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April 17, 2008

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QueenOfSpades

Do you think you could start a school for people? I mean I may end up just a deuce who can pick exactly the correct color for your bedroom.. but I could still use some training and knowing to use my power to better others.

Anyway. Thanks for that.. it makes up for all the crap going on.

BookWyrm

I have to agree with you, Topper, the ones that went over to Egypt to make a difference ARE the real winners. Does that make me a 'loser', staying behind & looking after my own community? I don't know.

From what I understand, Dr. Tachyon went back to his homeworld to fix some mess that was happeneing there. He did have that living spaceship, from when he landed here back in the 1940's, so I don't know if he'll be back in my lifetime. All I know about him is news films.

As far as educating wildcarders in their abilities, are you thinking 'specialty' schools, where they get a standard education plus learning how to use their abilities, no matter what they are? The problem with that is, nobody wants to fund it. Not the public education system, not private schools, not anyone. Which is a sad state of affairs, IMHO. I grew up without the wild card virus in my system, and when I went to school, there wern't any in the system who had it. They were usually either shuttled off to a private tutor or home-schooled. It was only in the early 1980's that some of the schools out here did a joint pilot program that included those with 'emotional difficulties' (i.e, retarded or problem kids), but that didn't last. Somehow a few that I did know actually got an equal or slightly better education, thanks to endless hours of watching PBS & educational specials.

Sorry, got on a rant there.

Radio Free Alicia

This is Radio Free Alicia. It's over; the Divine Horseman is dead. Repeat, the Divine Horseman is dead. We are currently restoring order in Al Junaynah. Three of our number are dead, ten are wounded, and Catalhoyuk... we don't know what's with Cat right now.

We'd sent a handful of scouts out earlier to trigger the Divine Horseman's "raid" state -- send in a hundred horsemen so that we'd guarantee he'd be limited to as few as possible when we attacked. Most of them made it back, and eventually the horsemen faded. Then we took to the streets and positioned ourselves on rooftops and started firing on as many horsemen as we could find. But none of them were the real one -- and then the hordes came again. He'd managed to rest up and restore himself in FIVE MINUTES.

That's when Cat did... I still don't know what the hell he did. He told me his powers worked by "psychic footprint", that he drew strength from the heavy psychic traffic through cities, and that maybe that power could go the other way. He did... something to the city. The lights in all the buildings started flickering on and off, the ground started to shake, and his voice came over the loudspeakers used to call people to prayers.

And then... the horsemen started vanishing. Just fading out of existence. Like something else was canceling them out. Cat was using the whole city as a weapon. Soon, all the horsemen were gone, and then all the lights in the city went out... except for the ones on one floor of a civic office. We barged in, and there was the Divine Horseman. He'd killed himself rather than face us.

We've done what we can to try to restore facilities to the city, but we've also sent out a call to the local UN representative to send in some Peacekeepers. We've also sent a call for an evac. Cat... after what he did last night, he went into a coma. We can't figure out whether or not he's brain dead -- none of us have enough telepathy to go that deep, nor the medical equipment to figure it out here. He's still breathing unaided, though, so that might be a good sign. Right now, though, we want to get him to the Jokertown Clinic. Hopefully someone there will be able to tell us what the hell happened to him.

We never made it to Egypt, but we've done a lot here. It's not enough, of course; it's probably going to be a while until this whole thing quiets down, even with the Caliph dead and Aziz in the Hague. Some of us will be going home with Cat. I'm not one of 'em. I'm going to see what I can do in the next few months. If anyone wants to join me... I'll be here.

BookWyrm

All I can wish you is good fortune in your efforts, Alicia.

QueenOfSpades

Thanks for getting that dealt with RFA! I know its a lot to ask but any word on my uncle? He's a 7 foot tall Lizard with a tail...

Radio Free Alicia

Eddie, right? Eddie's fine, Queen. He got a few scratches on the offensive against the Horseman, but he's good otherwise. He's gonna catch the next helicopter back to the states.

BookWyrm

Thanks, RFA. I haven't met Eddie or his family yet, but I'm glad he's OK.

QueenOfSpades

WOW!!!! That's fantastic news! We are so happy! WOW!!! I don't know what else to say.

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