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ݱ11 Aug 89_ROR_-_ALUCARD_ ް A ް "The Ballad Of Andrew Pritchard" ް A ߰ / \ Tfile ް Written By: Dark Nite / 666 \ Distribution ް \ 999 / Centere ް \ / - RoR - ް A _____________________________________________________________________ް Shawn-Da-Lay Boy Productions, Inc.ް ް ThePirates'Hollow-415/236/2371TheElectricPub-415/236/4380 The Ballad of Andrew Pritchard by Darrel Smith The white, sterile, unfriendly walls form a path down the hospital corridor. I stride down this path, listening to the sounds of mental anguish. This is the Lakeside Institute for the mentally ill, and I am an intern here. My name is Edward Locke, bu t people just call me Eddie. At least most of the patients here do, if you can call them people. A more commom term is vegetable. That's one of the nicer names, or categories, rather. Me, I just call them afraid. I glance down at my watch, and then realizing the time, force my feet to move faster. They've become accustomed to the leisurely pace I take when I do my appointed rounds. In a way, they're spoiled. I don't jog, cycle, play racquetball, or even dance . So when I do have to run, it seems alien to them, and I look like a duck on dry land. The corridor walls zip past me, an endless field of white, and I turn the corner instantly. Pulling up, I stop to rest and I open the door to the conference room. "Glad you could make it." a harsh voice reprimands. "Next time, be on time." it continued. Without even looking up, I could tell the origin of the voice. Only one man in the whole hospital sounded like that. Paul Raymond. I was ashamed in the presence of my idol, and I remained stooped over, panting. It also served a dual purpose, as I did n't have to make eye contact with him. "Sorry Mr. Raymond" I panted between gasps. "Fine, just... don't be late again, alright?" already the voice was softening. It always did. Paul's temperment was in direct contrast to his size, he was 6'6, and his generally pleasant attitude seemed out of place in a frame so large. "Yes sir," I grinned, standing up straight now, fully rested. 'Sir' was a little joke between Paul and me; he and I were good friends, and we had long ago dispensed with formalities. I studied his face for a reaction, and my smile grew larger, as his grin cracked the stern expression of a second ago. We laughed, and then, turned our attention to the matter at hand. I moved next to him, and felt dwarfed by his immense frame. I was tall, 6'1, but Paul was huge. "There, look." Paul started. I followed his gaze, and I looked through the two way glass at the outline of what appeared to be a hunched over man, lying on the floor. It remained motionless, and I tried to discern any sort of features, but to no avai l. "Who or what is that?" I remarked, never taking my eyes off the lump of flesh which sat there, perhaps pondering some unfathomable thought. Or, at least unfathomable to a sane person. I wondered about the thin boundary between sanity and insanity, wh ile I waited for Paul's answer. "That, is a he, and he, is Andrew Pritchard." he said without emotion, Paul always was fascinated by subjects, but he never allowed himself emotional commitment. I on the other hand did, and that is why Paul is a world renowned doctor, and I am still an intern. "Isn't he that westside strangler, the one who raped all those rich women." my interest was peaked, and I peared more intently at the figure inside. "One and the same. They say that he had some sort of Psychic power. I don't really believe that, but some people do. They said that he could touch the women, and instantly know everything about them. He singled out his victims that way. Imagine it. T ouch a lady in a crowd, assimilate her entire background, and then, carefully plan your next move. The opportunities would be endless." he finished, his breathing more intense as his excitement grew. "But I don't understand." I questioned. "How could they catch a man who possessed such an ability." "Ability?" Paul said, without looking at me. "I'll tell you what happened, then judge for yourself whether or not this power is an 'Ability' or a curse." Paul turned away from the glass, deep in thought, and headed towards the door. He turned as if he forgot something, then he brushed it aside, and continued on. "Let's go." He said simply. I followed him out the door into the hallway. There, he turned and headed for the double doors at the end of the corridor. As I turned to close the door behind me, I thought, for an instant, I heard a scream, but if it every truly happened, it was gone now, and I closed the door. Twisting the handle, to insure that it was locked, I turned to follow Paul. "Hurry up Eddie," Paul urged, its a long story and I only have until three so get moving." I forced myself to move quicker, and I found myself at the his side in a matter of seconds. Then, we pushed open the double doors, and entered the lounge area. Paul sat at his favorite chair, a tan e-z-boy, and I settled in to listen to this morbid tale of psychtic murder. My spine tingled in anticipation, and I blocked out all thoughts and concentrated on Paul. "You may have read about it in the paper," he started. "You know, about his capture." I tried to picture the article in my head but couldn't "Vauguely," I said, "Why?" "Because of the journalist who covered the story," Paul paused as if waiting for me to answer. "VanBuren was his name, if i'm not mistaken" I said, completing his sentence. "Her name." he corrected. "Kathi VanBuren. Andrew Pritchard's final victim, and also, his jailer." Paul made a queer face at this last statement, and I thought he was joking. "Jailer? What so you mean..." "Shh. Let me finish." Paul said sternly. "Just