Chapter 4

"Okay, do you have everything for your trip?" Lois asked as she, Gary and Bernie stood outside the bar. Chuck was already in the van fiddling with the radio.

"Are you sure you don't want to take the Gray Ghost with you? It has all the gear you need in it and everything," Bernie asked his son. "The propane tanks are full. I just filled them before we left for Chicago. You could put all your stuff into the truck and then your off. It wouldn't take more than twenty minutes."

"That would take all the fun out it. I packed everything we need," Gary said. "We shouldn't need anything else."

"You boys should get going then." Bernie said.

"And if you run into any trouble, call Crumb. I'm sure he can help," Gary interjected.

"Don't worry. We can handle it. Have a little faith in us, we're your parents," Bernie said. "We can handle whatever the paper throws at us. No problem."

"Don't worry, honey. I'll keep your father out of trouble." Lois gave her son a kiss on the cheek.

"What's that supposed to mean?" Bernie inquired.

Lois ignored her husband and continued to address her son. "Now Gary you and Chuck keep warm while your out there. It gets very cold during the night."

"Mom, I'm not twelve," Gary said which prompted an annoyed look from his mother. He sighed to himself. No matter how old he was, his parents would probably still treat him like a child. "Don't worry, Mom. I'll bundle up."

Chuck poked his head out the passenger side window and cleared his throat. If they didn't leave soon they would hit traffic from the morning commute. He missed just hanging around with his best friend. With both their busy schedules they haven't had much time to do that. At least it worked out this weekend, Gary's parents handling the paper and McGinty's being closed for some minor renovation. "Gar, come on let's go!"

Gary hugged his dad, then his mother and handed her the paper. "Be careful..."

"We will." Bernie replied.

Gary hurried over to the driver's side and got into the car. "Alright let's go."

"Are you going to tell me where exactly we are going?" Chucked asked.

"Nope." Gary smiled and started the car. "You brought those things I told you to bring, comfortable shoes and clothing."

"Yes. I put them in the back of the van while you were talking to Bernie and Lois."


"Have fun boys," Lois yelled as the McGinty's van pulled away.

"So what do we do first? What does the paper say?" Bernie asked enthusiastically.

"They haven't even gotten down the block, Bernie."

"I know, I know. I just want to get a jump on things. People to save. Disasters to prevent."

Bernie and Lois sat in a corner booth eating breakfast. It was still fairly early and they were trying to plan out their day.


"Yes, Bernie, nothing..."

"Are you sure?"

"Yes Bernie, I'm sure. Unless you want to go to City Hall and watch the budget planning committee. Or the new exhibit at the Art Institute?"

"Let me see that thing." Bernie frowned. He was here for an adventure. There had to be something in the paper that they could do. Someone they could save.

"What? You don't believe me?" Lois asked.

"I do, but I want to be absolutely positively sure."

"Because you don't believe me..."

"I do, honey, I do. I just don't want anyone getting hurt."

"Here." She slid the paper across the table to him and waited as he flipped through it. "See."

Bernie flipped through each and every page of the paper, read each and every headline, skimmed each and every article.

And found nothing.

"Nothing." Bernie sulked.

"Must have been a slow news day."


Sigh... I've learned my lesson. I'm never going to post a WIP again. The whole story is plotted out and I know what's going to happen, but I like writing out of order too much, lol. I've got most of chapters 5 and chapter 8 done. Not so much with chapters 6 and chapter 7.

I wonder when season three is coming out on DVD... Not that I want season three (bleh Erica), that means its a shorter wait until season four :D.

I want to watch "Run Gary Run"...