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The morning after finding Bobby and Zach, I woke up. I looked around, and the others were already awake.
"Morning guys. You sleep good?"
"Yeah, pretty good."
"That's good. Gonna need to be well rested considering we need to go hunting and foraging."
"You mean, out there?"
Bobby pointed to the jungle as he spoke.
"Yeah, out there."
The guys seemed nervous, but ready to go at a moment's notice. I told them they could relax for a bit, but to be ready to go anytime. While they talked, I dug through my bag. I saw something shiny at the bottom and pulled it out. I held it in my hand, and it was a butterfly knife. I forget where I got it, but I always loved butterfly knives. I twirled it in my fingers and it unfolded, revealing the blade. I folded it again and put it in my pocket. Even something as simple as a knife with a three inch blade could come in handy. I was looking through my bag when I heard Bobby ask me something.
"What? Sorry, wasn't quite paying attention."
"I said, how's your love life?"
I looked at the ring on my left hand and smiled.
"Pretty good," I said holding my hand up for them to see the ring.
Zach and Bobby looked at me, surprised.
"Well, I guess you've gotten over your issues since high school."
"Yeah, I have. You guys ready to go?"
"I guess. We coming back here?"
"Yes, you can leave what you think you won't need."
Bryce, Bobby and Zach didn't have much with them, so they left their backpacks behind. They each had four mags for their guns, and we all figured that was good. I left behind my backpack and bag. I brought the AX50, a few mags, my shotgun, twenty shells, two mags for each Desert Eagle, and my butterfly knife.
We walked for almost an hour, and then we entered a clearing. There was nothing out of the ordinary, and we walked through it. We were about halfway when we heard some bushes rustle. We all pointed a gun at the bush and watched as Mark, Corey, Seymour, John and Calvin walked into the clearing. Mark had a Five Seven handgun, but that was the only gun between the five of them. I was the first to address them.
"How the hell are you assholes still alive?"
"Sniper, through superior firepower and cunning."
"We hid in bushes, and when a dinosaur walked past, we unloaded on it. Had enough meat to last us until now."
I had a hard time believing that bullshit story, but I kept listening.
"We even killed a T-Rex."
"Really? What colour was it?"
"It was light yellow with a blue underbelly."
I knew right there Mark was full of shit. I was about to say something when I felt a steady booming. I knew what that meant.
"Guys, there's a T-Rex coming. We should get out of here."
All nine of us ran to the edge of the clearing, and of course, that's where the T-Rex was coming from. We quickly ran to the other end of the clearing, and there was a second T-Rex. We were crowded in the middle. The first T-Rex was a green colour. It was massive too. The thing had to weigh at least nine tons. The second T-Rex was brown in colour. It was also huge. It was bigger than the first one. It had scars everywhere. The other one did too, but not as many, not that it had a shortage of scars. Mark was the first to say something.
"Guys, any ideas?"
"I'm going to count to three. When I get to three, run."
Bryce, Zach, Bobby and I were facing the same direction, so we were all going to be going the same way.
I pulled out my butterfly knife.
I unfolded the knife.
We bolted, but not before I slashed Mark's leg. Mark screamed in pain, but I didn't look back as I ran. Zach, Bobby and Bryce were all ahead of me, and I heard a gunshot. Next thing we knew, Bryce was on the ground. Mark had shot his leg. I helped Bryce up and helped him out of the clearing. I looked back. The Tyrannosaurs were upon them. We didn't look back until we got to the roof.
I quickly grabbed a first aid kit we had put in Zach's back pack and started bandaging up Bryce's leg.
"Mark shot Bryce."
"I know that. Before that though, I heard him screaming."
"Shaggy? What did you do?"
"In order to insure our survival, I sliced Mark's leg with this knife," I said as pulled the knife from my pocket.
"What the hell? That's wrong."
"I've never had many friends. I'll do what it takes to keep the ones I've got."
"That's still wrong," Bobby said, standing up.
Bobby walked over to me and punched me. I lost balance for a moment, but quickly recovered. Bobby went to punch me again and I ducked. Before he could recover, I punched him in the jaw and stepped back. Bobby hit the ground and then sat up, holding his jaw.
Bobby stood up slowly.
"I get it, it was wrong. Would you rather he still be alive and us dead?"
Bobby shook his head no.
"Good. Anyway, want a little backstory on those two Tyrannosaurs? I've read about them."
"The scientists named them. I forget what their names are at this point, but they called them by a short form. TNT. The T's stand for their names, and the N stands for the word and. Their names both start with T. Terry and Thorny, or something like that. I forget now."
Jack of all trades. Master of none
LORD VADER - Oh, that was a very interesting chapter! I greatly enjoyed the inclusion of the wedding ring scene; it made me wonder a great deal more about the characters and their backgrounds! Thank you so much for continuing to present this extremely fun series! :)
I get the Tyrannosaurus reference. I remember Thorn, but I can't think what the other one was.
“Banana oil.”- George Takei, Gigantis: The Fire Monster
We see TNT a few more times throughout this story, and we see another Tyrannosaur of my creation in here.
Jack of all trades. Master of none
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