The surgery had been very tight in operation. But now it looked like the light was green for the patient. It had taken almost three solid hours to perform and persevere, but the danger was now over. Everybody was so relieved that they had finally managed to purge the last of the Primordial Ooze from the Dino Ranger’s body, and drain clear the Raptor DNA that Veloci had infected him with, thus finally returning him to his normal standard human male look.
“Right,” said the doctor. “We’ve finished. Let’s leave him to rest.”
The nurses wheeled Michael over to a resting room, and placed him on a comfortable bed. Once they were done, they left the room and went back to clean up in Operations.
There, the doctor eyed the ooze as it was placed into contamination and sent through to the incinerator. “Veloci’s ooze is getting even worse by the day,” he remarked. “And to think he used cells of his own DNA to hurt Michael in that manner.”
“Speaking of the raptor DNA, we managed to salvage it into a physical substance,” another nurse spoke, holding up a packet of liquid. “Maybe we could make use of it to help Michael get back at Veloci. We freeze it up, and make it into a piece of jewellery, then we give it to Michael so he can use it to turn into a Fast-Biter at will. That way Veloci won’t expect to see Michael as a Fast-Biter and the Dino Ranger can easily infiltrate his dirty future deeds.”
“Good idea,” the doctor nodded. “Do it. But make sure not to tell Michael about it…we should make it a surprise for him.”
A few hours later, Michael woke up feeling completely normal and refreshed. Looking around, he found was in a patient’s bed. He guessed he was in the hospital.
The door then opened and the doctors walked in to examine him. They explained to him about what had happened, when he had been under the influence of Veloci’s Primordial Ooze, and that after he had been knocked out, how they had done their best to remove it successfully. Now that Michael was back on the verge of human again, he was free to leave. However, they recommended that he take a vacation before returning to work, to help him mentally get over the influence of the Ooze.
As Michael was packing up his things which they had saved for him in a nearby room, he noticed something sitting on a nearby desk. It appeared to be a thin necklace with a strange-looking gemstone in it. Apparently, this happened to be the same gemstone made of the same substance that the doctors had frozen and made into its solid form.
Curious, Michael picked the necklace up, suspecting that maybe a former patient had left it behind. He decided to take it with him.
Millions of years back through time…
It was peaceful once again throughout the Great Valley. And the young Fast-Runner called Ruby was just making her way out of a pond after feeding on a few shellfish. She was excited to meet up with her friends later on, because they had developed a new game of Hide ’n’ Ken. It involved finding their human traveller friend, Ken Blake of the Time Kids. Whenever he came here and got into trouble, which normally involved getting caught by a dinosaur (usually female), the kids would split up and try to find where he was hidden in the Great Valley. Whoever found him first would get to decide who would be ‘It’ in the next game of Tag that they would play.
Ruby was excited as she had never gotten to choose the rules of Tag before. She couldn’t wait to hunt Ken down, although she knew she would have a bit of competition since Chomper had a very good sniffer, and had passed that trait on to Spike who was now just as good. What Ruby needed, she believed, was a bit of speed.
And as she approached the familiar road of the Great Valley Interstate 74, her thoughts turned to her human friend Michael…maybe she could ask him for his help. If he could drive her around in Christine, maybe she would have a better chance to find Ken before the others did.
It was then that she heard a strange sound, and looking down the road, she suddenly saw a familiar shape literally ‘sling-shot’ through time and stop right in front of her on the road. Her heart leapt the moment she recognized the red tinted object that she had been told was a ‘car’. It was Christine.
And whenever Christine was here, it meant Michael was here.
Ruby happily jumped up and down and ran over towards the driver’s door. “Michael!” she cried out as the door opened and Michael himself stepped out. “Hello, my friend, my friend, hello.”
“Hi, Ruby!” Michael let Ruby embrace him in a warm hug, and put his own arms around her to return the greeting. “I’ve missed you.”
“So have I,” Ruby looked him over as she pulled back. “Do you feel all better now after what Veloci did to you? After what Veloci did to you, do you feel all better now?”
“Yeah, I feel better,” Michael nodded. “But I’ll settle the score with him later. He’s really asking for it this time, having gone as far as infecting me with that Primordial Ooze. What are you up to now, Ruby?”
“We’re seeking out Ken,” Ruby grinned. “If I find him first, I’ll get to choose who’s It when we next play Tag.”
