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Adventure Thriller

Nathan Summers stared intently at his rugged reflection and wondered where the time went. His salt and peppered five o’clock shadow needed to be shaved, but he just didn’t see the point anymore. He smirked to himself and noticed more lines upon his face which complimented his silvery black hair. The past three decades working for A.B.U. (American Biohazard Unit) have not been kind.   

To hell with appearances! Age is just a number anyway…

He forcefully threw the razor in the trash and continued with his morning routine. The daily grind was a nuisance that never ended, and only subjected his mind to more torment. Every morning Nathan woke up drenched in sweat from night terrors, and his old bones cracked like an ancient shadow demon lurking in an old abandoned house.  

Enough self-wallowing! No more living with ghosts! It’s time to man up, and face the world…

Nathan arrived fifteen minutes early for work and found a stack of papers cascading onto the floor like a crumbling mountain. He slammed himself into his chair and downed his morning coffee not caring if it was too hot. With his senses now focused he started going through the massive pile. Several reports stated that a goo monster was sighted last week during the Augusta Festival at Davis and Elkins College. 

Could this be the connection I’ve been searching for?

He quickly pulled open his desk drawer and grabbed a red classified folder. As he fumbled through the pages an idea quickly slapped him across the face like a wife would slap her cheating husband. A similar report about a goo monster was sighted at a suburban house party about a month ago. That house belonged to Gabe Parker, a scientific genius in the field of biochemistry and biology with a specialization in infectious diseases. 

There is a connection!

Ava Parker was reported missing around the same time as the Augusta incident, and without warning her father Gabe skipped town. Tim Walters and Alice Stone - two teenagers from West Virginia were also reported missing during this time. Needless to say, this raised a big red flag with every agency known to man. The F.B.I. stated that Gabe had developed a unique bio weapon formula that could turn people into slime creatures. They filed the report with their special X-File division.  

Gabe Parker’s course of action is wrong on so many levels, and he knows it. Despite this fact, he won’t change his stubborn and foolish ways! A quick run of his name through the National Travel Database revealed that he just took a flight to Antarctica. He’s probably hiding in his lab facility there. 

Well… if anyone else is looking for him they must have their thumbs up their asses! 

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, I will find you Gabe Parker, and I will stop this madness!!     

Grabbing some weapons from the armory, Nathan was stopped by Logan Marshall, the leading director of A.B.U. He was wearing a gray business suit that perfectly fit his slender frame, and his white hair was neatly combed. He carried a certain amount of confidence in his stride. 

“Where are you going, Nathan?” he asked through steely eyes. 

Nathan clenched his jaw, and snapped, “I’m going to Antarctica! I’ve got a solid lead on Gabe Parker, and I plan on bringing him in!” 

“Gabe Parker? The crazy scientist guy?”

“The same one, yeah!” Nathan uttered. 

Logan twisted his face and scrunched his eyes. “How about we put a team together and do this right?” Pausing briefly, he continued, “I hate to say this Nathan, but you're no spring chicken anymore.”

Shaking his head, Nathan cautioned, “I don’t think so sir. Gabe Parker is a smart man. He’ll see a team coming from a mile away, but if I go in alone... I might be able to catch him off guard.” He narrowed his eyes back to Logan. “I may not be a spring chicken anymore sir, but this old dog still has a few tricks!”

I can’t believe he said that to me. I’m only fifty-five!! Still plenty of gas left in the tank...

Logan let loose a small chuckle. “Always the badass, eh?”  

“Don’t worry sir,” Nathan declared, raising his voice. “I’m going to take that slime formula and shove it straight up his ass!” 

“Well, you should know that I can’t officially sanction a one-man war. So, this little mission will have to be off the books. If you get caught it’s your funeral. I won’t be able to help you.”

“I wouldn’t have it any other way sir,” replied Nathan. 

I can do this... This isn’t the first time I’ve had to pull a Rambo!

Nodding his head Logan turned to walk away and stopped dead in his tracks. “You should pack the cryo-shotgun rounds, just in case you do come across any slime creatures.”  

