REVENGE OF THE ROSE PARADE
Filed by Jason Knetge, GBWC
GBI Case File No. GBWC-2009-27/316
January 1, 2009
Ghostbusters Omnibus Timeline Year Twenty Seven
morning air was filled with excitement as the crowd of people
lined the street eagerly awaiting the California Rose Parade .
The sounds of clapping rang out along with the melodic beat of
the passing marching band .
Siting on one of the
stands was a woman with strawberry blonde hair dressed in a
light pink sweater . In her lap sat a small one year old girl
wrapped in a Princess Peach blanket . Her features were a mix
of her mom and that of the man sitting next to them. The man
sat on the edge of the bench, his pride not letting him take
advantage of the spot reserved for the wheel chair he normally
sat in . Dr. Fritz V. Baugh, frowned as he scratched at the
prosthetic that was on his leg but smiled as he looked up at
his wife Chelsea and daughter Abigail .
" How is Abigail
? It's sort of colder out here then we thought it was going to
be, " inquired Fritz as he cuddled up to Chelsea .
" Just fine now that she is fully awake to see the
parade and all snuggely in her blanket . " Chelsea began to
tickle Abigail causing her to commence in a fit of giggles .
" You know I don"t see what Jason was talking about , This
is sort of nice. Why didn't we do this before ? '
Fritz adjusted his glasses . " The same reason I never went to the Indy 500 despite living in Indy for my entire childhood: I hate noise and crowds"
Chelsea just arched a eyebrow and gave a "
whatever " look .
" Oh well that , and Abigail
wasn't old enough " mumbled Fritz trying desperately to
salvage his point .
Abigail gurgled then giggled
and waved at the Disney float went by along with all of it's
famous characters . She then covered her face and blushed as
Mickey waived back at her .
Fritz and Chelsea
chuckled at seeing their daughter's reaction . " Oh come on
now Sweety , he just saying hi back "
With one hand
still hiding her face she waived back once again until her
blue eyes caught on the next float
Abigail up and sat her on his head then pointed at the big
green cartoony looking dragon that came their way . White
smoke puffed out of its mouth as it's head moved from one side
of the street to the other on its mechanical neck. A knight
and princess gave a comical performance at the base of the
Chelsea and Fritz laughed along with the
rest of the crown . That was until Abigail started to kick and
fidget with her face grimmacing as she began to cry .
Scooping her daughter down and back into her lap
Chelsea tried to calm her down " It's OK, Sweetheart, it's not a
real dragon. . "
" I don't think thats what's
bothering her , " stated Fritz as he gave a cold stare out at
one of the honored guests of the parade .
out van loaded to the gills with the latest type of tech , the
letters GRU emblazoned on the side of it , slowly drove down
the street .
The crowd seemed to get overly excited for the paranormal
team known as Ghost R us .
Chelsea rocked Abigail in
her arms and cooed to her " There , there they are almost gone
Fritz scoffed and folded his arms as they went
past " Five years and nothing, but they
get the red carpet rolled out for them !"
athletic man sitting behind Fritz taped him on the shoulder "
Hay many , you got a problem ? Those are some real ghost
butt-kicking heroes out there , show a little respect . "
" I'm sorry to correct you sir but the real heroes
were back in 1983 ." replied Fritz as he started to stand up "
And the fact that I'm not booing or throwing food should ...
He was stopped as Chelsea pulled him back down to
his seat " Calm down. I don't like it any more than you do but
lets not make a scene. "
Back at the GBWC HQ
Rose came in the designated recreation room on the
upper floor where Jeremy , Jeff , Mick and Jason were watching
the parade on TV . . she sat down on the edge of the couch
enjoying her coffee break " Hey, I didn't know you guys where
into watching the parade "
" It's all that's on every
channel " Replied an overly bored looking Jeff .
Jeremy munched on a some cereal on the other side of
Jeff " I don't know. It's not so bad . Some of the floats
aren't so bad "
Finishing another sip of her coffee ,
Rose looked over at Jason who was sitting in the single chair
, Trying to look at a comic and ignore what was on the TV . "
I don't see what you have against the parade . Everyone one
else seems to like it "
Jason shot a quick glance up
from his Calamity Platoon comic . " Yeah , well try living by
it for 24 years . It loses it's charm after a bit and becomes
a little bit of a nuisance "
Mick let out a yon and
rested his arms on the back of his head " Well, don't worry
it's almost over "
" Don't bet on it " replied Jason .
" After this they just keep re-showing it over and over until
Jeff sat up in his sat " WHAT !! .. oh no
f*** that shit . I'm going to play a game "
Jeremy didn't put up any fuss to the decision, in fact giving silent approval by
inserting some extra controllers to the players two and three
shrugging Rose calmly got up to go back
down stairs " Well I guess this means my break is over " she
sighed as the sounds of artificial mayhem came
blasting from the TV .
