Sunday, 8 November 2015


Ok folks, here is the second part of this story:


Ben and Kyle ran back into the house, where Annie was collapsed on the floor in the hallway sobbing. She had seen Scott's head explode. Ben knelt down to comfort her:
"I'm sorry that your boyfriend is dead. However you need to pull yourself together and come with us. No time for sentimentalism".
Annie screamed and sobbed some more. Ben rolled his eyes:
"Oh come on doll, you're overdoing it now. We need to get out of the house before that demonic woman arrives. *To Kyle* Kyle yank her up and follow me."
Ben strode down into the kitchen and opened the back door. Kyle helped Annie to her feet:
"Ere I'm sorry like. Ben can be a heartless ¤¤¤¤ sometimes. But we do need to get out."

They followed Ben out into the back garden, where he was staring down at the cloven footprints:
"I've had a thought. These footprints form a trail. I guess we ought to follow them." Ben followed the footprints down the litter strewn garden and towards a side gate which led out into a filthy alleyway. Ben went out into the dark alleyway which smelt of urine and damp . As he looked for traces of the footprints a middle-aged man approached him, wearing a business suit and raincoat. He looked Ben up and down:
"Oh hello. You're new here I see. Hmmm. Very nice. I'll give you £50 for an overnight stay." Ben stared at him angrily:
"How dare you. I can see that this alley is used as a cruising zone and I am pleased by your appreciation of my looks however I assure you that I am here fore other purposes. In addition, I am worth far more than £50 so kindly piss off."
The man gave a bemused scowl before turning and walking off. Ben pulled out his £5000 phone and switched on the torch append shone it around the alley. As he did so he could see the figure of an old tramp quivering in the corner. Ben approached him:
"You there. Can you tell me if you saw something animalistic in this alleyway earlier." The tramp quivered:
"What 'ere? There's animalistic goin's on all the time down 'ere so there is. But there was summat else earlier."
"What exactly?"
"Ere its cold 'ere tonight so it is. You got a wee dram 'o' whiskey?"
"No I haven't. Now tell me what you saw."
"It were 'horrible so it were. Hair all over its legs an' glowing eyes. It went through the gate into the back 'o that disused warehouse there."
The tramp pointed to another gate further down the alley. Ben strode off towards it, followed by Kyle and a still sobbing Annie.

Ben, Kyle and Annie soon found themselves standing in the grounds of a disused, corrugated iron warehouse. A group of children were guarding a bonfire with a makeshift Guy on it, amusing themselves by throwing lit sparklers at each other. Ben approached them:
"We ain't doin' nuffink mate. Ere you got any money for our Guy?"
Ben frowned:
"No I haven't. I suggest you get a paper round and...."
Ben was interrupted by a unnatural growl from within the warehouse.
"Ere Daz, its back, that thing its back", one of the children said fearfully. The first boy looked scared and ran to a box behind the bonfire, lifting out some Molotov cocktails, which he gave to Ben:
"Ere mate, you can 'ave these. We're off."
The boys ran off as another growl came from within the warehouse. Annie screamed.
"Oh for pity's sake shut her up Kyle. I'm going in there to confront this thing, whatever it is."
Ben pushed his way through a triangular hole in the corrugated wall of the building. It was pitch dark inside and there was a pungent smell of death, akin to a mixture of rotten fish and diahorrea . Suddenly a figure loomed up in the distance, with a strange red glow across its body and red eyes. It resembled the devil, with a goats legs and satanic face.
"What are you? " Ben shouted, handing the Molotov cocktails to Kyle:
"I am Ezal. The cloven one. I have risen to avenge the death of Azal. You puny humans have given us much entertainment. But now you must be cut down to size."
As he spoke the old woman and the demonic dog appeared by his side. Ezal's eyes glowed brighter.
"Now Kyle", Ben shouted. Kyle lit the Molotov cocktails with his cigarette lighter and lobbed them at Ezal. They fell next to his feet, igniting some litter within the warehouse. Ezal and the others were enveloped in flames:
"We will return... you will pay for this humans....." Ezal shouted.
"Ere I thought you liked it hot" Kyle shouted at him.
"Come on Kyle, I suggest we leave before this whole place goes up", Ben shouted, giving his charismatic smile.

Later Ben and Kyle were visiting a recovering Annie in Grantchester's private Psychiatric Hospital.
"Thank you Ben, thank you for all you've done for me. I don't think I could have got over what I saw happen to Scott without coming to this place, so thank you for paying the fees. You're an amazing guy."
"I know I am", Ben said, giving his charismatic smile.


