Month: November 2013

Episode 95 of The Lake Demon by Ken David Stewart


Episode 95:

Bobby couldn’t wait another second to get to his desk and start writing his first newspaper article on Ogopogo. What folPicture 23lows is Bobby O’Connor’s first draft of the article:

 

There have long been rumours of a mysterious creature that inhabits Lake Okanogan.This unknown animal is known as Ogopogo and first was mentioned in First Nations legends. They called Ogopogo, the lake demon. There have been many reported sightings of the creature since that time, often as many as ten per year.

Most people doubt the existence of a sea monster in Lake Okanogan and claim that it is a mythical creature. They state that the reported sightings are either hoaxes or are reports of people who have mistakenly seen some other object or phenomena.

Then there are the true believers who claim to have actually had a real sighting or close encounter with Ogopogo. There have also been reports of persons who have gone missing while near Lake Okanogan,

This summer has seen an unusually high number of reports of Ogopogo.This reporter has interviewed some of the people that have had close encounters with the creature.

I have talked with two very credible young people known as Ryan and Monique. They told this writer that they had recently seen Ogopogo while they were out jogging near the banks of the lake. Monique was able to take two pictures of an unusual phenomenon that she and Ryan claim is Ogopogo. I have had a photographic expert check these photos out and he told me that they have not been tampered with. Around the same time two local fishermen also sighted an unusual object approximately one hundred meters distant from their boat. I have had the opportunity to talk to one of the fishermen in person and he is firmly of the belief that  what they saw was Ogopogo.

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 94 of The Lake Demon by Ken David Stewart


 

Episode 94:

“ Come on, Bobby, you’re a sports writer. Shouldn’t you pass this material on to a reporter who covers science or the local news?”

“Absolutely not. This is my story. Anyway, aren’t you the one who told me I had to come up with more exciting stories?”

“Yeah, I am,” answered Bobby’s editor.

“Well, this is where it begins. Anyway, I’m tired of covering junior hockey. I’m a university grad and my interests and talents expand way beyond covering the sports beat.”

“So you’re telling me that you want to broaden your horizons?”

“Exactly.”

“Well, come to think of it, I was recently talking to the sheriff, George Anderson. We play on the same curling team. He was telling me that there has been a record number of Ogopogo sightings this summer.”

“That’s what I heard too.”

Have you heard about Ida Rhodes?

“Isn’t she the old lady who went missing when she took her dog for a walk along the banks of Lake Okanagon?”

“That’s the one. The sheriff told me that a lot of people in town think that Ida and her dog may have encountered Ogopogo. George’s deputy, Bill Rollins, also told him that his son and one of his young friends got quite a scare recently near the same area where Ida Rhodes and her dog disappeared. Why don’t you arrange an interview with the sheriff and his deputy?”

“You mean I’ve got your permission to work on my new field of interest?”

“Yeah, why not? I’ve been thinking it over. I’ve probably had you working the sports beat too long,” replied the editor.

 

 

 

 

 

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Episode 93 of The Lake Demon by Ken David Stewart


 

Episode 93:

Booby knocked on Jack’s door and Jack waved for him to come in. Jack was talking to someone on the phone while cradling a Diet Coke in one hand. A few seconds after Bobby entered his office Jack hung up the phone and motioned for Bobby to take a seat.

Bobby sat facing Jack’s long oak wood desk in a maroon colored leather chair with a slight tear in it.

“So, what’s up Bobby? You got the report on last night’s game?” asked Jack taking a bite from a pizza slice. “Oh, man, where’s my manners? Help yourself to a slice of pizza, Bobby.

“Not right now, Jack but thanks for the offer. Now to answer your first question, I’ve got something much better than a report on a junior hockey game. I’ve started gathering material for a breakthrough series of articles,” answered Bobby.

“What are you talking about? I’m already feeling that I might be sorry I asked,” said the editor cleaning his hands with a white napkin.

“We’re talking about cutting edge science, Jack. I’ve recently interviewed a few people who claimed to have seen Ogopogo. I’ve even got a couple of pictures that I got verified by a photographic expert.”

“Ogopogo? What does that have to do with The Kelowna Katfish. Are they looking for a new logo?” asked Jack chuckling as he threw his crumpled up napkin into a nearby green garbage can.

Booby sat up and leaned forward towards his editor’s desk. “I’m very serious about this one. It could be a great scoop for The Kelowna Sun.”