One week later
In the middle of the night a large dump truck
drove past the gated fence of the Falcon Rock land fill . It
slowly backed up with its wheels stopping just at the edge of a
large pit .
A man hopped out of the cab of the truck . "
All right Frank , last load of the day then we can head home
A second slender man stepped out as well " Oohwee
Pauly ... You're telling me ! The stink of
them dead plants were getting to me " Frank looked up and
scratched the back of his head " Every year they spend months
decorating them floats with them pretty flowers and then in
the end we bust our humps having to scrap them . Just feels
like a shame. '
" Yeah I hear you, but what are you
going to do ?" Frank then pulled on one of the levers on the
back of the truck . The back bin raised into the air dumping
the slurry of rotting plants and Styrofoam covered metal on to
the pit . The bin gave one last jerk sending a cartoony
looking dragon falling onto the pile of floarts long past .
" Oowee .. sure is a lot of junk down there . Hey
Frank ,how long has this been the spot ?"
" What, this
place ? Hell, we bin using this place ever since the beginning "
Frank puffed out his chest with some pride " this place has
some real history '
Pauly's eyes widen a bit " Really
" Sure . C'Mon and I'll tell you about it over a
nice salad. "
Pauly quickly covered his mouth to keep
from gagging , " Hey man you suck ! "
Then two men then
started a laugh before driving off .
Back in the pit
some odd looking vines started their way up on to the dragon
head . It's cartoony eyes shattering, giving way to a set of
hollow cavities void of anything but a pair of glowing red
The next morning
One of the Ecto cruisers pulled its way into to the
garage of the GBWC HQ , stopping next to Mick Nielson who was
tinkering away under the hood of his Charger .
Jeremy Hicks stepped out of the driver's seat
followed by Aidan Munroe , who was holding two smoking traps
in his hand .
" So how did it go ? " inquired Mick .
not even looking up from his car .
" Pitiful. "
replied Aidan sardonically as he made his way to the ECU
" It was just a couple of class two repeaters . "
Added Jeremy as he went over to see what Mick was doing . " I
tell you man this really sucks the GRU is out there stealing
half of our clients and the half we do have can barely afford
" Hey, don't come complaining to me, Man . At
least you got to go out this time . " Mick stood and started
to wipe the grease from his hands " Ever since the home office
made Fritz force us to stick to a budget , I've been bored
out of my mind. "
" Hey Man, that's not so bad ,
could be worse like Rachel's keeps saying . " smirked Jeremy
Mick arches an eyebrow at Jeremy then looked over
at Aidan who was coming out of the ECU room to rejoin the
conversation . " Yeah she's been complaining that with us here
more there's more to clean . "
" What ? ,, " without
looking Mick tossed the rag the he was using over in to the
trash can only to have it land on the floor ' " How bad we can
we be ? "
" Oh, bad enough " replied the voice of
Rose Prevost as she came over to the guys " I've seen what she
is talking about and from a woman's perspective she may as
well be picking up after a bunch of barnyard animals. "
Grinning , Mick started to scratch his belly and
let out a loud snort ," I don't know what your talking about
... snort . Hey guys you think we're being to hard on
Cinder-Rachel ? Snort ! "
Picking up on the joke
Jeremy and Aidan both snorted and grunted along with Mick .
" Can it, you three ! " Rose slapped Mick with a folder
she had in her hand to quiet him down . " We just got a call "
. She then stopped and looked around " Have any of you seen
Andy or Kyle ?"
" No we haven't ' replied Aidan . " I
think Kyle said he had to go do something at Target and we
haven't seen Andy since he went back home far the holidays . "
Shrugging Rose then just handed the file over to
Jeremy for the guys to look at . " Nothing too big . A
gardener in the a park claimed some of the plants were glowing
and acting odd "
Jeremy groaned as he flipped through
the papers " Man that half way across town . I'm going to be
off in the next hour . " He then passed the papers over to
Mick, " Here you said you wanted to go out "
playing gardener isn't what I had in mined , " grimaced Mick .
" But I guess it's better than nothing . Come on Aidan let's
Rose gently grabbed Aidan's arm before he could
go anywhere " Not so fast there , Fritz want you to stay here
Aidan turned and shot her a perplexed look " What .?
