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The King & She, Part 3

Looking back on Liberty Island, Ann watched King Kong, lying at the base of The Statue of Liberty. He looked so peaceful.

Somehow, the great ape managed to get them both to the base of the statue, before closing his eyes, and finally succumbing to the powerful anesthetics.

“He saved me,” Ann wiped her tears, with her palm. “I’m sorry I couldn’t do the same, Big Guy,” she whispered. “We should have left you at home, in the wild.”

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

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

 This is the final installment of The King and She and The King and She, Part 2

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Stock Resources:

King Kong: Brooding Gorilla, by OwletStock

Ann: Seraphim - Stock Reference 6, by faestock

Jack:  Lucky Guy STOCK, by PhelanDavion

Denham: Rakish Hobbit Style_03, by jademacalla

USPP Officer: Police Stock 2011 7, by Blaq-Unicorn

Insignia: Patch and Badge of USPP,  National Park Service, in the public domain 

Helicopters: Helicopter 004, by Kowia

And, Helicopter 001 - HB593200, by hb593200

And, Military Stock 060, by FairieGoodMother

And, USPP helicopter, Wikimedia Commons, Philip N. Cohen, Creative Commons

Jets and Jet contrails: Military Stock 128

And, Military Stock 111, by FairieGoodMother

Statue of Liberty: Statue of Liberty Park Stock 4

And, Statue of Liberty Park Stk 24, by FairieGoodMother

Boats: Boats 113, by Kowia

And, Fishing Boat Going out to Sea, by FairieGoodMother

Dart Feathers: Red Ostrich Plume Feather, by FantasyStock

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The King and She, Part 3 of 3: Liberty Island, Near Dawn, Present Day-

Helicopters, planes, and boats from law enforcement, news agencies, and the port authorities, all buzzed around King Kong and Liberty Island.

Ann leaned against the great ape, wishing they would all go away, and leave him in peace.

“Dr. Darrow?” An officer approached, introducing herself, and showing her credentials.  “I’m Captain Cooper and this is Lieutenant Ashmore. We’re with the United States Park Police. Are you injured? We’ll need to talk to you.”

“Yes, of course,” Ann said. “No, I’m okay.”

As soon as their helicopter landed, Jack ran up, followed by Denham. “Ann? Are you alright?” He asked, putting his arm around her.

“Yes,” she said. Then, she saw Denham. “What did you do?” Ann swung at him. “The tranquilizers were already taking effect. You didn’t have to shoot him!”

The police officers and Jack held them apart. “That’s not what I saw!” Denham roared. “I was only trying to keep you safe, Doctor!”

“You mean your investment!” Jack shot back. “You don’t care about Ann, or anyone, or anything, besides your almighty buck!”

“A man’s allowed to make a buck isn’t he?” Denham shouted, and tried to pull himself free from the officers. “Get your damn, dirty hands off me!”

“Sergeant, get him out of here!” The Captain ordered.

“Yes, Ma’am,” the Sergeant answered. “Come on, sir,” he said, pulling Denham aft.

“You’re facing a boat load of charges,” the Lieutenant warned Denham, taking the rifle and giving it to the Sergeant.  “You might want to play nice.”

More officers and Park Rangers were cautiously approaching King Kong. “Get away from him!” Denham shouted. “He’s mine!”

“Not anymore,” Captain Cooper advised him, coolly. “This is a Federal matter, now. We’ll be taking the animal into custody.”

“Doctor, is the animal any danger?" The Captain asked.

“No,” Ann answered. “I warned him. But, Denham shot him with so many tranquilizers. It'd be too much for his heart.

“Captain? Will he be repatriated back to his home?” She asked.

The Captain sighed, “Probably, it’s up to the courts, now. The Jane Goodall Institute and Wozniak Foundation filed an injunction to have the animal returned to his native habitat, even before this incident.

 “I’ve also been advised that the Canadian Forces are already patrolling Skull Island, as part of the anti-piracy/poaching task force, in the Pacific, after the Venture’s GPS logs were leaked to the media.”

“That’s why you were coming, to confiscate him?” Jack asked. “You couldn’t have gotten here so quickly otherwise.”

