Chapter 22: A New Plan
I actually got it out early guys
To Machine Dragon: I kept hearing that Manda was female and she was the only reptilian one that I knew of at the time so I decided to make them a couple.
Thunderous footsteps woke Manda from her nap. She opened her eyes, stretched and yawned. She had to admit that she liked her new cell much more than the old. Being home and sleeping on grass felt significantly more comfortable than the hard rock she had been forced to sleep on while at Baas Island. She looked through her cell and saw her guards Ebirah and Gabara standing there as they had been all day. However, something was off about them. There was a nervous air surrounding them and they kept shooting each other anxious glances.
It wasn't long until she found out why. Space Godzilla stormed onto the island livid. His power flowed off of him in waves and all but Gigan and Megaguirus cowered away from him. He stormed off deeper into the island but not before Manda heard him order Zilla to feed her.
She watched as Zilla returned to the sea. Not long after he returned with another whale. He approached the cell and threw the carcass over the crystal bars. It landed in front of her and the smell made her mouth water.
In parting Zilla shot one comment to her. "I hear the belly of this breed of whale tastes the best." With that he left.
To most kaiju that would have seemed like nothing but to Manda it was a message. Quickly she looked at the belly of her food. There, carved into the flesh was indeed a message. At first it took Manda a minute to read it, Zilla had shrunk to human form to write it, but once her kaiju vision kicked in it came through clear. It read:
"They won. It won't be long until you are out of here."
She read it many times and each time she did the smile on her face grew bigger and bigger. Godzilla was coming for her and with Zilla's help it would be much easier. As these thoughts went through her head her stomach growled. She looked at the whale for a second and dove right in, eating the belly first. Zilla had been right, this part was good.
Will sat in the park with Nash, Anthony and Kelton at a picnic table. It had been a week since the defeat of Space Godzilla at Mothra Island. During that time life had gone well for them. Anthony and Jana had scheduled a wedding within the next few days, Nash and Akari had hit it off very nicely, Will had resumed his old life to the best of his abilities, and the rest of them felt somewhat secure. In short, life had taken a much needed turn for the better.
However, on this night that peacefulness that had set in was going to come to an end. Zack had gotten into contact with him and said that he had figured out a way to reclaim Monster Island. Immediately Will and he had arranged a time for them to meet. At first Will had wanted to involve his entire council but Zack had shot that down. He said that the fewer who knew about it the better and he asked Will to instead choose the three he trusted the most to be here. That was difficult but he ultimately came down to the three who held the most authority and respect from the other kaiju. So now the four of them sat there and waited for Zack.
Despite Zack's wishes, Will had brought a little security with him. Dallas, Harley, and Daniel patrolled around the edges of the park. Any spy that his brother may have sent would have trouble getting past them both in human and kaiju form. Then not far away, hidden at a higher elevation, were Keith and Rachel. These two were vital. Both could fly and engage any winged opponent that may show up and Rachel also could telepathically sense anyone approach. No one was going to sneak up on them.
Will checked his watch. It read five minutes to midnight. If Zack were on time he would be here very soon.
"Do you think he will show?" Kelton asked, voicing the very thing that all of them thinking. "How can we be sure this isn't some kind of trick?"
"Zack came to me, at great personal risk, to warn me about the attack on Mothra Island," Will responded. "You don't turn on my brother just on a whim."
"Yes, but what if he is under orders from Space Godzilla?" Kelton said. "Did you ever think of that?"
"Kelton does have a point," Nash said. "How do we know that this isn't some kind of trick?"
Before Will could respond Anthony spoke up. "He did get passed the barrier surrounding Mothra Island."
"Exactly," Will said. "Mothra did tell you how the barrier works didn't she?"
"Yes, but I'm not entirely sure I trust magic," Nash responded. "Even her magic. How do we know it wasn't fooled somehow?"
"I know that the enemy has many powerful kaiju but only one of them has magic that could at all stand up to Mothra's and she had already put in safe guards to keep him out."
"Well, either way we are already here," Anthony said. "Let's just see what he has to say and work with what we get." With that silence fell over the group.
It wasn't long until they heard footsteps coming there way. They turned and saw Daniel walking toward them, another figure at his side. Even though the lighting was bad it was impossible for the other figure to be anyone other than Zack. He had Zack's distinctive, leaning forward walk and was so skinny that it looked like a stiff wind would have bowled him over. He sat down and laid his hands on the table in front of him. It was obvious he was nervous. However, once Will had sent Daniel away he seemed to relax a bit.
"Sorry I took so long to get back to you," Zack began. "I think Gigan is still keeping his eye trained on me. He hasn't trusted me since New York."
Will put a comforting hand on his shoulder. "It's okay bud, I understand. Now what do you got?"
Zack looked around nervously to see if anyone was listening. Seeing no one close by he slowly began.