" He wants you on back up , " stated Rose in in
calm tone. " You were out all morning and need a break . If
they need you then you can head out on the bike . " She then
stopped and tried her best to sound like Fritz " It's cheaper
to fill up than the cars "
" All right " stated
Aidan . seeing the point of the argument '
" Well if
Aidan is out then tell Jeff to get down here! " bellowed Mick
who at this point was loading up the car .
shook her head to that as well and still did her impression "
Ninja magic is even cheaper . " She then went back to her
normal voice, " Sorry. Jeff's on back up as well . "
Mick slammed the trunk of the car " What . ? Well
then that just leaves ... "
Mick looked at his PKE meter at he went from tree
to tree . " Well...nothingover here. How about you Jason? "
Jason was crouched down by a flowers bed surrounding
some bushes. " Nope, nothing here either "
Frustrated , Mick holstered his meter onto his
belt " I'm starting to think this was a wild goose chase . I
mean our only witness hardly spoke any English and his breath
wasn't exactly the breath of someone who was drinking water
all day . "
" Yeah , well would you rather have
been back at home doing nothing ? " Jason switched off his
meter as well then stood up from where he was and went over to
Mick , not seeing the vine snake its way out of the grass
but fail to grasp his leg . '
" Good point "
" Well, let's go back and try to talk
to him one more time and see what he has to say " yawned Jason
as he stretched his arms " At least that way no one can say we
didn't try. '
Mick nodded in agreement " OK . But
after this , let's stop for a bite on the way back "
Elsewhere in the park .
A man and a woman
jogged along at a rapid pace then slowed down at a set of
rocks to rest . The woman sat down on one of the rocks and
took a swig from her water bottle , then poured it on her head
. letting it splash on the rose bush behind her .
Her husband checked his pulse . " Just one mile to
go Honey , then we can call it a day "
" I know I know
" replied the woman in between breaths . " Humm that's odd ...
" she then gave a look behind her " I don't remember these
bushes being here yesterday '
In a flash thorn covered
vines shout out around the man and woman's limbs .
Mick was stood looking down over at the
the gardener as he sat under the tree " OK, OK, so you are
saying you where just standing there when that dandelion
roared at you ? "
The gardener rapidly nodded , confirming the statement .
" And you're
positive you just didn't pass out and dream that ? " Mick ran
his fingers through his hair as he let out a sigh.
The gardener just looked up at Mick a bit confused by
the statement .
Jason rubbed his chin in
contemplation ." Hey Mick maybe..."
A loud set of
screams and yells broke out grading the two Ghostbusters
Glancing at each other for just a bit , Mick
and Jason ran off as fat as they could .
they stopped in shock seeing the man and woman suspended up in
the air by thorn covered vines , which where slowly
constricting their way up the couple's neck .
the configuration of the situation Mick realized that the
blasters were too inaccurate . Acting fast , he grabbed the N
saber from his belt which he had as a secondary weapon .
In a flurry the proton blade sprang out with a glowing
humm as it sliced at the vines.
Jason on the other
hand went for his slime pistol, a weapon of his own design .
After jamming a fresh slime tank into the back of the gun he
squirted the advancing vines on the victims . He then helped
the couple up as the positively charged slime dissolved the
" Jason get them out " yelled Mick as he
continued to hack at the vines . He struggled a bit as the
number of vines started to increase and thicken . " Contact HQ and get them to send back up ! This job is going
down hill fast ! '
Nodding in agreement, Jason rushed
the hobbling couple out of harm's way, then ran back walky
talking in hand " Jason to HQ Jason to HQ . We are getting
overrun with plants here . Don't know what the whole situation
is but we need back up ! " . Switching off the walky , Jason
took aim and shot an attacking vine that Mick didn't see .
Surprised, Mick looked behind him as the vine started
to dissolve, then slashed another group of vines . "Did you
make the call for back up? '
" Yeah , I sent
something out " replied Jason as he sprayed some more vines .
" Ok , then I think we can hold them off till they
get here . " Mick slashed one more attacking set of vines only
to have them retreat back into the bushes . " What the ?"
The bushes started to shake with a growing frenzy
as a pack of panther-shaped plants lept out . With a roar the
flower bud head bloomed revealing rows of teeth surrounding a
Mick and Jason both let out a gulp as the
the number of beasts increased . With no time to switch back
to their standard pack , they gripped their weapons and fired
as the beasts made their attack .
The two Ghostbusters
managed to keep the creatures at a rapidly decreasing distance
. Preoccupied with the attack, the two of them failed to see
one of the panthers leap out of the trees . Its thorn-like
claws were spread out as it flew towards its two intended
Just as they saw the beast over their heads,
it was engulfed be a white flash, its now frozen form
shattering as it hit the ground .
Falling from the sky
and landing in between Jason and Mick was Jeff , N saber and
trap shield firmly in hand .
" Thanks for the save
Jeff " yelled Mick with a grin . " But what took you so long?"