Saturday, 31 October 2015

The Ben Chatham Halloween Special: "The Devil's Footprints" Part 1

Ok , here is the new Ben Chatham Halloween special, featuring RYAN HAWLEY as Ben Chatham:


Part 1

Ben Chatham was lying languidly across his leather sofa enjoying a luxury Halloween soul cake; one of a cluster freshly delivered to Ben's apartment by Cambridge's exclusive delicatessen. He gazed across the room at Katie Ryan, who had called round to discuss Operation Delta's precarious financial situation:
"We just can't go on like this, running up a huge deficit every month", Katie moaned. Ben closed his eyes and laid his head back on the cushion:
"Katie this is so boring. As King James I once said, 'spend and God will send". As Ben spoke the phone rang. Ben let it go to the answering machine and a frightened voice echoed round the room:
"Ben... Ben Chatham, you've got to help me. My name is Scott and I'm calling from Grantchester... Gladstone Road. Its the devil.... I've seen the devil... he's walking the earth. He'll kill us all.... you've got to help us... aaaaahhhh........."
The phone went dead. Katie laughed sardonically:
"Obviously a nutter being pestered by an early trick or treater. " Ben yawned and cast aside his Daily Telegraph:
"You know what Katie, I'm going to investigate. Anything is preferable to sitting here listening to you drone on about our finances and I fancy a drive".
Later Ben and Kyle were driving through Cambridge towards Grantchester, the afternoon sun shining down:
"You know Kyle, whenever I go to Grantchester, I always think of Rupert Brooke: "..stands the church clock at ten to three? And is there honey still for tea?"
"Never 'eard of him," Kyle replied.
"You are so uncultured Kyle. So uncultured" Ben responded.
Arriving in Gladstone Road, Ben leaned out of the window of his classic car towards a woman walking a small dog:
"Excuse me madam. I don't suppose you know a guy called Scott who lives around here somewhere do you".
The woman frowned:
"Probably one of them students who live at number 9" she said coldly. Ben and Kyle drove down to number 9 and as they did so the woman turned round to look at the car. Her eyes had turned into dark black opals and the dog hissed like a snake. Ben jumped out of the car and knocked on the door of number 9. An emaciated girl of about 19 opened the door:
"Wh... Whaaat do y'y'you want" she stammered nervously:
"I'm Ben Chatham. Does a guy called Scott live here?"
"Oh God.. you've come. Scott's upstairs. He's in a bad w'w'w' way".
The girl led them upstairs to a cold, damp room with peeling wallpaper. In the corner a young man sat with his head resting on his knees shaking:
"He's.. coming.. tonight. The devil is coming for all our souls. I've seen him."
Kyle knelt down to Scott:
"Ere its ok like. We'll help you. Can you try to tell is slowly what you saw."
"It was the devil. He was here... in the back garden. Staring up at this window. He's left footprints."
Ben turned round and went downstairs, followed by the girl.
"What's your name? He shouted to her.
"A' A' A' Annie" she stammered.
"Show me these footprints please."
Annie led Ben out into a scruffy garden full of beer cans and general litter. The grass was muddy and as he looked down he saw cloven hoof prints.
"Well these could have been made by an animal. No proof of anything supernatural."
Ben went back into the house, followed by Annie:
"I must say, you look awfully thin and ill. Have you consulted a Doctor?" Ben asked.
"I'm ok. Its just I live on a diet of pot noodles and beer. Its all we can a'a'a'afford" she stammered.
"Then you need to work longer hours", Ben advised her. It was starting to get dark and Ben heard Scott screaming. He ran upstairs, where Kyle was trying to calm Scott down:
"Its coming. The dark. The dark. Halloween. He's coming for our souls. Must get to the church".
Scott ran past Ben and down the musty stairs and out the door. Ben and Kyle followed however they were shocked to see Scott suddenly stop and fall to his knees, clutching his head. The woman that they had seen earlier with the dog approached Scott from a side alley. However the dog had become a small demon on a metal chain and the woman's features had changed into those of a wizened crone. She pointed a wooden stick at Scott's head which suddenly exploded, sending blood and brain-matter flying.
"¤¤¤¤ing hell" Kyle shouted. He and Ben ran back into the house. be continued.

Monday, 17 August 2015

"MIND TRAP" : Part 8

OK FOLKS: Its the big one! The final part of "Mind Trap" featuring RYAN HAWLEY as Ben Chatham. Get the popcorn and the ice cream ready, its the finale! ENJOY:

"MIND TRAP" Part 8 : The Finale

Katie rushed to the door and shouted to the others:
"Come on, we've got to save Ben from Eastman". The youth Chris had slumped to the floor and was groaning with pain:
"Ere 'ang on, we need to get this guy some help," Kyle shouted. Katie scowled feistily:
"Oh stop being sentimental. Phone the streak of piss an ambulance as we're on our way outside. Ben is our priority. Eastman may use him in his hypnotised state to carry out an assassination."
Katie, Joe and Sandra all rushed out, followed by a reluctant Kyle who was phoning 999 for Chris. Epsie Carnell pottered after them:
"Ere wait for me. I ain't as fast as you young uns with your long legs."

