Chapter 10: Battered, Beaten and Bruised!

Our story so far,

Young Captain Chicken has rejected the advice of his friend, and mentor, "the old man" and gone into town by himself to see a movie at the drive-in theater. The feature playing that evening was 'Mystery Men'. Being new to the ways of men, Young Captain Chicken takes the film far more seriously than its producers intended.

After the movie ended, Young Captain Chicken foraged for food in the trash left behind by the other movie patrons. In one pile of trash, he finds a 'Mystery Men' promotional button. He decides to keep the button as a memento of his first movie experience.

Realizing the lateness of the hour, Young Captain Chicken begins to hurry home through the woods. Lost in thought, he fails to notice the approach of a gigantic flying robotic arm. The arm scoops up the little chicken and carries him off to an unknown destination.

That destination is soon revealed to be a hidden laboratory located deep within the Earth. The laboratory is filled with strange machines and even stranger occupants. On arrival, the little chicken is dropped into a large glass jar.

Unable to escape from the jar, the little chicken attempts to discover the motive for his abduction. In a flash of insight, the little chicken concludes the aliens are determined to take his button. Young Captain Chicken is then faced with a moral dilemma. If he exchanges his button for his freedom, will this act of surrender encourage the aliens to abduct others? The question is simple, should he give up? The little chicken takes strength from his role models, the old man and the 'Mystery Men', and decides that he will not surrender. This decision will change the little chicken's life forever. Young Captain Chicken hides the button beneath a strange blue mat laying on the bottom of the jar. He then vows to watch his captors, learn their secrets and then use those secrets to escape his prison.

While watching his captors, Young Captain Chicken is witness to an astonishing sight! The aliens disappear, one by one, from the laboratory. Even casual readers of science fiction know this phenomenon as 'teleportation'. To the little chicken, the "strange creatures" are "just gone". Only now, does the little chicken begin to understand that he is facing forces beyond his imagination!

When his captors return to the laboratory, Young Captain Chicken becomes the victim of a bizarre alien experiment. The little chicken is shocked senseless and then violated by an alien probe. The probe implants a capsule inside the little chicken's entrails. The aliens take great satisfaction from this process.

The aliens use an "activation harness" to bombard the capsule with radiation. The capsule absorbs the radiation and uses it to grow tentacles which invade the little chicken's organs. The tentacles allow the capsule to merge with the little chicken. After evaluating the status of the capsule, the aliens deem this phase of the experiment to be a success.

The little chicken is returned to the jar to recover from his ordeal. His rest is cut short as the aliens place the little chicken inside a gigantic microwave oven. The aliens microwave the little chicken until he passes out and collapses. As the little chicken is being returned to the jar, one of the aliens activates the implant inside him. The implant is revealed to be the central element of a data collection system. The implant transmits the information it has collected about the little chicken back to the alien's control console. This entire episode has been a test of the little chicken's reaction to microwave radiation.

After yet more time in the jar, the little chicken is placed inside the 'cold chamber'. Exposed to the cold, the little chicken reacts with violence against his captors! The aliens respond in kind with an electromagnetic pulse. The pain takes the fight out of the little chicken. The chamber grows colder and colder. Finally, the little chicken collapses. Just before he passes out, the little chicken observes that "the sting" hurt less than the last time. Is this a key development? Only time will tell!

After recovering from his ordeal in the cold chamber, the little chicken is returned to the main laboratory. He is placed on top of a strange mat. To the little chicken, the mat resembles a snake skin. Next to the mat is the orange robot, now armed with a shock stick. The orange robot uses gestures to instruct the little chicken to lie down on the mat. The mat is soon revealed to be yet another alien testing device. The mat wraps itself around the little chicken, squeezes him and cuts off his air supply. Young Captain Chicken struggles but is unable to free himself from the clutches of the mat. After the little chicken collapses from a lack of oxygen, the mat unwraps itself and the little chicken is returned to the jar.

Chapter 10 - Battered, Beaten and Bruised! - Page 2

Already read part of this chapter? Use these links to jump ahead!

Page 2 / Page 3 / Page 4 / Page 5 / Page 6 / Page 7 / Page 8 / Page 9 / Page 10 / Page 11 / Page 12 / Page 13 / Page 14 / Page 15 / Page 16 / Page 17 / Page 18 / Page 19 / Page 20 / Page 21 / Page 22 / Page 23 / Page 24 / Page 25 / Page 26 / Page 27 / Page 28 / Page 29 / Page 30 / Page 31 / Page 32 / Page 33 / Page 34 / Page 35 / Page 36 / Page 37 / Page 38 / Page 39 / Page 40 / Page 41 / Page 42 / Page 43 / Page 44 / Page 45 / Page 46 / Page 47 / Page 48 / Page 49 / Page 50 / Page 51 / Page 52 / Page 53 / Page 54 / Page 55 / Page 56 / Page 57 / Page 58 / Page 59 / Page 60 / Page 61 / Page 62 / Page 63 / Page 64 / Page 65 / Page 66 / Page 67 / Page 68 / Page 69 / Page 70 / Page 71 / Page 72 / Page 73 / Page 74 / Page 75 / Page 76 / Page 77 / Page 78 / Page 79 / Page 80 / Page 81 / Page 82 / Page 83 / Page 84 / Page 85 / Page 86 / Page 87 / Page 88 / Page 89 / Page 90 / Page 91 / Page 92 / Page 93 / Page 94 / Page 95 / Page 96 / Page 97 / Page 98 / Page 99 / Page 100 / Page 101 / Page 102 / Page 103 / Page 104 / Page 105 / Page 106 / Page 107 / Page 108