Land Before Time Fanfiction: Land Before Time: Great Valley Adventure Retold - 18. Chapter 17: Sniper
Being cautious and with her bow ready in her left hand, Aylene followed Chomper closely behind, making sure that he wouldn’t see her. Although it pained her to see him leave, the last thing she wanted was to keep him from his family.
She trailed the little T-Rex down a path, sticking close to the rock wall and hiding behind the ridges that jutted out. Eventually, they came to a place where the path split in two. One path lead down through the canyon and wound around to the left. The other slanted upward toward a cliff that overlooked the path below.
The roars of his parents and the screams of the Struthiomimus brothers were gradually getting closer and closer. Chomper followed the sounds down the lower path. Aylene looked at the upper path and decided that it was the best route to go. She quickly darted toward it and watched Chomper from above.
Pretty soon, they came to a relatively open area. Near one of the cliff faces, Strongfang and Rena were both snarling and glaring at a small opening. From inside the cave, Aylene could hear Ozzy and Strut’s panicked voices all jumbled together. They might have escaped the T-Rexes, but now they were trapped.
“You can’t hide in there forever, egg stealers!” Rena growled. “You will pay for what you did!”
Chomper rounded the corner and chirped at his parents. Strongfang turned to his son as the little biter happily ran over to him. Aylene reached the end of the path and then got down on the ground. Just in case she still wasn’t on good terms with this family, she didn’t want to risk being seen.
“At least they didn’t eat you, little one.” The male T-Rex said as his son rubbed his face against his.
“Wait,” Aylene whispered, “Ozzy and Strut almost ATE Chomper as an egg?! Okay, now I really don’t like those guys!”
“GET OUT HERE!” Rena roared into the cave, causing Ozzy and Strut to panic even more.
“But I don’t think I want to stick around for dinner this time.” Aylene whispered to herself. “Chomper’s with his family now, so I should get out of here.”
Suddenly, the ground started to shake. Strongfang sensed the tremors and his eyes widened. He quickly stood up and sniffed the air.
“Oh no!” he said sharply. “Rena, forget about the egg stealers! We have to go now!”
Rena looked at Strongfang and saw the urgency in his face. She sniffed the air and her face turned from anger to worry.
“It’s him!” she replied.
Aylene raised an eyebrow. Who were they talking about? And what was coming? Whoever it was, if they were afraid of him, than the girl figured she would have to be alert as well.
“Come, Chomper.” Strongfang nudged his son ahead of him. “We have to…”
“Well, well, well,” a dark voice snickered, “What do we have here?”
Aylene looked sharply the left and ducked back as another T-Rex emerged from the rocks. Only his skin was of a tannish color. His right eye was yellow while his left one was red. On his left side was a long scar that stretched all the way down to his hand and to one claw that was just as crimson as his eye. On each side of him were two Utahraptors. One was greenish color and the other was bluish.
The girl slowly began crawl back a ways, hoping no one would notice her.
“Red Claw!” Strongfang snarled. “What do you want?!”
The tannish T-Rex looked down at Strongfang’s feet and saw the little hatchling moving closer toward his father. He then looked back up and gave a malicious grin.
“So the egg survived and hatched after all.” he said. “Well, he is your son and you are Sharptooth’s brother, so I really shouldn’t be surprised by the resilience.”
“Stop calling me Sharptooth’s BROTHER!” Strongfang roared.
“But it’s true.” Red Claw growled. “And you can’t escape the fact you are related to the most monstrous of us biters.”
Aylene’s eyes widened in shock and her jaw dropped. She crawled back even further as her limbs began to tinkle.
Strongfang is Sharptooth’s BROTHER?!
That explained why Aylene thought she had seen him before. He had the same skin color, same eyes; even his body structure was almost the same as Sharptooth’s.
The girl crawled away until she backed up into the cliff. When she felt her hand slip into a crevasse, she turned her head sharply around. In the side of a cliff was a wide opening. Wanting to get out of sight, she quickly and quietly slide herself into the crack. Once she was safely inside, she stood up and took a moment to catch her breath. As she did so, she also listened to the conversation from outside continue.
“Maybe,” Strongfang snarled, “but you know that I will never be like him.”
“Of course not,” Red Claw replied, “you’re too weak. But what about your son?”
Strongfang stepped closer to Chomper and arched his back, growling and showing all of his teeth.
“He will NEVER be like Sharptooth! EVER!”
Rena stepped forward beside her mate and snarled viciously:
“Now get out, Red Claw! Leave us be!”
“I will,” the tannish biter sneered, “once I’ve eliminated the competition!”
Suddenly, Red Claw charged forward and rammed into Strongfang. The dark green T-Rex stumbled back and hit the wall.
“Keep him busy!” Red Claw snapped at the two Utahraptors.
Immediately, Screech and Thud ran toward Strongfang and leapt on his back. The T-Rex roared in pain as their claws began to dig into his hide. He whipped around violently as he tried to shake them off. But their talons held firm.
Red Claw then turned to Rena and glared down at the scared hatchling at her feet.
“I’m warning you, Red Claw,” Rena snarled angrily, “stay away from our son!”
“I would do so,” the tannish biter replied, “if he wasn’t the nephew of the last “Walking Terror”.”
Aylene caught her breath again.
Chomper was Sharptooth’s NEPHEW!?
Of course! If Strongfang is his brother, then Chomper WOULD be related to him!
The girl did all she could to prevent herself from fainting. Even though this was so much to take in, now was not the time to be faint-hearted. Her friend was in danger. She had to help.
