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"The New Adventures Of Stan Starburst: Chapter 2 - Rage of the Man-Beast!"
by Richard Nathan
Before the lights come up, a voice announces the title of the story:
"The New Adventures of Stan Starburst -
Chapter Two - Rage of the Man-Beast!"
Lights come up on surface of the planet Fettatonia, not two far from where Chapter One took place. Somewhere on the ground is a large, rotten piece of alien fruit. Something made of mashed bananas might be appropriate.
Enter our heroine, BETTY COLLINS, pursued by the malevolent MAN-BEAST. Betty screams and the Man-Beast roars.
Get away from me, you monster! You killed
Stan Starburst, the only man I'll ever love!
You ripped off his head!
The Man-Beast roars and lunges at her. Betty dodges and falls. She picks up the only thing available to use as a weapon, the piece of alien fruit, and smashes it into the Man-Beast's face.
The Man-Beast is stunned, and slowly transforms into DR. ZADWICK. (The actor playing the role can remove his make-up as he removes the rotten fruit from his face.
You've done it! You found the cure! You
beautiful girl! I could kiss you!
Stay back! How can you think I would
kiss a monster who ripped off the head of
the only man I'll ever love?
Dear child, I haven't ripped off anyone's
Enter STAN STARBURST and TOG THE TANGORIAN. Tog carries the thing that looks slightly like a bad prop version of Stan's head - which Dr. Zadwick (as the Man-Beast) ripped off in Chapter One.
That's right, Betty. He hasn't!
She runs to his arms. After a quick embrace, she asks:
But your head? How...
I don't want to sound conceited, Betty, but
do you really think this looks like me?
Tog tosses Stan the head prop, and Stan holds it up so that Betty can compare it to Stan's head.
Well... not exactly.... But what is it?
That is the rare Head-Plant of Fettatonia -
so named because of its uncanny resemblance
to the head of so many humanoid life forms. It's
the reason I came to this planet . I had reason to |
believe its properties might cure for the plague of
Septamyocytrosis that has decimated
my home world of Thalencia. I found that
digesting the Head-Plant would indeed
cure Septamyocytrosis. Unfortunately,
the same properties that cure that dread disease
also have a side-effect - anyone who
ingests it turns into a ravening Man-Beast.
I found out about the side effect when I
tried the treatment out on myself. First I
exposed myself to the Septamyocytrosis
virus, and then I ingested the Head-Plant.
To my horror, I turned into a Man-Beast.
But then when this delightful young woman
exposed my skin to the pulp of the
Fettatonian Blazo Fruit, it turned me
back to myself, with no side effects!
Your daughter will be very glad to see
you! Has anyone seen her?
Daughter? I have no daughter!
I knew it! He's so ashamed of her, he's
blocked her from his memory!
No! Really! I have no daughter!
Maybe this is a side effect of the Blazo Fruit.
Should we try smacking him with other plants?
Enter HAN-DAR with a ray-gun drawn.
That will not be necessary!
You brought Han-Dar here? Do you realize
what you have done? I would rather have died
of Septamyocytrosis than face this
vile and foul abomination!
I don't think that's a nice way to talk about
In this case, I disagree.
She isn't my daughter! She is an assassin from the
planet Malaciente, the sworn enemy of my home
planet Thalencia. No doubt she has come here to
But when we met you on Thalencia, you begged us
to help you find Dr. Zadwick, so he could cure
your planet of Septamyocytrosis!
But I really wanted you to find him so I
could kill him before he could find the cure! Did
you find the cure, Doctor?
Yes, I did. If you have any humanity at all,
you'll let me save millions of lives.
Millions of Thalencian lives! No, I'd rather
kill you all!
You see what I mean, Stan! This always happens
to us! Couldn't we just go one day without
someone trying to kill us?
I'm going to do more than try!
Han-Dar shoots Betty, Tog, Stan and Dr. Zadwick, who all fall down, apparently dead!
Don't miss the concluding chapter in The New
Adventures of Stan Starburst - Chapter Three -
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