Busy morning at work so far but it has slowed down so it’s time to wrap up my story. Hope you guys enjoy the finale.
The pink, screaming orbs materialize seemingly from nowhere. While not sure what they are seeing, the hunters know it’s not good. Nothing that sounds like this is ever good. Hyde sees the first one bearing down on him and he pops his shield just in the nick of time. Meanwhile, Val, who had her back to the banshees doesn’t have time to realize what’s going on. One second she hears loud screams, the next she’s enveloped by a blue light as the second orb dissipates harmlessly. Griffin, who was inspecting the body of their Goliath kill, instinctively turns and pumps 5 rounds into the last orb, which disintegrates under the fire.
“Role call, every one alright?” Griffin shouts over the last echos of the banshees.
“Well, other than my ears still ringing from whatever the f*ck those things were, I’m good” calls out Hyde.
“Well thanks to Hank over here, I’m good” Val sends Hank an appreciative nod, knowing that if not for him, she might not still be alive.
Rain begins to fall as the hunters pick themselves up. Looking up, Griffin can tell that a nasty storm is brewing.
Looking in the direction that the strange orbs appeared from, a massive form can faintly be seen lurking in the shadows. The shape stands roughly 25 feet tall and has two sets of glowing blue eyes.
“Okay seriously, WHAT THE F*CK IS WRONG WITH THIS CRAZY A$$ PLANET?!?” Hyde screams in a mix of fear and frustration.
The creature lets out an ear splitting screech and a massive flash of lightning reveals the nightmare that stands before them. The creature is a tall and lanky squid like creature with a mouth consisting of two “flaps*” lined with razor sharp teeth. Tentacles drape from the creature’s face and the crest of it’s head. The creature has large protrusions similar to that of the first creature, though not as sharp in appearance. Massive claws dangle from the creature’s long upper limbs.
The creature then releases a spiral of energy from out of nowhere and the team quickly moves to evade. Hyde and Hank dodge left while Val and Griffin dodge right, narrowly avoiding the strange vortex of energy that was launched at them. The creature turns to follow the team that went to the left and is met by a small prick to it’s side. Not sensing it as a threat, it continues to chase the left team. Then a loud shot rings through the forest as Val lands a sniper round in the monster’s back. Still the creature chases Hank & Hyde. Hyde has turned and has started unleashing his flamethrower on the creature. The monster lunges at Hyde whose shield was still overheated and Hank wasn’t going get the shield on in time.
“Well if I’m about to die, the least I can do is give it some heart burn on the way down” Hyde can’t believe he’s going to die like this and stands his ground, looking death in the eye. Hyde closes his eyes and braces for the worst, which doesn’t come. He looks up to see the creature’s claws inches from his face.
The creature roars in pain and rage as it whirls around to see who interrupted it’s kill and caused such agony. None other than Griffin who managed to land his harpoon square in the hole that Val’s rifle made.
“HYDE! WHAT IN THE HELL ARE YOU DOING? GET YOUR A$$ OUT OF THERE” Griffin yells, clearly struggling against the strain on the cable.
Hyde grins and tosses a quick grenade that lands behind the Kraken. Green smoke quickly engulfs the monster and it charges at the source of the harpoon. Griffin cuts the harpoon and begins to maneuverer for another shot.
The monster senses another small prick and begins to feel groggy. That’s when it realizes that those small pricks have poison in them. The monster knows it has to act fast to win. Suddenly the clouds darken and a bolt of lightning strikes, just barely missing Griffin.
Griffin fires another harpoon but the kraken deflects the shot and closes the remaining distance and begins wailing into Griffin. A blue hue envelops Griffin as he gets wailed on. Green and blue beams are landing on Griffin, protecting him from harm while a hail of bullets riddles kraken’s backside but he doesn’t care. Griffin, completely unable to regain his footing, gets picked up and the monster opens it’s maw and all went black.
“GRIFFIN NOOO!!!” Val screams as she watches the man’s headless corpse fall to the ground and writhe momentarily before becoming still, blood still gushing from the remains of its neck.
“I never thought I’d see the day where Griffin would become the prey.” Hank, pulling out his laser cutter, takes a mental moment of silence while pouring bolts of energy into the monster.
“YOU BASTARD!!! HOW DARE YOU F*CK WITH US?” Hyde enters a blind rage and with an amazing show of knowledge of his weapons, tosses in a small cluster of grenades rushes in with his minigun pouring out hot lead. As the last rounds exit the barrel, he tosses it aside and pours a river of fire towards the creature before him.
The kraken turns his attention to Hyde the moment he tosses his gun aside and waits for the next victim to approach. Once Hyde gets about 30 feet away, the kraken rises into the air. Electricity began crackling around it and a bolt arcs out and strikes Hyde in the chest, sending him flying backwards into a rock, at which point Hyde goes unconscious.
As the kraken closes in for his second meal of the night, a hail of fireballs came crashing down around the monster, one of which rails it’s left arm, severing it from the monster’s body.
The kraken turns towards the two remaining hunters. It had witnessed this once before, and the old bearded one was the one communicating when it had struck Goliath. Hate burns in the monster’s eyes as he charges after Hank. Another of those pricks hits the monster in the neck and the effects of this one are near immediate. The monster slows slightly but he doesn’t care, he has tunnel vision for Hank.
“Hank, you think you can keep him busy long enough for me to tend to Hyde?” Val asks “As much as I dislike the man, I know we won’t win without his help.”
