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The Gozer worshippers- Stanley, Gladys, their grandson, the handful of other people- are staring at the Ghostbusters. Finally, Stanley clears his throat. "What do you mean, 'someone beat Gozer to the punch'?"

"I mean exactly what I said, Mr. Wolcott," says Egon. There's a peculiar gleam in his eye. "One of the most powerful, if not the most powerful, of the Great Old Ones capable of manifesting on Earth just awoke in the South Pacific."

"And judging from the fact that the Waller Protocols didn't work he's already survived at least one direct nuclear strike," Ray adds. "Which means that not only is he physically manifest, he's physically manifest, angry, and radioactive."

Stanley and Gladys eye the Ghostbusters, then turn to their own group. After a moment, Gladys says, "Just how dangerous is this Cthulhu fellow, anyway?"

"They used a nuclear weapon on him," Winston points out. "You don't think that's enough?"

"And you boys run around with those nuclear zap machines," Gladys points out. "I read that Discover article on your gear way back when. You four fellows are just as dangerous."

"I'm flattered, really," says Peter. "Seriously, though, this Cthulhu guy is bad news. Really bad news."

"Frankly, ma'am, he makes your god look like Little Mary Sunshine by comparison," Ray says. "I've spent a good quarter of a century studying up on Cthulhu lore and believe me, there is nothing like him in the annals of recorded theology in anybody's religion."

"Mostly because anybody human who encounters him for long enough goes too completely and irrevocably insane to record it," Egon adds. "The level of destruction and madness Cthulhu brings to everything around him without even taking action is unprecedented in human history-"

"So he'd be doing Gozer's work for him, then?"

Date: 2008-12-05 04:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
Jhalak is having what sounds like a muttered argument with itself.

"Gozer wants to destroy world." "Cthulhu wants to destroy world." "Ray in world." "Conflict." "Jhalak in world." "Egon and Winston and Peter and Ecto in world." "Lots of people in world." "More than six billion people." "Big conflict."

Its voice gets a little louder as it starts debating in more esoteric terms.

"Gozer wants to destroy--" "--Cthulhu wants to destroy--" "Gozer and Cthulhu are allies?" "Cthulhu 'beat Gozer to the punch'; phrasing implies independent agenda." "What are criteria to determine alliance of world-destroying gods?" "Ask Ray." "Somebody just did."

Nevertheless: "Ray, are Gozer and Cthulhu allies?"

Its syntax is improving.

Date: 2008-12-05 04:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
"Jhalak is Jotok," it replies. Helpfully, "Read more science fiction."

It flexes the digits of one hand and adds, "Cthulhu and Gozer are not allies. Both want to destroy world. Conflict?"

Date: 2008-12-05 05:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
"Outrun halfling is metaphor? Explain?"

Date: 2008-12-05 05:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
"Gozer and Cthulhu not allies." "Conflict." "Big conflict." "Winston has good logic."

Date: 2008-12-05 06:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
Jhalak lifts one arm to focus an eye on the nearest such person.

"Listen to Ray," it suggests. "Ray has a good idea."

Date: 2008-12-05 06:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
"Let's hear it," Jhalak echoes.


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