Kur, Part 2 is the forty-seventh chapter of Zak Saturday's Immortal Love Life. It was first published on February 16, 2016.
After getting back on the airship, we had to figure out where the nagas were going to start the war for Kur, or me, and stop them.
“I don’t think it’s a bluff,” Dad said. “The nagas are going to launch a first strike on the human race. It’s just a matter of where.”
“It’ll have to be a major city,” Mom said. “The nagas will want something big, something to strike as much fear as possible.”
“They’re semi-aquatic species. We should focus on island cities. They’d be the easiest to hit by surprise.”
Mom and Dad pulled up every country and their island cities on the screen.
“That still leaves too many options,” Mom said. “We’re gong to have to make a very hopeful guess.”
My parents looked at me.
Fiskerton made a gesture to himself, looking surprised.
“I think they mean me, Fisk,” I said. “But why me?”
“Well, like it or not, you are Kur, kiddo,” Mom said. “So, if it were you, where would you hit us?”
“Guys, I don’t— You heard what the nagas said. What if some part of me actually wants this to happen? Should you really be trusting me?”
“I’m your mom, Zak. I’m gonna trust you even when it’s stupid.”
“She’s right, Zak,” Sarah said. “Minus the stupid part. Maybe. But you need to do this for us so that we can stop it.”
I concentrated on the screen. My eyes set on one city. I activated my powers and felt it to be a good place for an attack.
“Hong Kong,” I said.
“I’ll set the course,” Dad said.
Mom smiled at me.
But Sarah looked uneasy. I’m not sure why, but I felt it better not to ask.
Later, in Hong Kong, we went naga scouting.
Mom and Komodo used the airship, Dad used the griffin, Sarah her Charizard, and Fisk and I used his bike and ride down all the streets.
I had my powers activated. “I’m not feeling any cryptid activity. It’s definitely not big enough for an evasion.”
“You’re right,” Sarah agreed.
We had communications with us to keep in contact with each other.
“Coast line is still clear,” Dad said.
“Communication satellites are quiet too,” Mom said. “No reports of trouble.”
“Not yet, anyway,” Sarah said.
“Still no reason to relax our guard,” Dad said. “When the nagas hit, they’re gonna hit fast.”
“Rani Nagi said that their forces were already moving,” I said. “I know they’ve got a whole army, but we still should’ve beaten them here by this point.”
“Unless they’re not attacking here,” Sarah said.
She really wasn’t helping.
“He’s right, Doc,” Mom said. “This isn’t making any sense.”
“I can only tell you what I’m seeing,” he replied. “And I guarantee there is no naga army anywhere off the east coast.”
“What?” I asked.
“They’ll be coming up through the sewers,” Mom repeated. “Zak, Sarah, Doc, focus on major sewer access points.”
Fisk stopped near a sewer pipe and I looked down it with my powers still active.
Mom had landed the airship near us and came out of it. Sarah came near us too.
“There’s nothing down here,” I said.
“What?” Mom asked. “Where else could they be?”
“Uh, in another city?” Sarah suggested.
A few moments later, Dad confirmed it for us.
“I’ve got a news feed from New York City,” he said. “Giant snakes coming out of the sewers in Manhattan.”
“I—I got the wrong island,” I said.
“Honey, I love you, but we can second-guess ourselves later,” Mom said. “Right now, we’ve got a war to stop.”
We all got back into the airship and headed to New York City.
“Uh-oh,” Sarah said.
“What?” I asked her.
“Uh, nothing. Just the fact that New York City is known as the Protector of America’s territory, also known as my mom. Though I’m not really worried. I would be if it was my dad.”
“How’s it been between you two?”
“Uh, ok, but not exactly good. He’s still drinking.”
I decided not to ask anymore questions.
Once we arrived in New York City, the nagas had about ten to fifteen people as hostages, so we got out of our airship and stood between them and the people.
Rani Nagi screamed in outrage.
“Leave Kur,” she told the other nagas. “Slay the rest.”
They attacked us and we attacked back.
The people ran away in fright. We were winning at first. One flying creature flew next to me but didn’t attack.
“Yes, that is he,” a naga told it. “Rejoice that you have lived to see the return of Kur.”
Suddenly, all of them focused on me. One of them brought a few people over to me.
“This is all for me,” I said. “They’re doing this for me.”
“Then tell them to stop,” Dad said.
He and Mom were busy fighting a big sea creature.
I noticed that some of Sarah’s pet cheetahs had ran in and saved the people that the nagas had captured.
“Right,” I said.
I activated my powers, but it hurt and everything went wrong. The creatures began throwing cars into buildings and I couldn’t get them to stop.
“Zak, talk to me,” Mom said.
“There’s too many of them,” I said. “My powers . . . hard to control.”
“Just shut it off, Zak,” Dad said. “Shut it—”
The sea creature had body slammed him, crushing his legs, and he screamed in pain.
