Our lonely, noble Cyber Knight, Sir Steven Van Cleeve, was riding his noble Cybersteed, Gluestik, down from old Canada way to his home town of Creighton.
While stopping along the dusty rode for a bite of delicious apple, he is is set upon by a scraggly road bandit! They tussle over the apple. While they grapple, a massive Melech emerges from the treeline, lunging and thrusting at them, just dying to get but a nibble of that tasty apple! If only these two greedy humans would give the Melech a taste of apple, he would leave them alone and perhaps lead these two “heroes” to his cave were he has been mercilessly torturing a group of school-age children and their guardian nuns. But alas, these heroes are too narrow minded and kill the Melech.
The headhunter reveals himself to be Roy Jenkins, a childhood friend of Steve Van Cleeve. They long to embrace each other, but damn this society and their constrictive rules!!!!
Steve and Roy journey to Creighton. They drop off their armor at a local operator to get the dents hammered out. They visit Steve’s house, but find no useful information on where his parents went off. Roy suggests Sandals resort in Jamaica.
They do learn that Blauhaus Renteria, the father of their friends Edgar and Martine, has returned to Creighton. Ol’ Blauhaus’s wife, Petunia, was sick seven years ago. No one could cure her. Blauhaus, an amateur herbalist, discovered what he thought would be a cure. He paid a Ley Line Walker to take him to England to find the ingredients he needed. However, once he was there, the Rift he traveled through collapsed after a giant demon slug attacked it. It took seven years before Blauhaus could come on home. When he did, he found his town a mere shadow of its former glory, his children long gone, his wife dead, and his garden a complete mess. He got his hoe and got to work.
End Chapter 1
PS – While our “heroes” sleep, the Melech’s prisoners all die. During the ordeal, the nuns cease to believe in God and renounce him and their souls go straight to hell. Good work, guys.