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The Adventures of the Sentinel Episode 3

The Adventures of the Sentinel Episode 3

Original Airdate: December 23, 1949

The Black Scarab’s Revenge comes to a screeching conclusion in this historic episode that made headlines all over the world!!  Will The Sentinel be unmasked? What or WHO can save him and Metro City from the nefarious evil of THE BLACK SCARAB?!

 


Chapter Eight: The Black Scarab Strikes

Chapter Eight: The Black Scarab Strikes

Olivia stands in the doorway. She mops sweat from her brow, an overstuffed and collapsing moving box next to her.

–– You’ve been zombies for days. Would it kill you to help out?

Amidst sounds of zombie slaying, Toby shrugs. Ollie walks up to the doorway and picks up the box, careful (kinda) to keep its innards from spewing all over the entryway. He kisses her on the forehead and carries the box into the living room. She rolls her eyes.

Setting the box down, Ollie stares at the post-apocalyptic alpha male cardboard nightmare spread across what was once Olivia’s living room. Chuck Norris DVD collection. Trophies (mostly second place). Books (auto-hagiographies of sports stars and Donald Trump). Trash bags of clothing (one filled only with white ankle socks).

He pulls a stuffed animal from one of the bags. A one-eyed blue chameleon. He stares into its glassy eye. Fiddles with the feet. He points it at Toby, sitting on the couch, flanked by moving boxes, his attention resting on the digital zombie slice ’n dice.

–– Gimme.

Greg snatches the chameleon from Ollie’s hand and stuffs it in a box as he heads out the door. Ollie smirks. He pushes boxes aside and sits next to Toby.

Chapter Seven: Into the Hidden Lair

Chapter Seven: Into the Hidden Lair

Ollie and Toby stare at Olivia. She doesn’t blink. She chews on the muffin, taking slow and determined bites. She kicks the Fluffy Muffin bag under the coffee table.

–– Olive? You there?

She blinks.

–– Try them.

Toby and Ollie both bite into the muffin. They wince.

She stares at the television screen.

Chapter Six: Peril of the Fluffy Muffin

Chapter Six: Peril of the Fluffy Muffin

The snarling zombie throng attacks.

A board with nails collides with the mutilated head of what once was a human. The creature rears back and slashes. A scream of agony as the board-wielding zombie-slayer falls to the ground, his weapon shattering on impact. A woman rushes over the fallen body and slams a chainsaw into the zombie pack. Body parts and viscera drip from the screen.

Ollie drops the controller.

–– Goddammit.

The Adventures of the Sentinel Episode Two

The Adventures of the Sentinel Episode Two

Original Airdate: December 16, 1949

The Black Scarab’s Revenge continues!! Did Belmont and Walker survive their plunge into the river? Who is the Black Scarab? What nefarious plans does he have in store for Metro City? And what diabolical scheme could spell the end of The Sentinel?!

Chapter Five:  Our Chance to Finally Stop That Menace

Chapter Five: Our Chance to Finally Stop That Menace

 

Ollie paces up and down the hallway. His big toe protrudes from his red slippers. He folds and unfolds the note from Toby:

 

JUT’Z RKZ NOS ROBK NKXK O’RR NKRV!

He tries in vain to clear the lump from his throat. A hand rests on his shoulder. A familiar exhalation fills him with contempt. He cringes as Greg’s oversized class ring digs into the sore spot.

––He’s a tough kid, old man. I just wish I could have done more.

Ollie crumples the note in his fist, his hands tighter and tighter. He trembles. His Decoder Ring finger turns a reddish-purple.

The door to Toby’s room opens. Remnants of tears stick to Olivia’s face.

––He wants you.

Chapter Four: The Treacherous Path of Peril

Chapter Four: The Treacherous Path of Peril

Ollie’s shock at Greg’s invasion of his privacy gives way to a haphazard poker face that betrays every ounce of discomfort. Greg uncrumples the paper and stares at the fruits of Ollie’s labor. Ollie spins the Decoder Ring.

–– Making your own now?

–– Physical therapy.

–– For what?

–– The pain in my ass.

Greg laughs that painful cackle he calls a laugh –– he says it’s the signal that he’s arrived, that it gives him a distinct charisma. Ollie says it’s less pleasant than an air raid siren (or the resultant air raid). Greg crumples the paper and throws it into the wastebasket. Perfect shot. He does a drum roll on his legs. Claps his hands in mock prayer. He leans forward, then back. He exhales.

Chapter Three: A Tireless Figure Rockets Towards An Unknown Destination

Chapter Three: A Tireless Figure Rockets Towards An Unknown Destination

–– The Sentinel throws Rico right through the window! ‘See how you bounce offa the sidewalk!’ He screams ‘AAH!AAH!’ Then The Sentinel times it… just… right… and BAM! He catches him just before he hits the pavement!

Ollie’s superhero voice is still perfect. A bit more gravel, a bit more experience, but it’s there. He relaxes his arm from the superhero grandiosity.

Toby yawns.

–– Butbut before he’s hauled away by the policeman, Rico yells  ‘No! The Scarab! The Black Scarab! He’ll kill me in there! You gotta protect me Sentinel!’

Ollie puts his hands together, mimicking handcuffs, and shuffles to and fro at the foot of Toby’s bed. He switches to his superhero voice and places his fists against his hips –– superheroicus maximus. 

Chapter Two: A Nutritious Part of Every Meal

Chapter Two: A Nutritious Part of Every Meal

Ollie unlocks the front door and picks up the orange-bagged newspaper. When he was a boy, the local paper cost ten cents. Now it’s seventy-five. In spite of the increased price point, it’s been an essential piece of his morning ritual for decades. He finds solace in the newsprint, gossip for the McDonald’s crew, and a reason to celebrate surviving this long.

He gulps. The sound of the casino chips inside the box echoes in his head.

He removes the plastic bag and sets the still-folded newspaper next to his cup of coffee on the kitchen table. Greg rushes past him and grabs the newspaper.

–– Gottagoexcusemeoldman.

Waving him past, Ollie bursts out with a fake grin and a curtsy.

Asshole.

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