Word Count: 2,677 words
Posted: January 31st, 2018
Three years passed since the battle of San Francisco. Following the tiring battle with the M.U.T.O.s, Godzilla returned to the sea from whence it came. The encounter took its toll on the predator, taking time to return to his prime. Eventually, he would regain enough strength for him to continue his role as Earth’s balancing force.
And fortunately for him, he was right on time.
At the bottom of the Atlantic sea floor, a massive beast was lying dormant. Millions of years ago, the creature came to Earth from the deepest reaches of outer space, searching for sustenance in the form of Earth’s inhabitants; possibly make the Earth her new home. However, another creature arrived on Earth at the same time, seeking Earth’s lifeforms not for sustenance, but instead to simply destroy them and the Earth itself, as it had done with many civilizations and planets before. This would lead to the two of them battling over the fate of the Earth itself. In the end, their duel ended with both of them crashing into the Earth, being forced into a deep slumber.
One of the creatures was sealed underneath a massive ice sheet in Antarctica, while the other fell to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean’s seafloor, not too far away from the other one’s location. While the monster in Antarctica has already been discovered and researched by the organization Monarch, they have yet to be made aware of the other beast.
And someone was going to make sure it stayed that way.
Godzilla swam to the monster’s location as fast as he could, hoping to get to it before it awoke. It had known of this creature’s presence since it first arrived on this planet, and was waiting for the right time to strike. The humans were very close to discovering this monstrosity, and when they did, it would inevitably cause mass destruction. Determined to prevent this from happening, Godzilla was already preparing a blast of atomic energy, ready to unleash its devastating weapon once the monster was in sight. He only needed to travel one more mile before it would be in range.
Gargorgon awoke. The time she spent slumbering was irrelevant, but she was quick to realize that danger was approaching, and she needed to escape. Fast. Once she begun swimming up towards the surface, she looked down to see a blue beam of energy pass right underneath her feet. Gargorgon looked behind her to find the source of the blast, watching as Godzilla swam towards her. This was not the monster she was looking for, and as such, she decided it was not worth her time. She swam closer and closer to the surface in order to avoid a fight that she wasn’t prepared for. Godzilla gave chase, but could not catch Gargorgon in time.
Godzilla tried to blast Gargorgon with his atomic ray, but with the help of her arm-heads, turned back to face him and guide her, she was able to dodge each blast. Her left head opened fire, sizzling through the Atlantic waters and ramming up Godzilla’s cranium, sending the ancient king spinning. With the monster king distracted, Gargorgon accelerated and took to the surface.
Eventually, she escaped the Atlantic and encased herself in her travel ball, flying high into the air. Knowing she was safe, she decided the best course of action was to retreat and find a new place to recuperate. She then created a portal and went through it, hoping it would take her to a safer, and more importantly, quieter location for her to recover.
Realizing that the enemy has fled, Godzilla dipped under the ocean, hoping to pursue his latest adversary… Wherever she went.
Meanwhile, on the treacherous island known as Skull Island, a pack of two-legged, serpentine-like creatures, five of them, were feasting on the remains of a Mire Squid that they had found and dragged to their favorite place to dine: the boneyard. A massive, kaiju sized graveyard littered with skulls, bones, and ribcages of inhabitants that were once prevalent on the island, now all but eradicated by the voracious Skullcrawlers. The eternal hunger each of the Skullcrawlers felt was so strong they started clawing and lunging at each other, trying to keep the rest of them back so they can have what remains of the squid for themselves.
As they fought over who would get to keep the squid, their attention was suddenly drawn to what appeared to be a hole opening up in the sky. They watched as Gargorgon emerged from the portal, landing in front of the smaller creatures. Believing the monster was here for their kill, the Skullcrawlers began to eye each other, agreeing to work together to repel the bigger threat. One of them stepped forward, with two of them moving around to Gargorgon’s left, and the other two to the right.
Gargorgon looked down at the hideous Skullcrawlers. She was disappointed to be met by more creatures that weren’t her intended target. The good thing was that these ones were much smaller than the monster she encountered a few moments prior. Each of the Skullcrawlers present were no longer than thirty meters, less than a third of Gargorgon’s towering height. Until she found that creature that rudely disturbed her slumber, or better yet, her sworn enemy, these pests would make a good warm-up.
