The Tick Versus 3rd Earth - Chapter 4
By Bill Taylor
The Tick Versus 3rd Earth
By Bill Taylor
Chapter 4: The Tick VS Grune The Destroyer
To the surprise of Tygra and the kittens, the Tick walked for hours and hours
without getting hungry and without getting tired. His strength and size alone was
beyond anything they had ever seen. He was a relic, something from beyond
their time, maybe even beyond them.
“So Tick, how long have you been in that ice block?” asked Wilykat.
“I honestly don’t know,” Tick replied over his shoulder. “It was the new
century, 21st, when I got dumped in the Alaskan lake by what’s his name.”
“It’s a long story. During a lack of crime wave, Arthur convinced me to go to
the museum with him, and there, this crazy mummy monster appeared out of
nowhere and started tearing the place apart.”
“Mummy monster?” exclaimed the kittens.
“Yeah. I forget his name. It was Mumm-something.”
“Mumm-Ra? The Ever-Living by any chance?” asked Tygra.
“Yeah! That was him!” yelled Tick. “Do you know him?”
“He’s our mortal enemy, sworn to destroy for no other reason than the fact
that we happen to be here.”
“Hey, that’s tough.”
“So tell us Tick, what was your Arthur friend like?”
“Short. Fat. Really into bizarre miscellaneous facts. You would’ve liked him.
He was the best sidekick a guy ever had.” Tick felt tears brim in his eyes,
unaware that he did for Arthur what Arthur had done for him, as he came for
the first time to grips with the fact that Arthur was gone forever and that he
would never see him again. “SNIFF, if you don’t mind, I’d rather not… talk
about it right now.”
“Okay. It shouldn’t be a whole lot further, we should be there by evening.”
That’s when the Thunder Tank was lifted up from behind, nearly knocking the
occupants out and causing Tick to fall forward.
“Have we hit a speed bump?” asked Tick.
“Worse than that I think!” Tygra yelled over a maniacal laugh.
“Nice day for a drive in the country, wouldn’t you say so, Thundercats?” It
was Grune the Destroyer, ex-Thundercat and an all around not so nice guy.
“Kit, Kat, get out of here! I’ll hold him off! Get Lion-O and the others!” Tygra
jumped on top of the cargo roof and started cracking his whip. Tygra got his
whip wrapped around Grune’s battle club and tried to whip it away from him,
but Grune yanked forward and Tygra fell face first into the ground. As soon as
Tygra was back on his feet, Grune kicked him hard in the stomach, and Tygra
collapsed on the ground, clutching his stomach, and managed to roll out of the
way of the bigger, heavier warrior.
Tygra managed to back get up and kicked Grune in the back. Grune spun
around and tried to whack Tygra’s head off with the battle club, but Tygra
ducked. Tygra punched Grune in the stomach a few times, and then he punched
Grune in the face, right where he was missing a tooth. Grune pulled a real piece
of chicken shit fighting by hitting Tygra back with his forearm like he was
Frankenstein’s monster, not using his fist or even his elbow. In any case, Tygra
was on the ground, and Grune was holding him in place by keeping his foot
rammed into his stomach.
“Homosexual weakling! Panthro wear you out last night?” laughed Grune.
“I… am… not…gay… damn… it! And… Panthro… is… not… even…
remotely… gay! I’ll… have… you… know… I… work… out… four…
times… a… week… including… holidays…!”
“Spoon!” Tick grabbed Grune by the wrist that was connected to the hand that
held his club and twisted, then he shoved Grune into a tree. Grune managed to
push back and threw Tick off, but he lost his battle club in the process.
“And where did they get you? A garage sale?”
“I am the Tick! Champion of Justice! Righter of wrongs! Protector of the
innocent! And always there to help out the little guy/underdog!”
“Whatever. For your alliance with the Thundercats, I will destroy you!”
Tick put up his dukes as Grune charged him. Grune kicked Tick in the gut just
as Tick punched him in the face. Tick stood there like a brick, but Grune fell on
his butt. Tick put Grune in a headlock, but Grune hit him, sinking his single
saber tooth into Tick’s forearm. That hurt. Tick let go of Grune. Tick and
Grune shadowboxed each other for a minute or two, then Tick got serious and
punched Grune in the face. Grune was surprised that any opponent could cause
him pain. Tick hit him again and knocked him down. While on the ground,
Grune saw his battle club, reached for it, stood up and smashed it right in Tick’s
face. Tick was caught off guard, but he pulled the spiked club out, and started
pummeling Grune with a vengeance.
“Was there ever a being infused with such power as he?” Tygra philosophized
as Wilykit and Wilykat helped him up on his feet.
For a moment, Grune was able to land a few blows on Tick, but in the end, it
was Tick who landed the final, solid blow that decided the victory and left
Grune out cold on the ground.
“Wow! First Mumm-Ra, then the mutants, and now Grune!” cheered Wilykat.
“Who’ll this guy beat up for us next?”
To Be Continued...
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