Gerisian waited for Kong to do something, anything, but he simply stared at the woman who at one point, his entire world had revolved around.
She started to speak.
“Kong, Kong please listen to me. I don’t know how much you can understand, but please just follow me to the village, like you used to when we’d go on those walks. Do you remember?”
Kong growled again, so much so that Liassa screamed at him to put her mother down. Again however Gerisian shouted at her daughter to get back.
Kong dropped his foster mother and started to roar, knocking over a few more trees before slamming his fists down in front of Gerisian and Liassa as she ran to help her mother.
The giant monkey gave one last look at the two women before walking away through the forest. Gerisian didn’t give up however. She ran ahead in front of Kong, and stood her ground.
“Please, please Kong. Come with me to the village. They need you.” She signalled.
Kong roared again, but this time he flipped Gerisian over onto his shoulder and started to run through the woods, trampling them as he went.
“Slow down” Liassa shouted as she ran frantically after the gorilla.
Back at the village, the Raptors had decimated the last of its main line of defense.
All that was left were a few civilians who tried to hide in their huts from the ravenous Dinosaurs.
The Raptors had slowly been moving into the humans territory for a few years at first. The break up of the island was constantly pushing the Dinosaurs and other creatures further inland, making it harder and harder every year for the humans to survive.
There had been a few attacks on the village by some larger carnivores such as Allosaurus which had led to severe casualties, but the Raptors were ironically a far bigger danger.
They were far more numerous, and their greater intelligence meant that they were not as easy to lure into traps either.
Worse still whilst the Allosaurus would only occasionally turn to the humans as a source of food, when their normal prey was scarce. The Raptors it seemed were determined to utterly exterminate the humans from the area. The Raptors instinctively saw the humans as their main competition and were determined to hunt them down above all else.
The last of the tribe had virtually no way of defending themselves, as all of their weapons had been used in the last futile defense against the pack. All they could hope for was to remain hidden in their huts. Whilst they were cunning, the Raptors at the end of the day were just animals. The humans only hope would be too outthink them.
The Raptors however had a highly developed sense of smell and were able to trace some of the humans hiding in the huts. Some tried to barricade the door against the Raptors, whilst others hid under their bed, or even under the floorboards if they could as the Dinosaurs tried to break their way into people’s houses.
Some foolishly tried to run away whilst the Raptors were distracted, only to be pounced on by more of the creatures who had been waiting for them in the nearby woods.
Those who watched from the windows of their homes could do nothing. If they made even a sound the Raptors would find them too and rip them apart.
Suddenly several of the Raptors on the outer edges of the village were sent scurrying. As the trees started to collapse, a massive log came hurling into view, managing to crush two of the Raptors before they could flee.
Several of the villagers started to cheer from their homes, whilst others cowered when the creature responsible came charging into the center of the village. Kong, who was still carrying his “mother” Gerisian on his back.
The great ape roared as loud as he could to scatter the Dinosaurs, but instead not only did all the Raptors in the village turn their attention towards him, but dozens more emerged from the woods. In total there were over 40 Raptors. This was going to be a harder fight than either Gerisian, or even Kong had hoped.
200 years later
Peter tried to warn the others about the sound he had heard in the cave, but they ignored him. After his earlier behaviour none of them really had much time for him either way.
Unfortunately a hideous, winger creature soon started to hobble it’s way out of the cave. It was a gigantic, batlike animal, with a red furry body, massive fangs (some of which were broken) and completely white, blank eyes.
The creature stood over 10 feet tall and when it opened it’s wings they were over 40 feet wide. The creature gave a puzzled look at Peter who had completely frozen with terror, before spitting at him.
It’s spit was a thick, boiling, stinking green slime that stuck to Peter who instantly called out for help. Again the rest of the criminals didn’t pay him much attention, and those who did hurried up the hill anyway.
Peter walked back slowly, only to trip over a small rock, which startled the bat who let out a shriek, alerting the others above.
Hamish looked down at the monster and for a moment contemplated helping Peter. He picked up a large rock and prepared to drop it on the abomination’s head.
Unfortunately another one of the creatures soon came hobbling it’s way out of the cave too.
Hamish still held the rock up for a bit before deciding to just move on up the hill. He didn’t abandon Peter out of spite, but he felt that if he were to strike one of the monsters, it would draw the attention of the other who would then kill more of his men. He also didn’t know how many more of the bat’s there were. The fact that it was Peter however made it easier for Hamish to abandon him.
Peter screamed out for Hamish to help, and even tried to draw the Bats attention to his fellow convicts, by throwing stones at the hill, but the bats were too focused on Peter.
The first bat waved it’s massive wings in the air and spat at Peter again, before shooting up into the sky and grabbing him by the shoulders before he could run away. The creatures claws cut straight through Peter’s skin before lifting him into the air far above the hill the other crooks had now almost climbed.
The bat taking no notice of the others then flew across the landscape to another large mountain, though not as far away as the Wall, where it dropped Peter.
Below the mountain was a pit of the bones of humans, snatched from the nearby village, as well as other animals. The bats whilst nesting on the ground, would always choose a more secluded area to feed as the corpses of their victims may draw scavengers if they ate them at or near their nest.