“Doc!” Mom called.
Then a flying creature hit her and threw her into a car.
“I can’t shut it off,” I said.
I was panicking a little bit. The creatures were going crazy.
“Zak!” Sarah called.
I had a strong burst of energy and my powers deactivated.
Mom and Dad could not walk and Komodo had a broken paw. The nagas were advancing on them.
“No,” I said heartbrokenly.
Fisk, Sarah, and I managed to help my parents and Komodo and get them safely into a parking garage. After laying them down, Sarah began working on their wounds.
“What happened?” Dad asked.
“What happened? I’m Kur,” I said. “I told you not to trust me.”
“Zak, I know it’s been hard.”
“No, you don’t know. You don’t know what this Kur power is capable of. And what’s really scary, I don’t either. But take a look at all this, look at my own family, then tell me again how I’m not the bad guy.” I took a moment to mourn over what’s happened. “Call in the Secret Scientists, Dad.”
“Somebody has to fix this. All of it.”
“The Secret Scientists are not going to fix anything, Zak,” Sarah said. “They’ll probably just make it worse.”
I wasn’t listening to her.
“Zak,” Dad said and stood up, but not without some struggle.
“Dad, your legs,” I said, but he didn’t listen.
“Just look me in the eye. Do you remember what I said to you when this Kur mess started, back in the jungles of Mannose?”
“Uh, I—I don’t.”
“I told you if the power of Kur got out into the world, you may be the only one who can stop it. No matter how complicated it’s gotten since then, I still believe that. It’s the one truth I’ll accept without a shred of scientific evidence.”
Sarah laughed a little bit after he said that last part.
“I know in my gut, in my heart, that my son is here to be a force for good,” Dad continued. “It’s all you’ve ever known how to be.”
Then a howl came from the entrance of the parking garage.
“Uh-oh,” Sarah said.
Raylee and her pets entered.
“Sarah?” she asked. “Why are you not in school?”
“Since when have you cared about me being in school?” she said.
“Good point. But when I woke up this morning, you were gone. I thought you gave up looking for him.”
“I did. But my powers wouldn’t let me. But this time, they actually gave me a chance to get to him before he left, so I took it. Have you found him yet?”
“Not even close. But I did run into Doyle in London earlier. He looked different. For that moment anyway. But then I got a message from Jed about the nagas attacking New York City and I had a feeling that the Saturdays would be there as well. Speaking of which, I better go and save these sorry ass people.”
“Didn’t you take this job because you care about those sorry ass people?” Sarah asked.
“Yes,” Raylee replied. “But when I got here, I heard one of those guys that the nagas had held hostage say to another guy that the only person that could actually help them with these monsters was V.V. Argost. That really pissed me off. But if they knew how Argost really is, he would’ve let them eat those people. Of course, I almost let them eat him after I heard him say that, but that’s besides the point. It was nice seeing you guys again.”
And she and her pets left to evacuate the city.
I turned toward Fiskerton. “I guess it’s just you and me again, Fisk. Got my back?”
“Then let’s go show these snakes how the new Kur does business.”
“What about me?” Sarah asked.
“Do you wanna come?” I asked.
“Then come on.”
The three of us left my parents and Komodo in the parking garage.
“No more holding back,” Rani Nagi told her army. “The humans are yours. Let their screams announce the return of Kur!”
“Actually, Kur can make his own announcement,” I said, having the claw out and powers active. “He says you’re fired.”
I slingshot the claw into her and punched her away.
“Restrain the boy,” she told her army. “He doesn’t understand who he is.”
They advanced on us, but we took care of them. I was doing most of the work, mostly because they were all going after me.
“One on the rear!” I heard Dad call to me.
A big sea creature came up from behind me and knocked me away with its tail. Fiskerton helped me, but he also got hit by the tail.
“Your mind is being poisoned, child,” Rani Nagi said, who was now on top of the sea creature. “I’m sorry if the cure hurts, but it’s the only way to be healed. Crush the boys parents!”
The sea creature moved toward the parking garage.
I activated my powers again and tried to stop it, but my powers were failing again.
“No. Not now,” I complained. “Come on.”
The sea creature reached the parking garage and slammed its tail down on it, collapsing it.
“No!” I said.
Then Sarah summoned a big fireball and threw it at Rani Nagi, knocking her off the sea creature and sending her flying into an alley.
“I hope your tail burns, bitch,” Sarah said.
My parents and Komodo managed to get out of the rubble, but the sea creature wasn’t done with them. I activated my powers again and this time they worked and I was in control of the sea creature.
“Stop,” I said.
It did as I commanded.
“All right. I think your big city vacation is over.”
Fisk, Sarah, and I took the big sea creature back to the river while my parents went to get the airship. We helped the sea creature back into the water and it began swimming away.
