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The King and She, Part 2

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The King and She, Part 2-

“No! Stop! Have pity!” Ann screamed herself hoarse.

“Stop! Stop! Stop!” She shouted desperately, until her voice gave out. “He’s no danger! I’ve already tranquilized him. He’s no danger. He’s no threat, at all,” she cried.

But, no one could hear her over the roar of the helicopter rotors and engines from the boats racing to Liberty Island to intercept King Kong, as he held her, and climbed up The Statue of Liberty.

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This was for King Kong and I contest, hosted by Mr-Ripley.

Thank you to Mr-Ripley, for hosting this, and to all the stock providers.

This is Part 2 of 3. The story started in The King and She; and, concludes in The King and She, Part 3-

Updated:

The updated version adjusts the perspective from The King and She, Part 2.1,  where the Statue of Liberty was too small.

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Stock Resources:

Statue of Liberty: Lady Liberty 4763504, in StockProject, by StockProject1

And, Statue of Liberty at night, by FineFien

King Kong: Gorilla- Expression, by NefaroStock

And (reference), King Kong, by BAHADES-Stock

Ann: Seraphim - Stock Reference 9 and Seraphim - Stock Reference 10, by faestock

Denham: charade_1 - see notes, by jademacalla

Helicopters: (left) Helicopter 001 - HB593200, by hb593200

And, (right) Helicopter 004, by Kowia

And, spotlights : Six Colored Chrome Spot Lights, by FantasyStock

And, Theatre Lights Texture Stock, by SBibb

Skyline: Statue of Liberty at Night, by FairieGoodMother

Skyline (references): New Jersey Skyline from Battery Park NY, by Paolo Costa Baldi,
under License: GFDL/CC-BY-SA 3.0, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

And, NYC17, by Ollywood

Dart Feathers: Red Ostrich Plume Feather, by FantasyStock

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The King and She, Part 2-

“No! Stop! Have pity!” Ann screamed her. “Stop!” She shouted desperately. “He’s no danger! I’ve already tranquilized him. He’s no threat, at all,” she cried. But, no one could hear her over the roar of the helicopters and boat engines racing to Liberty Island to intercept King Kong.

King Kong cradled her, as a gorilla mother would carry an infant through the forest, as he climbed up The Statue of Liberty and its pedestal.

The great ape had put up with the photographers and crowds on the docks, in his chains, when Denham unveiled him to the crowds, on Hudson River Waterfront Walk, off of Morris Pesin Drive.

Just like on his home, on Skull Island, Kong had waited, until it was dark, and the crowds of noisy people had dispersed. Then, he broke his chains and grabbed her from her trailer, which Denham had set up for her near the temporary enclosure.

Denham had made a deal with the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry to temporarily rent the space in the park, off of the old docks, and donate a portion of the proceeds from the spectacle of Kong’s arrival to repair damage, left over from the Superstorm Sandy.

Ann tried not to scream as Kong had gently taken her out of her trailer. He must have found her by scent. It demonstrating a remarkable level of planning, Ann realized.

When Kong grabbed her, she had grabbed her vet’s bag. With shaking hands, she injected the great ape with a powerful dose of the tranquilizers she had prepared for him, with the injection gun.

Though she lost her vet bag, when he plunged off the dock, into cold bay water, it wouldn’t take long for the anesthetic to take effect. Ann knew; he would start to feel groggy and soon settle down at the base of the statue.

From Liberty Park, the tallest, brightest thing close to them was The Statue of Liberty, “The New Colossus,” with its torch. It was half the height of the Empire State Building and other office towers, in the city. But, the torch might remind the gigantic ape of the volcanic peak on his home island, she thought.

But, she was terrified for him, and herself, when she heard the helicopters coming closer, heading for them, from the opposite shore, across the bay, from the other side of Caven Point.

Ann was deafened, as King Kong roared defiantly at the helicopters coming closer. She could feel his territorial calls reverberating through his body, while he held her close, and continued climbing.

She remembered the great ape doing this same behaviour on Skull Island, when he took her up to his den on the island’s peak, and roared at the pteradons circling in the sky over him. To Kong, these flying machines must look like some sort of strange, mechanical flying dinosaurs threatening his territory.

On Skull Island, he had put her down, before performing his nightly, territorial displays, roaring, like an alpha male lion, his call echoing for miles, and pounding his chest, in a powerful display, before settling down himself, to rest.

Then, when Kong carried her close to the top of the statue, and was about to set her in the apron surrounding the torch, she saw Denham in a helicopter; and, her blood ran cold. She realized she was shaking with fear now.

