Ch 12 Lord of the Reptiles
As she was being rolled into the building Anya felt the ropes that tied them loosen. As the sheets were ripped of Anya tensed herself preparing to attack her captors she couldn't bite because her and Grover's muzzle was tied tightly shut by a length of wire so they couldn't cry out for help. She would have to try to head butt them and strike them in the head with her paws.
Before she was able to attack she found herself staring down the business end of a pistol held by Crocco.
“Just in case either of you two gets the bright idea of trying something sudden, I think you'd both best know, that Crocco here will not hesitate in blowing your brains out if you make him the slightest bit nervous. So if I'd just sit tight and do as I'm told if I were you. Now get up off there slowly one at a time, put those paws up in the air as you do it. You first”
Anya had no other choice but to follow the turtle's orders for now. She couldn't risk getting herself and Grover shot. After she had stood up and raised her paws in the air, Crocco took her cuffs of off her belt and roughly twisting her arms, he cuffed her paws behind her back.
“Now you, it’s your turn now.” Mr. Boulder said to Grover. Grover slowly climbed off the cart and Crocco quickly gave him the same treatment with his own handcuffs.
“Sit!” Crocco ordered motioning to the metal folding chairs
As she sat down, Anya took a moment out from glaring at her captors to access her surroundings. She appeared to be in a large room with a high ceiling which seemed to be somehow covered by some thick fog. The place appeared to be a sanctuary of some kind. Two rows of wooden pews filled the floor of the room. But the main feature of this sanctuary seemed to be the Giant skeleton standing on a stage in front of the rows of pews. Behind it was a giant stained glass window depicting a giant lizard like creature with a bulbous head. Its head was tossed back in a roar as a volcano erupted in the background behind him.
“I must got I have work to do. Watch the dogs, make sure they don't try anything until Tyranno has dealt with them.” Craig Boulder ordered Crocco.
“You mean you're going to miss the service again? But don't you want to see Tyranno deal with these two? “
“I have been given a direct mission from Tyranno himself!” Craig proclaimed. “As much as it pains me to, I must go. You have been given your part and I have been given mine!”
And with that he made his way down the row of pews on the side, disappearing through a small side door in the corner of the front of the sanctuary.
They sat there in front of the watchful eye of Crocco for five more minutes. Anya brainstormed desperately attempting to come up with a plan to escape. She thought about getting up and head-butting Crocco real hard and trying to take his gun. But it would never work. Even if she did manage to catch Crocco off guard, the others sitting in the pews would probably be on her before she could try to go for his gun. As she continued racking her brain for other ideas, a robed rattle snake slithered up to the podium shaking his rattle into the microphone causing everyone to be quiet.
“Let us all praise Tyranno” He proclaimed.
“All praise Tyranno” The crowd said in unison. “True supreme ruler of the Earth and Lord of all reptiles. Let every reptilian tongue praise his holy name!”
Brother and sisters, I thank you for gathering here today again. I will also like to give thanks to Sylvia for giving her life in order to carry out the latest bombing of that Vulture's mansion. We shall meet her again when Tyranno brings the reptile paradise back to Earth and she comes back in her new dinosaur body along with the others who sacrificed themselves for our cause as well.
“Now as you may have noticed we have captured two creatures who would try to interfere, and stand in the way of Tyranno's holy plan.”
“Are those police dogs?” A lone voice asked from the crowd.
“Yes these dogs are with the police.” The snake responded.
“Why the heck would you bring them here? There whole police force is probably going to be looking for them!”
“Yeah I don't wanna go to jail!” Another voice whined from the crowd.
“Do not fret my brothers! These mortal dogs cannot stop the will of Tyranno!” The snake said trying to keep everyone calm. But his words were to no avail. The crowd had started murmuring amongst themselves as others began voicing their concerns. He tried to silence everyone by shaking his rattle into the microphone but it didn’t seem to have any effect as the panic in the crowd began to rise.
Suddenly The Skeleton on the stage behind the rattle snake came to life. Blue flames appeared in each of his eye sockets and it threw its head back to let out a huge earsplitting roar that filled up the whole sanctuary. “SILENCE!!!” It commanded in a loud booming voice. Everybody grew deathly silent.
“YOUR COMPLETE AND UTTERAL LACK OF FAITH HAS ANGER ME GREATLY!” Tyranno continued. Anya and Grover were both wide eyed attempting to process what they were witnessing. Was that skeleton actually talking?