Nathan saw a black double barrel shotgun hanging on the wall with cryo shells sitting on the shelf beneath it. “Oh, hell yes sir!!” 

Logan scratched his head and mumbled. “There’s one damn thing that doesn’t make sense to me. Why would Gabe Parker hide away in Antarctica? What the hell is he planning?” 

Nathan ruffled his forehead, “I guess I’m going to find out, sir.”   

“Well… fair enough! I hope you can find some answers. Good luck Nathan,” proclaimed Logan as he strode away.

Oh, I will get those answers and I’ll prove to everyone that age doesn’t matter! Time to get this party started!  

*****

Two flights and a helicopter ride later, Nathan arrived at the predetermined drop zone in Antarctica. The bitter cold stung his face like a thousand bee stings. He squeezed his white parka together and zipped it closed for maximum efficiency. 

The helicopter pilot yelled out to Nathan just before leaving, “Are you sure you want me to leave you here? You don’t look that young, you might die out here!”  

“I’ll be fine! Now go!!” sneered Nathan behind angry eyes. 

Why does everyone chastise middle aged people? What a fucking putz!

Nathan took a quick look at the map and drew a red circle around the coordinates to Gabe’s facility. A cool bitter breeze started to blow making his bones tremble, and he could see his own breath dancing in the wind. By the Gods it’s cold!!

The snow was bright and made Nathan’s eyes water, so he quickly put on his goggles. Taking a deep breath, he sat down on a red snowmobile and turned the key. It roared to life like a mighty battle-cat ready to go to war. He gave it some more gas and sped off into the frozen tundra. 

Tall majestic mountains stood out in the background as Nathan drove through the frozen landscape. The scenery reminded him of a Bob Ross painting - one of his childhood heroes. That little rascal would have loved this beautiful topography.

After several miles of gliding across the snow-covered terrain, the facility was now in sight. The building protruded from the mountain side like the Devil’s fiery throne, deep in the pits of Hell. The structure was covered in a blanket of snow, providing a perfect layer of camouflage. A perfect hideout if ever there was one. 

Nathan parked the snowmobile behind a massive snow mound and pulled out his binoculars. A visual scan of the area revealed no signs of activity. There should be guards or security personnel protecting this place. I don’t even see surveillance cameras. How very strange. 

Staying low to the ground, Nathan’s senses were on high alert. He slowly approached the main entrance of the facility and pulled out an electric code reader. With some crafty skills and a few beeps, the main double doors opened with a swoosh, blasting Nathan with a rush of warm humid air. He stealthily entered the complex looking for any signs of movement. Any signs of life.

Where is everyone? Something isn’t right here. I just know it…  

The facility was nothing more than a shell of empty rooms. The walls, ceiling, and floors were all white, and reminded Nathan of an old rural hospital. Staying true to the mission he searched every room for any sign of Gabe Parker. Staying low to the ground, Nathan remained in stealth mode just in case…

They have to be here, I just know it! 

Down a long dark hallway, Nathan rounded a corner and heard a squishy squashy noise. He stopped to listen, and the noise was getting closer! His heart thundered in his chest cavity and a rush of adrenaline filled his hungry veins. Without thinking he quickly rolled behind a nearby desk to get a visual. After a few moments, Nathan spotted a brown goo monster slithering through the hallway like a giant slug. 

So… the rumors were true after all. I need to wait until it moves past me, and then I can go in for the kill shot!

The goo monster slinked across the floor leaving a strange residue in its wake. Nathan crawled to the end of the desk and waited for the right moment. The monster groaned as it squirmed past the escritoire giving Nathan a chance to approach it from behind. His whole body was trembling in anticipation as he stepped out from his hiding spot. Suddenly his ankle popped. 

CRACK!

Damn these old bones!!

The moment of surprise was spoiled, and the goo monster turned around to find Nathan holding the shotgun. It started mumbling something strange. “Sweet treats… Sweet, Sweet… Treats!!”

The goo monster contorted its body and lunged towards Nathan like a striking cobra. Nathan stood his ground and yelled out, “Suck on this lollipop!”  

Boom!