Once the Skullcrawlers had Gargorgon surrounded, the beasts to her left and right lunged at once, being zapped by lightning bolts fired from her shoulder heads. The mutts dropped to the ground, struggling to move. Gargorgon turned to face the ones to her left. Unable to move, the Skullcrawlers could only watch as Gargorgon lifted herself off the ground, dropping her feet onto their skulls, crushing them instantly.
Gargorgon looked down upon the headless Skullcrawler corpses. She looked up and saw two others jump in front of her. She barely had enough time to grab them by their throats, her shoulder heads blasting bolts of lightning down their gaping maws, frying their innards. She then let go of their fried husks, crushing their skulls with delight. When she remembered that there was still one left, she turned to where she last saw it, only to see a giant hole in the ground. Confused, she looked around, trying to find the last of these Skullcrawlers.
Unfortunately for Gargorgon, it found her first.
The fifth Skullcrawler emerged from underneath the ground behind her, quickly flinging itself from the ground and digging its claws into Gargorgon’s back! Fighting against the pain, she had her shoulder heads extend to grab the Skullcrawler by the arms. The smaller creature anticipated this, however, and clawed at them when they got close. What it didn’t anticipate was Gargorgon using her tails to wrap around the Skullcrawler’s, dragging it further down her back. However, the Skullcrawler still had its claws dug into her back, and as Gargorgon dragged the beast with her tails, the nails tore her flesh as it was pulled out. When she finally removed the pest and flung it aside, Gargorgon examined her wounds, bloodied gashes and tears covering her back. The Skullcrawler was quick to its feet, and prepared to strike at her again…
Another Skullcrawler emerged from the hole in the ground the other one made. Gargorgon, upon seeing this new one’s much larger size, took a step back. The smaller one, unaware of its brethren’s presence, charged at her again, but was stopped in its tracks when the big one stomped down on the smaller lizard’s back, breaking its spine. Gargorgon watched as a sixth Skullcrawler, or rather a Skull Devil, picked up its smaller brethren and devoured it. Once it was finished with its snack, it turned its attention to Gargorgon. She glared at the enormous lizard, and upon realizing that this beast was more than over five times the size of the other pests, she considered fleeing again. But as she began to lift her feet off the ground, she stopped herself, deciding not to back down and fight back. After all, she had easily disposed of multiple smaller ones at once, so how would one larger member of its kind be any more threatening? Gargorgon snarled at the beast, daring it to make its move. The Skull Devil was more than happy to oblige.
The Skull Devil charged at Gargorgon, intent on tackling her into the ground. She was quick to spring to her feet and dodge the attack, landing on her feet on a nearby hill, looking down at the Skull Devil and mocking it. Her shoulder heads fired bolts of lightning at the Skull Devil, who was able to dodge the blasts. As the ravenous lizard began to sprint in a large circle around the hill Gargorgon stood on, Gargorgon tried to connect several lightning bolts on it, while the Skull Devil, not slowing its pace, avoided many of them, until…
One bolt managed to hit the creature in its right leg, tripping the beast as it fell on its face. Closing in on her target, Gargorgon cackled and mocked the Skull Devil once more. Enraged, the Skull Devil leapt into the air, grabbing onto her arms and pushing her into the ground. Upon landing, the oversized lizard dug its claws into the Earth with its palms pressed against her arms. Her left shoulder head tried to fire a lightning bolt directly at its face, but the Skull Devil expected this and instantly clamped its jaws around the shoulder head’s neck, disabling it. The right head was able to get a direct hit on what it thought was its left eye. Although it did shock the creature slightly, the damage was not as severe as Gargorgon thought it would be. When the Skull Devil snapped its head back at the shoulder head and yanked it off with the strength of its jaws, Gargorgon, despite suffering immense pain, caught a glimpse at the side of its head, seeing its real eyes. The Skull Devil had tricked her into believing that the empty eye sockets on the front of its head were its real eyes!
