I Know What Happened and Maybe Even How is the forty-first chapter of Zak Saturday's Immortal Love Life. It was first published on February 10, 2016.
The next day, just before I got into the studio to record my song, I tried calling Zak, but he still didn’t answer. I had a bad feeling that the nightmare’s I’ve been having for the past couple weeks were true.
I was in the studio and Mom was helping me.
“Do you know how to use any of these buttons?” I asked her.
“Of course I don’t,” she replied. “That’s what our powers are for. But I’ll learn on my own eventually.”
“I’m sure you will.”
I tested it a few times before officially recording the song, wrote the title on the CD, and placed it in its case.
“Well, I guess we’re ready for Monday,” Mom said.
“Yeah,” I agreed without much enthusiasm.
“What’s wrong, Sarah?”
“Nothing. It’s just— Mom, Zak hasn’t called me at all and I’m really worried about him. I’ve been having these nightmares and they’re practically telling me what happened, but I don’t know if they’re right.”
“Have you told anyone else about these nightmares?”
I shook my head. “No.”
“Then, before we continue, how about we bring everyone else in here, ok?”
Mom walked over to the intercom on the wall and pressed the button. “Everybody, please came down to the music room. Sarah needs to talk to us all.”
We have intercoms and also cameras all over the house. It’s just an easy way to let someone know you’re looking for them since it’s such a huge house, especially if you’re playing hide-and-seek. Unless you have access to all of the cameras, and depending on how many people are playing, you’re bound to only find a fraction of them.
Zack and the animals came into the music room and we sat around a table in the corner of the room.
“So what’s going on?” Zack asked.
Everyone looked at me.
I took a deep breath. “I’ve been having nightmares about Zak since the last time we saw him, and I think . . . he’s Kur now.”
“Your nightmares showed you that?” Mom asked.
I nodded. “Yes.”
“But how could he become Kur and why?” Kika asked.
“I don’t think he wanted that to happen to him, it just did.”
“How?” Toto asked.
“I’m not sure, exactly,” I said. “He and his family were fighting Argost and Kur and there were a lot of cryptids there. Then Argost got inside Kur and got in control of him and Zak and Fiskerton went inside to stop him. He had his powers activated and there was a burst of energy from him that went through all of the cryptids and he was in control of them all.”
“Wow,” Mom said.
“I know,” I continued. “The cryptids went inside Kur and took care of Argost. But he and Munya got away. After Zak and Fiskerton reunited with his family, and they were congratulating him, Doyle had that naga relic with him. Remember it?”
“How’d he get that?” Zack asked.
I shook my head. “I don’t know.”
The animals were all looking at Mom and she was blushing.
“Mom?” I asked. “Is there something you’d like to tell us?”
“No,” she said, but her smile betrayed her.
“Mom,” Zack insisted.
“Oh, fine. When Fiskerton threw that relic outside the airship, Doyle went to retrieve it. I knew he would, but I kept it a secret for him and helped him repair it.”
“That’s not the only thing you did with him,” Kimbia said.
Mom was blushing even more. “Shut up, Kimbia.”
“What else did you do with him?” Zack asked.
“Nothing. It doesn’t matter. Let’s just focus back on Zak, please.”
I didn’t want to, but I knew better than to argue. “Well, that naga relic glows when its near Kur. And when Zak came out of Kur—”
“It was glowing in his presence,” Zack finished.
“But that still doesn’t explain how he became Kur,” Chewie said.
“Well, at the moment when that burst of energy came from Zak, that was probably when he became Kur. But how? Well, the only logical explanation that I can think of is this: when the alpha male in a wolf pack is challenged by another male wolf, the two of them fight. If the male wolf beats the alpha male, that wolf becomes the new alpha. So, if Kur is the King of the Cryptids and Zak defeated him . . .”
“He became the new king,” Zack finished. “Kur.”
I nodded. “Yes.”
“Very well put, Sarah,” Mom said.
“But what happened after Zak became Kur?” Amber asked.
“Well, the Saturdays agreed not to tell anyone for a while,” I said. “Not the Secret Scientists, and not us.”
“Why not us?” Zack asked.
“Well, Doc and Drew left it up to Zak on whether or not to tell us, and he said no.”
I shook my head. “I don’t know.”
“After all we did for them, they’re not going to tell us?” Mom asked. “That’s bullshit.”
“I know, Mom. But it’s just for a while. But that’s not going to keep me from looking for him.”
Everyone stared at me. “What?”
“I want to look for him,” I said. “If he really is Kur, I want to help him. And me getting this recording deal was mostly thanks to him. I want to share it with him.”
“But, Sarah, you can’t pass this up,” Mom said.
“I’m not. I’ll do both.”
“It’ll be tough, but I can handle it.”
“Well, the homework you get is tough, but you can have your powers do all the work for you if you’d like. You can too, Zack. Just don’t tell your dad.”
We laughed. “We won’t.”
“But my number one priority is looking for Zak, Mom,” I said. “If my music gets in the way, I’ll stop it until I find him.”
She sighed. “Edward’s not going to like that, but I’m sure he’ll understand.”
“And I’m pretty sure we’ll all help you find Zak. Right, guys?”
“Of course,” Zack replied. “Anything you do, I do with you.”
I smiled. “Thanks.”
“Same goes for us,” Shillow said.
The other cheetahs nodded in agreement.
“Thank you all,” I said. “Now let’s go find the Saturdays.”
Ok. Well, that was my theory on how Zak became Kur. After I wrote this story, I read that Zak was Kur the whole time, from when Drew was pregnant with him when they dug up the Kur Stone, but I don't believe that. I mean, in Shadows of Lemuria, when Zak and Zon were thrown into Doyle's room with the relic, the relic didn't glow. So if he's been Kur since he was born, why didn't glow then before they fought who I think was the original Kur in Antarctica? I think the theory about them fighting for dominance makes sense. What do you think?
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- Sarah Hollinger
- Zack Hollinger
- Raylee Hollinger
- Zak Saturday (mentioned)
- Drew Saturday (mentioned)
- Doc Saturday (mentioned)
- Pikachu Hollinger
- Shillow Hollinger
- Amber Hollinger
- Kimbia Hollinger
- Kika Hollinger
- Chewie Hollinger
- Toto Hollinger
- Honey Hollinger
- Fiskerton Saturday (mentioned)
- Argost (mentioned)