THE ULTIMATE DUELS
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Honolulu Under Attack
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii; July 7th, 2011
The next day, when Jim woke up, he instantly sensed that something was amiss. Then he figured it out: it was completely silent. There was no music. The radio didn't seem to be on, like it usually was. He got up, opened the door and stepped into the living room.
It didn't take long for Jim to notice that the atmosphere was rather tense as he saw Rose standing still in front of the windows. She was dressed, but there was something different about her clothes. They were all quite darker than the ones she normally had. Then Jim also noticed that she was sobbing a little. He put two and two together.
"Are you still sad…" Jim stopped for a moment as Rose turned slowly to look at him. He saw the small tears running down her cheeks. He continued: "…about Minilla, Rose?"
Her voice cracked as she answered: "Well…somebody needs to be, right?"
"What do you mean by that?" Jim walked beside her.
"It's just that… I bet your Mom and the others are all happy. I can't believe that", she said and looked down.
Jim sighed and looked at the ocean. He knew Rose had a point, but he found it difficult to explain to her. "Come on. I'm sure you're not the only one who's feeling down. I mean, I'm also a little…"
"Oh, don't try that", she interrupted. "I know you're just trying to make me feel better. So don't try to pretend."
"Hey, I'm not pretending. Honest!"
"Maybe you aren't, but still…you don't know what it really feels like." She turned away from him and walked to the kitchen isle.
"What are you talking about?"
Rose turned fiercely to look at him again. "You don't know what it's like to lose someone!"
Jim was surprised by his friend's move. He couldn't have imagined that the events of the other day had had such an impact on her. He saw a completely new side of her. Rose wasn't her usual happy self anymore. Sorrow had taken over. Instead of that bright smile, there was now a look of grief and anxiety on her face. But he also guessed what she meant.
"Are you talking about your parents?"
Now, it was Rose's turn to be dumbfounded. She hadn't expected to hear Jim say that. At least not so soon after her accusation. After a few moments of silence she spoke again, stammering: "Well… I… I didn't mean… I'm sorry, Jim. I didn't mean to blame your mother or anything."
Jim produced a thin smile. "Hey, we both know that what happened to Minilla was an accident. Kumonga wasn't under their control anymore. So it wasn't their fault", he said. "You still haven't answered my question, Rose."
"Jim, I don't want to talk about that right now", said Rose as she made her to the other side of the isle. She was stopped, though, when Jim grabbed her arm softly. Rose caught her breath.
"Rose, when are you gonna talk about it? For two times you've avoided the subject. Why is that?"
For a while, nothing registered to her mind except for the hand holding her arm. She was taken aback by her friend's move, just like he had been only a moment before.
"Jim, I…" Rose said when she finally found the courage to speak again. "You don't need to know everything about me."
"Hey, we're friends. Friends are supposed to trust each other. Also, they're supposed to be open to each other. If you just talk to me, then it won't bother you anymore."
"I know, Jim."
Jim let go of Rose's arm. They smiled at each other warmly.
Then Jim's cell phone rang. "Man, what is it this time?" Jim groaned as he went to answer. "Yeah, Mom?"
Suddenly his calmness was gone.
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii; July 7th, 2011
It was an ordinary morning in Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii, on the island of Oahu.
The weather was excellent and that allowed many people to go to Waikiki Beach already in the early hours. Some people spread their towels on the sand, lay down and just enjoyed the sunshine. Other people, mostly all the kids, were in the water, surfing, swimming or just splashing water at each other. Everyone was having a good time.
Near the small waves, a mother was helping her baby girl build a sandcastle. They were like the rest of the people, laughing and enjoying themselves. However, the joy was not to last.
The mother heard something. It was the warning siren. Like everybody else, she started to look around in every direction, but she couldn't see anything that looked like a threat. Then her daughter pointed to the sky above the sea, shouting: "Mommy, mommy, look!"
She started to see something approaching the shore. Something enormous. When she recognized what she saw, she gasped in horror.