Staring down at its adversary as her mouth widened, the Skull Devil had realized that she had been tricked by its false eyes, which had saved it many times in the past. Knowing that she was stunned and unable to retaliate with her shoulder cannons taken care of, the Skull Devil laughed in Gargorgon’s face. Looking down at her and wanting to toy with its prey, the reptilian beast sadistically licked the side of Gargorgon’s face. It momentarily removed its hands from Gargorgon’s arms, only to dig its claws straight into them! The Skull Devil pressed more of its weight into her arms, enjoying its victim’s cries of agony. Little did it know, however, that Gargorgon also had her own cruel, unforgiving side of her.
Desperate to free herself from the Skull Devil’s grasp, she slowly opened her hidden eye from within her mouth. The Skull Devil couldn’t help but gaze at it with shock and curiosity. As it moved its serpentine tail to the side, Gargorgon’s twin tails rose upward, shaking rapidly as if they were rattlesnake tails. Perplexed and caught off guard, the Skull Devil looked over at her tails, then back at her eye, which was beginning to glow as her horns crackled with energy. The Skull Devil then decided it was time to finish its opponent and fast before she can attack, and opened its mouth wide to clamp down on her face. However, just before it could sink its teeth into her flesh, her eye unleashed an energy beam right into its gaping maw.
The Skull Devil was pushed into a nearby ribcage, shattering it and knocking the creature on its back. When the Skull Devil attempted to get to its feet, it couldn’t move its limbs at all. In fact, when it looked over at its legs, they were turning into stone! The stone quickly moved across the rest of the Skull Devil’s body until it reached its neck. With one last screech, the Skull Devil was silenced as its head was turned to stone as well.
After a few minutes, Gargorgon brought herself back on her feet, stomping towards the immobilized Skull Devil, looking down at its face. After staring at it for a moment, she brought her foot up and crushed its skull, and did the same with the rest of its body immediately after. After reducing the Skull Devil to dust, Gargorgon fell to her knees, exhausted. She had arrived on this island in order to escape her pursuer and find a place where she could not be disturbed. However, upon arrival on the island, she was met with nothing but vicious and annoying pests that made her shaken condition even worse. Her back was scarred, she had numerous broken bones in her arms, and one of her shoulder heads was completely torn off, the other with a broken neck and unable to fire off lightning. However, as Gargorgon looked over to her torn shoulder, she could see another head already beginning to form. Hopefully it wouldn’t be too long before she could fully regenerate, and leave this accursed island.
Until then, she would have to stay still and rest. She was not afraid of anymore pests emerging to strike, as if there were any left, they would know well enough not to mess with the one that had killed the most feared and powerful member of their species. All Gargorgon would have to worry about is waiting for her wounds to finish regenerating.
Meanwhile, on the island’s highest peak, another being looked on at the nearby ocean and the storm clouds perpetually surrounding the island. None have ever been brave or strong enough to cross through the deadly storms that closed the island off from outsiders. Not since that day nearly forty five years ago. However, as the island guardian looked closer at the farthest end of the ocean he could see, he spotted something emerging from the storm clouds and swim closer to the island.
Kong flared his nostrils, not pleased to see that someone was intruding on his territory. Kong squinted his eyes as he tried to identify the creature, but all he could see were the creature’s jagged dorsal fins jutting from its back. Kong then felt a sudden feeling of rage. He didn’t fully understand why the sight of the creature enraged him so much. Something about it just seemed so… Familiar. As if they had been Kong’s mortal enemy for decades, if not far longer, and that they have been in a constant battle since they were brought into this world. And yet, Kong did not recall having met them before in his life. Regardless, if this monster decided to step foot onto the island’s shore, Kong would make him regret it, and reward him with a pummeling he would never forget.
As Godzilla swam closer and closer to the island, having felt Gargorgon’s presence nearby and endure the dreadful storms, he too felt as if there was an even bigger presence waiting for him. A presence that made his blood boil. He did not think that it could have been caused by Gargorgon, but rather some other force on the island. When he stopped briefly to lift his head from the water… He saw him. Staring down at him from the highest point in the island. Their burning hatred for each other resonated as they locked eyes. Even though the two were still very far apart, they could still see the hatred in each other’s eyes as clear as day.
Godzilla ducked his head back down into the ocean, swimming closer to shore. Kong began to make his way down from the mountain he was standing on top of, determined to meet the creature when he arrives. They drew closer to each other by the minute, knowing full well that when they do finally meet…
Two legendary kings will clash.