by Mike Brandon
Hello, my name is Takashi Itagaki. I work at Yurakucho Station in Tokyo,
or actually, I used to. This is my story.
I was behind the desk filing away some papers and it seemed like a typical
day. Travelers were rushing through, trying to get to their destinations.
Tokyo is a busy city. A first time visitor could get lost easily here and
it just so happened I was talking with someone who was making their first
visit to Japan.
"Hello, could you show me where I'm supposed to claim my luggage?" he asked.
I brought him over to the baggage area and from across the room, I could
hear two soldiers talking. They sounded nervous. Little did I know what
they were scared of or what they knew about. It was something none of the
people in all of Tokyo had an inkling of. A dark horror was waiting beneath
the waves miles off the shore of Tokyo Bay but no one knew that. No one
knew the living nightmare that was about to take over every one of their
lives and grip them in its icy claws.
The soldiers went about their business and I looked at the clock. It was
getting close to my break time. I stopped at the station's cafe and ordered
some steaming sukiyaki with something to drink. Looking outside, the clouds
were getting dark and I could see military helicopters fly by. It didn't
seem like much until more kept coming, one after another. "What the heck
is going on?" I thought as I was finishing my meal.
My break was almost over but before I could get back to work, the almost
empty lobby area suddenly flooded with people. All of them had looks of
panic on their faces. A loud alarm sounded and conductors began rushing
people onto trains. I pushed through and made it to the platform, hopefully
to get answers.
"What's going on?" I asked a frightened businessman. He scrambled into
the car too fast to answer. It was chaos! Everywhere, a flock of fear-filled
people as far as one could see.
"Hey, get these people on the next train!" another conductor shouted to
me over the screaming mob.
Another train had pulled in just behind the one he was loading and I was
trying to get as many people safely on it as I could. More kept coming
in an endless stream. It was so loud, my eardrums felt like they would
shatter, especially when one lady screamed right next to my ear. Ow, that
hurt! My train was filling up quickly and the one in front was getting
ready to leave.
"Does this train go to Osaka?" an old man asked. I could barely hear him
over the madness but it made no difference since even I didn't know where
it was headed or what was going on in the first place! It was like some
insane nightmare. There wasn't enough room but people were still cramming
themselves into the cars and I finally was able to shut the door of one
and move to the next.
Suddenly, a thunderous roar that silenced everyone echoed through the station.
It was like that moment had frozen in time and their hearts stopped, only
to restart with twice as much fear. It only lasted for a second but everyone
moved faster and I didn't know what to think. I never heard anything like
it before but it was scarier than anything I could ever imagine.
I had to force my way through people but before I could get to the last
car, it was already full. The rest would have to wait for the next train
which I could see in the distance. But something else there also, a shadow
under the darkened sky. It looked almost like a mountain. The same roar
came again, only this time it was closer. The first train hadn't left yet
and I looked back at the black towering obscurity in the distance. It was
too dark to even remotely make out what it could be but soon, a long line
of light flashed down its back.
The next moment I'll never forget. Giant flames came down on the incoming
train and it was completely engulfed by them! The ground shook again and
again with... footsteps?
"No, it couldn't be! There's nothing alive that's that big!" I thought.
I and everyone else was wrong as its fearsome face was revealed. Glaring
eyes scoured everything in front of him. Everyone behind me ran for their
lives. I kept looking at the gigantic reptile that was coming closer as
the first train was starting to pull out of the station. I ran to try to
catch up to it but it was too late. The spines along the creature's back
crackled again like lightning and a stream of blue fire passed over my
head toward the tracks. The engineer pulled on the brakes as people screamed,
not knowing what was happening.
A MONSTER strode right through the train station as if it didn't even acknowledge
its existence. I ducked and ran to get out of the way of the wreckage as
the creature caught up with the train, which hadn't gotten far at all.
Looking down with a toothy, foul grin, it opened its jaws and turning sideways,
grabbed a car! What an animal! It shook the train violently from side to
side, pieces of steel raining to the ground. Passengers also fell and some
had even chosen to jump to their doom below. Huge teeth clamped down and
sank deep into the car. It soon stopped, seemingly satisfied after ravaging
its victims and threw the car to the ground like worthless trash.
I stood in shocked horror as there were people in the twisted wreckage
but the beast moved on. I ran to the phone but before I could think about
dialing a single digit, its long tail, which reached back to the station,
came through the roof and landed just a few yards from me! I ducked and
was lucky enough to avoid getting squashed by it but not the steel grating
that fell from above.
I must've been knocked unconscious because the next thing I remember was
waking up and it was nighttime. Nurses were around me and other victims
of the attack. I heard everyone talking about what happened and from a
tv newscaster, I learned the name of what caused it all, a name I will
never forget: Godzilla.