Chapter 17 - Something Gone Wrong
Godzilla stirred on the ocean floor, suddenly awakened by the sense that something was wrong. His eyes snapped open and he lifted his head and looked around. There was nothing but blackness surrounding him, but he was convinced that something was going awry. He lifted himself up on his arms and pushed off the ground with his feet using his tail as a rudder and a power source to propel him forward through the water.
"Godzilla's on the move!" Came a shout.
"Follow him. I don't want him escaping his escort." Harmony ordered.
A small unmanned submersible began to trail after Godzilla using a silent propulsion system to avoid detection. It stayed at a respectful distance to ensure that Godzilla didn't hear or see it while it continued to tail him for several miles. Then, something amazing happened. Godzilla came to a stop and floated in place as he turned around and looked right at the submersible and the screen went black.
"What happened?!" Harmony demanded.
"We lost the sub ma'am." The man at the main computer responded.
"Get the feed back!" She yelled.
"We can't. The sub isn't responding. I think he destroyed it."
"… Dammit. Get the second submersible on him."
A second screen popped up and sat quiet with nothing but blue on the screen until Godzilla flashed by it a few moments later. The sub followed Godzilla for several minutes before he stopped, turned, and the screen went black as his eyes fell upon it.
"What the Hell is happening? How is he detecting the subs?!" Harmony screamed.
"I-I don't know ma'am. They're supposed to be completely silent so we know he can't hear them. Something else must be giving away their presence."
Harmony looked at the black screen and bit down on her thumb in frustration. Then, she had a thought. She looked over her shoulder at Miki who was watching the screen the whole time. Harmony looked back to the screen, then back to Miki.
"Put our final sub on him." She said calmly.
"Y-Yes ma'am." He said as he brought their final sub up on the screen.
"You there, turn them around." She ordered.
The guard standing with Miki and Sayuri had both women turn around so they couldn't see the screen as ordered. Harmony looked back just as the screen came up blue again from the final submersible approaching Godzilla. It hid at a distance until his silhouette passed by and it began tailing him. It stayed on Godzilla successfully for over twenty minutes until Harmony decided to test her theory.
"Turn them back around." She ordered as she turned to watch Miki.
Miki and Sayuri were turned around again so they could see the screen, and Melody's attention returned to it as well. Sure enough, Godzilla stopped, turned, and destroyed the sub after about two minutes had passed since Miki turned to watch. Harmony took in a breath and nodded silently to herself.
"That was our last sub ma'am. We'll have to wait until he surfaces to start trailing him with the air units."
"I'm well aware of that. Just be ready." She ordered.
Harmony's frown slowly arched into a smile as she turned around and looked at Miki with a very smug look on her face. She walked forward with a small sway in her steps as she walked up to Miki and looked down at her.
"So, how do you do it?" She asked.
"What are you talking about?" Miki asked.
"Don't play dumb with me. How are you showing him what you see?" Harmony demanded.
"I don't know what you're talking about. He's a smart Kaiju. Maybe your subs just aren't as secret as you'd like to believe." Miki growled.
Harmony's mouth opened to argue, but then she had another thought.
"… You really aren't doing anything?" She asked one last time.
"No!" Miki snapped.
Harmony nodded with a smile as she turned her head towards the screen.
"… He is smart…" Harmony muttered as she looked back to Miki.
"You're right Miki, you didn't do anything at all… He did." She said as she pointed to the black screen.
Miki shook her head.
"What do you mean?" She asked.
"You have indeed bonded with Godzilla. He is sensing your distress right now and is reacting to it. He likely doesn't know what is wrong or why, but he's connecting to you even though you aren't aware of it. He saw the screen through your eyes because he's zoning in on your thoughts, and he was able to see the subs following him. When you turned away, he was blind, but when you turned back to the screen he reacted to the sub."
She walked forward and put her face right in front of Miki's.
"He is much more beautiful than I had first realized, and I must thank you for proving that to me my dear. He can see the world through your eyes and you didn't even know it."
She turned around and faced the screen again as one of their air units flying over the ocean was sent to Godzilla's last known coordinates. When he surfaced, it was right in the drone's path as planned. Miki was ordered out of the room and to her "quarters" while everyone else kept their eyes on the screen. Miki and Sayuri were taken away down the halls and through a few other corridors where they were dropped off in their room and the door was locked from the outside.
They sat down together on the bed and waited, because it was all they could do.
Harmony looked at the screen and watched Godzilla as he swam on the surface towards shore. There was no way that he could know exactly where Miki was, but he was going in the right direction. If he was allowed to continue on this path, it could mean disaster not just for them, but for a good deal many more people as well. While Harmony wasn't much for playing by the rules, she did respect the fact that the people who lived on the surface deserved to be safe from the monsters just as much as the monsters deserved to be safe from them.
The only thing she could think of was to move Miki to another facility on the sea a few hundred miles away, but she didn't want to give up Miki that easily. If she moved her now, she'd never get her back because of the bastard in charge over there. Plus, he and his men were lecherous and the girls would likely not last more than a few hours over there before being violated.
Still, she had to do something to steer Godzilla away and to convince him that Miki was alright. Then, she had a thought. She didn't like it, but it was the only thing she could do to stop his advance.
"Get Miki back out here." She ordered.
"Yes ma'am." A nearby guard responded.
Miki was brought out a few minutes later and made to sit down on a chair up on Harmony's command platform. Harmony sat on the chair opposite her and took her glasses off.
"He's coming for you. You know that right?" She asked.
Miki tried looking at the screen, but Harmony snapped her fingers in front of her face.
"No, no. Right here." She said as she pointed to her own face.
"Now then Miki, he knows that you are stressed and that you believe you are in danger here. We need to do something about that, and I know a way." Harmony said.
"Why? Are you scared of him?" Miki asked.
Harmony was silent for a moment, but continued.
"In order to stop his advance and get him to go back and rest peacefully, you need to release your stress. Now then, this is going to be uncomfortable for a few seconds, but just try to relax."
Harmony put her thumb on the center of Miki's forehead and gripped her lower jaw with her left hand. She closed her eyes before Miki could struggle, and Miki froze in place. Her eyes rolled to the back of her head as Harmony used her own power to overwhelm Miki's mental defenses and infiltrate her mind. She instilled her own sense of calmness and security into Miki's mind, essentially brainwashing her and forcing her to believe what Harmony wanted her to believe.
Slowly, Miki's mind came under her control and she released her grip on the girl as she took in a breath and let it out on a sigh. It took a bit of effort, and she dropped into her chair as she looked towards the screen. After a few minutes, Godzilla slowed to a stop and looked around. He did so for a few minutes, but eventually he turned around and swam back out towards the ocean. It was good timing too because he was only ten minutes away from shore. He disappeared beneath the waves as Harmony looked back to Miki who sat there with a drowsy look on her face.
"Take her back to her room and make sure that her friend doesn't bother her. Put her in another room while Miki gets some rest. She starts her work tomorrow whether she's ready or not." She ordered.
"Yes ma'am." The guard said as he escorted Miki back to her room and putting Sayuri in another one.
"Not this time big boy. Not this time." Harmony said as she got up and walked away to get some rest for herself.
Meanwhile, under the surface of the water, Godzilla had doubled back and was now swimming towards shore at an even greater speed. The drone had been called back when he disappeared beneath the surface, but Godzilla was still on his way. The change had the opposite effect, and Godzilla felt an even greater sense of urgency to reach his destination.
He was now only five minutes away from shore, and Hell bent on finding out what was wrong.