“Mutantism on the March”; Chapter 28 “Santa’s Reign of Terror; Tarzan Gets Involved”

It was with a great deal of curious pomp that Santa arrived in his sleigh. Squid had run over to greet him and the six burly elves he had brought along. Santa was already well briefed on the situation. Squid only threw in some recent information. Santa, Squid and the elves discussed strategy over the next three days. Then they conferred with the local resistance cells.

Santa would lead a heavily armed force in the northern coast area. It was to be a hit and run strategy to create the illusion of a much larger force. It was hoped troops then would be moved o the northern coast leaving the south coast underdefended which was key as that is where the 4N factory was being constructed. With weak defences Squid and his band would destroy the complex. Rudolph was to be in charge of aerial bombing from the sleigh.

Dates and times were established for the offensive. Santa headed north with his band and Squid ordered all demonstrations and attacks on the south coast to be placed on hold to create the impression of resignation. Perhaps then the authorities would be less reluctant to send reinforcements to the northern coast. To increase his comfort level Squid contacted his friend Tarzan who was, of course, an expert on jungle warfare.

Tarzan was slouched in his chair sipping White Russians when Squid’s call came in. He cursed at the phone profusely thinking it was Jane’s lawyer demanding he make the alimony payments. He grinned amiably with Squid on the other end of the line. He insisted upon helping without being asked so he chartered a Bawana Airlines plane with two hundred fighters including 25 grenade launchers. 200 apes followed in another chartered plane armed with poison blowdarts.

Santa was having great success in the northern coast. Reports and rumours from the capital indicated the government believed they were being attacked by a force of 6,000 and as hoped troops were airlifted from the south coast to battle the rebels. A small platoon was left. So with a force of 50 soldiers and 200 apes brought up from Africa by Tarzan they were joined by local animals who were all too aware their habitat was being destroyed.

As Squid and his gang approached the complex there was a fierce fire fight with the Colombian platoon. The apes and animals charged into the fire causing several elder American engineers to suffer cardiac arrest. The survivors ran away in terror many felled by a hail of poison darts shot out by the apes. With Tarzan’s fighters and apes the platoon never really had a chance

70 soldiers and 8 American 4N executives perished. The apes bludgeoned to death the survivors. Only six of Squid’s soldiers died and 11 were wounded. 23 apes died. Tarzan lost 4 soldiers. Rudolph dropped his payload from the sleigh and the jungle was thick with smoke. One more pass with napalm by Rudolph ensured the complete destruction of the 4N complex.

Published by Robert K Sephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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