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Canal Shark vs Cycloptopus

Here is the conclusion to our story from last week. Enjoy!

Canal Shark vs Cycloptopus – Conclusion

 

Melville Home – Morning – Audrey Melville

Audrey is in the kitchen on the phone.

Audrey Melville

Well no, he was fine yesterday when I left the room. He just seemed depressed. I waited for him in the car, but he never came down. I went back in and he was gone.

I asked all the nurses if they had seen him leave and then I called the Station asking for your help to find him. (Pause – listening)

No, he hadn’t been saying strange things or acting peculiar. I noticed at the hospital he’d been talking in his sleep, but I thought that was just his mind trying to work through his accident. (Pause – listening)

Yes, he has been talking about sharks more than usual, but then so have the whole town. (Pause – listening)

Yes, if he comes home I’ll call. (Pause-listening)

No, that’s ok. I’ll be fine. Wait! He’s coming up the front walk now. (Pause-listening)

Ok. Bye.

Captain Melville

Audrey?!

Audrey

I’m in the kitchen.

Captain comes into the kitchen and Audrey gasps when she sees him, he’s looking disheveled and more agitated since the last time she saw him.

Audrey

Hunny come sit down and I’ll make you some tea.

Captain

I don’t want tea. We need to get out of here, did you hear what happened in the park last night? It’s the Canal Shark, we need to leave town. Pack some things.

(Audrey goes to leave the kitchen) No, there’s no time.

We need to leave now. We’ll go by boat, get down to the boat. (He’s waving her along) I just need to get a few things.

 

Audrey leaves the house and the Captain grabs a yellow raincoat and hat from a peg near the front door. He follows the path down to the dock, where his wife has untied the boat and is starting the engine. The Canal Shark appears and takes out the dock with his tail the dock slams into the boat causing Audrey to lose her balance and fall into the water. She starts screaming and tries to swim for the shore through all the debris. The Captain runs for the water yelling her name he wades in. He has found a life preserver, which he throws to her to try and pull her in with one arm. The Canal Shark gets to it first and swallows it pulling the Captain face first into the water. He lets go and stands up in time to see the Canal Shark sink his teeth into Audrey. He drops to his knees and screams to the sky.

Captain

NNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! First you take my fish sticks, then my arm, then my boat and now my wife. AAAUDRREEYYY!!

Sirens sound in the distance and are getting closer fast. Captain scrambles out of the water picking up his raincoat on the way and makes a run for it. He escapes into some nearby trees as the police cars come to a screeching halt.

Police Captain Murphy

Search the surrounding area! He can’t have gone far.

The police go down to the water’s edge and take a look at the damage.

Officer Jefferies

She’s not in the house sir and there are two sets of tracks leading from the house down to what’s left of the dock and the boat.

Police Captain Murphy

Clearly what’s happened here is he rigged the boat to explode before going into the house. The two got into an argument; she went to flee in the boat to get away from him not realizing he would use it to kill her.

 

Officer Jefferies

What if there really is a shark out there sir?

Police Captain Murphy

Careful or you’ll start to sound as crazy as Captain Melville.

 

City Center – Afternoon – Captain & Town’s people

Captain Melville is running through the streets yelling. People are concerned; they grab their children and pull them out of his way. They seek shelter in their houses or stores and lock the doors. Cars swerve out of the way as the Captain runs in the middle of the street.

Captain

We all need to leave! We need to leave now! Save yourselves and your families! The Canal Shark is out there! The Canal Shark is going to get us!

Various Townspeople

You’re drunk Captain, go sleep it off.

We know what you did.

I’m calling the Police.

 

Captain realizes that he is in trouble and heads for the park. The Police are out patrolling the streets looking for him so he hides in some bushes in the park. That’s when he finds the phone that the 2nd Teen dropped. The phone is still in video mode and he watches the film the boys made the night before.

Captain

Now I have proof.

 

Marina – Afternoon

Marina on a summer afternoon, happy people enjoying the sunshine doing various activities, some sunbathing, cooking food on the BBQ, sitting around having some drinks, music playing.

