YAY!!! It's finally done!
Took me a while because I'm working on a proyect from the University and I have to vectorize some maps, but I managed to color this in between work XD
Hope you like it!
Nick woke up for the third time that night. He had barely slept, but now it was 5:11 am and Nick was thinking on getting a nice cup of coffee, but he didn’t want to get up from bed just yet. He was worried sick and he had a very good reason to feel like that: an enormous reason.
Yesterday had been the most weird/terrifying/confusing/amazing day of his life. As a scientist, he felt thrilled by the opportunity of studying the only specimen left of Godzilla's offspring. As a common human being, he felt more than terrified by the sheer thought of letting the creature alive, specially after all the devastation and anguish caused by the creature's parent. However, the events of the last day still lingered on the biologist mind. Why did the creature stop its attack? It could have killed him easily, yet the creature released him the moment it... the moment it… was it possible? Did it really recognize
him? Was it possible the creature had such good long term memory? Was it a form of imprinting? Nick wasn't sure about that. He knew nidifugous birds identified the first living thing they saw after hatching as their parent, but reptiles were different. Most reptiles didn't look after their offspring, though there were a few exceptions. And it was clear that the first Godzilla was one of those few exceptions. With this thought in mind, Nick's curiosity began to grow again and was winning over his fear of the creature. “You are insane, Nicky”
his mind retaliated, in Elsie's voice, “you can't dance with the devil twice”
. Annoyed, Nick turned on his bed. How could he convince the others about studying the creature together? “I don't think Randy is going to be a problem”
he thought, amused. “Yeah, but Mendel could have a heart attack, and Elsie won't let you hear the end of it”
, said the less optimistic part of his mind. Upset, Nick faced the ceiling. He needed them, but he didn't want to put them in danger either, so the most logic solution was to study the creature by himself. However, he couldn't do it alone and he certainly didn't want this creature to get slayed by the military as the first one. He still was remorseful about killing the first Godzilla, and he just could not forget the look it gave him right before dying. He had helped murder an intelligent being and he wasn't about to commit the same mistake. “Oh, right! So now you're going to sacrifice human lives to protect this new Godzilla. You're not getting any better, y'know?”
Nick sighed. It looked like his mind was determined to make things harder than they already were. “I better get up and get some coffee”.
Elsie couldn't sleep either. Every time she closed her eyes she dreamed with the behemoth lizard picking Nick off the ground like a rag doll and then chewing him like gum, so she had decided that getting a good night's rest was a lost battle. Besides, sleeping in a cot wasn't the most confortable thing ever. She turned to watch her roommates: Randy was sleeping on a hammock, apparently unfazed by the fact that a gigantic lizard with the potential of obliterating an entire city, was wandering outside the building. She couldn't remember being that carefree when she was his age. Mendel, on the other side, had been twirling and mumbling in his sleep, worry deeply carved in his face but yet sound asleep. Elsie rubbed her face in an attempt to get rid of the drowsiness when she heard light steps on the corridor. Nick was awake too. She sat almost automatically: she couldn't believe Nick was that reckless to go outside to see the lizard! With her heart beating in her ears, Elsie scrambled to get up and stop Nick from doing something really, really stupid, until she heard the coffee maker: Nick was just having some early breakfast. Calming down, Elsie decided to leave the improvised bedroom and keep him company. “Relax, Elsie. Maybe he had time to analyze his mistake and has already taken the right decision”
, she thought to herself. “The right decision? And what is the "right" decision in this case, pray tell? This is the biggest opportunity you’ve ever had in your life! This Godzilla could help you in finally making clearer the evolutionary steps between reptiles, dinosaurs and birds! You need to help him in his research!”
Great. She hadn't realized she had her own shoulder conflicting consciences like those seen in cartoons. But she had to admit that her mind did have a point. Besides, this new Godzilla wasn't fully grown yet, so maybe getting rid of it when it became too dangerous to handle wouldn't be that difficult. “Good thing it is not an *adult* yet, huh?”
That was it. Elsie stepped outside the bedroom and went to talk with Nick.
Nick was sitting on the table, head on his hands and apparently half asleep when Elsie entered the lab. “Rough night, huh?” Nick looked up to her, with that half annoyed, half amused look of his. “Sorry. Didn't mean to wake you up”, she apologized. “I wasn't sleeping. I was just resting my eyes while waiting for the coffee to get done” he said and then turned to stare to nothing in particular. Elsie waited for him to make the first move, but when he didn't, she took the initiative. “Look, Nicky, I was thinking about what happened yesterday and I'm not quite sure it is safe to assume the lizard will keep behaving that docile with you all the time.” Nick turned his head back to her but that was it and Elsie didn't know how to react at that. She'd been half expecting, half dreading him to snap something at her, she could handle arguments very well. Even she would have felt better if he had started pacing around the room or else... not just stare back with that blank expression. But Nick seemed to be a little absent and she didn't like it one bit. It distressed her more than she cared to admit. “Just tell him”
, her mind demanded, “Tell him you're worried for him”
. “Nick…” she began saying when he interrupted her, “It's not here”.