“Straight onto open ocean,” I said. “No stopping and no humans. Not ever again. Thus speakth Kur.”
Fisk was surprised to hear me say that.
“What? It’s majestic.”
We walked back toward the city.
“So who was your mom looking for?” I asked Sarah.
“What do you mean?” she asked.
“You asked your mom if she had found ‘him’ yet. Who’s him?”
She looked like she was about ready to break. “Umm, well—” She faltered. “Zak, look out!”
I didn’t know what she meant until someone suddenly appeared next to me. I couldn’t believe who it was.
He picked me up, jumped onto a building, and started carrying me up it.
“Fisk!” I called.
Argost carried me to the roof of the building.
“Let me go!” I said.
“But I only just abducted you,” Argost said. “Allow me to savor the moment.”
Then Fisk and Sarah had came up to the roof. Fisk fought Argost, and he surprisingly had the upper hand while carrying me and all.
He tripped Fisk and he stumbled at the edge of the roof, about ready to fall.
“No,” I cried.
But Argost grabbed him and threw him down on the roof, then threw me next to him.
Sarah checked on us.
“I hope now you’ll believe me when I say I only want to talk,” Argost said.
“Well, you have a funny way of showing it,” Sarah said, crossing her arms over her chest.
I crossed my arms as well. “We don’t have anything to talk about, Argost.”
“Oh, I respectfully disagree,” he said. “You are Kur. That’s quite the conversation starter. Ah, yes. By now you must’ve seen what a danger you are to your family, to all of humanity.”
“He’s not a danger to anyone, you asshole,” Sarah said, coming to my defense. “Everyone else just tries to make him dangerous.”
“I’m getting my power under control,” I said.
“But in time?” he asked. “Your danger is born of ignorance. You don’t understand your powers. You need someone to teach you how to control it before it controls you.”
“Let me guess, you’re volunteering?”
“Well, I have done a bit of research on the topic.”
Then we heard a sound from behind us and I recognized it as the airship.
“Ah, the Calvary arrives,” Argost said. “Then I’ll await your answer tonight, midnight, at the top of the Empire State Building.”
“Top of the Empire State Building?” Sarah and I asked.
“I have a weakness for the classic monster clichés.”
“Apparently,” Sarah said.
He jumped over the edge and disappeared.
We looked down at the street below, but didn’t see him anywhere.
Back on the airship, my parents and Sarah’s family were congratulating me.
“You were amazing, honey,” Mom said.
“Total control of your Kur powers,” Dad said. “I knew you could do it.”
“So did I,” Sarah said.
“Yeah, total control,” I said.
“This could change everything,” Mom said. “Who knows? We may finally even convince the Secret Scientists that Zak isn’t a threat.”
Sarah snorted. “I doubt it. We all know how unreasonable they are. Remember last summer, when they thought Fiskerton was targeting them? Please. No matter how in control Zak may seam to them, they’ll always keep going after him, so why bother?”
We had to agree that she was right, but you never know what could happen.
Fiskerton turned on the news about me controlling the sewer snakes and that the police were looking for any information about me, then the news reported mentioned about me dating Raylee Hollingers daughter.
“Turn it off! Turn it off!” Sarah said.
Mom turned it off.
“How the hell do they know we were with them all last summer?”
Raylee shook her head. “I don’t know. There’s no way a paparazzi could’ve followed us. Plus, I made it illegal for them. But how they found out? We may never know. But that’s just the life of a celebrity, I guess.”
Sarah nodded in agreement.
“Ok, well, we still need to work on your public image,” Mom told me. “But, cheer up, there’s still enough good news for one day.”
“Should I check back in tomorrow then?” Doyle asked, appearing on the screen in front of us.
“Doyle!” I said.
“Good to see you too, miniman.”
Zon appeared behind him.
“Zon, hey!” I said. “I’ve missed you so much.”
She gestured to something, then pulled a man in front of the screen.
We couldn’t believe who it was.
“Get off me, you flying crocodile,” Van Rook said, then noticed us. “Hello, Drew.”
Raylee rolled her eyes. “Asshole.”
“Uh, Doyle?” Mom asked.
“Yeah, don’t,” he replied, then turned toward him. “Clear off, alright? Family time.”
He whistled for Zon and she tackled him off the screen.
“You said you had some news,” Dad said. “Did you find out where Argost has been?”
“Underground, and not in a nice way,” Doyle said. “We found Munya, but it looks like Argost is gone. Like, gone gone.”
Sarah, Fisk, and I looked at each other, knowing better than that.
“Doyle, that’s . . . wow,” Mom said. “Honestly, I don’t know what that is.”
“Relief?” Dad suggested. “As much as we could’ve used his knowledge of Kur, I feel safer knowing there’s no way he can get to Zak.”
That made me feel worse.
