and Eddie were sitting in the trailer late on a Wednesday afternoon in
July. Cade was reading a stack of newspapers and Eddie was surfing the
net. "Hey look at this," Cade said as he held up a tabloid for
Eddie to read, 'Murderer Cade Foster and partner spotted in Bora, Bora'.
"Sounds like we're having fun," Cade said with a smile.
"And to think," Eddie said, "Only last week we were seen
in Vancouver." Cade chuckled. "But you know, Foster," Eddie
said, "We have to keep moving, the fake reports will only hold off
the authorities for so long. Sooner or later the wrong person will see
through your disguise figure out who you are."
"Too bad," Cade said, "I really like it here in St. John's.
I could see myself settling down and making this my home." Cade started
to laugh again, but the serious look on Eddie's face stopped him. "So,
uh, where did you say we were headed?"
"Manitoba, but first," Eddie said as he typed in a web address,
"We're visiting Toronto for a few days."
"Why?" asked Cade.
Eddie pointed to his monitor, "Toronto Trek 15, a huge sci-fi convention.
It's a great opportunity to distribute the Paranoid Times and recruit
Two days later, Cade and Eddie were standing in the lobby of the Regal
Constellation, looking around.
shoots Eddie a skeptical look. "Are you sure about this, Eddie? All
I see is a bunch of weirdos dressed as Klingons! They're not gonna believe
in real life aliens, they're geeks!"
"C'mon, Foster, these are exactly the kind of people we need... open-minded
individuals with a background in sci-fi. And I'm a geek. Give us some
credit, Buddy," Eddie grouched.
shook his head and walked through the revolving doors. Eddie got caught
in one of the other compartments and couldn't get out, causing Foster
to go back and get him, amongst curious looks from several costumed guests.
"Okay," Cade sighed, putting his hands in his pockets, "Where
"That banner says 'Toronto Trek' so I'm guessing this way,"
Eddie pointed to a large, white sign across the far hall. They walked
through the reception area and came to a table under a sign that said
"Here we go," Cade started to the table, but his friend stopped
"Nah, I pre-registered us, Foster."
"I sent ahead. But I don't know where that is so..." Cade and
Eddie wandered around the floor searching for the pre-reg table, bickering
back and forth.
"What's the difference?"
"I don't know! How should I know!?"
"Because you know everything!" Cade sulked as he walked, getting
tired and quite annoyed. Eddie searched the area near the registration
table again and the appeared to notice the stairs for the first time.
"Hey, Foster, let's see what's down here!" Cade and Eddie descended
the stairs and found the pre-registration table. Cade nearly growled at
the paranoid, who only shrugged and led him their lines.
Just then a young man walked by wearing a black
T-shirt. "Foster! Look at that shirt!"
"Yeah, fits him nicely," Cade replied.
"No... look again! Read the back of the shirt!!!"
Foster turned and looked at the retreating figure of a man in jeans, wearing
a unique shirt. "Does that say what I think it says??" His mouth
hung open in astonishment. "Does that really say 'We know you're
here'??! Quick, stop him. We need to find out what this is all about."
The two men moved swiftly, but carefully toward the other man. They positioned
themselves on either side of the man and quickly steered him toward a
vacant stairwell. "Guys, I have to warn you, I know martial arts!"
They stopped short and looked the man over.
"Listen, we really need to ask you about your shirt..." started
Eddie. Then he saw a red symbol on the front of the shirt. "You're
Gua!" he shouted. "Those are Gua symbols. Foster, let's get
out of here fast!"
"Whoa fellas," the man put his hands up in a placating gesture.
"Look, this spells 'W-C', it stands for 'WaveCon'. It's a mini-convention
of believers. We traveled all the way from Maryland to meet other believers
at Toronto Trek."
His mouth agape, Cade looked at Eddie, who was standing there with a goofy
grin on his face. "Foster, this goes waaay beyond my fondest hopes,"
do you mean, Eddie?" Cade asked his friend.
"Believers. Here, having a con just for us! Come on! We have to go!"
Eddie turned back to Phil. "Hey where is this con?" Eddie asked,
slowing down enough to realize he didn't know where to go.
"Go up to the second floor and walk to Salon 21, that's where they
all are. Do you want me to tell them you're here?" Phil responded
to Eddie's question.
"No thank you," Cade snapped into the conversation. "Eddie,
come on!" Cade then got in line pulling Eddie along.
"Don Quixote and Larry Frohikey are our covers," Eddie informed
Cade. "So go get in line with the 'Q's', Don," Eddie said stepping
up in line.
When they were done, Cade and Eddie headed upstairs to the WaveCon. "Ready?"
Eddie asked Cade who gulped before nodding, as they opened the door and
walked in the room.
dead in their tracks with surprize-the room they looked at was decorated
with First Wave symbols and a huge map was on the wall, which documented
the journey of Cade according to his journals on the web. There was a
second map, which showed the whole world. It had little lights going off
and on, on all the continents. The room was buzzing with activity; several
people with headsets were deviously communicating with off-site people
and coordinating some unknown event. Computers and telephones were placed
on several rows of tables and other members of this group were busy answering
the ringing phones and inputting data into the computers.