“WAS THE SIGNS I HAVE SHOWN YOU NOT ENOUGH? WHY DO YOU FEAR SOME MERE MORTAL POLICE FORCE WHEN YOU HAVE THE LORD OF REPTILES ON YOUR SIDE? PERHAPS YOU ARE NOT YET READY. PERHAPS IT IS NOT YET TIME TO BRING THE REPTILE PARADISE DOWN TO EARTH.”
The crowd went nuts at this. Everyone began wailing and crying blubbering to Tyranno for forgiveness. Some were even throwing themselves out of the pews, into the middle of the aisle pressing their faces to the floor, sobbing into the carpet.
“OH CEASE THIS PATHETIC DISPLAY ALREADY! YOU'RE JUST MAKING ME SICK!!!”
Everybody became silent.
“BRING FORTH ONE OF THOSE LOWLY MAMMAL DOGS, I WILL SHOW YOU!!!! I WILL SHOW YOU WHAT THIS PATHETIC MORTAL POLICE FORCE MEANS BEFORE THE GOD OF THE REPTILES!!”
Crocco grabbed Grover by arm and forcefully yanked him out of the chair. Anya got up with a howl of protest and tried to stop the crocodile from dragging her partner off. She tried to head butt him but Crocco was ready for her, he jabbed her hard in the stomach and she doubled down whining in pain. He then shoved her back into the chair. He tossed his gun to a lizard standing nearby. “Watch her.” He ordered. “Make sure she doesn't try anything until we are ready for her.”
Crocco dragged Grover down the middle aisle and threw him on the floor directly in front of the Tyranno fossil. Grover tried to get up but Crocco forced him back onto his knees.
“THIS IS HOW I WILL DEAL WITH ANY LOWER MORTAL SPECIES FOOLISH ENOUGH TO TRY TO OPPOSE ME!”
Suddenly there was a crack of thunder and a bolt of lightning descended down from the fog covering the ceiling striking Grover in the back. Grover shook and howled as the electricity coursed through his body. The he fell to the floor dead, his body still smoking.
The crowd went wild at this, loudly cheering and roaring with praise. Anya moaned in despair as she helplessly watched her partner’s charred corpse drop to the floor.
“THIS IS WHAT HAPPEN TO THOSE FOOLISH ENOUGH TO OPPOSE THE WILL OF TYRANNO!!!! THEY WILL BE STRUCK DOWN IMMEADIATELY!!” Tyranno roared. “BRING FORTH THE OTHER MAMMAL SO THE IT MAY FACE MY JUDGEMENT AS WELL.”
Crocco marched back up the aisle and grabbed Anya roughly by the arm. She to resist but Crocco’s grip was firm. He dragged her to the front of the sanctuary in front of Tyranno. “KNEEL BEFORE TYRANNO MAMMAL” Tyranno ordered.
Anya simply glared defiantly back at him. Whatever this thing was, she wasn’t going to give it the satisfaction of seeing her fear.
Crocco smashed her hard in the shins with his nightstick forcing her to fall on her knees. Anya squeezed her eyes shut, whimpering in pain. She thought of everything she had done, she thought of all the effort she had put in too try to make the streets of Geltempo a safer place. She wondered if she made a difference as Tyranno again began to throw his head back and roar for the second time.
Suddenly several gunshot were heard from outside the sanctuary. Everyone turned towards the double back doors from which the sound had come from.
Suddenly they were kicked open and a fox wearing a black leathery jacket busted in holding a hand gun. “This is for my parents you scaly rotters!” Anya recognized his scent. It was Marlon Golfox, last surviving member of the Golfox family. He aimed and fired his gun shooting the rattlesnake priest in the head killing him instantly. He was followed by a toad wearing a trench coat and fedora. Anya recognized him as Mr. Toad. Rumored to be the toad in charge of the amphibian mafia.
“Yeah, what he said! Oh and dis is for my casino, ya crazy bastards.” He pulled out a very large machine gun. Anya instinctively made herself flat on the floor and Crocco managed to dive out of the way in time. Others weren’t as lucky as Mr. Toad began to strafe the sanctuary with bullets. Several reptile that were in the middle of the aisle died there. As they were shooting, each of the two crime lord’s respective subordinates begin to spill in firing their weapons as well.
However it seem that the reptiles weren’t entirely defenseless. Many of them appeared to have their own side arms which they began firing and their attackers. Several of the attacking side fell.
“I told ya dey’d be packin’ heat! Get to some cover ya numbskulls!” Mr. Toad shouted. Everyone scrambled to hide behind a pillar or pew or anything they cloud use as good cover several getting shot as they ran.