He fired the shotgun and the cryo round exploded on impact, freezing the monster in mid-air. Nathan slid on his knees towards the frozen slime creature, and in one swift motion he reached for his combat knife and swung upwards. The goo monster exploded into a thousand pieces. 

Standing up Nathan bellowed, “If you took more breaks like that, you wouldn’t be so sluggish!!”  

Yep, I still got it! I wish the boys back home could have seen that!

Suddenly, Nathan heard echoes of lingering whispers inching closer from down the hall. He stood frozen, staring down into the darkness. Panic filled his eyes and his face grew pale. Coming straight towards him were thirty more goo monsters squishing and squashing their way up the hallway. Nathan looked heavenward and said a quick prayer.

Lord, please give me the strength to overcome this evil!

Gathering all of his courage, he ran back to the main lobby with sweat dripping down his forehead. Out of desperation an idea came to mind. He wired some explosive charges together in a straight line, marking his last line of defense. The goo creatures followed right along making their way towards Nathan who stood defiantly a few feet away from the bombs. 

“Come to Papa you disgusting slime-balls!!”  

Wasting little time, the goo monsters sprung forward in unison towards Nathan. Soaring through the air they made slurping noises that sounded like a young toddler sucking on a binky. With his thumb firmly placed on the detonator, Nathan stood his ground. 

Wait for it…

Wait for it…

NOW!  

Click!

Ka-Boom!!

The bombs detonated just as the creatures were flying over them, and they exploded like boiled chocolate pudding. The goo monsters splattered on everything leaving piles of steaming slime everywhere. 

Nathan started to laugh. “Now that’s what I call a Flambé!”

Wiping the hot leftover goo from his face, Nathan ran back down the hallway in search of Gabe. His muscles were starting to stiffen up and he knew the soreness would soon set in. 

I can’t stop! I must press forward and ignore the pain until the job is done! Those kids are counting on me…

Nathan pressed forward until he came to a set of double doors that were locked with a security code. He pulled out his code reader again to bypass it. While he waited for the door to open he heard a raised voice coming from beyond the steel barricade. He looked through the window and saw Tim Walters and Alice Stone hooked up to several tubes. Gabe Parker hooked himself up to a machine and laughed hysterically. 

“I don’t want you kids to worry one bit,” Gabe commanded. “The first two experiments were tests to determine specific weaknesses in the formula.” He turned his head to look at Tim and then Alice, who were chained down to beds with duct tape heavily placed around their mouths. Their eyes were filled with tears and they tried to mumble, but it was no use. 

With a smile only the Devil would love, Gabe continued, “The first experiment was some poor moron that my daughter Ava destroyed. Proving her worth, I decided to test the formula on her in phase two of the experiment. Then you two came along and proved to be even greater assets.” 

He closed his eyes as he injected an I.V. needle into his veins. “You two are the missing pieces that I need to perfect this formula. I will use your bodies to filter out all of the weaknesses. By using your strength of goodwill, I will filter the formula directly into my bloodstream. It will improve my genetic makeup and turn me into a living God!!”

Beep. Beep. BOOM! 

Nathan stormed through the unlocked doors and shouted, “Let them go Gabe, or I’ll put you down!!” He pulled out his 9mm handgun and aimed it straight at Gabe’s head. 

Gabe gave Nathan a look that reminded him of his ex-wife - cold and calculating. 

Gabe quickly reached over and pushed the startup button on the machine. His body started to convulse and shake like an earthquake. The filtering process quickly flowed through Alice and Tim’s body and entered Gabe’s bloodstream like a running kitchen faucet. Gabe’s skin turned to a light brown translucent color and his insides turned to mush before Nathan’s eyes. 

“It’s too late!” Gabe grumbled. “Phase three of the experiment has now begun!!”  

Hesitating, Nathan could not pull the trigger. One thought raced through his mind preventing him from acting. If I shoot him, will the kids die too?

We never know which path to take in life and where it may lead, but sometimes we have to take a leap of faith.

BLAM!!