Rena reacted by roaring and attempted to bit down on Red Claw’s neck. He backed away from the attack and head-butted her in the side. She yelped in pain as she missed her footing and fell over on her side.
Chomper squeaked in fear and ran over to his mother.
“Mommy!” he whimpered.
He then looked up as a shadow cast over him. Above him were the gaping jaws of Red Claw towering over him!
The T-Rex was about to move in for the kill when he heard a “swishing” sound and then felt a horrible sting in his back near his left shoulder. He let out a painful roar that caused Screech and Thud to become distracted.
Seeing his chance, Strongfang whipped his body around and the two fast-biters flew off of him, slamming into the wall.
The male T-Rex then turned sharply to Red Claw and saw a stick with three feathery things on the end lodged in his back. His eyes widened for a moment as he recognized the stick.
“Who did that?!” the tannish biter snarled.
As soon as Aylene fired that arrow, she quickly ducked back into the crevasse. At least with that distraction, Strongfang was able to recover. She took a deep breath as she took another arrow out and strung the bow.
With Red Claw distracted, Strongfang saw his chance. He rushed forward and bit down on the enemy biter’s flank. Red Claw roared in pain and tried to wrench himself free. He swatted at Strongfang’s snout and managed to scratch it, drawing blood at the same time.
Although the strike stung, Strongfang refused to let go. He started to push Red Claw away from Rena and Chomper with all the strength he could muster.
Aylene peeked out of her hiding spot and looked over at the female T-Rex and the hatchling. While Rena was slowly coming around, that didn’t stop the two Utahraptors from advancing on Chomper.
Frightened and confused, the little T-Rex cowered away from the approaching fast-biters. He didn’t know what was going on, all he knew was that his family was in trouble.
“You’re ours, kid!” the greenish one snarled.
“Guess again, raptors!” a voice called out.
Suddenly, a sharp stick zipped in the air and landed in front of the two fast biters. They jumped back and then looked around.
Rena shook her head and saw Screech and Thud were dangerously close to Chomper. She snarled as she whipped her tail around and knocked them away, causing them slam into the rocky wall. The both of them struggled to stand up for a moment before falling to the ground unconscious.
Chomper looked back at his mother and immediately ran toward her. He whimpered as he hugged her face.
“It’s okay, young one.” she said gently. “No one’s going to hurt you.”
Rena than looked over and saw Strongfang fighting off Red Claw. She grimaced as she struggled to decide to help him or not. If she left Chomper, he would vulnerable to attack. But Strongfang needed help. She couldn’t lose her mate, but she couldn’t lose her son either.
Suddenly, an arrow sliced through the air and struck Red Claw in the leg. He roared in pain again, giving Strongfang just enough time to knock him aside. The enemy T-Rex stumbled backwards and hit his head on a rock jutting out form the wall. Red Claw then fell hard on the ground and groaned as the impact rattled his vision.
“Strongfang!” Rena cried out.
“C’mon Rena,” Strongfang panted. “We have to go now!”
“But what about Red Claw!?” the female asked. “And Screech and Thud?!”
“Leave them!” Strongfang grunted. “They’re not worth it! Let’s just get away from here now!”
“But they’ll chase us!” Rena fearfully pointed out.
“Don’t worry,” the male T-Rex replied, “I know a place where we can go for now. Let’s just get moving before they wake up!”
Rena hesitated for a moment before nodding.
“Come, Chomper.” she said as she lowered her head toward the hatching, allowing him to jump onto her snout.
The family immediately began to make their way toward the winding path that led out toward the Mysterious Beyond. Just before they came to an exit that opened up to a wide, sandy plain, Strongfang stopped for a moment and looked back.
“Thanks, human.” he said silently before joining up with his family again.
Aylene watched from the crevasse as the T-Rex family ran away toward the Mysterious Beyond. Although the events left her slightly shaken, she couldn’t prevent the tears from gathering up in her eyes. Seeing little Chomper with his family both warmed and broke her heart.
At the same time, she couldn’t believe that he was related to Sharptooth: the same T-Rex that tried to kill her and her friends long ago. That was something she was defiantly not expecting.
As she thought about this, she decided that it would be best if the others didn’t know about that. Except for maybe Littlefoot, the others were still rather paranoid around him. And if they found out that he was the nephew of Sharptooth…
“I really don’t want to think about that.” she shook her head. “I’ll just keep it a secret for now. Anyway, I should probably get back.”
Aylene stepped out of the crevasse and was about to make her way back down the slope when she heard a familiar voice call out her name.
“AYLENE! WHERE ARE YOU?!”
“Littlefoot?” she said.
She ran to the path that she used to follow Chomper and was surprised to see Littlefoot running up the path towards her.
“Littlefoot, what are you doing here?”
When the longneck reached her, he took a moment to catch his breath.
“I was worried about you,” he panted, “so I decided to come looking for you. Then I heard all the roars and screeches. I thought you were in trouble.”
“Didn’t I tell you to go find the others?” she raised an eyebrow. “Besides, I was about to head back, anyway.”
“What about Chomper?” Littlefoot asked. “Is he okay?”
“Don’t worry,” Aylene replied, “he safe.”
The girl then looked up past Littlefoot and her eye’s widened in shock.
“Unlike us right now!” she pointed.
Littlefoot turned his head sharply around and gasped in fear.
Walking up the path were the last dinosaurs the two friends wanted to see: Ozzy and Strut.