7. THE CALL OF THE WILD

By J.J. Colagrande

Sugar Bear. That’s all I had to go on. Sugar Bear. A simple headie name. Teflon texted me, asking if we were at All Good, noting the urgency. I  said yuperdoodles and immediately my phone blew up. He said Sugar Bear. I said, huh? Sugar Bear. You need to find someone named Sugar Bear. He’s at All Good. Say what? And then he filled me in. Geri and I had been keeping in touch with Teflon ever since Chicago. We knew he bailed Melody Rain out of jail. The last we heard they headed to Lolla. Apparently, the game had changed, hee-hee. This huge game changer resulted in the release of three-fold monumental info. One, there was in existence a remedy to the Deer Creek Needle. Boom. Huge. Crazy huge!! That meant there was a chance to Save Thelonious, whom of course we love, and of course lay in a coma in Chicago with the clock ticking. Two, Teflon and Melody Rain knew of the ingredients needed for the remedy. The components were very particular and also spread out across the country. Three, one of the elements needed for the remedy was at All Good in the possession of some dude named Sugar Bear. Apparently, this Sugar Bear had some sort of powdery concoction, some mixture of ground up tonics and elixirs or something. From what Teflon heard, the antidote resembled a multi-colored sand. It was needed as a base-mixture, along with the other ingredients, to put together the remedy. I asked how could they create the solution? What alchemy did they need done? You know I dabble a little, especially for a chance to save Thelonious. Teflon told me they needed to find someone named The Chemist!! Fuck. I knew The Chemist. I told him I knew The Chemist. The Chemist lived in Florida. I apprenticed with the Chemist myself, hee-hee. Teflon loved that news. He sounded ecstatic. That piece of the puzzle had eluded him. Although wonderful breaking news, they didn’t need The Chemist yet–they needed the ingredients and specifically since we were at All Good we had to find this Sugar Bear. My phone didn’t have the best connection on the mountain, I had to call Teflon back six times due to the poor reception. But I told him I was on it. I’d find what he needed. You know I got mad skills. I’d comb the mountain. At the time, I decided to keep this info on the down low from Geri. I didn’t want her to worry or get even more emotional. I’d wait to tell her. Shore Morris could help cuz he knew people. But Geri, for her own good, just needed to enjoy the festival. I could find this Sugar Bear alone, that was my intention. It started with Umphrey’s. I told Geri that I really wanted to see Umphrey’s McGee. I tucked her in at camp after Further and went back. I literally walked all around during Umphrey’s McGee like a mad man. Are you Sugar Bear? Sugar Bear? Where you at Sugar Bear?? Umphrey’s jammed and yelling wasn’t my style. I had a mission, for sure.

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