Nathan pulled the trigger with reckless regard to the consequences. The bullet pierced through Gabe’s brain, but it had no effect. He bled thick brown goo and stood up as his body transformed into a monstrous goo monster. Gabe grew thirty feet and his voice sent strong vibrations through Nathan's bones as he spoke. 

“You can’t hurt me! Ha Ha Ha!”

Nathan looked over at Tim and Alice as their bodies shriveled up. They looked like they were just mummified, and he knew they were dead. Anger swelled up deep within like a rising volcano. He pulled out the shotgun and aimed it at Gabe who had now ripped himself free from the tubes. 

“Hey asshole! Welcome to the future where the world is free from your madness!”

God give me the strength!!!  

Nathan closed his eyes and exhaled a long breath. He slowly squeezed his finger around the trigger and fired. The cryo round bounced off Gabe’s blubbery body and had no effect. 

“Ha Ha Ha!!” 

Nathan opened his eyes to see Gabe raising his foot high above his head. He threw his arms up to protect himself. His heart beat heavy like a big bass drum as his life flashed before his eyes. 

Thump.

Thump.

Thump.

Oh God, no! 

Please, not like this!!

CRUNCH!!

Gabe’s foot came crashing down on Nathan’s body squashing him like a water balloon. Nathan’s blood stuck like a piece of bubble gum to Gabe’s gooey foot as he raised it up. Nathan was dead…

Gabe started to twitch uncontrollably as the goo took over what was left of his mind. He screamed so loudly that all surrounding windows and computer monitors exploded. He slid over to a nearby wall and smashed through like a wrecking ball. The cold had no effect on his body chemistry. He started laughing knowing that he was unstoppable. No weapon on Earth would ever be able to stop him. 

He marched toward civilization knowing it was time for them to meet their new God.

“MMMmmm… SWEET TREATS!!”  

Phase Three of the Experiment was a success…   

The End

Daniel R. Hayes 

May 17, 2021 01:29

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24 comments

Cole Lane
00:02 May 29, 2021

Listen, this can't be it!! Someone needs to nuke that SOB! lol! Dude, this was a great series, definitely ripe for chapter 4 if a prompt comes up that will fit it? Giant, invincible Gabe is heading for some unsuspecting town, there has to be something that can kill the creature?? I really like how everything was tied together, but it wasn't a direct scene pick-up in the next chapter, it brought in new characters each time, a new angle, and more people to destroy lol!! The action was intense on this one, well, the last one too, they both ampe...

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Daniel Hayes
04:53 May 29, 2021

Thank you so much Cole, I'm really glad you liked the series. I have an idea for another one, maybe with the right prompt, I can make that happen :) I had fun writing this series, and I know that in the end, the good guys always win, but I wanted the bad guy to have some sun and win. Thank you for the amazing comments and for reading all 3 of these!!! :)

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Cole Lane
15:30 May 29, 2021

Hey, did you plan to make this a series, or did the prompts just fall in line for you? How did you plan this out?

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Daniel Hayes
15:46 May 29, 2021

When I wrote the first one, I never planned on doing another one. It got a good response, from people, and they asked for another one. So, with the prompts everything just fell in line. With the second story, I knew where I wanted to go with Gabe turning himself into the unstoppable monster, so I did put a little more thought into it. Everything just worked out... lol. Thanks again! :)

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Shouku Nishimiya
12:42 May 27, 2021

Ok, this is really good and you better make a 4th one!!!! ;)

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Daniel Hayes
15:39 May 27, 2021

Hi Mia, I'm so glad you liked this one! If I did make a 4th one it would have to be a really good story idea, and the prompt would have to be good as well. I'll think about it :) :)

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Shouku Nishimiya
23:57 May 27, 2021

Hopefully there will be a great one next week. Please do continue writing them!!

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Daniel Hayes
00:39 May 28, 2021

I'll see what I can come up with... lol :) Thank you!!

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08:28 May 20, 2021

"stack of papers cascading onto the floor like a crumbling mountain" and "With a smile only the Devil would love" are both amazing lines! A very exciting third instalment of this series--and I especially loved the way that you balanced the internal, italicised thoughts with the outer action. Great job!