The bat hovered over Peter for a few minutes as he got to his feet, before swooping down and clawing him across the chest.
Peter knew he couldn’t fight the monster so he tried to run down the mountain, but the bat instantly flew after him and dragged him back to the top. The monster was clearly having fun playing with it’s prey, which was a mistake on Skull Island, where the competition for food on the ever dwindling landmass was so fierce. Within a few minutes of the bat’s torture of Peter, another of it’s kind had spotted the spectacle and attempted to steal Peter away. It jumped the other Bat from behind, knocking it to the ground before trying to grab Peter by the legs.
The first bat however recovered and flew into the second one, sending them both hurling back through the air. The two beasts then bit and clawed at one another, whilst Peter seized his chance and ran despite his injuries down the mountain and into the graveyard below.
Peter then hid behind what looked like the ruins of an old temple at the very end of the mass of skeletons, some of which stall had bits of mangled, rotting flesh attached.
He waited for a few minutes until he was sure the Bats had gone. As he walked slowly through the graveyard, he could see one of the bats carrying the corpse of the other to the mountain where they had both attempted to devour him. It wouldn’t trouble him anymore.
After he had managed to get clear from the mountain, Peter took refuge in a small cave. It was small enough not to house any of those bat creatures, at least he hoped.
“Those bastards.” He said to himself as he tended to his wounds. None of them were deep or serious, but they were still excrutiating.
“I swear when I find those cowards I’ll kill every single one of them.” Peter didn’t even once consider the irony that they had all only been so willing to leave him because of his earlier actions. All he could think about was in making Hamish and the others pay.
“Ah this is the spot.” William said.
“What are you talking about.” Scarlett asked.
“We are just outside the village, but before we can go in I’ll need to light a signal for them to come and get us.”
“Isn’t that a little dangerous? The predators are all around here.” Daniel said in a worried tone.
“Trust me, in the last bit just before the village, we’d never make it through alive. A lot of the carnivores have gathered around the village. They see it as a great unconquered area, a source of food or I don’t know what, but the largest have set up shop there. Our only hope is to summon some of the natives to escort us through it. Fortunately I know the signal, but you’re right we’ll need to have a place to hide before they get here.”
After lighting a small fire, William and the others took refuge behind or in a small cave (there were over 30 in William’s team in total) and waited patiently for someone to come. There was a fight over who got to be in the cave, with the strongest managing to push the others out who had to hide behind some small bushes. William did make a few allowances, namely for Scarlett and Sarah, but other than that he didn’t care who was in the cave as long as he was. Daniel much to his annoyance was among those who was forced to stand behind a small bush.
Two hours passed, during which a few Dimetrodon’s came near the fire, as did a few large crab like creatures, before leaving.
Finally one of the giant bats came to land near the fire and seemed to wait patiently unlike the others who seemed to be just curious.
The bat it seemed had learned that this was a signal humans used to contact each other, or at the very least was man made and was waiting for any to show up.
Unfortunately for the bat however, another predator was thinking the same thing. A Gorgonopsid, the largest and most powerful meat eater on this part of the island, as well as one of the oldest.
The Gorgonopsid stood about six feet tall and was over 20 feet long. It looked like a gigantic reptillian, sabre tooth cat, though it was in fact older than either Mammals or Dinosaurs.
The Gorgonopsid had once been the apex predator of the entire island, but the arrival of giant meat eating Dinosaurs had pushed it to the outskirts.
The creature crept up slowly on it’s unsuspecting prey, but just as it prepared to jump forward, the bat suddenly flew up into the sky and landed on the Gorgonopsid’s back.
The Gorgonopsid tried to shake the bat creature off, but it held on with it’s massive talons and bit hard into the predators back, ripping out massive chunks of flesh.
The Gorgonopsid started to ram itself into a wall to get the creature off, but the bat quickly managed to fly out of reach of the predator and started to circle it.
The bat was too high and fast for the monster. It would periodically fly back down and deliver a flurry of bites and scratches to the ancient reptile’s back, but the Gorgonopsid was able to push itself against the bat, the next time it attacked. It didn’t try to bite the bat, instead the Goronopsid simply used it’s gigantic bulk to knock the bat through the air, sending it crashing to the ground.
Before the bat could get up, the Gorgonopsid grabbed it by the leg, which it broke in it’s jaws. It then hurled the bat over 20 feet in the air, until it smashed against the top of the cave William and the others were hiding in. The bat’s corpse then rolled from the top of the cave and dropped in front of it.
The Gorgonopsid quickly ran up to the bat’s body and growled at the people in the cave. It was worried they were going to steal it’s kill and went as far as to stick it’s head and upper body into the cave. It pushed the former prisoners back as far as they could go. Daniel couldn’t help but laugh at how they’d become trapped by the creature, but his joy was short lived, as barrage of spears from above soon pelted the Gorgonopside causing it to drop.
As soon as William and the others left the cave, they were greeted by the sight of 7 Skull Islanders, all wielding spears.
To Be Continued