Out past the break wall the lake is busy. There is boat traffic coming and going, sail boats and an inboard boat pulling a water skier. The water skier is the first to be attacked the shark gets a hold of the skiers leg and the skier is ripped in half from the opposing forces of the shark and the boat. The Canal Shark destroys the inboard boat next and then moves on to the Marina. Canal Shark starts destroying the dock, people fall, things break, people get cut, thrown onto BBQ’s, etc, once blood hits the water the Canal Shark goes into a frenzy. As a finale the Canal Shark uses it’s tail to slam a cabin cruiser into the re-fueling station causing an explosion and a fire. The police, the fire department and paramedics arrive. The police work at keeping survivors at a safe distance while the fire department works on containing the blaze and the paramedics tend to the injured.

Police Captain Murphy

It’s time to set up a task force. Captain Melville needs to be found immediately, he is a dangerous man.

 

Park – Sunset – Captain Melville

Ivan enters the park by climbing over the police tape and barriers while holding a brown paper bag. He’s cautiously moving around and is clearly looking for something.

Ivan

Captain Melville?

Captain is nervous; he hears Ivan calling his name and tries to get a look at who it is without giving up his hiding spot.

Ivan

Captain Melville? You don’t know me, but I’m not here to give you any trouble. I just want to talk to you.

Captain hears a patrol car coming. He grabs Ivan and pulls him down into the bushes as a police cruiser drives by slowly while shining a spotlight into the park.

Ivan

That was close.

Captain

(Still has a hold on Ivan, shoves him to the ground) You almost gave me away! What do you want?

Ivan

I brought you something.

Ivan hans the Captain the paper bag, he opens it and pulls out a liquor bottle.

Ivan

I thought you could use a friend right now. I also have some information for you. (Reaches into his coat pulls out an envelope and hands it to Captain Melville)

Captain

What is this?

Ivan

I thought you might want some answers about who’s responsible for the death of your wife and the loss of your arm. Good night, Captain.

Ivan leaves the park and Captain Melville opens the envelope and starts to read the contents.

Captain

NNNNNOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

He opens the bottle and drinks heavily from it then throws the bottle to the ground. It smashes and he runs off into the night.

 

Warehouse Lab – Night – Dr. Frank

Dr. Frank is in his usual spot at the workbench this time adding liquid from a dropper into test tubes in a rack. Ivan enters.

Dr. Frank

Well?

Ivan

It is done.

Dr. Frank

And?

Ivan

I’m sure we can expect him shortly.

Dr. Frank

Very good. Prepare the operating room.

 

Ivan exits and Dr. Frank takes a syringe from the workbench, fills it with the contents of one of the test tubes and pockets it. A door is thrown open and the Captain appears in the doorway, he storms into the room. He looks around at all the tanks and medical equipment. The Captain walks over to Dr. Frank.

Captain

I’m looking for Dr. Frank.

Dr. Frank

Then you’ve come to the right place. I’m Dr. Frank.

Captain

YOU!!!!!! (points to Dr. Frank) You’re the one responsible for this. (points to his arm)

Dr. Frank

(Dr. Frank gets up from the stool and puts his hands up) Now now, Captain Melville. No need to get upset. If you will just have a seat we can talk all about what the trouble is.

 

Dr. Frank takes the Captains arm and guides him to sit down, meanwhile he is taking the syringe out of his pocket with his other hand. He sticks the syringe into Captain Melville’s neck and the Captain slides to the floor. Ivan enters the room.

Ivan

Everything is ready Dr. Frank.

Dr. Frank

Good. Bring a gurney over here Ivan and help me with Captain Melville.

 

The canal – Afternoon – Dragon Boaters

A group has gathered for an afternoon of watching Dragon Boats on the recreational section of the Canal. There are stands for spectators to watch on both sides and racers were waiting in their boats for the signal for the race to start. The crowd hums with anticipation. A horn blows and the race starts, the teams paddle in time to the beat of each boats drummer. Canal Shark appears and turns the race into complete carnage. It’s a Canal full of bodies, blood and boat pieces, but he doesn’t stop there. He leaps into the stands and into the crowd that is partially too stunned to move. His tail gets caught in between the bleachers and when he dives back into the water he brings down the stands with him. Giving him more people to chew away on.

The Canal Shark submerges back into the canal as the police and medics arrive. They assess the scene.

