Jack did his best to stifle the jet-lag induced yawn during the briefing, but it still peaked out. Even though himself, the rest of SG-1, Kara Zor-El and the Doctor had transported there in only a few hours thanks to the Doctor’s TARDIS (to which Jack made repeated references to Bill And Teds Excellent Adventure), a few days in and the time difference brought on by the sleep cycle he had before and the one he was faced now that they were in Japan…
He guessed this was the Doctor’s revenge for comparing his “Police Public Call Box” to a magic phone booth piloted by Keanu Reaves.
When Reika determined one source of the wave to be a living creature—an alien Kaiju called Bogal, things had moved quickly. Apparently, the creature had been jumping in from a dimension bordering reality (which Kara called “The Phantom Zone”) and calling monsters to earth and from the earth for it to devour. It was not the originator of the signal, but something that was making it worse and taking advantage of it.
Japan’s anti-kaiju force, the GUYS Crew, had been battling the creature for over two months by this point, but only managing to drive it back to its dimension, not kill it.
This would be the second big test of the combined forces plan UNIT and President David Xanatos were setting up. It was still incomplete, but they were going to drop a big hammer on this Kaiju.
As soon as it would show up, as ripping open doorways to the Phantom Zone was A) An All Around Bad Idea, B) Very Difficult—even for the TSAB. The Doctor could do it, but refused to. He said that him opening the Phantom Zone with the TARDIS was possible, but that if he did someone he had angered eons ago would know and make the situation a thousand times worse.
Jack just couldn’t imagine that the Doctor could anger someone that much.
The Briefing Room at GUYS HQ was rather crowded with SG-1, the Mecha pilots who participated in the Antarctic mission, a squadron’s worth of F-302 pilots, the Doctor and Kara Zor-El all there in addition to the regular GUYS crew.
Sardine Can metaphors came to mind.
At the forefront of the room the Guys commander, Shingo Sakomizu—a tall Japanese man with a strong stance. With him at the forefront of the room was the resident Kaijuologist, Teppei Kuzo, who was shorter than the others, mildly plump and an overall soft manner of a physician.
“…Recent analysis of a severed portion of Bogal’s tail has revealed a weakness which we hope to take advantage of,” Teppei flicked a few keys on the keyboard he held, changing the image of Bogal to a different angle, “The fact that the flesh and nervous system completely relax when exposed to electricity.”
“So when Bogal appears again,” Kabuto Koji boasted, “We zap it and then blow it ta hell.”
“I like this plan,” Hayato added with a somewhat sinister smile as he leaned back in his chair, rolling a harmonica between his fingers effortlessly.
Commander Sakomizu smiled and said, “Most simply. However, the possibility of complication exists from another alien. Registry code: Hunter Knight Tsurugi.”
The image on screen changed from the stingray-like walking mouth that Bogal was to a far more humanoid, armored giant of silver and blue.
“Though similar to Ultraman both visually and apparently in ability set,” Teppei said, “He has demonstrated a complete disregard for any other life form encountered. For the time being, we are to treat him as a secondary target, with Bogal being the primary target.”
Out of the corner of his eye, Jack noticed on the Guys crewmen scowling deeply—he believed his name was Ryu Aihara. He was an athletic young soldier unlike most of the GUYS grew. Though to be frank, only Jack and a few of the Mecha pilots were the only ones with gray in their hair. Commander Sakomizu was the oldest one in the room but looked no older than 30 thanks to an FTL experiment gone wrong.
Something was definitely playing on Ryu’s nerves. He’d have to ask him about it after the briefing. No sense in making a scene yet.
Teppei went on to detail the attributes of each of the aliens. Suggest attack patterns for dealing with them and so on.
“Listen to that,” Jack leaned to Carter who sat next to him and said, “They give them names.”
“Why don’t we give our planets names? They give the monsters names. Why don’t we do that with planets? Names are so much easier to remember than…”
“Binary based computer programming extrapolation?”
“Yeah,” Jack said after a short moment, “That…thing you said.”
Carter did her best to keep her smile to a minimum, but Jack still noticed.
“We could name them something like Bob,” Jack continued while glancing at the meeting again to see if any pertinent information was being discussed, “We need a Planet Bob.”
When Jack turned back to Carter, there was a strange white lizard creature with black stripes sitting on her lap. It had no visible eyes and a yellow slit where its mouth should be. Where its eyes should be a pair of split black horns sprouted and spun like a pair of radar antenna.
“Carter…” Jack said, “What is that?”
