Shooting the T-Rex Makes it Angry. (Hollow Earth Expedition Ssn1 ep 17b)

This is an ongoing story about a lost world of hungry dinosaurs, sinister villains, and non-stop action. If you’re new to Hollow Earth Expedition, I suggest starting at the beginning.

 

The rifle bucked into Jack’s shoulder and his field of vision was momentarily obscured by a cloud of white smoke. The charging dinosaur tipped forward as it hurtled towards him, its mouth opening as it approached the ground. With a thrill of victory, Jack thought he had hit the mark.

Then he saw the tyrannosaurs black eyes fixed on him and he realized that the huge mouth wasn’t heading for the ground because the creature was dead—it was heading for the ground because that’s where Jack stood, and Jack was about to become the next meal.

Not for the first time that day, Jack scolded himself for being a fool. One little bullet finding the beast’s brain inside the vault of rock-hard bone? Laughable. And now the rugged explorer would be inside the monster’s gullet before he could chamber another round.

It was Celeste who shoved Jack out of the way. The massive jaws slammed closed with enough force to pop his ears from the change in air pressure, but the actress had narrowly rescued Jack from his fate. He stumbled backwards and watched as the tyrannosaur stooped down for another try. He also saw the Nazi soldier seize Celeste by the wrist and attempt to haul her back towards the broken cages.

When Celeste screamed, it was a true ear-splitter. Jack wasn’t sure he had ever heard such a noise, but then the tyrannosaur abandoned its pursuit of Jack, wheeled towards the actress, and let out a roar that seemed to shake the jungle to its roots. Jack clapped his hands to his ears and saw that Celeste and the Nazi were doing the same, but it hardly mattered. They were caught in a flood of sound. It pounded into their ears, it rattled their bones, it liquefied their stomachs. A gust of carrion-scented breath pursued the roar, whipping Jack’s hair away from his forehead and forcing him to step backwards.

The tyrannosaur refilled its mighty lungs and then lunged for its prey. Now it was Jack’s turn to save Celeste’s life. He slammed himself bodily against her, lifting her off her feet to get her clear of the monster’s teeth. The Nazi was not so lucky: the tyrannosaur slammed its mouth around him and lifted its head up to swallow. Where the soldier had stood a moment before, now only a pair of bloody boots remained—one on its side, the other gently rocking in place.

Jack grabbed Celeste by the hand and pulled her into a run.

“No screaming!” Jack yelled to her. “I think that thing hates your screaming!”

The two dashed away into the underbrush, where Jack had hoped they might escape the notice of the tyrannosaur.

No such luck.

As they passed under a break in the canopy, a beam of sunlight struck Celeste’s red, sparkly dress and the monster’s head came around as surely as if they had been waving their arms to get its attention. Once again, the chase was on.

 

 

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About Sechin Tower

Sechin Tower is a teacher, game developer, and author of MAD SCIENCE INSTITUTE, a novel of creatures, calamities, and college matriculation. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
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