Rodan squawked as he made his way to Oahu, flapping his wings constantly. He could've just flown with supersonic speeds without having to flap his wings, but now he had no chance to do that. He was carrying a burden. Furthermore, the burden was alive. You see, King Caesar had one little weakness. He couldn't stand water. He didn't like to get his fur wet. So, whenever they had to leave Monster Island, Rodan had to carry him. Below Rodan and Caesar, the third remaining "MRP monster", Anguirus, was swimming towards the same direction as them.
"Oh, my God." That was all the mother had to say before she grabbed her daughter and started to run away. The rest of the people joined in the exodus. Screaming in panic, everyone tried to get into shelter as quickly as they could. The roads became jammed with cars, packed with people hoping to achieve the same thing.
Rodan and King Caesar were closing in on the city fast.
The mother and child were running through the streets of Honolulu desperately. The mother had no more strength to go on, and she collapsed on the ground, still holding on to her daughter. As she heard Rodan's squawk again, she crawled away from the street, pulling her child along. They sat up against the wall of a building. By now, they could feel the monsters were close.
And how true it was. As Rodan flew directly above them, he released King Caesar. The mother knew the lion god was about to hit the building next to them. Thus, when the monster collapsed on the roof of the building, it began to crumble beneath his feet.
"We'll see your father soon, honey." The mother cried as she said her last words to her daughter, reminiscing about the time when her husband was killed in New York City a few years ago during, ironically, Rodan's attack. In the end, she and her child were buried underneath the rubble.
King Caesar let out a long roar after crushing the building with his feet. Then he proceeded to wreak havoc on the city.
Anguirus finally reached the shore and joined his "teammates". Bellowing loudly, he made a quick turn and used his tail to wipe out many apartment buildings and hotels near the beach. He then charged forward, running through some more buildings. Shortly he reached King Caesar and they roared at each other.
Rodan flew over them and then landed. He felt quite relieved after all the flying, especially while carrying Caesar. He turned to his partners in crime, screeched and resumed the destruction, tearing rooftops with his huge wings.
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii; July 7th, 2011
Susan had quickly picked up her son from Rose's place, and now they were hurrying to get back to their team's temporary base in Ka'anapali.
"What the heck is going on, Mom?" Jim asked as he watched a newscast about the sudden attack in Honolulu on Susan's portable TV. "Why on Earth are they attacking Honolulu?"
"I was hoping you'd have a guess at that, son, because I have no idea." She sighed heavily.
Jim kept his eyes on the TV screen. "I just don't get it…"
Susan sighed again and increased the speed, hoping they wouldn't get stopped.
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii; July 7th, 2011
The monsters were demolishing everything in their path. Anguirus raised his speed, and after running for a while, he jumped and curled up into a ball. He rolled fast through several houses, tearing them down totally with the spikes on his carapace. King Caesar was simply walking around the city and smashed everything in sight by smashing his fists into the skyscrapers and kicking them with his feet. He really got a "kick" out of doing it, which he proved by roaring in delight. Rodan, the leader of the pack, slashed the buildings with his claws and occasionally his beak too.
The streets were covered with huge amounts of debris. Several houses, office buildings and skyscrapers were in flames. The city was at the monsters' mercy. Honolulu seemed to be doomed.
But then, just as suddenly as the attack had begun, the monsters stopped. The devices attached to their necks by the aliens sprang to life and the creatures received new orders through the electric signals.
Rodan, as always, was the first to comply. He screeched at Anguirus and King Caesar and announced that the job was done. They were returning back to Monster Island.
Anguirus roared back at his leader and started to make his way back to the shore. Caesar also roared at Rodan, and the pterodactyl gave a nod before taking flight. Slowly he flew to the lion god and stopped above him. Rodan grabbed King Caesar from the shoulders again and took off with the furry monster in his grip.
