The Bear News

Printed weekly, The Bear News contained feature articles, advertisements, and correspondence from the local gangs. Evan and JT took turns manning the office during the day. Evan thumbed thru papers in the back office looking for a reference for a pending news article when the doorbell chimed indicating a customer had walked into the store. “Can I help you?” he called out as he continued to search for the allusive piece of paper. “I’ll be there in a second. Fill out the form on the desk if you can write.”

Recruiting the strongest men away from the other local gangs would ensure Xavier’s rise to power. Obsessed with building an army he sent two of his goons to the local paper to place an ad.

“Hello, is somebody there?” Evan said as he walked into the front room “Uumm, how can I help you?”

One of the goons handed Evan a piece of paper, “Xavier wants this placed in your newspaper. He also wants posters displayed around town with the same message.”

Evan determined the final content placed in the Bear news. He had no desire to publish a recruitment ad for Xavier for the purpose of building an army of bullies.

“This is something we don’t typically run in our paper and even if we did, it would be very costly to you. I don’t have the resources to print posters. ” Evan handed the paper back to the guard. “Sorry!”

The guard reaches across the counter and grabs Evan by his shirt. “We aren’t payin! And if you don’t put this in your newspaper we will burn the place down with you inside!”

Evan didn’t like being strong armed into doing something he felt strongly against but he also didn’t want to die. “It’s going to take a while to acquire the ink and poster paper needed for this project. Give me a few days. I’ll need to come up with funds and contact my supplier.”

The guard releases Evan causing him to stumble to the floor, “You’ve got 2 days!”

Journal Entry 25

Dear World,

Matt sent word that he has received our plans. He had a few suggestions that might make the take-over a little easier. Xavier has scheduled a massive cage fight tomorrow. Everyone is required to attend except for a few of the guards who will be on guard duty. Having a majority of the people in the gym will make our attack easier.

I am meeting one more time with our allies to discuss our plan of attack. We need to hash out a few things like, who is doing what and where around the school.

Matt has made friends with several people inside the Central campus that do not like the Xavier’s style of leadership. This is good news and hopefully make this fight a little easier. I am keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly and that any injuries acquired will be minor. I do not wish to see a bunch of people die.

Madie

Journal Entry 24

Dear World,

I consider everyone living in this school my family.

It’s easy to distinguish one local group from another. Your clothing, your hair and your tattoos let everyone know your  affiliation.

Many people in Bear Country have Bear Tattoos. The tattoo gives everyone a feeling of pride and unity. My bear tattoo is on my shoulder.

In the beginning, the school pavilion was a blank space with a couple of tables and a few chairs. As the years passed, the area evolved into a sacred chapel, a place of inspiration. The children covered the walls and pylons with pictures, banners and posters. It’s not unusual to find someone sitting alone in the center of the pavilion praying or meditating by candle light.

As I waited for my friends to arrive for our meeting this evening. I walked around. So many memories came flooding. We have had good times here.

Madie

Journal Entry 23

Dear World,

I met with our allies and shared the information I received from Matt. The atmosphere in this meeting was calmer than the previous one. People are super anxious. We shared strategy ideas. How do we get rid of Xavier and his goons? What would be the most effective means of attack? How? When? If people wanted to walk away from Central instead of fighting do we let them leave?

Everyone agreed the Central Leader was not someone we wanted in our community. The longer he stayed in town the stronger he was going to get. He is almost too strong now.

We have all decided to band together in a show of force. A lot of violence is expected and people were given the opportunity to back out of the conflict if they found the risk to great. No one withdrew. I will send a runner to inform Matt on how we plan to proceed.

Madie

Journal Entry 22

Dear World,

Last night was horrible, I couldn’t shut my mind off. I got out of bed around 5am. Sleep wasn’t happening, so I walked down to the kitchen for coffee and ran into Tony. We sat at a table, had a nice talk and drank a cup of coffee. Tony didn’t sleep well either. He is terribly worried about the boy.

I don’t like that Matt is inside the Central campus. Only two more hours until our rendezvous. I am anxious to hear what Matt has to say. The information Matt is sharing with us, I will in turn share with our allies. Hopefully, we can make a workable plan to get rid of Xavier and his goons.

Central was once a really nice place. Normal people lived there but now it is a bunch of people that enjoy taking advantage of others. It’s sad really!

Madie