Cade elbowed Eddie, who was standing in awe with his mouth open. "What
is going on here?"
"Man, I have no idea, but if it is what I think, it would be outstanding,
it would be huge!"
Cade nodded his head, still contemplating whether he wandered into yet
another Gua Hallucination. Suddenly one of the busy people turned around
and saw the two standing in the doorway.
"Look who wandered in," the person said, and like somebody turned
a switch, all activity and talking stopped. Everybody just stared at Cade
and Eddie standing there, who suddenly felt very uncomfortable.
A chubby short woman with bare feet bounced up to
the immobile crusaders. "Hey! Oh, WOW. You're HERE! You're YOU!"
She exclaimed enthusiastically as she grabbed their hands. "I'm Woody...
or Kelly... or uh I chat under Djinnyeh... DJ'll do... you can call me
whatever turns your crank, as long as you call me!" She winked and
continued, "Jeez guys if we'd only known!! You guys, c'mon over here,
you just gotta meet the gang! We've been dying to meet you two, eh?"
The hyperactive woman dragged Cade and Eddie to a small group of people
with headsets. "James is the skinny kid with the dark hair. The big
guy, that's Rob. And Heather is the quiet gal hiding behind the computer
there. These three are the driving force behind our resistance. Without
them we wouldn't even be here. Ok, I'll leave you guys to talk, I'm sure
there is lots you two want to know, and I know James has lots he needs
to ask you." The girl darted away, then did an abrupt about-face.
"Hey guys, did you need anything? Coffee? Tea? Me?" Her eyes
twinkled merrily. "Seriously, though, I was aboot to run downstairs
for a jolt anyway... I can bring you back something, no problem."
"Wow, man," Eddie exclaimed, "You read my mind. Bring me
back a couple Jolts."
Cade, still slightly dazed, just looked at Woody. She raised an inquisitive
eyebrow àla Spock. "Uh... coffee... double sugar..."
"Gotcha!" Woody grinned and zipped away.
squid appeared and wounded James.
Luckily the lungfish was nearby. He sprang into
action and bit the giant squid's head off, leaving James alive, but legless.
Meanwhile, Red joined the backbone
of the resistance.
Woody burst into the room, carrying her cans of
Jolt. "Watch out everyone, I just discovered Gua agents in the building!"
"Foster!" cried Eddie, "That explains the squid! It must
be another Gua experiment. Squid assassin squads! No one would ever expect
to be attacked by a squid. It's ingenious!!"
"Diabolical," said Heather. Everyone turned and stared at Heather,
who, up until now, had not said a word.
"Get out the barrels of salt," Red shouted
across the room looking up from tending to the wounded James. "I
just injected James with a vial of Gua juice! His legs should grow back
in no time." And sure enough, with a sizzling, bubbling noise, James'
legs started growing, wiggling out of his body. Of course they were pale
"Hey that's okay buddy," Eddie said. "Just get out there
in the sun and that paleness will go away!"
"Eddie," Cade said, "There are Gua here! We gotta get these
people to safety."
"Oh, take me!" Woody said, batting her eyes suggestively.
"Uh..." Cade said.
"Rob's got a headset," Karin said, who, up until now, had been
even more silent than Heather (too busy looking at Cade, thinking 'Gee,
he sure looks taller on TV...').
"Yeah, Rob--: James said, wiggling his newly grown feet, "Get
on the security channel and call in an air strike from the Canadian Air
Force. They will get rid of the Gua soon enough."
"And us!" Red said. "It'll blow us up!"
"Oh yeah," James said.
"Look," Cade said, taking charge as usual. "We'll lay a
trap. Now that everyone knows that WaveCon isn't canceled, we'll coerce
that Gua to the room and with our booby traps we'll waste 'em!"
"Great plan," Karin agreed. Of course, Cade could have suggested
the entire crowd to leap over Niagara falls and it would've seemed like
a great plan.
"Okay," Cade said. "Here's what I want everyone to do..."
The Gua, pretty,
but stupid as they are (except Joshua), followed the Gua symbols pointing
to salon 21. As soon as they stepped into the room, bullets of salt packets
jettisoned from the mouth of a plaster painted lungfish. The packets exploded
like tiny grenades. Soon the army of Gua dropped to the floor and started
writhing and foaming at the mouth in a drug-induced ecstasy. Just enough
time for Cade, Eddie, and all the Wavers (Believers) to poof them dramatically.
"We did it!" Eddie cried triumphantly.
"We sure did," Cade said, "Thanks to a dedicated bunch
"You're real welcome," The Wavers said.
"Here, have some Jolt!" Kelly offered.
And they partied on into the night...
"Oh," Karin said later to Cade, "Think you can call your
brother and get him to show up?"