was sitting on the couch. Garry was trying hard to find a position in which he would be comfortable.

You mean the psycho on the bus that attacked me?” asked Garry.

If that’s the way you choose to identify him,” replied the doctor.

I know what he is,” Garry responded. “In answer to your original question, yes, I am in a great deal of pain. I can barely find a part of my body where it doesn’t hurt.

I can help you with the manifestations of your physical trauma fairly easily. Here take two of these Tylenol 3s. You should start getting some relief from your physical pain in less than fifteen minutes. Garry, you said you know what the perpetrator of your assault is. What is he specifically?”

Oh he’s not the only one on that bus. The bus is infested with them”

With what?” asked the doctor.

There not human. They’re aliens. A particular group of aliens that can change themselves into either a human or reptilian form at will.” answered Garry.

Are these creatures dangerous?”

That’s an understatement. They are out to take control of the earth and all its inhabitants.”

Have you seen these aliens anywhere else or at any other time?”

Nearly every day. My parents are reptilian creatures. They often change form. That’s why I got on the Greyhound bus. To get away from them. I was planning on talking to my aunt and uncle who live in Saskatchewan. They must know that my parents are reptilians and I was hoping that I could live with them.”

Is there anywhere else that you have seen theses alien creatures?

I often can pick out some of them in a crowd when I walk downtown. Even if they disguise their reptilian features I recognize them by the sounds that they make.”

What do the sounds sound like?”

It’s hard to describe. Only dogs and people with my sensitivity can hear them. The sounds they make sound evil and eerie.”

Life must be very scary for you Garry?” asked Dr. Weisenthall.

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After he had purchased the album at the record store and walked out the door he felt some one tap him on the shoulder and say, “Excuse me, man.” This was the first time that anyone had called him, “man”. Rick turned around and saw what could only be described as female hippie or a flower child. He had previously only seen the flower children on television or in magazines. This girl definitely met the stereotype. Rick would estimate that she was fourteen to sixteen years old.

 

Hey man, do you have a cigarette and a little spare change?”

 

Rick happened to have a pack of Sweet Caporal cigarettes on him and did have change left over after purchasing the Jimi Hendrix album. This must be what the hippies meant by spare change. Rick laughed and said, “Sure”. The young girl had long blond hair and freckles. Although she was very thin and appeared to have missed a few meals Rick found her to be attractive.

 

Would you like to get something to eat? There’s a Salisbury House about a block from here and I’m buying.” Rick couldn’t believe that he’d found the courage to say this. This was like asking a girl out on a date and he had never had any success with this. There is nothing more shattering to a young man’s

ego than rejection from a female. When a young man hears, ‘No,’ or I don’t think so,’ it is like taking a heavy punch to the abdomen. The air is sucked right out of you.

 

To his delight and amazement, the flower child said, “That would be very cool. Can I get a smoke from you now?”

 

Absolutely,” said Rick taking a cigarette out of his pack and handing it to her.

 

While the two new acquaintances walked to The Salisbury House Rick felt like he was floating on air. It was hard for him to contain his excitement. He was about to have the company of a female all to himself.

 

Rick and his new friend found an open table at the restaurant and sat down to look at the menus. Rick said, “I know what I’m having already. A nip, some fries and a coffee. “

 

That sounds cool to me. I’ll have the same as you, man. By the way I don’t even know your name,” said the flower child.

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The duty nurse met briefly with an intern to inform him of Garry’s presenting
symptoms. The intern called to ask if there was anyone available from the Psych Department. He was told that the psychiatric on duty could give Garry

an assessment in approximately one hour. This gave the intern adequate time to do a physical evaluation of Garry’s condition and to wait for the results of his patient’s x-rays and blood tests. As Garry’s lips were swollen and bleeding, the intern asked the duty nurse to suture Garry’s cut lip.
The psychiatrist arrived shortly after Garry’s x-rays came back. The x-rays indicated that Garry did not have any broken ribs.
The psychiatrist and Garry took the elevator to the third floor of the hospital. They went to room 307 Dr. Weisenthall’s office. Dr.Weisenthall appeared to be in his late thirties. He had an average build and wore his long, grey streaked hair in a ponytail. The doctor asked Garry to have a seat on his light blue couch.
“Hello Garry. I’m Dr. Weisenthal. Most of your test results came back and it appears that you don’t have any serious physical injuries that we haven’t attended to.”
Garry looked at the wall behind Dr. Weisenthall’s Navy blue leather chair. He took note of the doctor’s university degrees. He could see out of the doctor’s windows and could see that it was raining and the sky had clouded over.
“You must be a psychiatrist,” said Garry. “judging by your university degrees I mean.”
“You’re right Garry. You’re very observant. I am indeed a psychiatrist. I’m actually the Head of the psychiatric wing of the hospital, “ said the doctor turning around to get his yellow legal pad from his desk.
“Does it concern you that I’m a psychiatrist?”
“Yes, it does because I’m not crazy. I didn’t imagine that a man beat me up on the bus.”
“No, the injuries you have on your body are very real. I would never call a patient ‘crazy’. I’m just here to do an assessment of your mental state. People who have been severely assaulted, like you have, usually show indications of trauma. I just need to find out if you have been traumatized by the incident on the bus,” explained Dr. Weisenthall giving his neck a quick turn in both directions to relieve the muscle tension.
“Well, I am feeling a lot of anxiety right now,” “Can you help me out with that?” asked Garry.
“Yes, I have successfully treated hundreds if not thousands of people with anxiety disorders.”
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until he was eighteen. Rick tried it at a party because he was curious and wanted to look cool. He found that he didn’t see what all the fuss was about. Smoking dope hindered his ability to carry on an intelligent conversation at a party and he was not happy about this side effect. Rick much preferred beer as it made him more loquacious. He was normally a quiet person but he would become quite talkative once he had consumed a few beers.

 

With hockey season over and only a few weeks left in the school year Rick now had some time on his hands. One of the reasons he probably didn’t have a girlfriend is that he hadn’t had any time to look for one. Hockey practices and games took up three to four evenings per week. On his free nights Rick

needed to study for his grade twelve courses. He had made up his mind to be a serious student that year. Rick did poorly in grade ten and eleven and had actually failed two courses in grade eleven. He was able to recover his math grade by attending summer school and paying for a private math tutor over the previous summer. That left Rick one science credit short but his faculty adviser had informed Rick that if he took a geography elective he wouldn’t need to retake grade eleven physics. Rick felt like he had gotten a fresh start in his academic program. His hard work and diligence to his studies had paid off. If he took a correspondence course over the summer Rick would be on track to graduate from high school with the rest of his peers.

 

From his conversations with Misty, Rick had learned that Memorial Park was the place to be if you wanted to meet counter culture people. One hot, summer afternoon Rick walked downtown to buy a new record at a place called The Record Room. Rick still had a paper route and he used his extra money to keep up his music collection. He was thinking about buying the first album by Jimi Hendrix and The Experience. He had heard one of his favorite local bands perform Purple Haze, the second single release from this album, and decided that he wanted to hear the full LP.

 

After he had purchased the album at the record store and walked out the door he felt some one tap him on the shoulder and say, “Excuse me, man.” This was the first time that anyone had called him, “man”. Rick turned around and saw what could only be described as female hippie or a flower child. He hadImage