At the end of the hall, the final painting showed a man sitting in a chair. Golden light surrounded his head and people were bowing before him. He bore a resemblance to pictures I’d seen of Vaughn’s grandfather.
“These paintings are really weird,” Haley said.
“No kidding.” I stared up at the ceiling.
“Oh yeah,” Vaughn said. “I shot up in here once. You would not believe the stuff that went on in my head.”
We followed him into a room. Except for the bookshelves and desk, it looked like the hall. Red Lightning appeared to share reading tastes with Martin Magnus. The bookshelves held books in languages I didn’t recognize, books on translating ancient languages, and a long line of handwritten journals (organized by date).
“This is where I got the stuff I gave to Magnus’ people,” he said. “I didn’t give them much. You’re welcome to the rest.”
“I’ll need to come back with a bag or something.”
Haley picked the first journal off the shelf and started flipping through it. “If we were in Harry Potter,” she said, “I’d end up possessed by this book.”
“Which would make me what?” Vaughn asked. “Malfoy?”
“Have you read the journals?” I asked Vaughn. “Do you have any idea why he did any of it?”
“Not really. I’ve read bits. They’re all pretty normal up till about two years before he got zapped with the Power Impregnator. After that they just get batshit insane.”
“So there’s no reason?” I said. “He just goes crazy? That’s dumb.”
“Ever read Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut?” Vaughn asked. “There’s a character in there that goes crazy and starts killing people. Vonnegut blames it on bad chemicals in his brain. In the book, it’s funny.”
“That doesn’t sound very funny,” Haley said.
“But see,” Vaughn said, “it’s Vonnegut. He’s funny as hell.”
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Here’s a bit more information about the author:
Jim Zoetewey grew up in Holland, Michigan, near where L Frank Baum wrote The Wizard of Oz and other books in that series. Admittedly, Baum moved away more than sixty years before Jim was even born, but it's still kind of cool. He's a web developer, a religion and sociology major, and the author of the superhero series The Legion of Nothing. He's also not sure why he's writing this in the third person, but he's never seen an author bio written in first person and doesn't want to rock the boat.
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