He was leaning out of the helicopter’s sliding side door, strapping himself in, with some sort of neoprene harness. He was leveling a high-powered tranquilizer rifle at them.

“Kong!” She called, motioning to the ape. “Get down!” She shouted. "Get down!" She pointed. He looked down at her, snorted, and kept climbing. He didn’t realize the danger they were in.

Ann watched as Jack, trying to wrestle the tranquilizer rifle away from Denham, inside the helicopter’s cabin. But, Denham shoved him aside, hitting Frank in the chest with the rifle butt, driving him back into the helicopter cab. She gasped, feeling the air driven out of Jack, as he was shoved back.

Then, the world went silent, and cold, as everything slowed. Ann saw Denham aiming the rifle at them. She was shouting at him to stop.

The tranquilizer darts she had prepared with an especially strong, fast acting, anesthesia, after seeing how large and resistant the huge ape was to normal tranquilizers, would be fatal.

If Denham hit Kong,
 after the injection of anesthetic, which she had already given him, it would stop his heart. The great ape would probably fall, killing them both. And, if Denham hit her, by accident, with such a power cocktail of anesthetics, it would deliver an immediately fatal overdose.

Kong was still roaring defiantly. She could feel his calls shuddering through her. And, the helicopter engines were deafening. They were so loud she couldn’t hear anything else. Ann clung desperately to the great ape, urging him to climb down, and shouting at Denham; though she knew he couldn’t possible hear her, begging him not to shoot.

“Oh no!” She gasped, seeing the red-feathered plumes, from the tranquilizer darts, blossom on the great ape, again, and again, and again. Although, Kong was trying to shield her, Ann felt him shudder. Denham had doomed them.

“Maybe, Denham is right,” she thought, as she felt Kong muscles slacken.  “Maybe, there isn’t a place in the world for great apes anymore," she wondered, when he looked down at her, so forlorn, and already groggy. "Except," she said, reaching up to him, "humans are  great apes, too.”

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To Be Concluded in 
The King and She, Part 3-... 


Notes: (From Wikipedia):

King Kong is a 1933 film directed and produced by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack
The screenplay was by James Ashmore Creelman and Ruth Rose, based on an idea conceived by Cooper and Edgar Wallace.

In 1991, it was deemed "culturally, historically and aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

The Statue of Liberty, or “Liberty Enlightening the World,”  is a colossalneo-classical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, New York City.

The copper statue was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, and built by Gustave Eiffel. It was dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was a gift to the United States from the people of France.

The Statue of Liberty is 151 feet 1 inch (46 meters), from base to tip, and 305 feet 1 inch (93 meters), from ground to tip, and  dedicated on October 28, 1886

The Empire State Building, which King Kong climbs in the 1933 movie, carrying Ann Darrow, is a 102-story[7][8][9][note 2] skyscraper located in Midtown ManhattanNew York City, on Fifth Avenue between West 33rd and 34th Streets.

It has a roof height of 1,250 feet (381 m), and with its antenna spire included, it stands a total of 1,454 feet (443 m) high.[7]

The Statue of Liberty is located on Liberty Island is a federally owned island in Upper New York Bay, between New York and New Jersey.

In 1937, by proclamation, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared it part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument [3] and in 1966, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of Statue of Liberty National Monument, Ellis Island and Liberty Island.

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Why’d he do that? Climb up there and get himself cornered? The ape must’ve known what was comin.

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Hmn, good question. fella thinking ( Reactions )

Presumably, King Kong was trying to get to the high ground,

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_ground


This strategy had worked before in his native habitat, even against pterasaurs,

https://kingkong.fandom.com/wiki/Pteranodon


Clip: King Kong (1933) - Jack Rescues Ann Scene (5/10) | Movieclips


Of course, it was the first time Kong had encountered machine guns,

on the Curtiss F8C Helldiver


Clip: King Kong (1933) - Beauty Killed the Beast Scene (10/10) | Movieclips

So sad. :cry:

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I was quoting the 2005 movie

Can-Cat's avatar

Ooooh! Thanks. :thanks:

Haven't seen it, yet. :shrug:

Mr-Ripley's avatar
Glad to see a scene on Liberty Statue. :) The artwork and the story is imaginative. :thumbsup: Thanks for your 2nd entry. Good luck in the contest. :wave: 
Can-Cat's avatar
Thanks. It's been interesting reading about New York, and thinking King Kong and Ann seeing the sights, in the Bay.
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