“We were, on our way,” the Captain admitted. “We’ll take you off the island; and, debrief you.”

She and the Lieutenant ushered them onto the police boat. “This way, please,” the Lieutenant, said. “Watch your step.”

 “Ah, thank you,” the Captain said, taking a bundle from an officer. “Doctor, here are some sweats and neoprene slip-ons, we keep on board. They should fit.”

Denham laughed hoarsely, “It wasn’t an overdose. It was beauty that killed the beast!”

“It was greed,” Jack corrected. “The love of money is the root of all evil,” he quoted.

Denham tried to lunge at him; but, the officers held him back. “Why are you always quoting The Bible, anyway?” Denham grunted.

“Gideon Bibles and pocket Shakespeare were often the only things to read, travelling around,” Jack explained.

“Sergeant, get Mr. Denham below, please,” the Captain ordered.

“Yes, Ma’am,” the Sergeant apologized. “Come on, you,” he said.

Looking back at the island, at King Kong, Ann said, “Captain? Can’t I help with him?”

“The Doc and I helped moved him before,” Jack reminded her. “And, the davits on the Venture are already set up.”

The Captain looked them over carefully, considering. “Are you sure you’re up for it?”

Ann and Jack both nodded. “Alright,” the Captain decided. “We’ll commandeer the Venture and bring her over. I’ll call it in,” she said, going to the wheelhouse.

“Lieutenant, keep an eye on things. And, help the Doctor, with whatever she needs,” the Captain ordered.

“Yes, Ma’am,” the Lieutenant answered, going forward.

Ann leaned on Jack's arm, putting the sweats on over her clothes, and pulling the booties on.

She looked over at King Kong, lying there so peacefully. “Maybe, he’ll finally get to go home, and have some peace,” she said thoughtfully.

“We never should have taken him out of his habitat,” she admitted. “We’re so ignorant. We don’t even know how much we don’t know.”

Then, she gasped, her nails digging into Jack’s shoulder. “Ann? What is it?” He asked.

"I think I say him move,” she said in a hushed voice.

“Is that possible?” He asked.

Ann shook her head, “I don’t know. We don’t know much about his physiology, except he’s so huge; and, even that's a mystery.

“It could be that some of the darts stuck in his outer coat of coarse hairs, and never penetrated his thick hide.

“If all he got was what I injected him with, that would have been enough to hold him until morning; but,  all this activity would rouse him,” Ann said, quickly.

“When I couldn’t detect a heartbeat, or respiration, I just assumed,” she confessed.

The Lieutenant followed their gaze, “Never assume, Doctor.”

“That’s not just the wind,” Jack said.

“That’s a not just a muscle spasm, either,” Ann agreed.

Then, they all called out, “CAPTAIN!”

 “Jack! Med bag!” Ann shouted, bolting across the gangway back to the island.

 “On it!” Jack called. “Brought your spare, in the chopper!”

 “Let her through!” The Lieutenant ordered, waving at the officers on deck. “Let her through!”

 Jack, the Lieutenant, and Captain charged after Ann, as King Kong started to stir awake.

 Jack laughed nervously, “Here we go, again!”

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Notes:

[1] The United States Parks Police (USPP), beginning in 1791, is one of the oldest uniformed enforcement agencies in the United States. It is a full-service law enforcement agency with responsibilities and jurisdiction in National Park Service areas.

The USPP shares law enforcement jurisdiction in all lands administered by the National Park Service with National Park Service Rangers.

The Park Police is a unit of the National Park Service, which is a bureau of the Department. Official website, National Parks Service

[2] Kong is a 1933 film, by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. Screenplay by James Ashmore Creelman and Ruth Rose based on an idea by Cooper and Edgar WallaceIn 1991, it was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

[3] The Statue of Liberty is a colossal sculpture on Liberty Island in New York.

The statue was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, and built by Gustave Eiffel, dedicated on October 28, 1886, as 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 torch. It was dedicated on October 28, 1886

[4] The Empire State Building, which King Kong climbs in the 1933 movie, carrying Ann Darrow, is a 102-story skyscraper, in Midtown, New York City.

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

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

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.

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