|By: Kenneth James
Ebirah swam through the murky depths of the
sea, looking up at the raging storm above, keeping his eyes
open for prey. He spotted a fishing boat adrift in the storm,
in clear distress. The deep-sea beast emitted a piercing screech
as he suddenly rose straight to the surface, emerging next to
the ship, looking down at the terrified humans before raising
his massive claw to with intent to smash the ship to splinters...
and then realized he wasn't the only one with a meal on his
Gaira, the Green Gargantua, stared at this creature
from the other side of the ship, having been about to latch
onto the vessel himself. The two sea monsters looked at one
another in surprise, nether having expected to have a rival
for such a rare treat, after all, humans weren't a common food
far out at sea in conditions that allow them to strike safely.
Gaira, being more aggressive, was first to emit an angry roar
of challenge, demanding Ebirah back off. Not one to back down
without a fight, Ebirah emitted his shrill screech in return,
ordering the ape-like creature to back down. Finally, nether
could take this threat to their meal and the fight began. Ebirah
lashed out with his pincers, clamping it down on Gaira's shoulders
while the massive humanoid's strong arms found Ebirah's secondary
legs. The two behemoths pushed their weight against one another,
the fishing boat wisely taking this time to escape from the
twin terrors in the midst of their struggle.
Gaira finally broke the off stalemate, and one
of Ebirah's secondary legs, forcing the shrimp mutation into
retreat, screeching in pain. Ebirah's emotion changed quickly
to fury as Gaira took the leg and tore a chunk off it with his
teeth, swallowing it. Gaira liked the taste and wanted more,
lunging at Ebirah, however, the shellfish sea monster suddenly
dove, evading the blow. Before Gaira could gain his baring in
the storm, Ebirah erupted from the surf behind him, latching
his pincers onto Gaira's neck and shoulder, shrieking in fury.
Gaira roared in pain, struggling to dislodge the giant shrimp
from his body, but Ebirah's strong claws held tightly into his
flesh, soon beginning to draw blood. Finally, the ape-like giant
managed to grab hold of Ebirah over his shoulders, pulling forwards
with all his might. Ebirah screeched in surprise as he was torn
off of Gaira and lifted high into the air before the Gargantua
slammed him into the water's surface with enough force to send
a geyser of water several meters into the air. Before Ebirah
could regain his bearings, Gaira grabbed onto his back and sinking
his teeth into the shrimp's back. However, all that got Gaira
were a few cracked teeth on Ebirah's hard exoskeleton, causing
him to roar in pain and recoil.
Ebirah quickly took the opportunity to launch
up and stab his claw into Gaira's chest, drawing a trickle of
blood. He attempted the maneuver with his second claw, only
for Gaira to manage to catch it in time. The Gargantua quickly
overpowered the crustacean and shoved him, sending him back
through the waves. Before Ebirah could react, Gaira charged
through the surf, grabbing him and tossing him into the air.
Ebirah slammed hard into the ocean's surface, screeching in
pain. Knowing the water's surface wasn't his strong suit, Ebirah
quickly dove down as Gaira charged him, wrapping his claw around
Gaira's leg and pulling down, dragging Gaira underwater.
Ebirah dragged Gaira deep into the ocean, slamming
him into the side of a deep sea canyon. He released him and
circled, expecting Gaira to panic like most prey would without
air. However, to his surprise, Gaira seemed calm and swam at
him with surprising speed, grabbing hold of Ebirah's arms and
driving him back-first into the canyon wall, getting a shriek
of surprise in response. While Gaira didn't look much like it
besides his green color, he was in fact a water kaiju, born
and adept to the depths of the sea. Ebirah had been mistaken
in thinking that this would give him an advantage. Ebirah struggled
in Gaira's grasp, trying to break free, but before he could,
Gaira lunged forwards and bit down on Ebirah's shoulder, drawing
yellow blood from the sea monster. Ebirah screeched in pain
and swung his lower body forwards, slamming his tail fin into
Gaira's stomach, driving the monster back. Ebirah took the offensive,
stabbing his pincers into Gaira's sides and swimming forwards,
ignoring hammer-like blows Gaira sent into his hard exoskeleton
before slamming the Green Gargantua hard into the opposing wall.
Ebirah swam back, charging forwards for another
strike. However, Gaira grasped a boulder and swung it forwards,
smashing it across Ebirah's head, dazing the big shrimp long
enough to grab him by the claw and swing him hard into the canyon
wall. Ebirah screeched in pain but refused to quit, lashing
out with his other pincer, clamping down on Gaira's wrist. As
Gaira released his grip in pain, Ebirah latched his claw onto
Gaira's forearm, managing to hold it back. Ebirah squeezed with
all his might, cutting deep into Gaira's wrist. Seizing the
opportunity, Ebirah released Gaira's other arm and clamped down
on the forearm behind his other claw, pulling with all his might.
Finally, Gaira screamed in agony as Ebirah tore off his left
hand, letting it fall into the abyss, blood trailing behind
it. Ebirah, not wanting to lose the upper hand, lashed out and
clamped his claw around Gaira's throat, planning to behead him.
However, while badly hurt, Gaira lashed out with his remaining
hand, clamping it down on Ebirah's eye and squeezing, causing
Ebirah to release his throat as he screeched in agony. Finally,
Gaira's assault caused Ebirah's eye to burst, sending blood
and gore floating towards the surface.
Realizing he was in trouble, Gaira grasped one
of Ebirah's claws and sunk his teeth into the arm behind it,
pulling with all his might. With a final show of strength, Ebirah's
claw was torn off the limb and thrown away, sinking to join
Gaira's hand in the depths. But Gaira had made a critical error,
where he was human-based at his core, descended from a human
mutation and had a human concept of pain, Ebirah didn't. Ebirah
had lost his arms before. It hurt, but not to the same extent.
And this allowed Ebirah to counter attack with his other pincer,
driving it's point straight through Gaira's head as he came
back up from biting into his arm. The claw erupted out of the
back of Gaira's cranium, sending a spout of blood and brain
into the water. Gaira's body went into convulsions as it suddenly
lost it's control center, then finally went limp, blood pouring
from multiple wounds.
Ebirah screeched in victory, dragging the corpse
to a more stable area to consume his hard-earned meal, unknowing,
or perhaps uncaring, that Gaira's hand had began to regenerate
at the bottom of the abyss. Even if he knew, it didn't matter.
After all, Ebirah may not of been the biggest fish in the sea,
but he was still wasn't to be taken lightly.