Bay, The Destroyer 'New Bedford'
"She assumes, what we already
know." Max said to the others, setting up more equipment. "About Godzilla,
you mean?" Sue asked. "So, you didn't tell her, then?" Murphy added.
"No,.. I wanna make sure, Stanton's all right with it, first." Max
stated. "I gave you clearance, last night Max... Or didn't Murphy tell
you?" Speaking of the devil. Stanton had rounded a bulkhead, and joined
the others. "Yeah, they did... But I'd rather hear it from you." Said
Max. "Well, I can't give you shit, for confirmation, I suppose." Stanton
replied with a smile. "...Are we green, yet?" He then asked, getting
down to business at hand. "All the monitors are active, Sonar's
in place... No sign of wonder-lizard yet." Murphy informed. "There will
be, once we drop a few of these babys." Stanton replied, giving
a nod to the depth charge launcher. On it, several oddly shaped devices
were positioned. "So, What are these things, anyway?" Max inquired.
"They're called RadAbs... Radiation Absorbing munitions. If Sue's theory holds,
these should do the trick." Stanton explained... Sort of. Max looked
to the woman for the rest. " I think, the animal uses radiation, like
we do with sugar. If you mess with the levels, it should have the
same effect." "Like a diabetic... You could thow it into a coma!"
Max finished. "We're hoping, it shuts him down, perminently!" Stanton corrected.
"...Either way, we'll know soon." He added, picking up the intercom
mic. "So, you think the radiation's key?" Max asked Sue, as
both attended equipment. "Yes, but we don't know exactly how." She
answered. "We need a better grasp, on what makes this thing tick."
Murphy added. "Then maybe, we'd get some real answers." Sue
finished. "We're go in five!" Stanton interrupted, returning from the
'squawk box.' "Let's get ready to party." he added.
Several ships were
arranged in a line, keeping the bay closed off from the channel.
Now, three destroyers stood at the ready, 'New Bedford' serving
as flagship. The idea was two-fold. Saturating the area with radiological
absorbants, should not only take care of Godzilla, but clean the
bay as well. ( Of course, this would make Fendtech shine brightly
in Washington's eye.)
With the word
givin, all three ships went to action stations... With alarms sounding,
the first of these RadAbs shot off the catapults. They exploded
with muffled booms, followed by plumes of white water. "Keep
an eye on that Sonar!" Stanton barked between blasts. White
circles of angry water, peppered the bay, as the ships continued.
"We ain't getting nothin!" yelled Murphy. Stanton gave a nod,
then went off to the intercom again. At the catapults, a light
went from green to red... Alerting their fireing crews to stop.
It was quiet once more, as Stanton came back to the others.
"We're gonna adjust the detonators... Bomb a little deeper." He explained,
as the other three looked on. "Keep on that Sonar, Murph... Sue,
Max,.. You got volcano duty! Keep watchin' those thermals... We don't
want to start it up, again!" Ordered Stanton, as he went
to over see the adjustments. "What a lovely thought." Max mumbled, as
he went to another monitor. A few minutes later, Stanton
waved at a officer watching from the bridge-work. "We're ready
th re-commence." He said.
During the time
taken to make these adjustments, the three ships had turned around.
Now, a second Bombing run started. Again, the RadAbs flew off.
followed by white concussions...The ships were nearing Maalaea's center,
once again. That's when the Sonar echoed.
"He's moving!.. Coming
in fast, off the 'Concord's' Stern!" Murphy yelled out. "Here we
go." Stanton said, with a gleam in his eye. (Much like Ahab) "Yeah,
now the fun really starts..." Muttered Max as he watched his readings.
Stanton had run off for the intercom again. (Presumably to
warn the other destroyer.) "It'll overtake 'em, in less than 30
seconds!" Murphy shot, looking frantically toward the other ship. "...
Shit, I hope, they're ready!" He exclaimed. His edginess now spread
to the others, who now scrambled for a better view
As they watched,..
The 'Concord' had stopped fireing off it's charges. Now, the
ship was breaking formation, it's bow turning away from the
line of travel. Murphy gave another look to the Sonar "C'mon,..
Lets go!" He pushed, trying to will the ship into overdrive.
But they were out of time.
As the 'Concord'
continued it's flanking maneuver,.. A dark shape broke the surface.
Godzilla was back. "...Ohhhh,...Shit!" Exclaimed Max, taking a few steps
back. The other two gave a half look, realizing he hadn't seen
it, yet. The monster raised higher, advancing toward the destroyer.
" I think he's still pissed..." Murphy said. "Pissed or not,.. I'm glad,
we're over here!" Max admitted. "Take a good look, people!.. That's
why, we're in business!" Stanton exclaimed, standing behind Max. "...And business
is good." Max muttered, still shocked with it's appearance.
The thunderous roar
echoed across the bay, once again. Godzilla was ready to attack.
The destroyer had opened up with everything it had, with
little effect. "Those shells won't touch 'em,... He's covered in armor
plate!" Stanton pointed out. (As if this was a science lecture.) He
had a pair of binoculars, and was observing the animal close
up. Godzilla had reached the ship's stern, and was set to
lash out. Suddenly, it gave a tremendous howl, it's head lifting
skyward. A golden bullet? Thought Max. Stanton was way ahead of
him, focusing in on a portion of the creature's body. "You said
the 'New Jersey' got a shot in?" He asked. "Yeah, with the 16's"
Murphy replied. "...He's got a hole, near his shoulder. They must'uv
hit it again!" Stanton said triumphantly. The monster leaned forward...
Then stopped, as if confused. After this pause, he tried it
again. "...What the hell, is it doing?" Max puzzled out loud.
"He's trying to spit!" Stanton yelped, again with gusto. "Spit?"
Inquired Max. "Yeah, His flame throwing trick... Only, it doesn't seem
to be working!" Murphy said, growing excited himself. "The RadAbs
must be kicking in!" Sue exclaimed. "It's startin' to look that
way!" Echoed Stanton, who started off for the bridge again.
The monster seemed
passive now... 'Concord' had opened a gap... Sailing away from the
motionless animal. Then, the red light went green again. RadAbs shot
from the launchers, once more. Godzilla seemed to yell out
at the ships, as they contiuned the bombardment. According to
Sue's equipment, The radiation was slipping away. The creature's
movement became slow. It's thunderous voice, ebbing to a growel...
The RadAbs were working!
'New Bedford', this victorious feeling had spread. Godzilla could
be stopped... He wasn't invincible, after all! The four members
of FendTech, took turns looking through the binoculars. Gathering as
much as they could about the beast. (Stanton asked the captain
to ease in closer to the creature, but even he, could be
refused.) Max now looked upon the wounded animal. It had
gone from fierce, to frail in a matter of minutes. Through
the field glasses, he could see it's eyes... They seemed lost
and confused...Full of pain. Max handed off
The bombing run
had stopped a few minutes ago. Aside from the low grumbles,
Godzilla was quiet. Slowly, he sank from view. Leaving a small
disturbance in his wake. Murphy was at the Sonar, watching his
decent. "I'm not getting any movement, He's going down like a
stone." He said. "Hell-uv-a Job, people!" Exclaimed Santon, proudly. "I
think we got him." Sue said in unison. "Yeah,.. I guess so."
Max said. Unsure how he felt about it.