And we are back! Sorry it took so long for this chapter to get posted. I will try to get the next one up within a shorter amount of time. I hope this chapter is worth the wait.
Chapter Seven: The Hawk
'Meanwhile, Gresh, Vastus, Ackar, and Berix were on the couch in the living room, discussing what to do to help Ackar'
Gresh: 'to Vastus' I still think we should've stayed with Gelu and the others. They could've used our help.
Vastus: I agree, but you do realize that the Skrall might've thought something was up if all six of us, four of us Glatorian, suddenly walked up to their front door, right? They have better odds of a peaceful talk with our neighbors with just the four of them.
Gresh: I suppose you got a point there.
'Ackar walks up to them' Ackar: And its a good thing he does, because I need help from both of you to help me with my predicament.
Gresh: You mean getting a hawk to fight you so that you can check it off your list?
'Berix then walks up' Berix: Hey, we wouldn't have asked for your help if we didn't need it.
Vastus: Shut it, Berix. We all know you are here because you're hoping Ackar will lose.
Gresh: 'to Berix' Why would you bet that Ackar would lose anyway?
Berix: Because my good friend here will give me a solid gold bar if he loses to the hawk.
Vastus: A SOLID GOLD BAR?! Gresh, we should get in on that!
Gresh: We have more honor than that, Vastus.
Vastus: No, you do. I want to be rich!
Gresh: How do even have a solid gold bar, Ackar?
Ackar: I've saved them up over a number of years, youngling, because that we all did in the old days.
Gresh: Did you just call me 'youngling?'
Vastus: And why will you give Berix one if you lose?
Ackar: Because it was the only way I could get him to help me out.
Berix: I'll do anything for a solid gold bar.
Vastus:.....But...so would I.... 'grabs Ackar by the shoulders and starts shaking him' WHY DIDN'T YOU COME TO ME? I WANT A GOLD BAR TOO!
Ackar: 'shakes Vastus off him' Enough with the talk of my gold! Can we get back to planning our attack?
Gresh: Fine. So, what exactly happened the last time you tried to fight it?
Ackar: Well youngling, I actually haven't had a chance to test my wits against it because it hasn't engaged me in a battle yet.
Gresh: Did you just call me 'youngling' again? I'm not really that young, you know....
Vastus: How have you gotten your previous foes to face you in battle?
Ackar: I threw stuff at them.
Vastus: Yeah, that will do it.
Berix: We need to give the hawk a reason to fight Ackar and beat, oh I mean FIGHT, him.
Gresh: And throwing stuff at the hawk isn't working?
Ackar: It's too far away for me to hit, youngster.
Gresh: Did you just call me 'youngster?' Seriously, I'm not even the youngest person in this group....
Vastus: Maybe you could skip it for now, Ackar, and move on to the next beast on your list.
'Vastus then looks at Ackar's challenge list, and is stunned by what his next foe is'
Vastus: Your next foe is a fire-breathing Mountain Lion?!
Ackar: Yeah, I felt I was going easy on myself, so I wanted to up my challenges after beating the hawk.
Vastus: By fighting a fire-breathing Mountain Lion?! Do those even exist?
Ackar: One does.....somewhere out there in that cruel, new fashioned world of tomorrow.
'Gresh and Vastus look give each other perplexed looks'
Berix: We can't go after that beast yet.
Gresh: Because it only lives in Ackar's strange imagination?
Berix: No, because my bet is that I get my prize if he loses to a Hawk, not a Mountain Lion!
Vastus: Why don't you just try to lure it down with some food?
Ackar: Because there is no honor in that! I want to face me on its own will, Glatorian to beast!
Gresh: But....its just a hawk.
Vastus: Look, we're not getting anywhere here on the couch. Let's go to the roof and see if we can come up with a plan there.
'Vastus, Gresh, Berix, and Ackar then make their way out of the house and to the roof. With Ackar going on a rant about honor all the way there. A hour later, they were all still on the roof, looking for the hawk for Ackar to face'
Ackar: Back in my day, a Glatorian would wonder into the woods to face a foe, with nothing but a sword at his side. If he came back alive, we would know that he was a great warrior.