“Yeah, great news, Doyle,” I said. “Hey, can Fisk and I talk to Doyle alone for a minute? You know, guy talk.”
“I’m a guy,” Dad argued.
Sarah and Raylee laughed.
Mom grabbed his arm. “Alright. Just give the boys a minute.”
She led him out of the room. Komodo followed, along with Sarah and her family.
“So what’s up?” Doyle asked me.
“Argost is alive,” I said.
“Just listen, ok? I need you to know everything about Argost you can find. The deep history, before Weird World, anything that’ll give me an edge on him. I’m sorry, I can’t tell you why and you cannot tell Mom and Dad, but just—”
“Done. You know I trust you totally, miniman.”
“Yeah, there’s a lot of that going around right now.”
After chatting with Doyle, Sarah’s family had to go home.
“Well, I better get back searching for him,” Raylee said, then turned toward Sarah. “Are you going to stay with them?”
She looked at me. “They could use my help. So, yeah. I’ll stay. Good luck.”
Raylee smiled, and so did I.
When Sarah’s family left, I took her in the back so we could talk in private.
“Ok, I don’t understand, Zak,” Sarah began. “Earlier you said that the reason you didn’t contact me for the past six months was because you were trying to keep me safe . . . from you? Why?”
“Because, Sarah,” I said. “I’m Kur. I’m an evil monster that wants to—”
“You’re not a monster. Stop saying that you are.”
“But I am.”
“No, you’re not.” A tear streaked down her face. “Zak, I’ve been thinking about this ever since I found out who Kur was. Is Kur really a bad cryptid, or are the people that want him, like Argost, trying to make him an evil cryptid? I know he is the key to ultimate evil, but maybe he wants to use his powers for good and others are trying to make him be bad, and that could be why he chose someone like you. Someone who is connected to both people and cryptids, and who has a good heart. Whatever the case, you’re Kur now, a good Kur, and you need to stop letting others effect you because of that.”
I really took her words to heart, and I smiled.
“What?” Sarah asked.
“You just reminded me why you’re my girlfriend,” I said.
She smiled. “Ok.”
“So you forgive me?”
She leaned in and kissed me. “Does that answer your question?”
I smiled. “Yes.”
“Good. And you better make up for those six months.”
“So, what did you tell Doyle?”
I told her everything.
When I was done, she nodded. “Ok. Hopefully, he’ll find something good for us.”
“Yeah,” I agreed. “Umm, is it ok if I tell my mom about this?”
“Well, she’s my mom. I tell her everything, and I can guarantee you she’ll keep it a secret. She’s good at that.”
I sighed. “Fine. But no one else. Not even Zack.”
She gave me a kiss. “Thanks.”
We heard a little clapping and laughing. We turned toward the sound and saw a little girl standing near the door. She looked to be about five years old, and wearing an orange outfit with an “S” in the middle of the her shirt.
“It’s her,” I said.
“I know,” Sarah said. “I haven’t seen her since that day last summer.”
I nodded in agreement.
Last summer, this little girl would appear every once in a while. She didn’t talk or do anything except just smile and laugh, both of which were cute. But the only problem: Sarah and I were the only ones that could see her, but we didn’t know why or even who she was, but we felt like we do know her.
“Hi.” Sarah waved to her.
She waved back.
“Do you want to play?”
She laughed like Sarah had just told her a joke. Then she waved goodbye and ran out of the room.
“I really want to spend more time with her and at least know her name instead of having her run off like that, and then disappear if I chase her,” Sarah said.
“Me too,” I said.
Sarah looked at her phone. “It’s almost midnight.”
“Then we should go.”
She nodded in agreement.
Sarah and I grabbed Fisk and the three of us headed to the top of the Empire State Building where Argost was waiting for us.
“So tell me how this is suppose to work,” I said.
“It’s quite simple,” he said. “I have finally healed from the unpleasantness you inflicted upon me in Antarctica. Now I find myself ready to return to Weird World, both the home and the television program, which Munya has so graciously kept alive in my absence. Through my show, I will send subtle messages to you, my young pupil to be. Cryptids worth investigating. All the things a young Kurling needs to find his place in this cruel world. Truly, it couldn’t be simpler.”
“And you really think I’m going to fall for this?” I asked. “‘All is forgiven, I want to help you now’? Like you won’t be working on some evil super-genius-plan behind my back?”
“You wound me, dear boy. Of course I’ll be plotting behind your back. I’m going to deceive you, manipulate you, and when I’ve gotten what I want, well, I’ll let your imagination conger up the gruesome finale. Your only hope of survival is that somehow, the things I teach you will be enough for a twelve year old boy to outwit the worlds most dangerous mind before I rend you to pieces like a wolverine with a squeaky toy.”
Well, at least he was being honest, and he had a point.
I didn’t trust him, but there was no one else that could help me with my Kur powers. I thought about it for another moment.
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