They ran out of the building and saw Eastman's car speeding off into the distance. Katie ran to where Ben's vintage car was parked:
"Right cram in! Kyle you drive."
Joe saw Epsie pottering towards them:
"What about the old dear?" he asked.
"Unfortunately we might need the old cow to reverse Eastman's hypnotic control of Ben. We'll just have to squeeze up" Katie shouted.
They sped off at speed after Eastman's car.

Eastman sped through the country lanes at over 80 miles per hour, the tyres of his car screeching. As he turned a corner he ploughed into a family group on bikes, sending the children flying , a little boy crashing into a tree with a sickening thud. Kyle slowed down however Katie saw that the family were hurt but alive:
"Don't stop the car you idiot, we'll lose them" Katie barked at Kyle.
"Ere what about those kids?" Kyle shouted.
"Phone another ambulance, numbnut. And keep driving!" Katie spat out. Kyle sped up again and tossed his phone to Joe to phone the ambulance. After a while they caught sight of Eastman who turned onto a major road and then the motorway.
"Put your foot down on that accelerator Kyle" Katie screamed. Ben's vintage car was fitted with a £20,000 cutting edge engine and soon got close to Eastman's car. Suddenly Epsie Carnell took something from her thick old ladies coat pocket and threw it at Eastman's car, although it missed and landed on the motorway verge. There was an explosion and soil and turf flew everywhere.
"What the ¤¤¤¤ was that?" Joe exclaimed.
Epsie reached back into the pocket and pulled out a World War II grenade:
"My Stan brought these back from the war as souvenirs me duck. They're good 'uns. "
The others stared in disbelief:
"You mad old cow, we're trying to rescue Ben not ¤¤¤¤ing blow him up" Katie screamed.
"You want to watch your mouth my lady. You could get summonsed for using language like that. Young gels today ain't got no manners" Epsie replied sternly.

They raced on down the motorway after Eastman's car.
"My guess is that they'll head for London. Eastman will send Ben to meet the most important public figure he can so that he can use him to assassinate them", Katie commented.
"Just who exactly can Ben gain access to?" Sandra asked.
"Ben can gain rapid access to anyone in government, including the Prime Minister who is a personal friend of his father, Alastair Chatham", Katie replied. Sandra was concerned:
"OK, this is worrying. I will phone my superiors in the police service".
However Eastman's car turned off the motorway and headed off in a new direction:
"Ere they're not going to London, look" Kyle shouted. They saw that they were on the road towards Cambridge. Katie froze :
"This is more serious than I imagined. Today is Cambridge University's graduation day. I suspect that Eastman will try and use Ben to disrupt this important day in the lives of the cream of English youth. Possibly even to try and assassinate the Vice-Chancellor. Come on Kyle, speed up!"

Kyle zoomed after Eastman and eventually they saw the dreaming spires of Cambridge in the distance, dominated by King's college, founded by Henry VI, who also founded Eton. Eastman's car sped into Cambridge town centre, where cars are not allowed, knocking several students off their bikes in the process. Eastman reversed his car over a student, killing him, then zoomed up to King's college. As Kyle drove up, he and the others saw Eastman and Ben running over the neatly cut King's college lawn towards the chapel from where a crowd of graduating students, parents and masters were emerging. Kyle leapt out of the car and ran after them, followed by the others. They entered the thick throng and saw Ben and Eastman pushing their way towards the Vice-Chancellor, Sir Dixby Allcott who was chatting away with a graduate about Aristophanes. Katie and Sandra shoved their way through the crowd, punching several parents to clear their way. They saw Ben stop and clutch his head, however Eastman stared into his eyes and urged him on. Eventually Kyle reached Ben, who had a knife in his hands. Eastman shouted at Ben:
"Peace and love! Now kill this man and then go and slash Allcott". However before Ben could knife Kyle, Epsie Carnell pottered up and started swinging the gold watch:
"Look at this ere watch , me duck. Now forget all that this fella-me-lad has put into yer head. You ain't hypnotised anymore. When I click me fingers wake up". Epsie clicked her fingers and Ben gasped, shaking his head:
"What..... where am I.... Cambridge? How did I get here?"
"Eastman hypnotised you. You were about to stab the Vice-Chancellor" Katie shouted. Ben dropped the knife in shock and disgust. Eastman was furious:
"Pick it up. Finish the job I programmed you for" he demanded. However Ben went up to him and smacked him one , knocking him flying."