As Anguirus reached the waves of the ocean, he looked up and saw Rodan and King Caesar already on their way. He bellowed at them and dived into the water. The three monsters made their way back to Monster Island, Ogasawara, leaving behind them the capital of Hawaii, blazing and in ruins.
Ka'anapali, Maui, Hawaii; July 7th, 2011
The whole EDF base in Ka'anapali was in complete, utter silence. The "MRP team" had gathered in a conference room. Everybody sat around the table, trying hard to come up with a reason for what had happened. They all kept pondering and pondering. Even Captain Sato, the man behind the project, couldn't think of an excuse.
Finally, Miyuki Otonashi broke the silence. "What if it was just a technical mishap with the control system?"
"A technical mishap? The aliens specifically said that with their devices the control system would be more reliable", Sato countered back.
"She does have a point, you know", said Gordon. "What if something went wrong at Monster Island or..?"
"Oh, please! Don't go suspecting my staff! They all know what they're doing! They would not make a mistake of any kind!" Sato yelled.
Gordon raised his hands. "Sato, calm down now. I didn't say anything about your staff."
"Well, you were implying that. That's enough for me, understand?"
"Sato, please", Susan said. "Let's all just calm down and work this thing out."
"Maybe… Maybe something in their DNA or nerve systems triggered a momentary setback. That could be an answer", Jim said.
Sato just chuckled. "Do you expect me to believe your son, Hudson?"
"At least take his suggestion into consideration. After all, we all agreed that Jim would be a good addition to our team. Am I right, Captain?"
Sato simply muttered something ambiguous. Jim didn't like what he heard so he asked his mother for assurance. "Don't worry, Jim. It's okay" was all that Susan told him. Jim exchanged glances with all the others. Miyuki especially gave him a sympathetic look.
"I wonder what those aliens have to say about this mess", Sato said. "They haven't even contacted us yet."
"You and me both", Gordon said.
Then, a TV was turned on. However, not by any of the people in the room, but rather it was turned on by itself. Everyone wondered what was going on. The screen turned all blue and soon afterwards, Kuronuma's face appeared, making everybody gasp.
"It has been a while", said Kuronuma.
"You sure got that right", Gordon answered.
Sato stood up. "How could you do that? This TV thing?"
"That's one of our most advanced communication techniques", said the alien leader with a smile. "You see, we are able to contact you via any technological appliance you use: television, radio, even your cellular phones."
"Well, I guess you do learn something new every day", Gordon said silently.
"Let's get to the point. I suppose you are aware of the Honolulu incident?" Sato asked.
"Of course. That's why I decided to contact you in the first place", Kuronuma answered.
"The monsters' attack on the city was merely an accident."
Sato chuckled again. "Yes, we guessed that. But what kind of accident?"
"A small problem occurred with the control devices. For some reason they malfunctioned. But before you draw any conclusions, let me say that I have told about this to my people on Monster Island. They are hard at work trying to fix the devices as we speak."
"Malfunctioned? Then how do you explain the monsters' departure from Honolulu?" Susan asked.
"Fortunately, we were able to regain the monsters' control before they obliterated the city completely. We sent them a command to return to the island for the devices' repairs."
"So what happens now?" asked Miyuki.
"We'll keep you posted on the repair status. Until then, as they say in Hawaii, hang loose", said Kuronuma and did the famous "shaka" hand gesture before the TV screen was turned off.
Once again, silence filled the room. Everybody just looked at each other, speechless. For all of them, it was a very difficult situation. They all had doubts about Kuronuma's words, but at the same time they wanted to believe he was right, and that the monsters wouldn't go out of control like that again.
Yes, it was a difficult situation indeed.
The scene with the mother and child features references to two Godzilla movies. First of all, a similar scene was in the original Godzilla (1954). Second, the girl's father is the cop who was killed in New York City during Rodan's attack in Godzilla: Final Wars (2004). Also, the mother is dedicated to Heather Langenkamp, best known as Nancy Thompson in the Nightmare on Elm Street series.