Vastus: If I hear one more thing about the old days, so help me I will....
Berix: Guys, look!
'Up above, circling them in the sky, was the enemy Ackar had been waiting for: the hawk'
Vastus: There it is!
Ackar: My foe approaches!
'The hawk lands at the top of a tree next to the house'
Ackar: Hey! Its suppose to come down here and face me!
Gresh: Why? We haven't given it a reason to fight you.
Berix: And how are we suppose to give it that reason?
Ackar: By doing this! 'he suddenly lifts up a stick from out of nowhere and throws it with all his strength. It lands six inches in front of the group'
Vastus: I can hear one of Gelu's sarcastic remarks from all the way up here.
Gresh: No wonder you couldn't hit it. That was pathetic.
Ackar: I would've able to do it when I was younger......back in the old days.
Vastus: ENOUGH ABOUT THE OLD DAYS!
Gresh: We just need to give it a reason to attack us.
Berix: And do you have any ideas on how to do that? Besides trying to fail at hitting it with thrown projectiles?
Gresh: 'smiles at Berix' Actually, I do.
'Gresh grabs Berix by his back of his neck and takes him back into the house. Twenty minutes later, they both return, with Berix wearing a pink Ken doll sized Easter Bunny costume. And yes, there are Ken doll costumes in the house'
Ackar: What. The. Heck?
Vastus: Now I really wish I had my camera!
Berix: If I had a boiled egg, I'd throw it at you right now.
Gresh: Stop complaining, Berix. Just think of your reward if Ackar fails.
Berix: That is the ONLY thing that is keeping me from tearing this ridiculous costume off!
Ackar: And why is he wearing that?
Gresh: Simple. We need bait to lure the hawk down. And one of the things that hawks eat are rabbits. And since this is the only rabbit costume we have that fits on Berix, it will just have to do.
Berix: 'talking to himself' Think of the gold bar, Berix, think of the gold bar. Think of all the stuff you could buy with it....
Ackar: That costume really reminds me of one that I wore to a college party back in the old days.
Vastus: WHAT DID I SAY ABOUT THE OLD...wait, what?
Ackar: But do you really think that the hawk for fall for something like this? After all, rabbits aren't pink and....
'Ackar, Gresh, Berix, and Vastus turn to see the hawk suddenly flying towards them, its talons aimed squarely at Berix'
Gresh: Does that answer your question, Ackar?
Vastus: HERE IT COMES!
Ackar: My foe approaches again!
Berix: OH NO!
'Everyone dives out of the way as the hawk does a fly by on the roof, almost grabbing Berix as it went by'
Gresh: Wow, that bird is fast.
Hawk: 'turns around and lands on the roof' SQUAWK!
Vastus: 'Squawk?' Hawks don't make that sound.
Berix: I don't think this is the time to discuss what sounds a hawk makes!
Ackar: Finally, I can now challenge my foe! 'draws sword and charges towards the hawk'
Hawk: 'swats Ackar away with its wing, sending him flying off the roof and into a nearby rose bush below'
Ackar: NOOOOOOOOOOOO.....'crash'........OUCH! There are thorns in here! OUCH!
Gresh: In hindsight, we probably should've seen something like that happening.
Hawk: 'lunges forward again and grabs Berix with its beak'
Berix: HEY! Let go of me, you inferior eagle! I'm not a meal for you!
'the hawk then begins to fly again, but not before grabbing Vastus with its talons'
Vastus: HEY! WHY ARE YOU GRABBING ME?! WHAT DID I DO?!
Gresh: 'draws weapon and charges towards the hawk, but he too is swatted away by the hawks wings. He lands hard on the other side of the roof'
Hawk: 'flies off with a struggling Berix and Vastus in tow into the woods'
Berix: THIS IS STILL WORTH IT FOR THE GOLD BAR!
Vastus: AT LEAST YOU GET SOMETHING FROM THIS! ALL I CAN IS BEING EATEN BY A GIANT BIRD BECAUSE SOME OLD GUY COULDN'T DEFEAT IT!
Gresh: 'gets up and looks around just in time to see the hawk fly off with his friends' Great. Now what am I going to do?
To be Continued
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