Later they were all enjoying a meal at high table in King's college at the personal request of Sir Dixby Allcott.
"Now that the authorities have arrested all of Eastman's associates and freed those held in his centre, we can safely say that this threat has been neutralised", Ben said. He smiled radiantly and everyone felt his personal charm and warmth. Sir Dixby held up a glass of port:
"May I propose a toast to Ben Chatham and his team for saving the university and King's College graduation day from disaster. They raised their glasses and toasted Ben. Epsie Carnell knocked back her fifth port and asked for a refill while Katie stroked Joe's leg under the table. A small ensemble were playing chamber music in the corner. As the food arrived, Ben was shocked to see a familiar figure enter, carrying a silver tray with the roast pork on it..... Barry Tuck! He slammed the plate down on the table:
"Hey, if it ain't you bunch of ¤¤¤¤¤. What you lot doin' in this posh hole?" Ben was furious:
"Shhhhh, I'd rather you didn't let on that you know us Tuck, not here at high table!" Tuck grinned:
"Ooooooo. Joining the haristocracy are we." Tuck noticed Sir Dixby Allcott's much younger wife, Estelle:
"Hey up love. How yer doin? *winks*" Estelle Allcott frowned. Tuck approached her and leant over her shoulder, looking down her front:
"Lovely view of them jugs from here love. What's a fit bird like you doing with an old fossil like him? Can't imagine him doing much between the sheets 'cept farting".
Sir Dixby stood up in horror:
"How dare you insult me and leer at my wife", however Tuck had moved off towards the ensemble in the corner:
"Hey we don't want any more of that boring ¤¤¤¤e." He pushed the violin player into the cellist and they both fell over crushing their instruments."



Tuesday, 11 August 2015

"MIND TRAP" Part 7

OK folks, here is the penultimate part of this classic Ben Chatham adventure starring RYAN HAWLEY:

"MIND TRAP" Part 7

Eastman moved the pliers into Ben's mouth as Kyle wrestled frantically with the straps holding him down. One of the straps snapped and Kyle lunged his arm forward, knocking the pliers out of Eastman's hand. Two guards rushed over to Kyle and held him back down. Ben sat motionless with his mouth still open. Eastman picked up the pliers and laughed:

"I suspect that you will require more than the usual technique to render you as compliant as Ben here, Mr Scott. Indeed you may not be suitable at all, in which case I think the best approach will be to have you humanely put to sleep".

"Ere you bastard, why not say murdered an' call a spade a bleedin' spade", Kyle shouted.

"I don't think we need use that kind of loaded language. Perhaps I won't pull Ben's teeth out after all. He is clearly completely under my control and will be a very useful tool once I ascertain an appropriate target for him. His pretty-boy smile may still be needed *laughs*"

Meanwhile the security guard began to lead Katie, Sandra and Joe out of Chris' room. The latter moaned and grimaced from the pain caused by his wounds:

"That guy needs urgent medical attention" Katie shouted at the guard.

"That is not your concern. Now move" the guard responded. However as he did so a voice came from the end of the corridor:

"Hey up Brian. Stop it now." They all turned round to see the elderly lady, Epsie Carnell, pottering towards them swinging an old gold watch on a chain. She swung it in front of the guard's face and his eyes followed it:

"That's it, me duck, keep your eyes on the chain... now close 'em the sandman's comin".

"What the hell? The old bat's hypnotising him" Katie exclaimed.

"Ere I may be an old bat but I ain't as daft as I'm cabbage lookin' yer know. You young un's today know nowt. Kids. They spend more on crisps alone than me mam had to spend on us for a week. This were me 'husband Stan's watch. Ee took it off a German in the war....." Katie interrupted Epsie:

"Look we are not interested in your husband or the damn war. How the hell did you learn hypnosis?" Katie demanded.

"Me mam taught me how to do it when we lived on the farm. An' she could read the tea leaves. She once told Mr Cooke the Doctor that 'is wife only ad six months to live an' ee wouldn't believe 'er but ee soon changed 'is mind when she went an' drowned her sen in the pond at back a Bowley's farm. She were never right in the 'ead me mam said. Any road I know what that Eastman's up to 'ere. But 'ee can't put 'um under as well as I can."

Sandra frowned:

"That stuff you told us regarding Eastman hypnotising people to use as assassins. Have you any evidence for that supposition?"

"I heard it with me own 'ears me duck. They think I'm deaf or daft but I listen to all they say. I recon 'ees a Nazi or one a them Russians....."

Katie frowned:

"There is no time to lose. We need to find Ben and Kyle then use this old dear to stop Eastman's plans in their tracks".

Elsewhere, Eastman has just finished questioning Ben and he grinned:

"Excellent. So Ben's father Alastair has socialised with The Prime Minister and his circle. I think Ben here could be the one to do the deed and take out the PM for us. What do you think, Mr Scott?"

"I think you're a nut job" Kyle shouted.

"Oh how predictable you are. Anyway, I think its time now to move to phase two, the first bit spate of assassinations. Eastman moved towards a control panel, flicked several switches and leant towards a microphone:

"Right now the mobile phones of around twenty operatives are being answered. All I need tell them are the trigger words: peace and love. However I think it might be amusing to let Ben say them."

