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Walter kept running and running through the trees, their trunks and limbs were only blurs. Now he was alone with the dinosaur chasing him. Sure, it was terrifying before, but now, without Vincent, it was even more so. Walter could smell the Torvosaurus’ horrid breath; it reeked of rotten flesh with the faint sweet smell of blood. He could feel the animal’s hot breath on his neck, the sweat on his brow, his heart hammering with effort, the slight vibrations on the ground as the dinosaur pursued him. He could hear its snorting breath coming from its nostrils, the sound of the heavy footsteps, the snapping of twigs and fallen branches.

Walt knew that large carnivores couldn’t run for very long, but the Torvosaurus was quickly closing the gap between him and Walt. It was only a matter of time before the gap was completely closed. When that happened, Walt would be killed and eaten.

God, please! he prayed, a tear rolling out of his eye and out from his mask. I don’t want to die! Please, don’t let him kill me! Don’t let him kill me! Please, please, please! I’m begging you! Please, don’t let me die!

The Torvosaurus roared, as if hearing his prayer and mocking him. Walt didn’t look back. He knew that the animal was only a few paces behind him now.

“RAAAAAAA-WOOOOO!”

Suddenly, Walt’s foot got caught on the root of a tree midstep. He fell forward and landed hard on the ground on his chest. The air was knocked out of him. He coughed and gasped; everything hurt. He tried to stand, but he was too weak and in too much pain to even get up onto his knees.

He heard the foot falls slow down and felt the vibrations get stronger. He heard a soft hissing above him. With his remaining strength, Walt forced himself to roll onto his back and look up.

The Torvosaurus stood above him, looking down at him with blood red eyes. It growled, as if satisfied that the chase was over. Drool dripped from its mouth.

It opened its huge jaws and a roar ripped out of its chest. Walt shut his eyes tight as he felt saliva drip onto his face and hands. The powerful stench nearly suffocated him.

Walt was paralyzed with fear. This was it. The end of the line. It was over. He was good as dead.
“WALT!” he heard Vinny cry. “WALT! NO! YOU GOTTA GET UP!”

He didn’t dare open his eyes. He didn’t want to see how this was going to end. And he didn’t want to see Vinny’s face as the dinosaur finished the job.

I’m sorry, Vinny, he thought. This is the end. Please, stay alive.

He braced himself, took a deep breath, and--

BLAM! BLAM!

“ARGURAH!”

Walt opened his eyes, surprised by the loud banging sound. He saw the Torvosaurus shake its head savagely and snarl. Walt saw two tiny wounds on the animal’s neck.

Gunshot wounds.

Who shot that thing?!

The dinosaur turned its head, hissing. Walt followed its gaze. What he saw amazed and surprised him.

Standing some distance away was the silhouette of a young man.

Walt quickly remembered that his mask had a zoom in and focus function and he activated it simply by thinking the command. He zoomed in until he could see the man clearly. He was tall and pale. He wore a black, sleeveless, leather jacket over a red hoodie. His jeans showed signs of age, but the fabric had yet to rip. He wore a pair of black combat boots. He had deep black bangs over his eyes.

But it was his eyes that got Walt’s attention. They were red. Redder than the eyes of the Torvosaurus. They were deep and rich, like a pair of dark rubies.

In his outstretched hand, he held a pistol.

Another survivor! Walt thought. Vinny was right! There really are more survivors! I don’t believe this. This is impossible. It has to be a dream…

But he’s standing right there!

Walt saw the man’s face harden as he glared at the Torvosaurus, his finger pressed against the trigger.

“Eat lead, motherfucker,” Walt heard him say.

Walt heard the dinosaur roar and turned back to face it, his lenses zooming out on their own. He watched as the animal charged at the new target at full speed.

Walt snapped out of his daze and bolted up, sitting up. That man was now in trouble. Gun or no gun, there’s no way he would survive an attack. Out the corner of is eye, Walt saw Vinny running to him. But Walt didn’t worry about Vinny. He was more concerned about the man.

“Run man!” Walt cried. “Get out of there! Now!”

But the man held is ground. He fired more bullets, the banging sound of the gun was ear-splitting. The Torvosaurus was rapidly closing the distance, going in for the kill, even as new wounds punched into his hide.

One shot. Two shots. Three shots.

Walt felt Vinny help him stand, but he still watched as the dinosaur and the man faced off, neither one backing down.

Four. Five. Six.

The man gritted his teeth.

Seven. Eight. Nine.

The dinosaur was now only a few meters away.

Ten. Eleven. Twelve.

It was then after the twelve bullet was fired that the Torvosaurus surprisingly slowed down, as if all the energy had been sucked out of it. It stood only five meters away from the man, panting, blood dripping down its shoulders, legs, belly, and neck. It growled and snorted with exhaustion, its red eyes narrowed.

