Billy Bellows – Write On Edge

Written for Write On Edge writing challenge. A story, about a battle won but a war lost, begins after the photo.

Genre: Science Fiction/Fan Fiction

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Billy Bellows

Lieutenant Gleeson stood at the cliff edge of California’s Stinson Beach and scanned the ocean, looking for it. Seeing nothing again, he turned on the radio in his new ’52 Nash Rambler to relieve himself and the men from boredom. Elvis was playing, and the men smiled for the latest music sensation.

Gleeson checked on Sergeant Brankowski’s preparations with the M6 Anti-Tank gun. “How’s the special shot, Sarge?”

“It’s ready whenever the creature appears,” he reported.

“The glass hasn’t broken?”

“No sir. I’ve been handling it myself. It’s ready whenever ol’ Billy Bellows shows up.”

“You named the creature?”

“Yup. Think this whatchamacallit will work?”

“Well, it’s worked in Australia, Chile, and the Philippines. That just leaves the creatures near us and Tokyo.”

“I still don’t get it,” said Brankowski as he lit a cigarette. “If the special shot doesn’t work the first time, why can’t we just keep shooting it with more of ’em?”

Gleeson was a biologist by trade and that was a big reason why he’d drawn this duty. He could understand the reasons, but would Brankowski? “Well, the creature’s so tough because of its adapative, self-rewriting DNA. You shoot it with a bullet and it doesn’t die, then its adaptive DNA makes it immune to bullets thereafter. This special shell has a virus that uses that ability against the creature to kill it. If the shot doesn’t enter the thing’s throat, it won’t die and the whole idea backfires. It becomes forever immune to anything , possibly even nukes.”

“Then we cain’t miss Ol’ Billy.”

“That’s right,” agreed Gleeson.

They were interrupted by an earsplitting screech. The creature was returning to its lair. Gleeson brought his binoculars up quickly and scanned the shoreline. There it was, its greenish-gray skin sparkled as it emerged from the ocean. Bipedal, it stood nearly upright which most biologists found peculiar. It wasn’t a natural stance, but Dr. Fukuoka’s genetic creation was anything but natural. Luckily, only two of 30-foot tall “babies” were left alive in the world. “Load the special shot, Brankowski,” said Gleeson.

Gleeson’s squad quickly assumed their positions around the anti-tank gun. The creature could see them, they knew it. It stalked up the hillside, shaking the ground as it approached, it’s high-pitched screech tapered to a metallic scraping sound. Soon, its head appeared above their carefully prepared position.


The shot was aimed perfectly, and it exploded in the creature’s throat. The virus took effect immediately, and within 20 minutes the creature was reduced to an indistinct, gray ooze.

The men were still cheering when Gleeson reported the success on the radio to HQ. He stood there for five minutes, his grin turning to a scowl. Soon, he signed off.

“Why the long face, LT?” said Brankowski. “We won!”

“The Japanese engaged their creature, but missed.”

“So…then what?”

“It tripled in size in mere hours, and now no weapons are affecting it. It’s approaching Tokyo. You might be happy to know, they named their creature too.”


“They call it…Godzilla.”
Woohoo! A new Godzilla movie is coming out and I am SO JAZZED.

This story was written for the writing challenge at Write on Edge. This week’s challenge has a photo and a sentence prompt to use directly or as inspiration to write up to 500 words of flash fiction. The prompt can be found here:


About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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15 Responses to Billy Bellows – Write On Edge

  1. Lyssa Medana says:

    I really enjoyed this, I loved the way you set the context and it’s a great backstory! Lyssa M x


  2. Sara Healy says:

    Oh, this was fun and caught me by surprise, even though I knew about the movie. You did a great job with creating your characters and making me see them. The same holds true with the creature. I’m not familiar with the Godzilla story, but does this follow it? Can the creature become immune to any weapon? Whatever the answer is this was an entertaining read. Well done:~)


    • EagleAye says:

      Thank you, Sara! No, this doesn’t follow the “true” Godzilla story. Rather it’s my attempt to answer my own questions about the creature. Why only one? Why that peculiar stance? Was it ever smaller than it is now? Did anyone know about it and try to stop it when it was smaller? Well, I’m glad the characters were wrought real for you. That’s a major goal for me. Good to see it worked. I’m glad you enjoyed it and thanks very much for sharing your thoughts. πŸ™‚


  3. Lyn says:

    Oh boy, that’s so not good; not good at all. Maybe Dr. Fukuoka needs to create a new genetic creation. Let’s hope he knows the location of the Mothra brain cells his predecessor stored away in cryogenic suspension πŸ™‚


    • EagleAye says:

      That’s so true. It’ll cost Tokyo decades a rampages across the skyline. Of course, he’ll also be their best defense against things like King Ghidorah. The trouble with Dr. Fukuoka is, when he realized the Japanese monster survived, he had a heart attack and died, and all his knowledge was lost with him. Karma, man. It sucks sometimes. πŸ˜‰


  4. Ha! Love it. Here I saw a sweet little cove and you saw the lair to an enormous underwater beast! Such creativity here on WOE. Well done!


    • EagleAye says:

      Hehe. It really is interesting to see the different ideas folks come up with. There’s lots of very creative minds in this group. Thanks so much for the kind words. πŸ™‚


  5. Indira says:

    Your imagination at its best. Lovely story. Interesting and new for me ‘ self-rewriting DNA’. Only you can now cope up with a device to destroy it. Waiting for the sequel.


    • EagleAye says:

      Hehe. You’ll have to watch the new Godzilla movie when it comes out. They’ve been trying to kill him for bunches of movies and yet Godzilla still lives on! Thanks much, Indira!


  6. Shey says:

    LOL, you just couldn’t resist writing about Godzilla. What a fun read, EA.


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