Eastman undid the straps holding Ben down and led him towards the microphone. As he did so, Katie and the others burst into the room. Eastman's guards ran towards them however Epsie Carnell held up the gold watch and swung it:

"Look at the watch me ducks. That's it. You're feelin' sleepy...." The guards yawned and lay down on the floor as Katie undid the straps holding down Kyle. Eastman scowled:

"Ben, I order you to say 'peace and love' into the microphone". However before Ben could move, Kyle grabbed the microphone and wrenched it off the control panel. As he did so, the youth Chris staggered in, covered in sores and wounds. He screamed incoherently at Eastman, picked up a chair and smashed it into the control panel which sparked and exploded. Smoke billowed everywhere, blocking everyone's sight, however Kyle managed to get several windows open. As the smoke cleared he looked around the room, however Ben and Eastman were missing:

"Ere he's escaped with Ben and Ben's still under his hypnotic influence........" be continued in the final part of 'MIND TRAP'

Sunday, 19 July 2015

"MIND TRAP" Part 6

OK folks, here is the much anticipated sixth part of this adventure:

"MIND TRAP" Part 6

Ben was horrified as he saw the assassination of Sir Douglas Leyton on the screen in front of him. He glared at Max Eastman:
"What the hell is going on Eastman? I demand that you reveal to us your sordid plans." Eastman laughed:
"Oh Ben, you do crack me up. What a pompous young man you are and of course you are not in a position to demand anything. But hell why not. I came to the conclusion long ago that peace and love would not triumph without a little push. That push will be the removal of hundreds of top government members, civil servants and influential members of the corrupt establishment. What I have perfected here is not hypnosis but deep hypnosis. A form of dormant hypnotic suggestion that can get anyone to attempt anything. Thousands of people have passed through this centre over the years. Many are now far closer to their targets than the girl whom you just saw on the screen. I can trigger them at will."
"You are insane Eastman. Even if you trigger a whole spate of assassinations the entire establishment is hardly going to collapse. New people will simply fill the roles", Ben replied angrily. Eastman laughed:
"I don't think that you fully appreciate the full scope of my plans. After the first large spate of killings I will reveal that it is well within my ability to take out the royal family and the Prime Minister, unless they abdicate their roles. Then I will neutralise the top end of the military and both developments will create the circumstances for my lads to take over."
Ben frowned:
"As I said, insane. And hardly peace and love . You're just a murderer." Eastman patted Ben on the shoulder:
"You can't make an omelette without cracking a few eggs. Its all for a better world Ben."
Meanwhile Katie, Sandra and Joe were exploring the upstairs rooms within the centre. They saw a uniformed man standing at the junction of one corridor and the next. As they approached him, he held up a hand:
"Sorry folks. This part of the centre is out of bounds to the general client. There are people here recovering from nervous breakdowns who must not be upset or disturbed." Katie stared at him:
"How dare you refer to me as a 'general client' ." Quickly she kicked him hard in the shin and as he bent down with the pain, Sandra kneed him in the face, causing him to fall back and hit his head on the wall. He collapsed." Katie and Sandra grinned and smacked hands:
"Right, lets explore!" Katie shouted. They strode down the corridor, the walls of which had peeling paint and strange brown stains. Sandra walked up to a door and tried the handle, but it was locked. She removed a set of police skeleton keys from her jacket pocket and in a short time had the door open. The room was in darkness and there was a moaning sound coming from the far corner. Joe found the light switch and they saw the young man, Chris lying on the bed with open sores caused by burning on his arms. Katie rushed towards him and saw that he was feverish and his eyes were rolling:
"He needs a Doctor immediately". However as she spoke the security guard whom they had overpowered earlier appeared in the doorway pointing a gun:
"None of you move. I think you lot have outstayed your welcome here".
Elsewhere in the building, Ben and Kyle had been strapped to chairs, which resembled those found in a dentist's treatment room. Eastman grinned as he lent over Ben:
"With your connections Ben, you will become a most valuable tool in my plans. Both of you will. However I must be certain that my deep hypnosis has fully worked on you. I imagine that you are both very strong willed."
Kyle wriggled however the straps holding him down were too strong:
"Ere you ain't gonna get me under no hypnotic mind control."
"Oh I think you'll succumb Mr Scott. However first you will watch how I treat and test Ben here."
Eastman stared into Ben's eyes and moved his forefinger from left to right in a rhythmic motion. As he did so an assistant in a white coat placed a helmet device on Ben's head with wires leading to a control panel. The assistant flicked several switches and Ben grimaced before falling strangely silent. Eastman kept moving his finger in front of Ben's face.
"Ben, you are in a safe place. You are happy. You are on a beach gazing at the sea and relaxing" Eastman stated. Ben smiled:
"I feel happy.... sea looks warm... might go for a swim..." Ben muttered. Kyle scowled:
"Well it must be workin' mate as Ben ain't ever 'appy". Eastman laughed:
"As I said Mr Scott, most people succumb very easily. However sometimes the technique doesn't work at all. Very rarely. As in the case of the youth you saw being eliminated earlier. It is best that they are relieved of existence. Otherwise they can have psychotic side effects such as the case of a girl called Lisa a while back. Dreadful business. She irresponsibly escaped then got herself into a road accident".
"Yeah we know. You're a first class bastard aren't you" Kyle exclaimed. Eastman grimaced:
"There is no need for invective. Its time to test Ben properly. I need to be sure that he is fully under my control. I find that under this technique any form of pain can be endured, no matter how unpleasant to the non-treated person. I think Ben here needs some dentistry, don't you think?"
Eastman went to a side drawer and took out a pair of pliers:
"You know, there was a Nazi concentration camp Doctor called Heinz Gruener who pioneered a form of hypnosis that enabled him to remove all of the teeth from someone one by one without the person resisting. However his technique only paralysed the victim and they still felt the pain as each tooth was wrenched out. However Ben shouldn't feel any pain at all under my conditioning. I think we'll just pull out a couple of teeth at the front. Of course it will ruin his pretty smile."
Eastman laughed as he approached Ben with the pliers, moving in close to Ben's face:
"Open wide" Eastman said, grinning as he moved the pliers in........ be continued.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