The man took a deep breath, and then blew out. The dinosaur winced, roared weakly, and turned away, his tail nearly dragging and his head held low. It then started to stalk away and eventually disappeared into the brush, rumbling.

Walt looked beside him to see Vinny, looking at the man with his eyes wide behind the big, circular lenses of his glasses. Walt stared back at the man, who put his gun away in the holster strapped to his hips. Wiping under his nose, he raced towards Walt and Vinny, his face no masked with concern rather than the previous glare he wore when he attacked the dinosaur. His bangs waved over his eyes a bit as he ran.

He came to a stop when he was only a few feet away from the two of them, catching his breath.

“Are you two okay?” he asked. “That thing didn’t hurt you, did he?”

Walt snapped out of his daze, shaking his head. He was still in shock. Another survivor. And he was standing right in front of them. Furthermore, he not only saved them, but he even checked to see if they were harmed.

“Y-Yeah,” Walt said. “We’re fine.”

Vinny let go of Walt’s shoulder and rushed to the black-haired man, took one of his hands in both of his, and shook vigorously, shaking the man along with it. “I knew there would be other survivors! I knew it all along! Didn’t I tell you Walt?! Didn’t I?! Oh, thank you so much! You totally saved our asses! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”

When Vinny stopped, the man laughed. “It was nothing,” he said. “We’re survivors: at times like these, we have to watch each other’s backs.”

Walt felt a huge smile spread on his face and he approached the man. “How’d you know we were in trouble?”

“I was walking around and I heard a commotion,” he replied. “I thought that I should check it out to see what was going on. That’s when I saw you trip as the Torvosaurus chased you.”

Walt felt a tiny jolt of surprise; this guy knew what dinosaur was attacking them? Normally, only paleontologists and a few dinosaur lovers knew just about all of the dinosaurs. But even so, most people who don’t work in the field only knew a handful of them such as Velociraptor, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Apatosaurus, and T. rex. Torvosaurus was usually not known to many dinosaur lovers, except for the ones who really took the time to research them properly.

The fact that this guy knew about this particular species naturally made Walt curious. And judging by the look on Vinny’s face, he felt the same way.

“How’d you know it was a Torvosaurus that was chasing us?” Walt asked.

Another smile snuck onto the man’s face. “My uncle was a paleontologist, and he’d always take me to his dig sites whenever I had no school. He one time took me to one of his digs in Portugal. They found the most complete remains of Torvosaurus ever found there.”

“That’s interesting,” Vinny said.

“Plus,” the man said, pulling out his phone, “I have an app on my phone that allows me to search any dinosaur I chose. Like this.”

Them an selected the app, scrolled down and tapped something on the screen. A blue holographic image of the Torvosaurus materialized above the screen. The man read the entry out loud:

Torvosaurus

(TOR-VOH-SORE-US)

Meaning “Savage lizard”

Carnivore

Late Jurassic Period

A large theropod dinosaur, Torvosaurus was the alpha predator much bigger than Allosaurus, who lived alongside this animal. They may have even battled Allosaurus for prey and territory.

 

Walt looked at the man, surprised. He didn’t know that this app even existed. It may potentially be something that he and Vinny could use.

Vinny didn’t miss a beat. “Do you think you could gives us the link for the app?” he asked.

The man smiled and nodded, “Sure.”

Just then, there was a rumbling sound. Walt didn’t think that it was another dinosaur. No. That sound wasn’t an animal of any kind.

He saw the man look up and he followed his gaze. The sky was darkened by thick gray clouds. Walt could smell a strange, dry smell and he felt something wet drip on his cheek.

A storm was coming.

Walt looked back at the man, who did the same in response. “But first things first,” he said, “we should get you two somewhere safe and dry. Luckily, there’s a cabin not to far away from here. I have a friend living with me there. She could treat you guys with a hot meal and something to drink. I think she’d love to meet you guys.”

Walt felt a smile on his face and he turned to look at Vinny, who smiled and nodded. They turned their heads back to the man.

“We’d be honored,” Vinny said. “My name is Vincent.”

“And I’m Walter,” Walt added. “I think it’s safe to say that I should repay you in some way. You did just save my life.”

The man smiled once again. “The pleasure is mine, Vincent and Walter. My name is Tobias."


Submitted: November 07, 2018

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Megan Fox

Good chapter, lucky Tobias came along. I'm surprised the internet is still working, especially in the middle of a forest?
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Tue, January 22nd, 2019 3:38am

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Glad you enjoyed this.

Tue, January 22nd, 2019 9:20am

Sylvermyst

Great chapter. I am glad that Walt and Vinny are safe for the moment. I am glad that Tobias came just in the nick of time.

Tue, January 29th, 2019 4:28am

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Glad you enjoyed it.

Tue, January 29th, 2019 8:52am

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