Alex: Hello, Wayne Coats? I understand you have some shocking revelations about Richard Strand's youth, secrets that he would refuse to tell me and details that he would be loath to have broadcast to the public, and I was wondering if you'd care to share all of those intimate details with me, my tape recorder, and our thousands of listeners!
Wayne Coats: Why, I'd love to tell you all about my childhood friend, Richie Strand! First, you have to understand that he was always the quiet type, never dramatic, never calling attention to himself. Second, you should know that he was absolutely fearless and totally loyal. Finally, you need to remember that he gained terrible psychic powers through some dark pact with an infernal entity intent on channeling the forces of the apocalypse through young Richie's soul.
Alex: Could you go into a bit more detail about that?
Wayne Coats: Sure! See, there was this one time when some bullies knocked me down and tried to steal my bike, but Richie, who was like five years younger and outnumbered ten to one, stood up to them, never blinking, refusing to back down! Even when he was a kid the guy had cantaloupes the size of, well, cantaloupes.
Alex: No, I mean the inexplicable powers obtained through dark magics.
Wayne Coats: Oh, of course! Silly me. Well, you know about the Boy in the River, right Bobby Maimes, who was kidnapped and murdered in our home town? Well Richie had this terrible dream, a dream that showed him the ghost of a boy and a fork in a river, but that was all a metaphor. See, the ghost boy was a representation of our innocence, and the fork in the river was how our destinies were all being changed by this terrible event. But it was also pretty literal, because a demon named Tall Paul whispered terrible secrets into Richie's ear while he slept, telling him how Bobby died and where the body was hidden.
Alex: So ... PNWS boom?
Nic Silver: PNWS boom.