Canto 13 – Dino-Man
Fred 3576 was tied to one side of the tree, his girlfriend Wilma456 was trussed to the other side. Their pet, Dino6476 was laid out dead and ready for skinning, much too dangerous to try to keep as a live captive. The two cave youths looked at Ged with large, fearful eyes.
“I can’t wear that!” moaned Ham, looking at the fur loincloth young Fred was wearing.
The Nebulon Princess grinned at Ham. It began to dawn on all of them that she now understood the words being spoken around her. Ham blushed.
“We have to find that clown of yours before he can do some real damage. Unless you think you can do the riding beast, you are going to have to use what that boy is wearing as your disguise.”
“Ged? What are you going to do about the riding beast?” Ham seemed nervous about the grim determination he obviously saw on Ged’s face. Ged could tell just by looking that what came next was going to traumatize Hamfast Aero.
“I’m going to skin and eat this thing.”
Ged’s environment suit was laid aside. Ged sat down next to the dead raptor with his lectroknife. The blade shimmered with barely controlled energy. He slit the beast open from throat to groin. He quickly peeled back the hide, and then spent about half an hour stretching and preserving the hide on the gray ironwood frame he made from tree branches. The meat he carved off was eaten raw with special cat teeth he grew in order to eat the meat. Then he began to analyze and absorb. Complex DNA patterns formed in his inner eye. He had never gone further than imagining this process before, yet he knew he could achieve it. He ate more as he began to change. The skin of his face split at the nose ridge and fell away to reveal scales. The bones of his face began to elongate into raptor form. The more he changed, the more he felt the need to eat. As his own previous flesh sloughed off, he had to replenish his own mass with the flesh of the raptor. After another twenty minutes, Ged Aero had become a dinosaur, a Dionysian velociraptor.
Just as Ged had imagined, Ham was nearly in shock over the transformation. He’d seen Ged grow scales here and there, and change color a few times. He’d even seen the fangs grow in once or twice. But this was the first time Ged had let anyone else witness how completely his ability allowed him to change form. He knew it was disgusting and awful to watch, but he felt the time had come to reveal what he could truly do.
“Ged? How did you…?”
“Truly amazin’ Bucko!” Sinbadh gasped.
The Princess took Ham in hand and made sure he followed through with the plan. She stripped the captured Fred of his Bam-Bam shorts and then undressed Ham, before putting the caveman disguise on him. Ham was too far gone to protest or be embarrassed.
“Thaank you, Princesssss,” said the velociraptor that was Ged Aero. “You and Sssinbadh ssstay and guard the prisonerssss.”
The Princess firmly shook her head no. She stripped the girl of her Raquel Welch 1,000,000 B.C. bikini and put it on. Her small son she stripped naked. “We go,” was all she said.
Ham mounted on Ged’s saurian back and the Princess got up behind him. The little blue boy was wedged safely in between them.
“What is to become of us?” cried young Fred3576. “You killed our Dino. You can’t just leave us here in the wild naked and tied up!”
“No harm will come to you,” hissed Ged. “Sssinbadh will ssstay and guard you.”
“Blimey! Ya kin count on me, Cap’n. As long as ye don’t eat me. I am yer faithful dog! Space dog, that is!”