Jeff back handed one of the panthers with his shield "
Well, Hell, if I knew you guys where having this much fun I
wouldn't have taken that last turn at Albuquerque '"
" Glad to see you are having fun . " stated Jason
as he popped another slime tank into his gun . " Is any one
else on the way ? "
Jeff sliced one of the
panthers down the middle . " Jeremy and Aidan are already on
their way . I was told to go on and jump ahead"
Mick kept hacking away at creatures the best he
could with the N saber " Hey, Jeff , you didn't happen to bring
a extra.... "
Before Mick could finish his
sentence Jeff tossed him one of the Rail guns he had attached
to his belt . " I think this is what you're wanting "
His face beaming with a sinister grin , " Thanks, Man,
" Mick activated the gun and let loose .
" Hey, Jeff,
you didn't happen to bring one of those for me did you ? "
inquired Jason hopefully .
" Sorry, Knetge. You're not
cool enough for one , " Jeff spun around severing one of the
panther's heads and drove the blade into another.
What .... ! ' Jason gave a hard kick to one of the creatures "
Oh.. you F***ing suck, Jeff ! "
Ghostbusters stopped fighting briefly as a long shadow passed
over them . They were then distracted once more as the sounds
of the Ecto cruiser could be heard approaching ,
time Jeremy and Aidan came running up brandishing their proton
guns. With some short bursts they sliced a path for Jason ,
Mick and Jeff .
Seeing the opportunity, Mick gestured
to Jeff and Jason, then blasted one of the panthers in the
face, " Fall back to Jeremy and Aidan "
With his slime
gun giving it's last spurts Jason didn't give any argument as
he ran back . Mick followed up shortly as Jeff slashed
two more monsters in twain .
With the added fire
power of Jeremy and Aidan , Jason had time to switch back over
to his pack , While Mick and Jeff popped fresh canisters into
their weapons .
" Hey, Mick you throw one hell of a
garden party " grinned Jeremy as he kept blasting .
"None of that tea and crumpet crap for me, Nossir."
Mick slammed the lever on his gun shut . " Thanks for coming
Facing the pack of creatures, the five
Ghostbusters--standing shoulder to shoulder--took their time to aim
. However their pack and weapons just
whirled and hummed in anticipation as the men saw the panther
plants retreat back into the bush .
" What the Hell ?
" Aidan took off his trademark sunglasses to verify what was
going on '"Through this they where fighting tooth and nail
clamoring for our blood, and now all of a sudden they're turning
" What ?... " Replied Jason who was just as
stunned " You'd rather that they still attack ? "
, Aidan is right " added Jeremy " If there where more of us
maybe but still "
Mick shifted his eye thinking
intensely "You don't think they know something ?"
Once more the the team of Ghostbusters were stopped
as a shadow passed over their heads . However this time the
thunderous sound of flapping wings could be heard echoing
thoughout the park .
A tremendous force slammed down
behind the five men kicking up dust and knocking them off
their feet .
Slightly stunned, Jeremy and Mick were
the first to stagger to their feet, followed by Jeff, Aidan, and
Jason . As the dust started to settle the silhoutte of two
enormous wings rose up only to come down with an intense gust
. Shielding their faces as the clouds of bust blew past them ,
the Ghostbusters looked up in shock at the towering plant
dragon sneering at them .
" Holy shit ! " proclaimed
an amazed Jason
" Take it down " yelled Mick as he
readied his aim with his gun along with Aidan and Jason
Before a single shot could be made, the dragon let out
a deafening sound, then hit Mick and Aidan with its tail
sending the two men hurling back several feet on to Jason .
Jeff cupped his hands together intending to deliver an
arctic blast but soon had to abort his endeavor as the dragon
shot a torrent of flame out of its mouth at him . Having to
think quickly, Jeff back flipped out of the way and up into a
nearby tree .
Seeing the dragon occupied with
Jeff , Jeremy sensed the opportunity and charged forward
hoping to get a better shot .
Seeing this attack the
dragon pounced on Jeremy snatching him up in one hand as it
flew up into the sky .
" Oh shi, that thing's got
Jeremy ! " Aidan helped Mick and Jason up to their feet as the
three men rushed off to their car who were soon joined by Jeff
leaping down from the tree he was in .
cruiser and Charger gave chase to the now distant dragon in
the sky .
Up in the sky Jeremy
pounded away at the dragon's hand that was gripped around him
. " Damn it, I hope this counts to my frequent flyer miles " .
The dragon's grip tightened, causing Jeremy to wince in
pain . Reacting instinctively to the crushing sensation Jeremy
shot a stream of protons at the dragon's head . " Smile you
son of a bitch "
The dragon roared in pain as the
stream charred the side of its face . Disoriented, it loosened
it's grip as it's flying began to stager .
tried to hold on the best he could but soon found his grip
slipping as the wind speed and the convulsing movements of the
dragon sent him into a perilous free fall to the earth .
"Okay, that wasn't the brightest thing I ever did!"