Chapter 9: Asphyxiated!

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? And what strange test will the aliens perform next?

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