Police Captain Murphy

All right men, search the area! The Captain couldn’t have gone far.

Officer Jefferies

Do you really think that Captain Melville could be responsible for all of this?

Police Captain Murphy

Of course! What other possibilities are there? I’m sure you’ve heard about the scene he caused downtown yesterday.

Officer Jefferies

Yes Sir. Everyone is talking about it.

Police Captain Murphy

It’s lucky he didn’t seriously hurt anyone, but he is responsible for a few fender benders. Any word from the task force that’s out looking for him?

Officer Jefferies

They check in every half hour, but other than a smashed whiskey bottle found in the park, they’ve found no trace of him.

Police Captain Murphy

Keep me posted, I can’t wait till we get our hands on him. Alright lets take a look around and figure out how that son of a bitch got away with this one.

Officer Jefferies

The town is convinced he’s guilty Sir and they are out for blood. Word on the street is that anyone interested in finding him before we do is to meet at the Canalside Tavern at tonight.

Police Captain Murphy

Good, the more man power the faster we’ll get him off the streets.

Officer Jefferies

No Sir, they are forming an angry mob.

Police Captain Murphy

There you go with that wild imagination again. It’s time to get back to work. Call the Coast Guard, I think it’s time we close the Canal and the lake until we find Melville. He’s done enough damage.

Officer Jefferies

Right away, Sir.

 

Beach – Late – Couple on shore

Couple with a flashlight walks onto the beach; they are holding hands. One of them has a backpack on.

Man

How about right here?

Woman nods, man opens the backpack and pulls out a blanket. He unfolds it and spreads it out over the sand. Woman sits down a little unsure, he sits beside her, puts his arm around her and starts kissing her neck.

Woman

Are you sure that we should be out here? (no response)

You know they closed the lake today. (still no response)

Have you heard what they are saying about a shark being in the lake?

Man

Relax baby. There’s nothing to worry about. (kisses her)

I’ll protect you. (kisses her again)

Woman

Protect me…..Really? (giggles) How?

Man

Don’t you worry sweetie, trust me nothing is going to happen. Come on, I’ve got an idea.

Man rips off his shirt and then takes off the rest of his clothes as he heads down to the water and gets in.

Man

Come on in, we’ve got the whole beach to ourselves.

The woman sits on the blanket and hesitates.

Man

There’s nothing to worry about, I told you I’d protect you.

 

She thinks about it then smiles strips off her clothes and joins him in the water. They kiss again when the Canal Shark’s window-like fin is seen behind them. The Canal Shark opens his massive mouth and bites off both of their heads at the same time.

 

Warehouse Lab – Night – Dr. Frank

Dr. Frank is in a surgical gown cleaning operating instruments. In the room with him is Captain Melville. The Captain is lying unconscious in the gurney with a blood splattered sheet pulled up to his chin, there is a leather strap across his chest and one across his legs to restrain him. He starts to come to.

Captain

Fish sticks……(moans)…..Rock Lobster…..(groggily) Where am I?

Ivan enters and Dr. Frank lets him take over the cleaning. Dr. Frank checks on the Captain. Captain tries to move and realizes he can’t, he is all of sudden wide awake and struggling against his restraints.

Captain

Dr. Frank, let me go!!!

Captain looks down at the sheet covering him and sees the blood.

Captain

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME YOU MONSTER!!!!

Dr. Frank

Don’t be so harsh; I only want to help you evolve Captain Melville. It wasn’t going to happen naturally so I gave nature a little push just like I did for the Canal Shark.

Captain

And look at all the lives it’s taken. You’re an animal Dr. Frank!

Dr. Frank

If you want me to let you go, you’re going to have to stop insulting me. The Canal Shark is a predator; it can’t be anything else. Nature is cruel. You missed the Canal Shark’s finest moment so far, the feeding frenzy today at the dragon boat races.

Captain

Why did you create it?

Dr. Frank

Maybe you’ll better understand once you’ve seen your improvements. Are you ready? Ivan? I’ll need your help.

 

Ivan crosses the room to the gurney and helps Dr. Frank adjust the leather strap so it’s only holding down one arm. Then ceremoniously Dr. Frank pulls down the sheet and reveals Captain Melville’s harpoon arm.

Captain

NNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! What have you done to me?!