"Space Godzilla has patrols around the island. Nothing gets on or off without being seen. So to get on the island in the first place will be tricky. When it comes to Manda's breakout that will be easier, I hope. Usually he has two guards on her at all times but within five days all but the island's border patrols will be called to a gathering at sundown. What that implies I can only guess at but I have a sinking feeling that it has something to do with Manda, so we will have to be quick. After that it will only be a matter of fighting Space Godzilla or scaring him off, probably the former. All in all, my advice is to attack on that day when he has the gathering."
Silence followed this. Will mulled over everything he just heard. Already an idea was forming in his head and he was absolutely sure that it would work. He looked up at the others and judging by the smile he saw on their faces they were thinking very similarly.
Before any strategical plans could be made though they heard yelling from across the park. Will looked in the direction of the noise and saw two figures emerge from behind a bush, one carrying the other by the collar. He then felt a hand on his shoulder and saw Rachel standing behind him.
"Sorry to disturb you Will but I think you need to see who Dallas just caught." The two figures continued toward them. Once they had reached the table Dallas slammed the other, much larger man, against the table. Will and the others at the table gasped. It was Marcus Baxter, Bruce Baxter's brother and the man who turned into Megalon.
Zilla was in shock. "Mark, what are you doing here?" In response the man pointed an accusing finger at him.
"Ha!" he exclaimed. "My brother was right, you have gone traitor. Wait until boss finds out."
"Shut up you!" Dallas said. He slammed Marcus' face into the table which knocked him out cold. "What do you want to do with him Will?"
It took a minute for Will to respond. "Well, we can't just let him go back to my brother, he's seen too much. I guess we should..."
"Wait, yes we can!" Nash exclaimed. "Rachel can you plant false memories into someone's mind?"
Rachel nodded. "Yes."
"Then do it to him," Nash continued. "Make him think he saw Zack doing something else that was either harmless or helpful to Space Godzilla. If Bruce hears that then it will just make it easier for Zack."
As Nash said it Will nodded his head. The plan seemed logical and would help get Bruce off of Zack's back. He looked to Rachel and told her to do it. Slowly she approached the unconscious man in front of her and placed her hands on his head. It took her five grueling minutes but eventually she was done.
"There, he thinks that you just went on a nice walk in the park and he fell asleep in his car," she said. "It won't be long until he wakes up so whatever planning you want to get done I suggest you finish it before he wakes up. Dallas, find his car and put him in it like he had fallen asleep."
Dallas hefted the heavy man onto his shoulder and walked off. After they disappeared Rachel too left, leaving the Will and the others alone again.
Once they were alone, Will gestured for them all to come in close. "Alright, five days from now we attack Monster Island. Here is my plan..."
Four days later Will was lounging in the back room of a recreation building. He pulled on the collar of his shirt, trying to loosen his tie a bit. Nash, Anthony, Kelton and he were all in their best suits. Will personally hated dressing up but today was a special occasion, Anthony was getting married.
Despite his discomfort Will couldn't help but smile. This was one of the greatest days of his friends life, a day that Will personally had been waiting for. However, Anthony was pacing back and forth across the room.
"Sit down man," Nash laughed. "The way you're acting one would think you were on death row, not getting married."
"What's the difference?" Kelton joked. All four of them shared a laugh at that.
Anthony let out a huge sigh. "It's not as much nerves as it is wanting it to be over with. Do any of you know what it's like to get ready for a wedding? Let me tell you it is hectic. The constant decisions on what flowers to get, what color should be the theme, what food to have at the rehearsal dinner. All of the constant decisions. I just hope it's everything she wanted."
Will got up and placed a hand on his friends shoulder. "Don't worry about it. If I know Jana she will just be happy to be married to you. She will not care if this turns out to be a disaster as long as she is with you. Besides, when you look back on it, if it does turn out bad, we will no doubt all laugh at it."
As Will's words sank in, Anthony smiled. He nodded his head and patted Will's arm.
"You are right Will," he said. "The wedding itself doesn't matter. It's how we live our lives together afterward and that we stay true to God's plan. I see why we came to you for advice so many times." With that the two friends hugged and resumed their seats.
Suddenly there was a knock on the door. Kelton got up and opened it to reveal Jana's younger twin sister Chey.
"It's time guys!"
A few minutes later Will found himself walking down the isle with Chey on his arm. He was the best man and she was the maid of honor. As he took his place Will smiled at Anthony, standing there all proper in his best suit. The ceremony went on and as Will watched emotions welled up inside of him. Nash and Kelton walked down the isle with the other bridesmaids followed closely by the flower girl and ring bearer who were Anthony's younger brother Andrew and sister Rose.
Then the wedding march began to play and that was when Will finally started to tear up. The doors in the back opened and in walked Jana. She was nothing short of beautiful in her wedding dress. Her's and Anthony's mothers had slaved away for weeks making this dress and it was striking. Her dirty blonde hair had been braided by Savanna Nigels and also looked amazing. Will just could not believe that this was the girl he had grown up with.
She walked down the isle, all her focus on Anthony. A smile broke across her face and was reflected by Anthony. The tears of joy flowed freely from Will now. He had always been an emotional man and now one of his best friends was getting married, making it impossible for him to keep them back. Will just wished that Anthony did not have to go to war tomorrow.