Chapter 14: Justin Stone
The rest of day was a blur of motion. Police talked to Tom, Rob, Karen, Sebastian and
Matthew numerous times. The questions were all about Josh and if he ever showed signs of
aggression to Matthew in the past. Matthew answered any questions that they asked. Justin
was in shock of what happened. Mikayla attacking them then Josh getting stabbed. Travelers?
Who the **** are they? They wanted to kill Matthew and take Danielle? Justin had to find
After hours of waiting for the police to be done with the interviews, the bus picked them
back up and drove them back to the hotel. There the hotel felt more emptier than usual. Maybe
it’s just because of the day’s events. Matthew didn’t stay down in the lobby where everyone else
went to. He went straight to his hotel room with Danielle not far behind, as arm around him.
Justin walked around the hotel until he found a small computer room unoccupied. He
logged on and started a google search on Travelers. Over thirty-six million hits came up, the top
two hits being the official website for Travelers.com and the other being the Travelers TV show.
Justin somehow doubts that they’re time travelers. He went to the next page to fine nothing. He
gave up on page eight then typed in Travelers Group. That narrowed it down to a few hundred
thousand hits this time. There were more hits about Travelers.com and Travelocity and the
show but at page ten he found a Wikipedia article titled: Travelers Mythology Group. Out of
curiosity, Justin clicked the page. It wasn’t that large of a page, but he read what was written.
The Travelers have been around since Ancient Civilization where they used to rule a
small part of land. But over the years, they expanded their operations and inserted themselves
into larger branches of government. They helped execute people from high up on the chain of
power and small terrorist attacks. They fell off the face of the earth about eighteen years ago,
the article read. Their leader, Talon, disappeared and was never heard of again.
Justin did more research on this Talon leader but the only results he found were about
people named Talon that have no affiliation with the Travelers. So, a group of ancient terrorists
are hunting them down. How did Josh get roped into all this? He then went back to the article he
found earlier and looked at the references page. There he found an article that talked about
their powers and a way to kill them.
The Travelers, while they don’t have any supernatural abilities, have inhuman
strength, agility and durability. They normally travel with a small band of witches that help them
stay young in their old age and helps them, as the article says, Hijack, other humans around the
world. The article talked a little about Hijacking but to summarize it, the witches transport the
Travelers consciousness and replaces the human one with theirs. But in doing so, it kills the
person. The witches then put the Travelers body in a cold storage until the Traveler has done its
mission or the host’s body extends its usefulness. This is all too much, Justin thought. Killing the
host body does not kill the Traveler. The Traveler would only return to its body. The only way to
fully kill a Traveler that has Hijacked a host body is to stab it with a special dagger called the
Traveler Dagger. How original, Justin thought.
The Traveler Dagger originally belonged to the leader of the Travelers, Talon, but when
he disappeared, the dagger did as well. Some say that it has disappeared into the Catacombs
others say it was destroyed. Justin was still reading the article when there was a knock on the
door. He jumped and looked to see Sebastian.
“Matthew is out of his room. He’s gonna speak to us.” Sebastian tried looking at what
Justin was reading but he quickly logged out. “What were you looking at?”
“Nothing important. I’ll fill you in at the meeting.” With that, the two men walked out of the
computer lab and into the large hotel lobby where everyone was sitting or standing, looking at
Matthew. Danielle was still by his side. There was a heavy silence, people were looking at
Matthew others were looking at their feet or anywhere else but Matthew.
“Mind telling us what the hell happened today?” Chris called out. Before Matthew could
respond, Chris kept going. “We were first attacked by some crazy hot girl and her crazy friends
then Josh comes out of nowhere and starts to beat the **** out of you?”
“You were attacked before the whole thing with Josh?” Tom asked in bewilderment.
“Stefan, Matthew and I were attacked yesterday during the scavenger hunt. Two
Russian brothers. Mikayla, the girl that attacked us today, said they work for her.” Dom spat out.
“Why are we just now hearing about this?” Karen asked, looking between Dom, Stefan
Matthew looked at her then said, “Because we handled them. We figured they were just
some lowlife criminals.”
“They wanted to kill us.” Stefan said.
“That’s it.” Rob said, standing up and pulling out his cell phone. “I’m calling HQ and
we’re all leaving first thing in the morning.” He checks his cell phone but didn’t have any service.
“****. I’ll be right back.” He leaves the lobby to go to the front desk.
“But that wasn’t Josh,” Anna told everyone. “It was someone different.”
“Anna, it was Josh. You saw it for yourself.” Payton said from halfway across the room.
“He must have taken some drugs.”
“Payton, with all due respect,” Matthew spoke. “It wasn’t Josh. It was some group called
“Who the **** are the Travelers?” Gillian asked.
Justin then stepped up and spoke on what he just read, “They’re a very old terrorist
group. Starting all the way back to ancient civilization.” Everyone gave him a quizzical look then
he jumped right into what he found on the internet. He explained who they are and their leader.
He explained how one could kill them and their Hijacking. When he was finished, Sebastian
“Justin, the Travelers are nothing more than a ******* childhood story. I heard it was I
was still in potty training. They aren’t real!”
“Apparently they are, and they want all of us dead but to keep Danielle alive.” Justin told
Danielle looked taken back on this information. “Me? What do they want from me?”
Justin wished he had an answer for her.
“But if this Hijacking thing is true, the real Josh died the moment that Traveler took over
his mind.” Justin finished.
No one spoke for a while. They all just sat in their own thoughts not knowing what to do
or to say. Justin still wasn’t sure if he believed this while mythical terrorist organization. It’s
something one reads about in a book or watches in a movie, but not real life.
“If this Dagger is real, we need to find it. We need to go to the catacombs.” Matthew
“That’s based on a hunch though,” Cecily called out. “You’re asking us to go to the
catacombs to find this ******* dagger and risk our lives?”
“I’m not asking, Cecily. I’ll do it myself if I have to.”
“If the stories about the Travelers are true,” Sebastian spoke. “Then they aren’t in the
catacombs Rome has. Those are fake ones. If people really stepped into the real Catacombs,
they would not live to tell the tale.” Sebastian walked around the lobby, still speaking. “The real
catacombs open every one-hundred years. Tomorrow night they open once again. If the dagger
is anywhere, it’s in there.”
“If I’m going to do this then I’ll need a gun or something.” Matt told Sebastian.
“You’re not doing this alone,” Danielle said, grabbing Matthew’s hand. “I’m going with
“Like hell you are.” Matt told her then addressed the group. “I know this is a far-fetched
mission. I’ll let you guys decide if you want to help or not. If so, meet in my room tomorrow
morning and we’ll make plans. Sebastian, go get some guns for us please.” With that, Matthew
got up and left the lobby room. Sebastian took Michael and Jackson to retrieve the guns and
Rob came back in saying that the hotel lines are down, and internet is out. A few people went
back to their rooms, but most people stayed downstairs. No one wanted to be alone tonight.