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Episode 92 of The Lake Demon by Ken David Stewart


Episode 92 of The Lake Demon:
Bobby O’Connor entered the offices of The Kelowna Sun and started making his way towards his editor’s office. He had to suck in his gut in order to squeeze by the secretaries and other reporter’s desks. Bobby now weighed close to two hundred fifty pounds and was starting to turn grey around the temples. He could see his editor, Jack Walby sitting back in his black executive’s chair. Bobby chuckled to himself when it occurred to him how much Jack Walby looked like the actor, Ed Asner. At times Bobby had almost slipped up and called Jack, Lou, the character played by Ed Asner on The Mary Tyler Moore show. Heck, Bobby was waiting for Mary to appear in Jack Walby’s office at any moment.
On Jack’s desk was a picture of his third wife and all his kids from his previous marriages. An opened box of pepperoni pizza was sitting on Jack’s desk. There were three slices of pizza remaining in the box.
Booby knocked on Jack’s door and Jack waved for him to come in. Jack was talking to someone on the phone while cradling a Diet Coke in one hand. A few seconds after Bobby entered his office Jack hung up the phone and motioned for Bobby to take a seat.

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Episode 91 of The Lake Demon by Ken David Stewart


Episode 91:
Bobby O’Connor wrapped up his interview with Harvey Perkins, got into his black Toyota Camry and drove back to his office in the Kelowna Sun building. He was feeling very energized. This was a sensation that Bobby had not felt in a long time. He remembered feeling like this back in his hockey playing days. It reminded him of his prime years when he would be skating down the wing looking for an opening in his opponent’s defense. Bobby would experience a rush of adrenaline as he picked his spot and wound up for what announcer Danny Gallivan would call a ‘cannonating’ slap shot.
In just one day, Bobby had come out from under a black cloud of depression and a nauseating hangover.
Today was going to be a different day for Bobby O’Connor. His life was about to change. For today, he could forget about those miserable bus rides with the Kelowna Katfish hockey team. He would not have to listening to some young junior hockey player bragging about his latest sexual conquest. The sports reporter would not have to smell the sickeningly sweet aroma of testosterone and male body odour. Today was going to be different.

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Episode 90 of The Lake Demon by Ken David Stewart


Episode 90:

Winston was taking a sip of his coffee when he looked at the screen of his laptop and saw a cloud of dust surrounding the area where his diver was supposed to be. Gramps became very worried and spoke into the microphone connected to Cody’s, “What’s happening Cody? I can’t see you?”

“I can’t see anything either. One second I saw this snake like head about ten metres away from me and the next thing I knew I couldn’t see anything. The water became clouded over by sand dust. I’m on my way up,” answered the young diver.

In less than two minutes   Cody was seen surfacing. Gramps helped him onto the boat.

“How are you doing, son?” asked Gramps.

Cody stood there trembling for a few seconds and then slumped into a chair.

“It was horrible Winston. I saw a creature down there that shouldn’t be there. Judging by the size of its head it’s probably huge. I’ll tell you this. There’s no way I’m going back down there for a second look.”

“I understand son but I need to know exactly what it was you saw,” said Winston helping Cody out of his diving gear.

“I saw something that looked like the head of an anaconda. It’s eyes looked red and were bright like headlights. I only got a glimpse of it but that was enough for me. Oh, man I think I shit myself while I was down there.”

“Don’t be embarrassed, son. You just got the scare of your life,” Gramps told Cody.

“Damn rights. I’m going to have nightmares about this for months,” said Cody.

“Unfortunately, you probably will. Do you want a smoke?’’

“Yes, please. Do we have any cigarettes on board?” asked Cody.

“ I always keep a spare pack in my desk drawer on the boat. For emergency situations only,” Gramps told him.

“Well, I’d sure call this an emergency. After I have my smoke I’m going down to the lower deck to get cleaned up.”

“Sure thing. Take your time. I only want you to tell me one thing. Do you care if I tell my supervisor about your experience?”

“Go ahead. He’ll just laugh. He’ll think that we’re trying to pull his leg.”

“Most likely. But while you’re getting yourself settled I’m going to write up an incident report and I’ll need you to sign it too.”

“No problem, Chief, but I’ll say it again. Your boss, Ray Hartley, is not going to take this seriously.”

“That’s probably true but I do,” Gramps answered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Episode 89 of The Lake Demon by Ken David Stewart


Episode 89:

“Okay, you said earlier that your grandfather claimed to have seen Ogopogo,” said Garry.

“That’s what he claimed,” answered Wally.

“All right. Where was your grandpa and what was he doing when he had his sighting?”

‘Man, you really are interested in this cryptozoology stuff,” Wally commented.

“I come upon it naturally. My father is Dr. Lionel Phelge, the marine biologist. He is really into all that stuff. Sasquatch, the Loch Ness monster, Ogopogo, you name it. He downloaded the whole History Channel collection of Monster Quest videos,” answered Garry.

“Okay. That explains it. To answer your question my grandpa, Winston, was out in a boat one sunny afternoon hoping to learn something about the underwater plant life in Lake Okanogan. He brought a young diver, named Cody Hansen, along who he outfitted with an underwater camera. Gramps was hoping that his diver would find some colorful specimens of plant life near the bottom of Lake Okanogan. As the diver was shooting the video, old Winston could watch him on the laptop he had on his boat. He also had a microphone hooked up to the diver so that he could communicate with him.”

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