“Yeah I suppose I can give 'em a run for his money.” Hank’s solemn look falters for a moment. “Just don’t forget your opportunity to give Hyde a slap while he’s out”
“Alright, I’m on it. Good luck Hank.” Val jumps to the side to try skirting around kraken as it closes on Hank.
“Luck? I don’t believe in luck” Hank mumbles so Val can’t hear. “Alright squid face. You want some?” Hank asks. Hank resumes firing at Kraken as it closes the last bit of distance between them.
Kraken approaches and unleashes 2 banshees which causes Hank to drop his weapon and hold his ears. The first one hits Hank and he gets flung backwards the second turns to follow Val as she approaches Hyde. She promptly slaps Hyde and he starts muttering something. Val can’t discern all of it but she’s fairly certain she hears the words “Val”, “Fcking Btch”, and “Nice a$$”. This prompts her to slap him harder.
Hyde wakes up to Val’s red face, a sharp pain in his chest, and a light stinging on his cheek. Must’ve hit that rock pretty hard. “Sh*t duck!” he yells and lifts his arm just in time to stop the banshee that had finally caught up with his flamethrower
“Thank you” Val replies, feeling slightly guilty for having just slapped this man who had just saved her life. “Here, hold still for a minute while I administer first aid”
“So, I take it that thing is still alive judging by that orb that was following you. Where’s Hank?” Hyde begins searching for the monster but can’t see it though he can still here the sounds of combat nearby.
“Yup, Hank’s over there dancing with it.” Val finishes the last of the charge of her med gun on Hyde. “There, can you stand?”
“Yeah I think so.” Hyde grunts heavily as he hauls himself to his feet. “Come on, we gotta go help Hank” a massive explosion is heard as another barrage strikes the planet and the two of the charge towards the sounds of Hank and the Kraken.
Meanwhile, Hank recovers himself from the banshee mine that had slammed into him. He remembers seeing the second mine chasing Val and he hopes she is okay, but right now, he has bigger problems. Literally. The kraken bursts through the brush he was just tossed through and Hank suddenly realizes he was thrown into the middle of a pack of trap jaws. They had circled around Hank without him realizing and had been ready to finish him until they saw kraken. They knew they had strength in numbers and they weren’t going to give up a meal to this bully. Kraken pauses for a moment upon seeing the pack, but this was a kill he needed.
“I think now would be a good time to slip away” Hank says and activates his cloak and slips out of the semicircle of trapjaws starring down the Kraken
Kraken notices his quarry slip disappear and lets out a frustrated roar. These Trapjaws will pay for letting the one who controls the fireballs get away. Kraken unleashes a vortex on half of the group, and then an aftershock on the other half. The few trapjaws that survive whimper away. The kraken roars in anger but senses something. Flying out of the way, another barrage narrowly misses the kraken.
“Dammit, I missed” Hank says as he discovers that the satellite’s barrel cracked so using the satellite would now be impossible. “Dammit all”
Val and Hyde show up just in time to see Hank jump out of cover and unleash another volley of laser cutter ammo on the kraken. The kraken is starting to look weary as the adrenaline rush of losing a limb has started to wear off and the tranqs in it’s system continue working their magic.
Val grins, glad to see their efforts paying off against this foe. She drops another tranq into it’s neck. The creature roars in anger again and another bolt of lightning lands on Val and Hyde. Hank tries to rush in to help, unsure if the shield he had just sent out towards Val had worked wanting to try protecting his fallen comrades, but gets greeted by a banshee mine and before he loses consciousness, he sees Val and Hyde lying still and says “So I’ve failed then”.
The kraken has all 3 hunters down and goes in for the victory feast. He’ll save the old beard man for last, and he’ll start with the one with the fire arm. They were strong prey, but in the end, he was stronger. He also thinks of the headless one and the trapjaws he’s killed. Yes, he will eat well tonight and will grow even stronger. The arm will grow back in time. He leans down to begin consuming Hyde, then sees a small red object get lobbed into his mouth. For a moment nothing happens and he glares down at the hunter who should be dead but isn’t. He roars again but no sound comes out, only a cloud of green smoke. Hyde had chucked his last grenade into the creature’s mouth and was now inhaling extreme concentrations of the gas. Unable to breath, the monster falls over, jerks several time, then dies.
“Not the first time my shield has saved me.” Hyde rests his hand on his shield emitter, extremely grateful for it. He looks over at Val, just a few feet away. She is unconscious but alive, thanks to the flicker of Hank’s shield that he got off. Hyde shakes Val awake and the two go inspect Hank.
“Anything you can do for him?” Hyde asks. The exhaustion finally hitting home.
“I’m afraid not, but Laz should be here soon on the dropship and I think he can help.” Val says.
Seconds later the dropship arrives and Laz rushes out and inspects Hank. “Yeah, he’ll be fine” he says with a wave of his glove. “Where’s Griffin?”
“He didn’t make it” Val says, tears welling up in her eyes.
“Nope, but I’ll just do better next time” comes a friendly voice.
“Griffin!!!” Val cheers as he steps off the dropship. “How are you alive?”
“Well what did you expect? We’re not in some movie or book, we are video game characters. We die every 5 minutes.” Griffin says rolling his eyes. “You can really be a huge drama queen sometimes. Anyways, lets get outta here.”
Well what did you guys think? I know I made the ending cheesy and if you don’t like it, write your own version