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Daniel Hayes
15:27 May 20, 2021

Thanks a lot Lizzy. I always look forward to your comments. I really appreciate them ;) I never planned on writing 3 in a row but it just kind of fell into place. The stories must go on. Thanks again!!

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Blue Green
19:14 May 19, 2021

I really liked your experiment series - very imaginitive, and a great pace!

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Daniel Hayes
19:19 May 19, 2021

I'm so glad you liked this series. I never planned on writing these back to back, but it just happened that way ;) Thanks again for reading this, and your wonderful comments!

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Charli Britton
17:41 May 18, 2021

Oh wow. There are simply no words. Incredible is one I can manage to find. Incredible job Daniel Hayes. ;)

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Daniel Hayes
18:50 May 18, 2021

Thank you so much Charli :) I really appreciate your kind words. I worked really hard on this series and I'm so glad you liked it. I got a little behind on my reading, (I just finished writing yet another story) so I will be reading more of your stories later tonight ;) Thanks Again!!

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Charli Britton
19:13 May 18, 2021

Of course! You deserve it.

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Angel Romero
05:55 May 18, 2021

I like how the story explained the character of Nathan and had explained the intentions of Gabe which was unknown since the first part. Overall I like the grim ending with the reader being able to imagine the worst that can happen as Gabe take over the world. Good job Daniel!

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Daniel Hayes
06:07 May 18, 2021

Thanks a lot!! I'm so glad that you liked the story and the overall series. I wasn't planning to write all three stories back to back, but the prompts fit perfectly, so I had to take advantage of them ;) Thanks again for reading these, I really appreciate it!

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Tru Sorcerer
15:35 May 17, 2021

The ending was written amazingly with the unpredictability and the the foreshadowing was incredible. I can't believe how it was all a bit chaotic but fit together so nicely too. Great work Happy Today.

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Daniel Hayes
16:28 May 17, 2021

I'm so glad you enjoyed the conclusion to this series. I imagine most readers would have thought that Nathan was going to win in the end... ;) Thanks for reading this and I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

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Kelly Dennison
15:00 May 17, 2021

A wonderful conclusion to your epic trilogy! But also, how terrifying haha! As usual, your metaphor game is on point. So many good ones in here this time. "...and his old bones cracked like an ancient shadow demon lurking in an old abandoned house." I think that's my fave ;) You have such a unique voice in your stories. They tend to be laced with adventure and horror and action but laced with humor and I don't know...cheek? LOL, whatever it is, it's certainly distinctive to your works and I love it! Great job with this whole inst...

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Daniel Hayes
16:26 May 17, 2021

Thank you so much Kelly!! I'm so glad you liked the conclusion to this trilogy. That line was also one of my favorites :) I love to include some lightheartedness in these stories, because I want them to be enjoyable and fun. I'm glad you caught those moments! Thanks again for the amazing comments I really appreciate them, and as always they just make my day!! :)

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19:16 May 30, 2021

Daniel, I'm back again with another comment! I really enjoyed reading this story out loud( I skipped the cursing). I also enjoyed the onomonopia that you included. Like, I think the story would be empty without it. The internal monologue was genius and was a great way to show what Nathan was thinking without saying it since the story is told in the third person. Y-know what I mean? I feel so sad that Nathan died. I really wanted him to survive. Poor Nathan, he really had some youth still left in him... At the beginning of the series I did...

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Daniel Hayes
03:44 May 31, 2021

Hi Ruthy, thank you so much for those wonderful comments. I'm so sorry for the cursing, I try my best not to go overboard with that, but I think it depends on the characters. Sometimes they like to say those curse words. I'm gonna have to set them straight!! ;) I'm so glad you liked this series. I wanted the ending to be something different. Usually the good guy always wins. However, I wanted to see what would happen if the bad guy won for once. If I write another one, maybe the good guy will win?? I'm so sorry about your writers bloc...

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11:30 May 31, 2021

No, no it really is okay. That small detail is really important for characterization. I agree, it was a great twist to let the bad guy win. Your welcome, it's always a pleasure:)

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