Chapter 4: Vanished!

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.

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