War of Coasters: Part 2 – Maverick and Goliath

“Giants are not what we think they are. The same qualities that appear to give them strength are often the sources of great weakness.”   – Malcom Gladwell

 Part 2 – Maverick and Goliath

Full Throttle weaved around the pathways, searching for his foe. Maverick had only taken off a few seconds ahead of him, yet he seemed to have completely disappeared. Throttle continued to speed towards the council, but was halted by some odd movement in the trees above. Braking, he glanced up to see a large raven perched on a branch. It wore golden armor on its wings, and a crown upon its head. It was the Valravn. Commander Throttle drew his blaster, and pointed it at the bird. Its head slowly turned to face him. They stared each other down, neither of them making a sound. Then Valravn let out a loud cry, and dove off the branch. Throttle fired his blaster, grazing the wing of the bird. It swooped upside down, and dove back towards the commander. He fired three more times, but was unable to slow it down. Valravn stretched out his claws, and knocked Throttle to the ground. The bird began to rip him apart, pecking at his chest plate. It ripped open his chest, and tore out the various wires and mechanicals that kept him alive. Unable to move, Throttle yelled out in pain, trying to call for help. He locked eyes with the bird one more time. Its beady yellow eyes glared at him. Then it pecked out his sight visor, and everything went black.

. . . . .

Magic Mountain High Council Gate – Located at the Top of Samurai Summit

Maverick continued to race through the park until he arrived at the gates of the High Council. Readying his knife, he quietly attempted to sneak around the two guards. He recognized them as the ninja and the gold miner. The pathetic foes paced back and forth, completely unaware of his presence. He quickly slipped by them, and proceeded through the gate. Once inside, he attempted to make his way to the Central Seating

HALT!” a voice commanded.

Maverick froze in his tracks. Towering before him was the powerful and gargantuan warrior, Goliath. He wore the magnificent armor of a Spartan, and bore a sword of pure Damascus steel. Only a heroic leader such as he could wield that sort of weapon.

“Are you the one they call Maverick?” Goliath questioned, gesturing for Maverick to come closer. He didn’t.

“Yes? And you’re the warrior known as Goliath. Pleasure to meet you.” Maverick said, tipping his hat sarcastically.

“Well, Maverick, would you mind explaining to me why the Cedar Fair Army has chosen to strike on this day, after all the peace we’ve kept over the years?”

“Peace!?” Maverick sneered. “Just a few months ago you killed a goddamn general on our soil! You call that peace?”

“‘Twas an accident! An unfortunate event! Tatsu explained it in the trials! You set him free too!”

Their conversation had escalated to an argument. It wasn’t going to turn violent immediately, like Maverick had originally expected. He continued to stand on guard though.

“And you believe the sly bird? That terrifying piece of trash? You believe him?” Maverick shouted.

“How dare you speak towards my fellow warrior that way! He is an honest creature!”

Goliath readied his sword. Just as Maverick had began to let his guard down, too. He let out a heavy sigh, and reached for his knife. Goliath was quicker than expect though, and shoved him to the ground. The knife flew out of reach, leaving Maverick defenseless.

“I’m sorry Maverick, but you can’t always win every battle. If you did, well…life just wouldn’t be challenging enough then.”

Maverick tuned out Goliath’s speech, and searched for a way out. He saw no escape, and realized he would have to fight his way out. Quickly looking around for a weapon of sorts, Maverick laid eyes on a small stone about a foot away from him. He needed to get that stone. It was his only chance. While Goliath rambled on, Maverick slowly reached out towards the stone. His fingers were inches away. Just as he grabbed it in his hand, Goliath turned back to him.

“Maverick. Put it down.” Goliath growled. “Put it down NOW!”

Without hesitation, Maverick twisted his body around, and hurled the rock at Goliath. It struck him on the front of his head, shattering his skull. Debilitated, the warrior fell to the ground, now a lump of dead flesh and bones. Maverick checked his pulse to make sure he had passed, and then stood up to check the rest of the council.

“But where were the rest of the council members hiding?” he thought to himself, and continued to walk down the corridor…

Coming Soon: Part 3 – Response

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Top 10 Most Anticipated Coasters at Magic Mountain

In a few months time, I’ll be heading out to California for my Spring Break trip. While we’re there, I hope to spend at least a day at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California riding some of the best coasters ever built! They have an astounding lineup, with 19 roller coasters total. This makes SFMM the record holder for most coasters at a single park! Although I’m sure I won’t have the time to get all 19 credits, I’ve still compiled a list of the top 10 coasters I want ride most at Magic Mountain. Here we go! Continue reading Top 10 Most Anticipated Coasters at Magic Mountain

War of Coasters: Part 1 – Dawn of War

“While seeking revenge, dig two graves – one for yourself.” Douglas Horton

Prologue

Cedar Point – September 16th, 2016

They stood in silence at the funeral. The sun had finally set, and it was time to let go. The Sixteen marched to the beach, leaving the others behind. The twins carried the coffin, while the raven guided them to the edge of the water. They laid the coffin down in the sand, and took a moment to admire the lake.

