Thursday, June 20, 2013
New Beginning 1006
"Just shoot it, Mr. Pidwig," Hyde said with greater urgency than the three or four times he'd said it before.
Still, the trembling client seemed no closer to pulling the trigger than when he had dropped his heavy body to a knee and taken aim at the tyrannosaur Unvolution Incorporated's genetic technicians had re-created for him.
It wasn't the first time Hyde had seen wealthy clients freeze when they came to realize, too late, that one thing their money could not buy was the courage to face a terror brought back from the prehistoric past that measured them by nothing more than the richness of their flesh.
Hyde flashed an anxious glance towards the nearby hilltop where his teammate Brash was set up to record Mr. Pidwig's "great kill." The location also put Brash in perfect position to provide backup firepower that, considering the power of the projectile in Pidwig's weapon, should not be needed.
A shriek of agony from the baby sauropod they had staked out to attract the tyrannosaur drew Hyde's attention back to the bait area, and an irrepressible well of sympathy rose in his throat as he watched the great carnivore tear flesh from the helpless creature's tender back.
Within moments the tyrannosaur had tired of divesting the sauropod of its flesh, and had settled to it's side in the dust.
Hyde snorted with disgust as Pidwig, emboldened by the beast's lack of aggression, stood and emptied his weapon. Unfortunately, from this less stable firing position, the recoil sent the missile spiraling over the target.
Not that it didn't hit something. Brash had no time to make his peace with the Maker he was undoubtedly greeting.
Pidwig, the insufferable twit, gazed up at Hyde through hazy eyes, chuffing on about "most unfortunate," and "couldn't be avoided."
"Aye, verily," Hyde offered before lifting his sidearm and creating his own sound of thunder.
Opening: James Catlett.....Continuation: Veronica Rundell