Wait a minute: What?! The statement took a while to make it thru Elsie's still sluggish mind. Then she hurried to the nearest window to look for herself: the lizard was gone. “No. No! This can't be happening!”. She turned to Nick, mind suddenly crystal clear and very much outraged. “Why are you so calm?! The creature could be rampaging anywhere and people could be in danger!!”
To her surprise, Nick kept his cool and slowly shook his head before standing up and joining her at window. “I already considered that possibility, but so far it doesn't seem to be any signs of alarm anywhere, and more importantly, the military hasn't tried to contact us. I assume the creature was just hungry and went hunting. It must be somewhere at the river” This didn't help Elsie to calm down and Nick noticed. “Don't worry, I'm pretty sure it'll be back here. Trust me”. “It's so easy for you to say, Nicky”
Elsie thought, but conceded him the benefit of the doubt.
However, Godzilla didn't appear until much later, say past ten of the morning, when Elsie and Mendel had cornered Nick and where chewing him about his lack of common sense. The giant lizard passed by the ferry building, shaking it to its foundations and taking everybody by surprise. “Okaaay. I think we now have to apologize with you for not believing the creature would come back, right?” Elsie said to Nick, who was sulking at her like a little kid. “Well, jefe, what now?” Randy was looking eagerly at the lizard and then to Nick, “Aren't you trying to scratch his muzzle or summin?”. "What?!" Mendel said, "Are you out of your mind? That thing is going to eat us for lunch if we try to approach it!". Outside, the lizard had curled down on the floor next to the building like a big, scaly cat, and looked up at them with something eerily similar to rational curiosity, waiting. "We're doomed..." Mended added, but Nick wasn't that sure. Something was off with this creature's behaviour and he believed to know what it was. “Mmmm… lemme try something”, was the only thing Nick mumbled to them before striding straight for the lift. “Nick! Wait a minute!” Elsie yelled.
Once the lift had reached the ground floor, the biologist wasn't that sure anymore why he had thought this was such a great idea. Strange enough, he also realized he never considered backing out on it. "Looks like I'm the one who's completely lost his mind, Mendel".
Taking a deep breath, Nick reasured himself one last time before opening the lift. “All right Nick, don't do any sudden movements if you still wanna live to tell the tale to your grandchildren. If you ever have any.”
Nick said to himself, “Ok... here I go”
. With that, Nick opened the lift and stepped outside, to the bright sun. The others were on the roof, watching him helplessly, with Mendel being the most aprehensive looking and right about to faint on the spot. The sight brought a small, guilty smile to Nick's lips. It quickly turned into a nervous gasp, however, as Godzilla rumbled and got up, towering over him menacingly until the lizard lowered its head to stare at the human with a glint in its eyes. “Huh… Hey, Big Guy…” Nick stuttered. “What a very sciency description”
his mind mocked him, but all rational thinking was blown away the moment Godzilla leant towards him with vertiginous speed and without warning. Nick gasped, suddenly afraid while the others held their breaths in horror. Still, Godzilla wasn't attacking. The lizard seemed to be studying Nick with intense curiosity and, to his surprise, started producing soft whimpers, almost as if waiting for acknowledgment. Then a loud rumble of pure delight shook Nick from head to toes, and the next thing the biologist saw was an enormous and smelly, very wet and very pink tongue that covered him on lizard spit. “ARGH!!!” Was the only thing Nick managed to say.
On a vantage point away from the ferry building, a lean looking woman observed the scene with cold professionalism. Things were unfolding quite differently from what had been originaly expected and she had to report this strange new turn of events. Picking up a satphone, the dark haired woman dialed a number and waited. A click on the line indicated her connection had been made. "The creature has resurfaced and, against all odds, has returned to the ferry building where dr. Tatopoulos' team have their headquarters. The creature is still displaying the strange behaviour observed yesterday. Dr. Tatopoulos has noticed as well and today decided to make contact with the creature." Silence. "Yes. He's still alive." Silence. "No. The creature didn't attack, it... well, the creature licked
dr. Tatopoulos." Silence. "Yes, like a dog would do its master. No, it doesn't make sense, but that is what happened. Right now he's with the creature. He's..." The dark haired woman took her binoculars with the other hand and stared at the scene before her. What she saw didn't make any sense. "Dr. Tatopoulos is... he is petting
the creature." Silence. "Understood." With that she disconnected the satphone and picked up her binoculars again. This was going to be a very unconventional surveillance job, that was for sure.
Woops! I forgot the copyright thing: Nick, Godzilla and all the other characters from Godzilla the Series are (c) to Toho/Tristar.EDIT 2:
I also edited some typos and reviewed the redaction but feel free to point out any mistakes I could have missed
Re-read this fic, corrected and improved some of my original wording. Well at least I see it as an improvement
Fixed some minor mistakes and added a few lines for Mendel as well as Monique's introduction. Hope you like it.