"MIND TRAP" Part 5

OK folks, here is part 5 of this gripping story featuring Ryan Hawley as Ben Chatham:

[B]"MIND TRAP" Part 5[/B]

The uniformed man approached Ben and raised the gun to Ben's head, grinning widely. However before he could shoot, a voice shouted:

"Stop, bring that one here!"

It was Eastman. The uniformed man grabbed Ben roughly by the arm, while the other pointed his gun at Kyle:

"How about this one boss? Shall I waste 'im?"

"Bring them both here!" Eastman shouted impatiently. Ben and Kyle were marched over to Eastman who shook his head:

"Oh dear oh dear. It seems that I will have to process you two volunteers sooner than I anticipated." Ben glared angrily at him:

"I am Ben Chatham and Kyle and I are here on an Operation Delta investigation. Just what kind of operation are you running here Eastman? These goons have just gunned down a teenage boy in cold blood." Eastman waved his hand from side to side:

"I do not take kindly to people coming here on false pretences. We are a retreat that offers people peace, tranquility and an escape from the stress of the outside world. " Ben is angered:

"You are talking absolute nonesense Eastman. I am shocked and disgusted by the sheer offensiveness of all of this. You claim to offer people help with their problems while tortureing and killing them." Eastman grinned:

"I think that I may as well let you into the full scope of our work here. *To the men* Bring them to the main laboratory."

Meanwhile, back in the chill out room, 'Portia Devine' was being ushered in by Catherine, one of Eastman's female volunteers. Katie and Joe were all over each other on the sofa. Catherine pretended to clear her throat and Katie looked up annoyed:

"This is our new guest, Miss Portia Devine. I would have hoped that there would still be some salad and wine left, but it seems like you've pigged it all. I will prepare some more. Oh and if you two wish to get intimate, I'd recommend a nice outdoor romp in the woods out there. The volunteers love it." Katie gave her an icy look:

"Do I look like the kind of woman that enjoys rolling around in a load of leaves? I'm not some damn tree-hugger". Joe stroked her chin:

"Hey babe, it sounds like fun". Katie frowned:

"Not to me it doesn't.*to Catherine* Bring us some more wine and food. Go on, run along." Catherine shrugged and left. When she had gone, Sandra approached Katie with a feisty look:

"OK, lets cut to the chase. I'm Sandra Harrison and I'm here on an undercover police operation. I know who you are and all about your organisation. We do not like having outside agencies such as yours interfering with police investigations." Katie stared at Sandra and elegantly removed Joe's arms from around her. Then she calmly stood up and walked up to Sandra, her hips swaying. She moved her face to within an inch of Sandra's:

"I'll have you know that we have official authority from the highest level in government that whenever our paths cross those of the police, our role in the investigation takes precedence. Therefore I suggest that you take your high handed attitude and stick it before I deck you." Sandra grinned sardonically:

"Oh I can see that Miss Katie Ryan is as charming as her reputation suggests. Its a shame that her figure doesn't follow suit." Katie lit a cigarette and blew smoke into Sandra's face:

" Oh there is no need to be concerned about my figure darling. Its clear that you are so used to seeing your own sagging tits in the mirror that you assume that all figures should look like that." Sandra smiled ironically:

"Well at least I look forward to viewing myself in the mirror as I don't have to fear the sight of any crows nests around my eyes".

Joe intervenes:

"Er look girls, this isn't really getting us anywhere is it".

"Butt out!" Katie and Sandra shouted in unison.