Michael smirked. “Yeah, knowing Ken, he’s always getting into trouble. Sure, I’ll give you a hand. Jump in.” He climbed into Christine and let Ruby jump inside too. They took off down the road, keeping their eyes peeled along the way for any signs of Ken.
A little later, Ruby pointed out a spot where she had seen Shelly and Josiah recently camping out last night. Pulling over, they went to check it out. Footprints in the ground indicated that Ken had to have been in the area as well, but when Ruby noticed Chomper’s footprints as well, she pouted. “Chomper’s ahead of me…how am I going to track Ken down before he does? Even if my sniffer was as good as Chomper’s, it’d take a miracle to catch up to him.”
“Maybe we can drive after him,” Michael suggested. “Back to the car.” But as they ran back to Christine, something slipped out of Michael’s pocket and fell to the ground. Ruby instantly noticed it. “Wait, Michael, you dropped something,” she picked up the necklace with the odd gemstone. “What is it?”
Michael turned around. “Oh, that? I don’t really know…I think it belongs to somebody else. I found it when I was recovering from the Ooze earlier on. I don’t know why it was just left there, but I thought it might look good on you if you wear it, Ruby.”
“How do you wear it, Michael?” Ruby asked. “I don’t know how it works.”
Michael chuckled. “Here, let me show you.” He took the necklace from Ruby, and carefully hung the necklace around his neck. “This is how you wear it, Ruby…it’s pretty eas-…huh?” Suddenly, he froze, as he felt a strange feeling well up inside of him. Suddenly, a light began to shimmer from the gemstone upon the necklace, and it began to shine around Michael, covering him in its glow. “Hey! What’s going on?”
“Michael!” Ruby gasped, and took a step away, shielding her eyes from the bright light. But after a moment, it faded away, and Ruby held down her hands, looking back at Michael.
But the moment she did, she got the surprise of her life! Instead of the Michael she knew, there stood a firm, medium-sized Fast-Biter, covered in blue scales with tan stripes over his back. But the Fast-Biter seemed to also maintain Michael’s hairdo, if not also his eyes, and a stripe of yellow scales upon the tip of his tail. The necklace hung around his neck just above his body.
“M-Michael!?” Ruby stared, as the Fast-Biter glanced down to look down at himself.
“W-Whoa! No way!” the Fast-Biter was stunned at his new appearance. “How did that happen?” He looked at his arms, now smaller than before with claws upon where his hands were. Then his feet, which now had killing claws upon them. His posture had changed into a firm Fast-Biter pose, leaning slightly, but when Michael attempted to stand up straight like a human, he found he had no trouble staying in that position.
“Ruby, this is-it’s incredible!” Michael laughed, showing his long, sharp teeth. “I’m a Fast-Biter!”
An excited smile grew upon Ruby’s lips…she didn’t know how it happened either, but for her friend to become a dinosaur was something totally amazing to her. Perhaps if he had turned into a Fast-Runner instead…
She felt a slight blush at the thought of it.
Michael looked behind at his new tail. “I feel powerful…wiry, nimble, and fast! I can see incredibly well, and I can hear a great distance. I’m an actual Fast-Biter…maybe I could spy on Redclaw and Veloci in this form without even being recognized!”
He then sniffed the air, and then thought of something. “And I can smell pretty good too…hey, maybe I can find Ken before Chomper this way!”
“There’s an idea,” Ruby grinned. “Lead the way, Michael!”
Michael began sniffing around carefully, checking out all the nearby scents around the campsite, and after a moment, he pinpointed the tracks of where Ken could have possibly gone. “That way! Come on!” He began leading Ruby down the trail, keeping his nose down carefully as he ran, so he could follow the scent quickly.
Then he stopped. “Oh no…wait! I can’t leave Christine on her own…she wouldn’t like staying in one place too long without me. I’d better drive her.”
“But how can you drive, Michael, I mean, with your new look?” Ruby asked. “With your new look, Michael, how can you drive?”
“Hmm, I didn’t think about that. Let’s see…” Michael approached Christine. He paused when a slight rumble from the car’s engine occurred. “It’s okay, Christine. It’s me, Michael.”
Christine remained still. Michael carefully sat in the driver’s seat, being mindful of his tail, but soon managed to sit properly. “Seems to be okay…” He then turned the key and started Christine up. She purred with assurance. “Yeah, I think I can do it. Jump in, Ruby.”