Erie was quite beautiful at night.

As Maverick began to dig the grave, others whispered about how General Streak had died. They were all rumors of course, but some were more believable than others. Millie, the leader of the warriors, had stated that Streak had just died of old age. However, most believed his death was an unfortunate product of the war.

“It was planned! It was all planned!” Rougarou hissed. “I swear. It was that damned flying beast that led the attack!”

“I saw it too. Twas an orange bird that led an airstrike. Streak was caught up in the chaos.” uttered the gatekeeper. His statement was met with subtle nods of approval.

Maverick finished digging the hole, and the twins lowered the general’s coffin into the ground. They covered the wooden case with dirt, and bowed their heads in silence…

Part 1 – Dawn of War

Magic Mountain – 4 Months Later

It was the dead middle of the off-season, and The High Council of Flags had gathered at their capital to discuss their current situation. Tension was growing higher, and war was almost inevitable. Just 4 months ago, the great Tatsu had accidentally murdered a Cedar Fair general at their capital, Cedar Point, in a mandatory test flight. The warriors of the Point claimed Tatsu was only getting revenge for the Colossus incident a few years back. However, the flying beast defended himself.

“I may be a warrior, but I only fight for peace. I am not one to provoke tension. You have done that yourselves.” he had said at the hearings.

Tatsu had been set free the following morning, and had regained his spot in the High Council. He currently stood on his perch, observing the meeting from above.

“Alright everyone! Let’s begin.” the prototype cyborg, X2, voiced to the others. “Emperor Cyclone, have you prepared your statement?”

“Yes sir.” Wicked Cyclone, the emperor of New England, rose out of his seat. “I know we are all in fear of the war that is to come, but we must still remain vigilant. My army, along with La Ronde’s and Great Escape’s, have set up a blockade around the northeast. There will be no attacks from Dorney, at least at our parks.”

“But what about here? Or the Kingdom to the north?” shouted Goliath. “We have no permanent defense! We know this from the Colossus attacks!”

“Do not worry about the attacks.” pronounced the recently revived Twisted Colossus. “We will be ready if the enemy decides to strike-”

But they weren’t ready. Before Colossus could finish his words, an explosion could be heard towards the main gates. The council turned to see the Cedar army entering the park, seemingly prepared for a fight.

. . . . .

“Air force ranks, take the Steampunk District! Search for the council!” Maverick shouted. He watched as Raptor, Talon, Valravn, and the others took to the sky. A small smirk crept across his face. Lieutenant Maverick was a man of simple tastes. He enjoyed being quicker than others. He enjoyed his old cowboy hat, and his various blades and other sharp objects. And he most certainly enjoyed winning a fight. Only he was brave enough to stand up to Captain Millie, and it earned him a great amount of respect. Most even said he was the best warrior at The Point. There was only one thing he enjoyed more than being ahead of Millie: Being ahead of the guys at Magic Mountain. He didn’t hate any of the warriors there. Most of them had been good friends to him (with the exception of the sly and stubborn Viper). Instead, he hated the idea of Magic Mountain being better than his home, Cedar Point. It was a disagreement that had been undecided for many years. The question of who was better had bugged him for just as long. Now, with the murder of General Streak, Maverick could finally get the answer he wanted.

. . . . .

Commander Throttle flew down the pathways, speeding to the front gate. Being one of the fastest warriors at the mountain, he knew he would have to be the first line of defense. He ignited into a launch, and doubled his speed. Just a little bit further-SMACK! Something…someone had slammed into Throttle at full speed. Only one man could leave that much of an acceleration impact on him….

“Well, well, well. Commander Throttle. The Full Throttle.” Maverick grinned as Throttle turned to face him.

“Maverick…how’s it goin?” Throttle responded. Before Maverick was allowed to answer, Throttle quickly threw a punch at him. He blocked it with ease.

“Come on, kid. You gotta be a little quicker than that to-”

Throttle smashed his robotic fist into Maverick’s jaw, the impact knocking his hat right off his head. He stumbled back, trying to collect himself.

“Not bad. You’re gonna have to catch me if you want to land any more of those stingers though.” Maverick smirked, pulling a knife out of his back pocket. He sped off up the hill, and was soon out of sight.

“He’s heading towards the council. He’s gonna kill them all…” Throttle thought, and quickly sped off to catch him…

Coming Soon: Part 2 – Maverick and Goliath

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