"Oh well, if you're gonna be like that, I'm going for a snoop round" Joe replied, getting up and heading for the door. Katie and Sandra followed:

"Not without us you're not. A man let loose on his own is a recipe for disaster", Katie said, Sandra nodding in agreement.

Joe, Katie and Sandra walked towards the TV room. Inside they saw a plasma screen tv showing 'Coronation Street' and an empty row of seats, apart from one elderly lady:

"Nothing to see in here. Lets try and find some of the volunteers" Katie stated. As they turned to leave, the old lady tugged Joe's sleeve:

"*Whispering* Hey up me duck, are you here with 'im? Ben Chatham?" Katie frowned:

"How the hell do you know about Ben Chatham?" Katie snapped.

"I heared you lot talkin' earlier in the room out theeyer me duck. This 'eeerin' aid is a good un, best one I've 'ad yet. I'm Epsie. Epsie Carnell. 'ere its me birthday next week, I'm 88....."

*Interupting* "We are not interested in your damn birthday. You should not have been evesdropping on our conversation" Katie stated angrily. Epsie frowned:

"Don't you get narky wi me or I'll 'it you wi me stick. You young 'uns don't know you're born. Now listen. I know what 'ees up to. That Eastman. 'Eees hypnotisin' them young 'uns so ee can get'em to kill people for 'im. Top folk in the government. I recon ee must be one a them Nazis. In the war we 'ad one hidin' in the spinney , came by parachute ee did....." Sandra interrupted:

*Interupting* "Oh how interesting. Now you just watch your programme and have a nice little nap there. It must be tiring talking to us. *To Katie whispering* The old bat must be senile". Katie nodded.

Meanwhile Ben and Kyle were led into the large grey building they had seen earlier. Ben grimaced:

"The design of this building is vile. A grey corrugated box. I hope you shot the architect". Eastman laughed:

"Oh very droll. I'd like you to appreciate the scope of what we are doing here and fortunately you are just in time for a little test."

Ben and Kyle were led to a small room where a plasma screen was showing some CCTV footage of a university campus. A group of men in gowns were standing around as a man in a suit approached, surrounded by other formal looking people.

"This is Sir Douglas Leyton, the Minister for Science and Technology, about to open a new science wing of Lincoln University" Eastman stated.

"Why are you showin' us this?" Kyle asked. Eastman grinned and picked up a mobile. He rang a number. Ben and Kyle noticed one of the female students on the TV screen answer a call.

"Peace and love" Eastman stated. The girl on the screen pulled out a knife and lunged at Leyton, stabbing him before his security could stop her........ be continued.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

"MIND TRAP" Part 4 Second Draft

OK folks, here is the second draft of "Mind Trap" Part 4.

"MIND TRAP": Part Four


Ben rushed forward and intervened to help the young man in the chair:
"Hey are you ok? *To Katie* Phone for assistance Katie. This guy needs treatment for the burns on his arm. "
However before Ben could do any more he felt a hand on his shoulder. He spun round to see Max Eastman:
"Hey Eastman, what the hell is going on here. Why were they torturing that guy?" Ben shouted. Eastman smiled:
"Oh come now, hardly torture. Chris there is a volunteer. He feels no pain at all due to my advanced hypnosis technique" he replied. Ben was bemused:
"Rubbish Eastman, I distinctly heard him screaming. Why were we locked in our room?" he demanded. Eastman was staring at Katie. He stroked her hair:
"*To Katie* What an extraordinarily beautiful woman you are. I'm sure that you can reassure Ben here that I would never harm any of my volunteers. I regard them almost as my own family. This centre is a retreat, an oasis of peace and harmony in which people can seek the space to rediscover themselves."
Katie stared at Eastman:
"Much as I appretiate you leching over me, I am more concerned for the welfare of your volunteer. I am phoning an ambulance" she feistily stated.
Eastman snatched her phone, threw it on the floor and stamped on it:
"I've always wanted to do that . Especially to inattentive staff. However I do hope that you forgive me. You have the most gorgeous hair."
Katie is furious:
"Hey, you bastard, that iphone cost the best part of a grand. That guy needs medical assistance. *To Ben*Ben I hope that you are taking note of the fact that Eastman has noticed me. It is my hair that he is praising, not yours. Obviously he is a complete ¤¤¤¤e however at least he is paying me some attention." Ben frowns:
"This is not the time or place for your self-indulgent complaining Katie. " Kyle meanwhile had gone up to Chris:
"Ere mate, you OK?" Chris simply stared into space. Eastman rushed up to him:
"Please don't intervene in this experiment. It is at a very delicate stage and the volunteer could be harmed if you don't come away."
Kyle and Ben glared at him:
"I demand that you provide medical assistance for Chris immediately" Ben shouted, his firm chin held high. Eastman pulled out a gun from his pocket:
"I do so dislike having to brandish this symbol of aggression. However you must return to your room.
Reluctantly Ben and Kyle agreed to leave and Eastman led them all back downstairs.

