Iapetus Saves Manhattan
Dr. LeFleur sat wearily at his desk. He was trying to remember the last time he had slept. Since the baby ultra-yeti walked away from the research station, he had not been in a bed. He managed to catch a couple of catnaps when the opportunity arose, but it had been several days since he had a good nights sleep. As he sat there daydreaming of sleeping, his phone rang.
"Hello this is Dr. LeFleur," he answered.
"I think we have some good news doctor," replied the voice on the other end.
"I could use some," replied the researcher.
"The -- uhh -- monster is still missing, but we have some evidence of -- err -- him."
"What kind of evidence?"
"At first we thought it was some college kids playing some sort of prank."
"Well, there was this wheat field. It was filled with winter wheat you know."
"This young winter wheat field had these interesting patterns put into them."
"What kind of patterns?" asked Dr. LeFleur.
"Uhh -- crop circle type patterns."
"Crop circles? What makes you think this was the baby ultra-yeti?"
"Well you see -- in most of the prank type crop circles they're -- ahh -- circles. But, in this case, the crops were -- ehh -- foot prints."
"Footprints? They could still be a prank. Do you have any other evidence?"
"Umm -- there are also some -- ahh -- droppings."
"Yes -- a big pile."
Excellent!" exclaimed Dr. LeFleur as he jumped out of his chair. "Tell me where. I'll be there as quick as I can!"
Dr. LeFleur had been waiting for several days for any indication of the baby ultra-yeti's whereabouts. He grabbed a large flask of coffee, and a couple of cans of caffeinated soda. He had his equipment packed and ready in his aging truck. He jumped in and began driving towards the farm in question. The excitement of a possible yeti sighting had shaken the sleepiness out of him, but it could return at any moment.
The drive was quite a long way from the research station on James Bay. However, the baby had long strides and could cover a great deal of distance. Further, he had been missing for several days. Dr. LeFleur thought it was incredible that the baby could have traveled so far with no one taking notice.
The young ultra-yeti had made it half way to Ottawa, Ontario. If they could not find him and divert him, he could do a great deal of damage in the Canadian Capital. It appeared that he was heading directly for that city. Since they had very little data, they had little to give them an idea of where he may be heading.
Dr. LeFleur was listening to the radio. The local radio station reported several sightings of the baby monster. After several days of silence, the reports of an enormous, white, and bear-like creature came filing in. It was as if large white monsters filled the woods and fields of parts of Canada. Reports came from all over southwestern Quebec and the northwestern part of the province of Ontario.
Some of the reports conflicted, which is common for this type of thing. Descriptions of the spotted creature widely varied. However, there was no doubt that the baby ultra-yeti was now feeding. Reports of damaged crops and animals began pouring in. As Dr. LeFleur suspected, the animal was omnivorous. He was apparently feeding on all types of plants as well as eating cattle and other domesticated animals.
After a few hours of driving, Dr. LeFleur reached the farm that reported the footprints. Several prints went across the field, and it was reminiscent of a crop circle. Dr. LeFleur briefly studied the prints, and deduced that the baby ultra-yeti had grown quite a bit. This baby was probably 25 to 50 meters tall by now. There were reports all over the area of missing animals and damaged crops. At this rate, the baby could be 50 stories tall by the time he reached Ottawa. If this happened, he would cause a great deal of damage.
The professor took all of the local reports and determined a likely location and heading of the giant baby. He wanted to be able to follow the child and perhaps lure him away from the Canadian Capital. He began making calls on his cell phone. He alerted the authorities of the possible dangers coming their way. He wanted to make sure that the city had plenty of warning to evacuate.
Finally, he spotted the enormous white baby eating the young shoots of a farmer's field. He remarked at how interesting the patterns the child ate in the field. He made numerous circles. This was more like the crop circle patterns of various web pages. These were different because a creature ate the crops rather than flattening them.
Dr. LeFleur was admiring the sheer enormity of the baby ultra-yeti when he his cell phone rang.
"Hello this is Dr. LeFleur."
"Hello Dr. LeFleur, this is General Innes MacWayne."
"Hello General. What can I do for you?"
"My sources say you know more about this 'Ultra-Yeti' than anyone."
Dr. LeFleur could hear the quotes around the words as the general spoke them. "Well, I am in charge of the project. I should be the most knowledgeable."
"So, then you would know how to destroy it."
"What? I haven't given that much thought..."
"You realize that we can in no way allow this creature to destroy Ottawa. Thus, we are making contingency plans. We need to know the creature's vulnerabilities."
"Uhhh -- vulnerabilities?"
"Dr. LeFleur, how can we kill it?"
"I don't know what to say..."
"Let me be frank doctor. We don't want to have to resort to any nuclear weapons. Do you think that conventional missiles or bombs would affect the creature?"
"Nuclear weapons? Aren't we Canadians?"
"The creature can also pose a threat to the United States. The U.S. President has agreed that this threat be eliminated before it reaches their soil."
"General, I understand your position, but I don't have any data that would be of any help. I don't know the vulnerabilities of this creature. My team and I have not looked into that particular question at this time."
"That is fine doctor. Tell me, do you know where the creature is?"
"Errr -- I uhhh -- have -- umm -- not caught up to him yet."
"If you do, could you please inform me at this number?"
"Uhhh -- sure."
"Remember doctor, it would be best for all concerned if this dangerous creature were neutralized before it reaches any population centers. The sooner we control this creature, the better it will be for all of Canada. You do understand that do you not?"
"As soon as -- I see the creature -- I will inform you..."
"The sooner we find him, the sooner we can make our tests. If you don't know its vulnerabilities, then we will have to test our defenses against him. We will need to do that before he reaches any major cities."
"Thanks Dr. LeFleur."
"Good bye General."
The doctor felt the conflict grow within himself. He wanted to study the creature for a while. However, the more he delayed the greater the danger for the city centers. He had to decide what was more important -- scientific research or public property. His initial assessment led him to lie to the general, but this decision was putting people and property in danger.
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