Dr. Frank

You were missing an arm. I gave you a replacement. I think it’s a fitting choice. Don’t you like it? (He looks offended)

Captain

Let me go! I need to get out of here. You’re crazy.

Dr. Frank

That’s no way to show your gratitude, I just gave you a new arm.

Captain

I’ll show you gratitude.

 

He hits Dr. Frank in the face with his harpoon arm knocking him out. Ivan suddenly looks afraid; taking small steps backward he inches closer to the counter and the surgical supplies. Captain Melville knows what he’s up to.

Captain

I don’t think so. Take one more step and I’ll put this harpoon through you.

 

Ivan stops and the two stare at each other.

Captain

Undo these straps and let me walk out of here.

 

Ivan warily comes over and undoes the straps.

Captain

Get on to the table!

 

Captain straps Ivan to it and turns to leave.

Ivan

I want you to know that the town is out looking for you right now, they’ll kill you when they find you.

Captain

I’ll take my chances.

Captain Melville exits.

 

Canalside Tavern – Night – Mob of Towns people

A group of angry people is gathered with pitchforks and torches, some people have ropes and chains.

Mob Leader

We all know what we are here for tonight. There is a dangerous man loose it our city. We need to find him and stop him by any means possible.

Group

Yeah.

We need to make him pay.

YEAH!

Mob Leader

Let’s split up. John take a group and go east down Main St. I’ll take the rest down King St and we’ll meet on the beach.

 

The group makes its way down to the beach searching for Melville as they go. Once they reach the beach they find the blanket, backpack and clothing of the skinny dip couple, as the mob gets closer to the water they find the bodies washed up on shore. Captain Melville is then spotted coming down the beach. The other half of the mob is coming up behind him. He is surrounded.

Mob Leader

We’ve just found two more bodies on the beach, Melville. Just couldn’t help yourself could you. Tie him up!

Captain

I’m not the one responsible; it’s the Canal Shark!

Mob Leader

We’re not buying that ridiculous story.

Captain

But I have proof!

Mob Leader

Show us.

 

Melville pulls Nathan’s phone out from his pocket of his raincoat and gets the video ready to show the mob.

Mob Member

That’s Nathan’s cell phone.

Mob Leader

Is that true Melville?

Captain

Yes, but I didn’t kill anyone. I just found it in the park. (He starts to back away)

Mob Leader

The police searched that park and didn’t find it. Are you saying they missed it and you found it instead?

Captain

Yes.

Group

He’s lying.

He killed Nathan.

Let’s get him!

 

Captain tries to escape but the mob has him surrounded. Someone reaches to tie him up and the Captain struggles. The sleeve of the raincoat is ripped off reveling the harpoon arm to the mob. They are shocked and everyone takes a step back.

The Canal Shark lunges into the mob flattening some of them, half the group runs of screaming, the other half try to attack. One person swings their chain at the Canal Shark and strikes it, the Shark grabs the other end in it’s mouth and swings the person into the mob knocking others to the ground. The fight continues and the Captain uses the pandemonium to escape. What’s left of the mob doesn’t stand a chance against the Canal Shark and the dead are piling up. The police arrive.

Police Captain Murphy

What is that?!

Officer Jefferies

I think it’s a shark wearing body armor, Sir.

Police Captain Murphy

Damn it Jefferies, I owe you $10.

 

The police use their cars as shields and start shooting at the Canal Shark. The bullets have no effect except to draw the Sharks attention.

Police Captain Murphy

We are going to need re-enforcements. Call for back up!

Officer Jefferies

Yes Sir.

 

The Officer leaves to radio for help.

Police Captain Murphy

RETREAT!!!!!

 

The police officers try to get in their cars and get away but it’s too late. No one gets away.

Police SWAT team vehicles arrive full of officers in riot gear, complete with submachine guns, assault rifles and pepper spray.

SWAT Team Leader

Take positions, fire at will.

 

The SWAT team forms a line and opens fire on the Canal Shark to minimal effect. Canal Shark enters the water again and submerges out of sight. The SWAT team leader makes a hand motion and the team advances to the water’s edge. The water is calm and the Canal Shark is nowhere in sight.