Ruby immediately climbed into Christine and Michael began to carefully push his new Fast-Biter feet onto Christine’s pedals. The car began to drive, and Michael went carefully on the accelerator to make sure his new form could get used to it. “Yes, I think I can drive Christine in this form too! This is awesome, Ruby! Bet I could drive a train like this too!”
Pretty soon, Michael was moving Christine like lightning across the terrain as he followed the trail, and amazingly, by leaning his head out the window, he was able to keep track of the scent at the same time, which was technically something near to impossible to do. But whatever the reason, it seemed to be incredibly easy for the Fast-Biter-turned Dino Ranger.
“We’ll catch Ken yet,” Ruby eagerly rubbed her hands.
A little while later, they were driving past the Roaring Falls when Ruby suddenly told Michael to stop. Michael brought Christine to a halt, and carefully made his way out of the car.
There at the Roaring Falls was Chomper, talking with Littlefoot who was apparently sitting in the cool water looking a little discomforted. Cera, Petrie, Ducky and Spike were there too.
But as Ruby approached them with Michael, the kids turned to look at them, and they gasped upon seeing Michael in his Fast-Biter form. “Ruby, look out!” Cera shouted. “It’s a Fast-Biter!”
“It will eat you up, yep, yep, yep!” Ducky gasped, while Petrie fainted instantly.
“No, no, you guys, it’s me!” Michael tried to tell them.
“Don’t panic, you guys, you guys, don’t panic!” Ruby assured them. “It’s our friend Michael…it really is.”
“Really?” Littlefoot stared. Spike let out a confused grunt. Chomper came over to check out the Fast-Biter, and his sniffer twitched for a moment before he let out a happy smile. “Yeah, it is Michael! You’re right, Ruby!”
“What happened to you, Mike?” Littlefoot asked, climbing out of the water.
Michael immediately noticed that Littlefoot seemed to have a bite-mark on his tail, but from the look of the mark, it looked like a human bite. But he decided to answer Littlefoot first, so he said, “I don’t know, Littlefoot. I was talking with Ruby earlier, showing her my necklace and then I got turned into thi-”
Suddenly he froze as he realized something. “The-the necklace…” He looked at it hanging around his neck. “Wait a minute…I did turn into this the moment I put the necklace on, and the light that came out of it…” He paused, and then picked it up carefully in his claws, before taking it off from around his neck.
There was a pause, then suddenly, Michael began to shimmer and shine with a burst of light. All the kids turned away to shield their eyes.
Then, when the light faded, they looked back at Michael, and to their amazement, the Dino Ranger was back to his original human form! He held the necklace in his hand, staring at it in amazement. “Wow! So this necklace is what turned me into that Fast-Biter form! I am definitely going to keep this…it’ll definitely be handy for fighting against Veloci and Redclaw!”
Ruby agreed. “Using that necklace to fight against Veloci will be helpful, because it’ll be helpful if you fight against Veloci by using that necklace!”
All the other kids agreed. “Uh, but you won’t think about eating us while you’re like that, will you?” Cera nervously asked.
Michael pulled a face at her. “No way, Cera. You know I’d never do something like that. I couldn’t even come close to biting you.” But the moment he said that, he remembered. “Hey, Littlefoot…where did you get that bite on your tail, by the way?”
“Huh?” Littlefoot looked back at his tail, and then sighed. “Oh yeah…Ken bit me earlier.”
“Ken? He was here?” Michael asked. “Why would he do that?”
“He thought I purposefully jumped on him the other day when I stepped on that thorn, so he bit me for revenge,” Littlefoot explained. “I told my Grandma about it a moment ago…she said she was going to teach Ken a lesson.”
Littlefoot then began to run off. “I’d better go see how it’s going anyway…I’ll see you guys later.”
“Okay, come back soon, Littlefoot,” Ruby called. She sighed with a smirk as she turned back to the others. “I guess it was Littlefoot that found Ken first then…he gets to choose who’s It in Tag.”
“Just as long as it isn’t me,” Cera grumbled as usual, and everyone laughed.
“Hey Mike, let’s see that Fast-Biter form again,” Chomper suggested. “I want to see how good you are with your sniffer, and see if you’re better than me.”
“Okay Chomper,” Michael grinned. “You’re on.” He carefully hung the necklace back around his neck, and now familiar with the bright light that followed as it enveloped him, he let the transformation take place as his human form was instantly swapped with his new Fast-Biter look. “This is going to be fun…” he grinned his famous Fast-Biter grin as he began to follow Chomper into the game.