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by Daniel Braum

To celebrate our first anniversary, each of us here at the Cabal has come up with a story beginning with a line provided to us by the illustrious Jay Lake. Click the link at the bottom of the page to see how Alex Dally MacFarlane started us off yesterday, and tune in tomorrow to see what David Kopaska-Merkel comes up with...

Zoli liked to hang around psychiatrists’ waiting rooms to hit on the low self-esteem chicks. That’s what the case file said. Who the hell still said “chicks” and thought psychiatric help meant low self-esteem? Someone was gonna get smacked.

Patients reported feeling cold spots and someone pull their hair, when no one was there. So we knew we’d find Zoli there. We brought the EMP detector and FLIR heat sensor and the rest of our gear. I had a good idea we’d be able to contain him once we found him, but I couldn’t be sure. It hadn’t been written yet…


Jay Lake made me write this.

Three years ago I was stopped for a lay over at O’Hare waiting for a flight into Wisconsin when I saw his distinctive long hair and bright shirt, at the gate across from me.

I approached thinking of how to introduce myself and found him muttering.

“Luc, Sara, Kat,” he said.

“Huh,” I said.

“You know,” he said. “Cabalistas. Zoli. Zoli, Zoli…”

I stared blankly not wanting to offend.

“Oh,” he said. “You’re not going to meet Kat for another twelve hours and thirty six minutes.”

“Right, uh congratulations on Lake-Wu,” I said, and walked away looking at my boarding pass.

I didn’t know it then but I know it now. It was all part of Jay’s plan. Everything is.


The pattern is quite elegant, at least the parts I can get my mind around. It’s a matter of syncing up the 3rd letter of every word in the lettered edition of Lake-Wu, with the prime numbered pages of the Jacob’s Ladder screenplay, and then using that cipher to read Gibson’s rejected screenplay for Alien 3.

Its all here. I can show you. All roads lead to Jay Lake. The spaces in between the words, The implications they hint at. I’ll show you. I’m typing the cipher but its not showing up on my screen. Why are these words coming out on the screen? I’m not writing this…


Zoli liked to hang around Psychiatrists’ waiting rooms to hit on the low self-esteem chicks,” Zoli thought. Simultaneously, Jay Lake’s hands typed the words into an e mail.

Why did I write that, Jay thought. He hit send anyway, thinking those crazy Cabalistas would get a kick out of it.

Zoli tried to materialize the waiting room. A woman waiting there felt an odd tug on her hair. In the lobby, Dan Braum, with a back pack full of high-end electronics, was about to push through the door.

- END -


very entertainingly self-referential. cool!

Posted by: david | April 8, 2008 12:57 PM

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