 

Outdoor Concert – Night

Amphitheatre setting with the band set up on a floating stage in the canal. The stage is joined to the shore by a narrow walkway; concertgoers that aren’t sitting in the stands are using this as a dance floor. One of the dancers is drunk and falls into the water but no one notices, they don’t resurface and the water turns red. The SWAT team has been making their way down the canal looking for the Canal Shark and they reach the concert, they are trying to stop the band and evacuate the area. The Canal Shark leaps out of the water, crashing through the lighting on the stage, flipping the stage over and sliding back into the water. Subsequently the walk way turns and throws everyone on it into the water. The people on shore flee the area screaming and the SWAT team tries to shoot at the Canal Shark while he’s feeding on the concert goers stranded in the water. The SWAT team leader directs the team on to the nearby bridge to try and get a better vantage point. The team assembles on the bridge and starts shooting the Canal Shark. The Canal Shark leaps up and crashes through the bridge collapsing it and sending the remaining SWAT team members into the water. The last surviving member is the Team Leader; he scrambles back to the SWAT vehicles to re-group. He opens the doors to find the Captain hiding inside of one.

Team Leader

Who are you and what are you doing in here?

Captain

I was just looking for a place to get away from the Canal Shark. Is it dead?

Team Leader

NO, that fish killed my whole team. I came back to get something to finish this for good.

 

The team leader takes a better look at the Captain and notices the ripped sleeve and his harpoon arm.

Team Leader

How’s your aim? (Nods to the harpoon arm)

Captain

I haven’t had a chance to use the arm yet, but it shouldn’t be a problem.

Team Leader

Good enough.

 

He reaches for a metal box in the truck and pulls out a package of explosives.

Team Leader

Let’s see that arm of yours. (Starts putting the explosives on the harpoon) Hand me that duct tape. Ok, that should do it. Once the harpoon enters the shark, I’ll detonate the explosives remotely.

We only get one shot at this. Let’s go fishing.

 

The leave the truck and slowly go down to the edge of the canal. Everything is still and quiet.

Captain

Best chance is to aim for one of the eyes.

 

The Team Leader is restless, he kicks a nearby body into the canal and reflexively both of them take a couple steps back in anticipation of the Canal Shark’s next move.

Nothing happens right away and they back up a little further. The Canal Shark leaps out of the water and the Captain hesitates but only for a second, he lifts his arm and aims, the harpoon makes contact and enters one of the headlights.

Captain

Thar she blows!

Team Leader

GET DOWN!!!!

 

The Team Leader and the Captain hit the ground the Team Leader detonates the C4. The Canal Shark explodes spectacularly. Huge chunks of flesh and car parts fall to the ground. The other headlight falls to the ground near the Captain. The Team Leader and the Captain get up and brush themselves off.

Team Leader

(Pats Captain on the back) Good work!

 

Team Leader walks away and gets into one of the SWAT vehicles and leaves. The Captain gazes reflectively across the water and notices the bridge has collapsed.

Captain

That bastard even got my bridge.

 

He looks down and sees the headlight. He kicks it into the canal and turns and walks away. The headlight floats for a moment, then lights up and sinks.

 

Warehouse Lab – Night (Late) – Dr. Frank & Ivan

Dr. Frank is dissecting something at his work bench and Ivan rushes in.

Ivan

DR. FRANK!!! Dr. Frank!! Patient 680 has escaped!!

He got out of his tank during feeding time and used his laser to cut a hole out of the wall to escape.

Dr. Frank

No need to worry Ivan. Just repair the wall.

 

Silver Lake – Bridge of the Vicious Servant – Afternoon – Captain & Bridge Crew

 

Captain and bridge crew all at their stations working away.

Sailor

Captain, something has just come up on the radar.

Captain

What is it?

Sailor

Not sure Sir. It should be visible, but I don’t see anything ahead of us.

Captain

Stay the course and keep an eye on it.

Sailor

It’s on a direct collision course with us sir.

Captain

All stop.

Sailor

Yes Sir.

 

A laser beam comes up from the water and cuts the ship in half. The crew is running for life boats, someone’s arm gets severed. Tentacles come up from the water and latch on to both halves of the boat and drag them under.

THE END

 

Hope you enjoyed this diversion from crafting. I’ll be back next week with a new project.

 

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