The creature chirped like a chicken hatchling, rapping its hands together innocently.
At the front of the room, Teppei and Sakomizu both stared at the creature on Carter’s lap—Teppei with a slightly shocked look to his face, which caused everyone else in the room to look at the creature.
“Major Carter,” Teppei eventually choked out, “Don’t. Move.”
At that moment, Carter had let it grasp her finger playfully, “…why? It doesn’t seem threatening.”
“I know,” Konomi Amagai, a small young woman with glasses said as she gently scooped the creature out of Carter’s lap as though it were a small child, “he’s so cute!”
One of the F-302 pilots, Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell leaned to the creature and said “But that is a kaiju, right?”
“It’s an Eleking” Teppei said, “The oldest known Data Life Form.”
“It’s a young Eleking,” Konomi insisted, “and we know from the Digital Incursion last year that Data Life Forms are not inherently evil.”
She rubbed the creature’s head, to which he chirped happily, “See?”
A spiky-haired member of the Guys crew, George Ikaruga, reached for the Eleking and grasped onto it.
Konomi barely got the world “Careful” out of her mouth when the Eleking screeched and George fell to the floor convulsing—dropping the Eleking who scurried onto the floor. The Eleking then leapt into the air and in a flash of yellow light vanished.
“Oh!” Konomi pouted, “You scared him!”
George, whose hair was spiked to truly ludicrous levels from the electric shock, simply gave Konomi an angry, confused look.
“Scared him,” He huffed, “Right.”
“So,” Jack said, breaking the awkward silence, “Eleking, eh?”
Daniel made a quiet comment about the Japanese language and puns, but Jack barely heard it.
When the room was calmed down after a few minutes, launch patterns were assigned quickly after that and the crews were sent to await the order to launch.
The Doctor said little during the entire meeting. Unbeknownst to Jack or most of the others in the room, the Doctor was in the midst of a conversation with the only other alien in the room.
Inside the shared mindscape, the Doctor met with Ultraman Mebius. Though the doctor retained his shape in the mindscape, the Ultraman bore his true form of a silver and red giant with oval white eyes and a blue diamond in the center of his chest.
“So,” The Doctor said, “You’re an M-78 Light Giant. Haven't seen one of you on earth in years”
“Yes,” Mebius answered, “I am the first to come to earth in almost 25 years.”
“Hmm...Wearing the shell of a dead human to pass among them unnoticed. Rather clever, come to think of it--but quite morbid don’t you think?”
“I took this form,” Mebius explained, “As my brothers have done before me, I take the form of one who died protecting others to honor their sacrifice.”
“Well that’s nice of you, I suppose. So, can you tell me anything about this Hunter Knight character that you can’t share with the audience at home?”
“I assume you already know that he is not a part of the Space Garrison.”
“Yeah, the color’s all wrong. Clashes too. Blue and silver just don’t have the right heroic ring to it. Is there anything else I should know about him?”
Mebius paused before speaking, “Tsurugi witnessed Bogal consume the entire biomass of a planet he had come to care for, and swore revenge. He won’t stop until Bogal is destroyed, regardless of what it takes to do that."
"Well, I guess that color scheme does go with blind revenge..."
"He followed the Garrison’s example and taken the form of the former Captain of GUYS, Kazuya Serizawa.”
“Serizawa, right. That family and Kaiju is not the happiest of combinations.”
“Ryu looked up to him a lot and was devastated by his death. It has not helped that he has seen Tsurugi in this form.”
“Can’t imagine it would—now, are you still upholding that secret identity thing the Garrison had?”
“Yes, though you last visited this part of earth 30 years ago, right?”
“Yeah, during that first Zygon attempt to use the Ness Monster as a weapon. Good times—How is ol’ Hayata Shin these days?”
“He’s retired on earth, like many of the Garrison. But since that time, the rules have changed regarding revealing ourselves to humans. My superiors believe time is coming soon when I will not be fighting to protect the humans, but to fight alongside them instead. Nothing would make me happier than to truly fight alongside my friends.”
The Doctor did his best to hide the thought of how naïve and eager he thought Mebius in expressing this statement. It radiated off him like light from the sun. He could hardly remember how many regenerations ago it was that he was so eager to see the world.
“Until that time comes, they cannot know.”
“Suppose I give them a kick start?”
“What? Wouldn’t that be cheating?”
“I’m the Doctor. I don’t cheat,” He said with a smile then thought for a moment, “…Well, yeah, maybe I do cheat, but I’m the only one who’d notice.”
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