pay attention. I didn't or rather couldn't believe it myself when I first heard it, but it seems to be the only explanation. " he paused a second, and seemingly regretted the last statement he made, but continued anyway. "Andrew Pritchard. In and out of reform schools since the age of twelve. He was first convicted of raping his nine year old sister, and spent six months in juvenile hall, and then, various hospitals. At the age of sixteen, he began to get really bad." Paul looked as if this statement was funny, and I looked at him quizzically, and he continued. "State of Maryland police record. Nine arrests, five convictions. Everything from stealing cars to sodomizing a nun. This guy's done it ." I thought about the last part for a second, and wondered if God really punished you for something like that. Like putting a double whammy on somebody. I decided he must, and picked up again listening to Paul. "Finally in 1984, at the ripe age thir ty one, he was let out of prison for the final time. He served thirteen years, and was let out, to, supposedly begin a new reformed life. Ha-Ha big joke. He went on to rape and murder an estimated 69 women in the next 5 years, before he was caught fo r the final time. But, as you already know, something was different about these murders. Something was extremely different. Every single one left no clues, and it seemed impossible that the same man could be committing the same crime. He was everywhe re. He didn't study their houses, he didn't study their lifestyles. There was no way on earth he could have known all he did about every lady he murdered. No way on earth!" Paul began screaming this."No way on earth! None! N-O W-A- Y!!" "Paul, Paul!" I stared at him as he continued to scream."PAUL!! " I reached out and began to shake him. "STOP!!" "Alright, Alright. I'm fine, I just got a little excited" Paul's face was flushed a bright red, and he had beads of sweat dripping down his face. "Are you sure you're all right?" I asked. "Yes. Yes. I'm fine. Now where was I." Paul began searching his thoughts to find his mental bookmark, and I relaxed somewhat. I still searched his face for any signs of a sudden relapse, but I found none." Oh yes," Paul interrupted, breaking my train of thought. " I remember now. Anyway. There was no way anybody could have committed these crimes under normal circumstances. It was discovered later that while in prison though, Pritchard had done some dabbling in black magic. He was sort of an acol yte voodoo priest of some sort. But, nobody thought anything of it until the sheer impossibility of volume was considered during the investigation. For a long time, it was believed to be a group or a gang behind this atrocity. That was why he got awa y with it for so long. No one ever considered that a single man could accomplish what he had. It seems that he had given himself some sort of evil power. What it did was allow him to instantly know everything that ever happened to that person by shee r touch." Paul stopped and let me comprehend the meaning of what he had just said. "So.. he was sort of like a human sponge. Absorbing their knowledge. Then, he could easily devise a plan to attack that indiviual, using their vulnerabilities to do maximum damage." I deduced. "Exactly." Paul responded. "But, he didn't count one thing." "What's that?" I questioned. "Pritchard dabbled in the black arts. Every spell is perverse so that the desired effect may be achieved, and even controlled for some period of time. But, eventually, it would consume the user in some way, related to the effects and purpose of the s pell. In this case, he became able to absorb information from inanimate objects." "You mean like a rock, or a book?" I asked. "Yes, those. But Andrew Pritchard's downfall was not from a book or a rock. You see, his last victim Kathi VanBuren..." he stopped and looked at me, waiting. "VanBuren... Vanburen..." where had I heard that name before? I racked my brain for that one small bit info. that was eluding me. "VanBuren... Wait!!! I know. Her father was some sort of collector, wasn't he?" I asked excited at remembering. "Right! Not just a collector, but a collector of old coins. In fact, he had quite an extensive collection. One of his coins in particular, a 1888 penny, one of only twelve hundred made. Can you imagine all the people that must have handled it? It was in circulation until 1965!" I began to form a conclusion from all this and asked Paul what Pritchad had done besides rape the VanBuren girl. "He was also a petty theft. He saw those coins under the glass, and he wasn't stupid. He knew they were old and valuable. So he smashed them and the first coin he grasped was that 1902 copper head." My heart dropped into my stomach as I realized what then must have happened. "Oh my God." was all I could manage to say. "The torment..." then I tried to understand what could not be explained. "Yes. I can read in your eyes. You understand. Millions of people. All their experiences. All their thoughts, their hopes, their dreams. All this contained within the brain of one very ordinary man." he paused and we both considered the cosmic impact that this event had had. " They say it wiped his mind clean. He for an instant knew the thoughts of millions. His brain couldn't handle it. Whose could. Full, sensory, overload." Paul emphasized the last few words, stressing each one. "Insane." "You know what.." I asked Paul. "Hmmm?" he responded. "For an instant in time. For the briefest of moments. Andrew Pritchard was God." I sunk back into my seat, and wandered off into the cosmos of imagaination. The greatest gift of life, while nearby, the demi-god Andrew Pritchard sat. 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