Anya began crawling towards the side of the sanctuary and the gun battle raged on she there were two lizards sitting on pew in the front row but they had already been shot dead. She peered down the side walkway and was surprised to see none other than Marty Mask waving at them from behind a pillar. Keeping his body low to the ground he scampered on all fours towards Anya.
He grinned at her while staying crouched down behind cover. “Hey Anya, “He said. “Whatcha doing on the floor? Trying to arrest the dust mites?”
Anya glared at him.
“Heh, hold on I think I can get those cuffs off.” He felt around in his pocket for a few seconds and then pulled out an object that looked to be a small slender sewing needle. He then carefully wiggled it around in the keyhole of the cuffs that Anya was wearing and after about half a minute it clicked opened. As soon as her paws were free Anya undid the wires the held her muzzle shut.
“What are you doing here? I thought I told you to stay out of this investigation!” She snapped at him.
“Yeah you’re welcome.” Marty responded.
“Please don’t tell me that you’re the one responsible for all these criminals in here shooting up the place.”
“Well I saw them taking you into here, I had to do something, but you can’t expect me to take on all of those guys by myself! “
“”You could have called the station, they would have sent in some back up.”
“Yeah sorry but I kinda promised these guys I’d lead them to the guy in charge of the whole thing so that they can issue some payback personally. I don’t think they be too happy with me If I were to get the police involved in this and I’m really not trying to get on anyone else’s bad side. “
“Okay but don’t think this is over, when we get out of this, you and me are going to have a long talk down at the station. Where’s that cat that’s been with you on your little escapades lately, Is he here too?”
“Yeah David didn’t really want to be involved in this whole gun battle so I have him outside watching the door. But what about your buddy Grover? Didn’t he get taken in with you?” Marty asked.
One look at Anya’s face and Marty put together what happened. His demeanor instantly change and his smile vanished.
“Oh no, don’t tell me!”
Anya nodded tears running from her eyes.
Marty slammed a fist into the ground. “Dammit I was too slow! What happened to him?”
She pointed at the Tyranno fossil standing on the center stage. “It was that Tyranno thing.”
“Tyranno? You mean that thing is actually real?”
“I don’t know! But that thing can move and talk! And then it killed Grover with a lightning bolt!”
“A lightning bolt? But how the heck is that possible?”
Suddenly they were cut off by a load earsplitting roar from Tyranno. It shook the room stopping everyone in their track. The flames in Tyranno flared up greatly as he roared. “CEASE THIS BLAPHEMY AT ONCE!” It thundered with rage with its loud booming voice.
The gunfire stop for a minute as the gangsters were all busy trying to figure out what was going on.
“HOW DARE YOU! HOW DARE YOU INFERIOR CREATURES DEFILE THE SANCTUARY OF TYRANNO WITH YOUR PRESSENSE!”
“Everybody fall back.” Mr. Toad ordered his gang.
“Yeah back off mates” Marlon said. “Hold off until we sort out what kind of nutter we’re dealing with now.”
Most of the attackers followed the orders of their bosses, carefully retreating to the back of the sanctuary.
“THAT’S RIGHT!” Tyranno cried. “FLEE! FEAR ME, FOR I AM TYRANNO LORD OF THE REPTILES AND YOU ARE ALL ANTS BEFORE ME!”
One frog however remained in the middle of the main aisle. He seem to be very unsure of what to do. Shakily he pointed his gun up at the fossil.
“Franky, what da heck is you doin’” Mr. Toad yelled at him. “I said ta fall back!”
“I-I ain’t afraid of youse!” He fired his gun of twice. With the second shot one of the flames in Tyranno’s right eye socket went out. Before he could get a third shot off a lightening bolt shot down from the mist on the ceiling striking him dead.
“Blimey!” Marlon exclaimed in amazement. “This thing has some actually power!”
“FOOLISH AMPHIBIAN!” Tyranno roared. “CAN YOUR TINY INFERIOR BRAINS NOT YET COMPREHEND THIS? I AM A GOD! I CANNOT BE HARMED BY MORTAL WEAPONRY!”
“Alright I’ve seen enough!” Marty said standing up and clicking his pistol.
Anya grabbed him by the arm. “Hold on, your not going to try to fight that thing are you? Are you crazy? Did you not just see what happened to that frog?” She snapped at him.
“I sure did!” Marty replied. “And thanks to that, I think I have an Idea of what going on here. It’s time I put an end to this little show!”
Anya hesitated for a minute and then let him go. “Just be careful alright. I really don’t want to have to deal with another death tonight.”
Marty grinned at her. “Don’t worry, I ain’t planning on dying tonight!”