As they arrived back downstairs they saw Joe Peters had arrived and was being led inside. Ben went up to him:
"I completely forgot about you. I was more concerned about poor Chris, a young man being tortured here. I didn't give you a second thought." Ben stated before letting Eastman lead them back to the chill out room. Arriving into the room they saw two girls laying out a salad spread with several bottles of white wine:
"Please accept some refreshments as a form of apology. I promise that the door will stay open and you are free to walk about the centre and visit the gym and the television room" , Eastman stated. As he left he slid his hand down Katie's back:
"And you my dear can visit my own rooms if you wish." Kyle grimaced:
"Ere what a creepy old lech. You ok Katie?"
"Of course I'm ok. For your information Kyle, Mr Eastman is clearly someone with excellent taste in women." Joe approached her:
"He's not the only one."Katie smiled and stroked his leg. Ben was bemused:
"Oh for pity's sake. Come on Kyle, lets explore this establishment. That wine looks cheap, the salad clearly isn't fresh, and Katie is on heat. In other words, a trilogy of horrors. However the main reason that I wish to continue this investigation is that I care. I do not like young people being tortured."

Ben and Kyle went out into the lobby and saw a glamorous girl flouncing in the door, being remonstrated with by two of Eastman's female volunteers:
"You cannot come in here. You are not the right type", one of the girls stated. The glamorous girl , who was wearing a tight, short leather skirt pushed her aside:
"Shut your mouth you plain little thing. I am Portia Devine, the glamour model" she shouted. Eastman approached:
"What is going on here? Who are you?" Portia smiled at him and gave him her best pout:
"Darling, I am astounded that you don't recognise me. *Sidles up to Eastman* I am Portia Devine. I understand that you can help people with..... with certain issues. If you help me darling, (*flashes eyes*)I can make it worth your while."
Eastman smiled at her and blushed:
"Ehhm oh I see. Welcome Portia to our centre of peace and healing. But I don't see how I can help you. You are stunningly attractive and not at all an ugly fat munter from Newcastle or something. You don't need to lose any weight"
"Thank you Mr Eastman. That comment will be well rewarded tonight if you wish. However I just have this small matter that I need help with. You see I'm rather partial to the odd drink and perhaps you could help me in overcoming this minor intrusion into my modelling career," Portia replied, pouting.
"Oh I see. You're a booze, addled alcoholic model who has been sent here by her agent as a cheap alternative to the Priory. Of course I will help you. You look stunning and I have no desire to see you end up as a dring sodden lush lying in a pool of her own piss. Here we can cure all addictions in a week, especially drink and drugs".
Kyle turned to Ben:
"Ere Ben, I know her. She's not a model, she's Sandra Harrison a friend of mine from back in the day. I 'elped 'er sort herself out years back but then we kind of lost touch. Rumour was she joined the old bill an' I was like really shocked as were all me mates." Ben frowned:
"What the hell are the police doing sending an undercover officer in. This is an Operation Delta investigation. They will complicate things. We must get her on her own later and warn her off" Ben stated.
"Eastman's makin' some big claims there. What say you we try an' talk to some of his volunteers" Kyle suggested. Ben frowned:
" He won't let us get near them. You can bet that the gym and tv room will be either deserted or populated by flunkeys. And he'll have made sure we don't get access to elsewhere."
"Yeah but I've got a plan Ben......"

Kyle and Ben headed back to the chill out room. Katie and Joe were canoodling on the sofa, enjoying a bottle of wine and a mixed leaf salad. Kyle went up to the window, which was locked, took out his penknife and picked the lock in seconds.
"Look Ben, we need to escape out the window like an' then find a way into other parts of this place". Ben sighed:
"Anything is preferable to watching those two pawing each other. "
Outside they walked around the grounds. Ben started to open up emotionally to Kyle:
"You know I really feel that I've been on an emotional journey with this divorce from Emma. I really trusted her and thought that our arrangement was what she wanted. But it wasn't. What she asked of me at the end of the day, well Caligula would have blushed. When I tried to reason with her, she just said that I had been in the house too long. I naturally fled. But I've learned from the experience thats for sure. I'm not entangling myself with a woman again. Why is it that in my life, I give valuable time to people who don't care if I live or die?"
Kyle put his hand on Ben's shoulder:
"Oh cam on Ben, you'll get over this."
"I know I will Kyle. I feel like a stronger person now."
Suddenly Ben noticed a large grey building in the distance:
"Lets try getting into that horrible looking carbunkle". As Ben spoke they heard shouting and a thin youth ran from behind the building towards a wooded area. There was a shot and the youth fell screaming and clutching his leg. Ben tried to help the youth by shouting at the two uniformed men who were approaching him:
"Leave that guy alone or you'll have me to answer to."
However one of the men shot the youth through the head. Then he came for Ben........

........... to be continued.